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THE PUNTA GUF.ua dtiRALD, PUNTA GORDA, FLORIDA
Thursday; October 17, 1918. Volume XXXI Number 42. Slfc punta fcba nxlh Published every Thursday afternoon from Herald Building on Taylor Street, Punta Gorda, Florida Entered at the Post Office in Punta Gorda. Florida, as Second Class Mail Matter. tA. P. JORDAN, Editor and Manager. Subscription Rates One year, $1.50; 6 months, $1.00; 3 months, 75c. FOREIGN ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE American Press Association, General Offices in New Tork and Chicago and Branches in all the principal cities.. Cards of thanks, obituary notices other than news mentions, resolutions, etc., charged for at rate of one cent per ' word. Notices, of entertainments where charges are made, except church ser vices, charged for at regular advertis ing rates. Articles in behalf of special money-making enterprises, purely ad vertising, will be charged for. 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Remittances should be made by check, postal or express money order or registered letter; one, two and three cent stamps will be received In payment' of small amounts. Against the Amendment Elsewhere in this paper we print from the Ocala Star an ex ; pression of views by Hon. L. S. Light regarding the proposed a mendment to the constitution in creasing the tax for public school purposes to ten mills. Mr. Light is well informed as to the financial conditions of the state, and what he says is entitled to serious con sideration. The Herald is opposed to the proposed amendment, primarily because its adoption will increase taxes, for we are already over burdened with taxes. This writer, for example, works hard through the whole winter to make money "with which to pay his taxes, and he has topay them in install ments. The amount is so utterly out of proportion to his income that he never has at one time enough money to pay all his taxes at once. No doubt many other ' Tffnlft rtp pminllv Tinrrl nrpesprl . X X " " 1 J J' v. "We are told that the schools need more money. Weil, a great many people also need more mon ey; and, if the amendment is a dopted, their need will be in ereased. It is conceded that the teachers are hot paid enough, but there is a better way than "through a con stitutional amendment to eret more money for them, and that way is for the legislature to reduce the prtat rf etnto unrl nniiTitv Briwom. ductions as these: Cut the governor's Salary from $6,000.00 to $4,000.00 a year; ,The salaries of the state treas urer, of the comptroller, of , the secretary of state, of the attorney ereneral and of the commission fr of agriculture from , $3,600.00 a year each to" $2,500.00 a year. They won't resign, if this is done. ii they do, there are plenty of Rood men ready to take their places. . Reduce the number ' of pure food inspectors from three to two and thus save $2,500.00 a year. Reduce 'the railroad commis sion to one member and abolish the tax commission and the hotel inspector. Put county officers on salaries and turn their surplus fees into the county school fund. Don t a bolish the fees, for the taxpayers don't have to pay them. To illustrate: the clerk of the DeSoto county circuit is said to make more than $6,000.00 a year over and above the expense of conducting his office. If this be so, he snouid dc placed on a sal ary of $3,000.00 a year and the net amount of fees above that sum should be placed m the school fund. And so of the sheriff and other county officers who are paid in fees or commissions. The assessor and collector of this county are paid in commis sions, and it is believed that they get $4,000.00 net a year apiece. Put them on a salary of $2,500.00 a year and give their commis sions above that amount to the school fund. Abolish all county criminal courts of record except those in Jacksonville, Tampa, Key West , and Pensacola, It is both pure but honest graft and outright foolishness to have such a court in DeSoto county. Take all these needless burdens off the people, place the money saved in the school' fund, and ithen you will be able to increase the pay of teachers without in creasing taxes. ' 4 w.s.s. No peace without unconditional surrender. w.s.s. There are other people, many others besides the school teachers, who need, more money. w.s.s. The annual convention of the State Sunday School Association will be held in Miami Oct. 29th to 31st. ' w.s.s. The officers of the DeSoto coun ty criminal court of record are honest and capable men, but the court itself is an utterly needless expense and it should be abolish ed. w.s.s.- Editor Benjamin of the Ocala Star, says that he is not related to that brilliant Confederate. duaan r. ueniamm. "We are not related," he states, "to any distinguished man except our- self." , w.s.s A retired, eminent physician of runta Gorda recommends that. during the prevalence of influen za, every body, particularly chil dren, use Japanese paper hand kerchiefs and, immediately after using, burn them. - - w.s.s. The duties of this editor are so numerous and exacting and his nerves are so worn that he cannot answer personal letters. Every ounce of his energy reserve is re quired to do his professional work. Letters on business will receive prompt attention. w.s.s The Thomas Advertising Serv ice of Jacksonville and Tampa is the leading advertising agency of Florida, and The Herald takes pleasure in commending it as thoroughly trustworthy. It has prepared and published many ad-j vertisements setting forth the ad vantages and attractions of Flori da, and, being a home agency, it should have a generous support from Floridians. - ' w.s.s. The gold mines are in the. fun niest financial fix we ever heard of. Every thing in America ex cept gold has gone sky-high in price. As gold is the standard of value, its price cannot be raised; consequently, the miners are "in m ft mi a jnciue. iney nave to pay t'norc than ever before for every thing they use, including labor, and cannot get a cent's increase in the price of their own product. W.S.S. The attention of the scoffers of the Tampa Times and the Arcadia Enterprise is 'directed to the fact that, of the "Big Four" military chieftains who are driving the Huns out of France and Belgium, only Pershing is smoothe shaven. The other three wear natty mus taches. So do . Premier , Clomen- ceau. King George, the editor of this paper and many other great men. Vive le mustache I or words to that effect. ' The' man with the hoe can never attract as much attention as the woman with the hose. Arcadia News. That's so; but what we are wondering about is how the News, which is a good family pa per edited by one Baptist and one Methodist preacher, can have the courage to say it. 'Also, do those two amiable and able editor preachers gain their knowledge from personal experience? If so, what will people think of them for giving such close scrutiny to women's apparel? Now, the edi tor of The Herald makes no pre tense of being a. preacher and it is excusable in him to be an ar dent admirer of women and all their clothes, but Brother Jones and Brother Sweat are expected to 0e circumspect and grave. w.s.s. rrx. . tt ii i , l ne xieraia is having some 'Dog Tray" experience. Wee U ?. ... . uuiure last it got into Dad com pany and, as a result, Editor liar ry L. Brown of the St. Augustine Record, gaa it a severe drubbing in his paper of last Friday. Its offence consisted in quoting from the ralm Beach Post a comica pronouncement by that able wag, ihorn, against the "snreadinar o this wonderful propaganda of un lversal love, chanty and bencvo lence, ' as preached bv Brother crown and several other eminent editors. Now, Thorn got The Herald into this trouble and he ought to get us out. But it tair to say that Brother Brown protests that the propaganda toresaid, though containing the word universal, did not include those rapscallions whom Thorn calls 'damgermans." w.s.s. r STATE PRESS COMMENT Times - Union: Almost every. Dody likes mullet, and will there fore be interested in the an nouncement that the "closed sea son begins November 21 and ends the day after Christmas. Ocala Star: If you will rub a little asafoetida on your mus tache, no self-respecting ' disease germ will enter your nasal pas sages. If you haven't any mus tache well, that's your hard luck. Ihorn in Palm Beach Post: Evangelists and wire-tappers in the north are now laying their plans for their winter campaign in Florida. The general public snoum caretuliy watch their step. And the " their "; means everybody. Timno TT!.-. T a! luuio-uiuii .- l uns worK or fight proposition which is beine W. 4-. A. 1. J1 put up to me women comes to a show-down, a majority of women will be found to put in about twelve to fourteen hours a dav seven days in a week and hard worK at that. rrv ' nmes-union; No finer bunch or patriots could be found mv. 'me men and women composing the Florida cress F!l ' - A " mere are nearly two hundred newspapers in Florida and pvpw. one has been doing a super-human best in the interest of winning i . rr tne war. Not the chorus. a jarring note You may find just what' looking for by reading The Her ald's "Classified" finlnmn One man in Manatee county will develop 1,000 acres of land for citrus fruits. Miss Clyde King of Woodville, is now express messenger on the run from Tallahassee to St. Mark. Hillsborough county will have an election on Nov. 5th to vote on the question of compulsory school atendance. At Tarpon Springs there has re cently been established a barrel factory with a capacity of 200 barrels a day. From the various sections of the state comes the encouraging news that citrus fruit lands are in de mand and 1hat many purchases are being made by non-residents who will put out many groves. 7. Help put the Hun on the run! Our boys in France are doing their part. Are you doing yours? The billions raised by Liberty Loans Have made possible the steady gains of our armies. More billions must be raised until Democracy triumphs and a Just Peace is established. Buy your bonds of the Fourth Liberty Loan at this institution Today. I Punta Gorda State Bank I PUNTA GORDA, FLA. 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