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THE PUNTA OOItDA HERALD. PUNTA GORDA, FLORIDA Volume XXXII Number 10 Pmtfct iorba fmtto ADVERTISING RATES Display, run of paper, matter to be set. 35 cents per single column Inch, each Insertion; plate matter, with no type to be set, 25 cents per inch; preferred position 10 to 20, "Island" position 33H per cent, additional. Locals 10 cents per line, six words counted a line. Classified advertising 1 cent per word. Legal advertising at statutory rate. Copy for adver tising and changes should be in the hands of ths printer before Tuesday noon of each week. Cards of thanks, obituary notices, other than news mentions, resolutions, etc., charged for at rate of 1 cent per word. Notices of entertainments, where charges are made, except church services, charged for at regular advertising rate. Article in behalf of special money-making enter prise, purely advertising, will be charged for. SUBSCRIPTION BATES Oni year J2.00; fix month II. 00) throe month 75 rent; payable In advance. 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"ZIIZ STATE PRESS EDITORIALS Bryan's statement made iu Florida addresses that all who opposed the Anti - Saloon League's money -drive are "tools of the liquor interests" is a gratuitous insult that can be over looked by thousands of decent, law abiding men whom he thus slanders, because people know that he is talk ing "according to orders," at "so much per talk." Times-Union. That story about a joint debate be tween Fletcher and Catts at Orlando j come to us if given the opportunity Ships sailing for South American ports are becoming common in Flor ida harbors and they will be more common if the southern ports are given a square deal in the matter of competing freight rates with the Eastern ports, from the Interior. We have wonderful harbors that are open the year round, where cargoes can be loaded every day in the year without inconvenience and we are -en titled to the world shipping that will Join the Commercial Club. One hundred good men an women all working fr and boasting Punta Gorda! Watch us f;row! Feb. 10 was a false alarm. We thought so when we first heard it. For one thing, Fletcher is too busy to come to Florida now; for another, we doubt that Catts could be induced to meet the senator in debate. Fletcher would make him look like a scarecrow. -Ocala Star. This year marks the turn of the tide in this county. The old politi cal ring standing for sloth, antago nism lo new settlers and new ideas, is in the last ditch. Let the men who stand for the new era of modern farming and advancement stand to gether. Let us break down the wall of exclusivenesB and hostility to new men and new thought and go for ward to development and prosperity! -Arcadia Enterprise. South Florida newspapers that object to having their counties assist in paying for the construction of roads in the northern part of the state have the wronr, idea. Unless there is a way for motorists to get to the good roads of the progressive counties, comparatively few of them will plan to cor.ie to Florida by motor. And in this day and time, that would mean that they would go somewhere else for their winter's pleasures.- -Miami Metropolis. Times-Union. George Goolsby used to carry at the head of his editorial columns in the Wauchula Advocate the slogan "County division will never be set tled until it is settled right," or words to that effect. It will be settled "right" at the next session of the legislature, for (he plan as proposed now for division doe3 not work an Injustice to any section of the coun ty and stands for additional pros perity for all portions. -Highlands Pilot. The Wauchula Advocate says "It is rumored that a Ave thousand dollar fund haB been raised to employ a noted criminal lawyer to convict the Polk county officers who recently shot and killed three men caught cutting a pasture fence." We hope there Is nothing to the rumor and that the whole unfortunate affair will be dropped. The cvlder.ee seems to indicate without a doubt that the men were caught red-handed in their unlawful work; they were armed to kill, and It Is claimed that they at tempted to kill. Eve.-ybcdy, the offi cers included, regret the tragedy, but it appears that It was unavoidable. A coroner's Jury vindicated the offi cers and there the matter should rest. Undoubtedly they ha"e been vlndi- Several leading papers of the cated by sane and impartial public Btate haw? taken up the Evening Tel- sentiment. Lakeland Telegram. egram's suggestion relative to saving , some Florida pines and perhaps Using as a text, "The foolish man something may be accomplished hl,ilt his roa(1 n the sand. The along that line ere it is too late. To Hoods came and washed them those who are unobservant or those awa'" th Palatka News preaches a who have recently come to the state, se''n about poor!y constructed the Idea mav seem f n r-fetrherl hut roads in Florida that should be The first issue of the Fort Myers Tropical News, published at Fort Myers by the Betiz Publishing Co., has reached our detdt. Judging by the matter in this first issue and the mechanical rppearanec Of the ::apci experienced and capable people are back of it. Fort Myers may con gratulate herself upon having two papers such as the News and Press, the latter beiag an old established paper that has been Improved im mensely under the present manag ment. o . No, we didn't get 300 members for the Commercial Club, but we did get 100, all of whom are paid in ad vance, "ca3h" being the countersign that everycn must g've before pass ing into the ranks of the boosters, and there are more coming in every day. We wouldn't be a bit sur prised to see the membership 150 within the present month, but even if we don't reach that rnark we've got an organization to be proud of and capable of doing BpIonCld work. But if you haven't joined, remember, there's plenty of room and rlenty of work for you to do in the club. XrN'n.!NATIONAL PRESS EDITORIALS dinned in the ears of every Florida tax payer until there is no longer any short-sighted opposi.iori to road bonds of siillirent scop-.- to build per manent highways. As the Palatka paper poinls out, the roads destroyed by the rain in St. Joans and Brevard counties were merely sand trails with nine-foot brick paving laid on the sand. They had never been good roads and should be replaced with paving WX"XKXXX"X"X"X'"X"W I tl'.r.t will serve for many years Or- A A I . . T j lando .Sentinel. when one recalls the pine forests, as they were 20 years ago, and notes the scattered patches that are left, it will be realized that it is time con servation should be given some con sideration. We would like for the next generation to see what a full grown pine is like, anyway. - Lake land Telegram. KOAI TO FT. MYERS. Several weeks ago this paper call ed attention to the fact that within the next eight or nine months the bridge across Charlotte Harbor would be complete but that its com pletion would mean little to Punta Gorda until a road is built connecting us with Fort Myers. When the bridge is finished It 1b true the route from Punta Gorda to Tampa will be shortened considera bly, but suppose there Is a good road running in a direct line from Arcadia to Fort Myera by way of Olga but no passable road between Punta Gorda nnd Fort Myers, which way will tour ists from the east coast, coming to the went coast through Fort Myers, go? Will they drive over bumps and holes, through ruts, mud and water for twenty-one miles or more in order to come through Punta Gor da and go over our bridge, or will they take the longer route over good astrous floods around Hastings. Did the Advocate rise to denounce them as "knockers?" It did not. Anoth er county paper mentioned the fact that Wauchula had suffered from the cold. Did the Advocate de nounce it as a "knocker?" It did not. If a flood or frost did thous ands of dollars damage to Punta Gorda crops would the Advocate, out of a spirit of nelghborlh.es, neglect to mention the fact? If it did it could no longer lay claim to being a newspaper. A newspaper's chief business is to give its readers news, whether it be bad news or good news, and when it begins to draw lines and gives either kind exculsive-' ly it ceases to be a newspaper arid j deserving of the support of the town i in which it is published. When disaster visits this section, and It I will in the course of events, we are going to tell about it, just as we do the good things, for it is our busi ness. "The truth about Florida is good enough," anyway. There is quite a difference be tween news and "knocking," which is malicious lying. Get your sights straight, brother. be A SUGGESTION There are many ways of boosting a town and bringing its attractions and advantages to the attention of the outside world, but we do not be lieve that there Is any so inexpensive and productive of results in inter esting strangers in the community as a community fair and carnival, and it is our hepe that Punta Gorda will have such a fair and carnival next January. Instead of being an expense and taking money away such an affair or event could be made a revenue tjairian hs and Mere Men. Keallv. all this is getting to very serious. We mere males are to be "protected" protected against our own base selves. It is to be done by the "Matriarchs." a newly launched political program which is to provide the United States with a woman President and an "all-feminine" cabinet. According to the leader of the matriarchiets ouch! what a word! the human male has sunk below even the level of savagery. He must be reclaimed, made over and fixed up to look "Just as good as new," and all that sort of thing, don't you krow! All of this the matriarchists promise to do for him. But if man is to be ruled by fem ininity, and snatched a.; a brand from the burning and made over along the lines of feminine ideas of what he ought to be, suppose he should insist on picking his reclaim ers for himself? What if he turns to the cute little bunches of fluff and the adorable flap pers who crowd the avenue every afternoon, not to mention a kind eyed widow or two, and begs them to organize to protect him "against himself" and also against the matri archs? After all, if wouldn't be half bad to be a mere male standing on the side lines watching the contest of rival feminine groups to decide which set should reclaim and remake him. New Yorw Telegram. producer and the revenue derived could be used in advertising the town in other ways and making the I thousand and one little Improvements I that are needed to make the town! more attractive. Without doubt, by going about It in a systematic way, we could show the finest collection of garden, farm and grove products possible to pro duce in any section of Florida. Our soil Is adapted to the production of practically every vegetable that can be grown iu Florida and cur -li roads by way of Arcadia? Anyone Imalic conditions are such as to all ow who has ever made the trip between Punta Oorda and Fort Myers will have no trouble In finding the answer. With a good road, running in a direct line from Punta Gorda to Fort Myers the route from that point to Punta Gorda and Tampa would be DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOUR Home Burns Better Be Safe Than Sorry Call L. T. Farmer and have figure on rate. him CORPORATE SECURITIES O O M I A U Y VT First National Bank Ilulldine x:x:-x-c-x-xs-x- Florida leads all southern states except Texas in the number of auto mobile; per capita, according to statistics recently compiled bv the X Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Fig- lures were secured direct from the i persons in each state in charge of au Itomobile registration. The figures are interesting and are as follows: Texas, one for every 13.6 persons; Florida, one for every 16.6 persons; Georgia, one for every 21.4 persons; Norti. Carolina, 1 for every 21.9: South Carolina. 1 for every 23.5; Virginia, one for every 23.5 person; Kentucky one for every 26.6; Ten nessee, one for every 28.8; Arkan sass, one for every 36.1; Louisiana, one for every 36.4; Alabama, one for every 40.1; Mississippi, one for every 41.4. Peosacola Journal. these products to be planted : ;'d brought to maturity all at the same time. After being shown at our own fair the exhibit could be taken to the South Florida Fair at Tampa, and there is no doubt that we would take first prize for a community ex V hit the shortest one possible ana wnen lover any other section of the stale, do Tamtam trail Is completed to f, r fCW arc so frrtunate as we in the mailer oi sou and climatic co I ATTRACTIVE CLUB RATES On Your Favorite MAGAZINES Why not subscribe for your favorite magazine) through us and get the advantage of the money saving club rates we can give you? Ilesldrs, it Is much caster to step into our store, hand us the money and say "Hend me the Saturday Evening Post" or whatever magazine or paper you want, than it is to .send in the order yourself. When you subscribe through us WK get a percentage and this part of the money is kept right here at home. Is your subscription about to expire? Come in and renew through us no matter what periodical it Is, we are ugents for it. "BEWARE OF SUBSCRIPTION SWINDLERS" Fort Myers we might with good rea- 0OB expect all tourists coming from the east to the west coast to come hough Punta Gorda, but we can expect hut little until we get busy and build such a road. The cost of constructing our part of the road, to the Lee county line, would not be great, but we have no suggestion to offer as to how to get the necessary funds. We refer that question to greater minds than ours. We know, however, that we m.isl have a good road to Fori Myers, j either by way of Olgr. or following as near as possible the railrrad to Ft. Myers, and we cannot get it too soon. We should have It now, but have de layed so much already that it is doubtful if it would be possible to have the road completed by the time the bridge Is finished, even if the money was available now. Hew much longer are we going to dilly-dally? If anything Is to be done it Is time PAST time- to do it. tiuns and there Is more or less difference evident In the efforts other towns in getting up liieir hibils. To the agricultural exhi might be added a school exhibit. the proper persons could be inter, od in this feature. Fort Myers and Moore Haven , nearby towns that have made si cesses of their community fairs a to these might be added the names NEWS OH KNOCKING? The neighborly and boosting spirit which prompted The Punta Gorda Herald to announce last week under a scare heading that much of the truck crop in the Wauchula section had been killed by cold is appreciated and we trust that knocking will cause Punta Gorda to grow and pros per like a green bay tree. As to the Wauchula section and the cold just "Watch Wauchula Win" Wauchula Advocate. The statement made In The Herald to the effect that truck crops in the Wauchula and other sections north i of us were killed by the cold and that crops In this immediate section es caped serious damage was made as a legitimate item of nvws of local in terest and with no thought of "knock ing" Wauchula or any other section. Because Wauchula was unfortunate it seems that Brother Goolsby's per il 1 i :i- of if st- .ve is of many others, some of which are no larger than Punta Gorda, and many of them do not have half our op portunities. .They have found that these fairs not only promote pride and community spirit and bring their towns to the attention of thousands of settlers but enliven the community and make them more attractive to their winter visitors, giving not only the visitors but the home people a week of entertainment that is antici pated with pleasure from year to year. Such a fair and carnival wo necessarily be limited in size at fi bu. even a small afTalr could be mi so gcod as to attract hundreds strangers to the town and would an eye-opener to 500 or more r ular winter visitors, who know lit if anything, of the possibilities this section. By getting good sti attractions, which are the real hi of the country fair and the strong drawing card, and incorpcratln:: the plans as many of the features ot the carnival as possible, as is dona .u .Auaiacmc-ia ana (her towns, rd- Jl'd 'St, tda of be Shall We Get Those Girls? We hope Floyd Gibbons is right in saying that French girls would come to the United States if they had a chance and enter domestic service France has lost over a million young men and consequently over a million girls find their normal expectancies of a settlement in life defeated. The French are tenacious in family, home and country, and many of these girls will prefer home industries to foreign domesticity, but if the I'nited States can get them it will jet a National benefit. They may come as domestics, but i hey will not remain domestics. They will Improve our domestic sit uation for (he time being, and that is worth while, although it Is the niinor consideration. Many of ihe girls will marry in the United .Slates, establish their own hemes and raise their own families. If we obiaincd a million of I hem and if ihe million married American citizens we should introduce the French strain into the American composition. It is a strain we have missed and one which we need. We have hardly tapped that vein of European life. The United States would be tho better for an infusion of French cooking, manners, tenacity, thrift. family partnership, etc. A million French girls of the home-making type might temper our extravagance, modify our exuberance, improve our tables and polish up our manners. How about knocking off a billion of the debt for a million French girts? Chicago Tribune. such a platform as his and by virtue of such appeale as his, the current belief in the saving grace of democ racy will receive an extremely severe shock. The letters of our staff cor respondent sliow precisely what kind of a man he is and precisely the lines on which he is conducting his canvass. He is making it in brutal and undisguised appeals to ignor ance, prejudice and class feeling. A lower, more blatant or more blas phemous campegn of damagogy was never staged in this country. "Sock less Simpson" never came anywhere near it; Blea:;e's method were refin ed in comparison: Vardamau was a knightly figure contrasted to the new political hero of Florida. That after all these years of train ing in self-government the people of any state can be deluded by such patent balderdash, by such transpa rent political fakeri3m, necessarily makes intelligent people wonder. The only conceivable explanation of it Is that there have been abuses and grievances in Florida that have given such a man as Catts his chance. Ths Florida "cracker" may not have as much schooling as seme other people, but it is probable he has a good deal of shrewd senre, and if he did not feel that the old factions had discriminated against him in some ways, or that the corporations or the wealthy had been favored at the ex pense of the poorer classes, Catts could never set the state on Are. He was shrewd enough to see his opportunity in the rubernatorial campaign, and he Is shrewd enough to know how to play on the same stringa now. States, like individuals, catch cer tain diseases now and then. But there Is generally a reason. Popular discontent rarely rises without reasonable cause. And when states or communities get the microbe of discontent into their systems, they are apt to call in the doctor who promises the most. They shut their eyes to the danger inherert in such advice. They are willing to taki' chances in getting rid of their troubles, and, the old donors having done nothing for them, they think a new one could nol hurt them worse, Let us hope that Caits will noi break into the senate for Florida's sake. Nevertheless, he might af ford . an amusing diversion ir. the senate Iror.i it.' noi?rrin stupidity oi tome of the highbrow statesmen crc arse:. ib:;-. Da'.'.i.vore Ran. fatts of Florida. If a man like Governor Catte, of Florida, can be elected from that state to the United States senate, on Royal Society Embroidery PACKAGE OUTFITS With these outfits. which include every I thing necessary for 0 making ttie various X uleces, it is easy to make and inexpensive .j. to have the daintiest X and prettiest waists, Z aprons, handkerchiefs Y lingerie, etc. 1 MRS. S. I. HUFFMAN X Millinery, China nnd Art Goods ! J J I y I 1 ... McClelland Company "Get it At McClellands" veitislng the event thoroug throughout this and Lee county th is no reason why 500 to 1. 000 c Riders could not be brought 1; every day for a week. This is one of our greatest portunities to bring the town to notice of the outside world, edu; them, our winter visitors an.t .IjM ro x-m-x-:::-xxkmxX": Best Groceries Best Service and Fair Prices When you sit down to a meal you like to know that your food came from a store where reputation counts it store where best quality goods are really bt quality. And there is satisfaction in knowing that you paid no more than a fair price for your food which is all any dealer Is entitled to. speetive has suffered and he is unable ourselves ,0 'he possibilities of section, as well as to furnish th days or a week of wholesome an, nient. We can have a fair and carr.: or almost anything else we want if we WANT it ENOUGH nnd none too soon to start planning the fair and carnival if we want have it. to draw a line between news and knocking." He creates (he impres- TMsion in tne minus of his retders that HjJjThe Herald played up the fact that 1 1 crops in the Wauchula section were y! killed as the leading thought in the X i Item referred to when n a (iof fact only incidental mention was j made and the leading thought was I i I We buy our stock more carefully than our particu lar customer. WK KOXW our good are the best to be had. We offer you the best goods nt lair prices and prompt, courteous service. Wc appre ciate your trade, and feel sure If given a fair trial you will become one of our host of satisfied customers. A. P. HATCH "The Corner Grocer" WW 1 ii