Throwback Thursday: Top of the folds from today in 1906

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One hundred and eight years ago, on March 13, 1906, the Pensacola Journal published a front page editorial cartoon depicting the yards of “talk” that come out of the proverbial hat on the legislative stage. See for yourself. There’s “rebate talk” and “canal talk” and yards and yards more. It may as well have been published today.

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Other headlines on the front page that day read “House Incensed at the Senate”, “No Garbage Wagon for Four Days”, “President of Argentine Dead”, “City Health Board of Health in Session”, and “Pitched Battle with Indian Outlaws.”

Meanwhile, that same day, on the cover of the Ocala Evening Star, an advertisement (in announcement form) reads: “Now is the time. The City Electric Light Plant will soon be ready to deliver electricity to all who desire the same. ‘Now is the Time’ to have your building wired…” Had you wanted such a service, you could have dialed Phone 15 and asked for B.W. MacDonald, Manager of Florida Plumbing & Electric.

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Finally, in the Daytona Daily News, the paper endorses an incumbent state senator, Captain Frank W. Sams, in an upcoming Democratic primary, writing that he “numbers his friends and admirers by thousands” and has “served his constituents faithfully in the past.”

Interestingly, this paper features two poems of the day on the front page — one by William Ross Wallace titled “The Hand the Rocks the World”, and another, “Mother Love” by Rudyard Kipling.

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