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THE PENSACOLA JOUT?tvtal. SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 16, 1913.
Section Two. Agricultural Possibilities v I n Walton County , By ft. W. Storrs, Editor DeFunlak Breeze. To the man, and particularly the farmer, who seeks a new location, the first -question that arises In his mind la: What can I grow that wia assure m A a llvlnar and snmAfhlnr fn nar What are the crops that the section I am looking to will produce with the most certainty of an adequate return for my labor and Investment? If Z buy a farm In that. section can I grow crops for which there is a market- certain market, and which I can get to that market without paying the larger part of for transportation? This is particularly true if he has been lead to investigate the conditions in South and East Florida, where such glowing stories have been told of the yields of hundreds of dollars from a single acre, which he has found to be the shining exception rather than the rule, and where he has found the ruins ol many wrecked hopes In the shape of those who, without previous experience and knowledge, have undertaken to grow such highly specialised crops as citrus fruits and vegetables for the early market. Mark you, I do not say that these yields have .not been made, and that 'citrus fruit and vegetable growers have not become rich,' for they have, but where hundreds have succeeded, thousands have failed, because suc cessful production of highly specialized crop everywhere is in the hands of those who know how la the highest degree. There are many of these erope that can be successfully grown in Walton county, and In time to come will be grown for market as they 'are now ' for private or local consumption, but 2 am not advising any one to come here with these things In view-A profitable money crops at this time, because here, or anywhere else, they must be grown In sufficient quantities ami under a system 01 co-operaiion to insure car-load shipments and sys tematic marketing. I say they can be successfully grown here because some of them I have grown myself, end I have seen my neighbor grow there of them. There are men who have small groves of Satsuma. oranges that are paying them- I have grown in a small way, early vegetables and had them ready for market at sea son when they were bringing top prices in the markets of the north and west. : I have grown Irish potatoes on Una jiot a hundred yards outside the in corporate limits of DeFunlak Springs and had them ready for market In early May even In an unfavorable sea son, at the rate of 10ft barrels per acre. I have had cucumbers ready for market when they were bringing $2 a crate in "Chicago, so that I know that these things can, be done here, and are in the agricultural possibil ities of Walton county. But it is my purpose to speak -of the standard, stand by crops that are godd one vear after another. At the head of these I would place sugar cane and the production of high-grade syrup, because our lands are particularly adapted to this crop. The higher lands make cane th-t yields a syrup pf particularly fine ilavor and . color and the yield based on actual examples has run as high as 750 gallons per acre for ordinary cane an5 as high as 900 gallons per acre for Japanese cane. This syrup in the open market is worth 60 cents per gallon when put up In retail pack ages, and allowing 10 cents for these packages it would make the syrup net worth 50 cents per gallon. $75 will plant, cultivate and manufacture an acre of cane. Flgrure the profit fori yourself. - - fatllar rroTJ. I ,WBVfft; " "rJrWr-Viwi t the Never Iras failed in t&e nistory oi " county. The product can be marKetea when it is ready or it can be held for one, ttwo, three months or a year, if need be. without deterioratica. It takes a low rate of freight and can be shipped any where at any time. Hay is another crop of which not nearly enough Is grown to supply the local market and for the making of which we have a number of crops ad mirably adapted. That it isn't grown is because of the disposition of so many farmers to stick to cotton and hrause there is not yet enough of our lands cleared of tha stumpe wnicn they must be to permit the use of machinery to handle this crop, but it is one of the agricultural possibilities of Walton county. Land that can be bought for ten dollars per acre will make two or three tone of beggar-weed hay per acre, worth as much as the best timothy for feed. Ask your feed merchant the price. Compare these yield and the land price with yours where you grow timothy and clover. Ten years ago the average yield of corn was not over 10 bushels per acre, and one of twenty-five would have been questioned- Last year a meas ured yield of nearly 85 bushele was eecured, and the average the county over has been doubled, and a like in crease is yet possible. No state in the outft produce a much corn as it uses, so that the market for that is not far to seek. Back of all prosperity in agriculture lies live stock. No where in the United States (a broadl assertion but capable of demonstration) are there better op portunities for profitable live stock production, whether the finished product is to be beef, pork, mutton, row Is, eggs or dairy products, than in Walton county. Take dairying as an example. Last year one farmer on the high sand hills made over 60 tons of Japanese cane per acre, a feed almost as rich in carbohydrates as corn. Vel vet beans, and beans and cow peas and beggar weed will furnish the pro tein, and these are all crops indigenous to the soil and climate, but even if it were necessary to use such concen trates a cottonseed meal to furnish this, ninety per cent of the fertilizing value goes back on the land and makes it richer for succeeding years. None of the southern part of the state fur nishes enough dairy products for itself and must buy them from the north. There ls a nearby market. For beef production we do not have to feed against the cold, and can graze cattle on proper crops a - pasturage Jv months cut of the year and do t, in mi i" "" " ' i ' . t ' , - . ::. '-'V: : y;;:::;: ::,:.....-;;. ' t K "'- " W t 7 A i Pt. W. 8TORR3. not need -to worry about the rest of the time. Hog production simply needs the same care that is required in the states of the middle west and the best light hog market in the United States, New Orleans, is twelve hours away by fast freight. " Even Pensaoota buys Tennessee eggs and poultry almost by the car load, and there are no obstacles in the way of profitable poultry production. The low priced land la here, land that' Is productive; and laughs with harvest when -intelligently tilled. The markets are available, and no where are the 'agricultural possibilities great. er than in Walton county. W Mm i i i hiiii m ii The Little Picture City of DeFuniak Springs (Continued From Preceding Page. Ohio, and their sister states because of the fact that more crops may be planted and harvested more eaeily and under far more favorable conditions in every way than in the north, the tim ber lands and the farming districts , T , . . r VJ " I buu uuDuicoa luiwcau. j making resources which put things on the rigtrt basis from the start. DeFuniak is 80 jniles to the- east or I Pensacola, 20 miles from the Gulf ofiwpich Is to be more beautiful as the Mexico, and the best known town of I years go on. and the natural beauties its size In West Florida, because of its 0f the place mere thoroughly de- opportunity for the right kind of ad verttsiny through its high class at tractions. V ..The home of the Florida Chautau qua, whose leading spirit is the Hon orable Wallace Bruce, of Brooklyn, K. V., but who baa acquired the De Funiak habit so thoroughly as to be at once identified with the name, its name has penetrated nearly every state In the union, It3 yearly visitors being a most cosmopolitan gathering of people from the North, South, East and West. ; It fa the handsomest, cleanest, and most thoroughly satisfactory town, too. of its size in Florida, and on each Saturday of the Chautauqua season, 'which comes in February and March, thousands of people look forward to the privilege of spending a day of healthful relaxation and uplifting enter tainment in its clean, fine atmosphere. Altitude, climate, water that an-1 alyzes "chemically pure ' and conse- ouent health, the Chautauqua and.' , a : , .i - -Vf" "mwir,.7 .l" rk ui s,vumci ajui fjt , "wvu il.ii - ClUCKS, are prcauvia JL Lilt! Ud BUVJt- county production of everything thatjing; while fish abound in all the lakes will grow in this latitude, of pine for-1 navai lores, a.11 mis lenamg lowari the making of the kind of town one would most naturally expect, commer cially well-grounded yet ideal for the establishment of that -expression of man's highest attainment, the home. The Churches. There are six churches: the Presby terian, whose pastor is the Rev. Mr. Lynn R. Walker; the Universalist, - dv. Mr. Thoa Chanmanr the Metho dlst. Rev. Mr. D. P. Slaughter; the Baptist. Rev. Mr. S. 3 Catts, the Bpls copal. Rev. Mr. A. C. L. Smyth, and the Christian church, at present with no regular pastor in charge. The civic branch ol the W. C. T. U and th DeFuniak Commercial Asso ciation are the two live civic organiza tion which are responsible for a great deal of DeFunlak's well being. Palmer college, the Walton County High school, and the proposed Thomas Memorial Industrial school, present certain and convincing signs of the, times In matters educational. The town is located on the L. & N.. and there ls a logging road to Glen- dale, known to the DeFunlak people as j the "DeFunlak Springs and Northern." i The principal business streets are, Baldwln avenue and 7th and SthiCity, with many unpleasant feature of streets, and they are business streets ;a cixy completely and pleasantly elim of which any city several times the - inated. size of DeFuniak might well be proud, j rteFunlak Springs figures Its exact As we have said, the lake Aa one location as follows: on the L. and N. mile tn circumference, with no visi- mil marl midwav between New Or- - - . ble outlet, the water of which comes from some hidden source further Cf Penscacola. and 70 miles west of M authorItv on the farming and navM north, flowing to a subterranean rlverj Tallahassee, on the main line between Btores and lumber side of the situa to the eea. these two cities. It possesses through tion He ,s a promlnent. reliable tnd si i uuiiq uxiw 13 a. cemeni wuv. wnrca is neany two mucs ions, ius principal homes of the city being built directly around this strfeet. which. from the fact of its encircling the marvellous little Chautauqua lake. Is known as "The Circle." This pretty arrangement goes a long way toward placing DeFunlak In a class by itself, one which makes its scenic effect equal to many places in ("the backing from valuable tributary Europe. j territories to retain this same envia- Surrounding the lake and between it! ble financial situation and to Increase and tfie "Circle," is situated k park of j it. shadowy pine, in which are small Her people are enterprising and are padogas and rustic seats, the stately ' becoming more so already they have white amphitheatre owned by the' fV...,... t- 1 ! 1 J I I viiauiauijuit Asswuiuuu rtrmuauig one of an especially fine looking and re markably well kept "Castle by the sea." Lake Chautauqua may be seen from any part of the town through a fringe of pines, dimpling in the sun, sweet and alluring and mysterious by the moon, and always a welcome rest to the eye. Naturally sanitary, the situation has been augmented by the water works and sewerage system, a monument to the energy and far-sightedness of Col onel w. W. iournoy and ,his worthy) lowusmen. The watch word is "Clean up and aeeP -iean. ana me city ceriamiy most decisive and important steps to ShOWS its results. ; I ward real civic divlnnmint. The water comes from an artesian well 600 feet deep, and is the finest, and purest water to be found any- wnere in me country. jean never be properly developed, un- , There are two banks, the First Na-.til the various Interests of that com Tloiial, and the private bank of W. L-fmunity are thoroughly organized and Cawthon, both strongly financed, and pushed forward by united and unceas both reflecting the general prosperity ing effort. of the city and Its surrounding terri-H At present. W. M. Rogers is president tory. The merchants are all hustling, ' and is doing his full part in-the im Ilve, energetic people, and one has to portant work of getting things proper be absorbed m other interests indeed jy started in the right directon. not to be able to sense the actual R. y. Storrs, the well known editor progress with which these people seem and owner of the DeFuniak Breeze, is to have bodily placed the town uPon -ice-president. George K. Ames, sec Its fine commercial basis. ; re tar y and D. D. McCaskill, treasurer. Besides what the town gets in good An . aggressive campaign is already ubstantial country trade, DeFuniak being planned, not only to exploit the and adjacent points ship saw mill merits and possibilities of DeFuniak, proaucts. navai stores, wool ana rm products amounting to many hun dreds of thousands of dollars. The DeFuniak .sanitarium to. be per sonally conducted by Dr. G. P. Morris, ts a new enterprise which lends dig- nity to the spirit of progress whlcn ; pOSe of the association first of all to pervades the city, and is a medium offer attractive inducements for the through which DeFuniak health possi-1 establishment of manufacturing plants bilitles may be duly advertised. in this particular part of fertile West DeFunlak, the ""Chautauqua City! Florida. - " Beautiful, the "City of Roses" which j The DeFuniak Commercial Associa ls a later suggestion, and a pleasing' tion, which might well be called the centre for the highest moral Instinct, "Walton County Commercial Associa te the ' world, that of home keeping.1 tion," and perhaps with a wider range with its well kept homes, its high cf effort and prestige, plans to co bred and highly moral and intelligent N operate with other, commercial organ and progressive people, its churches.: lzatlons.. in a concerted effort to bring schools, colleges, Chautauqua, its cul-1 West Florida to the front by placing ture and with all this its progressive ( the situation with - its possibilities spirit and its fine opportunities which ; squarely and intelligently before the are evident on every hand, Is, to me, the "City of Success. It fairly radiates success, the model little West Florida city, the heart an-I soul of a rich and prosperous county ( which is full of pleasant surprises once, you penetrate the golden mystery and the hidden points of pulsating life and important business centers deep' in the "plney woods" the "City of Success." in the days that have gone before, while the leading spirits of the, community were busily building . its foundation, success now. when the proposition is on a beautifully secure ana prospers wording uasis. wiu: success for the future which is on just a du aneaa, wnn iw airaost unumuc possiDiuLies. xno mayor, councumen, uusmena men" . tne sweet racea women, wno, are bo important a zaexor in tne wuoio splendid situation are all in mostj earnest harmony for the betterment j 0r -DeFnniak the Dream DeFuniak, veloped. x ' Strangers are in accord with the general altitude of the town, at onco given a welcome which they do not soon forget, and this always HELPS The two live, breezy, up-to-dat' newspaper, that are doing their Pi?- did part in the work of systematically, ooosung- tne town are tne v uma Breeze, with R. W. Storrs. as editor and owner, and the DeFuniak Herald, with Larkln Cleveland in command. Both are well known newspaper men of Florida's best known newspaper cir cles, and both are doing an inestima ble work for the town. Four fraternal orders are represent ed:" the Masonic, Odd Fellows, K." of P. and the W. O. W. The country surrounding DeFunlak' Springs is again Ideal for the tourist season, affording splendid opportunl-; ties during the Chautauqua assemblies f Gr Instance, for old time picnics, ex cursion et Hunting unA fishfnsr ther is atilentv. ..... . - .. . . . .1 P"rwge. oeer ana wua lurmey ana surrounding the Springs. There are many of these spots, not ably among which are Lake Cassidy, the Stanleys, and the famous Morri son Springs. , : While the tropical type of vegetation must not be expected, there is. on the otner nana, no attenaani maiaria ana , debilitating atmosphere, the air being crisp ana nne. xuu ot tne ie-sivim I ozone of the pine forests, and the salt breezes wafted from the distant Choc tawhatchee -bay. which is an arm of the Gulf of Mexico. For miles around DeFuniak Springs stretch forests of the long-leaf pine. The Choctawhatchee National For est, a large preservation . of the -United States government, containing near ly 500,000 acres, is only a few miles distant. Stately pines, live oak, water oaks, chinaberry trees, palmettoes and mag nolias, peach, pear, plum and fig trees anj some orange groves are to be found, while the yellow Jessamine, the rziea. water-lilies. bay-blossoms. magnolia flowers, and laurel delight the eye of the tourist. A splendid electric light plant, to rether with the complete system of waterworks and sewerage combine the up.to - date improvements of a large! . . i ieans and Jacksonville, 80 miles East fuuman car service irom pviuus iwfui, souxn, east ana wesx. Through trains make Chicago only 28 hours distant, and New Tork only 34. These are points to be considered by the prospective tourist. DeFuniak Springs ls assured of the most brilliant of futures. She already possesses the wealth and caught glimpses of the "Dream De Funiak with it magic possibilities, the future City of Success and cer tainties. ' With two hotels to take care-of her visitors, the Chautauqua and the of an era of almost unbelievable pos-j Brown House, DeFuniak ia attractingibilltie. i THE DeFUNIAK COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATION -ITS OUTLOOK AND ITS POSSIBILITIES The DeFunlak Commercial A&socia- tion. while of comparatively recent origin, is, in reality, one of the city's in organization came as the result of conclusions reached by the business men of DeFuniak. that a town or city but also of the entire section sur rounding, for the benefit of prospective settlers in Walton' county. A comprehensive eystem of advertis ing Is being arranged for, and, in fact, i atrwdv in people. Literature will be sent to the north ern and western states especially with the hope cf inducing many people to take advantage of .-the very favorable conditions to be found in Walton county and vicinity, Communications relative to the land, Its price, farming possibilities, location, etc.. (will, of course, receive immediate attenton if addressed to the secretary of the association.' who la Geo. K. Armes. 8oe E!vdent Possibilities, tne organizatlon of a commer cIal associaton ls a great Step to the forward for DeFunlak. the greatest &nd most lmportant work of the hand jjj of energetic men who. compose its membership is yet to COme. The duties of tne secretary will be manifold. It will be his work to handle the propositton with its relation to the outside world, and the more he can get the name of "DeFuniak" and "Walton County" before the public at the least cost, the better and more valuable will his services be. The duties of each individual mem ber, too, are manifold. Each and every, one, to make the or ganization the success which it must , ,,... a committee of one to boost effectively continually and to create an at- mogpher5 of welcome to the stranger. so that he will want, above all else, to remain, adding his quota of prosperity to the town. " DeFuniak, fortunately., is a great "afternoon town," and the receptions given by the ladies for strangers are among the most valuable features of this particular line of work. The commercial association, too. should have an evening of each week ,- ft- tn fh- within the hospitable ot DeFuniak, when the "head of the family might be interested from a practical stand point by business men in touch with the sit uation. -ine vi The Chautauqua hotel, which is owned by the business men. could, for instance, be made the source of con siderable advertising for DeFuniak and Walton county--all this and a great deal more Is being carefully considered by men who are the leading spirits of the organization. While the association has not as yet offices of Its own, in the logical courso lot events It must have, and right here wm bQ a splenald show-place for the fine products of Walton to be properly exhibited for the benefit of visitors. The commercial association also has the year-round health proposition f to, properly exploit,, for if the winters in DeFuniak, spent among the sunnyj spots on Chautauqua lake are delight- fuL the cool sweet summers aret nothing short of ideal. This fact will be given In due form; to the world through the medium of the commercial association. Walton county wants farmers who are. willing to .give the soil a fair and square trial. - They want fruit growers, truckmen. agriculturalists of all turns, in fact, to: neip in tne great work or tne more complete development of Walton, and. as we have said, the right word is soon to be passed on to the world. Personnel ef Association. Mr. Rogers, its president is i mem ber of Beach-Rogers and Corarany, manufacturmff rougn and dre38ed yei- low pine, maintaining a large plant at DeFuniak. and shipping on the "De Funiak and Northern." It will then be seen that he is in thorough touch with the facts in the com icuuve to just wosi may ut u'-"o y..m tlrt ,, -r,nBM.rd case relative to just what may be d"Hej valuable citizen at the Springs, and nis courteous treatment of all strang ers makes him a source of informa tion eagerly sought. . Geo. K. Armes. secretary of the as sociation, is also the county surveyor, and knows the good roads question from "a to z," also the lands through which his good roads run. He. of course, lives In DeFuniak. and ia already fully alert to the needs and people who are talking over the situa tion all over the country and these people, when they get ready to come; and cast their fortunes with the good people, of the town, will find the kind of welcome, too. that warms the heart and creates a desire to stay. DeFunlak is only on the threshhold possibilities of the great work O3?ore, him. the secretaryship of DeFuniak s budding and very promising commer cial association. D. D. McCaskill, a fine, reliable young business man, who has wisely stuck to the "home of his forefathers," being one of the McCasklUs, is treas urer, and those who know and appre ciate his business capabilities know also that this end of the undertaking at least will be looked after in a man ner 'letter perfect." He is a rising young business man In whom all of Walton county is very keenly interested, and is a son of J. 3. McCaskill, whom everyone in Florida knows as an especially capable finan cier. R. W. Storrs, as vice-president, has already done a great deal toward the complete organization of the members through the medium of his splendid paper; "The DeFuniak Breeze." All' of these men. It will be seen at a glance, are men known the length and breadth of Florida for their relia bility In business matters. The remaining members are all splendid, thinking men, whose get -together meetings are full of inspiration and certain promised success. Forward. Just what an immense amount of good the DeFuniak Commercial Asso ciation ls going to do for DeFuniak and Walton county ls attractive to contemplate, for with the finest farm ing lands in the world, the rich naval stores and lumber resources, a sparK ling little town whose advertising feat ures cannot be duplicated anywhere this side of Europe, the association will, from the first have plenty to bick up any of the attractive assertions which will doubtless be made.. The men interested In the associa tion are all of a splendid type of live, People Voted Bond Issue For Modern Hard Roads About six years ago the good roads section of the IT. S. Agricultural De partment Issued . a pamphlet on the Building of Sand Clay Roads. Up until this time but few people realized that by mixinsr one part clay with from two to three parts' sand that a very good road surfacing ma terial could be formed. Of course this mixture has to. be thoroughly sprinkled, or puddled and then dragged a number of times be fore it becomes firm, after which tt will last for years with only a small amount of attention- - It is highly im portant, however, that thi3 main tenance be kept up. Now Walton county abounds in clay r. & m 4 , v One of Wafton HERE'S v MURPHREE'S Because it is guaranteed to cure Chills and Fever, Colds, LaGrippe, Mala ria and Dengue Fever, and it does it. ; Because it is a simple medicine,, which can be given under any circumstan ces, and will prove effective every time it is used. It always does more than it promises. People who have used it say that it is THE BEST MEDICINE IN THE WORLD. A few doses will bring good results, and its continued use will effect a CURE. It acts on the liver, but does not gripe and leaves no bad after effect. Don't try to assist the tonic by giving Calomel, Blue Mass Pills, or any other medicine; just take as directed and you will be cured or we refund your money. It matters not whether the fever is on or off when you begin taking the medicine, good effects will follow in either case. Its continued use after the fever is broken will build up your system. DeFUNIAK DRUG CO., MANUFACTURERS. wide-awake boosters, and the whole situation is full of success for the brightest of futures. DeFuniak has, indeed, taken the right step in the right direction, and the work of developing the splendid lands of old Walton and of bringing more people to DeFuniak will be a life-time monument to those who have so bravely taken the initiative. When a prospective settler becomes interested nowadays in a city or sec tion, he is very apt to seek and de mand legitimate source of information, and if he does not find it, this lack which he discovers will have its very certain effect upon his fiist opinion and subsequent conclusions. The day of the little land shark is past. Uligitlmate land selling. In fact, and fake colonization schemes have been effective and forever put out of busi ness through just such agents as De- Funiaks Commercial Association. When a convincing number of the most reputable citizens of any com munity publicly band themselves to gether for the good cf that community; when these citizens are picked from the heart of the business interests and are men whose personal interests are involved as well, and when the good word is finally passed on and out Into the world in an attractive and com pelling manner, your prospective set tlers are going to look to that organ ization for the information which they seek. In fact, the very fact that DeFunlak has a commercial association creates a prestige which she nor her surround ing county would not otherwise have, and strikes a pleasant note to the ear of the stranger, who writes to enquire of a possible future home among the fertile valleys and the plney woods of good old Walton. deposits of a natural mixture and all that is required is to haul this ma terial from the pits to the roads. After reading this pamphlet some of the citizens of DeFuniak decided to give the method a trial, so the matter .vas brought before tha council and an ordinance was passed providing for the placing of clay on some of the principal streets. , This work has given so much satis faction dufing the past few years that the people living in the country be gan to Insist on having their roads made passable. A great deal of senti ment in favor of the question was worked up and when the time was ripe an election calling for a bond :::.: .K5 .-..-:: I- vtfftl W'IJSSSj("ll'l r. . County's hard roads. K :.v. m - "St" rucTtW1 ; .ax. WHY YOU SHOULD USE FOR SALE EVERYWHERE. issue of $70,000 was held and carried. Only a portion of the county was bonded and this Is known as Special Road District Number One. It con sists of a strip of land six miles wide clear across the central part cf the county and the work to be done in this district will amount to sixty miles. The main road, or National Highway, will be nearly 40 miles long and will be parellel to the Louisville & Nash ville Railroad, clear across the county. Lateral roads, running north and south through the district, will make ' oft from this main road about every six miles. The contract for the construction of these roads was let to the Central Alabama Construction Company, of Wetumpka, last November, and they now have a large force of men and teams at work. The entire contract Is to be completed by September lstv 1913. Mr. George K. Ames, a prominent civil engineer and highway expert, from Birmingham, has direct charge of this work. He has recently moved his family to DeFunlak Springs, where he expects to make his home in the future. Mr. Ames is an intense good roads enthusiast and a patriotic boost er for Walton county- He recently re-organized the DeFuniak Springs Commercial club and is at present the secretary of that institution. In addition to this special road work the county ls building some first-class roads with the county convicts. This convict gang has already finished over 20 miles of roads In various sections of the county. THE FAMOUS SHARPSHOOTERS COMPANY K, NATIONAL GUARD OF FLORIDA, HOLDS FINE LIST, OF TROPHIES FOR THEIR SUPERIOR MARKSMANSHIP. In the month of August, 1905. sixty -five young men of Walton county or ganized themselves 'into a 5 military company and were mustered Into the service of the state of Florida an 3 were officially designated as company K, 1st Infantry, Florida State Troops. W. W. Flournoy, who was the or ganizer wa xap.fle captain, with J. M. Flournoy, 1st lieutenant and Judge D. S. GUlls, 2nd lieutenant. This company, made up as It was from the flower of Walton's yjung manhood, was Immediately recognized as the best company in the service and was the company designaed as the es cort for Governor Broward at his re view of the troops at Lake City In the fall of 1903 and as the reception an-1 escort company of President Roosevelt on his visit to Jacksonville .in 1905. Since that time the company has held a place of high estimation in the eyes of the military word and has won the shooting championship fcr three successive years together with many Individual medals and prizes. In 1908 Mr. Harley Cawthon, now major of the third battaJion was elect ed captain of the company and con tinuing the good work of the former commander made the company famous as the "famous sharpshooters of De' Funiak," winning no less than twenty- five first prize medals in individual and team rifle shooting. First Lieutenant W. I. Stlnson was elected captain upon Captain Cawthon being promoted and held that import ant office with great credit to -himself and the company until a few days ago. when he resigned to become adjutant of the third DaUalion. Hal C. Richardson was elected to the captaincy on the 20th of February. Company K at present ls one of the most efficient companies in the state and occupies one of the best equipped armories in the state. TONIC TWSE