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. Generally fair "Wednesday and Thurs aey. light east winds. Teaterdays temperature? Highest. 73 degrees; lowest, 60 degrees. WEST FLORIDA MUST FEED ITSELF! VOL. XX. NO. 268. PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 3, 1917. PRICE 5 CENTS. PENSACOLA COMMITTEE IS BUSY I1SUGT0N With Noiseless Machine Gun Italians Ambush Austrians ARRIVES AT PEIiSACOL IfMfflli TARPON", UN DAMAGED Belated Telegram Announ ces Arrival and Activities of West Floridians. MANY POINTS ARE SEEKING THE CAMP All Florida Men Pulling Together for Favorable . Consideration. Washington, Oct. 1. (Delayed) The delegation of about forty men from Pensacola, DeFuniak Springs, E&nifay, Crestview and Chipley. ar rived here today to lay facts and fig ures before the officials of the war department, tending to show that Western Florida has the ideal sites on which to locate the machine guns training school for the army at which the department plans to train aDouc 40,000 men. J. S. Reese is chairman and R. E. l,. McCaskill is secretary of the dele gation which is composed of Post master Ben Hancock, George Ward and many of the most prominent men in Western Florda. A rather remarkable thing about the delegation that all are pulling to gether hard, and no group in the party seems to have an individual axe to grind for a site in his home town, but all seem content to have to go to the site selected J war depart ment provided it is in the Western part of the state. j. he party spent the day conferring with Florida senators and congress- me i, and preparing plans for laving full facts before the war department garding the West Florida Lites. fney also called at the war depart ment, but founl that the report of the commttee had not reached the department and that it would be use less to discuss the matter before the arrival Of the report and recommenda tion. William Clements, secretary of the Mobile Chamber of Commerce, reached Washington today, in the in terest of securing the camp for Mo-hilr- The army officers who examined sites about Pensacola performed sim ilar work about Mobile, and that city is a worthy rival of Pensacola. At the war department it was said today that about 20 delegations had called in regard to t:?is machine gun camp, some coming frrm Columbus, Ga.t and points as far away as Texas and Oklahoma City. KEIIOE WIRES HE'LL SUPPORT WEST FLORIDA A telegram was received toy Dr. Louis deM. Blocker, president of the Chamber of Commerce, from Con gressman Kehoe, yesterday after noon pledging his support to the training camp in West Florida. Charles B. Hervey, manager of the San Carlos, sent a telegram to George H. Hervey, of the Traylor Shipbuild ing company, at Cornwells, Penn., asking him to go to Washington and assist in presenting the advantages of West Florida as a site for train ing camp to the war department. READY TO ERECT COMFORT STATION Blue prints for the comfort station, which will shortly be erected by the city for the especial benefit of men of the service and visitors, were on file yesterday in the office of Mayor A Johnson, and Commissioner Hinrichs announced that shortly, or as soon as specifications could be prepared, an advertisement for bids for the erec tion of the station, would be insert ed. The prints show a real fancy struc ture, with a band stand atop the en tire building, and it will be quite nn addition to any section. It will be erected in some park, the exact location of which has not yet been determined. CATTS INCREASE THE BLACRWELL REWARD Tallahassee Bureau. The Pensacola Journal Tallahassee, Fla., Oct. 2. Gover nor Catts has issued a proclamation setting aside Friday, October 12. as Farmers Day in Florida, and calling upon his constituents to celebrate in proper manner. He has also offered one hundred and fifty dollars each for the recap ture of the Blackwell brothers. He has also appointed one hundred and three delegates from Florida to the Southern Commercial Congress in New York October 15 to 17. The two named from Pensacola are E. R. Malone and Mr. Torter of Porters Bazaar. REPORT OF BOARD REACHES CAPITAL SOME TIME TODAY LOCAL DELEGATION, WITH OTH ERS FROM SOUTH, CAMPING IN WASHINGTON TO TALK BUSINESS WITH DEPARTMENT Washington Bureau, The Pensacola Journal. Washington, D. C, Oct. 2. The delegation from western Florida, which arrived here yesterday to urge th selection of a site near Crestview on which to locte the proposed ma chin gun school to train about 70,000 men for the army, called on Secre tary of War Baker today, accompan ied by Senator Fletcher and Tram mell and Congressman Kehoe. Secretary Baker told them that the report of the committee which inves tigated the different sites in Alabama and Florida and other states has not yet reached the department, and that it would be idle to discuss the matter with them without the full report and the recommendation of the investigat ing committee. Senator Trammell received a tele gram today from General Duval, com mander of southeastern department at Charleston, stating that he re port of the officers who made the in vestigations, together with their recommendation regarding the loca tion of the camp, had been received and reviewed by him, and forwarded to Washington. It should reach here tomorrow and there are about a doz en delegations camping here to talk business with the war department when it is received. Florida delegation is i Th West still rnnfident of success and will call on Secretary Baker again Wednes day morning. THIRD CONTINGENT BEGINS MOVING TODAY BY ASSOCIATED PRESS. Washington, Octo. 2 The third contingent of the National army will begin moving to sixteen cantonments tomorrow, where approximately half of the six hundred eighty-seven thou sand drafted men are already mobi lized. The quotas range from seven teen to forty per cent. It is not known what number, of drafted men will be transferred to National Guard organizations. It is probable the re maining seven million registered men will be examined as soon as classified for service, so they may know their status. Congress must act in the ' matter first, owing to the cost of much examination as estimated in the war deficiency bill which has not passed yet. FISHERMEN TO BE PAID y2 CENT MORE An increase of one-half cent a pound for Red Snappers in payment to the fishermen was announced by the Saunders Fish Company and the Warren Fish Company yesterday. This will mean a material increase in the earnings of the men who make up the crews of the local smacks, and will satisfy a demand which has been increasing for some time. SHORT TIME NOTE OFFER PAST LIMIT BT ASSOCIATED PRESS. Washington, Oct. 2. The govenv ments latest and largest issue of short time certificates of indebted ness of four hundred millions, offered in anticipation of the second liberty loan receipts, has been oversubscribed. DETROIT ROTARIAN TELLS HIS MANY FISHING FEATS Carlos Wiltenmeyer, a Detroit Ro tarian, was guest of the local club at yesterday's luncheon and enter tained the meeting with an interest ing talk which was well received. He told of the pleasures of fishing at Camp Walton and Eaid that he glad to have been in Pensacola during the hurricane, as otherwise he could not have believed it possible for so strong a wind to o little damage. After the starm abated he personally in spected all of the recently planted groves at Fig City and found only one tree injured by the wind. Mr. Wiltenmeyer told of the advantage of Rotary and said that he holds it in such high esteem that he has only This action picture from the Italian front shows a squad of General Cadorna's victorious trocps Iving in am bush on the Austrian flank during a r ecent attack. They are equipped ith a new Italian invention noiseless guns. Most of the sound of t-i" exulosijn is carried off bv tho t j. which can be seen leading from the muzzle of the gun fcrto the ground and the firing of the gun produces only a dull, faint thud. As the Austrians leave the trenches bafore the Italians ivtta ck this machine gun squad, undetec ted, scourges their retreat. BRITISH PUNISHING THE GERMANS ! MERCILESSLY ASSOCIATED PRESS SUMMARY. British Headquarters in France and Belgium, Monday, October 1. Once more the Germans have essayed, in a series of counter attacks, to break the new British lines between Poly goon wood and lower hamlets, across the open road to the south. Again they have been hurled back with heayv losses. The principal result of rnree Ditter attacKS Dy tne enemy oe tween dawn and mid-afternoon has been the merciless shattering of his ranks and a still further advance over the front south! of Polygoon wood by the British, who pushed their line forward some hundred yards in depth behind the fleeing Germans. The first assault was delivered at 6:15 o'clock this morning. The ene my advanced in three waves toward the British, but immediatelv met with such a fierce fire of rifles and artillery that he was compelled to retire. It was apparent, however that the Ger- CREW OF LOCAL SCHOONER FELT BRUNT OF BLOW ITALIAN STEAMER HAPPENS ALONG JUST IN TIME TO SAVE PENSACOLA MEN FROM FURY OF THE STORM. Wireless advices received at the aeronautic station yesterday morn ing from New Orleans state that the schooner Flora J. Sears of the maund ers company had been towed to Port Eads and that no lives were lost in the hurricane which swept the Gulf Coast Friday. Until the radiogram was received, considerable apprehension was felt for the safety of the vessel, as she was several days days overdue when the storm hit, and it was almost cer tain that she was in the track of the gale. As supplemental reports are received, each tends to reduce the damage estimates mad immediately after the storm, and to prove that this city escaped with very little injury. According to meagre information obtained yesterdav the Sears was dis masted, and rudderless when picked by a steamer out of New Orleans, but (Continued on Page Three.) failed to attend two meetings in the five years that he has been a mem ber. C. E. Dobson gave a brief account of his recent visit to Washington and paid high tribute to the efficiency of the naval intelligence bureau, which is the secret service of the navy department. He stated that the West Florida site is receiving favor able consideration as the location for the army training camp. The Rotarians will invite the sons of Rotarians who are in government service here to attend the weekly luncheons as guests of the club. Rev. J. H. Brown, vice-president of the club, presided at yesterday's meeting. mans were not through with the at tempt and the big British uns turned loose such an avalanche of shells as is seldom seen alonjj the front. This is the first dispatch re;;ardin? the military situation on the British front to be receved from the Associ ated Tress correspondent at British headquarters since last Friday, when notice was given that the sending of press dispatches from the field head quarters had been stopped tempor arily. . . . , . GERMANS ALARMED BY GREAT ITALIAN DRIVE Washington, Oct. 2. Alarmed by the success of the Italian drive over the Bainsizza plaza, Germany is withdrawing large numbers of Aus trian troops from France, and from Galacia and Bukowina, and rushinT them to the Italian front to meet the renewed offensive of General Car- MALE AND FEMALE COUNTY CONVICTS WILL BE LEASED PROPOSITION MADE BY W. C. BARRINEAU ACCEPTED BY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AT TUESDAY'S MEETING. All county convicts, both male and female, will be leased to the highest bidder, for light manual work, this having been made possible by action of the board of county commissioners yesterday morning. Male prisoners have been leased before, but the new plan includes all those unable to do heavy work. The proposition for lea-Tij the con victs was presented to the board by W. C. Barrineau, who stated that he would hire them for use on his farm The plan met with immediate favor, and resulted in unanimous action by the board. Robert H. Anderson appeared be- ( Continued on Page Three) HORRORS! THE COUNTY BEAN CROP IS RUINED BY THE STORM! About 75 per cent of the bean crop of Escambia county was de stroyed by the storm according to estimates made yesterday by county farm demonstration agent C. A- Fulfcrd, who had just re turned from a tour over part of kis territory. Mr. Fulford said that practical ly all of the crop that had not been harvested was lost, and that sugar cane was badly damaged. Rice that had not been harvested was a total loss, accord inrr to re parts, though much of the corn that was in the fields can yet be saved if sufficient labor is obtain able to do the work. Bams and outhouses were blown down in several parts of the coun ty, Mr. Fulford said, and a mule at C. W- Barrinau's place v as killed and a horse injured, when the barn was blown down. doma. Official dispatches received i here from Rome today say the second ! phase of the great battle is about to I open. j Great as was the Italian victory on the plateau, the gieat battle there is J by no means finished, according to i today s dispatches. Only the first phase of the campaign is past and the Italian troops are now preparing for a resumption of the action on a greater scale. The Austrians award of f e Italian purpose are making ready a strong defensive. From Austrian sources the Italians have learned that the recent visit to the battlefields of Emperior Charles was planned to encourage the Aus trian defensive by his personal ap pearance. Further evidence of the Austrian preparations is found in the withdrawal of nearly all Austrian troops from Galacia ami Bukowina, where they had been holding in check the Russians. CITY ENGINEER L. E. THORNTON RETURN SOON ASKS TO BE RELIEVED FROM DUTY IN WASHINGTON. AS HE SUFFERS FROM STOMACH TROUBLE City Engineer L. Earl Thornton, who has been on special duty in the office of the chief of engineers at Washington, will probably return to the cty in a short while, to await fur thur orders, as ill health has prevent stomach trouble, contracted in camp, in the engineers corps. His father says that Mr. Thornton has been suffering for, a couple of months from a severe attack of some stomach trouble, contracted n camp, and was finally ordered to the hospital and came out of the hospital with or ders from the surgeon in charge not to resume camp duty for some time, and to be very careful in his diet. This precluded the possibility of his gettinjr into active service for a long time, and he was then assigned to duly in the office of the chief of engineers, where he has been ever since- Although his health is improving (Continued on Pa?e Three.) DAMAGE BY STORM UP SOUND IS CONSIDERABLE Garniers, Fla., Oct. 2. The storm of the past week did considerable damage to wharves, fences and tim ber. Messrs. D. F. and M. H. Sulli van, E. R. McKee and S. M. John son lost their wharves, and the sea wall at the forest station was wash ed entirely out. -The timber is full of fallen trees. It blew down the fence at the homes of S. M. Johnson, Mr. W. M. Hartgrove and Mrs.' D. S. Mobney. Mr. Hand had no injury to his saw .mill but his lumber was all scattered about and the saw dust washed all over it. It will take a week to get things in shape to work again. Manuel Brown's schooner, the VY :WJ4if A CAPT. Wr. G. BARROW Brings Steamer Tarpon Successfully Through Late Storm STILL ON TRAIL BLACKWELLS IN ALL DIRECTIONS EVERY RUMOR RUN TO EARTH WITHOUT SUCCESS STATE OFFERS REWARD SHERIFF SUTTON JOINS IN HUNT. Every possible clue, reporting eith er the presence or supposed presence of the Blackwells, was followed to the end yesterday and the night be fore by officials, but last night no success was reported. An incentive which will probably sharpen the vigil of watchmen in all parts of the coun ty is the announcement that the man who captures the brothers will be $500 richer, as the amount in rewards now totals that figure. Announce ment was made from Tallahassee yes terday that the .state would add an other $300 to the $300 already of fered by Escambia county officers. Considerable interest was mani fested in the report of a taxi driver yesterday who reported taking a couple of men a few nights since to a point outside of the city, who had manifested the greatest desire to get over the river. It developed, howev er, that the passengers were heads of families who resided at Gull Point, and they were anxious to get to their folks. The taximan's report, howev er, caused the officers to run it down without loss of time. To keep in touch with developments relative to the escape of the Black wells. Sheriff Sutton of Okaloosa county, arrived here yesterday anfl will probably remain for a few days lonsrer. That the visiting sheriff will assist in hunting down the Blackwells, was admitted yesterday, although to what extent, and for how long, is not announced. Sheriff Sutton, in the course of time, would have been the logical man to have executed the brothers for the murder of the aged couple, and he had them brought to one of the safest jails in the state for safe keeping. His surprise when he learned the men had escaped can be imagined. He met Sheriff Van Pelt yesterday and secured first-hand ex planation of the manner of the escape of the men. WAR TAX BILL TO PRESIDENT NEXT BT ASSOCIATED PRESS Washington, D. C, Oct. 2. Con gress has sent the great war tax to the President for his f signature. The Senate followed the example of the House by adopting the conference re port without a record vote. The measure carries levies of more than two billion and a half dollars in ad ditional taxes. "Lonsomc Girl,"' was washed ashore j near his ways. Mrs. W. M. Hartgrove and son, W. M. Jr., called on Mrs. R. A. Batten field and found things on the bay beach very much cleaned out The dye plant had things in a bad condi tion, the railroad was all washed away, the machinery, vats and drying kiln are all out of commission, and it will take them several days to get in working order. Their wharves on that side are all swept away. The schooner "Viola," that carrie the supplies for the Garniers Naval Stores Co., had come as far as Camp Walton on her return from town an-1 was put on the beach at Camp Wal ton. : Capt. Barrojw Brings Long Tried Coast Steamer Into Port Safely. GALE HEAVY, BUT DAMAGE IS SLIGHT Skipper Took Precaution to Secure Advice Before Venturing Into Sea, At 12:30 p. m. Tuesday, the steams Tarpon, piloted by Captain W. G Barrow, slipped into her berth at Jef- ferson street wharf, after weathering the tropical hurricane safelv at Car rabelle. It took only a few moment to warp the vessel into the dock, and while the. unloading was in process the captain agreed to give The Jour nal an interview. "First of all,' said the captain, "I want to correct the report which was sent to Pensacola from St. Andrews that I had said "God makes the weather but I make the trips. No man outside of an asylum would make a statement like that, much less a man who has run a ship as long as I have. No, sir, the weatfier is some thing beyond human control, and while I know I have a fine little boat. I realize that the Tarpon, or any oth- ' er vessel could not have weather that I hurricane in the open sea. "We left St. St. Andrews Wednes day for Apalachicola, and made the trip without dfficulty, though the storm was brewing at the time. "I wired the weather observer at Pensacola for information concerning the approaching gale, and he ans wered that though the hurricane had apparently passed Pensacola. it mav recurve, and strike along the gulf coast. That is exactly what it di I . alright, and it struck pretty hard when it came, but the damage at the coast towns where we touched was not very great, and reports indicated that little damage was done to the east of Pensacola on the gulf coast. "Tides were pretty high, and some of the warehousemen along the coast put their stocks up on racks several feet high to prevent damage by the rising water. With this precaution many escaped damage, which other wise might have been severe. "Reports reaching St. Andrews, and Carrabelle were about as untrue as those brought to Pensacola from those points, for rumors stated that Pensacola had been badly damaged, and that fourteen lives had been lost in the city alone as a result of the storm. Of course that is not so, and it seems to me that we didn't fare so, badly after all." MUNSON REPORTS MUCH DAMAGE THERE Damage to the timber near Munsottt and Milton resulting from the hurri cane of Friday is very great accord-, ing to J. M. Hanna, who walked from Munson to Milton, and then came to Tensacola, arriving, in this city yes terday, bringing the first direct re ports of the timber damage ntiar Mil ton to reach here since the storm. Mr. Hanna estimated the damage, to the trees at seventy-five per cent, and stated that Postmaster Collins, stood at the Bamhill's house in Mil ton, and could see the buildings at Munson, six miles away, over an area which before the storm wa3 a dense forest. Water in Coldwater creek, accord ing to Mr. Hanna, stood five feet higher than ever before. CHIPLEY SUFFERS FROM THE STORM That considerable damage was done by the storm to the timber near Chipley, Clearwater, and other near by points was the statement made to The Journal by Rev. D. P. Slaughter, who was at Chipley during the storm of Friday. Mr. Slaughter said that he went from Dothan to Montgomery, return ing to Pensacola Monday by motor from Flomaton, as train service had not been resumed up to the time oZ his departure from Flomaton. Heavy rains were encountered at all points visited, the local minister said), and small frame buildings were blown down at many places. FUNERAL OF F. C. DAVIS WILL BE HELD TODAY Funeral services over the Temains of the late F. C. Davis, who died Tuesday morning at an early hour at his late home, 819 East Belmont street, will take place at the home, at 9:30 o'clok this morning, the in terment to be made in St. John's cemetery.