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and Advertiser. If (V f V NEW SERIES VOL. XXIII. NO. 19. PALATKA. .FLORIDA, FRIDAY. MAY 7, 1915. $1.00 Per Yeai NOTICE! A NEW LINE OF BOY'S PALM BEACH SUITS JUST ARRIVED, IN PLAIN AND STRIPES' ALSO IN BLUE AND WHITE PIN STRIPE. PRICE $5.00 Service e ouus Boys' Double and Blue Serg With extra pair of Trousers Prices $5.50 and $6.00 WE STILL HAVE A BIG LOT OF SHOES LEFT OVER ' FROM THE SALE Men's $5.00 and $6.00 grades we are clos- o on ing out, $3.89 to .Oi7 Ladies' Lace and Button Shoes, value up to o in $4.00 for t'kZf Ladies' Oxfords and Pumps values up to i rf $3.50, closing out at 1 ,KJKJ Children's Slippers up to $1.50. Closing at Cfl- 39c to OUC Curry'sShoeStore IN THE NEW MERRYDAY BLOCK SEE THE MYSTERIOUS CLOCK IN OUR WINDOW LORIDAWOODENWARE . PLANTJjESTROYED Important Palatka Manu factory Consumed in Fierce Conflagration. Lois Will Reach $50,000 with but $20,000 Insurance. Many Work men Temporarily Out of Employment. A fire which started on the grounds of the Florida Woodenware Co s plant at a point between one of the warehouses and the veneer shed about 2 o'clock, spread with a rush over the intervening dry space to the ve neer shed, where there was much varnish. There was a brisk wind, everything was dry as tinder, the varnish was especially inflammable; there was at the outset lack of pres sure from the water hydrant. That tells the story of the burning of one of the leading manufacturing indus tries of this city on Tuesday after noon last. Mistakes were made. In the first place whoever gave the alarm sent G. LOPER 1IIEY BUYS SCHOOL BLOCK At Master's Sale and There by Invites Certain Liti gation. Under and by virtue of a decree of foreclosure and sale rendered in the circuit court by Hon. James T. Wills on the '30th day f March, wherein Robert J. Edwards and Francis L. Chapin, as executors and trustees under the last will and tes tament of Jacob Edwards, deceased, were complainants and the Honda Commercial Co.. a corporation, was defendant. Hon. E. E. Haskell as Special Master, on Monday in front of the court house, sold at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, who happened to be Mr. G. Lo ner Bailev of this city, about one- half of block No. 53 in the city of Palatka and thereby hangs a tale. Block No. 53 in its entirety hap pens to be the block which was pur chased a little more than two years airo bv the Putnam county board of public instruction tor tne purposes oi a Palatka High School building. The school board purchased the property of the Atlantic Coast Line Railway, was given a WARRANTY DEED to the property. The consideration was $5,000. The story of the transaction though fresh in the memory of some is re peated for the benefit of the many. The people of Palatka were de manding better school facilities. On ly a short time before the people had organized the Palatka Special ;hool District. Howell A. always a plugger for better- PALATKA'S UP AGAINST E The Putnam National Bank of Palatka PALATKA, FLORIDA Total Aaseta, June 10th $700,000.00 Liabilities to Depositor 495,000.00 Atiets over Liabilities to Depositors 205,000.00 According to the New York Financial Review we are the second strongest Our' Safe'positBoxes. double lock system, are the best make. $3.00 per year. We solicit your banking business. Foreign Exchange issued. r v wriH President A. 8. WIFXARD, Oaihler V?H. WlIloN. VieePre1rtent CHAS. BURT, AMt. Cashier Ford economy is not alone in low price, but in the low cost to operate and maintain. For an average cost of two cents a mile, they serve and save ; add luxury to pleasure and bring profit to business. Over 700,000 owners have found the Ford dependable, economical and easy to oper ate. And in anv contingency, there's a Ford agent close at hand with a complete stock of parts. That's "Ford After-Service for Ford Owners." Buyers will share in profits if we sell at retail 300,000 new Ford cars between August 1914 and August 1915. Runabout $440: Touring Car $490; Town Car $690. Coupelet $750 ; Sedan $975 ; fully equipped. I. o. b; Detroit. On display and sale at THE FORD SALES COMPANY. Palatka, Walter W. Tilghman, Manager. the same to the Palatka Gas Light & Fuel Co's plant where the 'city alarm is located, BUT NEGLECTED to no tify the FIRE STATION. Fire En gineer Phillips heard the alarm, he was ready to go to me rescue, uuv " didn't know where to go; he waited fnr fho telenhone to inform him. The information tailed to come; men e;Tax school District, heard the blowing of the whistle at n . alwavs a nlui the Wilson Cypress Co. s mill, and he ments WHS chairman of the board of concluded the fire was in that direc-1 trustees for this special tax district. tion, so ne took a cnance aim nraum , He aml the otner members ot tne for the mill. ! board saw that Palatka would soon Arriving at the fire it was seen that: demand better school quarters. De there would be a shortage of hose, so ; sirHbie property in a good location Chief Phillips rushed back to the en- i wag SCarce. Mr. Davis and his con gine house for more hose. Here he ferees settled upon block 53. They met with a slight accident to the en- iearne(j that it was the property of gine. Mayor Kennerly sent his auto- the A c L Ry truck on with the hose. Mr. Davis approached the company It was soon seen that the Wooden- y corresnondence with the view to ware plant was doomed. There are purchase; he was met with reply some dozen or more hydrants in the ty,at tne pr0perty was not for sale; Wilson mill yards adjoining. In order Mr pavis js not a quitter; he went to protect this big concern and its back to tne railway company again, vast piles of l'imber among which The correspondence that resulted over sparks and burning tinder was con- s jesjre t0 purchase was volumi stantly falling, these had to be open-,nQUS finally, when its need for erl. The oDenine of the Wilson hy- .v,nnl nnrnoses was thoroughly un- drants of course failed to give suffi- jprstnnrf. the comnany receeded. It riant nressure for the play of water m- Davis to name a price Ion the burning plant. This Mr. Davis refused to do, but he The wind was blowing a brisk gaie g.Jirfrested that the railway corres tnward the citv. Fire fighters knew nnH witI, -ai estate men of Palatka ithat if once the flames secured a hold arj et a valuation. Two real es- nn the hitr Wilson mill and lumber tt , wpro consulted. One firm piles it meant the more than probable named a valuation of $6,000; ano'her : destruction cf Palatka. Hundreds of nmed $5,000. When the company ! citizen, business and professional u.,i rnTv-iHered these values its of- men were in the Wilson grounds with finals wrote Mr. Davis and named a ! buckets ready for every droppig cin- price of $5,500. This was accepted :der and they were all kept busy. by jjr. Davis and his board. I The loss of the Woodenware plant rpne company wanted to know to i3 almost complete. All its property whom the deed should be made; Mr. wrs destroyed except one dry kiln r.lvjs replied that it should be made ;and the stave mill. The buildings out to the Putnam County School !lmrneil were the main mill, the finish- mmmissinnors fnaming them) and ing department, warehouses, one dry tneir SUCCessors in office, send the kiln, several store houses, oil house, deed to the Putnam National Bank, blacksmith shop, boiler house and together with a draft on the county chocks mill. 'school board for the amoint. This Chas. Kuppcrbusch, vice president Was done. The deed laid in bank and general manager of the company three days and during that time the states that the loss in stock and buildi ! attorney' employed by the board ex ings will exceed $50,000. The compa- amined it and pronounced it straight, nv had insurance to the amount of as indeed it was. $20,000, all placed with Palatka agen- 1 Then the money was paid, cies. Of this amount the G. Loper of this amount the Putnam county Bailey Co. had placed $9,500; Tucker board advanced $3,000 with the un Bros. $6,000. T. B. Merrill $4,000 and derstanding that when the amount Knight & Dorn $500. I was paid back to the county, they There was in stock some 15,000 60-'Would execute a deed of the property lb lard buckets and some 35.000 fin- to the Palatka Special Tax District, ished automobile chocks, in which the The Palatka district at the time had company enjoyed a large and growing to its credit $2,500, which was paid trade with auto manufacturers in De-jw;th the $3,000 from the county, troit, Mich. It was only late last year that any Mr. Kupperbusch stated thr.t the SUSpicion gained currency that there plant was not at this time running was a cloud on the A. C. L. Railroad's full time, but that this is always a title. more or less dull season, though The question hinged upon whether within 60 days they had every reason 'a paper executed in 1895 by the to believe that the factory would be! Florida Commercial Company to Ja working its capacity force of men on Cob Edwards was a deed or a mort full time. As it is some 40 men will.eaKe. This document Judge Wills be temporarily out of employment. has construed to be a mortgage, and The company will rebuild said Mr. the sale last Monday was a fore Kupperbusch, and within 60 days it is closure of that mortgage. It is a likely we will be temporarily equip-1 peculiar document, one that has puz pod to go on with the work. Of 7.)ed lawyers to understand, course, said he, it will take time to Last Monday on advice of Attor get back in the position we were in 'rev A. H. Odnm. Lrndis & Fish of last Tuesday morning. Unfilled PeLand and MacWilliams & Bassett orders the company hopes to arrange l0f St. Augustine, the latter firms be to have filled bv rival manufacturers ling attorneys for the A. C. L., Mr. in other cities. Frank D. Wattles, since January, The Florida Woo:'snwarc compaiy 'chairman of the Putnam County has been in .business here some six or School Board, had a high wire fence cm-pn vmm'hiiH hns hnilt nn a snlen- orpctwl surrounding the block, to- did business. It makes lard tubs. buckets, etc., and its trrrie is with Dr.ckers and concerns dealing in lard In this Dixie Highway Mat ter Alleges Secretary ' Kennerly. Secretary C. H. Kennerly of the Putnam County Chamber of Com merce, who appeared before the Jacksonville board of trade on Tues daly on invitation of the secretary of that body, says that Palatka has some work on its hands 11 it secures the proposed highway. Mr. Kennerly states that it is private opinion publicly expressed that Jacksonville will secure this highway which is to ran from Chi cago to south Florida. He furth er gives it as his opinion tnat jack sonville's trade body will favor the highway running from that city to St. Augustine and Hastings, although if sufficient pressure is brought to bear on them from the towns on the west side of the river that Jackson ville will likely throw its influence with the western route. At the meeting in Jacksonville Mr. Kennerly was alone in repre sentating Palatka, but eight mem bers of the St. Augustine board were present to urge the east coast route. They had some argument tco. said Mr. Kennerly. They made the statement that St. Johns county offered 66 miles of brick roadway as a connecting link between Duval and Volusia counties, which is a fact. In the event that the highway should be located on the east side of the river it will be up to Palatka to secure the route from Hastings to Palatka and thennce south via. DeLand. Kissimmee is already making an effort to secure the high way and if other towns down through the interior of the state will do their part it is possible that the high way may lead through the most in teresting part of Florida its inte rior. Palatka has two chances. If the highway runs to the east, we will work to secure its continuence here and on south. If it shall be decided to come south from Jacksonville on the west side of the river, Palatka would secure it. This route, how ever, in the light of present senti ment, seems unlikely. T TO BIDjRICK FLAT For Mrs. Ella H. Brown, To Accommodate Four Families Mrs. Ella H. Brown of Rensselaer, Indiana, who has just purchased grounds of Miss Mulholland in her addition on an extension 01 iMortn Second street, has let a contract to Contractor Bogart for a four-family flat, which is to be erected imme diately. The new Hat is to lie or brick ve neer and ornamental. It will be on the west side of the new street and facing the river. Miss Mulholland Has already ne- gan opening up tne street tnrouffn her extensive grounds, and concrete sidewalks are being laid. This large property has been cut up into lots and will be placed on the mar ket, where they will undoubtedly, ow ing to their excellence ot location, find a read" sale. Mr. F. H. Wilson some time ago purchased a lot of Miss Mulhollond nearer the river, and it is under stood he contemplates the erection of a handsome residence at an early day. YOUR BUSINESS "CHANNEL" WILL BESTREWN WITH HF "MINES" OF ADVERSITY IF YOU DON'T " ALLY " rr WITH THE GREATEST "POWER" IN THE WORLD OF BUSINESS-ADVERTISING. USE HER "MINE SWEEPERS" THE NEWS IS A SPLENDID MEDIUM. institutes, r.nd other food "jrcucts. Tie company is composed of F. H. Wilson, president; Chas. Kupper busch Jr., vice president and mana ger; W. P. Merriam, secretary, end Chas. G. Grimm, treasurer. That there was no lack of water pressure at the pumping stotin is attested by Mayor Ken-ierly, City En gineer Stilimgo and the gaurro. Mr. Stallings was called up 011 the tele phone by Mayor Kennerly at the breaking out of the fire a.id asked about the p-essure, .".nd his reply was thrt it was 95 pounds to the sonare inch. Mr. Sellings r.ssures The News that this pressure was certainly on at the time, r.l'Jiough in the neichtor hood of the fire this world probably be reduced to, 50 pounds to the square inch, sufficient however for the needs of the fire. The company is grateful to the peo pie of Palatka for their quick re sponse and help, and the Wilson com pany feels this same gratitude gether with a gate which was closed and locked and to which was at tached a "No Tresoass" sign. The A. C. L. authorized Mr. Thigpin. its local agent, to lend the section hands of the road here to assist in erecting this fence. The fence simply is a legal formality denoting possession. Hon. Robert w. navis or uanes- ville who was in the citv on Mon day in consultation with Mr. Bailey, has given the opinion that his title is perfect. This to about one-half the block. Other lawyers are or same ommon. The court lalso so ruled when it made the order for sale irMer foreclosure of the mortgage. That the county is safe is shown in the fact that its title is a WAR RANTY DEED. The A. C. L. K y will undnnhtedlv make good its warant But it is more than likely that it will defend its tflle and that iq whv The News makes the pre diction that Mr. Bailey has invited litigation. - The description of the part of the block purchased by Mr. Bailey is one that will also make it difficult for When Talk Begins. Hostess "People are very dull to night, Adolph. I really can't get them to talk." Host "Play something, dearest." Judy. A Real Peach. Our Idea of a peach is the wife of a man who thinks sho Is prettier than the cashier at his favorite restaurant Galveston News. FRESH WATER FISH HLJECAPITATED Its Enactment Meant Much to Fishing Industry of State. By striking out the enacting clause of the fresh water fishing bill, the House of Representatives at Tallahas see has gone on record as opposed to any state supervision of or pro tection to, the fish in the fresh wa ter lakes and streams of the state. And not only this, but the action is believed to have weakened the pow ers of the state game and fish com missioner in his enforcement of laws already existing. The enactment of this bill into law was important to the fishing interests of Putnam county. In fact the bill had its inception at Welaka in this county, where the fishing industry is prominent. The time had come when the fihshermen themselves felt the need of protection in the prosecu tion of their business. The bill pro vided for a closed, or spawning sea son; a time when under the pro visions of the law it would have been impossible for fishermen to violate it. It provided many other essentials for the protection of the fresh water fishing industry and would have been instrumental in guaranteeing an unfailing supply of fish for all time. At present the statutes of Florida abound in countless local fish laws laws for practically every little stream and lake and those of one county usually conflict with the local laws of an adjoining county. this bill which has gone to its grave without that investigation into its rights to live which a legislature in reason ought to bestow upon a meas ure of such import, would have been a blessing to Florida. The fishing industry of Florida is so vast and affords such a magnificent revenue to the people that its conservation becomes a duty of the state. It is one 01 tne states great natural resources, one which the legislature of 1915 has said may slide. It is a natural resource the conservation of which is of vastly greater impor tance than that of game. LAWFlWlW JUDICIAL CIRCUIT May be Unconstitutional Supreme Court to Pass on Measure. A Tallahassee telegram on Wednes day evening says: The bill by Senator Farris of Jack sonville, creating the new Twelfth ju dicial circuit and providing for two circuit judges for the district, which is Duval and Nassau' counties, must run the gauntlet of the supreme court as to its constitutionality before it will be signed by the governor. Senator Farris said today that he has had grave doubts as to the con stitutionality of the measure, and it was understood that the governor would ask the supreme court for an opinion thereon before signing it. The doubt exists as to the right under the constitution to provide more than one circuit judge for any one judicial circuit, and senatorial legal opinions differ, as there is evident room for construction either way. It is understood the governor will make the request of the supreme court very soon and the opinion will be ihanded down as soon as an examia tion of the matter can be made. On the constitutionality of this bill will depend the changing of Putnam county to the new circuit which under the provisions of the bill becomes a part of the new Fourth Judicial Cir cuit formed by the three counties of Clay, St. Johns and Putnam. The contest however over who will receive the appointment as judge of the new circuit goes merrily on. The candidates are Hon. S. J. Hilburn and A. H. Odom of this city, and David R. Dunham of St. Augustine. J. N. Blackwell of this city and Col. E. No ble Calhoun of St Augustine are can didates for State's attorney for the new circuit. him to know just what he has pur chased, bit down and draw a square. Then trace out this description: 1 Begin at N. W. corner of said block , run south along west lin- to S. W. corner, tnence east along south line to S. E. corner, thence north along east line about 13.5 feet to a point '10 feet, measured at rignt an gles from the center of the railroad track as located across said mock 53. thence in a N. W. direction along a line parallel with and 20 feet from the center of said track to tne nortn boundary of said block 53 thence west about 32 feet to place of be ginning. , , . . What will make tne aescription particularly hard to follow is the fact that there is no railroad track crossing the block. There once was such a track, Out it was long since torn up. It will be a matter 01 general re cret if the school board has to lose this valuable piece of property. It is in every way most desirable. Certainly no censure can be placed tVio iYipn who engineered the pur chase. A warranty deed, which was pronounced good by attorneys, coming from the Atlantic Coast Line Railway would be accepted by any good man of business. Chamber of Commerce Quarters. The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce has rented the store at the east entrance of the Howell Ar cade and is fitting the same up for permanent quarters in an attractive manner. E. Madison the artistic sign pain'er of the Palatka Sign Co. is placing some attratcive lettering on the window and the interior has been fitted up with desks, chairs, etc., preparatory to meetings. The location is one of prominence and Secretary Kennerly, who will un doubtedly make it his headquarters, will be in position to gather in the stranger at our gates and fill him with Palatka lore to the point where he will want to come in and dwell with us. The new trade board is starting out with zeal and a whole lot of bottled up energy for Putnam county and Palatka, which will be uncorked at the proper time and made to tell for the welfare of this section. m Extra One new cane syrup $ in new Cypress barrels. IS rts Qt L. C STEPHENS, 628 Kirby Street.