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'mm .:"'! :; ill' Am The ALATKA NEW 3 and Advertiser. SERIES VOL. XXIV. NO. 35. PALATKA. FLORIDA, FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 8, 1916. $1.00 Per 4,. US' UNIONS in"-" IRE NOW ACTIVE Loughout the county in Preparation for the Big Convention. Leu the national convention of tke nOI America iirceia in i auuia . 21st 01 INOvemuei wo ucie;a.i,u3 jlfel Putnam county on9 jf the .,( organized Farmers Union cottn- thu country, an tnings. ccnsia- Hers n ' , 1 1 .1. nf IMJ UIL1UU til Oil VUI1 WIG .VJ11- lt f.TI lOr X ttiawvw. ita meeting HClU ncic iaou uaiui- organise wic tuum.j wicic Iplpcrnt.ea nresent. ren- w.0 r ? " r local 49, of Orange Mills, Federal Nit 69, of Federal roint, remci i,o i it:! Bostwick Local, Alligator Lk local of Lake View, near Mann- ,;. and FaiatKa local 01 jraiaiKa. The officers elected are: Presi L F F. Tenney of Federal Point; P' . , t --. r a e n l nresiuent, uuuigc Mmau ui t Jil ls Sl'crewi jr, iicmj uuu.mi- HOI "". w..r.-..., teof PaiatKa; conductor, n.. a. we- of Federal r'oint; aoorKeeper, l,. UmHv of Peniel. the various Unions were instructed 3 appoint a memoer oi a committee ract in conjuncuuu wiui inu uuiumiL .m the board of trade to make epsrations for the convention and .entertainment of the delegates. Tie officers of the county union U elected as the executive commit- r . n .,A 4V,o VhWA Sg(i,. arof the month named as tne regu- m?etmgr day. Followm? are the otlicers ot tne srious locals: Putnam 40. Orange Mills: Prest- L George Conrad; vice president, '. H. Higginbotham; secretary, a. Cromc; chaplain, H. Ragin; con- n t r. l, 1 1 T litter, r. L. Mouaara; aoorKeeper, j. 1. Day. Federal Point 69, Federal Pom:t esident. F. F. Tenney: vice presi dent, F. P. Pupont; secretary, J. V. Ukiwn; chaplain, L. U. Krub.nker; T, 1 1 .1 1. triMirctor. linn nruuuiier; uoorivcvii- R. A. Weber. Peniel 1T1, Tulatka, President, R. L. iidon. vice president, Mr. Levraz, tJrtary, H. S. Wells, I haplain, 1. Brick, conductor, W. R. Welker- ir: doorkeeper, J. H. Smith. Alligator Creek, Manville, Tresi- M. P. Walsh; vice president, l.'kard Vermillin, secretary, Mrs. wald West; chaplain, Charles pt; conductor, T. West; doorkeeper, Bradley. Palatka Local. Palatka: President pry Hutchinson, vice president, L. McKae; secretary. L. Cantrell; con- itor, R. J. Hancock; doorkeeper, A. Hutchinson. Bonvick Local. Bostwick: President, E.Bell; vice president, Goss Mat id secretary, L. E. Williams; con- por, D. P. Hancock, J. A. Glisson. RICE CREEK TO CLAY Contract for Construction Has been Let to Glisson & Hancock. Possibly tlie most important public work of the week thus far, was the letting of the contract on Monday by the board of county commissioners for building the hard surface road from Rice Creek to the Clay county line. There were but two bids. One from the Logan Concrete & Engin eering Co. fixed the figures at $29, 644.24. The other bid was from gen tlemen who live in the road district, Messrs. J. W. Glisson and J. T. Han cock,, and whose bid was $23,500. They got the contract. Next Saturday the board will meet in an adjourned session to reconsid er ths bids for the Rodman road bonds It will be remembered that these bonds were sold last month to a Tol edo firm whose bid was a little better than par. Next day word came from the bidder that a mistake had been made and that what had been sent in as a premium was really intended as a discount. Much correspondence has passed back and forth between Mr. Odom, attorney for the board, and the Toledo bond buyers,,, with the re sult that the bonds wifr be closed out to the Toledo firm at the meeting to morrow at the discount, which is a little under the par value of the bonds. This will mean that we will soon have another important hard road under way. BACK CITY TAXES Attorney Walton Begins a Systematic System of Collection. A Pretty Bungalow. Contractor W. T. Bogart is just 'spitting a most delitrhtful little lisplow for Mrs. Willie Meteiflf on ft lot on Madison street directly in pir of her North Third street home. f bungalow has a most attractive prior, but it is the interior which ' most appeal to any prospective Nt, for Mrs. Mer.r-alf H psisrns rent- f! the new house. There is an ex ptionallv laree livinir room which Entered from the pretty front porch. r "ramus not on v aree. nut nas t'jy windows and in the hands of a '"el and tastv Vinncnwifo enn be Ne most attractively cosy. Three p and well lighted and ventilated pping rooms onen from this livinir fi and there is a commodious bath r' The kitchen is a cem. The prior is finished in selected nieces Kurd wood, and the work is of V nmshed Botrart rmttern. Double ps cover all rooms. This pretty -"low is nearly rearlv for oceu- I ;"CV. anil fn cfn4n nUn.rl .O M llrt Ned. Willinms-Pi'lermann Wedding. Wednesday afternon at 5 o'clock at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ilenis Petermann, occurred the marriage of Miss Bernice Le Emma Petermann and Mr. Clyde Williams of Lakeland. The Presby terian service was read by the Rev. C. M. Alford, D. D., in the presence of many relatives and friends of the young people. The color motif throughout was nink and green which was beautiful ly effective. The bride's attendants were Mr.-.. II. A. Stillwell of Jackson ville, matron-of-honor, and Miss Flor ence Williams of Pomona, bridesmaid. The groom's best man was Causey Green. Tlu bridal party entered the parlors to the strains of the "Lohcne-n'n" wed ding march rendered by Miss Mary Williams, pianist, and Miss Grace Urie, violinist. The bride who is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Petermann, is one of Palatka's fair est d:ui!Thters, and she looked charm ing in her blue taffet coat suit, white hat. and accessories to match. Mrs. Stillwell, matron, wv taffet.". with trimmings of old rose. Miss Florence Williams wove blue taf Vta with accessories of gold and black. Punch and a variety of cakes were sowed, after which the happy couple left for the station, accompanied by their many friends who showered them with rice, and gave them a good send off. Their wedding journey includes vis its to Baltimore, Washington and sections of South Carolina; after which they will return to their new home in Lakeland, where the groom has prepared a cosy bungalow and where he occupies a responsible po sition. The out-of-town guests were Mrs. Richard Petermann and family of Wavcross, Ga., Willard Petermann of Orlando: Mrs. E. L. Sellers and Mrs E. S. Green and family of Jack sonville. Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Middle ton of Crescent City; Senator and Mrs. Middleton, W. M. Williams. Mrs. n,.o nnH Mr and Mrs. Pinlar of Pomona. Presbyterian Church. Services next Sunday morning at 11 o'clock, with the subject: "How The Worlds Were Made', evening service at 7:"0 with topic, The Sword of Goliath." Sunday school at 9:45 a. m , Superintendent F. T. Merrill. Mid week prayer service Wednesday even in" at 7:"0 o'clock. All are welcome. v'jiiwvv THE SUN'S ONLY RIVAL is the electric light. It is the nearest ap proach to diivlifjit man has succtvoVd in producing. If you are not using electric li.'ht in vour homo, store, office or factory yi.ii are 'behind the age. Let us give you a lighting plan that will give you the most illumination at the littlest cost. PALATKA GAS LIGHT & FUEL CO. PHONE 328. Preoaredness ! PS Tuc- TWP HOUR Per.oy .preparejne .houlJ int.rett you. Renting one of our SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES iv... j j ..- . n...r4 Mnrtirarei. Insurance Papers, ,wlry J .i. i i , ..ij u r-rlnesj " neaint the Iom ot fin,., wmcr vmuBDie properly wuum UE t-"-i T hre .d it,;.... have three .ize. of boxe. that real for $3.00, $5.00 and $8.00 per vear. h Capital and Surplus of $148,000.00 is our guarantee to Repectfully, !t PUTNAM RATIONAL BANK OF PALATKA Perhaps you noticed that at the meeting of the city council last Tues day night Attorney J. V. Walton, who has undertaken to collect back taxes for the city, made a report. He handed in $888.16 as his collections for the month. This makes a total of some $3,000 collected up to the pres ent, and Mr. Walton has just gotten fairly started. Say, but this man Walton has some system. He showed his plans to The News. For several months he has been working like a hired man laying hi3 pipes. He hired a special room in the Law Exchange and devoted him self exclusively to the work. He found there was over $58,000 in back taxes due the city of Palatka. This amount is composed of amounts due from realty and personal tax, sewer, sidewalk, paving and curb ing special taxes. Some pieces of property have changed hands several times since the tax became delinquent. But Mr. Wal ton has a system of card indexing and can put his little fore-finger onto any piece of delinquent property in a sec ond of time. He knows who to in clude in every suit, and he is now going to ask people to walk up to the grainery and deposit their delin quencies, ar.d if they don't do it p. d. o. he is going to institute suits. Of that PcS.OOO' due the city 'Ihe News will be wonderfully mistaken in the man J V, Walton if he don''., get the big bulk of it. A suit will only add to the expense of the delinquent, for Walton has his plans and specifica tions well laid. Palatka is coming into its own mon ey this fall, and don't you forget that. Miss Davis Suffers Injury. H. A. Davis received a telegram from Fairmount college Tuesday, where his daughter, Miss Oma is a student, saying that in a play which was given there Monday, in which she was taking a prominent part, Miss Ima fell and fractured her right arm at the elbow. The unfortunate injury wnne very painiui, is noi, giv ing the doctors any uneasiness, so they report her condition as most fa vorable to a speedy recovery. John Mullcr Held for Murder. John Muller the maniac who last week murdered his father and mother and buried their bodies, was before Justice J. E. Marshall on Tuesday a-id pi'vn ;i preliminary heiriig. Or' ("'.;?,! he war held over to the grand jury on the charge of first degree murder; there was nothing else to be done, though the man is an undoubted maniac with criminal tendencies. There is little change in his conduct though an occasional seeming flash of intelligence gives the impression that he at least knows what he has done; but that he does not realize the awful character of his crime is ap parent to all who have observed him. Be Sure to Register. Because you were registered to vote in the primary does not necessarily mean that you are registered to vote in the general election next November. The primary is a party nominating affair. In November occurs the gen eral election when the candidates of all parties will be on the ticket. If you registered two or four years ago, 'or even prior to that, well and good, you will not be obliged to register again. But if you are a new voter, or have come into the county or htate and have never been registered for a general election, you had better do so now provided you want to vote. The precinct registration books in tVio vnrinns precincts of the county opened last Monday and will be kept open for several weens that vou are registered. FIRST ADS INCLUDE PALATKA Thanks to the Genius of M. P. Walsh for Spoiling a Good Thing. Make sure Mr. Price Not a Member. t the meeting for the organiza tion of the Catts' Club in this city some two weeks ago The News along with the other papers of the city stated that Mr. C.-H. Price was elect ed treasurer of the club. That was a statement of fact. For at the meeting Mr. Price was named and duly elected treasurer. It ap pears however, that Mr. Price was not a member of the club, and therefore .c nnt-. eligible to hold office in it. This he afterwards pointed out to the club members and Mr. Poole the sec retary was elected secretary-treasur er. ... When seen concerning tne matter Mr. Price, who is the democratic nom inee for county superintendent of schools, said: "No, I am not a member of, the ctii' d.ih. and was therefore not eli gible to hold office in it. They have I understand elected Mr. Poole, treas urer in my place. I attended the meeting for organization of the club j ... f tho Atptbndist pastor ! OH 1I1V 1L.IHWI, ' . and was present when I was nominat ed and elected treasurer, but up to that time no club had been formed and I was under the impression that I was only to fill a temporary place. When the' Club was formed I did not join, and have not since. I am try ing to be perfectly neutral in this contest. 1 shall support the Demo cratic ticket. I have always been a loyal democrat, and see no reison for changing at this time." Perhaps the one important thing before the board of trade meeting last Monday night was the statement of Mr. M P. Walsh of the Florida Farms & Homes, Inc., that he had as sumed responsibility for the payment of the first two assessments againt Palatka for incorporation in the Flor ida First Commission advertisements now running in a number of the great daily newspapers of the country. Mr. Walsh stated that he had requested the 1 nomas Advertising Service to include Palatka in these" advertise ments, and that he would assume re sponsibility for the payments. Of course he wants the board of trade to make good and continue the advertising of Palatka throughout the entire series. This the board will try to do, but it expects, and with reason, that the city council will do its part. Therefore a commitee was appointed with Mr. Walsh as chairman to go before the council and ask the city's help. Mr. Walsh did that on Tues day night, though up to now the coun cil has taken no positive action. Mr. Walsh also told of his visit to Washington and his efforts to get President Wilson to visit Palatka on the occasion of the big Farmer's Con vention in November, and the execu tive's promise to give the matter care ful consideration. He also told of efforts to have a big cattle show here on the occasion of the convention, and for which he is working. It is also the purpose of the board of trade to have a big exhibit of Put nam county farm products on exhibi tion here at that time corn, citrus fruits, etc., and all farmers who have products they are specially proud of will he invited to exhibit. Sheriff Kennerly 111. Sheriff R. Lee Kennerly has been ill and confiined to his bed for the past ten days. His trouble is caused by stomach disorder and for a time he was desperately ill. Later reports in dicate that he is improving. Putnam county people will generally regret the iilness of their popular sheriff, and will awit news from his bedside with hopeful interest. Musical at Francis. Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Hancock enter tained last Friday evening at their home in Francis in honor of their guests, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Prevatt of Seville, who motored over from that place accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Vanzant. Music was delight fully rendered by Messrs. Prevatt, Vanzant and Hancock, violinists; Mrs. J. H. Faulkner, and the Misses Wini fred and Nina Hancock, pianists. Gone to Balltimore. Col. W. A. MacWilliams has gone to Baltimore on a business trip, and while there for a brief stay he will join Mrs. MacWilliams, his daughters, Mrs. E. Noble Calhoun and Mrs. Raimond Lee Hendricks and the two little granddaughters, Gertrude Eileen Calhoun and Mary lone Hendricks, who went north last week. The chil dren have been ill since their arrival in Baltimore, following the journey northward from Jacksonville, but good news of their condition is expected shortly. St. Augustine Record. Concerning Seed Potatoes. J. H. Millican, who has been in Maine looking after seed potatoes, has written an interesting letter to Com missioner T. M. Waldron of East Pa latka concerning the potato conditions in Maine, and with Mr. Waldron's per mission The News is printing the let ter as follows: "Ft. Fairfield, Maine, Sept. 1st. ''I guess you will be interested to rt a line from the seed country. I have been here about a week and have been on the tro all the time; have been out with car and horse and buggy nearly every day. Spent one day at the U. S. Agricultural Station here, trying to find out something about the diseases, and it is interesting, espe cially so where one is interested in good seed. I think I must have vis ited at least 100 farms, and find good crops, prosperous farmers and pota toes bringing good prices. The far mers are selling in bulk, that is they haul nr.J dump in the car (coblers) at $2.25 to $2.35 here. There are very few Rose 4 planted here com pared with the amount of other va rieties planted; more coblers than any thing else. Saw one field turning out, or said to be turning out 160 bbls to the acre. Would not tell you this but G. W. Atkinson is here and will verify it. Seed are high and going higher and it would be well for you to begin looking around. Wilson & Toomer have bought 5,000 sacks of one concern here and they look good. There is .very little disease here but I have recn sonic blight. Will see you in about a week or ten days. "Yours truly, J. IT. MILLICAN." WANTED Long Leaf Yellow Pine Cross Ties, saps and hearts; fo specifications and prices write to W. J. Foye Lumber Co., 1112 Heard Building, Jacksonville, Fla. 8-25-5t.Pd. PALATKA SOCIALISTS TO NAME For Certain County Offices List Has Been Agreed Upon. The socialists of Palatka have been meeting quite frequently and discus sing the advisiability of placing in nomination candidates fcr county of fices. They have also been urged by certain parties to endorse certain oth er candidates, but according to one prominent socialist that party will name no general ticket for the county, but will content itself by naming can didates to oppose those to whom con sidorable opposition was manifest in the late democratic primary ,this in the hope that their candidate will receive the support of the "Guardeons" and independents : This socialist, who is a leader in the party in Palatka, if in fact he is not fully one-third of it, says that the following nominations will be made: For County Tax Assessor, C. A. Le. Hardy. For Justice of the Peace, E. E. Loomis. For Representative in Legislature against H. S. McKenzie, Charles Clark. Mr. Tilghman will not be atacked by the socialistic element. For Teachers' Certificates. The annual fall examination of Put nam county teachers for both white and colored schools is now in progress, the white examination being under direction of Mrs. Pickren. The fol lowing are taking the examination for white schools: Misses Arzenia Mil ler, Celia Goodson, Mamie Johnson, Mae Joiner, Eliza Williams, Julia Hain, Myrtle Herlong, Flossie Evans, Mrs. Frances Byrons, Mrs. M. T. Han na, Messrs. J. C. Shearer, Joseph Stock and C. Lindsey. AN Ol'KN LETTER TO MR. H. F. URIE. : My dear Mr. Urie: In a recent communication to a lo cal paper you have had at least a part ot your say concerning what you are pleased to term "this undemocratic contest of Mr. Knott," and in which you saw fit to characterize me as one of the democratic editors who would abolish the primary and go back to the old convention system of nomina ting candidates, as well as by impll cation to charge that I am also one of the editors who "stand close to the big corporations of our State who are trying to wreck the primary. You are a comparatively new com er to Putnam county, Mr. Urie, and therefore can be excused for not be ing familiar with certain facts re garding local political history. But you have been taking yourself seriously and 1 am disposed to hu mor you to the extent of writing se riously to you in reply. Not, mind you, in the hope of changing your views, for if I am any judge of men your mind is so filled with prejudice that any attempt to change it into normal channels of thought would be like sowing to the wind with a pos sibility of reaping a whirlwind of words. I think I would like you as a man, but I never would turn to you for advice as a statesman, or a man versed in political economy, or one grounded in the fundamentals of democratic form of government like ours. Here are some facts: There is but one editor in this state who has openly advocated the abolition of the primary. He has been both a republican editor and a democratic editor in Florida. At least he has supported republican can didates and democratic candidates, and is now supporting Mr. Catts. We refer to the Florida Metropolis pub lished in Jacksonville, and whose edi tor is Mr. W. R. Carter. The Palatka News has within the weak or two canea eaitonai attention to the fact that Carter's denunciation of the primary has been met with universal derision on the part of the other editors of Florida. The Primary was adopted by the democracy of Florida in 1900, the year of the last State Democratic Convention. I was a menmer oi mat convention and was also a member of the Committee on Platform and Resolutions which met in the old Jacksonville board of trade rooms and drafted the platform and original pri mary svstem. 1 have always advo cated the primary, and regard any at tempts now being made to upset it as puerile. The primary system may not be perfect, but as a system for making party nominations it has come to stay. The power has been placed in the hands ot the people wnere it of right belongs, and once such pow er has been given IT CANNOT BE WITHDRAWN. I am proud of the work I had, both in securing the adop tion of the onirinal primary system bv the democracy of Florida, and of the place 1 was subsequently to nave in helping to enact tnat system into the law of the State. The present law is cumbersome, but at the time of its enactment it was considered a great improvement over the old two primary svstem, as well as a great saving in expense to the State. The present law is a modifi cation of Senator Lafollette's draft and is said to b e in use in his own state of Wisconsin as well as in many other States. If there is a change, I hope to s e e the law so simpli fied that a wayfaring man, though de ficient mentally, need not err in mark ing his ballot or in counting and tab ulatig it. The Palatka News has never been lined up with corporations, but has al ways been classed as among the pro gressive papers of Florida's democ racy has been identified with that wing of the party. Perhaps that is why it now comes to the defense of our high courts, whose integrity you have assailed. Heretofore the high courts have never been assaihd ex cept by anarchists. It is a branch of constitutional government which has, with a few possible exceptions,. stood as a bulwark against .ninstice and oppression of the people. To as sail the integrity of our courts would not be progress. It would be a step backward, toward anarchy, and I am one Florida editor who is not prepared to take it. Rather I stand for the rule of the people under the constitu tion and law as interpreted by our high courts of justice. And I get my groundwork of democracy from such patriots as Thomas Jefferson and Al exander IT. Stevens and G rover Cleve land and William Jennings Bryan and Woodrow Wilson and nnt from Tom Watson and Nelson A. Miles and Sid ney J. Catts. I entered the late primary with an open mind in so far as the candidates for povernor were concerned. The first candidate I heard for that high ' have that nomination. The courts do office was Sidney J. Catts, in his ini- not make nominations, but when there tial address in Palatka. That address is a contest among candidates and a was so filled with half-truths, misrep- question as to whom the people real rcson'ations and false democratic doc- ! Iy selected, it is the court under our Tuesday's Fire Alarm. The alarm of fire about noon on Tuesday was occasioned by a small blaze out on Olive street in a small house; the boys acted promptly as usual and little damage resulted. "One thing the city council ought to do ," said P. M. Hagan in speaking of the race to this fire to a number of gentlemen the other evening, "is to enact an ordinance to require ev ery vehicle on the street to come to a full stop near the curb the moment the fire alarm is sounded. When this lire occurred yesterday automobiles were seen racing up the street some of them actually trying to beat the fire truck. This should not be allow ed, and if continued will sometime re sult in a bad accident. Then, too. it makes it hard for the driver of the ire truck to be always on the lookout fv motors en the street and at cross ings, lie should have a clean path. With such r.n ordinance in force it is ljbtful if in case of accident that laities to it would have ground to ;ue the city for damages. Such an trdi"ance is in force in Jacksonville, and when the alarm is sounded very vehicle on the streets to be passed ever by the engine, comes to a dead stop. Most always here the engine goes out Lemon street." pose to promote the interests of a foreign power, in disregard of our own country's welfare or to injure this government in its for eign relations or cripple its in dustries at home, and whoever BY AROUSING PREJUDICES OF A RACIAL, RELIGIOUS OR OTHER NATURE, CREATES DISCORD AND STRIFE AMONG OUR PEOPLE SO AS TO OBSTRUCT THE WHOLE SOME PROCESS OF UNIFICA TION, IS FAITHLESS TO THE TRUST WHICH THE PRIVI LEGES OF CITIZENSHIP RE POSE IN HIM AND DISLOYAL TO HIS COUNTRY." Mr. Catts preached this doctrine of discord and strife in an attempt to arouse prejudices of a religious na ture. But this letter is getting too long, Mr. Urie. I want to say in conclu sion that as a member of the State Democratic Committee from Putnam county I shall endeavor to do my ut most to keep the party in Florida in full harmony with democratic doctrine as laid down by the great men who have been its teachers and lawgivers and to the united wisdom of present day democracy as enunciated by our conventions and embodied in our plat forms. As to the present contest, I am waiting until the testimony is all in and the court has decided, not whom it thinks best fitted for the nomina tion, but whom the people themselves, as expressed in the recent primary, decided by a majority vote should trine that I did not take long in elim mating him from my list of availa bles. In this speech Mr. Catts played up on the prejudices of his hearers and was absolutely untruthful in many of his charges. Then again, Mr. Catts was undemo cratic; he advocated certain things which the democratic party has al ways condemned; certain things which the last Convention of the party in St. Louis aeain roundly condemned in the following language: "Whoever, actuated .by the nur- democratic form of government which must DECIDE WHOM THE PEOPLE DID REALLY SELECT. After that decision is made, it is expected that all honest democrats will abide by it. If so be that Mr. Catts is decided to be the nominee, then I will support him. If it be Mr. Knott, then I will support him, and I need not tell you that I am sincerely hoping it will be the lat ter. With assurance of my distinguished consideration, I am, Very truly yours, W.A. RUSSELL. i.ti an ' a i ,lt ll ' i ''; irs rill! !,"! .1 ." ' : n Mi" sr w i "l r t "