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The palatka new
and Advertiser. SERIES VOL. XXV. NO. 4. PALATKA, FLA., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1917. $1.00 Per Year. g ' " Palatka 's B Iggcst and Best." President Wilson May Say WAR ON GERMANY We Positively j';Say CUT PRICES on CLOTHING 0r - WE, TODAY, INAUGURATE OUR Semi-Annual Suit arid Overcoat Sale s t; P Any Overcoat In Our Store Drei v Any Suit In Our Store These Suits will have the labels of such well-known lothing-makers as Hart, Schaffner & Marx, Kirschbaum lothes, Hickey Freeman, Style Plus, High School Clothes, t-recognized leaders in the clothing world. We control in Palatka THE BEST MAKERS OF CLOTHING. Another BARGAIN 5 Fancy Suits PINCH BACKS AND REGULARS. NO Charges, No C O.D., No Alterations during this sale CASH ONLY. d iXTRA ! VOTES pat! YOU KNOW THE STORE-THE BIG STORE tlHi ; ON THE CORNER FEARNSIDE CLOTHING COMPANY Not Connected With Any Other Store in Palatka HONE 91 ThoDssI Medium For Disbursements Checking Accounts offer the best possible medium by rhich the Business House, the Corporation or the Indi idual may make disbursements. (The Putnam National Bank invites Checking Accounts, lrge or small PUTNAM NATIONAL DANK PALATKA, FLORIDA Copyright But 8ch2ner IMin 43 Fancy 3-piece Suits, values from $27.50 to $17.00. 56 Blue Serge 3-piece Suits, values from $27.50 to $17.00. 23 Pinch-Back Suits, values from 125.00 to $17.00. 53 Fancy 2-piece Suits, values from $25.00 to $17.00. 38 Blue Serge 2-piece Suits, values from $27.50 to $17.00. This lot includes SLIMS, STOUTS and STUBS. Any one of these 215 Suits for $12.75. $8.75 EXTRA ! VOTES 0,000 VOTES ON AUTO with each $12.75 Suit. 35,000 rOTES ON AUTO with each $8.75 Suit. PULL FOR 'OUR FAVORITE. IOME EARLY AND GET THE PICK OF :HE STOCK Starts Today Lasts 10 Davs LEMON ane THIRD ST. L OF In Death or Mrs. Eliza Wad dell Gray, Which Occurred On 3d Inst. Mrs. Eliza Waddell Gray, since 1852 a incident of Palatka, died a little after midnight on Friday of last week. Her death was not preceded by any illness. . She had been up and about her household duties all the day before and had retired feeling in her usual health. She passed peacefully away surrounded by all the members of her family living here. The funeral was held at 3 o'clock on Sunday afternoon from the home, and the interment was in the family lot in West View cemetery. Rev. Dr. C. M. Alford pastor of the Presbyte rian church officiated. This ceremony was attended by a large number of people, but particu larly noticeable was the large number of old residents. Beautiful floral tri butes covered the casket and were bunched about, mute testimonials of the love and esteem in which thi3 good woman was held by the people among whom she had lived for 65 years. Mrs. Gray was born November 8th, 1838. At the age of 14 she came to Palatka from Columbia, S. C, and on April 2d, 1857 was united in marriage to Capt. Henry A. Gray, who proceed ed her to the Better Land by some 21 years. Mrs. Gray was one of the first to unite with the Presbyterian church in Palatka after its organiza- 1 tion, and the first pastor of the church, Rev. J. M. Quarterman, officiated at her wedding. As a bride, 60 years ago, on the arm of her young husband, Mrs. Gray en tered the home from which her body was carred to the tomb last Sunday. This home was newly built and had been erected by Capt. Gray. This one house had been her home all the years of her wifehood and widowhood, ex cept for the four years of the civil war, when during her' husband's ab sence on military duty, she resided with other Palatkans of that day at Orange Springs. This home, too, is historic. Through its upper story a shell from a Federal gun boat in front of the town went shrieking through, leaving a hole large enough to push a head. In this home also her children were born, and here for many yor.rs, since several of them have gone out to make homes for ! themselves, her children have come un- to the third generation to spend hap ! py hours with mother, grandmother land great grand-mother. Fortunate lv nil nf her sr.rvivinsr children have lived near, and "mother" never knew what it was to be lonely. Her abode was the family shrine. There was great surprise and much sorrow in Palatka over the sudden death of Mrs. Gray. All old citizens knew her and lifted their hats with revermtial regard when passing her on the streets or were otherwise in her presence. Not only her own chil dren ,but Palatkans generally will rise up and call her blessed. Mrs. Gray is survived by six chil dren, Mrs. F. D. Ackerman, Mrs. R. C. Howell and Mrs. Wm. H. Hoyt, Harry A. Gray, postmaster, of Pa latka, Edward Wurtz Gray and Judge DeWitt T. Gray of Jacksonville. The grandchildren are Mrs. Annie Gray Davis, Mrs. E. W. Elliott, Mrs. M. M. Vickers, Osborne P. Gray, Mary Gray, Nancy Eliza Gray and Henry J. Gray; and three great grand children, Mer cer Gray Davis, Dorothy Anne Davis and Ola Deare Vickers. Mrs. Gray's death was due to heart failure. VON ENGELKEN RESIGNS AS DIRECTOR OF MINT A Washington dispatch on Wednes day stated that F. J. H. von Engelken, formerly of East Palatka on Tuesday resigned as director of the United States Mint. Mr. von Engelken's resignation was tendered in order that he might ac cept the presidency of the Farm Loan Bank at Columbia, S. C, for which place he expects to leave to begin his duties on the 15th. It is not yet known who will succeed Mr. von En gelken as director of the mint, but dozens of applications the dispatch had already been filed for the place. Naval Stores Men Suffer Loss. TVio in toner rnl i of l.ist Fridav and I Saturday nights resulted in serious injury to naval stores operators in I this county, costing them many thous lands of dollars in the breaking of cups. Mr. Goss Mattox of Bostwick states that the rain which preceded the cold left water in the cups, which froze. I This caused the cups to break. He ' lost a total of 63,000 cups. These ' cups cost three and a half cents a piece. Besides the loss of the cups would be the spilling of contents and ; the loss of time required to replace them. , , C. E. Currie of Interlachen was al so a heavy loser, 'tis said. Allen & Ganas of Huntington are reported to have last over $7,000 by this recent freeze. Other operators throughout the county will also be heavy losers. STATE WIDE FREEZE CAUSES SERIOUS LOSS, ESPECIALLY IN SOUTH TRUCKERS ALL OVER STATE WILL BE OBLIGED TO REPLANT. Citrus Fruit Remaining on Trees Generally Frosted Damage to Trees Not Thought Serious Except in South Florida. Freezing weather hit Florida last Friday night, coming in from the northwest astride a wind which amounted to a 60 mile an hour gale. Before sunup the following morn ing the mercury in every part of Florida had dropped from six to 12 points below freezing. .On Saturday night, while there was an absence of wind, there was little if any rise in the temperature. The before dawn temperature throughout Florida averaged about the same as on the previous night. The damage wrought in this State by these two nights of extreme cold can scarce be computed, but it will run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, perhaps millions. Of course semi-tropical South Flori da suffered the greater damages. The great east coast tomato and truck fields were a total loss. One tomato planter in Dade county with 500 acres of tomatoes will have to reset the en tire acreage. He is only one of hun dreds. . In the East Palatka-Federal Point Hastings potato section just east of this city, there are, as has been con servatively estimated, fully 12,000 acres planted in potatoes. Of course all this acreage has been cut to the ground. But the great part of it had only began to show above ground; the tubers had not formed. There will have to be no replanting, except on a few acres at Federal Point, where the tubers are as large as English walnuts. Federal Point is usually from ten days to two weeks in ad vance of the other potato sections. This year it will be coming in about the same time, and in some instances a little later. The opinion is gen eral among the big potato growers that very little of the acreage will have to be replanted. Citrus fruit groves in East Palatka have been slightly injured or set back. In some instances a few trees have been put out of business. W. G. Tilghman's Satsuma trees appear to be uninjured. Perhaps Mr. Warner of the Esper enza grove is the heaviest grower of citrus fruits in this end oi me coun ty; he had fires going all through the nights and it is reported that in so doing he saved about 50 per cent of the fruit left on his trees. He had shipped fully one-half of his crop. San Mateo groves have been dam aged, but to what extent can not be determined under a week. The con sensus of opinion is that the damage is not serious. Much of the fruit had been shipped. There is comparatively little fruit erown in this part of Putnam county. The fruit section is mostly confined to the peninsular end of the county. Crescent City in the extreme south of the peninsular, and only three or four miles from the Volusia county line, in a citrus growing section ex clusively. This place has the record for being the most extensive shipper of citrus fruits in all Florida. Here probably four-fifths of the crop had heen marketed. A large part of the fruit remaininr; on the trees has been regarded as still marketable. The e-rowers there while admitting that the trees have been injured, are united in the opinion that the damage is only slight, and confined to a cur tnilment of the coming year's cron. There was approximately 90,000 boxes of grapefruit and oranges left on the trees. In West Putnam the damage to trees has been greater, but except for Interlachen and one or two other points, little attention has been given to the cultivation of citrus crops for the past twenty years. Considerable trucking is done in this section of the county, and the losses to such growers hns been great. Cabbage at Putnam Hall showed dam nre, while a few miles away, at Gran din, a big cabbage acreage showed up in fine condition on Wednesday morn ing. Florahome is nuite used to set backs, but its people have again been hit and hit hard. The trucking losses here have been great. Over at Bnnnerville a number of farmers had bandad for a big acre age in strawberries. The cold was so severe that in some instances even the plants have been destroyed. Some 13 acres in berries here were showing berries just about ready for ship ment. Putnam county with all its losses. is not in it however to the extent of some of the counties south of us, even to the extreme southern limits of the State. Our citrus trees were more dormant and therefore better prepared to stand the ewtreme cold. Reports from The South. The Palatka News is not going to eive much hearsay evidence concern ing the cold in the southern parts of the State. It is going to make up its report principally from clippings from newspapers in the different sec tions mentioned. However, at some points like Tam pa, where only weather bureau tem peratures, taken from the tops of high buildings, are given, it is going to give the tree level temperatures as reported to us by men who were on the ground. One man who was in Tampa on Friday and Saturday and Sunday, stated that the temperature on Satur day morning before sunup was 23. That of Sunday morning was but a fraction higher. The Tampa Times of Saturday evening said: "High winds, which may have help ed to save the crops, cut off commu nication with many sections, and the extent of the damage wrought could not be ascertained early today. "At 6:30 o'clock this morning the thermometer at Jacksonville register ed 16 degrees, and Tampa 'unofficial ly' reported 26. Among points cut off from wire communication this morning were Orlando, Ocala, Dayto na, DeLand and Tallahassee." The Miami Temperature. The Miami Metropolis of Saturday evening in its report of the weather conditions there said: "All records for low temperatures at the local station of the weather bureau were broken by the dip last night. The official minimum tem perature was 27 degrees, which was two degrees less than the previous record. This temperature was se cured by the official instrument on the top of the government building, which, owing to its elevated location, was not situated advantageously to secure a particularly low reading. From reports received at the weather st;'tio this morning from reliable sources temperatures in the vicinity of Miami reached minimums ranging from 22 to 24 degrees. Temperatures in this low range were reported from Cocoanut Grove, Allapattah, Biseayne Heights and even in some of the wes tern part of the city." At Plant City. Plant City is but a few miles west of Tampa. The Courier of that place in its issue of Tuesday, Feb. 6th, in its articles describing the cold, said: "Florida has been gripped since Fri day by the most severe cold wave in many years in fact, no such temper atures have been recorded in this im mediate section since 1909, and it came near the devastating freeze of 1894 and '95, when many millions were lost in two nights. "The present cold was preceded bv a heavy rain and high north-to-northwest winds last Thursday night, and the mercury dropped from 50 on Fri day to 24 degrees above zero Satur day morning. Sunday morning brought a further drop, 23 1-2 being the lowest recorded by the govern ment station." Conditions at Orlando. Next to Crescent City, Orlando is. with the possible exception cf Avar':?., the second largest citrus shipping pcint in Florida. Mr. A. J. Nye, a heavy orange shipper at that place is reported n" making the statement that a larae number of trees in the Orlando ppf tion are showing trunks with split bark, which means dead trees.. How ever this is only hearsay.. The Or lando Reporter-Star, one of the most accurate, carefully edited papers in Florida, in discussing conditions there says: "The extent of the damace done by the freezing weather last night in dif ficult to arrive at, for the reason that opinions differ and several days will be requried to ascertain for certain if the citrus cron on the trees was frozen, as some claim, or if it escaped, as others assert. It is noticeable that the oldest growers are the most ontimistic. At 6 o'clock last even'nrr the temperature was 39, and it fell a degree an hour, on an average until midnight. Pome claim that the mer cury descended as low as 21. A. D. Zangen reported the lowest register and stated that all his nursery s("ck was killed. The official register was 23 1-2." , Lakeland's Report. The Lakeland Evening Telegram of Saturday says: "Last night Florida was visited by the coldest weather the State has ex perienced in twelve years, the gov ernment thermometer in the City Park registering a minimum of 21 degrees. Today the temperature is slowly rising, and it is not thought it will go below 28 tonight. It is too early yet to figure on the damage to the citrus fruit industry. Much of the fruit on the trees, it is thought, is frozen, but in many pro tected groves the fruit is not injured. Many large growers were prepared for the cold with henting apparatus, and the fires were lighted in these last night, therby saving the fruit in groves thus protected. Much bloom undoubtedly is killed. There is time for another bloom to take the place CONTRACT TO Let to the Cornwall Con struction Co. of Tampa, for $70,663. Possibly the most important act of the board of county commissioners rt fhe February meeting this week was the letting of a contract for the Rodman-Orange Springs Road, in road and bridge district No. 3, to the Corn well Construction Company of Tampa for a total of $70,663. This was what is termed an alternate bid. That is to say, it was for the building of a road of material different than what was called for in the invitation for bids. The cost of building a road such as had been advertised, was much higher than the amount for which the district was bonded. The Luten Bridge Co. also of Tarn pa was awarded a contract for build ing the Deep Creek bridge on this road, the same to be of reinforced concrete arch over span on main chan nel and with two reinforced concrete culverts over the slough on east end of the bridge. The cost of this work will be $5,483. After the contract had been let and arrangements for the construction ac cording to the plans and specifications under the supervision of Engin eer Fagan, some of the board thought it possible that they had done an il legal act in letting a contract for a road different than that advertised for. They then wanted to rescind the con tract; but a recess meeting was called for the 21st, at which time the par ties at interest will all be present, and if it in then found that the act was legal it will be allowed to stand. B. G. Sykes for the past year su perintendent of the county poor farm, tendered his resignation, which was accepted. Presbyterian Church. Services conducted by the pastor, Rev. C. M. Alford, D. D. Sunday at 11 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Sunday school at 9:30 a. m., F. T. Merrill, su perintendent. Mid-week prayer ser vice, Wednesday evening at - 7:30 o'clock. A cordial welcome to all these services. Mrs. O'Haver's Brother Dies. William H. McNitt, brother of Mrs. Robert S. O'Haver of this city, died suddenly on Sunday afternoon last at his home in South Bend, Ind. Mr. McNitt was ticket agent for the Penn sylvania Lines at South Bend, and was 45 years of age. He and his wife visited Palatka a year ago last September. Mrs. O'Haver also visi ted her brother at his Indiana home last summer. The news came as a severe shock to Mrs. O'Haver, as her brother had been in perfect health when she last heard from him. The cause of death is to her unknown. Some Rare Newspapers. There is on exhibit at the Acker-man-Stewart drug store this week, and to continue for some days, a doz en or more newspapers from far off lands. These newspapers were sent to The Palatka News by the Chamberlin Med :eine Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, and vcre received by that company for becking purposes the company be ;ng an advertiser of its well-known remedies in all quarters of the globe. Among the papers to be seen at the Aekermnn-Stewart store are: The North China Daily News of Shan ghai; The Burma Herald from Rnn eoon; The Sindhi of Sukkur; The Times of Ceylon; The Bataviaasch Nieuwsblad of Batavia: The North ern Post of Aliwal North, Cipe Prov ince, South Africa; The Bengalee of Calcutta; The Indian Daily Telegraph of Lucknow; The Friend, of Bloemfon tein: Daily Dispatch of East London, South Africa, and two or three print ed in language that we defy John Mal lem or any other man in this town who has been accustomed to reading a language written backside first to de cipher. Anyway those papers will prove a curiosity to anyone and should be seen. After being on exhibition for a time at the Aekerman-Stewart store, they will be given to the Palatka Pub lic Library. of the present, and at the worst, there win only be a curtailment of next sea son's crop, which, in view of the in creased prices, will not be a great ca lamity. The set-back to trees by rea son of killing tender young growth will be only temporary." At Bartow a minimum temperature of 24 deg. is reported. Great Damage at Sanford. The Sanford Herald of Tuesday says : "That a large percentage of the or ange crop still on the trees was frost ed and that young groves were badly iamr.ged is certain, but to what ex tent the damage extends cannot be stated with much certainty at this time. The still cold of Saturday night was more disastrous than that which preceded it Friday night though it is stated by experienced observers that the thorough chilling which the fruit sustained Friday night put it in prime condition to be frosted by the cold the night following. Truck crops are about wiped out, and the strawberry growers of this section were considerably damaged and disheartened."