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THE PALATKA NEW
. 4--:. and Advertiser. W SERIES VOL. XXV. NO. 5. PALATKA, FLA., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1917. $1.00 Per Year. S Woman's Club Meetings. I meeting f$M literary depart of the Woman's Club last Fri- afternoon was -intensely inter t and instructive. The subject 1 "The Kingdom Comes," with 8E. L. Mann leader for the af n. Mrs. S. J. Hilburn read a prepared and intensely instruc paper , on "Saul, the King." 0f George W. Bassett read a pa S n the I'Music of David," which I r,ead in splendid style. Mrs. T. wrnett gave the "Life of Johna n.. and brought out many fine "h. : Mrs. J. E. Lucas read inter- ; extracts on "David." i round table discussion was as helpful, after which the meet ; .Jjourned. ' L mAdftnir thia n-ftornnon will be ad idea by a business session in all the members of the club rged to be present so that they ;x press therr views on tne sud (f the new club house. S. C. l'ga and E. M. Earnest will be it and will give neiptui nints on uilding idea. : After the busi H ession the meeting will be turn o a valentine social and a gen ood time will be enjoyed. Ev member should attend. The ig next Friday will be under the chip of Mrs. S. C. Stallings who resent the book of Esther. ,rnL; date of the next musical un ie direction of Mrs. J. E. Lucan, 'reSie Friday evening, March 2nd, 'clock. Fine talent from Jack ie has been secured and the un is well under way. Tickets Mfr) cents for the series of four ly concerts of which this will i second. - '. '' Where Stifles Originate lines DUR SEMI-ANNUAL era! . ; d( SUIT SALE nds Tuesday Any Suit $12.75 C 3 e; Blues, Greys, Fancys, and Blacks, VStubs, Stouts, Slims, Regulars. WE ARE THE HOME OF lart, Schaffner & Marx Clothes and Style Plus Clothes -esf In Hat 100 Felt Hats, Values fiom $2.50 to $3.50 Sty ; Now $1.45. 3StS ' ONE WEEK ONLY AT Bkin 1 0 The Big Store on the Corner ?AnvH(tif!n HI ft Ik in IV (t J UUIIIDIUG UlUllllllg UUi )0 . rMcUes Sh oes etior . pat pat v P .eft tent with sound business judgment. C7- YOUR CHECKING ACCOUNT IS WELCOME HERE. "PUTNAM NATIONAL DANK PALATKA, FLORIDA To Wed a Prominent Ken- tucky Lady Wedding Yesterday. The New York Herald of last Sat urday announced the engagement of Mr. Robert Raymond Reid, a former well-known Palatkan, as follows: "Announcement was made yester day by Mrs. James Lewis Grigsby, of Winchester, Ky., of the engage ment of her daugnter, Miss Gertrude Grigsby, to Mr. Robert Raymond Reid, of this city. It came as a surprise to Mr. Reid's many friends at the St. Nicholas Club, No. 7 West Forty-fourth street, where he lias lived several years. He showed Mrs. Grigsby's announcement to them at a bachelor luncheon yesterday, and last night started for Winchester, where the wedding will take place next Thursday. The Rev. Dr. M. McNeal will officiate at the house of Miss Grigsby's mother. Mr. Reid is the grandson of one time Governor Robert Raymond Reid, of Florida. He passed his boyhood at Palatka, Fla., but has lived in New York Ifor twenty years. He is a member of the Ardsley and St. Nich olas clubs. After their wedding trip Mr. Reid and his bride will live at the Plaza Hotel. Miss Grigsby's father was the late Dr. James Lewis Grigsby, of Winchester." alues from $17.00 to $27.50. Sale Men's Shoes RACTICAL OLICY The policy of the Putnam National Bank from its organiza- n has been to aid our depositors and clients in every way con- 8 Was One Requiring Nerve Impossible Also of Acceptance. Some time ago a special commit tee composed of citizens and Alder men McNally, Austin and Pursley, and of which committee Dr. Geo. E. Welch was chairman, sot out to make sentiment in the city among tax-payers, favorable to the purchase of the old Palatka Water Works. The committee sent some of the water to an analetycal chemist of known stand ing and that gentleman reported that it wasi deserving of the highest con sideration for beverage purposes. Its integral parts were all of a charac ter calculated to quench thirst and at the same time contained nothing but what would assimilate perfectly with the human system. In other words, it was found perfectly healthful. Of course this report was directly contrary to that of the State Board of Health, which had pronunced it unfit for beverage purposes. The committee wanted to buy the old works; it believed conscientiously that the city of Palatka ought to own the works instead of a Boston corpo ration. The committee entered into a correspondence with the Boston own ers, and after some letters had pass ed it was certainly the impression of committee that it could buy the physi cal plant and real estate of the old company for $60,000, plus the value of supplies on hand at the time of sale; that the disputed question of hydrant rentals aggregating $25,000 be left to the determination of the suits brought for the enforcement of this claim. With this understanding the com mittee, it is understood, hired experts and made this investigation as to the quantity and wholesomeness of the water and went to some considerable expense to the city. The arrangements for completing the details for the purchase were to be made upon the arrival of Gen. Wheeler in the city. Gen. Wheeler came a little over a week ago, but instead of carrying out the ideas or plans- tentatively agreed upon, or as understood by the committee, broke off the negotiations for a sale of the property on a basis of $60,000, with settlement by the courts of the hydrant rental claims and made a very different proposi tion. In other words, killed all chance of selling the property to the city, at least for the time being. Gen. Wheeler's latest proposition was reduced to writing. The News said above it was nervy. It is more than that, considering the fact that jho wanted the city to confess judg ment w 1UE LUllipanjt 9 uiaiiiia ait a time when the suits are pending. Here is Gen. Wheeler's proposition made to the council on Tuesday night: Palatka Water Works John D. Points, Supt. Fry Block, Cor.Lemon and Front streets. , Palatka, Feb. 6, 1917. Dr. Geo.(E. Welch, Chairman Special Committee on Water Works, Palatka, Fla. Dear Sir: In compliance with your request that we submit in writing the propo sition verbally made to your commit tee this afternoon, we beg to confirm same as follows: We propose to turn over the plant and all physical property of this company in Palatka and Palatka Hights for the sum of Eighty Thous and ($80,000) Dollars, said consider ation to include full and final settle ment of all matters in controversy be tween the city and this company. This proposition, as stated to you, is based upon its acceptance by the city PRIOR TO FURTHER PRO GRESS OF THE LITIGATION NOW PENDING and contemplates THE WITHDRAWAL OF DEFENSES AND THE ENTRY OF JUDGMENTS AT THE PRESENT TERM OF COURT IN THE TWO CASES PENDING TO THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF TWENTY THOUS AND DOLLARS, the proceeds of said judgments when paid to be credited upon the purchase price above named. We assume, in view of the discus sion relative thereto, that it is un necessary to repeat herein the con siderations which have led up to this proposition as affecting our respec tive interests. If any further infor mation is desired we will most gladly furnish it. Very Respectfully, ELBERT WREELER. Treasurer. In the first place the city could not pay $60,000 for the plant without first getting legislative authority. It row has authority to pay $30,000 and no more for it Added permission mieht be obtained. It was the unanimous opinion of those present at the council meeting and who heard the proposition, that the tax-payers would never ratify a proposition involving $80,000 as the purchase price of this plant. The Council very properly declined to order the City Attorney to surren der and confess judgment. The prop osition of Gen. Wheeler that it do so 1 was audacious. L I Proposes to Enjoin Commis sioners from Building Road. Last week The News told of the nostnoned or recess meeting of the county commissioners to bo held on the 21st inst for the purpose M tur ther considering the contract made with the Cornwall Construction Com pany of Tampa for the construction of the special tax road to Orange Springs, a contract made in accord ance with the alternate bid of this company, and which provides for the building of a road of material dif fering from that in the advertise ment. While the road to be built is of a cheaper grade than that on which bids were called, it is the only kind of a rnnH that pan be constructed and come within the limits of the bond issue. After the contract was let, Mr. Bryson, who also made an alternate bid which was" some $20,000 higher than the bid of the Cornwall people, made "a holler." He wanted another chance. And he made certain of the commissioners believe that their act was illegal. That is a question for tlheir attorney to settle. But Bryson threatens an injunc tion. He lives in Duval county, and is a professional road builder. Being a .professional road builder he is also acquiring a reputation. Here is the sort of reputation he is getting in Clay county.. We clip the following from the Clay County Times of last Friday. . "Is this road district buying a 'gold brick?' "We hear a great many complaints from those who have traveled over it relative to the hard road being con structed by the McCreary Company from Orange Park to Green Cove Springs.. It is claimed by many that the road as it is being constructed will not last for any length of time, and that the construction is exceed ingly poor. Enough money is being spent on the road to build a good road, but many claim that is not what we are getting. "One serious complaint is that the Toad has already worn out in places and has been patched. The contractors- claim this is due to the asphalt surface not being hot enough when it was first put on. If the contrac tors know their business they should know how hot the asphalt should be in t"he first place and heat it to the proper temperature. A patched job is never a good job, and it should not be. The district is putting a lot of money into this road and it should be a good road when completed." This road is being built by the sub contractors, who are Bryson & Bry son of Jacksonville, the high men in the Putnam county bidding, and the men who are making the "holler" and threatening an injunction. St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Next Sunday is Quuiquagesima, the Sunday before Lent. Divine service will be celebrated at 7 a. m., 11 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. The rector will preach both morning and night. Confirma tion class at rectory at 3 p. m. Sun day school at 9:45 a. m. Lent begins Ash Wednesday, Feb. 21st Service for that day at 7 and 10:30 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Thursday, Feb. 22, 7 a. m. and 4:30 p. m. Friday at 7:30 p. m. Saturday, St. Mat thias' Day, 9 a. m. Every one wel come at every service. Ven. C. R. D. Crittenton, Rector. Mrs. Johnson Entertains. Mrs. Melville Johnson gave a de lightful "At Home" Wednesday af ternoon at her home at Moonstone-on-thc- St. John's. The trip to and from was made in the "Margaret," which left the dock at 3 o'clock, re turning at 5:30. The hostess served a delicious salad course with coffee and bonbons. The guests included Mesdames J. H. Haughton, George E. Wolr-li Frod T. Morrill. C. R. D. Crit tenton, Warner T. Hamm, D. J. Coughlin, J. E. Lucas, M. T. Haw; Misses Mable Wilson, Belle Welch, Trln T.oih nnrl Orn Dishroon of Pa latka, and Mesdames S. C. Warner, A. M. Probst, Miss Helen Warner and Mrs. Isaacs from East Palatka. Gov. Hanley to Speak Here. Gov. J. Frank Hanley of Indian apolis, Ind., will speak to a mass meeting of men and women at the Grand Opera House in this city on Sunday evening March 4th.. The lecture is given under the auspices of-the W. C. T. U. of Palatka, as well as the local churches. Gov. Hanley was formerly gover nor of Indiana, is a lawyer of marked ability and as a platform speaker ranks with the most brilliant in the country. He was the prohibition party candidate for the presidency in the last general election. He has given up his profession to enter the campaign for nation wide prohibition, and on such an errand The News is glad to extend him a welcome to Florida. Wo want the Deoolo of this county and city to know more' concerning the benefits of a saloonlcss country; of a country where every boy has a chance to grow to an unblighted manhood. Nation wide prohibition is coming and will soon be here, thanks to the patriots of the Frank Hanley type. uOiiiiAuT And Passes Ordinance Amending Franchise Mr. Bailey Wins. Alderman Austin chairman of the lighting committee introduced an or dinance amendatory of the city's lighting franchise at -the meeting of the city council last Tuesday night which passed immediately and receiv ed the signature of the mayor. A new contract was also made with the lighting company which extends for two years from February 15th, 1917. By this new contract and under the provisions of the amended franchise, the city will get its bso canaie pow er street lights for $51 per annum each. Up to the present time the city has been paying an annual rate of $75 per light for this service, a rate that was not permitted under the franchise. Mr. G. Loper Bailey, in a published statement on Dec. 6th, pointed out that the lights for which the city was paying $75 per annum, did not measure up in brilliancy, or candle Dower, to the specifications. Per haps no one else noticed the differ ence in candle power; anyway no one else called attention- of the authori ties to it. Mr. Bailey's was scorned. That very excellent gentleman, who was only doing his duty as a tax pay er, was not shown the deference clue to one of his expert knowledge and tax paying interests. It is possible the council did not fully understand the position taken by Mr. Bailey, anyway they O. K'd the bills and paid at the rate of $75 each for lights of 650 candle power, when under the franchise that was the price of 2,000 candle power lamps. But Mr. Bailey has won. He hasn't been given credit by the council, but all the same, he has won. At the council meeting last Tues day night Mr. Weldon Hendly of the Palatka Public Service Company in detail explained lighting matters, and all was satisfactory. The contract was made and the ordinance amended. The lights that have been costing $75 per annum each will not be changed. They will simply be men tioned in the regular bills for service as 636 candle power lights at $51 per annum, instead of a much higher brilliancy at $75 per annum each. Tt is unfortunate that the cdunc'l didn't give Mr. Bailey the credit ho deserved, but as long as it has fol lowed his suggestions, that gentleman ought to be happy enough to over look any little omission of that sort. Church Men's Club. The Men's Club of the Presbyterian church will hold its February meeting in the Wilson Boat House on Monday evening Feb. 19th at 7:30 o'clock. The theme for discussion will he "The Commercial War After the War." All men are cordially in vited. The Baptist Church. Rev. R. L. Bonstecl, pastor, will preach at the 11 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. services at the Baptist church on Sunday. The Sunday school meets at 9:45 in the mornins. and the Baptist Young People's Union at 6:30 in the eveniner. A cordial wel come is extended to all. "Birth of a Nation." This wonderful picture p!av, seen at the Howell Theater on Wedne day night and on Thursday at irnti nee and nitrht, drew three packed houses. All seats were sold. Peo ple came from all over the countv to see it. They all, at least all whom we talked with, said it was worth the money asked for the vision. Meeting of "W. G." Club. The regular meeting of the "W. G." Club was held Tuesday evening at the home of Mrs. Stewart Worden, Australia being the subject for dis cussion. Instructive papers were read as follows: "The Live Stock," Mrs. J. E. Lucas; "Animals," Dr. Sarah M. Davis; "Amusements," Miss Estelle McKenzie; "Industries," Mrs. Worden; "Plant Life." Miss Griffin; "Birds." Mrs. J. N. Walton; "Population," Mrs. M. T. Haw. To Nominate Mayor in Primary. On the initiative of Alderman Jar rett the bland and unassuming al derman from one of the most de pendable wards in all the city, the council at its next meeting will con sider and probably pass an ordnance requiring that in future all citizens who aspire to the dicrnity and emolu ments of Mayor of Palatka, must secure that honor through an appeal to the people. This ordinance is also to be made to include members of the city coun cil. It is a righteous move. "Let the People Rule" is or should be the slo gan of all who appreciate the fran chise. It is the modern way of picking rulers. And the Lord knows it cannot be overworked any more than has the old antiquated and political "boss" encouraging conven tion system. The present council was selected by the old system; the fact that they were unanimous for reform is evi dence thnt they arn't stuck on their jobs sufficiently to fear the people. L STILL MINTING MONEY Bank Presidency Depends on Action of Directors. Last week The Palatka News print ed a story sent out from Washing ton, and part of which was an inter view with Mr. von Engelken him self, to effect that he had resigned from the directorship of the United States Mint, and that on the 15th inst he would leave for Columbia, S. C, to take over his new duties as presi dent of the Farm Loan Bank. A week later comes the news from Washington, published as an Asso ciated Press dispatch, that Mr. von Engelken had not resigned. The dis patch says: "Although the appointment of Ray mond T. Baker of Reno, Nev., to be director of the mint, succeeding F. J. H. von Engelken, has been sent to the senate by the president, it was disclosed today that Mr. von Engel ken has not yet resigned and will hold office for nearly four and one-half years unless he voluntarily tenders his resignation or is removed for cause by the president. "It has been understood that Mr. von Engelken expects to tender his resignation in the event of his selec tion as president of the farm loan bank at Columbia, S. C, but the di rectors of the bank, who will select its officers, have not yet been ap pointed by the farm loan board. It is understood that the men under con sideration are favorable to Mr. von Engelken's election as president of the institution. "The appointment of Mr. Baker was said by officials tonight to have been made with the intention that he would take office immediately up on Mr. von Engelken's resignation. WATER WORKS' SUIT Against City ofPalatkn Falls to Pieces Will e Appealed. The Palatka Water Works' suit against the city (of which there were two) aggregating claims for damages to amount of $25,000, and the first of which, claiming damages to amount of a little more than $8,000, has oc cupied the attention of the circuit court from Monday till a late hour yesterday afternoon, was decided in favor of the city. The jury said by its verdict that the water works com pany was not entitled to any damages. The second suit will not be brought to trial at least not now. But the case lost in the circuit cou;-t yester day will be appealed to the supreme court of the State. If the judgment of the lower court is affirmed it is not like'--' that the second suit will ever be piv-fi. The case has excited considerable rtten-" tion and hr.s been bitterly fnntestcd by Messrs. Hilburn & Mer-ydr.y, at torney's for the city. "The water works was represented by M "). Ax tfll & Rinchart of Jacksonville and J. V. Walton of this d'tv. They are some lawyers, too, a'-"' they let no point escape them. The Palatka News cert";i1v con gratulates the city on th -"cessful termination of this suit, -t 1 for the brilliant way in which its chosen at torney's handled the case. The jury was one of the most intelligent seen (n the court in some time, and was composed of Messrs. T. J. T,o"-cr, R. A. Tillis. L. W. Fennell, John Price, W. G. Merriam and M. A. Fowler. The suit was for rentil of hy drants. Immediately following the disposi I tion of this case the coui-t took up ! the case of S. A. Baker v. The At lantic Coast Line R'y. Mr. Baker claims damages from the comnany for loss on a car load of peaches sent from his place near Sevill" to Tira na and which he claims was a loss because of improper refrigeration. The Coast Line is represented bv C. D. Landis of DeLand and J. V. Wal ton of this city. Hilburn & Merry day are representing Mr. Baker. Asked For Copy of Contract. The Palatka city officials yesterday sent over to City Manaerer Miller for a copy of the new lighting contract recently closed here. This city is keenly watched by other towns of the State and requests similar to the one mentioned are frequently re ceived. St. Augustine Record. Presbyterian Church. The pastor, Rev. C. M. Alford, D. D., will conduct the services in the Presbyterian church at 11 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. At the morning service there will be the ordination of elders and deacons. Evening topic, "Love ly. But Lacking." Sunday school, with F. T. Merrill, superintendent, will convene at 9:45 a. m. Midweek prayer service Wednesday evening at 7:30 o'clock. The public welcome to all services.