THE PALATKA NEW
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
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
era! . ;
d( SUIT SALE
Blues, Greys, Fancys, and Blacks,
VStubs, Stouts, Slims, Regulars.
WE ARE THE HOME OF
lart, Schaffner & Marx Clothes
and Style Plus Clothes
100 Felt Hats, Values fiom $2.50 to $3.50
Sty ; Now $1.45.
3StS ' ONE WEEK ONLY
0 The Big Store on the Corner
?AnvH(tif!n HI ft Ik in IV (t
J UUIIIDIUG UlUllllllg UUi
. rMcUes Sh oes
tent with sound business judgment.
C7- YOUR CHECKING ACCOUNT IS WELCOME HERE.
"PUTNAM NATIONAL DANK
To Wed a Prominent Ken-
tucky Lady Wedding
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.
The policy of the Putnam National Bank from its organiza-
n has been to aid our depositors and clients in every way con-
Was One Requiring Nerve
Impossible Also of
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
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
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,
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
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.
Proposes to Enjoin Commis
sioners from Building
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
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
"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.
And Passes Ordinance
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,
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
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
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.
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
"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 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
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
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.
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
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