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1Y 1 f and Advertiser. at SERIES VOL. XXV. NO. 7. PALATKA, FLA., FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 1917. $1.00 Per Year. J Earnest Buys a Home. ilfeh the agency of L. K. Tucker, 8ne residence on Olive street, aast several years occupied by -Hutchinson, Sr., and the prop Mrs. Emily Waldron of Or- is been sold to E. M. Earnest Ssidence is located in one of h desirable residential sections W and besides the big, well ise there are ample grounds. Stolid that Mr. Earnest contem laking certain improvements i he will move into his new e latter part o the present Second Club Concert. llnioncert which Is to be given ing under the auspices of the ,p )partment of the Woman's 1Ccl'l, take place at the Putnam i ; 8 o'clock. At this time the til: excellent program will be Duet Misses Haughton and ,, 1ime, Henry E. Geehl. C Duet Miss Denty and Mrs. tutchinson. it Overture, Von Weber. ' ' Solo Miss Denby; (a), Wild isz; (b) En Autumn, Mos- Miss Barber, selected. Solo Noah Tilghman, "King inds," F. David. rnis;Solo Miss Denby, "Rondo :o, Mendlessohn. reSiil Monologue Miss Dorothy 'An Old Sweetheart of Mine," .0 Duet Miss Denby and Mrs. jBg'utchinson Hungarian Come- . Bola, Raymond-Thomas. Band Street Concert. The Palatka Military Band and the Palatka Girls' Band, consolidated, will give a street concert at the corner of Third and Lemon streets Saturday evening, March 3d, at 7:45. The fol lowing is the program of numbers to be rendered: March Loyalty, R. King. March Fidelity, Barnhouse. Serenade Twilight, Girls Band. Waltz From Tales of Hoffman, Chattaway, Girls Band. Hawaiian Love Song, Girls Band. March Belle of York. Waltz Flowers and Smiles. Overture Royal Emblem, King. March Apolla, King. Dixie Star Spangled Banner. , A Bridal Party. Mrs. W. P. Merriani entertained with a very pretty afternoon party Wednesday in honor of Miss Irene Gardner and her bridal attendants. The guests were given towels to hem, which afterward were presented to Miss Gardner. The Victrola fur nished musical diversion for the after noon. In the dining room the table was beautifully appointed; in the cen ter was the bride's cake which was cut by Misr, Gardner and the lucky ones were Miss Josephine Steed who drew the thimble. Miss Irene Gardner drew the ring and Mrs. McDonald, the heart. Sherbet, cake, salted al monds, and pink and white heart shaped mints were "served the follow ing guests: Misses Lucy and Irene Gardner, Winnifred Barstow, Grizella Merrill, Julia Mclver, Josephine Steed, Mabel C. Wilson, and Mesdames H. It. McDonald, Albert 0. Martin, J. T. Barnett and J. Leonard Burt. irva " Where Styles Originate" '. you Spring Dress-Up Week at iThe Big Store " On the Corner " EW ARRIVALS THIS WEEK The "Dixie Weave" for $17 1H Kool Suit fdf Spring, all colors, checks and stripes, Pinch cks and Regulars. A Hart, Schaffner &. Marx creation. ''he " Palm Beach " and " Deal ateach, $7.50 to $12.50 the Suits 1 colors in Pinch Backs and Regulars. From The House of Kirschbaum. 1 Style Plus", the Better Clothes. are $1 7.00 the World Over. , cDr A Pinch Back for the Young Fella. A Regular Three 1S 1 tton Sack for Dad. Browns, greens and Blues. priii- ' 11 .adies' Shoe Department Hainan Shoes IViehcrt Shoes SPORT BOOTS FOR SPRING. WHITE FABRIC BOOTS. ;w arrivals every week. Our styles are Ultra. ats. S npare - FEARNSIDE LOTHING COMPANY line c ;t whone 01 Lemon and Third ! betre: St THE STEADY PATRON ut yon ell as the new depositor of the PUTNAM NATIONAL K feels that he or she is regarded with the utmost cour and consideration. Checking accounts, large or small are ted. CjPUTNAM NATIONAL BANK PALATKA, FLORIDA VETO EXPOSES PLAN To Substitute Ring Nomina tions for Those of the Masses. 'S THOS. H. Last week The News told of the in troduction in Council by Alderman Austin, and final passage at one and the same meeting, of an ordinance which, were it to become law, would deprive the people of the privilege of making nominations; that instead would require nominations to be made by petition (in case of mayor by 5 per cent of the electors of the city, and in case of alderman by 10 per cent of the electors of the ward) This ordinance was in the hands of Mayor Merriam, and at the time of going to press last week that official had not fully considered the proposi tion. That he has since fully consid ered it would appear from the follow ing veto which will be given to the council next Tuesday night: Hon. R. E. Neck, President, City Council, Palatka, Florida. Dear Sir: The City Clerk has referred to me an ordinance entitled "An Ordinance to Provide for the Nomination of Can didates for the Office of Mayor and Aldermen in the City of Palatka, and prescribing the duties of said Offi cers," which was passed by the City Council on February 20th, 1917. This ordinance provides that before the candidate shall have his name printed upon the ballot, that he must have a petition signed by at least five per cent of the qualified electors re questing him to become a candidate for Mayor, and 10 per cent of the qualified electors requesting him to become a candidate for Alderman. The law as it now exists authorizes the placing of the names of candidates on the ballot by petition, but it does not prohibit other means of nomina ting candidates to go on the ticket. The ordinance above referred to at tempts to prohibit all other methods of getting the names of candidates on the official ballot. If this ordinance becomes effective there would be left no effective way for the political parties to select the candidates of such parties. The pur pose of the primary elections and con ventions is to authorize the several political parties to select their candi dates so that the vote of the party may be concentrated on the nominees of the party at the general election. The proposed ordinance would destroy this privilege, except of course, that a political party might hold its conven tion, primary or caucus elections and then proceed to get up a petition for the candidate selected, but even in that case it might be contended that he was on the ticket by petition just the same as others, and thereby de prive the candidate of many votes of his party to which he would be enti tled. Even if the candidate be nomi nated by convention, primary or cau cus, he would then be put to the use less necessity of circulating a petition, and would in the end go on the ticket by reason of the petition. I consider the proposed ordinance a most serious strike at the Democratic organizations of the City. The con vention and caucus plan has been in use by the Democratic party for more than twenty years. By the caucus the Democrats of the several wards are permitted to assemble in mass, nominate the aldermen for their res pective wards, and nominate delegates to the city convention to select a Mayor. This seems to be representa tive of the masses of the people, and I can see no reason for taking from the party this privilege, nor can I see wherein any good would result to the city by so doing. If the convention and caucus plan, for any reason, is objectionable, then a primary law should be provided so that each par ty may select its standard bearers at such primary election so that they may concentrate their party vote at the general election. I can see where the proposed ordi nance would work grave injustices, il lustrated as follows: A half dozen or more Democrats could be placed on the general elec tion ballot by petition, and the Dem ocrats would have no way of knowing which candidate to concentrate their vote on to be effective. The Demo cratic vote would be split up among these candidates. Some other party might put on the ballot by petition one man, concentrate their vote on that man and elect him by a plurality, when in truth and in fact, he would not be the choice of the people. The Democratic party of the City of Palatka has maintained its organiza tions for perhaps more than thirty years, operating under what is term ed by many as the convention and cau cus plan. The convention is composed of Democrats who are selected at caucuses. A caucus such as I am re ferring to, means a collection of the people of a party at a time and place where they are notified to appear, where they get tocrether, discuss and select the men of their choice for al dermen, and select men to represent their ward in a convention to select a Mayor. This is a representative body where all have an equal oppor tunity. The action comes direct from the people, and just why there should be objection to the people attending to their business, I cannot see. If, however, as above stated, there are objections to it, and a change is de- DIES flHIE BEACH Was Formerly a Well-Known Palatkan Death Due to Paralysis A dispatch from Daytona Beach on Wednesday contained the information that Thos. H. Keating, aged 68, promi nent resident of this town and owner of Keating's ocean pier and Keating's casino on the ocean front here, died Tuesday morning about 1:30, after an illness of more than a year, following a shock which he received in the fall of 1915. . The funeral will probably be held at the home Wednesday morning, with Rev. J. F. O'Boyle, of the St. Paul's Catholic church, of Daytona, officiat ing. The interment is to take place in rinewood cemetery and will be in charge of Baggett-Wetherby Under taking Company. The late Mr. Keating was born in Thomaston, Me., in 1848, and has been a resident of Florida for more than twenty-five years, the last thirteen of which he has lived at the beach, com ing here from Palatka. He was own er of a considerable amount of prop erty in Daytona Beach and Seabreeze, including the Keating casino and ocean pier, and his large residence "on Seabreeze avenue. Mr. Keating leaves besides his wife, Mrs. Augusta Keating, the following step-children: Sergeant Roland L. Keating, of the Canadian army: Mrs. J. E. D. Craves, of Seabreeze and Mrs. Harry W. Warner, of Daytona, and the following children: Miss Irene. W. B., Cochran, Helen and Edna, of Day tona Beach. St. Marks Church. Kalendar of Episcopal Lenten Services Sunday, March 4th, second in Lent; 7 a. m., 9:45 a. m., 11 a. m., and 7:30 p. m. Monday, 4:30 p. m.; Tuesday, 4:30 p. m.: Wednesday, 7:0 p. m.; Thurs f'av. 7 a. m. and 4:30 p. m.; Friday, 7:30 p. m. During the week the Rec tor eives a brief address on "Our Family Ways." Everyone invited to attend. C. R. D. CRITTINTON, Rector. A Costume Concert. Monday night. March 12th. the members of St. James Methodist church will present an old time cos tume program of familiar songs. Some of Palatka's very best musical talent is in this church and this fact bespeaks a program of more than usual interest. The concert will be s-iven in the Howell theater and the prices will be 50 cents for main bodv and these seats can be reserved: fnd 35 cents for all other parts of the theatre. It is hoped that all the smaller towns will send delegations as the members of the congregation feel that so meritorious an entertainment should pack the house, and they ex tend a cordial invitation to the public. The Woman's Club. The literary department of the Wo man's Club held an enjoyable meeting last Friday afternoon, studying the book of Esther, with Mrs. S. C. Stal lings as leader. Papers and extracts were read by Mrs. Stallings, Mrs. Carswell, Mrs. O'Haver, Mrs. Points and Mrs. Bonsteel. At the conclu sion of the program, Mrs. Jennio Sharpies, represntative of the World's Purity League, gave a talk to the la dies in which she related some of her experiences in the work of closing up the vice districts and suggesting ways and means of caring for the unfortu nate inmates. The meeting this afternoon will be the annual election of officers, after which Mrs. L. L. Boyle will take charge and the meeting will be turn ed into a George Washington social. Mrs. Boyle has prepared an excellent program consisting of papers, and dances, and she will have an exhibit of colonial antiques used in Washing ton's time. This evening the second concert of the series of four will be presented in the Putnam House at 8 o'clock. Mrs. Lucas, chairman, has secured Mrs. Robert Hutchinson and Miss Denby of Jacksonville as soloists and there will be numbers by well-known local artists to assist in the program. The building committee of the club who are looking after the new club house are Mesdames Brown. Gay, Coughlin, Stallings, and Haughton. WALSH WRITES FROM Anaesthesia Gave Him Romantic Visions. No Being Conditioned For a Second Oper ation Strong For Hospitals. sired, then the only way to make such a change without destroying the rights of the parties, is to provide for a City primary law where the people can se lect their candidates by direct vote. I am inclined to believe that all members of the City Council when they passed this ordinance, did not re alize the far reaching effects. I can not believe that they realized that it meant the striking down of the Dem ocratic organizations of the city. I feel it my duty to call your attention to these matters that you may re weigh and consider the sweeping effect of this ordinance. For the reasons above stated, I must withhold my approval of said ordinance, and do hereby veto the same. W. P. MERRIAM, Mayor. Palatka, Fla., Feb. 23, 1917. M. P. Walsh of the Florida Farms and Homes, Inc., and possibly Palat ka's moss valued individual plugger, has be?n i.i the University Hospital, Augusta, Ca., the past several weeks, where he was operated on, and where he is now being conditioned for a sec ond operation. He has come to have an immense respect for hospitals in general, and the University Hospital in particular. He wants Palatkans to work ior tne Baptist State Hospital. Lying on his bed last Tuesday Mr. Waish wrote the following letter to the editor of The Mews really to the people of Palatka. And we know that they will enjoy reading his cheerful chatter, and knowing tlio man, will not wonder that while waiting his second turn under the knife, he is still think ing betterments. Here's his letter: University Hospital, Augusta, Ga., Feb. 27, '17. Editor Palatka News: One of my great pleasures during my enforced captivity is to think of my friends in Palatka and to anticipate their hearty greetings on my return. My experience here brings home to me the great necessity for the people of Palatka to do everything possible to secure the Baptist State Hospital as it will be not only a convenience but a blessing. It is a necessity for Palatka. I did not realize how wisely I acted to come here until I experienced the benefits of this great institution and the care and attention of all who have been so thoughtful of my welfare and comfort. It is here that we realize what comforting angels women are and how indespensible they are in our times of greatest need. The University Hospital of Augus ta is part of the Medical College of the University of Georgia ana is one of the really great institutions of the kind that the United States boasts of. It cost $500,000 to build so when I tell you it has no superior south of Bal timore you can understand that I am not unduly praising it in my grati tude for its sheltering care. It is one thing to build a hospital and another thing to successfully con duct it. In this respect too it ranks among the great medical institutions cf the country and my Florida friends will do well to remember it in case of necessity. The people of Augusta and for many miles around seek its shelter in times of illness and occasionally I hear the cries of new additions to the lists of the F. F. G's in the maternity de partment above my room. Here too I have met many of my old friends and associates who find a haven here from the trials of their advancing vears. Several of them are on the same floor now. Augusta has always been a medical centre and has contributed some of the most notable members to the ranks of the profession in the history of the South, and for that matter of the na tion. It is maintaining its reputa tion in this respect. My own physician is a friend, Dr. Wm. H. Doughty, who in his younger days when I lived in Augusta, had al ready won distinction of first rank ns a surgeon. He is dean of the Medi cal College and a most loveable man as well as a skillful surgeon, a re sourceful practitioner and most capa ble executive. My own case turned out to be a little more complicated than indicated on the surface and after being on the operating table a couple of hours ad journment was taken sine die. ho l am being conditioned for the second seige and I am glad to say I "eel equal to the occasion. Had I been told that I could go through my experience without any nerve wrecking trials I would not have believed it possible. And yet that has been my experience so far. I came from under the ether murmuring "what a wonderful world" but whether it was a glimpse of an other world that aroused my admira tion or a greater appreciation of the sphere to which we cling so tenacious ly I do not know as I have no recol lection of a subconscious thought, sensation or impression from the time I lost consciousness until I heard my own murmuring words mid looked up to see my ministering angel stand ing by me. So I cannot write any romances of another world such as Irving Cobb re lates after his experiences with an aesthesia. When I see the many good women and girta here who are finding their vocation in life in ministering to the sick and afflicted I am reminded of another reason why Palatka should strive to secure the Baptist State Hospital. It will encourage many of the good women of Palatka to find their most useful sphere in life and inspire them to greater works of be nevolence and mercy. Tell Dr. Bonsteel I wish I was there to help him in his good work to se cure the hospital for Palatka. I want you to do me a favor and help boost the Good Roads convention EXPERT CRACKSMEN Last Monday Night, Secur ing $15,000 Cash and Much Paper. Expert cracksmen Tuesday opened and rifled the vault of the First Na tional Bank of Daytona, securing $15,- 000 in cash and an unestimated amount of securities including the Volusia county road bonds. The cracksmen overlooked $4,000 which was left on the floor of the vault. Entrance was effected through a rear window of the bank building and the vault was drilled fourteen inches from the top to the right of the door. Through the hole just made the elec tric wires connecting the burglar alarm were severed and the vault was opened by the use of the combina tion. The inner door was broken down with a wooden battering ram weighing about 100 pounds and cov ered at one end to deaden the sound. Cashier Sullivan this morning stated that the bank is fully protected by in surance. On the floor of the vault was found an old saving book containing the com bination and measurements of the vault. At the Baptist Church. The usual services will be held at the Baptist church next Sunday. The pastor, Rev. R. L. Bonsteel, will preach at the morning and evening services. Sunday school at 9:45 a. m., Baptist Young People's Union at 6:30 p. m. Visitors cordially welcomed. Presbyterian Church. Regular services conducted by the pastor Rev. C. M. Alford, D. D. Sun day at 11 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Morn ing topic, "The Newspaper and the Bible." Evening topic, "Judas Isca riot." Sunday school at 9:45 a. m. F. T. Merrill, superintendent. Mid week prayer service Wednesday even ing at 7:30 o'clock. Every one welcome. O Be Goode-Bassett Judge Obe P. Goode, clerk of the Circuit Court for St. Johns county, is receiving the congratulations of his achievement in defeating George Washington Bassett, Jr., on the St. Augustine links a day or two ago, the score of the golf match being 91-92. (r. Bassett demands satisfaction and it is likely that another match will soon be arranged. St. Augustine Record. Opening Days in Palatka. These are spring opening days in Palatka and yesterday, the first of the series, saw many ladies on the street llittmg from store to store to see the new spring displays. And it was a spring day, clear and balmy. Miss Kate Lucas' millinery store was crowded with ladies all through the day, as was Earnest's and "The Fash ion." Today and tomorrow will be but continuations of these displays, and if the weather is right, there will he some trading among our ladies. Water's Still Pure. City Engineer Stallings has received the following letter concerning the purity of Palatka's municipal water supply: STATE BOARD OF HEALTH OF FLORIDA Jacksonville, Fla., February 28th, 1917. Jo?eph Y. Porter, M. D. State Health Officer. George W. Simons, Jr., S. B. Sanitary Engineer. Mr. S. C. Stallings, Citv Engr. & Supt. Water Works, Palatka, Florida. Dear Sir: Enclosed please find duplicate certi ficates for citv water used bv the A. O. I.. Railrond Co. in vour Citv. I Kindly r.ubmit these duplicates to the ' proper authorities of the Coast Lino. ror your own benent 1 enclose the following analyses: Yours very truly, Sample No. 332. Gas in lactose broth 0 Total bacterial count-- 1 per c. c. No colon forms present. Sample No. 333. Ga:: in lactose broth 0 Total bacterial count.-- 2 per c. c. No colon forms present. These analyses indicrte that the city water supply of Palatka, Florida is of an excellent sanitarv quality. GEORGE W. SIMON'S, J.. GWS:M. Sanitary Engineer. FOR REXT Ten acres of land :or crop or cash rent. One one-half miles west of Palatka, W. II. Snyder, to be held in Tallahassee April 11th and 12th. Mr. J. R. Benton. Dean of the Col lege of Engineering, Gainesville, who is V. P. of the Association, has notified me that I have been appointed chair man of the Publicity Commission. I wrote him before leaving Palatka that I would accept conditionally and ex plained the prospects ahead of me. I am glad to see that Palatka's building activity is not to be short-lived and that the good work promises to keep up for sometime. But what we want above all is more buildings in the country, more farm houses and barns. M. P.. WALSH.