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and Advertiser, iSERIES VOL. JCXV. NO. 10. PALATKA, FLA., FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 1917., $1.00 Per Year. PRESIDENT CALLS CONGRESS TO MEET IN EXTRA SESSION APRIL 2D. ETO BE. it J E E" EFFECTIVE! MOMMY Will Affect Towns Between Palatka and Rochelle. WJiere Styles Originate Ladies' Spring Footwear f J)ur Shoe Department " De Luxe " For Ladies overflowing With newest SPRING NOVLL- IES, in Greys, Ivorys, Whites and Combi nations. '. The Reign Skin-Cloth Fabric is cool i, r Spring., V NEW ONE THIS WEEK u The )rmond Park-Tan Sport lioot loh erled 1 . 1 . ' ( e 17?; - ::Uv- r. '. ' Boots for Spring, Says Dame Tin Fashion. Placi - : - . '-V"- e feature THE HAN AN & SONS Shoes for Uf Ladies. Write for catalog. FEARNSIDE LOTHING COMPANY v On The Corner When IT: Stak Congress Will Probably Declare That a of War Has Existed For Some Time. rdsaif' ith four Home Town by Home Patronage )se cc' sminE-- ' it is in the Fall hink ttionery Line or S';- . . !. Palatka isp'.ay " ; 'Stationery Crepe e ne. ions i. ts; Company Has It. ongee, Headquarters for Easter Cards and Novelties. aSne 333. "Wild Cat Corner" not n shov- STOP FOR A MOMENT isider the advantages of SAFE DEPOSIT PROTECTION tr valuables. Rent a Safe Deposit Box in our Fire and Proof Vault the cost is only $3.00 AND UP PER YEAR Putnam national bank PALATKA, FLORIDA PROCLAMATION FOR EXTRA SESSION. Washington. March 21. The president's proclamation follows: "Whereas, public interest requires that the congress of the Unit- ed States should be convened in extra session at 12 o'clock noon, on the 2nd day of April, 1917, to receive a. communication concerning grave matters of national policy, which should be taken immediately under consideration. "Now, therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, president of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim and declare that an extraordinary oc- casion requires the congress of the United States to convene in extra session at the capitol in the city of Washington, on the 2nd day of April, 1917, at 12 o'clock noon, of which all persons who shall at that time be entitled to act as members thereof are hereby required to take notice. "Given under my hand and the seal of the United States of Am- erica, the 21st day of March, in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventeen, and of the independence of the United States the one hundred and forty-first." There has been activity and anxie ey in administration circles in Wash ington since it became Known mat German submarnes had sunk three American vessels, and that several American sailors are missing. This became known last Sunday. The American vessels sunk were the City of Memphis, in ballast from Cardiff to New York. The Vigilancia and the Illinois. Fourteen men from the Vigilancia are missing, and some from the City of Memphis. The Vigilancia was owned in Sa vannah, but was sold some time since to another navigation company. The Illinois was a tank steamer owned by the Texas Company of New York, and she sailed from Port Ar thur, Texas, for London, Feb.. 17. The City of Memphis was torpe doed, on Sunday morning about 5 o'clock. She carried a crew of fifty seven, most of whom were American born. The vessel carried a load of cotton to Havre, and from that port went to Cardiff to take on bunker coal for her return trip to New York. The Vigilancia was torpedoed with out warning. . Because of these acts of war Presi dent Wilson has advanced the date of the extra session of Congress to April 2d. When the president addresses con gress he is expected to show how a state of war actually has existed for some time because of the unlawful aggressions of German submarines. Congress is expected formally to de clare a state of war existing, vote a large sum, probably half a billion dol lars, for national defense, and clothe the president with authority to use the armed forces of the United States as Saturday, Crowds Met Him at Depot in Welcome. it empowered President McKinley' to deal with the menace of Spain in 1898. Such action would not be a declara tion of war except in a technical sense and whether the United States and Germany actually go to war in the fullest acceptation of the term will de pend on what the imperial govern ment does before congress is assem bled or after it acts. Dispatches front abroad tonight de claring that the German government expected a state of war within the next forty-eight hours placed an omi nous aspect on the situation. The next ten days, until congress meets, will be fraught with possibili ties of tremendous consequences to the United States. President Wilson and his advisers in the cabinet and in congress have no intention that war shall be declared by the United States. By the hostile nets of German submarines they be lieve the imperial government is ac tually making war on the United States and that it shall be recognized as such a state. To meet such a con dition the armed forces of the coun try and all the national resources are to be put in a state of readiness. In every sense, war if it actually comes, will be defensive, free from ambitions of spoils or territory in which the United States, the president has publicly declared, shall want noth ing for itself and shall seek only to preserve the rights of civilization and humanity. , In such an occasion the United States might even demand actual par ticipation in the hostilities on the Eu ropean continent without becoming a political ally of any of the entente powers, simply casting its weight of men. money and moral influence into the battle against a common enemy. SCRAMBLE FOR OFFICE OF CHIEFJF POLICE Several Applicants for Job Barber and Livingston Leaders. When the new city council takes over the work of managing the city of Palatka next month, one of the first things it will be called upon to do is to select the heads of departments. Among the offices to be filled by election in council is city engineer, city clerk, and chief of police also the polcemen under the chief. Chief of Police Livingston, who has been in office two years and has made a good officer, will likely be a candi date for re-election. Policeman J. B. Barber, who has also made a splendid record for efficiency, will also be a candidate fcr chief. Just now it looks as if Mr. Barber stood a pretty fair chance of winning; The News has been informed that several of the council have already ex pressed a preference for him and that if he hadn't the votes sufficient al ready to "-ive him the place, he came dangerously near it. But you never can tell in politics and the editor speaks with authority, because he has been put through the sausage mill. Ex-Deputy Sheriff Minton. is also said to be a candidate for chief, and in event of not getting it, will be consoled if given a policeman s certin- CaWhen it comes to City Clerk, it is likelv that Mr. Albion K. Hutchin son will succeed himself. Mr. Hutch inson it will be remembered took the place in January to fill out the unex pired term of Mr. W. A. Williams. Jr who became deputy county clerk at that time. Mr. . Hutchinson is the youngest son of Hon. Henry Hutchin son, Sr., and is one of the most pop ular young men in Palatka, a popu larity he gained through merit as a voun'g man who has kept himself un spotted from those grosser habits which interfere with a young man s progress toward business efficiency. He is also without the shadow of a doubt, one of the best equipped young men for the place in Palatka; he has the knowledge of how to do, and the natural trend for doing in a pleasing wnv If efficiency counts for nnv thimr he will get the place by unani mous .consent. CITY COUNCIL LETS PAVING CONTRACTS At the meeting of the city council on Tuesday evening a petition signed by residents of Carr, Ninth and Oak streets was presented protesting on the expense provided for at a recent meeting for the testing of brick used in paving. These people whose streets are soon to be paved, had the idea that the expense of the testing would fall on them. Alderman Mer rill, who made the motion, stated that many people had the notion that the $100 needed for the testing appara tus would go into the pocket of the city engineer. Mr. Stallings, the engineer, who was present, said he didn't care whether the council tested the brick or not; that it only made ex tra work, for him. Alderman Austin said that all brick were not the same brick, that some of 'em were not sufficiently baked on ly half-baked, and had different de grees of hardness, and a testing ap paratus was needed that it would save the city money by protecting the property holders against the use of in ferior brick. The petition was filed, which means that it was placed in the morgue. Alderman McNally of the finnnce committee stated that his committee had recommended the payment of $SO0 to Hilburn & Merryday, attorneys rep resenting the city in the case of Pa latka Water Works vs. The City of Palatka, and this recommendation was adopted. This was one case where the attorneys earned their money and a great deal more; thev saved the citv from a judgment of more than $20,000. The contract for paving Carr, Oak and Ninth streets was let to the Ala bama Paving Company at $1.53 ner square yard. The only other bidder was the Georgia Engineering Co. at $1.54 per square yard. There ar some 6,800 square yards to be paved. To Qrdain Mr. Johnson. Mr. M. E. Johnson of "Moonstone" will be ordained to deacons orders in St. Mark's Episcopal church in this city next Tuesday. March 27th, at 10 a. m. The ordination will be hv Bih up Edwin Gardner Weed, and is sH to be a most solemn and interesting ser vice. Of course the public is invited to be present. One feature of th or dination will be the fact that all W orders of the ministry of the church will be in the chancel bishop, priest and deacon. Next Monday the railway postal clerk on the Florida Southern branch of the A. C. L. R'y between this city and Rochelle will lose his job as such. On that day will become effective the new order which calls for a closed pouch service from the Palatka office. The pouches for Francis, Hollister, In terlachen and all points on the line will be made up at the Palatka post office and sent to their destination in care of the baggage master. All mail from these offices will be placed in locked pouches and sent to the Palat ka office to be distributed,. ' The postal clerk service has been on this line since the road opened, and that goes back more than a genera tion. The only difference will be that in case Mr. Gilhooly of Hollister wants to send a letter to Mr. Mulcahey of Interlachen, it will be put in a pouch and sent to Palatka postoffice, where it will be placed in the next pouch for Interlachen. It will lengthen the local service somewhat, and it will put extra work on the employes of the Palatka postoffice, who even now are overworked. While we are on postoffices it will not be out of place to say that a re cent circular from the department at Washington just released says that February the shortest month in the year rolled up the largest increase in savings deposits in the history of the service. The largest percentages of gain were made in what is known as the extreme northwestern and extreme southeastern sections of the country. Washington made the greatest per centage of gain 18 per cent. Flori da made the next largest percentage of gain 11 per cent. The Pensa cola postal saving bank has the greatest amount of deposits in the State $137,800. The Woman's Club. The Club met in regular session last Friday afternoon at the Putnam House. Mrs. H. M. de Montmollin had charge of the "Civics" program. Before the regular program, Mrs. Vorhies, district nurse, gave a most interesting discussion on "baby week" program, which will be observed here the first week in May. Mrs. Gard ner then read an article dealing with "College Cookery," and Mrs. Mann fol lowed with "An Affirmative Educa tion," which advocated a more prac tical curiculum in the modern schools. Mrs. de Montmollin closed the pro gram with an article on the "Care of the Eyes." The literary meeting this afternoon will be in charge of Mis. M. S. Brown, -who will have for her subject, "The Northern Kingdom Rise of the Prophets Assyrian Empire Loss of the Ten Tribes." Airs. Hil burn will have charge of the meeting next Friday afternoon, which will be a Domestic Science program. William Wallace Watson. The Passaic (N. J.) Daily News of recent (kite comes telling us that i liam Wallace Watson has been ap pointed Judge of the Court of Com mon Pleas in that city and county. Judge Watson is remembered in Palatka, where he has made frequent visits, and where he came for a bride And the Board of Trade Gave Him Banquet at Hotel James on Monday Evening. The Band of the Second Florida In fantry, which has been on border duty in Texas for some six months, ar rived home on the 11:30 p. m. train over the Atlantic Coast Line R'y last Saturday night. More than a hun dred Palatkans met them at the train with automobiles. They moved down Lemon street from the depot in a pro cession; autos shrieked and the young men yelled a welcome; then the band played. Arriving down town, before dispersal, the band played "Home, sweet Home. une old lellow was waked from his sleep in a hotel; at first he was inclined to be resentful; then when he realized what it all meant, he said "Hip-hip-hurrah! Set 'em p again!" Palatka is proud of its Seocnd Reg iment Band! It has every reason to be. Did you hear it play at the cor ner of Lemon and Third streets Mon day evening? If you did then you understand one reason why Palatka is "some stuck" over this band. It is some music maker. Mark Shaw was the leader. He is back in the post office now; humdrum civil service. He is some leader. The personal of the band arriving Saturday night is: Mark Shaw, leader; W. W. Smith, assistant; W. C. Beas ley, J. C. Merwin, W. H. Griggs, E. D. Simms, L. W. Estey (Kissimmee), R. L. King, C. J. Hudson, L. E. Grid ley, E. K. Sumner, John Marshall, H. S. Allen, E.Hubbard (Rodman), Sam Rosenthal (Tampa), and H. R. Casler, W. O. Thomas and H. L. Dawes of Kissimmee. On arrival in Palatka the band was in command of Lieutenants Baker and Hampton, who could not re main for the Monday night banquet. After the concert on Monday even ing the band attended a banquet at the Hotel James provided by the Board of Trade. Col. H. M. de Montmollin was toast master. Rev. R. L. Bon steel gave the invocation that reach ed the Throne, for it stirred the spiri tual emotions of all who heard it. Col. Hilburn made a speech of wel come and preparedness; he told the boys that while they had seen no real fighting, they went prepared to do so in the case of need and that act made them heroes. He told them he wouldn't care to engage even for his country in a fight of conquest, but when the honor of his country was be ing spit upon he'd fight to the finish. Then he told 'em something calculated to make 'em all proud of their coun try, and when he sa,t down there were iust 00 better Americans in the group around the tables. If there had been more present there would have been more patriots; Sam Hilburn landed all wWiin tho sound of his voice. Mayor Mevrinm also Hiked and ho "cinched" n'l the trood impressions made by Hilburn. ITizzoner is some tilVpr on patriotism, himself. Thrn followed talks by E. M. Earn it, nre-ident of the board of trade, al so chuck-n-block with patriotic utter-T-,c(it; tn-rl words of welcome find "how '-'oiid v:p nil am." etc., W. Edw. Wrat tVt, tbf" Hiked in "that pleasing kind of prattle." "how my bozzum swells with pride." Ptc. Cant. John D. Old residents, (and not such very ol;W PoHH, who bnd experience as "a hero ones, either) will remember him nno his wife, who was Miss Anna Gay, si---ter of Messrs. Geo. E. and Renj. I. Gay. Judge Watson is not new to the bench. With the creation of the Dis trict Court in Passaic in l?0f, Mr. Watson was appointed Judge by Gov. John W. Griggs, and when be was only 27 years of age. In this posi tion he earned a state wide reputa tion for the soundness of his opinions, and since several years back he has been regarded as a most promising candidate for Supreme Court honors. He served as judge of the dNtviet court for 15 years, retiring in 1011. He has since been a member of the State Assembly. ' ;n the rrire. wnen we were niaving "ith Spain, made a good talk from Hip shoulder. John Is soaked with pa triotism clear throutrh, and when.it "ozes there is something doine. He is pi so d'rectlv descended from one of the F. F. Vs. a section of the country where patriotism once work ed nyprtime without extia pay. Mprper Davis was called upon to expatiate1 Mercer is the grandson of a patriot "Our Rob" nnd he comes r"turiiHv bv his stirrinc talk ability. Ti;! crind-dadv could make more real rmtviots ; n ten minute talk than any rt'ipr mn it Florida could nroduce in n murcf of lectures. Mercer was -"t- io!- in his talk and he was a good plot-p " a happy feed. ifi " One of America's Best Drag Stores9' Eg Ifi -: rz and Sfi tfi ' The Finest in Drug Store Service'- These are our slogans and we mean to live up to them in every way. We are proud of our reputation of being an absolutely dependable drug store, and it is our constant aim to conduct the most reliable Drug Store in every respect." Our Service is courteous and prompt and the atmosphere of our whole store is in keeping with "'our policy to cater to the wants of out people satisfactorily. Our quick telephone and delivery service is-at your disposal at all times. Yours to serve. s Ackerman-Sfewart Drug Co.