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Pal atka NEW and Advertiser. TIIES"V0L- XXV. NO. 14. PALATKA, FLA.. FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 1917. $1.00 Per Year. PALATKA'S PATRIOTISM USINA POUNDS THE V1iere Stifles Or i (filiate u T CITY COUNCIL NOT IN FULLSYMPATHY With Tax Payers' Plan to Curtail Municipal Expenses. - Shirt bale XTRA VOTES i00 Extra Votes on Automobile Contest XTRAORDINARY VALUES !e lot of 1.00 Shirts, cut to 86c lot of $1.50 Shirts, cut to $1.17 fe lot of $2.00 Shirts, cut to . 1.57 FOR MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY jttra ! Extra ! Extra ! 2,000 Extra Contest Votes with each Purchase. Til II EE DAYS OLY. FEARNSIDE CLOTHING COMPANY Palatka's Largest Clothing Store." " Quality did it." Ye cordially invite yon to visit HE MUSIC SHOP v.-ch is the latest addition to our stationery t'Ae and is located in our store adjoining the ftionery Department on Second Street. I It will he a pleasure for us to demonstrate Tux: ivr irniQrw "hc world's best interpreter of the world's best miisie." SHEET MUSIC the latest popular hits demonstrated by phonograph. t HE PALATKA STATIONERY CO. -l COCHRANE BROS., Proprietor. pne 333 "Wild Cat Corner 1 pOP FOR A MOMENT filer the advantages of SAFE DEPOSIT .PROTECTION P valuables. Rent a Safe Deposit Box in our Fire and "wf Vault the cost is only $3.00 AND UP PER YEAR UTNAM NATIONAL DANK PALATKA, FLORIDA SI B i HKDSEXPRESSION In Public Flag Raising Cere monies Last Tuesday Morning. Judge J. T. Wills' Eloquent Oration Sprang From the Heart and Found Echo in Every Soul. By proclamation of the mayor ami the ready acquiescence of every citi zens, business was halted, the schools closed and the wheels of private in dustry stuppnd between the hours of 8 and 10 a. m. last Ttfsday morning while the people gathered on the court house lawn to take part in ceremo nies incident to the raising of the Stars and Stripes on a new pole which had been provided by the coun ty commissioners near the front en trance of the court house. It was a beautiful morning; the heavens declared the glory of it from out the sky; the sun, the breeze were in perfect harmony with the occa sion. . There was the procession up Lem on street headed by the band, follow ed in order by the Boy Scouts, the Ladies of the local Red Cross, and then the Home Guards, the ranks of each tilled and numbering all told some 451) marchers with Hags. Arriving at the court house the companies turned in and took posi tions on the lawn. There was a short wait, then came the boom of the can non; the girUi' Hand played the "Star Spangled Banner" as the Flag was pulled to the top of the pole by Sher iff Hugan; the crowd uncovered and the guards saluted. It was a sol emn occasion; all felt that it was. The Flag was secured and then Mayor Merriam advanced to the front of the Court House steps ami intro duced Judge Wills. It would be fu tile to attempt to reproduce this wholly impromptu address from mem ory or to attempt a synopsis. Just look a moment: This patriutic judge who traces his ancestry back to the revolution stood and looked down over the children seated on the court house steps, the ladies of the Red Cross ranged in front of him, the men of business, the professional men, clerks, machan ics, laborers with their families stretched out over the lawn even to the street boundaries. His look was only for a moment. If you had look ed closely you would have noted a few tears steal out from under his eye lashes. Then he spoke; he told of the inspiration that had come to him in that brief look over his audience. Arid then from out the depths of his patriotic heart there flowed a stream of patriotic utterances such as tew men are privileged in a life-time to hear. He told of the horrors of war, of our president's patience, our duty now that the congress had decid ed that honor demanded that the na tion enter the world war in defense of the principles of liberty for which the United States was the first and chief exponent. It was a question ot the triumph of democracy, or autoc racy and the divine right of emper ors' and kings to rule. War was an awful thing, but there were worse things than war; national degenera- v was one of them. Our duty, no matter how we may have felt con- erning the advisability of the decla ration! was to support the President Judge Wills was iterrupted at ev ery period in his eloquent address by m-mondous applause, Every heait ;Th;lt va,t throng beat ,n unison with these heart sentiments ot tne , k ev Thev were made to under- tlio full significance of his ut- , ' , co that in America patriotism v- s I e inheritance of every citizen, and that according to one eminent eorginn that "in ts last analysis ,t was the Wood of the people. Then he closed, overcome with the , notions that welled " fm deep emotions m.u . his irreat. patriotic heait. I tie ap ., o was deafening. Then the p,ea u.-i w.'. ,.., Yes. it is a 'tn i'-L m ihe tune-that is Sil: U stirs in all corners of The ccremon;, v. as oci , is on. But woman within i for fitted tor tn. m better i '''X ponsndlities of ;S3; U haV a' higher value. T'y Country, 'tis of Thee." WE DRY" Bill jj On Part of Council Taxes Too High Demand Few er Sinecures. BECKS THE i ii- Tili'hman advised The I . ,.,v territory am mi amount of booze one , an, w- . a Sit the keeping or Usement a hi r.lk v iu i .l. c-ati- Some 40 or 50 citizens met in the board of trade room last Monday night in response to a call for a mass meeting to protest against city coun cil extravagances in the management of municipal affairs. The meeting was organized by elec ting Col. II. M. de Montmollin chair man and J. V. Walton, Esq., secre tary A motion was made by II. L. Miller that the meeting ask the council to abolish the office of city attorney and city engineer. This motion was how ever not supported. But several talks were made all in line with the motion and the concensus of opinion seemed to be that the city engineer vyas paid a salary all out of propor tion to the value of his services, and that if he was retained he ought to be required to do more work. Mr. Walton on being called upon explained the relationship of the city attorney to the city and the reason for the heavy delinquent tax lists. Me also made it clear that the pres ent city attorneys were not in employ of city when retained to defend the cases of the old water company against the city. 'He explained that the city attorneyship was not an of fice, but that attorneys were simply employed by the council. Mr. Wal ton threw light upon city affairs which tended to dampen the ardor of those who were demanding the abol ishment of this work. A committee of ten was appointed by the chairman on motion of R. Lee Kennerly to draft certain demands looking to a more economical admin istration. This committee was made up of the following gentlemen? R. L. Kennerlv, F. J. Fearnside, A. L. Trombley, R. C. Howell, W. W. Tilgh man, Or. H. A. Johnson, Chris. Stan ton, J. n. Points, Dr. A. M. Steen and Dr. Geo. E. Welch, most of whom were present at the meeting The following day the committee e-ot together and drafted the follow ing resolution which was presented at the council meeting on Tuesday night by Dr. A. M. Steen, who was chosen chairman: The Resolution. Palatka, April 17, 1917. To Honorable City Council: Gentlemen This committee, rep resenting the tax-payers of the city, do hereby request your honorable body to abolish the office of City En gineer, and, also that of the young man who collects the water rents, and instead establish the office of Su perintendent of Public Works, at a salary not to exceed $100 per month; that he be compelled to give his un divided attention to the city and that he be required to give a good and sufficient bond for the faithful per formance of his duty. We also ask that the city judge's salary be reduced to $25 per month; That the cleaning and sprinkling of the streets be let out at private contract, and that the. contractor be compelled to give a good bond for the faithful performance of his duty; Also that the city attorney be ful lv instructed in his duties, that be collect all taxes due the city prompt ly and attend to the legal work of the city. We also ask that all supplies used In- the oitv to the amount of over I $'." be let out for bids, and that our local merchants be given first privi lege. We feci that we are justified in asking your honorable body for this ! eduction at this time owing to the serious condition of affairs that our country is now facing and the addi tional taxes we may be called upon to bear. A. M. Steen. Chairman, R. C. Howell, Secretary. T. A. Johnson, Walter W. Tilghman, R. L. Kennerly, A. E. Trombley, John D. Points, F. J. Fearnside. C. Stanton, Committee. School Entertainment. The public generally should be in .,.., .fo,i in mill nntrnnize the school entertainment to be given next Mon-1 d-iv afternoon at 4 o clocK on tne sna d'v' side of the Court House lawn for the benefit of the piano fund. The lower grades will present a good, snappv program of minuets and drills anil the primary department will n- ve play songs and folk dances. Come and see these interesting chil dren and bring a generous silver of fering, which will apply for the pri mary grade. Mullis Acquitted. It will be remembered that J. R. Mullis. a prominent resident of Pa latka Hights was some weeks ago ar reted on a charge of breaking into the pound and releasing some of his lio-'s- he was bound over to the cn- . ' ' r - Mllic- tutor ho. cult court ior ii mi. mum.-. "- - came candidate tor mayor oi me Heights, and there was a division of sentiment on the hog question which entered into the campaign. Mr. Mul- J.folnl hir a fow VfltPS. The 1S Will, lll-icaisu .... - - , case is now settled. The grand jury failed to nnd a true oui. mc o. ... Attnrnov thought the CBSe tOO .-Hiiica . J - frivilous for serious consideration. At the meeting of the city coun cil on Tuesday night the chief busi ness was the election of the subordi nate city offices. The following were elected: City Clerk A. K. Hutchinson, unanimously. City Assessor G. W. Lansing, unanimously. City Treasurer II. F. Leeks, unan imously. Chief of Police C. M. Livingston over John Barber by a vote of 10 to 4. Messrs. Barber and Cannon were elected patrolmen on first ballot over Messrs. Minton, Bennett and Wilkin son. Fire Chiefs First A. G. Phillips; Assistant, Emmett Simms; 2d assis tant, Earl Simms. City Physician Dr. Martin. It was at this meeting that the pe tition of tax payers for curtailment of city expenses was presented by Dr. A. M. Steen (petition published in another column) and the questions therein raised caused the council to put over the election of a municipal judge and the selection of a city en gineer until the following night, con sequently a recess was taken till Wed i.esday night. The Wednesday Night Meeting. The council chamber was filled with citizens on Wednesday evening when President Gay rapped for order. He immediately called up the business in hand that of considering the peti tion of tax payers as presented by Dr. Steen on Monday night. Dr. Steen stated that his committee had secured Judge Haskell to represent them and asked that he be heard. Judge Haskell then addressed the council. The Judge is smooth; he went into no details; he simply point ed out the necessity of cutting out every unnecessary expense in the ad ministration of city affairs as the duty of councilmen; the judge made an excellent impression; its effect on those councilmen who were unsym pathetic in their attitude toward the petition was not unlike hat of King Agrippa who heard Paul's eloquent address in his own defense, and who was moved to exclaim: "Almost thou persuadest me to become a Christian." Judge Haskell almost persuaded some of these councilmen that there was something in this demand for re trenchment. But it was only a pass ing impression. Their minds were really "sot." At the conclusion of Judge Has kell's address, President Gay asked the clerk to read another petition from those who opposed that of the "tax payers." This is the petition: Palatka April 18, 1917. Honorable City Council, Gentlemen: We, the undersigned, understand that a petition was pre sented to your meeting April 17th, suggesting certain changes in the management of city affairs, among which is the abolishment of the office of city engineer. We, as tax payers of the city of Palatka, wish to protest against the abolishment of this office. Further more, we do not believe it good judg ment or economy to make any radcal changes in the present management of the citv, especially in the manage ment of the water, streets and sani tary departments. (Signed) Wilson Cypress Co. by A. E. Wilson, vice pres.; Soldcn Cy press Co. by F. H. Wilson, Pres.; R H. Cooper; G. M. Davis & Son by R. H. Cooper, sec and treas.; Palatka De velopment Co. by Howell A. Davis, ores.; Palatka Public Service Co. by R. E. L. Mann, m'gr.; Cochrane Com pany by F. C. Cochrane; Palatka Sta tionary Co. by F. C. Cochrane; Ceo. E. Gay; Estate Henry Strunz. by V m. e! Strunz; W. A. Merryday Co. by H. o! Hamrn, vice pres. and m'gr.; Teaff Ramsev Fur. Co. by L. A. Teaff; K H. Wilson; W. P. Merriam; H. I'. Leeks; Howell A. Davis; F. D. V. at tles; D. M. Kirbv; L. A. Smith; J. II. Haughton; East Fla. Saw & Trust Co. bv R. F. Adams, pres.; K. I". Adams; I.. K. Tucker; D. W. R-.m-saur; Browninsr-Fearnside Co. by II. M Fearnside; Earnest Company by Ed M. Earnest; W. T. Hamm; Wea ver Furniture Co. by May H. Tur dom; J. H. Yelverton, Jr. M. J. II. Yelverton, Jr., was call ed on to address the council. He made a clear exposition of the pres ent arrangement and defended it. He was not adverse to a curtailment of expenses there might possibly be a chance to cut somewhat in them, but he defended Mr. Stallings and main tained that the city couiu my aii Mu to dispense with his services. Mr. Yelverton was followed by Mr. Howell A. Davis, who spoke some what in the same line. He opposed the abolition of the office of city en gineer. . . Judge Walton followed, urging the necessity of cutting cxpem; he call ed attention eloquently to the perils tinder which the country was now entering the perils of war. "These gentlemen who have just preceeded me," said Mr. Walton, "tell us of the past and argue that we must govern our future by the past, but I want to say to you that the future on which we are now entering has no past;" thr.t there is nothing in all the past by which we can measure the demands of the future. He asked no specific remedy, except the necessity of economy. After some discussion among the Before County School Board and Prevents Action. At a meeting of the Putnam Coun ty School board on Tuesday the peti tion which has been industriously cir culated in this city and asking that the East Palatfra section be cu' off from the Palatka special tax school district, was presented. Besides the members of the county school board, Messrs. Stephens, Owen and McRae, the trustees of the Palat ka district, Messrs. Earnest, Haugh ton and Leeks, were present. Mr. Antonio Usina was also present to oppose the granting of the petition. He was unaided; his fight was single handed; but he won. The petition was turned down. Mr. Usina con tended, and not without reason, that if the East Palatka people were anx ious to get out of this special tax district, it was their place to ask to get out, and not the business of the Palatka people to "put them out." He called attention to fact that dur ing the past year East Palatka had been provided with an excellent school building; that the cost of the build ing had been largely bourn by Palat ka tax payers; that the proposed new high school in this city would be as much the property and for the bene fit of East Palatka people as for those on this side of the river. The hoard took the Usina view, and will wait at least until it is definitely known that East Palatka wants to get out, before putting them out. Red Cross Benefit There will he a cabaret dance at the Putnam House Tuesday, April 24th, at 8 o'clock, for the benefit of the Red Cross society. General dancing will alternate with cabaret numbers. Refreshing drinks, cigars and cigarettes will be sold through nut the evening. Admission 50 cts. Tickets on sale at Ackerman-Stewart. Party For Guests. Mrs. J. J. Johnson was hostess for a delightful Bridge party Tuesday af ternoon in honor of her sister, Mis. Pouder of Ocala. Ferns and cut flowers were artistically used in the rooms. Four tables were used, and the following guests were present: Mesdames F. T'. Merrill, J. H. Milli can, Thomas Shinn, Hickman Collins, E. Ferrell, A. H. Graham, Barr L. E. Tennv, Walter W. Tilghman, Leon Jones, E. Perkins, Warner T. Hamm, T. J. Reese, E. C. O'Connor, A. M. Probst, E L. Mann; Misses Susie Lee Walton, Fannie Walton and Mrs. H. M. Fearnside were later guests. A salad course, iced tea, sherbert and wafers were served. Henry-Sands Wedding. On Monday afternoon at 4:30, at the home of the bride's father, J. C. Sands, occurred the marriage of Ber nard James Henry of Pittsburg, Pa., and Miss Katherine Mary Sands. The ceremony was performed by Rev. C. R. 1). Crittenton, rector of St. Mark's Episcopal church, in the prerence of the family and many friends. The home was prettily dec orated with evergreens used profuse ly with roses and cut flowers. Af ter the congratulations, the happy ouple left for an extended tour through Texas and California. Mr. nnd Mis. Henry will locate in Texas. Palatka is the loser by the departure of this family. Miss Kitty was genuinely loved and appreciated by a birsre circle of friends and they re gret to have her leave Palatka. Mr. Henry has been connected with the Sands Brothers for some time, com ing here from Pittsburg, and is a voung man well liked for his genuine manhood. The well wishes of the community go with Mr. and Mrs. Henry. council it was decided to proceed with the election of a city judge, but Mr. Merryday pointed out that if there Was to be any change in the salary of this official, it must be changed lefore the election, otherwise the sal ary as at present would have to stand. Mr. Coughhn of the Third ward moved that the salary of the city judge be fixed at $25 per month. A vote was taken and this motion was overwhelmingly defeated. Mr. Coughlin then tried to get it reduced to $40 per month, but there was no second to his motion. The salary re mains at $50 per. Then came the applications: There was one from C. P. Phillips, one from Geo. B. Eversbn, one from John Mar shall and one from Henry L. Miller. It took three ballots to decide, and on the third ballot J. X. Blackwell re ceived eight votes and was declared elected. Mr. Blackwell led in every vote. Then the spirit of the "plutes" cropped out in an oration by Alder man Pursley of the Second. He spoke of conscience; of duty to con stituents; the best interests of the city whom all loved; of the unbiased minds of councilmen; of his lack of fear; his independence. Pursley was vigorously applauded. Alderman Merrill moved that a committee of nine be appointed by the chair to investigate expenses in the engineering department, four of whom were to be of the council and five citizens .who were tax-payers. This motion prevailed and the presi dent named the followine, who will report at the next regular meeting: Aid. Merrill, Cochrane. Pursley, Mc Nallv and citizens J. H. Yelverton, H. A. Davis. E. E Haskell, F. H. Wil son and W. W. Tilghman. governor.