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Volume XXXI Number 43.
PUNTA GORDA, FLORIDA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1918. Five Cents a Copy; $1.50 a Year THIRD PEACE NOTE RECEIVED MONDAY From Germany is Given Unfavor able Comment IN AMERICA AND ENGLAND The Answer Seemingly Accepts All Demands of President Wil son. Denies Charges of Out rages on Land and Sea. The unofficial text of many's answer to President Ger-Wil- son's last note on the subject of an armistice and peace, was re ceived in "Washington Monday and published in Tuesday's daily papers. Both American and Brit ish newspaper comment on the answer is very unfavorable. The general sentiment continues to de mand unconditional surrender on ithe part of Germany, whose arm ies arc being rapidly driven out of France and Belgium. The view taken is that Germany, realizing her defeat, is trying by cunning diplomacy to save her armies 'and navy and, also, save her territory from invasion. Public sentiment as reflected by the press in the countries fighting Germany is, that Germany, arch-criminal of the ages, should be made to fully atone for her countless and un paralleled crimes and should be granted no peace until such a tonement has been guaranteed by unconditional surrender. i The following is the unofficial text of the German answer : "In accepting the proposal for an evacuation of occupied terri tories the German government has started from the assumption that the procedure of this evacua- xion ana oi trie conditions or an armistice should be left to the judgment of the military advisers and that the actual standard on both sides of the field is to form the basis for arrangements safe guarding and guaranteeing this standard. ' "The German government sug gests to the president that an op portunity should be brought a bout for fixing the details. It trusts that the president of the United States will approve of no demands which would be irrecon cilable with the honor of the German people and with opening a way to peace and justice. "The German government pro tests against the reproach of il legal and inhumane actions made against the German land and sea forces and thereby against the German people. For the cover ing of a retreat destruction will always be necessary and they are carried out insofar as is permitted by international law. The Ger man troops are under most strict instructions to spare private prop erty and exercise care for popula tion to the best of their ability. Where transgressions ' occur in spite of these instructions the guilty are being punished. "The German government fur ther denies that the German navy in sinking ships has ever purpose fully destroyed lifeboats with "their passengers. The German government proposes with regard to all those charges that the facts be cleared up by neutral commis sions. - "In order to avoid anything that might hamper the work of peace, the German government has caused orders to be dispatch ed to all submarine commanders precluding the torpedoing of pas senger steamers without, however, for technical reasons, being able to guarantee that these orders will reach every single submarine at sea before ks return. "As a fundamental condition for peace the president prescribes the destruction of every arbitrary power that can. separately, se- NOTES FROM FISHING CAMP Nineteen Thousand Pounds of Mullet at One Haul Editor Herald: fceeing no news from the fish camps down the bay, and knowing you would like to be posted when the mack erel were coming your way, thought I would send you a line to get your anglers in shape, for the mackerel are Punta Gorda bound. Also, mullet with fine roe abounds at Matlasha. The West Coast Company's colored fishermen made a small catch of 19,000 pounds of mullet last week at one strike. We must say one word in re gard to the patriotic fishermen of the West Coast Fish Co. While I have not been posted in full believe four-fifths of the men em ployed by the West Coast , Co have bought Liberty Bonds. John Fort headed his crew by a pur chase of ($500) five hundred dol lars worth of bonds and all his men followed with $50.00 apiece. The Roberts Bros, aad crew also bought bonds. I would give you a few more items, but Capt. Fred. Bell, of the yacht Teddy, is waiting for me to finish so he can take my letter on his boat. I will give you a little piece of my poetry for a finish. Every one who is net a bum, Buy a bond or get your gun. If this duty you fail to do, We'll know what dope you have in you. ' So buy 'one now and prove you're true, ; And all the banks will stand by you. OLD FISHERMAN. Matlacha Fish Camp, Oct. 17, 1918 NOTE. It may interest readers abroad to know that the name of the above pass is pronounced as if written Mat-la-shay, with the accent on the last syllable. ED. cretly and of its own single choice destroy the peace of the world. To this the German reply: "Hitherto the representation of the people in the Gorman empire has not been endowed with an in fluence, on the formation of the Government. I "The constitution did not pro vide for a concurrence of repre sentation of the ppople in decis ions of peace and war. These conditions have just now under gone a fundamental change. "A new government has been formed in complete accordance with the wishes (principle) of the representation of the people, bas ed on equal, universal, secret, di rect franchise. "The leaders of great parties of the reichstag are members .of this government In future no government can take or continue without holding the confidence of a majority of the reichstag. "Responsibility of the chancel lor of the empire to the represen tation of the people is beins leeal- lv developed and ' safeguarded. The first effort has been to lay be fore the reichstag a bill to alter the constitution of the empire so the representation of the people is required before decision can be made on war and peace. The permanence of the -new system is, however, guaranteed not only by constitutional safe guards, but also by the unshak able determination of the Ger man people whoso vast maioritv stands behind these reforms and demand their energetic continu ance. "The .question of the president with whom he and the govern ments associated against Germany are negotiating are theref'" answered in a clear and unequiv-. ocal answer, the statemenet that a request for peace and an armis tice has come from a government that is free from any. arbitrary and irresponsible influence, sup- FISH STORIES EQUAL TO JOHAHAND THE WHALE Fishing for Both Pleasure Profit is Good and THREE HOURS NET $55.00 Oklahoma Man Vindicated and Doubting Thomases Should be Convinced Punta Gorda is Fish erman's Paradise. When J. J. Haslctt was spend ing the past summer in Oklahoma and Indiana, his old friends w those states frequently asked him about the fishing at 'Punta Gorda; and when he told them the truth about it, they laughed in derision and charged him, with being a pis catorial Munchausen of the first class. Mr. Haslctt was much chagrined by .their want of faith in his veracity and he is still wor rying aboujt it. This caused him to come to The Herald office, Sat urday, and ask us to relate a story or two to confirm the reports he gave to his friends abroad. We do not know that this will relieve their incredulity, for many people believe that editors and lawyers are "natural born" liars and commit constant . mendacity simply because they cannot help it. However, we will give a few really truthful incidents which can be easily verified by inquiring of the men mentioned. The first is this: Leslie Lewis, familiarly known as "Lec, got into a skiff with a gill-net last Saturday morning, at 11 o'clock, went down the bay about two miles, caught 1,005 pounds of mul let and, at 1 :45 p.m., delivered the fish at the shipping dock and got $55.00 for them. He had no help ; otherwise, he could have done much better. Besides having no help, he was hampered by the wa ter being eight feet deep, which prevented him from standing on the bottom and thoroughly work ins: with his net. In August, Harry Dreggors, of the, Punta Gorda Fish Co., paid J. J. Jones and his three sons $700.00 for the mullet which they caught with gill nets in one week. Recently, John T. Rose and his crew of five men, fishing with gill nets for three weeks, made $1,200. In July, August and Septembc of this year, I. Kenny, B. Jones and J. J. Howard, fishing each with a single hook and line, caught sea trout and sold them to the wholesalers, and each of the three made from $40.00 to $50.00 a week. Recently, owing to a change in weather conditions, the three men have made only $25.00 a week apiece. Two weeks ago, Joe Goulding and his crew of five men took ir.00 pounds of mullet at one haul and got $440.00 for them. A correspondent whose commu nication appears elsewhere in this paper reports that, week before last, a crew of six colored men fishing at Matlacha Pass caught 19,000 pounds of mullet at one haul. Multiply this by 4c, the price per pound paid them, and you have $760.00 which the black men made in less than a day. Hundreds of instances like the foregoing might be given, but it is unnecessary. The truth of these stories can be learned by any one who will take the 'trouble to come, here and stand on the railroad dock for a few hours and witness the . unloading of cargoes of all kinds of fish coming here from the waters just . south of town. For several years, this writer kept a record taken from the rail concluded on last page) ported by an overwhelming ma jority of the German people. (Signed) "SOLF." ABOUT INFLUENZA Questions Clearly Answered the State Board of Health by It is probably safe to say that the thing uppermost in the minds of the people in Florida today is the epidemic of so called "Span ish Influenza," and a multitude of questions come up to which they often obtain no satisfactory answers. What causes the dis ease? What are the symptoms? How can I protect myself against it? What shall I do if I have the disease? What are my chances for recovery? If some member of my household or office force is a sufferer, what shall I do to pro tect the others? - Briefly, the answers are as fol lows: We do not know exactly what causes the disease. The in fluenza bacillus has been found in the spit of a small number and ex amination of the lungs after au- opsy has revealed it in a compar atively small number of cases.- It is probably due ito an organism not yet isolated. j The symptoms vary in severity, but in a well marked case there is severe headache and backache." usually following a chill or chilly sensation. Almost immediatelv the whole body aches and the tem perature rises to 102 and some times to 105, and there is marked prostration. The temperature ranges from 102 to 104 for about five days, when it drops to normal. often rising again slightly after a few hours and remaining so for one or two days, when it falls to normal and remains so. Soreness in the chest with cough, sneezing, and moderate reddening of the eyes are usually present at begin ning of the attack. The best way to prevent it is to avoid crowds and any individual who shows signsof a cold. Eat wholesome food, sleep and rest as much as possible and keep the body warm. There is no specific preventive. If you have these symptoms, so to bed at once and send for vour physician and follow his advice to the letter. It is often serious. and this may save your life. , The chances of recovery are good, very few uncomplicated cases fail to get well. Usually one should remain in bed at least three days with normal tempera ture; tovget up earlier invites an attack of pneumonia. The death rate' is, high when this complica tion occurs. To protect your household, strict isolation is necessary. - The disease is spread by contact. The nose discharges and spit should be collected on gauze or pieces of cloth and burned. When patient recovers, the bedding should' be placed in the sun for several davs and the windows of the room kept wide open. No fumigation is necessary. J Many cases do not show thb se vere symptoms just mentioned. The aching, catarrhal symptoms and fever may be more mild; but the danger of complications, t es pecially pneumonia, is very near, and the patient should remain just as long in bed and, in either case, the patient is rarely perfect ly well in less than two week STATE BOARD OF HEALTH. NOTE. The editor has taken the liberty of changing two tech nical expressions in the above. Where the board uses the word "sputum," he has substituted "spit," and for "nasal secre tions" he has written in "nose discharges." - When advising the public, the very simplest kind of words should be used. S. D. Blazer was here Tuesday on his way from the East Coast where he had been after his sister. He helped kill a bear while there. PUNTA GORDA FOLK PROVEPATRIOTISM. In Subscriptions to the Fourth Liberty Loan ENDED SATURDAY NIGHT Over-Subscription of More Than Five Thousand Dollars. Splen did Work Done by Our Women Who Should Have all Praise. The drive for the sale of bonds of the Fourth Liberty Loan did not close until 8 o'clock Saturday night. The banks kept open un til that hour to receive subscrip tions. There was a big rush at the close and the employees of the banks had all that they could do to handle it. On footing up the subscriptions, it was found that they amounted to nearly $54,000.00, which was more than $5,000.00 in excess of Punta Gorda 's allotment. The splendid result was due to the persistent work of the men's committee under Chairman E. W. Rountree and the women's com mittee under Chairman Mrs. J. N. Sikes. The committees and their chairmen worked faithfully and to them is due all praise for the splendid results accomplished. The following is the list of the subscriptions received by the banks since the last report in The Herald: Miss Mary Ellen Glover $50. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. E. ' Goodell $50, Chas. W. Moore $50, William. L. Bartholf $100, Fred S. Wil liams, sr., $50, J. L. Barrett $50, Emily W. Crosland $100, Baptist Orphanage $60, Raymon Reed $50 Mary Agnes Crosland $50, Emily ' E. Crosland $50, Laura Mildred Crosland $50, .Thos. Manson Cros land .$50, Cecilia Crosland $50, Lewis Hancock $100, Terry Pack ing Co. $l,000,John R. Ilurton $50 Mrs. E. A. Low $100, Mrs. Norma McClelland $50, Mrs. S. I. Huff man $50, N. C. Hewitt $50, Mrs. F. C. Williams $50, Mrs. P. O.. Rickman, sr., $50, Mrs. Lillie O'Neal $50, Mildred May Alder man $50, Eli J. Whidden $50, Dale Meadows $50. Willie C. Goff $50, Alexander B. Gillikin $50,. Martin, R. Gillikin' $50, Ennett Adams $50, Mrs. Nancy L. Lin quish $50, Tom Thomas $50, Matt AVeeks $50, Mrs. R. Richardi $50, J. II. Berry $50, Allie Burnham $50, Maymc Burnham $50, J. T. Griggs $50, Isaac Hamilton $50, Elva L. Harvey $50, Elva L. Har ver $50, Roy C. Adams $100, Claus A. Willin $100, Joel B. Harrison $100, Luman G. Heusted $500, Charles C. Bearce $100, David T. Stanton $100, Jno D. Riggs $100, Frank Alderman $50, S. A. French $100, C. O. Brown $50, N. T. Ragland $50, Mrs.N. T. Rag land $50, Samuel A. Elwell $100, Jno. R. Fisher $50, Stella M. Goff $50, Frank M. Cooper $100, Prince A. Barker $50, Stephen M. Kirton $50, Jno. M. Nelson $50, Annie E. Nelson $50, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Goodell $500, Geo. P. Ponder $50, J. M. Mayes $50, J. W. Lancaster $50, Elizabeth McEver $100, Elva E. Lighthall $50, Mrs. F. L. Light hall $50, Robert M. Lighthall $50, Helen Huffman $50, Lucy Ingram $50, Cora Francis Cox $50, Sam McCullough $50, Mrs. Grace C. Davis $100, J. P. Hooker $50, W. E. Coster $100, T. P. Douglas $100 ' W. M. Whitten $500, Henry Qued nau $600, Fred Quednau 500, E. McEver $200, Will Quednau $100, Jno. C. Lewis $100, Nealie Jones . $100, J. T. Moore $50, nenry Ilcndley $50, Andrew Slater $50, Aneel Kessler $50, Pat Toner $50, J. C. Baxter $50, Geo. Herman $50 Charlie Jones $50, W. B. Lanier $50, Neal C. Lanier $50, Joe Keene $50, Jno. n. Williams $50, Dexter (Concluded on page 3, col. 3)