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IMPROVEMENTS Punta Gorda has more iniproveinonts than any other Florida town of its size. Paved streets, side walks, sewerage, electric lights, waterworks, etc. POPULATION The 1915 census Rave Punta Gorda a population of 1,772. It has grown steadily since then and the present population is estimated at 2,000. Punta Gorda, In Tropical Southwest Florida, is Advantageously Located on Charlotte Harbor, One of the Largest Land-Lockod Bay on the (itilf f Mexico, and is a Town with a Bright Future, Commercially and Agriculturally Volume XXXUI Number 4. PUNTA GORDA, FLORIDA, THURSDAY, JAXl AliV 30th, l!Uo. Five Cents n Copy; 2.00 a Year. "FLU" REPORTED BY BY GREENE; SEVERAL LIGHT CASES HERE was packed, which was gratifying to the performers. The program con sisted of several of the classics. Mr. Wolslagvl sang with gocd effect "Fear Not Ye, O Israel" by Dudley Cuck, nnd Mr. Martin's rendition of "The Penitent" by Van de Water Several ducts i.th gocd effect. von approctatci rendered suite Health Officer Greene .-.ends Out Warning, Bui Epidemic is Xi.t Yel Alarming Local Physician Report a ' umber of uses. Those present were their kind remarks program. very free regarding in the Dootoi Health OfS ence of inl situation is serious, bu prevalent t dicated by one hundrt Board of He sonal invest There are Influenza in as we have are of the s Rail not N, Greene, state mnounces the pres B In Florida. The thus far regarded as the disease is widely roughout the Btate as in telegraphic advices from 1 agents of the Stall' alih who have made per-igations. a nuniowr ui cas--n "i Punta Gorda, but so far been able to learn none nrioui ty do, most cases Revivnl to Close Sunday. The Baptist revival, which been in progress for the past (lays, will close with t':e Sunday ev ing service. Large crowds have tended the services, all rf w!i lias ten n- Punta Gorda in Pictures have been interesting and productive of a quickenl in things spiritual. ar parent ly interest colds, evory- instruc , state little more than t will be well for 1 and follow the Dr. Greene follows: ;d: influenza is con- lg to Public Health i secretion given out nd mouth of infected jems conclusive that . . , , in xnroui.ii me of the person who ease and in no other OUTRAGES AT FORT OGDEN STIR WRATH OF G000 PEOPLE ! did roads, thanks to his energy and knowing how to get things for his community. Mr. Whltten has a large district to look after; enough for three commis sioners. From Punta Oorda to Moore Haven it is a matter of over 7 it miles. Mr. W. has 4 5 full town ships to look after and he has enough on the west side of the county to attend to instead of botherinf with this section, yet he has given us good attention and today is fight- n the ttle In an In-sloners ing for a hard surface road Palmdale section and if the c terests do not have too hi!; fluence over the other commi that road will be built. "All we can say in trlbutt Whltten is, "Well done faithful vant; you have served your dll well.' " FROST DAMAGE TO BEANS ON E. COAST WAS 90 PER CENT Later Reports show that" There Was Xo Exaggeration in Reports of Damage to Track in Some Sections on the Baal tons! j, ntlv. to Mr. kly t Unit snows I! bea ruli li a. Scon Horses Maimed and Houses Burned lit l nknown Persons. nos It see is taken being but However, one to re; tions issued health otHce How cont tract ed accc authorities from the persons. influenza mouth and nos contracts the di way. i 4vnit intimate Dei ,.,i enntnet esDeciall.v in crowded plaevs. Do not spit on streets or anvwhere. If vou cough or sneeze oo a hnnrikarehlflf. Avoid the UsfcJ of common drinking cups. The use of common drinking cups is unlaw ful and every citizen should feel it his duty to report to the authorities any individual who violates this law. Train travel: People are entering Florida from all over the nited Stntes. Citizens are urged to avoid j travel unless absolutely necessary. If found necessary to attend those j sick with influenza or pneumonia wear a face mask so consiructed as to completely cover the nose and mouth, Conserve energy: Do not become exhausted. Seek sunshine and fresh air. Avoid dry sweeping in all public places. Consult a doctor: If you feel even slightly ill from any cause con sult a doctor NOW. Persons with kidney disease and high blood pres sure are particularly prone io serious results if they contract influenza or pneumonia. The expectant mother should be especially safeguarded against influenza. What to do if contracted: Abso lute rest is essential. If sick go to bed. Call a physician at once. Do not take large doses of aspirin, phen- on Marian Avenue on a nusy nay J !. Qlinipsa of the Town from Tower of Hotel Punta Itorda 3. Looking Ashore from City Wharf Until House on Hlght J According organized at t he horses t ruthlesaneBS the Hun oi McLenon's ! to a di;: t hat and ant i Og haw res nt was ear. It belonging to ed by seme n I en with somt t Is useless has b pi ring In Fo beatings and require drast not been rep These out rag burning of the barn on t Johnson home place. Son) Inside, lead out the horsv the barn, which burned ground. papers, some of i'd from (hat of A. J. in its var t o horse visit ant b history, visited throat cut from 1 to death. Tin H. A. Ware v:n .:ht marauder and beat beavy Instrument until or.all future purposes, en other things trans t Ogden, such ns wife the like, that seems to ; action, bu'. they have to l he sheriff. sequences to the W. A. S went ACRE OF CANE YIELDS 700 GALLONS SYRUP, WHICH BRINGS $1050 d Productivity of DeSoto by Remarkable Yield Farms Only OOO P Fertilizer Was I - Soil Proved at County minis of cd en Fntlri ( 'rop. one and to 11 red the YOBST SAYS FAULT IS MAN'S IF HE MAKES FAILURE HERE unless Stay in getting Hoard es of influenza te, Doctor Greene cians to report of which they This, Doctor acitin or other similar drug prescribed by a physician, bed until the doctor advise? up. In order that the Stat of Health may have an accuri of the occurrences of i throughout the s is urging all phj promptly the cas have knowledg Greene points out, will make it possible for the State Board of Health to give the affected communi ties assistance in con rolling the dis ease and stamping it out. Accurate reports will give the State Board of Health an instrument to gauge the intensity Of influenza and Institute measures to combat it before it assumes epidemic propor tions, according to Doctor Greene. Such reports will provide the State Board of Health with the informa tion nejessary to obtain at an early date aid from the United States government, Doctor Greene states, adding that without this data as a matter of official record government assistance will be much delayed Successful Fanner Says There Is Xo Excuse for Failure. George Yobst, a well know farmer of the Willow Pens section, says that if truckers fail to make money in Florida it is the fault of the man and not the country. "George Yobst," says a news item published in the Tampa Times under an Arcadia date line, "of the Willow Pens section of DeSoto, came up Friday to visit his friends, Walter A. Kaler and family, and attended to some business mat ters. Yobst has had a successful fall season with truck. He raisvd poppers, beans, cucumbers and sweet potatoes. He is now preparing for a spring crop ot oean.; arut ciicum- He In rly n farinin even years fault of th in Flor and will man and not i He is haul lorlda when a failure Is made, considering buying a truck to his stuff to the station. He homesteaded and as he had never received his last naturalization papers has not yet received the patent for his land. He says the recent frosts did no damage of r.ny moment in his neighborhood. SPECIAL SKIU ICE Accot.iing to the DeSoto County News, Sheriff J. L. Disbong, on his trip io Punta Gorda, Thursday on oliicial business, visited the county poor farm and found that Supt. John Hagan is making good. The cane grinding for this year is finished, with the exception of a small patch, which is, io be made into sugar. Supt. Hagan says the yield was 1,100 gallons of syrup. One acre of lino ribbon cane yielded 700 gallons of syrup. This cane was raised on cow penned land with the addition of 600 pounds of commercial fertilizer applied in the summer. I tils one acre or cane brought $1,050 at $1.50 per gallon. "The county poor farm has three fourths of an acre of eggplant, which Is at Its best now. Sixty crates, have been shipped and good returns received. There is also one-half acre bell peppers, which is yielding fine. There are no signs of the re cent frosts discernable at Punta Gor da. "Thi:: little city is indeed enjoy ing most prosperous conditions now. The hotels are full of northedn visit ors. Local citizens are busy farming or following other pursuits. The sheriff says that he has never seen the city so crowded with tourists and that our northern friends have or ganized a tourists' club, entered into a yearly contract for a hall In which to meet, and are having a good time and becoming acquainted. "Many of the tourists have pur chased property in Punta Gorda and will make their winter homes in that little city." moore mm PAPER PRAISES WRITTEN FOR HIS G000 WORK Times Says Count) Commissioner Has Served Moore Haven Faith rail) and Well, While Bur dened With Care of a Large District. lltorlal f roi i s, In which work done by Whltten, of .Moore Haven Following is an c the .Moore Haven Tim thai paper praises the Commissioner W. M. Punta Oorda, for the section: ' "Two years ago this paper sup ported Win. M. Whitton for county commissioner on the ground that he had done well as an oliicial. but the voters in this section thought he had done nothing lor Moore Haven, not withstanding they knew Cat only the funds derived from this section can be applied to our reads. In other words the commi. .sir nor can not take funds derived from taxes at Punta Gorda or Fort Ogden and Improve Moore Haven roads with the said money, or visa versa. "Two years rgo the total amount FARMERS OF WILLOW PENS ORGANIZED LAST SATURDAY Second Meeting of New Organization Will be Held Tonight. The fanners of Willow Pens town ship, south of Punta Oorda, met last Saturday evening and organized a farmers' institute. The meeting was held at the home of .Mrs. Hertxke, a large number of farmers being present, and the gath ering was an enthusiastic one. C. Overholaer and Mrs. Hertske both made interest! tg talks, after which the following officers were elected: George Yobst, president; C. Over holser, secretary; and Tony Rudin treasurer. Gcdfrey Pelor and Mr. Madden were elected reporting com mit le. After Hie business meeting refresh ments were served and a social hour enjoyed. The next meeting will be held tonight at the home of George Yobst at 7 o'clock. An Interesting subject has been selected for discus sion and everybody is invited to attend. FLORIDA SUDSCRIDED $88.00 PER CAPITA TO LICK HUNS Makes Excellent Showing In Drives For War Work Funds, news is- lepartmeat t 9 0 oer Of the Miami ntly by frost, m by the de 1 is accurate, enorts of ex- by t he recent cold on were noi exagrated by the east coast in- ' state is 't nnd the past few one of tho a who have coming in died doll.".: to build a ditch In t time Moon the tax mc Is rolling In fen iias beei left for goo i'aa but a couple of hun . and that wr.sn't enough decent culvert over any Is section. Slice that Haven has improved and ey for road.: and bridges ami Commissioner Whit n spending it righl a.'.d tads and among all things he saw to it that Moore Haven got a new bridge across the can-.l and as the new bond issue prrvldes for another bridge at the south end, we will have two bridges across (lie can al, thus making a circuit for auto drivers. "Though Mr. Whltten had to strain a point, cr two in getting the new iron bridge and also getting the last bond Issue pushed over, he has done his work well and before 1923 I rolls around we will have some splon- in response to a coramnulcatlon of United States Senator Duncan U. Fletcher, Secretary of the Treasury Carter Glass, slates that Florida has subscribed to Liberty loans, war sav ing stamps and thrift stamps, to the amount of 88,029,911.94. The data In connection with the war saving and thrift stamps was compiled to November 81, I'll", which reached tho Bum of $6,608,561.94. Secretary Glass states Ihe figures were furnished by the Federal re- The we sued by t!i of agricul cent, of tl dictrict wt If the i partment of agrlcultu il seems that tho first tensive damage the east coast as was charged teres ts. Cabbage throughout th rapidly coming to the fro splendid weather of the weeks has made this crop bvst in the state. Fanner any quantity planted stand ch:.nces of making a bigger harvest this year than ever. Florida cauliflower Is fine, bin heads aiv rather larpe. Palmetto district reports this crop as ID per cent, perfect. Celery Is running about 78 per cent. and is small, although the chances are for n good crop on ac count of the excellent weather in the celery sections. In DeSoto county cucumbers are taking the lead and nie In fine shape. Most of the crop In this section Is planted, between Jan. 20 and Feb. 1. Nearly all strawberries are show ing plenty of thrift and although the recent cold caused some relapse, they are coming on. The quality of tomatoes is generally good, but are showing frost damage. The commercial acreago of celery in Florida and California this sea son Is estimated to be 5,711 acres, according to preliminary reports re ceived by the bureau of crop esti mates. The acreage for 1918-1919 is estimated to have been 4,231, ns compared with 6,172 arivs In 1917- LS and 6,432 acres in 1918-17. De tailed estimates by states and coun ties follows: '19-20 '18-19 '17-18 '16-17 Acres Acres Acres Acres California.. 4,282 3,104, 4,62 S797 Florida. . . . 1,429 1,130 1,530 L631 Hillsborough. 29 50 1 44 220 Manatee 525 380 ' 564 565 Seminole. ... 875 700 825 850 i Rev. Blackburn to Preach at Metho dic Church Sunday. Wilder-Guthrie The marriage of Mr. Frank Wilder and Miss Pauline Guthrie in Jack sonville is a recent event in which many Punta Gordans will feel a friendly interest, fr it 1? remember ed that Miss Guthrie lived here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. Guthrie, several years agi, and was generally popular with all wLo knew her. The family eanre herefrom Kentucky and afterwards removed to Jackson ville, where they heve si'-ce Jived and prospered. Th.t Mr. and Mrs. Wild er may continue o be a3 happy as they now are, is the lies' W.sn or an Punta Gorda friend3. Rev. C. F. Blackburn, presiding elder of the Bartow district, will preach at the Methodist church here next Sunday morning. The pastor urgently requests that all the Metho dist people attend. The public is cordially invited to hear this good man preach. There will be no service at the Methodist church Sunday night. All the Methodist people will join the Baptist people In their meeting at the school building. There will be special music at the morning service and everybody will lvceive a cordial welcome. Delightful Musical Program. The people of Punta Gorda were given a treat Monday morning when iE. L. Woleslagel, of Asheville, N. O and W. P. Martin, of Lynchburg, Va. rendered a musical program at the' Baptist church. Tbe building In beautiful Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda has an asset of Incal cuable value If we cash In on It. Hundreds of people were strolling out on the dock Sunday afternoon enjoying the sunshine and salt breeze, and some were In bathing, but a little money spent In improving the dock and pavilion and for added facilities to increase the pleasure of bathing would make it doubly attrac tive, f CHAUTAUQUA COMES NEXT WEEK Excellent Three-Day Program to be Presented by Radcliff Bureau Will be Augmented by High-Class Moving Pictuaes; Season Ticket Costs But $2.00 Serve hank of Atlanta, Ga., and Liberty and Victory loan cainpai in this slate were subscribed to follows: First Liberty Loan.? 5,966,90' Second Liberty Loan 8.97H Third Liberty Loan 18,063 Fourth Liberty Loan 36,126 Victory Liberty Loan 18.884 the 1 50 9 00 500 1 50 Total . . . Of the season, it constltutt d it ion Total $79,42 1,450 Basing the calculation on the state's population as shown by the census of 1915, this amount Is equal to slightly more than $86 for every man, woman and child, white and black, in the state. WANTS "JUICE" AT 7c Brooksvllle is soon to have two crate mills and a furniture factory. J. K. Coogler of Green Cove Springs and H. S. Zoller of Brooksville, will conduct the former enterprises and N. P. Canthen of Ountown will open the furniture factory. The Punta Gorda Chautauqua, which comes next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February fifth, sixth and seventh, promises to be much bettor than last year and prospects for Its financial success are bright. The regular afternoon and evening programs have been auguniented by the addition of splendid moving pic tures to be shown at each perfor mance. One of the pictures Is "Revelation." with Nazimova, the world-renowned emotional actress, taking the principal part. This pic ture has been shown in the larger cities of the north at prices ranging up to $3 a seat, moiw than the price of a season ticket to the splen did three-day program that will be presented. This vear the citatanqua will be held in the Plaza theatre, and by this arrangement it Is thought that a much larger attendance will re sult. Following is the regular chatau qua program, not including tire three excellent moving pictures that have been secured as added attractions: First day: Afternoon Concert Prof. Frederick D. Losey, "Benefits Forgot." Night Lecture by Prof. Losey, "The Government of the Un ited States"; concert by Hawaiian Serenaders. Second day: Aftornocn Lecture by Chautauqua director, "A Canary in a Coal Mine;" concert by Oagley Trio; Mifss Daphene Carravay In a program of stories for young and old; opening of the Junior citizenship campaign; organization of "Young America Club" by Miss Carraway Lecture by Chautauqua director, "The Making of an American;" con cert by Oakley Concert Trio. Third day: Afternoon -Concert by Kraft Concert Company; lecture by Major W. B. Thompson, "Com munity Leadership." Night Lec ture by Major Thompson, "A Tower of Babel;" concert by Kraft Com pany. Season tickets good for all per formances are now on sale priced at $2 for adults ar.d $1 for children. The city of Miami Is now policed 'n metropolitan fashion. The city is divided Into ten districts and now has by Hawaiian Serenaders; lecture by a police force of 27 on duty. Object' to IV Kate When Get It for Less ) hers Editor Herald: I see In the min utes of the town council as printed in your paper that the price of electricity has bee:i reduced to 7 cents a kilowatt, at least that Is Ihe price It is proposed to furnish It to the DeSoto County Telephrv.e Com pany. Now, I have been paying 15 cents a kilowatt, and everybody else has, and I want to know why I can't get Juice at 7 cents too. I am having another place wired up. and I want to make the same kind of a contract as they are trying to get for the telephone company. Citizen and Taxpayer. 5,711 4.234 6,172 5,432 1,429 acres in Fkrida this. Is estimated that 275 acres late celery. Based on co:i- Piovalllr.g on Jan. 5. 1920 a yield or approximately 500 crates in expected this season. Applying thin yield to the acreage reported would Hon of approxima- ' I o crates each, past three seasons as follows, accord Reporter of the !: 1918-19, 2,056 give a total produc tely 2,102 cars of Shipments for the 1 1 rom Florida were ing to the Marke Bureau of Market :art 8. 191' 17, 2,211 cars California for according to tin were as fellows: 1917-18, 2,780 2,462 cars, and 1916 The shipments from the past three seasons. Bureau of Markets 1918-1 9, 1,500 cars; cars; and 191 fiV '. 1,944 cars. Shipments to Jan j, 1 920, accordirg to the same source total 1,259 cars. No data are avil able as to the probable quantity to be shipped this season. Reception to Tourists. Tourists of Punta Gorda will be guests of honor at a reception to be given by the Woman's Civic Improve ment Association In the Tourist Club rooms, Masonic hall, next Tuesday evening. Not only all winter visit ors are invited but the ladies wish to have as many as possible of the town folk present. H. S. Brockway is the new secre tary of the Chamber of Commerce at Live Oak. Mr. Brockway is a man of long experience in this line of business and promises great re sults. The citizens of Live Oak and Suwannee county are liberally con tributing to the necessary funds. Republicans Met. A mass meeting of DeSoto County republicans was held at Avon Park Monday, January 19th, at the call of Chairman Mlzell, of Punta Gorda. All sections of the county were rep resented and delegates and r'.terrates to the state convention to b held In Palatka today were elected, Mr. Ml zell being one of those selected. Sears After Commission Men. According to the Nww York Pack er, a bill Is being drafted by Repre sentative Sears of Florida after a conference with Attorney General Palmer, through which he hopes to cut out the profit of the commission housqe in handling fruits and vege tables, especially from Florida points. Representative Sears has not divulg ed except to the attorney general the proposed provisions of his bill. He has said that the attorney general Is much interested in his proposal. He expects to Introduce his bill in Con gress within two weeks. R. R. Rushing of Galloway, has raisvd some sugar cane maturing for eleven feet, the entire length of the stalks being sixteen fevt; 1,160 gal lons of syrup were made from two acres of this cane, bringing prices from $1.60 to $2.00 per gallon. He Icleared $2,000 on the crop.