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Punta Gorda Is the county seat of Charlotte county. Popu lation of town, 1920 cen sus, 1,296. Increase for 10 years 28 percent. The Herald Is the oldest newspaper published on the lower southwest coast and the only one in Charlotte county. Punta Gorda, in Tropical Southwest Florida, is Advantageously Located on Charlotte Harbor, One of the Largest Land-Locked Bays on the Gulf of Mexico, and is a Town with a Bright Future, Commercially and Agriculturally Volume XXXIV. Number 3 IT. VTA GORDA, CHAKLOTTE COINTY, FLORIDA, JANTAItY 20th, 1MM Five Cents a Copy; $2.04) a Year CO. COMMISSIONERS TALK MOCH BUT 00 NOTHING Preliminary Engineering Would Not Cost Anything if Proposed Elec tion should Carry The meeting of the county commis sioner!, Saturday afternoon, resulted in honor of the club's recently elect in netting being done, but much said. ed Presidenlt, Mrs. Ethel VVhitten, and The entire time of the session was taken up in a discussion of the nro - position that an election be called to decide the question of issuing bonds to refund all outstanding road and bridge bonds and to hard surface the Tamiami Trail (State Road No. 5) tnrougn tne county lrom (tie Sarasota to tne i.ee County line. The members Chairman of the board present were Windham and Messrs. W h i 1 1 e n Knight and Hobson. Otto Gottfried , Part to better the condition of child- of McCall, who has been reccommend-.ren. ed as the successor of J. H. Wood, re- After the speeches a comedy by signed, but who, for some reason, hasjHowells, entitled "The Mouse Trap," not received his commission, waSwas presented by the club, Mrs. present. Clerk Blount was requested , Esther Jordan and Miss Norma Pep- to write to the governor and inquire !per taking the leading parts, support - about tne delay in Mr. Gottfried's case. Tbe clerk read the resolutions of 'the Commercial Club, in which the board was commended for the earnest attention given all the county's in- terests, particularly the building of good roads, and asking the board to call an election to settle the bonding of Mesdames Fries, Carleton, Mason, proposition, as mentioned above, jciara Davis, Slocum, Weeks, Rankin, During the protracted discussion that iBlount, Mary Hewitt, Robinson, Sikes ensued, F. Perry King presented a!and Miss Blake. written offer from E. V. Camp to i Among the out-of-town guests who make all the necessary preliminary surveys and furnish guaranteed esti mates on condition that, if bonds should be voted, he should be employ ed as engineer to supervise the build ing operations and be paid for his services according to the scale adopt- ed by the Georgia State Road Com mission; but, if bonds should not be voted, there would be no charge for making the preliminary surveys and estimates. Following is Engineer Camp's pro position, dated January 14th, and addressed to the county commission ers, in full: Punta Gorda, Fla., Jan. 14, 1922 Hon. Board of County Commissioners (Continued on last page) No Pay So "Juice." In this issue of the Herald notice is being served to consumers of elec tric current that bills must be paid on or before the 10th of the month, or the service will be discontinued without notice. This is a long-established rule of the electric and water departments. Asked the whys and wherefores of the notice, the city manager said that the Southern At an adjourned meeting of the Uvlities Company, who furnish the City Commission, January 15th. W. town wiith current and water, de- M. Whitten, John Hagan and C. L. minded payment for the servce and Fries were appointed on the valua if those who get the service do not tion board in accordance with the pav their bills the town cannot payinew city charter, the utilities company, and if the) The duty of the valuation board is town did not pay the utilities com-ito "make diligent inquiry as to the pany they would, in all probability, value of all real property" and sub chni d.-iwn the generators and the en- mit in a written report fts finding tiiv town would be without light and power. Stockholders Meeting At an adjourned meeting of the stockholders of the Punta Gorda State Bank held Saturday, the fol lowinc directors were elected: W. L. Koon, Clay Chadwick' S. J. Chad wick, S. P. Bruton and Mrs. Marian A. McAdow. These chose W. L. Koon, President; Clay Chadwick, vice-president; W. R. DeLoach, cash- ier and Miss Grace Laubach, assistant cashier. The policy was adopted of paying the 8 percent dividends in quarterly installments. J. R. An - thony of Jacksonville, vice-president of the Witham banking system, of which the Punta Gorda Bank is a member, was present at the meeting and highly complimented the officials on their efficiency and the wise methods pursued by them. Enjoy Taffy Pullin' The P. G. J. B. Club met in their appointed place on the Charlotte Harbor side of the bay Monday night and enjoyed a taffy pullin'until the rain caime and drove tnem oacK nome. Arriving in Punta Gorda the pullin' was finished in front of Mote's stotv Those who enjoyed the occasion were: Dick Edmonds, chef; Bill Lucas, mas ter; Robert Hayman, the cook; F. Wilson Kaler, captain; Manley Rog ers, Roy Caldwell, B. Maupin, and (fire builder) W. B. Lewis. The boys are regretting the departure of their captain, Mr. Kaler, who left Tuesday for Orlando. A marshmal low roast is on the program for next Monday Dight. Kicked by "Lizzie" j. C. Anderson is carrying his right arm in a Bling as a result of beine kicked by his lizzie. The arm was not broken, but Beverly and pain fully sprained. FORTNIGHTLY CLl'H Gives Delightful Reception for Newly Elected President One of the most enjoyable social functions of the season was the re ception given by the Fortnightly Club on Thursday, the 12th inst., at the home of Mrs. Wilma Fries. It was I was attended by about sixty members ;and S"ests of the club. The retiring president, Mrs. Grace Davis, in a graceful speech introduced her sue - 'cessor, who responded in a brilliant address, setting forth the needs Of I the world, and the part women's , leuelalru emus "ngni auwvi- jating humanity's distress. She spoke i especially of plans of work for child i welfare and urged the club to do its ,ed by Mrs. Grace Davis, Mrs. Oswald, I Miss Bertha Pepper and Mrs. Sallie Jordan. It was cleverly rendered and much appreciated by the com - pany. After this a social hour was enjoyed, during which a salad course, followed by ice cream, cake and coffee was served by a committee consisting 'enjoyed this delightful affair were Miss McNeil of Three Rivers, Mich.; Mrs. Shaffer, Mrs. Palmer, and .Mrs. Southwick, of Stevens Point, Wis.; Mrs. Spears, of Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Safford, of Demorest, Georgia, Miss j enie Holderby, of Car ml, Illinois; Mrs. Morns of Atla.,ta; Mrs Curry and Miss Conn, of Louisville; and Mrs. Wyatt. of bpirit Lake, Idaho. mmm m Scouts Take Merit Tests Gilbert and William Grunwell took the final tests for Scoitt merit badges before members of the court of honor last Friday and made excellent marks. A number of other scouts finished up their second class Scout tests. CITY VALUATIUN BOARD NAMED BY COMMISSION Whitten, Hagan and Fries Appoint ed; Will Equalize the City Assessment to the city commission. The values as reported by the board "shall be the values at which the taxable land and Improvements in the city shall be assessed," subject, of course to re view by the City Commission. It Will be the duty of the valuation board to determine the value of all property in the city in relation to other property. For instance, the owner of one of the most valuable and desirable residences on Marian avenue pays $35 a year in taxes, wnile two little shanties on small lots Un the rear of his property pay $17. it B obvious that if the $17 tax on ' the two shanties is not too high, then j the man paying $35 should pay much more, but if $17 is too much tax on the shanties, then $35 may be about right for the fine house on Marian i avenue. It is such things as this the valuation board must decide, but the new charter's provisions are such that every property owner is given, and must be given, every opportunity to jghow (ha, hiB agse8BmPnt l8 too high , (oQ , whichever the case may jbe j At a mePting of th commission ,Tut?gday night the new license tax,orange. in tact, ne says mai It w wag pa88ed on 8eCond reading It will be passed on third and final reading at the next meeting. The new ordinance defining the fire zone is published In this Issue of the Herald. New Doctor Dr. E. L. Rasmussen, the well known natureopath, formerly of Fort Myers, has moved to Punta Gorda and opened offices in McAdow building. Dr. Rasmussen is the inventor of an anesthetic which Is said to be super ior to any in common use today. Planning the arrangemertt of the equipment In the kitchen so as to eliminate needless steps also elimi nates wasting energy. COMMERCIAL CLUB WANTS BONDING ELECTION CALLED; PASS RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE COMMISSIONERS Resolution Was Pasted With But One Meeting of Club East Friday Nightt; Club Meet Again Tonight. At its last meeting the Punta Gor-jcan be completed within the appro da Commercial Club adopted a reso- priation. Be it further resolved lutton commending every action so ! tar taken by the Charlotte county ! commissioners looking to tin ' provement of the Tamiami trail and ; calling upon the commissioners to up to recently nas beon particularly determine the cost of the contemplat- this cillh's projm and that Hon R d work and immediately call anjg. Windham chairman of the board " " uc.u6 mC uui meaus l whereby the will of a majority of the people may be ascertained. Following is the resolution, which was passed with one dissenting vote: "Whereas, the Punta Gorda Com - Wi-cial Club recognizes the vital im- portance to Punta Gorda and Char- lotte county ot state Road Numbel. F,ve (otherwise known as :the Tami- an,j trail) and having spent much tlme jnd mon,.v and effort dnrinir the p&.( two yenra t0 s, cure the desiRDa- - linn nt- .ki. ronrt a tite ,n-, a,l '0 promote its improvement, be it i ' pgoived- That this club com . ' ' . tak 1 tl' h eTtryC ,n SiU ! 8j? J , . . . , . sioners looking to the improvement of Charlotte county's portion of Sta.te Road Number Five and that it urge UDon the honorable board that since they have by resolution declared it to'ty' il was l'na"i''"'sl' voted lo make be their judgment that it would be expedient and to the best interests said county to provide means for the permanent improvement of this vital highway, that they immediately, or as cinn noccihl.. in nil run no rF t h,.l r LilttlA n )hi ,,!.:. ,n 0'da than the entire comttletion or thiw determine .f ft Illajoi.itv of freeholderg of th( coun)v wish I Bu(ficien, tQ provlde . .... , , . .. lor tue grading anu naru-siiriaciiig ot " mt- ieu jrais uas State Road Number Five from ttre,be'n due almost exclusively to good Sarasota county line to the Lee conn- roads, and I think this is the one time ty line through Charlotte county, anil01' Sarasota, Punta Gorda, Foi't My election being the only means where-,ers and Other towns and hamlets by the will of the majority may be ascertained; but that in order to -muu iui me completion oi mis guard against the disappointment and,11'3'1 without any further unnecessary dissatisfaction that has heretofore delays. I would appreci- followed the exoendituie of funds ob - tained by issue of bonds, that before the election is called, the Commis sioners are requested to employ a competent engineer to prepare com- plete plans and specifications and ac- curate estimates of work to be done, county exhibit at the Tampa fair was and a guaranteed estimate of the cost discussed at the meeting of the club, of said work, including cost of super-J Judging from the expressions, with intendence and inspection. rie it 'three exceptions, the twenty or more further resolved members present, were in favor ol" "That the Commissioners be re-, bonding for Hie trail, quested to have this work done by After some discussion, it was sub contract lei to the lowest bidder after gested, and a motion made and see the legal advertisement for bids and oned but not voted upon, that no at thai no contracts be awarded until tempt be made to have an exhibit $t it shall appear that the entire work the fair. THE HOME Mid pleasures and palaces though I may wend, I find the home merchant a much-valued friend. The mail-order catalogue woos me in vain, for t o pay-without-seeing m a y bring me a pain. The home merchant credits till pay day arrives, he knows all the whims of his friends and their wives. His overalls wear like the buck-skin of old, his but tons ain't brass, if he tells you they're gold! Of every com munity he is a part, and even i Discovers New Orange A Punta Gorda orange grower (while motoring about the neighboring country Wednesday, discovered an orange tree that was bearing fruit very similar to the famous Temple all tne distinctive cnaracieiisnts ui the Temple orange, in addition to which it has some qualities that, in his judgement, make it superior to that noted variety. He obtained a lot of buds of this Temple rival and Is putting them into the trees in his grove six miles out of town. The heaviest rain for months fell here during Monday night. It began about 10 o'clock and continued till midnight, during which time the fall was not heavy; but, from then on for three hours, it poured a deluge. It ceased about 4 o'clock, Tuesday morning; and, later on, the clouds rolled away and the day was fair and warm. Diaaenting Vote at a Hell Attended to "That this Commercial PI ii h v tnd t0 olu. count commissionera a unanimous vote of thanks for their 'efforts in hehnif of thl. nmw ,i,i, , De commended for his activity in be - haIf of this v,ta, highway and Icurlng valuable and much ill se needed 'road machinerv for Charlotte cnnntv!tne entertainment committee took Ifroni the State Road Department" cnare and delighted everyone, ! Be it further resolved I Tne Klee cluD Quartet sang "f)l(l "That copies of this resolution be'BlaCk Je' Wh,Ch WM ,'nJoy,'d by Bent to the Board of County Commis i"" -0BeP, und t0 Hon R s" Windham' Fom'tw'n 9tl,,,,s a' repres.-nl.d in and entered in tin-club'v minutes C,Ub'a raembersnlP and as the I ..p secretary called the naime of a state. i . ""'"" oie, ai me meeting on January 13, v.122. 10 ,nis connection, a letter received b Sec,vtar-V Price from the secretary ;f Sarasota Chamber of Com- lm'l(!e wi" oe interest as showing the interest of Sarasota and Sarasota county in the Tatmlaml trail. Follow- lag are excel ps from the letter: "At a recent meeting of the Cham - ber of Commerce for Sarasota coun - tv. it was unanimously voted m mnU the coniDletion of the Tamiami trail the slogan of the Sarasota Ooiintv Chamber of Commerce. "1 am sure Punta Gorda realizes .that there is no one thing which will do in01'e to further the progress of tile West COaS KCCtlOn (ll SOIllll Furl. trail. There can be no ques- tion but what the almost unbelievable 'development in some sections of the nr i f U 1 wt 4 l along the trail to join together in a ;au 11 it you would advise me whal is being done to make Charlotte coun ty's link complete. L. S. Moody, .secretary Very little besides the bonding proposition and a proposed Charlotte MERCHANT the kids know the path to his heart. He boosts for the chap el, the lodge and the school, "community uplift" Is ever his rule. And even , the root ball and basket-ball teams, look kindly on him, in their athletic dreams. I'd rather have him at my elbow each day, than to deal with a shark, many fur longs away. Let's make the thing mutual, and stand by our friend, there's no plate like home, for the money we spend! Uncle John. "The Microbe of Love" "The Microbe of Love," described as an "epidemic of mirth," will be presented at the high school auditor ium next Tuesday night, a large num ber of talented local people having been engaged to produce the play. and they have been working hard all tnis week. A portion ot tne receipts annnal ban(,U(.t 0f the pirates will be from the sale of tickets will go to,h(),d at the Tampa Bay Tn., annal the Woman's Civic Improvement As-ir.rntlntinn h wlth vhi sociation and will be used for repair- ing and improving the bath house. which was considerably damaged dm ing the storm of October. Farming Is a business. Most busi ness houses pin their faith to accu rate book-keeping. Therefore, Mr. Farmer, do book-keeping, accurate book-keeping, If you expect lo be suc cessful. The local banks were closed yester day in honor of the birthday of that peerless Christian soldier, Robert E. tee. CLUB STILL GROWING Punta (tarda Tourist Club Now Bm KM Members I The Punta Gorda Tourist Club add ed 10 new members to its list Tues day evening, when dne of it he most enjoyable meetings of the season was held. Every seat in the hall was taken and everyone seemed to be glad they attended. On account of the Woman's Civic Association having an entertainment xt Tuwsday evening, it was decided Hhat the next meeting of the club be ! he,d Monday evening so that those jwho 80 wish mav attend the Civic Association's entertainment, whic 1 " a "Hln ass''0' will be very enjoyable. irguiar nwsiness meeting, A ft... . I. ,.. i , . tnose from that stale were asked (to rise and some one of that state's del- egation make a short talk about their stdte. This seemed to drag for just a few minutes, then nearly everyone caught the spirit, and all were so proud of their states it was hard to find a Stopping place. Many splene'' talks, full of both information and ' wil' wen mde a,ld this featui e prov- 'pd tne "hit" of the evening. ! le8s enjoyed, however were several pieces played on a trench !narP bv Mr- Cellars and the clog dancing by Hugh C. Card, sr., aged 79, which would do credit to one in the prime of life. Two readings given by Mrs. Pep per wore delight t'ul and in full keep ing with the enthusiastic meeting. J Mrs. Goldie announced that the woman's needlework club would meet i Wednesday, and all ladies are invited j to attend. I The new members received were: i Mis. O. L. Deadwyler, Carlton, Ga.; Mrs. McCann; C. J. Pennock and wife, Kennel I Square, Pa.; Mrs. W. E. Les ter, city; Mrs. Frank A. Southwick, ateynB 'pplnt, Wis ; Win. Zlllmer and wife, Antioch, 111.; P. ('. Coldie and wife, city. GASPARILLA CARNIVAL IS A NATIONAL INSTITUTION Fame and Popularity Second Only to (he Mardi Gras Carnival at New Orleans Newspapers in New York, Cincin nati, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Boston, 'Chicago and Pittsburg will on next Sunday carry handsomely illustrated feature stories relating to the Caspar ilta carnival, which Is a part of the I amusement offered to those who at tend the South Florida Fair here the period of February 2-9. I The Gasparilla carnival, staged each year during the fair period by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla has, i like the famous Mardi Gras of New 'Orleans, become a national institu tion. And because of its historical interest and pict uresqueness the metropolitan dailies contribute space to it, and thus this splendid feature Is advertised in advance throughout the country and brings many people to Tampa, from which point numbers make tours to other sections of the state. The first event of the Gasparilla carnival occurs the evening of Febru ary 1 the nighl preceding the formal opening of the fair. This event will ! be the annual bachelors' ball, at the .Tampa Yacht and Country Club. This is to be followed two nights later by the king's ball, at the Tampa I ... ..." ... ... . Bay hotel, with Gasparilla XIII enter taming the Krewe members and their ladies. On February 5 the final re hearsals of the Krewe for the annual COIonation ball will occur, at the Taimpa Bay Casino. The annual "in vasion" of the city by the pirates and its surrender to the horde by the officials, will occur February 6, dm jJng tne afternooni and th;l, nJgh( thP leaving the throne which he has fill- foP ft year tQ makp way for , successor, King Gasparilla XIV, will take place the evening of February 7 at the Tampa Bay casino. To Print Weekly Program Hereafter the Plaza theatre will have published in the Herald a com plete program of the coming week's attractions at this theatre. The Pathe news, a film depicting current events, Is an added attraction that will be shown on Monday and Thurs day nights in the future. FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD PREDICTS DETTER TIMES There Will be No Business Room Dit a Gradual and Substantial Improvement The most encouraging feature of the business situation at tb opening of the new year is that oostive foundation has apparently ' cen es tablished upon which to build bank ing and business development durinR 1922, the federal reserve board de clares in its monthly bulletin for January. Policies to be pursued during 1922, the board asserted, should therefore be constructive rather than merely conservative" and will probably show the results of this constructive qual ity in the form of proper enlargement of banking accommodations, greater ease and liberality in the money mar ket and better prospects of business and economic developments. The progress of business recovery during the past year was declared to have been "exceptionally uneven" but "in those lines of industry which sup ply the Immediate needs of the gener al public a very satisfactory demand has been experienced and productive activity has ajteadlly grown. "It continues to be true, however," the board continued, "that no com plete or general recovery of domestic business will be possible save through the rectification of foreign condition!.. The economic outlook in the leading European countries at the opening of 1922, however, Is evidently better, ex cept in one principal element than it was six months ago." This element, the board explained, was the failure of Germany to fulfill the reparations agreement. "Aside from the menacing develop ments in Germany," the board con tinued, "and the maladjustment in prices and exchange which is general ly conceded to be closely related 'to the terms of the reparations agree ment, economic conditions show im provement over the state of things six months ago. The improvement is due to an actual revival in the de mand lor goods and has occurred in the face of very serious credit and currency conditions." Bridge Party East Thursday evening, Mrs. H. C. Goldstein delightfully entertained at bridge a party of friends composed of the following: Mr. and Mrs. DeZayas and Mr. Morrison of New York; Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain of Minneapo lis; Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Mobley; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Waltmire; Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Seward; Mrs. E. Wotitzky. Mrs. Marina Richardson, Messrs. C. M. Carrier and C. Potter Lucas. There were four tables, and the games were highly interesting. The ladies prize, a sterling silver pencil, was awarded to Mrs. Wotitzky; the booby prize, a bronze incense burner, to Mrs. Chamberlain; the gentle man's, a stypftic shaving stick, to Jack Waltmire. At the close of the gamea, delicate refreshments con sisting of several kinds of cake and Ice cream in the national colors, were served. A Big improvement One of the most nrtticable improve ments made in Punta Gorda recently has been nffected by the alternations and additions to what is generally known as "the inn" on Goldstein street. The inn was purchased recent ly by Chadwick brothers, who have It completely remodeled and refinished, and it now presents the appearance of a modern apartment house. There are thirty rooms in addition to a large lobby and a wide veranda, ex tending from the hnilrltnfr A eho niA , lt 7 , . ... " , "T" walk, has been built. It is under- stood that the rooms will be rented singly or en suite and when all the improvements contemplated are made thisi will be one of the most attrac tive rooming houses in the town. Another recent and very noticeable improvement has been affected by three coats of white paint applied to the Masonic hall. "The I'all of Babylon" As previously announced, the "Fall of Babylon" will be shown at the lo cal theaitre Saturday and Sunday af ternoons and a portion of the receipts will go to the Baptist church building fund. This picture will be shown be ginning at three o'clock Saturday af ternoon, but will not be shown at night. "Don't Ever Marry" will be shown Saturday night. "The Fall of Babylon" will be shown again Sun day afternoon at 3:30. A large num ber of tickets have been sold for both exhibitions of "The Fall of Babylon." A smile is worth a dozen frowns in any market, and is easier to produce.