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I'unta Gorda. in Tropical Southwest Florida, is Advantageously Located on Charlotte Harbor, One of the Largest hand-Locked Bays on the Golf of Mexico, and is a Town With a Bright Future, Commercially and Agn'i ulturally Volume XXXIV. Number 2 PUNTA OORDA, CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FLORIDA, JI NK ;toih. Five Cents a Copyi 02.00 a Year Punta Gorda Invites Everybody to be Her Guest on the Glorious Fourth, and Promises a Good Dinner, Sports and Plenty of Amusement for All COMMISSIONERS PROPOSE TO OOILD COORT HOOSE? Is Said They Propose to County Tax and Warrants, levy ssue Mill of he The county commissioners met Sat urday, June 24th, for the purpose of canvassing the votes cast in the coun ty seat election tie preceeding Tues day, and after finding that Punta Gorda was the choice of a majority of the voters so it is said the mat ter of building a courthouse was brought up. and after some discus sion a motion or resolution was pass ed unanimously, it is said direct ing the county attorney to draw up a resolution in proper form so that the board can levy a tax of five mills for the purpose of raising funds to build I Courthouse, No record of this motion or resolution appears. It is said, further, tiiat the commission ers propose to issue script and build a court house as soon as possible. County Attorney Hancock. when questioned, stated that he did not understand that he was directed to draw a resolution looking to' levying of a tax for the purpose building a court house, but said was asked to look up the law. The supposed action of the com missioners and the action it is pre-1 Mimed the contemplate has been thej subject of much and boated discus sion about town, and, If one may draw conclusions from these discus sions, desirable as it may be, nobody wants a courthoust yet. It is pointed out that the county has "about as much use for a courthouse as a fish has for union 11a" as one man put It, and will not have much use for one for several years to come. Others recite the need for roads and the fact that the county records have not been transcribed, and one man recalled tee promise made dur ing the campaign for division that no courthouse would le needed and none would be built for five years after the county was established un less a phenomena growth made it necessary. No representative of the paper was present at the meeting and no definite information as to just what was said there fan be obtained, so the street talk concerning what the commissi oners propose to do is being given for what it is worth. This talk clear ly indicates that a majority of those who are talking, at least, do not favor a tax levy to build a courthouse at the present time and that they are prepared to fight any such move "to the last ditch" If the commissioners attempt to make the proposed or sup posedly proposed levy, and several ways of doing this have been outlined. Appreciated Treat. The Charlotte Military Hand gave a parade and concert Monday night, which was appreciated by a consider able number of people on the street! who were attracted by the music. The band was treated to ice cold tea and a box of excellent cigars by J. H. Howard, proprietor of the Grocer teria, the boys expressing their appre ciation of his thoughtf illness by a unamimous vote of thanks. NEARLY $600 SUBSCRIBED TO PURCHASE C0C0ANUTS ".'' i.r More VuU H ill hi- Brought I Irom ' a M. Mi- ii. Iit'iiuty dM Town. Nearly $6001582.50 to be exact - have been subscribed by towns people for the purpose of purchasing and planting cocoanuts, which after being sprouted in a nursery will be used to beautify the town. It is estimated that the nuts will cost about eight cents each. They will be bedded in nursery form on the Coup place in the eastern part of the town tn(, land kept there until moved and re planted. However. If (hose who sub scribed to the nut fund so wish they may take their pro rata share of the nuts when they are delivered at Punta Gorda and do what they choose with them or othose who so desire may take a part of their share and allow the remainder to be bedded in the nursery. It is stated that most of them will have sprouted and be ready to transplant about a ear from now- -during the rainy season of 1023. Oeneral Gilchrist, who is a large subscriber to the nut fund and who secured the remainder of the sub scriptions, in common with many others, is very anxious to see King Street improved and beautified. "The most important street to beautify," said the general, "is King street, the railroad street. It should be made (he most attractive street in all Flor ida. NOW It is the most unaltrae ive street in ALL F1X)R1DA. Let everyone .bend his or her efforts to beautifying the town of Punta Gor da making BEAUTY a great asset to the town." : Program for Celebration at Punta Gorda !H JULY FOURTH, 1 922 ft Following is a condensed program of the events arranged for the celebration to be held here on July fourth: 11:30 a. tu. Concert by Charlotte Military Band at Marian Avenue and Taylor Street. 12:00 Noon- Parade by band along Marian Avenue road and thence to entrance of Hotel I'unta Gorda. 1 2:30-2:00 p. m. Hand concert on hotel veranda. Free ncr in hotel grounds. 2:15-4:15 p. nr Water sports tit bayfront west of tlii dock. 4:30 p. m. 8:15-9:00 p. tan avenue to rall- diu- city Appointed on Committee. City Manager Price has received notice of his appointment as a memb er of the public safety committee of the lorida League of Municipalities. ; which was organized a few weeks lago. It is expected that much gon.i will come as a result of the organiz i.ttion of the league, which proposecs I to work for uniform legislation regit I lating automobiles and along other : lines. U. S. COURT JURY FREES MEN WHO SLEW F. B. PITT Tooher ami Bredvad Tried and Ac quitted; Voi Likely .Junghluth Will Be Tried. l'.iist ball game at the hall park. m. Concert by Charlotte Military Hand at Mar aud Taylor strt Lit' GAME COST COLORED BRETHREN 130 IRON MEN Lieutenant B. J. Tool: geant Krisjan Bredvad c Air Service, were found ' of a charge of first degre Federal court at Jackso iy. Too !u r. City Treasurj Gains $i;to as Result of Raid by Police Early Sunday. Jungbluth were Indict) d ty grand jury ent. : 30-1 2: 00 p. m. Dane, lotte Military Hand. at Hotel Punta Gorda Riven by Char- IW. E E. W , Judg IJ. E. First ! H. C. c. w. H. E. Woodmen Uave Barbecue. The W"oodmn of the World of Fort Ocden gave a barbecue Friday. the 23rd, at their beautiful picnic! grounds mar Fort Ogden. Th ladies of the Woodmen Circle assist ed them in si rving the bountiful din ner consisting of barbecued beef, pork pillau, pickles, bread, swamp i cabbage, icd tea, etc. Every thin was served in the very best style and! everyone seemed to enjoy the oecas- i Inn In the ntmnct nH nil ..vnr. SKed I R C. Blount the hope that they would have the opportunity to enjoy another such in the near future. Lodges throughout the country wire invited, but Punta Gorda lodge did not receive the in vitation in time. L,-mon Grove, No. 18, was represented by Mrs. Coston. Mrs. Whiteaker and Mrs. Bnnett Adams. Following is have subscribed gether with tin by each: A. W. Gilchrist W. H. Johnson H. K. Seward W. R. De Loach H. W. Smith Cecil Crosland J. H. Hancock M. C. Price H. R. Dreggora A. F. Dewey H. D. Blazer Paul K. Garrett Dr. B. B. Blount Mobley Kountree .. W. F. Cooper Sk ipper National Bank Goldstein Hewitt Outhrle Chadwlck Bros. E. C. Jackson list of those who to the nut fund, to amount subscribed j CARLSTROM FLYERS LEFT I TO START SURFACING NO. FOR TEXAS FIELD MONDAY ! TWO ROAD SOON , IS SAID 2 C. A. W'altmire A. A. Coup I Ed. Smith j L. E. Robinson H. L. Blakeley Dr. D. N McQueen Mrs. F. M. Cooper Joshua Micell 00 25.00 10.00 ti.OO 25.00 10.00 5.00 5.00 50.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 50.00 25.00 25.00 5.00 10.00 5.00 2 5.00 10.00 5.00 2.50 1 0.00 2 5.00 5.00 5.00 (inly Small Contingent Left at Carl strom as Guard; Flying There la ill an End According to the DeSoto county News of June 23rd, 290 men from Carlstrom field departed on Friday for the aviation field at San A ntonio, Texas, and another contingent of 250 left Monday of this week for the same place. This movement practi cally complete., the abandonment of Carlstrom field by the government as an active training field. Only a few men will remain at the field as a guard for buildings and mounds. Training activities ceased with the graduation of the last class some days ago. According to the News, with the primary Hying school transferred to Brooksfleld, San Antonio and the ob servation school from Ft. Sill to Kel ly Held also at San Antonio, the Ait Service will have concentrated most of its flying activities in one locality. This concentration was given as the reason for discontinuing the field here, it being said by Maj. Gen. Pat rick on his recent visit to Arcadia that much money would thus be sav ed to the government annually in training expenses. Mgnter titan air nytng win do con centrated at Scott Meld, Belleville, Illinois, to which place the baloOD school at Rosa Held, California, and the airship school at Langley field, Virginia, will be transferred. The air school for field olticers will be re tained at Langley. Technical schoofs for the Air Ser vice will be at Chanute Held, Iian- toul, Illinois, the mechanics' school and photography school from Langley 'being located at that place. The communication school from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, also win go to Chanute field. The army will concentrate all it: artillery schools at Fort Sill, it has been announced by Secretary Weeks, who has approved recommendations for this change. The artillery ofli cers' "basic school" at Camp Knox Kentucky, and the Held officers' school at Camp Bragg, North Caro lina, will go to Fort Sill. Less Than a .Mile Remains to Graded After Which Surfac ing i to be Marled. be According to the Fort iXfyers Press, which is quoted below, it will not be a great while until the work of sur facing State Road Number Two will be started. Says the Press: State Road No. 2 Is a comer! There is now less than one mile to grade beyond Bermont road. When the 33 convicts complete that Import ant work to the saw-mill on the Fort Myers - Arcadia highwaj and they will be through grading next week the convict camp will be moved to its old site near Tucker's Corner, or the twenty-five mile post. Then the work of surfacing the highway will begin, and there will be no let-up until the road is finished. This information was brought back to Fort Myers last night by Walter J. Edelblut who received it first-hand I from the engineer in charge of ihe work on State Road No. 2. Mr. Edel blut was a member of the delegation representing the Fifty Thousand Club Hint returned here early last niaht from Tampa where they attended the initial meeting of Hie ' Year Round Club of Florida West Coast Cities." I The motorists left here Wednesday i noon, traversing State Road No. 2 I both going and coming and finding il In shape good enough to travel the 'distance between Fort Myers and Ar cadia in a little over three hours. They had a busy time in Tampa, each having a special assignment to "cover" and the boosters did a lot in giving demonstrations of real Fort Myers pep, enterprise and enthusiasm. Grapes Do Well Here. About three years ago Mrs. Eliza beth Turner set out four grape vine cuttings which are bearing this year and from which she will get about 25 bunches of fruit. Sh does not know the variety, but the grapes are rather small, purplfsfi-black in color and grow in large, well formed bunches. Mrs. Turner believes that grapes can be grown profitably lure, and the success of her four vines bears out her belief. The city's coffers wei nriched b.V 1130 this week as a result of a raid I on the home of Will Edwards, color ed, early Sunday morning by Chief j of Police Adams and special deputies, .J. E. Locklear and Norman Johns. Something caused Chief of Police Adams to suspect that visitors to the Edwards domicile were amusing themselves by indulging in games of chance With coin of the realm as , slakes contrary to the laws and ordin ances provided. Having satisfied himself on this point, he went to the door and knocked softly. "Who's dat?" came from within. The chit i did not reply but- waited a minute and knocked again. "Who's dat?" came from within a second lime in a very anxious tone. The suspense had grown unendurable to some of the occupants, for Immediately fol lowing ihe second challenge and be fore the chief could have responded ; there was a great commotion follow ed by a crash of window glass as four i occupants of the room went through ! them head first. At the same tinu j the chief applied his shoulder to I In door and succeeded in preventing the flight of the remaining four occu pants, those who had escaped in tin meantime having dashed by Locklear and Johns heedless of their com ma nils to Slop. However, those who escaped were rounded tip later In thi day and put up bonds for appearance in municipal court. When be entered the room by way of the broken door, Adams found one Billy ("Goal") Doraey simulating sleep of the righteous, but the chief claims Billy had just iiceupii d llii bed as it was yet cool win n the p fore said Billy sat up, rubbed his eyes and looked about as il to inquire what all the commotion was about 1 he eight men were tried befort Commissioner-Mayor Carleton Wed nesday and were lined as follows: Lex Bass, $20; Berry Williams, $20; Alec Allen. 110; Ben Coleman, 20: Milton Millard. 2(i; Will Edwards. $20; James ().. $20. Billy (Goat) Doraey was not fined as he claimed to have been asleep and there was not sufficient proof to the contrary. in I Bredvad ai will be i by the Cha for the a lb of F. II. Pitt at his home uver a year ago. Tin was expected by local r realized that all of th against them was Circuru: would not -land against tetimony as to the Incldi up to and Instrumental about the tragedy. i The trial was unique In respects. The actual henrin less than four hours and ; the case was heard in feden the two men were defended ed States District Attorney Gober and assistants, while i conducted the prosecution. The trial was necessitated action of the Charlotte count jury in returning Indictment Jug murder against Tooher ;.t vad. Private Jungbluth v ! named in the indictment but not appear in court and it v stood the case against him ' dropped. According to testimony j Lieutenant B. Tooher, S Bredvad and the pi i ate . ing for two deserters the ;was killed. They had i I that the two men were u an outhouse of Pitt's hoi I went there in si arch and ie U. S. I lilty" itrder in m be red, . coun- itirder ii little tjuittal i who i idenee tial and ir own l ad ing ringing several lasted It bough i court, iy Unit W. M. state by the I grand harg d B red an also i.e did inder- v. ill be it the trial rgeant K. . re search night Pitt n for mat ion hiding in ie. They v r with in 1 1 drawing when F'iit aov Into i he darkm ss with a several buckshot (akin:. Lieutenant Tooher's arm. ant Tooher testified I"' did who tired and dropping Immediately returned il PHI instantly. The prosecution off) red hole but routine testimony. The story as re lated by the defense today was nc- r .1 fired hot-gun, ffect in know to his knees ' tin, killing tity Taking one hundred and In five pounds of honey from hives at the Montverde Industrial school apiaries recently is said to have made the total for the year marly half a ton. Florida honey is always in de mand, and while the honey has been used at the school, li show Florida is the place for bei honey making. By producin excellent food product right at the Montverde authorities have thing that is healthful ami .00 .50 .00 GREEN IS APPOINTED MEMBER OF STATE ROAD DEPARTMENT pleasant to add to (he table ; llo keep the busy boys and good humor. Bee keeping i dustry not yet over-crowded, fers great all ructions. that I and ; this home, some most help s in i copied by t'ne military Carlstrom Held v. ho xom i i three men comprising th With the ret urning of I he indictments, however, civil ies made several Inffoctual to obtain custody of the m On one occasion Sergeant was arrested In Jacksonvi planning to go north on a Aviators went there from and demanded his rcl nse. The Jury which took the I liberated about an hour an. H. D. Clayton, who presided, considerable Impatience. Kil had been construed by Rpect virtually an Instructed verdiC j deliberating almost an hour, returned to the court room : ed that some of the conn's ions be explained. Judge I then made plain the nntur l diet he expet ted. In nddi Urors before I heir dismiss uoritles of rated the e detail, rand jury authorlt- attempts in. Bredvad II. while furlough, the field rase de il Judge showed i charge tors as After , the jury and usk-Instruct- Clayton of a ver ssing the I. he said there was nol the least a verdict of not guilty. iloubt as to Lee county is up and doing in the matter of road building, which is re garded as the most important work thai can be carried on by any com munity anywhere. According to R. P. Ransom, county engineer, fifty eight miles of the West Palm Beach highway has been hard surfaced, to a point within six and a half miles of Ciewiston. and there remains only three miles to be graded and nine and a half miles to be surfaced to complete the road to the Palm Beach county line. With the arrival this week ir three I more carloads of machinery for the j Crass Fiber Pulp and Paper Corpora tion, the equipment for the mill prop er is practically complete. One more 1 carload and the reap r boat are all I that are yet to be received and in stalled before actual manufacturing! can begin. One of the shipments A good many people are busy gathering blueberries which a r e bringing a fancy price in Walton county. Interest in this crop is rap idly growing in this section; some are expecting to plant 40-acre fields this winter. The average height of the land above the sea level is 1,500 feet. last week was the which reduces the been through the agitator tanks. big Jordan beater pulp after il has digester and the Clearwater is to install a powerful radio station thus makingu available concerts, news, etc., from all over the country. The outfit will be plac ed in the new city park, and be used for the benefit and entertainment of Clearwater's citizens and visitors. Many a man pays a lot more for the trimming he gets in a poker game than his wife does for that on her hat, and he doesn't yell about It either! E. P. Green, of Bfadentown, was appointed Tuesday by Governor Har dee as a member of the State Road Department to fill the vacancy caus ed by the untimely death of W. W. Clark. The appointment of Mr. Green was not unexpected to local people, who, following the definite announcement that T. Ed Bryan could not accept the appointment, en dorsed Mr. Green, who received the endorsement of Fort Myers good roads advocates also. from Marietta, Oa., t n years ago. He had been an attorney in Marietta, served his county (Cobb) as prosecut ing attorney, and also as a member of the state legislature. When he set tled at Bradentown he gave up his piofession to enter the real estate field, and has been very successful in that business. He was a member of the Bradentown City Council which put a big bond issue for street paving that made the Manatee county capital one of the best paved cities In the Went North lu TuiitMt. Tuesday's Tampa Tribune contain- d the following: C. M. Carrier of si at tin Ba v View sxhibitfue one of I'unta Gorda, a guest Sunday night, was e Mr. Green is mayor of Bradentown j state. He has been president of the and one of that city's most progres- j Bradentown Board of Trade and now slve citizens. He has been active iniis president of the Manatee County the gooc roads movement in Manatee I Fair Association, also president of county and In the south Florida sec-1 the Sugar Bowl Drainage district, iion and led the fight for the recent I which embraces a large tract of land successful bonding election in the in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The June bloom of th grapefruit trees is mill this season and the air and the surrounding man; In L terri kc land tin sweet with the delightful odo blossoms. The June bloom as a general thing is an inverse propor tion to the February bloom, it hav ing been designed apparently to make up for wbal flowei ing may lack. ever I hi ' the largest pirn apph weighed ten and a was two or three times as an ordinary pine, It was I Punta Gorda. Mr. Carrier one ol l lie largest laml owin state, was on his way north, visit points in Pennsylvania cord. It 1 1 n tls and large as -town at who is rs in the He will and New York this summer. He is interested in large tracts of laml around Punta Gorda, in Pennsylvania and New Brunswick. was ekly In the Bradentown district which provided for a road to Cortez and a bridge from that point to Anna Maria island and a road down the islnd to Anna Maria Beach. Mr. Green moved to Bradentown When the Tampa Board of Trade endorsed T. Ed Bryan of Tampa for the place niade vacant by Mr. Clark's death, it also endorsed Mr. Green for the place in the event Mr. Bryan de clined to serve. (Irape growing in Polk county the topic discussed at Ihe w luncheon of the Kiwanis Club, the absence of the presldi nt of Grape View Nurseries, S. T. Holland, secretary of the corporation, spoke of the prospects of the grape Industry 'and Si rather Booth, who has a fine young vineyard, gave some facts and figures on grape growing in this section. Polk county citrus growers report good net prices for late shipped fruit. And trees are in full bloom again. Daytona Beach N planning a big celebration on the Fourth of July, and has added attractions to the pro gram since the idea was suggested. The latest announcement is to the effect that a "bathing beach beauty" parade and competition is lo be a feature. This will be popular and bring many visitors to join with the merry folks of Daytona Beach, Make your plans now to attend Farmers' Week at the University of Florida the third week in August. And take the wife along. Courses for farm women will be offered.