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Punta Gorda Is the county seat of Charlotte county. Popu lation of town, 1920 cen sus, 1,295. Increase for 10 years 23 percent. The Herald Is the oldest newspaper published on the lower southwest coast ar..! the only one in Charlotte county. I'unta Gorda, in Tropical Southwest Florida, is Advantageously Located in Charlotte Harbor, One of the Largest Ijind-Locked Ilays on the Gulf of Mexico, and is a Town with a Bright Future, Commercially and Agriculturally Volume XXXIV. Number 32 PUNTA GORDA, CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AUGUST 11th, 1989 Five Cents a Copy; $U.M a Year Negro Killed; Adams is I Held for Manslaughter Is Brooklyn Bridge Falling Down? Lee Lets Contract for Her Part of Short Route Coroner's Jury Lays Kesjionsibility lor Death on Chief of Folic; t hief Suspended SCREAMS OF A COLOItKl) SISTER ALARM THE TOWN ring. As a result of a fracas that occur red in the negro quarters Tuesday night, Bennie Coleman, colored, is dead and former Chief of Police Adams is charged with manslaughter, the coroner's jury finding that the 'deceased came to his death from a gunshot wound from a certain sun or pistol in the hands of Thomas I. Adams, and that the death was the result of hd unlawful killing, ard that the said Adams should be held upon a charge of manslaugh ter." The jury was composed of Chas. O. Cochran, foreman, Coe Al len, H. A. Robbins. George Dewey, W. H. Johnson and Stacy V. Doug lass. Tuesday night. Coleman, the de ceased, attacked b i B wife. Fannie Coleman, inflicting painful if not rerious wounds by beat ins her on the head with some Instrument, probably a closed knife. This caused a great deal of excitement, and in spite of the efforts of Sheriff Lipscomb and bis deputies and then Chief of Police Adams to apprehend Coleman, he eluded them. The next day, how ever, Fannie Coleman wrote Adams informing him that she had informa tion that her husband would go to a certain house Wednesday night and asked that he (Adams) arrest him. Accordingly. Adams accompanied by H. McDaniels, who had been depu tized for the occasion, went, to the house in search of Coleman. They did not find him in the house, but just as they were leaving to return to town met him in the street a short distance away, and very near the colored school house. Adams accost ed Coleman but received no reply and upon speaking to him the second time, Coleman started to run. Ac cording to the evidence given at the coroner's inquiry, Adams called to Coleman to halt, repeating the ooiii mand twice. Coleman continued to run, and at about the time he reached the rear of the colored school house ob the east side, four shots were fir ed, (wo by Adam and two by Deputy MeDanlell, the revolvers used by both men being of the same caliber. Mc Daniels testified that he shot to the left of the fleeing man; Adams said that he shot toward him, but did not say that he shot to kill but to stop the man; neither did he deny that it was his intention to hit him, but not until later did he have an idea thai any of the four bullets took eneci. However, alter Coleman had disap peared around the corner of the school house, Adams ran around the front to what is pbout the west side. After running a little ways he saw Coleman a considerable distance away, still running. A moment later, he testified, Colemcn turned and ran toward him, reaching a point about 50 feet away, when he fell, dying within a few moments, an examina tion of the body establishing the fact that a bullet had taken effect, going entirely through the body. Adams and McDaniels left Alex Stevens and Clarence Sanders in charge of the body and came to town lor a physi cian. They found Dr. McQueen, who testified that it was his opinion that the wound was inflicted by a 38 cali ber bullet, which entered the back and name out through the lower chest. The testimony of McDaniels action. f ..11 .1... f nec, : eulterl in- I W. A M1Q ' I IHO vine . v .. ... duding several colored people, with the exception of one of the latter, bore out that of Adams in almost every detail, each witness being ex amined separately and out of the presence of other witnesses by Chas. Cochran, foreman. oth-r members of the jury, and Chas. A. Waltmire, rep resenting the state, the latter reading the law and explaining it to the Jury for their guidance in teaching a vet diet, which was rendered as stated in the beginning. County Judge Trabue fixed Adams' bond at $200, which was promptly furnished, to await action of the grand jury. At the Instance of the city commissioners. Adams was sus pended as chief of police by City Manager Price, to await the outcome of the affair. A. C. Caldwell, who was twice a candidate for the offlo of marshal, was appointed tQ thutof fice of chief by the manager and ne entered upon his duties last night at about nine o'clock. Mr. Adams says that he bears no ill feeling toward anyone connected 1th the affair and responsible for the action that was taken. Extraonttnasry Demontrotlon of Vo cal Power Attracted Big Crowd Tuesday Night Tuesday night, Fannie Coleman (colored) demonstrated to everyone within a radius of two miles that she has an extraordinary pair of lungs and a vocal apparatus that is not sur passed if equalled by any oher be ing in this section at least. Indeed, when it comes to making a noise, a steam calliope is not in the same class with Fannie, when she is fright ened, angered or otherwise wrought up. About half past nine o'clock every one within a mile or so of the scene of the disturbance who hadn't gone to sleep was alarmed by a series of agonized and blood-curdling screams. A large 'crowd, the largest that has been gathered since the fourth of July, 'tis said, was attracted to the neighborhood whence came t he screams, and it developed that the cause thereof was something like this: When Fanni Coleman came horn he did not find thing to his liking and started to whittle and hammer on Fannie's anatomy. She escaped, ran along the street, screaming as she went. Seeing a car approaching, Pen probably thought it contained the sheriff, and promptly vanished, but not until he had taken a $20 gold coin that was suspended by a siring from the woman'! neck. Fannie was taken to Dr. McQueen's office, where her wounds were examined. "Is she badly hurt?" someone ask ed the man of medicine. He replied MfflaBMHMEBBffBffffttt'iMi ivEHsVf' 'VQmI KFFKCT OF IHAI IMPROVE MENT ON LAND VALUES Increase of Values In Manatee (Nun ty Property Proves Great Value of Improved Roads In 1909 Manatee county voted a .bond issue to build sixty-three miles of road, but on account of Injunction proceedings to prevent the issuance Of bonds, work was not begun until IIoikIs sold, Contract Let and Work is to start on Short Route Immediately At the meeting oi the Board of County Commissioners of i '""ounty Wednesday, the bonds of the New Prospect Special Road and Bridge district were sold to Barnes, Smith a; Mickles, of Brooksvllle, 'or 95 That largest suspension span on the famous old structure, the Rrooklyn Bridge at New York, has slipped under the constant ham mering of traffic and authorities have closed it to all except pedes trians. Arrow points to slipping cable. veins on i ne (lunar, ,;:.u Tins concern. the spring of 1911. These roads were according to the Fort Myers Tropical completed In 1913. During this five Newi( has awardP(, tBe contract for year pe,-,ou ociween which no ruaus building Lee county's were improved and a live year period! during which the improved road sys tem of the county was constructed a1 personal Inspection and Investigation was conducted to ascertain the effect Road Department Making Survey of Tamiami Trail ne" TueBsdyd,nigW BeinninS at Sarasota County Line This Week, Engineer Pollard is Locating Road Throngh Charlotte County; Location Must be Approved by the Federal Engineer part of the diort route road to an unnann J Tam pa contractor. According to the newspaper mentioned, work will be. Started just as soon as possible and it Is honed Mint hefnra the or.rl rP Of the road improvement on land m, (om.ist Keaso WQrk wm values which brought out the 'cflngned that there is a wide variation In land values, due partially to the relative Th" P,mi" Of the short route, as it fertility of the soil and partially tois Lee county is approxi- th.. ivnnsnm-tatinn tarilil ies h'nr ex-!n,at,,-v Hei in length, and the District Engineer Post Hallowes and Engineer Harry B. Pollard, at tached to the State Road Department, arrived in Punta Gorda last Friday, Engineer Pollard will proceed to make a preliminary survey, locating the road according to his best judge ment, after which his maps will be through Charlotte county, if the work has nt been started. Messrs. Hallowes and Pollard made that she wasn't, whereupon Fannie the trip over the present route of the seemed to become very angry, and de- trail and found it In passable eondi raanded that those who brought her tion, they said. Shortly after arrlv take her out of the place and let her ing, Mr. Hallowes returned to Lake die. She was up the next morning, land, leaving Mr. Pollard here to a little disfigured, but still in the make 'the survey. Mi. Pollard stal ed that he expected to start work not later than Wednesday of this week and Mr. Pollard is making prepara- submitted to the Federal engineer, tions for a survey of the Tamiami If the location 'shown in the survey .rail ( State road number five ) jis approved by (he Federal engineer, indeed, i then Engineer Pollard or Hallow.--. ample, the orange and grapefruit or chards, located in fertile "hammock" lands within easy hauling distance of the railroads or steamboat landings, are valued at Iron: $4U0 'o $600 pet acre, while unimproved sandy pine lands from $3fi to $40 per acre. Some of the low priced lands had Incri as d $25 per acre, while uncleared pine land, which had sold during the pre ceding year at $4 0 per acre, had in creased In value to $60 adjacent to the road and $50 a mile from the toad. Ar examples or values, it may be stated that a tract of forty acres of land sold in 1911 for $10 per acre toad to be built will be of width to meet Federal requirements and will be built as near as possible In accor dance with Federal requirements. The letting of the contract for this road is a matter of the greatest im portance to Charlotte county people, since it has been tb ir aim and am bition to secure the opening and con struction of the short route to Fort Myers for years. Charlotte county opened Its portion of thin road more than o year ago as an evidence of faith in Lee county ketping her bar gain to meet this county at the line, and engineers of the Slate Road De- was resold in 1912 for $37.fio per partment are now engaged in making or both or some other engineers of ith( State Road Department, will CO. COMMISSIONERS HOLD REGOLAR MONTHLY SESSION salesman Near!) Talked Commission ers' Arms Off Trying to Sell I hem a Vault make estimates of the cost of con struction, after which the way will be clear for a bond election to determine If the people of the county wish to issue bonds to pay a portion of the cost in return for money to be pro vided by the state and Federal government. Neither Mr. Pollard or Mr. Hal- As it is the purpose of the county lowes would say how long it would commissioners to so proceed as to take to make the. preliminary sur- entltle Charlotte county to Federal aid on this road, it will be necessary before proceeding further to secure acre. For another tract which could have been bought in 1910 for $20 per acre, $100 per acre was refused in 1912. A tract of 1,000 acres six miles south of Manatee was purchas ed before the roads were improved at 10 per acre, and where this land abutted on the improved roads it sold (Continued :i las' page) vey and could not say how Ion:.- it would be after milking it until the location decided upon by them would the approval of the location by the' be passed upon and accepted or re Federal engineer. This means that jjected by the Federal engineer, OIG MOTORCADE EXPECTED TO COME THIS WAY AUG. 18 Bradentown Board of Trade Motor cade to Visit Port Myers and Other Nearby Towns I ! Railroads Make Big Profits in 1921, but Fail to Fur- i i 2 : L n.. L. 11. 1AAA A fltfl L t.Il : iiimi bars o move mi. wops, Allowing mem io koi j Although nothing is said about Punta Gorda in the published an nouncements, it is expected that a motorcade from Bradentown will pass through the town August 18th. At the meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, Monday, when Commissioners Windham, Gottfried, Knight and Hobson were piest nt, the clerk read from Miss Agnes Webster, Key West, county demonstration agent Of Monroe county, a telegram Stating that If the county would ap point a demonstration agent, ou 'umumu i me i nimu orates partment ana served at breakfast , i l 1 11 and visit a number of places annually would be secured from the MUst be curbed quickly. dinner and supper for the last four I including Arcadia and Fort .Myers, St-ite to N applied towards paying They must be forced to stop ma- years in fact ever since the govern-Jon that day and the following day, said agent. This revived considera- , nipulatloni of facts and abandon men! turned the roads back to the and will return to Bradentown ia tion of this proposition, which was propaganda policies which have been private owners after the war. ithe Tamiami trail the 18th. it is before the board at a previous meet- brazenly practiced for the last four The result of this is that nine net-' probable that the trip from Arcadia ons out of ten in the United State!0 Vort Myers will be made via state Thf I Correspondence from Bradentown published in the Tampa papers uien- Ijtions the fact that a large number .f rtsi-a will 1. ..n'.. ll.....l,.t.n .... !,,. I According to a communication years. rrom the seer- tary of the agricultur- The ruthless nolle ie.i of h -.,n. today believe that I he railtmids :to In road number tWO. al college at Gainesville, which was;10ads .m, tjrng thjB nation nto M0. ;, terrible plight ; thai their operating So rr as kn0WM M Commercial also read by the clerk, a demonstra- nomlc knots bo fast that within a few expenses are enormous- thai froli bt Club n01''- nor a"y similar or- tion agent will cost the county about weeks they will bring agriculture, in- ratea ought lo be raised If they are I ganisation, has been informed of the $2,400 a year, which would leave a dustry and business of all kinds to to make repairs etc., etc., etc. coining of the motorcade, which balance of $1,650 for the county to a dead ston r iun , would indicate that perhaps the patty ' ill... pay, if one is appointed. The com- will not pay the town an official visit Agriculture is in a most serious Th Aviimmi m.,.i..,i in iho missioners. after considering all situation right now. Kven thou en romnAnvlM hr,v t, ,.... , . and no plans are being made for its sides of the subject and comparing drastic methods were Immediately leading railroad, lor 1021 Thna reception. 'it, i i i ? i t li i lwi UMffi rlM nf nt hi r i a .!. . " V vv mem win o a iom sunreren are their own figures as quoted bv officials of the county, Wedded that; by the farmers In trying to move the gentlemen on Wall Street The the sum p.oposed by the agricultural t,(.vo billion dollar crops now Into Atchlaon. Topeka and Santa Fe has colege was rather high, and the sub-,tne bam at. a f,w w,d boBdl ready for aborp. jeet was dropped without any further Traffic Manager C. B. Hutchings tion, The road ooerates 11.700 mll . , 01 ,f"' T:fnc Dept. of the American of road. In the year 1921 it ) an- UaDa a i Into , . , , . miatlAnAPm n " "" ' j arm isiireru feneration, a ter inves- e! nn a nrnfii u li O'ti c.c of agriculture, in a communication tlgatlon early in June, and before the little thin"! to the board, stated mat some coun- sniif,, went jnlo efr,.ct, estimated a ties had tailed to carry out a certain heavy car shortage this fall. I.,... it. .... -,l i ii ir ihn n'jLiiu I r,l n em .i. . . ... .. - i iue American uaitway Association 6!i6. ioii "'"-Ftjtoil that on June 15 there were The Northern Pacific rot a un charge, varying according to the time 332.61 cars noodlne nmaln 9f. . u,i h n nn.m t 99 oc k -to 'mention several vocal treats. A a survey of Slate Itoad Number Five through the county, this short route being a portion of number five. Just as soon as the engineers furnish esti mates of the cost and speciPcations for the work, which will he strictly in accordance with Federal require ments, a bond election will be called for the purpose of authorising the is suance of bonds to an amount sufflci 1 nt to pay thi:-. county's portion of the cost of construction. At the rate of progress being made in Lee, Char lotte and Sarasota counties now, it is Baft to iiredict that the Tamiami trail will be hardsurf aced from Tampa to Fort Myers without a break within the next year, and the accomplish ment of this aim will undoubtedly turn a great amount of tourist trav el to this route, and give both Fort Myers and Punta, Gords the great boon of a first-class road providing ingress and egress to the two places. At present both places are practically off the map so far as automobile trav (1 is concerned, since the condition of all roads to the north are ouch as to discourage a large proportion of i.Jl auto tours- i- Lee County financial inter' -ts are ready to bid on Charlotte county's bonds just as soon as they are 1 uthor-ized. Poor The New York Central in the same year made a clean prolil of 122. SOS - 1 111 pi tun 1 1(11 MTusicale Mr. and .Mrs. Charles E. Fitl-Ger-! aid entertained on Thursday evening, I the 3rd inn., at an impromptu musi cale, which was greatly enjoyed by a score or more of invited guests. In the absence of a prearranged pro gram, various ones of the guests took turns at the piano and other musical instruments, a number of selections being very skillfully rendered, not to No wonder freight rates ught to b served, ana urged tne commissioners 80s n( whirh ,.,.,,.,,, n,,ivy npmtn to provu.e tor compliance v,.,ii mi. clnce tl ,, , jk , nrn,v, r.lmMA requirement. The clerk then read confifriiction an(, ,.ppnirs of ., k,oa 0 courge wmn wp h .n(rj the law. which says that lor a term The ass0(.i;lti0n ,lIso ..,, ,hn, fhr, rt rni,roa,, hn,rl.n!n of less than four months a convict pPrCf.n(aKe of carg in ba(1 order nn smn(. ran b(. fh thmt bIa,.k ,J Contract for building the life span 1 course of delicious refreshments add ed further to the pleasures of this very enjoyable social event. upon being discharged shall M paid . These same white after th,. manner ,.P nl and construct i ng approaches to the three dollars in addition to his rail- fl(;ur,;fl eoInpim,u with tnose of ,hp ,hp rut had ,a,B huf bridge across the West Palm Beach road fare to the point. 1 rom 1 which he IntorRtiltp Commerce Commission all befuddling and specious argument P1 j"st no,t,, of Ulk" Wolth Wi,s was sentenced, and five dollars for a Bhov; tna) wa. fl bJ backward tbp tgttnt os qiIoU.d SPPm to b(, lei on last Saturday by the county term of more than lour months in ad- movement of repairs of freight equip- outstanding facts told briefly- ''om mission to H. C. Daniels, at 1 di.ion to his transportation Definite , from Apr to JlmP This, too.' The situation right now is so serf-; " ice 01 -0.00. action on me u.ae. . in the face of the fact that the raH-loua that farmers in many states can- Building at St. Petersburg contin- Attorney Chas. A. Waltmire, sent d k f n.n.Mmi nr a i M.i 1. .u, w. in a communication amending his , riculture r,.portR that the biggeat which after threahlng will have to be "" Vf and th tpTtal ''hft!llon.t tormer pnvu r----- Crops of years would have to be mar-piled on the ground because elevators1 ' ."r? w' tor in criminal cases coming before lkrted thjs ,aU land graineries are packed full wait- bulldiug inspector, said that the total jcost of buildings for which permits jhBve been issued thus far is $265,- 000.00. me couniy J" Tnil no cv of neirlect of rlf1 mil. I rIHnUI .. county's interests at other times and ,nf; stock by rai,roads (- ony .! WrHe tQ yQur congn.sgman and places tor a sa.au ui - J' UM with the financial camouflage senator. Let this government know . count dOWH '"I P"bHC'R thraf by ,ha' ,h ,ai,radS Ca" D ,0DBer M" 1 a meeting of the directors of county Mere that necessitated nts M elever a bunch of artists as ever ploit this nation while they drive on the Osceola Grower-, Inc C D she making trips to other points. Other , drew pres9.agents. 8alarle. ifor )ncreased profl,s.blood nAZf wmJ Vl,Ltl than t.pulating that he would re- other words a thp ..hard.time.. The VPry ljfp of our principa, J&JZSStS ne quire in addition to the salary of raiIroad talk we nave heafd WJ a,riCuiture. is at stake. And supervision of L vvTtooi wunS (Continued on last page) jeooked up in a great propaganda de-l (Continued on last page ) Irent. Auto Accident George and Robert Goff met with an accident, Sunday morning, in try ing to pass another car In front of James Robbing' hone northeast of town. Ellas Keen and John Sands were in the car they tried to pasn and, when they heard the honk of the car behind then, they pulled to the rigid of the road, leaving plenty of room for the other car to pass. This 'COad car was a worm-drive truck belonging to Chadwlck Brothers, but driven al the time mentioned, ac Cordtng to reports, by George Goff, who, instead of pas.-ing around the Other car, headed across the ditch into Mr. Richmond's pineapple patch, taking up two fence posts and tearing a good sized hole in the wire fence. Naturally, the car came to a sudden halt, and George landed on one side ol the fence and Robert on the other. N'eltht r the truck nor the boys were badly injured. The boys say that the ste. i ing gear went wrong Just at the critical moment. Tne hoard of county commissioners of Seminole county let the contract recently at a special meeting for the cons truction a bridge across the St. Johns river at. Osteon Ferry, about live miles east of Sanford on the S::niord-Nevv Smyrna highway. The cost of the bridge will be $17.- 000, that being the bid made by Aus tin Bros. Bridge Company, of Atlan ta, who were awarded the contract. Work on the structure will begin within a few months and only a short time will be required to complete the bridge for traffic. The greatest breeding ground for water fowl in the United States is in the state of Nebraska.