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Site Punta (Sortm tymxlb The Herald la the oldest newspaper published on the lower southwest coast and the only one in Charlotte county. Punta Gorda Is the county seat of Charlotte county. Popu lation of town, 192 0 cen sus, 1,295. Increase for 10 years 23 percent. oiuuie XXXIV". Number 51 Pi VI A UOHDA, t HAHI OI I K OOUXTY, I LOHtDA. DKC. 80th, 1U Five Tents a Copy ; &K a Year Ponta OoesTn, la Tropical southwest Florida, in Advantafeon al, Located on Charlotte Harbor, one of the Largest Land-Loeked Ban on the tiulf of Mexico. and is a Town with a Bright Future, t'ommeitially and Agi icultuially FLORIDA, LAND OF ROMANCE " HAS AN INTERESTING HISTORY L ... ltl,,m amwm mmA ( ll V Jl il'l'S fill t'eil- Wus name uivwra im turies; Parti. iatel In the Olril War; Now is pVocparing ami Growing Cartoon Review of 1922 Almost 13S years ago on January 20. 1773- while i . I . , . ihu tit' i m iii : vies of the treaty ot Brranains c 1 v peace wKeh acknowledged the independence of the Cnit ed States of America, Great Britain, inspired, no doubt, by one of the German sovereigns, threw a parting rock at the Americans by reeeeding Florida to Spain. Romantic and earlier, surpassing and beyond that of any other section of this country, is the history of the Laud of Florida. As far back as the second decade of the notable sixteenth century, Juan Ponce De Leon hav ing listened to-the magical story of a mythical fountain of youth in this fairyland, in which the reinforced bather ..,, i.u hwnnip vanns and vigorous again lire Fountain of Perpetual Youth came here to find It. Therefore, desiring a restoration of youth, he equipped an expedition, sailed westward in quest of the gmythical fountain, and on Baiter Sunday. 1512, the ? twentieth year after the discovery of the New World by CoJumbus, he landed on the coast of Florida, gave it the name It now bears, because of its flowers. This was 95 years before the English planted a colony at Jamestown, Virginia, and 198 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts. Ponce De Leon sailed down the East Coast of Flori da, in search of the wonderful fountain, but, not finding It, returned to Spain, no mount, a very in ucu omniwim man because of the failure to tind that the myth be sought was real, and yet his name and fame are firmly fixed in the early annals of America. Subsequently he sailed again. During this voyage he passed from earth, and his mortal body was laid to rest on the island or Porto Kieo. It may be that in another world be found the Fountain of Perpetual youth. The wonderful peninsula has since changed owners several :imes. At first it was the home of the Indian. Here were the happiest of happy hunting grounds. Wild game abounded in the forests, and in the clear water of Hb thousands oi lakes swam millions of fish, and numer ous were the birds that lived in this land of forests and flakes. Indeed, there could have been no happier hunt ing grounds in what is now the United Stales. By risrht of discovery, Florida, was held by Spain for about 2"0 years. St. Augustine, the earliest settle ment by white men in the United States, where the first frame bouse built by Europeans is still standing, and has become a cherished memento of the past, while nearby a magnificent hotel the Ponce De Leon, perpetuates the name of Florida's discoverer, brings the old and the new close together. In 1 539 the territory was explored by Hernando De Soto. He landed, among other places, at Tampa, some time before the discovery of the Mis-X smsippi river, and was buried in its waters as it flowed in solemn silence, unvexed by a keel of commerce, to the Gulf of Mexico. In 1665 a body of French Calvanists, who bad settled in Florida three years before, were butchered by the Spaniards and driv . en out, and the Spaniards held undis puted possession until 1 763, when the territory was ceeded to England (Continued on last page) s-eTw,M(j" 0 VrJL-Ir A SDRVEY OF UNDERGROUND WATER IN FLORIDA PLANNED Stale Authorities Would Determine Which Are Kit for Drinking Purpose sanitary Engineer and (Geologist Interested In Plan. I AN INDUSTRY OF GREAT I PROMISE FOR FLORIDA i PUNTA GORDA'S CHRISTMAS Being Established in Polk County To Utilise Grapefruit of the ! . .' 'Glad eta 1 l - for the Sunday scnooi mush tbe Methodist, Hap- f! PRESENT STATUS HAROOR ..MaSMSISJ MM A irrt Y MPRQVEmENI PKUJtUI KLOMDA GROWERS ITttlE QUARANTINE ON I Ki l l I The weather was ideal, bright and Icool all last week and up to Wednes day of this week. wh.n it clouded up in the morning and rained through the afternoon. There was no noise, I save that made by motor' vehicles and a few firecrackers; and there was maciicallv no disorder. A very few f " A BtrOM plea for an effective quar antine or other restriction to prevent , the introduction of the Mediterrane an and other fruit fties into the Unit- ed States in imported fruit and vege- tables was made to the federal hom ed. '.turn! board by a United California delegation composed of represent a tives of everv branch of the fruit In K . .. I dustiy mere. It was supported by Florida, rep resented by J. H. Montgomery of the state plant board, and by West Vir ginia, represented by H. W. Miller I of the West Virginia horticultural society. "The canning of grapefruit hearts in Florida is comparatively a new in dUOtry. It was tried out last year with good success by a Miami con- cern Which has since move,, . : - . Mnm h, ()11V county and whiel, will opsrute "M0 f them got luffleisntly und.r 1U names i.uy. nwn purely co-operative one, will operate at Eagle Lake in the same county, 'an old citrus packing house being I used and $30,noo worth of canning machinery already installed. The new plant is owned by the associa tions of Polk county that now co-op erate with the Florida Citrus Ex change. It will have a capacity of 500 cases (two dozen cans to the care) per day and it is expected that at least 50,000 cases will be put up this season," according to the Flor- Infiuence to require the attention or tire police. Even those two did not make uproar enough to attract much attention. I Upon the whole, it was a very, very I ni rt.risiniii.s for all concerned. F,, especially for the children, who ap peared to have received more pres ents than ever before. The stores werP well stocked with Christmas goods in wonderful variety, and the merchants had a good trndv There were many happy family re unions, with the accompanying fensts. ida Grower. .n mr known, had on nnlv th hearts of the grapefruit r'"" , - ,. Representatives of a dozen foreign b preBerved and the cans will more J' .- : . II "I I I .- in II i .in the triiit, tnni " , . .. . nations which send fruit and rege- Kbles to the United Stats urged that ; jUjce D(j RUgar. The process in i no -- , , , . , . abargo be placed on their prod-' . . . of tb(, l jnas, the Bicts. Fruit and vegetables import-1 M (hi .ra(. M the wtter naetn- JtWs from Atlantic coa.-t cities were which binds the segments of ygspr- sented and various commervPM gpjpefrujt is called. A cortm. Kgauizations whose interests are al- J lia(.hin(. nag been invented by E. H. Bed with the fruit and wgetable in-L m1tftt. ,hp manager of the Eagle with i-'ifts for their own ana men neighbors' children. Formal obnervance of the occasion began Saturday night, when there were Christmas trees resplendent with gifts I'liililrcn ol list and Pivsbytsrian churches. 1 he j interior of the churches was beaut l- Secretary M. C, Price of the I unts fully decorated in keeping with the Gorda commercial club, received .. ,- L u.. lunlna . D.Mnfnx VlAhnp under dale ol love V treeB, tneir imiin-iier. u...... ... - i ui onnwi - rru.. beneath their load oi preaeirea, i u distribution of the gilts by Santa Clans was preceded by appropriate exercise,- by the children, which were well execttted and Immensely enjoyed by the grown spectators with whom each church was packed. These ex ercises consisted chiefly of songs, recitations and dialogues, all of which were short, but very entertain ing. Some children took pari in sev eral different exercises, and did it so well as to show remarkable memory. It was worth much just to see how happy and capable these children Wt re. ...nii rhriKtiniis services were held In the episcopal cnurcn on Mon day, the usual services having been held Sunday before. In the Ha;;ist and Presbyterian churches, Christ- m: services were held Minuay. Owlag to the absence of the pastor. A survey of underground water- lakes and streams in Florida to determine which waters are lit hygenlcal ly for drinking purposes and which are dangerous, is being planned by tieorge W. Simmons, Jr., chief sanitary engineer of the state board of health, and Herman Gun ter, state geologist, following conferences held in Jack sonville recently, according to reports appearing in the daily papers. Drainage wells also are to be investigated, in many parts of the state these wells are to be found, most of them, it is said, were bored before the passage of a statute by the legislature of 1918 prohibiting them. As many of these aR can be located, are to be Investigated and designated on a map to be made as a part of the survey. The operation will give an excellent opportunity for a study of geological formations, and it is believed the United States geological survey will be sufficiently in terested to take part in the plan. Letters have been written to that department, as well as the United States public health service, which, it is said, probably will be willing to co-operate. Representatives of both govern ments have been asked by Mr. Simmons and Mr. Gunter. For the information of towns and cities all over the Itate tin- investigators will determine quality and quan tlty of water coming from underground sources. This nformatlon will be of considerable value to municipali ties planning the installation of water works and those arranging for extensions. Many springs In Florida, it is believed, are supplied underground water, some of which probably is polluted with water from drainage wells. These may be found in almost every section of the state. Socalled "sinks abound in Florida. These are caused by the washing out of a limestone strata and in a number of instances the ground has given way under weight. On one oc casion a railroad (rain dropped down in a sink hole in Alachua county and on another occasion It large area of ground on public road gave way under the weight of a horse and carriage. Some Of tbe largest of these sinks are to be found in Alachua OOUOty, OttS of these is known as the "Dev il's Mill Hopper." a huge bole with almost perpen dicular banks located several miles from Gainesville. Near Gainesville, also is what is known as Payne's Prairie. This entire towiand was once a great lake of considi ruble d. pth. Several years ago the water seeped through inio some underground passage entirely drain ing the lake. Payne's prairie is partially tilled with wafer at all limes of the year and in the rainy season becomes quite deep. x n the water which pours into un derground passages from lakes, streams and drainage wells is not con taminated but some of if is and the question of what waters are fit for hu man consumption Is one of consid erable importance lo Florida. For this reason, Mr. Simmons said, it bad been deemed advisable lo investigate all underground water in the state and for this purpose the survey has In en planned. !sel Forth in latter from Senatoi Fletcher t Secretary Price ol the lommerclal lub the 2 1st lust., a reply to his letter 01 tire ltd OD the subject of local har bor Improvements, tbe contents of which are of general interest and In substance are ns follows: The Hoard of Knglneers for Riv er l and Harbors, War Department, this City, gave notice on Nov. fith, l!i22, that it is not convinced of the advisability Of the United States un dertaking any improvement at this locality at the ptesent time, and stat ed its reasons. "Major Young, of the Corps of En gineers, advised us December 12th: We requested the Club for IUC0 additional information as might bv i b e LOCAL POLICE ROUND-UP INFRACTORS OP THE LAW . 1 i.l. AAfftaA1 II ( Tl B na.un dtniiM iiv number, draft and capacity of the faneeo a ,.. n ninninL' he-I Hatch lor 16.00 The local police officers des, rve credit not solely for their eillci.mcy, but especially for their discretion In making arrests. In practically every case of an arrest made by them, the accused has been found guilty of the offence charged against him. Of four cases, for example, tried by County Judge Trabue during the past, week, every one was convirted. Miles Lowe was fined $25.00 and costs or thirty days in prison for reckless driving. Ben Taylor, a col ored man, was charged $100.00 and costs or ninety days for carrying ron ...,.i,,t weamms. J. J. Hrown, who - fctgURt weiv heard (' airman ('. M Marbtt of the fed. i.: horticultural toard explain IlHl the necessity for some means to .. prev til the introduction o! tne m ' sect 'tests, and after hearinc all sides Interested, said whatever rest net ion was imposed it couid not be at rived offhand Any action taken, he t;',aaid, would be only after careful ex amination of the facts keeping in mind all interests involved. Roseau Sinnal tor ISatlle The Roman signal for battle was he unfurling of a red flai:; the white flag has alwaya been a sign of truce or pear-. cluck on A. P. was fined 3.00 vessels III tile I Ml e nuw iwiutmH ,,e 1 ' , i 'with costs added amounting to $118.- tween Tampa ana rort -7. - !lIter passing the check, other pvrtin. nt information regard- " 'Vw , ..... ..,,. !.,. Ow lit: to he ansinc in me pr,u,. , s k I )I- '1 laiam.i. " lh(. Methodist church had no special 'ng the operation of this line. PP tQ pa service. Large congregations attend- "1 you on December MM utka and brouKht hlni back Monday i,.,.v n t he c l' wilirn i -.-,.... ... ... ,..,, ... ,, h.. w . ... i ..,111 unto irom ftiajor iuujib, " " nav I ne siaiea : i ! " 'The Hoard will be pleased to ed these services. mmm Damn onri DoffOantrW at Sillith Flnhlta Fair ! - rdy with you. wishes by delaylm rU 111 U Will I aauuilll I u vwm I I ,..i,i, ,:,,oll , this man. r lor . w . j L reaaonabls time lo afford opportun- ""--r-"--"'"""" '.. , i, ,.,;,, fwlilitional data.' I he ' 1 1 1 ul 1 - iiniler- l.pfpvi.. tbe manager of Lake cannery, and it will be used in the preparation of the fruit canned : , In the new plant. Care is being tak-1 j ien that none of the juice will be lost. nheral as- taxed at the fair grounds f ...onhinei v and other onip 1""'""' . . , i.ni i ik.ni nnhliri,DilMI .v.. ui .... - ,. j,. ,., will he features ol tne pd,,tue wiu w - w . . . appliances in use in the plan. WIU an (;a,pnrma ance in full equipment of the artll- atand and aprepc.a e ' be the most modern procurat.ie nnr""- - Feb. lery organization, and the opening ; am not in pos, .u , - . . A, . .,ii,i r in v ' ,:,'iona da a thai is ,i umot , next and continues through to ren ; uay u ... ' ; I " ; . night. If he fails lo pay up, ne win to work for the county for six months. On the same day (TUfs day), J. O. Driggers was convicted of .11. I am certain, selling Intoxicating liquor and fined $100.00 and costs with the alterna tive of serving ihe county four months. He was arrested by Police chief Caldwell, Power Of VNion BB Bird Ji bird's power of vision is about 340 times greater than man's. Prone loor Trees Wow Prune that dead wood out of your and continues through to Feb. day of tne rair. cai.eu u. - lnlr. ' " " w vnl,l much 7 .. .Qnc .pveraliis to be in the hands ol the gunners : on aim mwn -'"" 11 " 10. Returning to plans of several 1 to OS DreDilI.ationB t0 pre- erted to give attention to within a;spray!no nPX, Sp,ing and summer and whe e food products are handled. ! frs ago. abandoned our . , - that reasonable time. at the same time Insure a bunmoer To't'hat a!, ab.es and other parts j ZVt 'nt. ha. beenaeen In Florida since the , -The Hoard in lis notice of Novem-Lrop for next season. A stitch in " Z ... A. nf ho Stnnnish-Amer can war. . ,er Cth stated: lime saves mamm .ai, -.linns of t he rair. w ,1,.- . . . . . ... ........ ,.v.-i'V care will ne laneu .u ...,,,-,.. with the very rigid regulations pre scribed by the state board of health of the plant, with which the fruit to be canned might in any way come in contact after the peeling process, will be- enamel and so arranged that First of these is to be the military Followmg tnis. tne -,c .irsi , . . . !of GasDarilla is to present what is ex- hat ! parade on JT aaetaa to be the most gorgeous and they may be washed and kept In theiwhen lam pa s re. .,, ' , , ant M witnessed in best possible condition from sanitary tlllery battalion the 1 1 6 tl h F h Id w Monday, Kb. ThP uneijr. Krewe 1 arranging for a number of luilitarv maneuvers, exhibitions or Krew. is arrani , u k,.i m h.; (Cont nued on last page) stunt riding and sham battle to be points of view. "The product of the Eagle Lake (Continued on second page) All narties interested in the pro- pored improvement are Invited o submit within a period of 30 days Papulation DaKed Htatea The population of the U. S.. ac- from the date of this notice state- cording to the 192u e ns,. s. was 105.- ments and arguments bearing upon 710,620. Of this number 6,448.366 the necessity for the Improvement in were classed as farmers, and the to- ( Continued on second page) tal uiral population was 51,406.017.