Business Correspondence. Feb. 4, 1924- Feb. 29, 1924

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Business Correspondence. Feb. 4, 1924- Feb. 29, 1924
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Business Correspondence
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Subjects / Keywords:
Everglades (Fla.)
Okeechobee, Lake (Fla.)
Okeelanta (Fla.)

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University of Florida
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306 C Street, N. V Washington, D. C.


February 4, 1924.

Mr P. E. Bryant,
Lake Worth,
Florida.

Dear Mr. Bryant:

I write to ack if you have seen Mr. L'Engle and what
his report is; if you have not seen him and it is not convenient to
do so reasonably soon, will you not write him? telling anything you
wish, but inasmuch as any history of the case mi.ht be too great a
tax on your time, tell him. what we are thinking about and that we
have a case he can win. Ve do not want an accounting, we want a
receiver.

In view of the sale of two tracts last year for taxes
and the probable sale of more of the Gift Land for taxes this present
year, our committee feels as if we want a good lawyer to begin keeping
tab on events and collecting evidence. .e are not seeking any hasty
action and realize it is a matter requiring time.

We prefer Mr. L'Engle for, beside your recommendation,
we have heard of his ability and it is a case that oL~ht to win his
favorable attention. It has far reaching results, all of them honor-
able to him for having made them possible, to say nothing of the very
considerable money value involved, which the present trustees are
going to Jivert or abandon, if the T have not already done so. They
have been tacitly hostile to the contract holders from the beginning
and actively so for the last five years.

Do not imagine that in the event of our winning, it
would turn out to b? changing one set of trustees far another who
might also be incompetent. 'e will have something to say when the
time comes to discuns that phase of the matter. I am thinking of
going to see my son this spring and so will be in Jacksonville if
Mr. L'.ngle cares to see me.

"7e have no mind to -ive this matter up and we want
legal talent to tell us where we stand if not Mr. L'Engle, then
some one else.


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SE. J. L'ENGLE
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
208-212 LAW EXCHANGE
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
E. J. L'ENOLE
W. F. ROGERS
J. W. HANDS
February 9th, 1924.




F. E. Bryant, Esq.,
Care Florida Sugar & Food Products Co.
Lake 7orth, Fla.


Dear LIr. Bryant:-


I am in receipt of yours of the 7th instant
enclosing letter from Lirs. LcOullough. I recall
your telling me sometime ago about certain lands in
the Everglades which were held by trustees, and comment-
ing upon the fact that the lands had not been disposed
of for the benefit of the parties who were entitled to
them. Our conversation was a long time ago, and I
do not retain a very clear recollection of the facts
or even of our conversation, except that I have the
impression that we did not go into the matter thoroughly
at the time, as it was not then anticipated that there
would be any litigation or that I would be connected with
it. However, my further impression is that it seemed
that the beneficiaries of the trust had a valid cause
of action. So far as I am concerned I know of no
professional connection or interest which would prevent
me from representing !ros. I.cCullough and other bene-
fioiaries of the trust. If I an desired to act
as their counsel and it seems, after investigation,
that they have a meritorious cause of action, I think
it is entirely likely th:it we could enter into some
arrangement on a contingent basis, in whole or in part,
under which I would be employed to take the necessary
action to protect and enforce the rights of the bene-
ficiaries. I should be glad to discuss this matter
with you and 1:rs. M.cCullough at any convenient time,
with the understanding, of course, that there would be no
charges for my time or services if we fail to reach some
definite agreement at this conference.












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As I recall it, the case struck mo at the
time as being an interesting one, and whether I took
it up professionally or not I should be glad to talk
to you and MLrs. 1 .cCullough about it. I return irs.
LcCullough's letter, and await your further advices and
instructions.

With best wishes, I am,

Sincerely yours,


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Subruary 14, 1924.

Lr, I. r. Bryant.
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Dear irw. Bryant i

Your letter inclosing one from Ur L'Sngle ie received
and I ameure you we are very glad to tet them. Thon I have time to
onfeir with the other members of the committee I will write to Mr.
L'?njle but I suppose tha Ufirst thhl n to do is to give him a running
history oi the aase.

I wAnt to ask yon an Lmriortant :juestioa because pon
:.nar answer han&a oar IdeLiao to go further with the asee It is
thiea if we get peasoesioz or control of the Gift Lnd. would your
Company consider leasing or rentiDn. the acreage in the neigbberhon
of0 tVe mrllyplant it to eane .an(m sot it to work? If not, we might
Lbout at well qat. right h re because mnilss the la1~ ha a& Proa ecet
of pyilng, possession *0ou1' mean little to us. Ie should ulft2ately
be mamped with taoes tnd lot:i it.
I wint to save every aore, commence modestly. going
oarefully and delnE all the things the corporation hse conspieaoasly
not done. I want that Gift handled as the GIV'Lr intended, reflecting
the honor upon them thqy Aeserve, as well as the benefit to the con-
traet holders which they intended* In fact in oar eampuign to .et
fmnes for the .nit ve ouve found oontraet holders in numbers who
either novr knew about the Gift Land or have forgotten Phat little
they di- hoar. e's~:in-, now "Do you metna to asy a land oompany ave
away ovr. a thousand aoreT of land?" Thore ie something wron, about
that!" So Eow, be:'id, +he -ro *it acrni.rn,, I wouli: ..rf&tly enjoy
provin- that this was dor-.n .'.- tht it will 'be very rl:,ht if we can
do ou' p-rt', .:nd Ch' hb'w money w ulM tl : in 'iat connection
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between the Lake arA Peiiocn Bay 1-nd as *hown b;w the ltesst County
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acr-.a.e there ie no ab t youo n0ot know exactly but if theor' is
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AGENTS FOR SALE OF LANDS OF
MODEL LAND CO. -
BOSTON LAND CO. PHONE NO. 3016
THOMPSON & JACKSON P. O. Box 885
PERRINE GRANT LAND CO. -
FLdRIDA EAST COAST RAILWAY CO.
74 E. FLAGLER STREET
MIAMI, FLORIDA

February 15, 192 ".


;;r. ohomras 7. /ill,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Dear Sir, -

Ie have your letter of the 13th. ins-tait stating
that one of your men seems interested in the pur-
chase of the lan. in Section 30-50-42 lying South
of the Dania Cut Off canal an:? we note your re-
quest that you be allowed two weeks time to conr'u:i-
mate a sale on the same.

Under our instructions from the Company we are unable
to hold this land for you for a longer period than
10 days and we are, therefore, holding this land for
you until February 25th. 1924.


Yours very truly,

PEPPER & POTTER,



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Chicago, Ill.
February 18th, 1924,
Mr. Thos. E, Will,
Ft, Lauderdale, Florida.

Dear Friend!-

Your papers received relative to meetings
being held at Ft. Lauderdale, also your sppeohes.

Wish to say that your speeches were fine,
and to the point. Certainly agree with you.

Will leave for Florida in March with my
friend Mr. Wilson, arriving West Palm Beach Tuesday A. M.
March 4th, and expect to take Mr. Walter's bu-iTrom there
at 2P. M. for Belleglade arriving about 5 P. M. Understand
I can get to Okeelanta from there by mail boat Wednesday
A. M. Will probably leave Okeelanta via Belleglade and
Palm Beach Thursday A. M. arriving Palm Beach about noon,
and will leave for Cuba on train leaving Palm Beach about
midnight,

Will get in and out of Okeelanta this way
as it is shorter and quicker.

Have given you this schedule, so that if
you are in the vicinity, either at Okeelanta or Palm Beach
would like very much to say Hello. May run down to
Ft. Lauderdale however by bus ThuVSjay P. M, but am not
sure of this.

With best wishes, I remain,


Yours truly,





CABLE DD ESS:
A DEReO(N",
SII MORRISS E.BERNEY.
BERNIE L.ANDERSON.











R0TW TH ,TEXAS. Feb.18.1924.
Mr.Thos.E.Will.
Ft.Lauderdale Fla.
Dear Dr.Wills-

INot having heard from you in a year or two and having been too
busy to write, myself, but reading occasionally an article by Brisbane I have
been wondering just what is happening down in your "neck of the woods.S
Have you ever succeeded in clearing up with the State on the
various parcels of land about which we have formerly corresponded?
Do you see much improvement?
It's very quiet throughout this section of the country and I
look for it to continue during the summer.
I' d appreciate very much a nice ro etter from you /

Kindest regards.,


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february 19, 1924.

Mr. Thomas E. Will,
Okeelanta Farms,
107 River Front,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Dear Mr. Will:

I have yours of February 9 and recall some earlier
correspondence with you.

I do not, however, find the enclosure you refer to
*as giving "an idea of your activities." The reference may be to
some paper that got omitted by mistake.

In regard to yourseven thousand acre tract, I do
not think Brown Company should make further purchase of land in
the Everglades at this time, thus perhaps avoiding the mistake so
e ma3yothers have made, of buying-mare than it could handle.

As you do not know the present price of this land,
I do not see how we can go on with the discusoaon of it. If a
price should be named to you, I should be glad to hand the matter
over to our President's office, but, as I say, I don't think that
anything can come of it because of the circumstances stated.


Very truly yours,


BROIT COMPANY
Department of
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Yeb. 19, 1924.
Mr. E. J. L'Engle,
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Dear Mr. Li ngles

I have yours of the 16th, and am sure that
a history of the case for your consideration is the first step.
The committee authorizes me to furnish it to you as soon as
possible. This will take a little time to prepare, possibly
I can mail it next week.
Meanwhile, I am sending you a clipping from the
Developer, which was occasioned by the editor's suggestion that
I write "something", and Nos. 1 and 2 of The Early Bird, which
was published immediately after our return from the convention
in 1912. These are not very important perhaps but they are
full of atmosphere and show the spirit in which we went at the
whole proposition. I hope you will read them all.* age 2 of
So. 1 of The Early Bird gives a quotation from the constitution
of the Okeelanta Association Duties of the Exeoutive Committee
which shows how we regarded the contract holders at large.

Also herein a circular which we mailed to every contract
holder we could reach. It represents some of the high lights
by 19882 and not as successful in raising money as we hoped for
various reasons- 1, the changes in 10 years; 2, the great mass
of contract holders never heard of the Gift Land; 3, and chiefly,
the attitude of the officers of the Okeelanta Corporation when it
was organized. Our circular yilated less than 100.00.

Remember there were two bodies separate and distinct
and the Okeelanta association ante-dated the Corporation by two














years, all of whioh will be set out in detail in the history I
shall give.
What is here written is a sort of preliminary; when I
get to the real statement it will be mainly the essentials -any
weak spots or gaps in the aooount you must pick out and~we will
see if they may not be strengthened or bridged for while there
are a great many contract holders unaware of the facts, there
also is a goodly company that can supply material I lack.
I have not yet heard from Mr. Bryant as to the willing-
ness of the Company to cultivate our land. If they do not want
to do so, we can go no further because we oan not handle any crop-
ping business,
It is my idea to go to Jacksonville about the first of May,
if that would suit Mr. Bryant. I would like to have him present
at our conference, though perhaps that is not necessary but he
knows about the original deal. The date is immaterial to ame
In the meantime, I am at your ser-ioe. to answer questions,
give you addresses or help in any way that you wish*
Now a word about our present committee which is delighted
with your letter.
Mr.. G Bants s ian Assistant Treasurer of the U. S.,
employed in the Treasury Department. He attended the convention
in West alm Beach in 1912 and was elected a trustee at that meet-
ing. But before the organization of the Okeelanta Corporation
he became so disgusted with the procedure of the other two trustees
that he refused to work with them and did not join in deeding the
fAra land to the contract holders.
Mr* z a L. Alexander, now of 1424 Varnum St,,ii.., is em-
ployed in the Cash Room, Treasury Department. He spent a month
in the Everglades with Mr. Harold J. Bryant when the land company
was investigating the possibilities of that region. Mr* Alexander









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also attended the convention and served as temporary secretary

for calling the names and numbers during the aoution.

Either one of these gentlemen oan give you auch facts As

oame to their observation.

I am a clerk in the Probate Court of the District of

Columbia.

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Dear Mr. Bryant:
I have oure of the 20th and am preparing and sending
Kr. L'Engle the history of events oonneoted with the osee.
Tee, I intend to see him myself but I cannot go immediately
for two reasonea
1- He cannot have the faots dgoetoed until the story
is complete, I expect to finish it this week.
2- 1 dare not go before it is warm here, because re-
turning to a snow atom is what gave me pneumonia last
spring.
About May 1, I think will be all right and I'l be
ready.
In rorurd to what you oould do for the Corporation if
they were in sympathy with the Sugar Company, I have re-
oent letter stating they have sold 1F00 shares of Stook
for tl.CO a share and I am not willing for them to oon-
tinue in oharge to the t-usiness even with y.u; for that
would only give thmn a bigger fund and more opportunity
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