Misc. Correspondence - Laura V. McCullough. Jan. 24, 1924 - Dec. 15, 1924

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Misc. Correspondence - Laura V. McCullough. Jan. 24, 1924 - Dec. 15, 1924
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Everglades (Fla.)
Okeechobee, Lake (Fla.)
Okeelanta (Fla.)

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University of Florida
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S. Pahokee, Fla., 1/24/24

11r. B. Pickman ,ann. nn

Dear Sir:

I have your letter of 1/21. my understandin;- is that the 67,000 acres
of land sold by the F. E. L. Co. was the Diston land that the State save Diston
for cutting 13 miles on the Lake Dkeech:obee end of the j-ja-i Canal, The three
mile canal from ;:oore 'iaven to Lake hIicrochee, and the 9 mile canal also e-iptyinr;
into the same Lake. At our drawirl-, a lot of people arranged for a solid body of
land away down betv:een the Lauderdale Canal and i&rnmi Canal, if they have ever
settled that country I have never learned of the fact.

f In 1912 we had our convention at '.P.B. I have never seen so many
enthusiastic people in one gathering in my life. A great many have t-Lscrle on.
A much larger percent have groivm weary of t is ever increasing burden of taxa-
tion, and quit paying taxes. All the 1912 enthusiasm is gone, and that element
in our make up is badly needed to perfect any kind of get to-ethler project.

.'j-y State officials that could not' have forseen the present 7rrt-ck, is not
strong enough mentally to hold down much of a State job. The people who had
F. E. lands can not be reached. I have had some experience in trying to find
present ot'iers of our 20,000 acre Drainag:e District.

I am inclined to think that 'a bill could be passed in our Legislature,
to set a side lands and if this land could be occupied by the F. E. L. Co. con-
tract holders, by their occupying the same part of any section of se[gi-ei-atel land
that they own now and publish in very way possible to let the old contract hold-
ers 1know that it was possible to settle 'the land so there could be roads, drain-
age, every tling that would go to make up a good place to live. But all this
takes noney.

I am free to say that its too large a deal for me to work out.

i.y opinion is that the State owns nearly all the alternate sections
between the 7Lia ii and Ft. Lauderdale or H.N.R. Canals and a tract of land Iargc
enough could easily be found up in the north end of the Glades.

The expense connected with the gift lands has been more than the income.
Last year the land was advertised for sale for taxes. On top of the re---lar
'tate and County tax will be 50 pr. acre. The-' have however increased the rentals
to cover this. :'.r. ChmZgan received $l, ,i er annum soal.y -- A Sr. ",.I'i looks
after the land and collecting rents, he is probably not -, orin for the fun of it.
: he lives here and .iorl:s' some of' Section 17. They have not shown much ability to
care for land, last year a fire badlyJtrned some of the land. 'lot an effort was
\ made by renter or parties in charge to control ,the fire, and the land burned at
least 2[ feet deep. You can easily see that this land can not be used, when un-
burned land is now too wet.

You are certainly in error as to the Diston interests owning any lands
in the Everglades at this time.

The selling land by the State in alternate section was a great stake.
All land companies want a. solid block of land. The State could not have 5ivoen the
Penn Surgar Corpany that larriebod.r of land at all, had it been other than a solid
blocr. of land.







Our State officials know much less about our country below Lake Okeechobee,
than hundreds who have been here in the Everglades. They probably thought that
the F. E. L. Co. sales along down from the Lake as you su-~ -st nehance the value
of their unsold holdings. I do not know of a slin-le small pur'h-iAe any where
near any F. E. L. Co. lands.

Probably is an effort were made toward securing a solid body of land
and the present owners of of F. E. L. Co. lands were asked to contribute

Some few months since, I wrote the I. I. Board asking what they would
sell me 80 acres in Section 19-42-37. amd if they would take a half section which
I own in the then Lee County. They wrote me that they were not ready to price
section 19 as they were of the opinion that the land was going to be very valu-
s able. They seem to prefer to hald land for speculation instead of getting people
\to develop it.

The State still owns considerable land practically all land or sec-
tions adjoining the F. E. L. Co. lands, and the akvrage increases each year by
the sale of land for taxes. No doubt the State theory was'that the selling of alter-
nate sections would soon induce others to buy State land. State values have not
been enahnced and never will effect their lands so far as F. E. L. Co. land sales
are concerned. If the State contemplates increasing settlement of their lands
they are sadly disappointed, and certainly miscalculated on events.

You have gone over the situation well, and you will find that there is
a very doubtful prospect for any betterment of the situation.

/ The meetings of Okeelanta Corporat on have nearly always been held in
Florida. A small notice in Palm Beach Co. papers that very few owners of land
ever see. They vote the stock that was never taken by the land owners. This stock,
they call Treasury-Stock. About two years since, they sold to one man 1_ I
\ shaXs at "1.00 pr share. I can't see how they could legally do that.

SThe State is now constructing a drill boat to take out the rock in
the P. B. Canal down near the 20 mile bend, this should have been donvr ten years
\ go.

About 30 days ago Gov. Hardee, Elliott and other State officials made
an investigation trip through So. Florida. They .ent to !7. P. B. and 7iami,
back to W. P. B. and up the Canal, never stopped here. Did not let the p'nc.ple
of East Beach County Icnow when they would pass. They were hustled through as
fast aspossible, and when they got back to Tallahassee a long article,7,iving
an act. of their very lengthy trip, and that everything, was wonderfully fine
every where, with fine improvements as to roads were being made thru the 2.-lades
country. Farce pure and simple.

If at any time I can be of any service in trying to better the condi-
tions of the owners of land obtained from 'he F.E.L.Co. shall be glad to help.
There are too many ifs in this proposition for any beneficial change.


tion for
question
contract
Sec'y at


eitherher land owners can now get the one share in the Okeelanta Corpora-
'the original price "1.00 pr share for each tract owned at that time is a
I a- unable to state. Every body had the chc:nce, and no one but the
holder is to blame. I b1,ght a ljat .!l.QaQeach, sent them to the i
Minneapolis and never got my stock for those sent in.


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Tier -. are two half sections on S "*' Side of Lake 0 F,-actional sections
9 & 17 42-37, containing 161.acres in Section 9-42-37: Sec 17- 433 acres. Pahokee
DraI.nr:'- District Tax is 50/pr acre for this year.

I have .written this under bad conditions, bein7 in charge of the >,..o!:ee
1Drc.-.'ae District Office work, great many calling to see about Taxes *c.-

Yours respectfully,

(Signed) J. F. atucrs.


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ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
Srj 209-212 LAW EXCHANGE
S JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
E. J. L'ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
J. W. HANDS
February 16th, 1924.


TMrs. Laura V. McCullough,
306 C Street, IT. W.
Washington, D. C.


Dear Mirs. MTcCullough:-


I am in receipt of your favor of the 14th
instant. Whenever you are prepared and desire
to take up the case with me I should be glad to
meet you; hut as I am sometimes called out of the
City on business matters through the State it would
perhaps be well to arrange the conference as far
in advance as practicable and convenient. Of course,
if you prefer to handle the matter by correspondence
I should be governed by your wishes. Perhaps I
should call attention to the fact that I have a very
slight, if any, knowledge of the facts or of the nature
of the claims of yourself and associates, and I would
appreciate a complete statement of the situation as
you see it.

Faithfully yours,
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F. E. Bryant, Esq.,
Lake Worth, Fla.


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SOUTHERN OFFICE 110 SOUTH DEARBORN STREET, CHICAGO
LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA
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E. J. L'EGLL"E
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
209-212 LAW EXCHANGE
JACKSONVILLE. FLORIDA
E. J. L'ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
FebruarLy 21st, 1924.





-:rs. Laura V. MTcCullough,
306 C. Street, N. W.
cashintg on, D. C.


Dear Mrs. McCullough:-


I am in receipt of your two letters of
the 19th and 20th. I return enclosed the two
copies of "The Early Bird", Mos. 1 and 2, the photo-
graph and clipping from South Florida Developer and
the letter to you from Mr. Alexander without date.
I am retaining for my files a copy of the circular
letter to the contract holders of the Florida Ever-
glades Land Con p >r- dated October 15, 1922.
I have obtained more information from the circular
letter than any other source up to the present time.

If you care to do so I should be glad to
have you make and send me a written statement of the
facts upon which h you and your committee base your
right of action. In this connection it would seem
necessary that I have before me the following papers:

1. Copy of deed from the Florida Everglades
Land Company to the Trustees for the landowners, contain-
ing the gift of 1700 acres and the terms and conditions
of the gift. I assume that all of the terms and con-
ditions of the gift were embodied in the deed, but if
any of them were embraced in a supplemental instrument
I should have that also.

2. Copy of deed frr-i the Trustees to the
corporation organized for the benefit of the contract
holders. I also assume that this deed contains all of
the cocllitions of the transfer.

3. Copy of the charter and letters patent
and by-laws of the Land Con,,l--T7 organized to take title
to the 1700 acres. I could get a copy of the charter and











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letters patent froi the Secretary of State of Florida if you
have none available, provided I am furnished with the name
of the corporation and provided that it was incorporated
in Florida. The by-laws are not indispensable necessary,
but would be convenient to have.

If you have no copies of the deeds above mentioned,
I suppose they could be obtained from the Clerk of the
Circuit Court of Palm Beach County. Perhaps ilr. Bryant
could get them.

I observe also that a circular letter was issued
by the Tr-ustees dated April 28, 1914. I ought to have a
copy of this.

I should like to know what became of the Okeelanta
Association (Florida Everglades Home Builders Association)
and the relations between the Association and the corporation.
Also whether the Association turned over its subscriptions and
funds to the corporation, and, if so, ahy and when and in
what amount.

There is also a reference in the circular letter
of October 15, 1922, to "a judicial injunction" on January
27th, 1919. This allusion should be fully explained and
all the facts in connection with it.

I should be glad to have you furnish me in
writing all the facts and documents which you can about
this matter so that I can be studying the situation before
our proposed conference, thereby putting me in position
to discuss more definitely your plans in this connection.

Yours faithfully,


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E. J. L'ENGLE
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
209-212 LAW EXCHANGE
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
E. J. L'ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
J.W. HANDS
February 26th, 1924.



:.rs. Laura V. :;cCullough,
306 C Street, IT. J.
';7sa-hinjton, D. C.


Dear 1Irs. LcOCullough:-


Yours of the 23rd enclosing t rewritten

memorandum as to the formation of the Okieelanta

Association, etc. has been received. I am placing

the memorandum among the remaining papers, but I am

hoping that I can see a copy of the trust deed

or deeds to use in this connection.

Yours faithfully,

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Wauhington, Do 0.
February 26, 1924


B* Jr LI'hKgSe esqa
209 212 Law Jblhange
Jacksonville, Flo rida

Dear Mr# L'Bngle:
I hare yours of 21st with eunlmsures. I m writing
the history of the various events and you have the firet
inatallment. The eseond is ready to be typed and there
will be in all four installments I think they will be
in your heads next week.
In regard to various papers:
1- I have reported on the trust deed. There was no
supplemental instrument that I ever heard of,
2- Oopy of deed from Trustees of land owners to the
Corporation. I do not think there wae any. They
orgsnised a close orororatlon of themtaelves and
the let olauee of the Estraot te -- "whereupon said
trustees shall be thereafter discharged of all trust
in respect of tht land so by these conveyed.*
3- Copy of the ohartbr, letters patent and by-lase.
I do not have them* Tallehaeseo will be the plaoe
to gpct them* The name in the bkeelanta Corporation
and it was incorporated in Florida, January 24. 1914.
I have no deede, except the "xftract" sent you* The
eireular letter of the trustee April 28, 1914 an
original oopy is i Included in installment Nol. 3,
The eeoond installment of the history tells what be-
came of the bkeelanta Aeeooiation and how its end waa ao-
complished.
The Florida Everglades Home Builders Assoolation is
a local organisationn of contract hol.ors living here -
Mr* B. Piokman Mann, 1918 Sunderland plaoe .. w, is
president.
The judicial injunction is on record at the Oourt
House, 'seet P&lm Beaoh. Dr. Will wrote me he had read it,


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What was the ooalsion or what called it out io given in
installment go. 5. 1 do not have the paper.
i vill eet all the faots aend such document as I
can to you an fact as possible,
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F. E. BRYANT
ELMER T. ANDERSON


BRYANT & ANDERSON
SOUTH FLORIDA INVESTMENTS
110 SO. DEARBORN STREET SOUTHERN OFFICE
LAKE WORTH, PALM BEACH COUNTY,
CHICAGO 28,1914. FLORIDA


Mrsii, Lur V. MoCullough,
306 C Street, n7T',,
TP, 5h Rdton .C.



'':- hatve Your letter of Februariy '-.X, a'l.rU'eq ed
to Addeon, and wivise >'C.u that we have been
unr0lbe to locEte a copy of the .'rust Deed of 1913 which
yvu. 2: eqcu.teed,.

v', are for!wardinu your letter to "r Anderson
at CO.nan Point,

You)--i truly,

BRYANT & AT''-T qO.T


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My Dear Mrs McOullough
My Dor Mr ullohMr Bant. thiaks that all the
corrosponldeoce should be through you. Mr L'anglo
should havo copies of Trust. Dded al o ny other pa-pers
accs3 3 1 r. I know the Prust, Doee 'is recorded at ~ost
1 --4 1' ch for I looka.i it up ind 'rsd it for myself.
.L sJp.a' the 'Cloric o' t.$ o our't:i aouli provide a copy
. < ii o t t.hia a.nd. copies of .ot ,ha papers if nec aesary
i s-d-- the bill to you. 't'al wit Bants bout it
4o uill pay the bills out of the funds -lready raised aa
thia is a legitimtte cht ger No would adv.ace the money
iC we icnaw the amount. -o i. Ar L'Engle will secure these
there will be no dilay in paymoat of the bills.
Phis s3oml tobe proreaasiag in a business like way
eo ar b ,ac of you to the limit. Suppose you received
the list of names of contrib utprs forw Ared to you by
Mtr Barnt. May you havo success for your uat hiring e effort
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Mr. J. F, Waters,
Pahokee,
Florida.

Dear r. VWaterss

Beomntly Mr. B. Piokumn anm showed m your letter of
January 84. 1924, whbioh I find vwy interesting. I om land In
the Glad1s and edging from yoau letter yon re in a position to
famver soon questions that am of the utaost somaer to all of us.

I inolose postage sand ill greatly appreciate a early


1. Did you bu land from the Florlda Bverglades Lead
Oompaay? wrioh land was apportioned in April, 1912, at West
Pal Beach? and if so, how amy oontracts?

N. You state that the Okteleta Oorprsation has old
1500 shares to one man. Is this rust nrur or ham you av war
to know it Is trpe? And to nlrm mere tbhy sold?

TYou aleo state that you bought somw shars at 1.O00
eash. From toa did you buy? And how afmt

4. Furtbhr you state that you met these shares to
Iunneapolls but have never got your took for those aaut in. Did
Mr. Austin give any remso, for Ibte? I understand bre Chapmen,
President of the Corporation, lives ito Vest Palm Beaah. Has he
.ewvr givun am reason thy they Ignore you?

Any additional Inforuation you ona give in aay line
about the Corporation ant Its ituaatries will be a favor that I
beall rraubei.

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Washington, D. C0

Dear Madam

No. i -I X bought land from the Florida E. L. Co. Ashd as

at the drawing in 1912, was unable to walk from the Palms Hotel

to the Tent, a wheel hair propelled by a colored man delivered

me at the tent and oame for me all the time I was there.

HNo. Yea, some two years or so ago they sold 1500 shares.

I don't cnow to whom, but considered my Luthorliy Opod and have

no doubt about the sale.

Ho. 3 -- I bought quite a block at 4l.00 eaobh I have no

more knowledge as to parties from whom purohabbsed. It has been a

long time ago and not oons IderlnL- them very valuable, let it go

and have forgotten about all about it. I bought I think over 100,

probably 1350.

No. 4 -- 1 did not think enough of the stock to go any farther

about it*. met Mr. OhsBamn recently in WP. P. s, Have never men-

tioned my business to ChapAin. I think Chapman &nd t-ustin would be

glad to have members of the oorporation oome to their aid. Taxes

are so high. There is a call of 14.50 per aore for Druinae. Much

of the land is too wet to cultivate, was last year. Section 17 is

in the City limits, there is a pretty heavy City tax* They ive Deen







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pretty lose run to pq the taxes. I only know the land was not

sold for taxes.

I have written two letters. The move of. the home-builders will

never amount to anything. Not 1/2 of those who were alive and drew

tracts in 1912 are alive or own their land now. Half of them can't

be found. I would not contribute a cent to this !&me, end I am

probably as well posted on conditions as anybody. The past two years

have been bad ones for all of use I lost over $20,000 the past two

years. Had half interest in 62 acres of lugar oane that if it oould

have ben delivered at sugarmill would have brought 325,000. The

land was covered with so mauh water oould not run an auto or tractor

without any load. The cane would have cut 100 tons per acre. The

mill paid $7.00 per ton, oost $3.00 per ton to deliver at mill,

leaving a net of #4.00 per ton or $400 per acre. The roots were

killed also. Of the 62 aoros, 1 think there is nt any live.

for me there is only a slunmbering, let alone policy. The former

owners, many have passed to their final rest and all who are trying

to do sonetbing will reot succeed. I woulc not give a dollar to your

orsanuiaation for it will aooamplish nothing. People are too budly

scattered. If they were in one state or If they could be reached it

might be different. for one year I have been wozklng for the Pehokee

Drainage dis trict and have triad to reach all who owned land in the

district sad have not been able to hear from 1/3 of them. If they

do not pay the drainage tax the land will be sold mnd that will put

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limitless dollars to be had from their Bvergladss Invostmeats will

be at dream only. I have 100 acres here, 20 bores close to Tilton's place

at Okeelanta, 300 acres in Lee county. My land here is worth *30,000,

don't kntaow what I could get for Lee Co. Zand.

At the rate banana culture is developing here, In 6 years will be

tarnishing this country with half the quantity nied in it. It*' a

groat product and will in a short time equal the production of oltrus

fruit. It's good for $400 jeraore first year :nd 01000 to io000 per

acre the 2nd end following years. A large part of foreign countries

that bavo been supplying millions of banana bunches to this country

will have to look elsewhere as they are barred from this country on

account of disease.

Yours vory truly,

(eg) 3* F. Waters.




Setter send the money back to the contributors and give up the

very, very difficult job of trying to do something that can't be done.

i would be glad to see this gift land sold but I .m not nsart enough

to world out the problem to a finish.









E. J. L'E'NGLE
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
209-212 LAW .XCHANOE
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
E. J. L'ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
J. W. STANDS
TIarch 12th, 1924.





:Irs. Laura V. T~cCullough
306 C. Street, N. W.
VWashington, D. C.


Dear ::rs. LMcCullough:-


Yours of the 5th received. I have
received from you the documents marked in red pencil
los. 2, 5 and 4, also printed papers marked in red
a, b, c and d. As I understand it, these constitute
all of the papers you have sent me,

I'ben in [,e.t Palm Beach last week I
procured the original court files in the case of
Baker v. Okeelanta Corporation, which is the "Judicial
Injunction suit" mentioned in your letters to me.
I find that no injunction was ever issued so far as the
court files show. I am having copies of the papers
made.

I now await your advices as to arrangements
for my professional employment and further instructions.

Yours faithfully,




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FLORIDA SUGAR & FbD PRODUCTS CO.
SOUTHERN OFFICE. 110 SOUTH DEARBORN STREET, CHICAGO FACTORY
LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA CANAL POINT
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ras. L_.ura V. MoicCulloh,
306 C St.E. W.I,
'.s3hiir~ ton, D. C.

Dear Mrs, McCullough:-

I am glad to have your letter of February
t.xei ty second which wa6 forwarded to .-e from ChicaZo,

I do not know heree I can locate a copy
of the trust deed. There may be a coi:ry with 'Tr,
Champion's records, but I am not certain as to this.
I sup.-ose we could get a copy of the trust deed by
orderiL:g an abstract of the 2and covered by the trust
deed.

You mizht also be able to secure a copy
from Mr, Percy Hagerman of Colorado Springs, and, if
you want me to, I will be glad to write -I., Y-'ermtn
regarding this.

Yours truly,

TL "'"" T^nCAR. 8: f^r1? ~"*Th-'r!Tn O
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WashinGjton, D. C.,
Maroh 15, 1924.


Mr. 3. J. L'n lo,
Jao Isonv ille,
Florida.

Dear Mr. L'ringle

Yours of the 12th is received. No, you omit Chapter 1 of
the history. On Feb. 26, 1924, you wrote, "Tours of the 23rd enclosing
typewritten memorandum as to the formation of the Okeelanta Assoo le-
tion, etc., is receivedd" It is in document form bound with ooanon
brown paper, tied with blue string. The title is "The Convention in
whioh is set forth the Formation of the Okeelanta Assooiation, the
Gift end the Trust Deed."

It should have been marked in red pencil Bo. 1, but was not.
The four chapters constitute the history of our side of the case,
Just attaclj it to Nos. 2, 3 and 4 Cand you have the account complete --
otherwise your list ia.all right. Anything else I have written is
Just letters.

So the "injunction" is something else. Well, I never saw
It and that is what people called it.

A* to your professional employment, we do not pretend to know
what 1i a proper fee. It will have to be on a contingent basis because
individually we have no means to pay you and it must be something we can
do if we are reasonably diligent

Our circular to raise funds (Oat., 1922) brought us #92.00 and
you have incurred some expense for o-rtified copies. This is exactly
how we stand. We leave the amount&i'a&iny deta ls to your sense of what
is just and right to all concerned. We realize that without you we can
do nothing and have nothing, but if you win the oase as we do not doubt
you will, you will find us4 appreiatlve. We feel, however, that we walk
an exoeedinwrly straight and rSrrow path aend because the offloern of the
Corporation have dune so ill, it behooves us to do well and wisely indeed,
and that all our acts at all times we ready for critical inspection.


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E. J. L'ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
J. W. HANDS
:March 18th, 1924.




Mirs. Laura V. hic-ullough,
306 C Street, N. .
Washington, D. C.


Dear .....s. icCullough:-


Yours of the 15th received. On examiiini-
--y letter files I fond the paper referred to in
yours of the 15th instant.

If you are coming to Florida in the near
future we could discuss the terms of my professional
emplori->lnt and reach some definite conclusion and
agreement. If you are not coming within the next two
or three weeks I think that we had. better try to handle
the matter by correspondence, because it is ;--7 advice
not to defer whatever action you decide to take. The
case of yourself and associates is now open to the objection
that it has been allowed to stand too long, and I think 7:we
ought not to postpone action unnecessarily. Lease let
nme know whether you can see me :nerso ':-ll here in the near
future. If not, I will give the matter my consideration
and write you on the subject of compensation. I appreciate
that my emplo--,ent will have to be based on a contin-ent
fee, but I should have to ask you andi -:u::. associates to
provide the necessar.- c. ,r for the paynnent of actual
court costs and expenses, as I 'would not want to accept any
case in which my client would not be responsible for the
actual expenses. "'-: fees could be based on t;he results,
but the actual disbursements would have to be paid by the
client. Probably, and as far as I can see at this tire,
they would not exceed 'i100.00, unless extensive testimony
is necessary. This does not seem lM.;ely, but I should
say that it is probable that tIhe actual e:xenses vioulad be
less than ,,100.00, and it would be very exceptional in a case
of this hind if they exceeded ,200. 0.

I have not given this matter very thorough
consideration yet, but if you desire me to study it and state
the terms upon which I would accept emploT--!ent I should be


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E. J. L'ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
J. W. SHANDS
March 20th, 1924.






Mrs. Laura V. I.cCullough,
306 C Street, N. 7W.
Washington, D. C.


Dear Mrs. McCullough:-


Yours of the 18th received. I think
it well not to correspond with the Trustees or
officers of the corporation until your plans are
definitely developed and a policy adopted.
Meanwhile, I shall place the enclosures among
the other files and give the matter my consideration
at an early date.

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April 8th, 1924.


i.rs. Laura V. McCOullough
306 C. Street, IT. ,7.
h-3shil1gton, D. C.


Dear I:-'s. ,llcCullough:-

I have just received a card frol you dated the
5th instant, asking whether I expected you to be here
on the 15th. I do not know *.'h: -ther you mean April 15th
or hay 15th. If you mean April 15th, I could see you
here then, provided you wire me in advance that you! are
coming. If you mean ~-.'-y 15th, I cannot tell because
it is too far in adv--lnce for me to know exactly .]h.t
my Court engagements will be on that date. I have
no definite date in mind for a conference with you,
but I feel that *Jc- ought to meet and enter into some
definite business arrangement for the conduct of the
proposed litigation if I am to brin- it.

If you can come sometime in hy, I think: it
would perhaps be better to ;-alt until then, because mean-
while I can give more careful attention to the papers
you have sent me and see whether I can go into the case
on some plan that you and oui' associates can accept.
If the matter is !'ai'2llod in this -.,:ta, I s i st-t that you
let me know whether you can come in Ilay, and t..?- I will
advise onu when I am ready to report, and we can agree
upon a date for a conference thereafter.


Yours faithfully,



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E. J. L'ENGLE
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
209-212 LAW EXCHANGE
JACKSONVILLE. FLORIDA
E. J. L'ENGLE
W.F. ROGERS
J.W. STANDS




April 14th, 1924.


Mrs. Laura V. McCullough
306 C. Street, N. W.
Washington, D. C.




Dear Madam:-


Yours of the 10th received.

As soon as I can arrange my appointments for

May, I shall take pleasure in writing you

suggesting a date for meeting to discuss the

Okeelanta Corporation matter.


Yours faithfully,



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E. J. L'ENGLE
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
209-212 LAW EXCHANGE
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
E. J. L'ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
J. W. SHANDS


April 15th, 1924.




Mrs. Laura V. McCullough
306 0. St., N. W.
7lashington, D. C.


Dear "Irs. M1cCullough:-


Yours of the 12th received. No particular

number of stockholders are necessary for the appoint-

ment of a Receiver in Florida. 'Whether the Court

will appoint a Receiver will depend upon the facts.

I will talk to you more about the matter when we have

our conference.


Yours faithfully,
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E. J. L'ENGLE
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
209-212 LAW EXCHANGE
JACKSONVILLE. FLORIDA
E. J. L'ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
J. W. HANDS
:'ay 8th, 1924.




Mrs. Laura V. McCullough
306 C Street, N. W.
Washington, D. C.


Dear Mvrs. McCullough:-


I have been going over my papers relating
to the Okeelanta Corporation and I find that it
would be better for me to ask you for further
information before we have a conference. Please
write me in answer to the following questions:

1. How many shares of stock have been
issued to and are now held by you in the Okeelanta
Corporation, and the dates and numbers of shares repre-
sented by each certificate?

2. Please send me a copy of one of the stock
certificates held by you.

3. How many shares of stock in the Okeelanta
Association can you and your friends control, either by
direct ownership or by proxy from the holders of record,
giving me the number of shares you and your associates
actually hold and the number of shares as to which you
confidently believe that you can get proxies.

4. Do you think that you and your associates
can get together by personal ownership and proxies combined
as much as ten per cent of the capital stock of the
Corporation? This question is asked because the holders
of ten per cent of. the outstanding capital stock have the
right to demand that the books and records of the corporation
be exhibited to them for investigation. I believe that
the records and account books of the corporation will show
facts of the utmost value in a future litigation on the part
of yourself and your associates. At present you have
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corporate assets or of the receipts and disburse:r-?iits of
the corporation or the manner in which it has been con-
ducted, or the actual disposition of th'e stock not taken
by contract holders, or the person or persons by whom such
stock is now held, or the by-laws of the corporation and
contents, the salaries of the officers and ad'ents, the sale
or sales, if any, of the property of the concern, and *:u-r
other matters which are essential to a proper understanding
of the legal and business history and status of the corpora-
tion.

5. How many contract holders who i:r.-e not taken
stock would join in an action against the corporation for the
enforcement of their right to stock and for an accounting,
assuming that the contract holders would not be called upon to
do more than to pay the court costs (which would probably not
be more than $lO0.00 or .;;200.OO), and that counsel would be
paid on the basis of a contingent fee consisting of an agreed
percentage of their interest in the property? This question
ass.:es a that non-assenting contract holders would be willing to
make an agreement with counsel on a contingent basis to enforce
their rights, but .1 Tether such litigation ,o-uld be justified,
so far as (cou:sel is concerned, would naturally depend upon
the extent of the interests which can be associated in the agree-
ment. Moreover, it would hardly be worth -.bile to bring a
suit to protect only a few people, ,when all the others would goet
the benefit of the litigation and are so indifferent to their
rights as to be unwilling to make even such a liberal arrangement.

6. If you have i:-7 knowledge or information of the
names of the present directors and officers and their addresses
I should like to have whatever facts you can ;get on this point.

7. Can you tell me whether the books and records,
both corporate and financial, that is to say, stock certificate
books, stock transfer books, minutes of directors and stock-
holders' meetings, corporate seal, lodgers and financial
records, etc. are kept in Florida, or elsewhere, and, if so,
where and how long this has been the case?

8. Are there any directors or stockholders of the
corporation now residing in Florida, either temporarily or
permanently?









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It seems to me that the contract holders and
stockholders have been ill-used, but it is hard for me to
understand how- they could permit their rights to be
brushed aside in such a summary way and for so long a time
as your papers show. The fact is that this property
ought to have been sold long ago and the proceeds distributed,
less expenses, and if any litigation is brought I think
it should be directed to that end, if any possible grounds
can be worked out to sustain it.
Mlr. Shands of this office is going to West
Palm Beach in a week or ten days to continue our search
of the public records and regarding the affairs of the
Okeelanta Corporation so far as disclosed by the records.
:rea]i1-hile, I should be glad to hear from you in ans ;er to
the above points.
Yours very truly,

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Jacksonville Fla.

May 10-1924


laura V.MoCullough

306 C Street N.W.

Washington D.C.


Madam.;
Your letter in answer to mine of some time ago received,

Mr. Ohapmans tax amount and yours does not agree,

How ever I saw some thing recently in the South Fla. Devel-

oper which says,-tbat failure to pay drainagetaxes fro two years

makes the title given by the Internal Trustees valid. In other

words the I.T. Board can in two years take over the land and sell

and give a title that will stand in court.

Also I have land between the Lake and Plam Beach which is

near Connors hard road and the new railroad building. Land adjoin

ing mine recently sold for $200.00 per acre. Crop prospects are

said to bhe very good.

If this title can be taken in two years that will put the

date about June first I think.

It is too bad that some of the land could not be sold to sat

is fy the taxes.

Yours Truly

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E. J. L'ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
J. W. STANDS
IT'-y 14th, 1924.





M.Irs. Laura V. McCullough,

306 C Street, N. W.

Washing ton, D. C.


Dear Mrs. MocCullough:-


Yours of the llth received. I shall have

to give this matter further consideration in view of

the facts developed by your letter of the llth and

write you again. If you could come to JrLc :.onville

on or about the 20th please telephone me when you get

here and I should be glad to make an appointment with

you. I have some court engagements about that time,

but I am quite sure that I could ai'-x.: e for a conference

with you at a mutually agreeable time.

Yours faithfully,


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ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
209-212 LAW EXCHANGE
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
E. J. L-ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
J. W. SHANDS



.,T 17th, 1924.



:i3s. Laura V. i:c Cullough
306 C. Street, I. dW.
,:asl-i:gton, iD. C.


Dear Mrs. !-cCullough:-


Yours of the 15th just received.

During the v.'eel: beginning the 26th, I expect

to be constantly occupied, and I am sorry that

I will not be able to talk to y-o-'. fully about

the Okeelanta case; although I could see you for

an hour sometime during the v-,eek:, if it is a-yee-

able. Please telephone me vihen you ot here,

and I will try to make an appointment, altho'-J],j I

rag7ret that I will not be able to give the matter

extended consideration at that time.


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E. J. L'ENGLE
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
209-212 LAW EXCHANGE
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
E. J. L'ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
J. W. HANDS

May 22nd, 1924.




Mrs. Laura V. McCullough
306 C Street, 1;. W.
Washington, D. C.


Dear Mrs. IiMcCullough:-


Yours of the 19th received. I shall
be engaged in a trial and preparation therefore
until about June 5th. I could see you on the
6th or 7th of June, if either of those days would
be acceptable to you. I am sorry that I could
not discuss the matter with you fully during the
week of the 26th, but I am obliged to devote that
week to the preparation of a trial. I think that
we can cover the whole situation in a single con-
ference.

Yours faithfully,



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E. J. L'ENGLE
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
209-212 LAW EXCHANGE
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
E. J. L'ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
J. W. HANDS
June 14th, 1924.



Mrs. Laura V. MIcCullough,
306 C Street, IT. W.
.Vdas]ington, D. C.


Dear Mrs. ITcCullough:-

Yours of the 12th received. I wrote
the gentleman in laJ:e Worth whose name you gave me,
and asked him for Mr. Rostan's telegraphic address,
but I have never received any answer. I shall have
to wait until Mr. Rostan returns and get him to see
me here or else Captain Shands or I will go to Lake
Worth. Won't you let me suggest that you take
up with Mr. Rostand the formation of the Protective
Committee, including the number, residence and per-
sonnel, so that he can assist you in organizing the
Committee in order that they may select counsel and
arrange for an early conference.

Do you know Mr. R. H. Wells, of riniimeapolis,
Minn.? I have some confidential information that
he is one of the largest stockholders of the Okeelanta
Corporation. If you know any way to fJrd out about
him (without disclosing the source of inquiries) I thin':
it would be a good thing to do. I am informed that
he took 1500 shares of stock. It also appears that
Mrs. Grace A. Toalson purchased 110 shares.

Yours faithfully,
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June 10, 1924.



To the FloridL Section
o' ther liomebi-. lioes, Curnittee
of 1rotoction and DoefneMe

6roeut ine

I than 'you incerel;,r for accepting places on this committee Land

con!raltui~te you on the privill .i and opportunity of w;orkrni toL;ther

to sohilve a result thzt will, if sJuou1ed, oring benefit to so may

loQL disappointed contract holders. Beside your own Ipersonal interest

in the mintter, ;,ou will each brinLe to th-3 oo:imittee's decisions a

knowlej-.e of the, history uKMni vtirionBi events i nu rminifio'.t ions of the

trail as well as much business experience that -"ill be invriluable to

counsel.

You have been appointed .ieoause of this, and because it is noc-

ess3ary to have a committee in Florida, acceisiblo -in(d withj c 3r to

act. Therefore, we ihve made the ilorida section ifur rn.m'ers --

Messrs. So 71* jiollin,,er, J* A, Otai., -.. ?I. pr. on r-nd r:'r Tkhomns

E. I'll, a nrjor'ity -of the *jritire cori.lttee of seven. The V. C. memberr,

are !essars. "a, L.i ..lexa.dor, C'. C. 3-._ntr ..rd mrysef. Obviously the

%'ashinjton rtatbers cannot attend meet int s in 'ailm ieoach ^imnty but we

can assiat in mars n4tters, tusa ontinuint: the work alj'eajcy jone.

If pro. iee are desired, I ah 11 ex *pyct help in ,-jttinz present

I aJdndasas to r~mes I will furnish --- Mr Rosian in th* ir r:.t, i .

3olllnger Obout I ittsbiurgh, ir. Vill in aenerd directions nd Mrr.


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Sampson's office hiAs cpeciIl means of knowing aidre. cases.

We are roady to advise v-.ith you in ll ralttoirs but we have the

fullest oonfildenco in your jud pnont and ;-.blity rnu the counsel you

Swill select.

You are not esked to L.ut up zny jiney -- the fee will be on a

continent basis -- a perotit yet to be stated. And the shares of the

aontraco holdlurs, ianether really rooeived or withhtild uy the Corpora-

tion officials, vill in the evetit of success -",ch pay it sa hare of the

permipt Ais for instnetce if I have one share, the person ;:o has two

or ten shisrs will lAy two or teh ti.s as much as I do to-ward the

( orcoutat;e. Your private J4auijrty, much or little, hus notiint: to do

with th'i matter in any way.

Wo stand rea:'.iy to iiuswer ,ju-stions ard to help, all in our poaer,

and want to be iKept informed ,is to progress.

Not a dawn will come but I shi.ll think of you ,*nd w1 Sh -ou well;

not a nit;ht will fall but I shall h.ipo., you h]ve hail a succe8;ftil day

j whether ab ut thil ui..:;iness or your personal :,ffairs. In the utmost

fl ith and con'l!donco I shll follow ,7ou L 11 the time, ;-nd want you to

feel that you are t-ntatred in the -hithest work thLt c&n occupy any mind,

1to benefit his neighbor and to r eight a wrong.

AV. Very sincerely,.

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FACTORY:
CANAL POINT. FLA


FLORIDA SUGAR AND FOOD PRODUCTS CO.

NORTHERN OFFICE
110 S. DEARBORN STREET
TELEPHONE CENTRAL 4764
CHICAGO


FLORIDA-OFFICE.
LAKE WORTH. FLA.


PLEASE ADDRESS YOUR REPLY TO
Ohi cs geo, llno i B
July 7,1924.





Mrs. Laura V, Mo(lullcoiuh,
306 0 St, N.r., .
Washington,D.C.

Dear Mrs# McCullought

I have your letters of July 2nd, and am

assuming from the contents of your July 2nd night

letter that it is not necessary for us to spIeed up

Sthe committee. Let me know if there is anything

'we can do at any time to speed matters along. We

are always In touch with Messrs. Rostan and

Bollinger and either Mr. Bryant or I oan reach

them promptly.


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E. J. L'ENGLE
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
209-212 LAW EXCHArL E
JACKSONVILLE. FLORIDA
E. J. L'ENGLE
w. ROGERS July 25th, 1924.
J. W. HANDS


Mrs. Laura V. McCullough,
306 C Street N. W.,
Washington, D. C.


Dear Mrs. McCullough:-


Your letter of the 22nd instant, with en-
closures, received. I quite approve of all of your
suggestions numbered one to three, inclusive, as to
changes in the form letter to be sent out to stockhold-
ers. As to your suggestion numbered four, the lands
were deeded to the Trustees in 1912, and the date set
forth in the letter is correct. As to your suggestion
numbered five, while the only information we have is
that Chapman is paid a salary of .1,000.00, yet we do
not know this fact, and it is quite possible that in
addition to his salary Barr and Austin are also paid
salaries. Moreover, I think that $1,000.00 is a large
salary for Chapman to pay himself in proportion to the
duties performed by him. It is not, however, a matter
of great moment whether this item remains in the letter
or not, but we shall certainly allege it in any suit we
may bring, and it might have some persuasive effect
upon stockholders to come into the Association.

As to your suggestion numbered six, it was
my idea that the Home Builders Association was more or
less localized and formed primarily by stockholders
or purchasers who reside in or near the City of Washing-
ton. While, as I understand it, it is your purpose now
to bring in as many purchasers and stockholders regardless
of their residence as is possible. Moreover, the name
Home Builders Association is not suggestive to a stranger
of the real purpose of the organization. Certainly the
committee can be merely designated as the Protective Com-
mittee, but the name of the Association which you desire
to form of as many purchasers and stockholders as can be
had should be as suggestive as possible of the purpose
of the Association, largely for its advertising value.
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Mr. McCullough 2.


on my part, and will not affect the legal situation at
all. I am therefore entirely willing to leave this matter
to the Committee.

I note that G. 0. Bantz is Just plain Mr.
and not Dr. Please make this correction in the letter
and any other additions or eliminations which you deem
desirable, as my letter is merely a suggestive form, and
any additions or criticisms you may have should be unhesi-
tatingly made.

I would suggest that the name of the Association,
not the Committee, be.rinted as a signature to the letter
anfd from the limited information at my disposal, I think
that either you or Dr. Will, or perhaps both of you, should
be named as the persons to whom communications should be
addressed.

It was my intention to make it perfectly clear
that only the gift land is referred to in the assignments.
If this is not perfectly clear, it should be made so. As
to the proxies, I do not think you should censure yourself
for not having worked for these since your return, as I
think it highly advisable that the proxies and assignments
be taken at the same time. I do not know the plans of
the Committee as to the person who should actively handle
the campaign to procure assignments and proxies, but sup-
pose that will be worked out among yourselves. Doubtless,
all of you have certain particular acquaintances, and it
may be that this duty will fall upon the entire committee.
I did not obtain 1Mr. Sampson's Minneapolis address, but sup-
pose that Hr. Rostan or Mr. Sampson's office can furnish
this. I had not planned to suggest to the Committee any
of the respective duties to be performed by them and do
not think it appropriate for me to do so. I would suggest
that you formulate such division of labors as may be to the
best interests of all concerned among yourselves. Certainly
your assistance will be quite valuable since you are so
familiar with the situation. From the discussion among
the Committee in Lake Worth on the 12th instant, it seemed
that it was expected by them to ask you to attend to the
printing or mimeographing of the proxies and assignments
inasmuch as this could be done in 'Washington probably cheaper
than in Lake Worth or here, but as to any other matters I
did not hear their plans.
Yours faithfully,

JWS/alw )^


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ATTORNEY AItD COUNSELLOR AT LAW
209-21 a-.LAW EXCHANGE
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
E. J. L'ENGLE
w. F. ROGERS July 30th, 1924.
J. W. HANDS

Mrs. Laura V. IicCullough,
306 C Street, 1;, W.,
,'-ashington, D. 0.


Dear I.rs. lcCOullough:-


I.eplying to your letter of the 27th instant,
I beg to advise that Mr. Loudenslager, as executor of
the will of his uncle's estate, omnis the one contract
referred to in the first para.-ra ph of your letter. If
there is an administrator or an executor of any deceased
contract holders, such person is the legal owner of the
interest of the deceased person in the gift lands.

'where a contract holder has assigned his con-
tract without mentioning his interest in the gift lands,
I think it necessary to take a separate assignment of
his interest in the gift lands as such interest would not
pass, in my opinion, nime'elj by an assigS-miient of his con-
tract.

I see no objection to your form-letter which you
propose to send out for information as to the present ad-
dress of holders of contracts.

From your former letter stating that Dr. '.:ill
had advised you that I would write ;-ou, as, to the addresses.
of present stockholders of the corporation, Dr. Will
probably misunderstood me, as all that I have in that con-
nection is a list of the names of the stockholders to whom
stock had been issued prior to 1919. heir addresses are
not shown on this list. The list I have is a carbon of
a report of Mr. Austin and Dr. Barr made at the annual
meeting in 1919. In the course of a few days I will have
a copy of this list made and forward same to you.

I have had a report from Bradstreet & Dunn
Agencies upon R. H. Wells, who has purchased eighteen
hundred shares of stock, and find that he is a Vice-











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President of the Jlorth American Insurance Coipany, of which
Austin is President. The reports are favorable as to his
integrity and business ability. If you have any friends
in IMinneapolis, I would like to secure any addition a-l infor-
mation concerning LIr. 7ells that can be obtained.


Yours very truly,



JWS/alw







LAKE WORTH OFFICE OF

FLORIDA SUGAR & FOOD PRODUCTS COMPANY

August 7 1S24
Memorandum to:
Laura -. "T- Cullough
Subject: soc c Street i. V!
1Washington D C

'.ea.r IIrs. I:c Cullough ;-

..r. '.ostan has been on the go for several
days on -vergl..C.es r-atters and n-:ed meo to answer
your letter. lie saw ']a.cnor and she says that her
father will be -home in a few '-.-ys so a letter will
reach him as soon here as anywhere. Iostan also
su-r:tests t7-at the Chicago office may be able to
give you the information wanted regarding iinneapolis.

"ith kind re'gar'i.s

Yours sincerely









E. J. L E'NGLE
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
209-212 LAW EXCHANGE
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
E. J. L'ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
. w.,AS August 26th, 1924.



Mrs. Laura V. McCullough,
306 C Street, N. W.,
Washington, D. C.


Dear Mrs. McCullough:-


Your letter of the 24th instant received.
I also acknowledge receipt of your former letter,
enclosing letter from Mr. Treadway, and am today
forwarding both of Mr. Treadway's letters to Mr.
Bollinger, as you request.

The list of stockholders which I was to
furnish you is about completed, and will be for-
warded to you within the next few days.

Regarding the form of proxy submitted you,
the point was considered in drafting it that the
proxies now held by the executive committee of the
corporation provide that they continue until revoked.
You will note that in the form sent you there is a
clause which revokes all former proxies. This, in
my opinion, is sufficient revocation of the proxies now
held by the executive committee or trustees, and there
is nothing in the form of proxies to estop a stock-
holder from making a new one.


Yours very truly,



JWS/alw -/l-

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E. J. L'ENGLE
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
209-212 LAW EXCHANGE
JACKSONVILLE. FLORIDA
E. J. L'ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
J. W. SHANDS

August 28th, 1924.






Mrs. Laura V. 1McCullough

306 C Street

'.1ahizgton, D. C.



Dear Ilrs. McCullough:-


I enclose herewith the list of stock-

holders referred to in my previous letters.


Yours very truly,








S/Z






THE SECURITY M ETGAGE & LOAN CO.
INVESTMENT BANKERS
GEO. A. DISSMORE, VICE-PRESIDENT FARM AND CITY LOANS PHONE MARKET 241
AND MANAGER
GOOD BLOCK
DES MOINES, IOWA
Sept 1-1924 .
3rs Laura V. MoOullough ,
306 0 st ;'V ,
dashington D. .

Dear Madam :

Answering yours of 28th, I paid the ,2. pr Share and got
my certificates- 9S.s I believe I hold; and Mr A.G.Koontz of Ottumwa
holds 1 share of stock and as I recollect he paid the '. and received
the certificate .
Yes if you send me a list of the Des ...oine,list of
stock holders I will furndsh correct present addresses if possible, and
do what else I can to astit in the matter
I received another letter this morning from -.r A.A.Baker
of 155 E Cortland St., Jackson ch about this matter. I hope some-
thing will be dond to protect the interests of all the stock holders.

Your -.r: truly,


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MORTIMER ELWYN COOLEY
ANN ARBOR,MICHIGAN





September 8, 1924.










Mrs. Laura V. McCullou'h,
306 C St.,
Washington, D. C.

Dear Madam:

Subject: Florida Everglades Land Co.

I received today your letter of
September 6th. I was not aware that follow-
ing the distribution in 1912 there was any
further responsibility of the Florida Ever-
glades Land Company. I have abstracts and
deeds for all the lDnd I own there and receipts
for taxes paid continuously since 1912. 'or
a number of years I took a v.eekly, paper published
in Palm Beach so that I could keep better tab
on the situation but there were only occasional
articles on the Everglades and I ceased sub-
scribing.

In light of the preceding I would like
to inquire just what you have in mind we should
do. If there is any responsibility resting
upon Bryant and Greenwood, or anybody else, for
our property in the Everglades, and if there is
any information to be had concerning our holdings,\
I would be glad to join in a demand for the
books and records.

Yours very truly,




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A. BAKER PRESIDENT. MOULDING SAND
M. DARING, V.P.-GEN. MGR. CONCRETE SAND
GEORGE E. BAILEY, SEC. GRAVEL. STONE
JAP. ADAMS. TRAS. AND VRGIN SOIL

Sjarkeotn rautL Cnomnpang
[INCORPORATED]
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306 C. Street
!.ashington, D. C.

Dear iz ].,.' :r..:

aonuld you kindly give me the lateet iriorimation re-
garding the Oklantee_ Crporation. I amn the person in the
meet:;in:, of 1919 in .. P. B., if you rerlmembe:, whlo objected
to the motion made bcM L.. austin aiid. supported b5y Lr.
Chapman, the officers and trustees o- the co': ..i vj wlo v.ed j)
the 320Aelinouent shar.hlders out of-.:usiness. I believe
their motive in this action was to tx coe thie -CC..'.., h s to .
some f i erd. W7ill you inform me -:.o was the person that aur-
chas-elT00S of these shares immediately alter tiis meeting.? ? )

You will remember that I used vei. little courtesy in
addxessing the chairman at the time, also I asked the ques-
tion, "what axe you going to dc_ 'i t Is stock, if vou are
going to sell the stock do you iltllu' uU -Li _. Lt on Jn oocen .
'L.L t t? If so I want theL._. ch rice -to uc] -. rncelf." I
undexrs ta d that he s ol .atrjvateli for ,-.O per share.
T'he people who are holdin,? the 3200 shIuzes will wait Jid -0ossi-
bly go in with the certify icate oi' -l I (or ,ool with tle ni).
i inttions are no br e pre re to fiet cdii ti

I will E ,-.:st f of setin I t}i s m tter. Let the
certificate holders transfer the tax certificates to tUe .
Lake ,.orth Bin. Let ... ..Readi act a'1: a receivc-r for the \
stock olders. '..1...t I claim to Le the stotokTiers ar.e tl:e omn-ia
that have paid their a.-:.:, cnts to 19T9.

If we can find anyone of these stock.olders let tem a.ill
pool together with the ceri .ic2c.cte holders, pay te"-r part of
the taxes o1. the land and let the s2te issue .;, deed to tc!h.'.
If any stockholder ,who does not cr.ie enou. 1 -bout s :i toeZck -
or this land to do this, pay no attention to hii. I am will-
ing to pay my part oL the taxes on this l:.n(d. I lav: oti0he
friends who will do the same. vje axe at presuOi e-nt-ue L to
a recover if we -11- lor the same If one or more stocliholde-. -'
ask 1fo a re ivor at the present time tI- C,'i. :iC.
will purccTse .X c. tax 1 c rti.i"-ic a s mc-l t : ,E, tS.Z' Cr e t to
tlhe certi"fic ic;e IholCdes s,d the princti,,le, aUCd ,o,: Cor moZe cnI
ask for receiver "fo the company. If -ou have some better
way I -would like to know what you propose.

Yours truly,
Ai. 1. -: ._'or
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E. J. L'ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
J. W. HANDS
September 9th, 1924.




Mrs. Laura V. McCullough
306 C Street
Washtington, D. C.


Dear Mrs. McCullough:-


While I did not quote the complete language in the
proxies given to the executive committee or Trustees of
Okeelanta Corporation, I had it in mind in my last letter,
and still regard the form of proxies sent you as sufficient
to revoke the former proxies. The form sent you will of
course be in writing and they will be filed with the Secretary
of Okeelanta Corporation, as they will be ineffective for any
purpose unless they are so filed.

Mr. Rostan advised me that Mr. A. A. Baker was
a very good man to have cooperate :.'ith us, and from all
the information I can gather I am inclined to think so too.
It may be that he purchased his stock from the officers of
the corporation and the stock may be invalid, but I had under-
stood that he purchased it from contract holders and had it
issued to him on payment of the *'2.00 assessment required to
be paid by all contract holders before any stock would be
issued.

It is desirable to have 500 shares of stock
which has been actually issued represented by the Protective
Committee, if practicable, although we may proceed without
such number.

Yours very truly,


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Washington, D.. /./

306 C St., N. W.













Like myself you bought land from the Florida Ever-

glades Land Company, otherwise Bryant & Greenwood, in 1912.

The records show that there was subsequently issued

to you shares in the GIFT LAND which was given us at the

meeting in May of that year in West Palm Beach.

As there has not been any report of the management

or operation of this property which has grown to be worth in

the neighborhood of half a million dollars, we think it is

time for an accounting.

According to the law in the State of Florida, prox-

(ies from 10f of the stockholders may demand the books and

records. If you are willing to join in this movement, let me

know, and stand by for further information. We are so scat-

tered that it is only by cooperation that we can accomplish

anything toward securing our rights. We stand an excellent

chance to lose the property unless we take action.

Very sincerely, -----




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Union, 11l. 9/11/24


laura V.Ic Cullough,
VWashington,
Dis.
Dear Madaii:-
InImply to yours of the 6th in re,:rad to
the Gift Land in Floriday wish to say that
if you will mail me a proxy filled out as
required I willlthen decide whether I will
care to give such proxy. As you are a
stranger to me it might be well for you to
give me sone references.
Yours truly


Union, Ill.

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209-212 LAW EXCHANGE
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
E. J. L'ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
J. W.SHANDS
September 23rd, 1924.




Mrs. Laura V. McCullough
306 C Street, 1. W.
Washington, D. C.


Dear Mrs. McCullough:-


Your letters of the 13th, 15th and 18th i ri.it-aiit
with the enclosures mentioned therein, received.

Replying to yours of the 13th, I would su-,est
that you send Mr. Little both forms of assis_-!i-!eLt.

Replying to your letter of the 15th i-.stc.iit,
I suggest that the matter of the taxes in Hendry Cou ,t,:
be held in abeyance. I Inow Mr. L. R. Baker quite well
and I will make some inquiries of him when I am in '.Vest
Palm Beach again.

I would suggest that you proceed now without any
particular regard to our embarrassment through news of our
plans reaching adverse parties, as I do not see just now
how we can prevent the news escaping and I do not foresee any
embarrassment accruing therefrom. I return herewith letter
of Miss Nancy M. Turnbull.

Replying to your other letter of the 18th, Mir. Bantz
suggestion that the stock certificates should be endorsed
would be well taken if the stock certificates were merely to
be delivered to the Committee, but it was our purpose in
drawing the assignment of the stock and giving the power to
the Committee to pledge the same to have this assignment act
in lieu of the formal one usually placed upon the back of
the certificate. I think that the assignment prepared will
be sufficient without an endorsement in blank, as is usually
done. Moreover, I would hesitate to ask the stockholders
to endorse their stock in blank as they are entitled to limit
the power of the Committee to pledge the same.


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Mrs. McCullough 2


I am pleased to note your success in interesting
other stockholders.

Replying to your other letter of September 13th,
I think you might write Mr. Clasen and give him such
references as we can. Perhaps Bryant & Anderson would
be satisfactory. A form of receipt to be sent out by
the Committee to people sending in stock would be a good thing.

Yours very truly,




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Enc.










E. J. L'ENGLE
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
209-212 LAW EXCHANGE
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
E. J. L'ENGLE
W. F. ROGERS
J. W. SHANDS

October 2nd, 1924.



MIvrs. Laura V. 'cCullough,
306 G Street,
V'ashington, D. C.



Dear :'rs. cCulloug-h:-


Your recent letters receive', '.l I return
herewith letters from MT. IMortimer 2. Cooley andi the
card attached thereto.

I note with interest. letter of Mr. I. H. Little.
As mentioned by you at the top of Mr. Little's letter,
the land covered :,- the 7i'*tees is not sift 1'n.ld. I
event any conveyance is .-u..ipected, it can be ,'._:..--lly
traced on the records of the Clerk of Palm Beach Cointy,
and i will have that done without putting j you to so T!-.
ti :'uble in the matter.

I will prepare a form of receipt as su _ested in
your letter of the 27th ultimo to go with the form. I
approve of the color scheme of -*ur fji-riL and think they
are gotten up in very nice style.


Yours very truly,



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