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folk lore of
the Germans is a fasci-
nating little le,-end which
lportravs hinm whm
S children call Jack Frost
;-: ." as a fairy king'. A myriad
o. f tiny artists, so the story VPM
goes are in his devoted ser- iT .
vice, and when the gray days of the later
Autumn come, and the sun sinks lower and "
lower in the southern sky, they steal out at eventide painting
fantastic frost pictures on window panes, and nipping unseen
at people's ears.
This is the Jack Frost of fairyland and of childhood, but
iidhiS''practical age the poetry is overwhelmed with the re-
a;jpof '" tering and disease-hreeding northern, of Winter's
trials and hardships. It is
d duringg these months of
snow and ice that the
S- a genial wel-
"i come to all,
Co,:. w ~fers her
-,, ~n ., r" ,, ;`-. ,L
" Th roads throui~ithe luxurious forests of Florida are
gracious hospitality. She opens wide
the doors of her princely hotel palaces,
and extends a welcome to fragrant orange
groves and fields bedecked with bloom
Florida has two distinct faces. In
one of these we depict those stern
features which reflect the battle for -
existence, which show the dark
creases of toil and the struggle for
riches. It has been weather-beaten
by experience and tanned by hard-
ships, and in it may be read the tale
of sturdy strife and successful accom- i
plishment. It is a plain work-a-day ,
visage with no tracing of frivolity, no
lines of humor, and yet a goodly one
withal. The other face is that which
the tourist sees. It is jovial; it
beams with mirth and happiness; it
knows no cares and laughs away the
hours in peaceful idleness.
Florida has a history freighted with
romance, treachery and blood. Its
territory has been the shuttlecock of
nations and has been fought and
bartered for many times. It was
Permanently settled more than half
a century before the pilgrims landed
on Plymouth Rock, and almost as
Song a time before the colonial set-
tlements were established at James-
town, Virginia. That chivalric seeker
after the fountain of perpetual youth,
.Ponce de Leon, was the first Euro-
peau to visit it. He came in 1512. and
in 1.1539 De Soto sailed into the ever
beautiful Tampa Bay and began
his ill-fated explorations. Spain,
2. France and England held the
territory in whole or part by
urus until 1821, when it passed
o the United States, and was
admitted as a state in 1845.
This in brief is the history of
Florida. In detail it is full
of interest. Its story has run
through more than three cen-
turies and history has passed
across it with steps not so
Frequent and hurried that
one track l has been trod-
-den out Iy others.
Florida prides itself on
being the largest state in
the Union east of the
Mississippi River. It
"-ihas a sea coast, which,
if turned north from Jackson-
.., ville, would reach almost to
Portland, Maine. It has the
leafy lanes." noble St. John's River, the on-
ly great stream in the United
States barring one which flows north.
For 150 miles from its mouth it is two
miles wide, and with its tributaries is said
to be navigable for more than a thousand
miles. It has more lakes than all of
-t J 2
and the Middle .
bined, and one
of the most per-
feet systems of
rail and steam- .
tion in the world
has been develop-
ed within it during
recent years. ":,, '
It is when the North and A
East are at their worst that
Floi ida is at its best, an.
it is during this period-
from December to April-
that it becomes the Mecca
of the thousands of visitors
who leave piercing winds
and snow drifts behind, to
find under its azure skie:
a climate as bewitchingly
balmy as that of Italy, and
surroundings whose charms
it is impossible to withstand
Florida is frequently
called the Italy of America.
and its coast resorts have
been termed Our own Florida i, a 1
Riviera." In that they are
both peninsulas, possessing a mild and
genial climate free from northern blasts
and tempered by the balmy airs of
l tropical seas ; the comparison u .- a
good one; but in the main the\
are totally unlike, each having
charms distinctly its own. The
older civilization of the one
S"* has given it palaces, galleries
S of art and crowded cities, but
there is no hotel in Italy the equal
in luxury, size or appointments to the
Tampa Bay, nor is the Bay of Naples
more beautiful than the
one looked out upOln
0' from the Belleview
at Belleair on the
Gulf Coast. But
Italy is a lon- way
off, and Florida is
almost at our doors,
and the astonishingly
and comforts of tia-
vel have made the
Very journey there
.. a delight.
the people of the
North really knew
but little until long
after the cltse of the
war. To the most of
us it was a forbid-
den land. In the
C( emnmon imagi-
war with the
and in which h both the forests and lakes are beautiful."
Seminoles; with swamps and marshes
and cane brakes, and their repulsive
paludal populations of alligators and
Shis tirele:.s energy, his keen
aresig!ht, creative power and
good judgment which has
trantormed this tropical,
unpeopled country into one
of fruit farms and homes.
i If he who makes a blade of
grass groew N where there was
g y none, is worthy of praise,
what adequate tribute can
be laid at the feet of the
man wiho has made it possi-
ble for a hundred towns
sa co. ." .. .. -ih t h :o k- h:":-ii, and cities to spring
Sut of the wilder-
anr~ auness and thrive; for
S11 i countless enter-
Sprises to flourish,
and for thousands of
STourists en.joy visiting the orange rocves and eating the luscious fruit.' homlles to be established
in a land of plenty? It is
their scaly congeners of the eMver moist to him, and to him alone, that the credit
lowlands; of forests of funereal cypresses, must be accorded for having made the
gloomy vistas, and impenetrable tangles Gulf Coast and much of Central Florida
of deadly undergrowth; of an atmos- what it is in the way of a desirable
here steamy with constant evaporation, place for settlement or investment, and
and heavy with the poisons of malaria, a paradise for the tourist. That he is
which no winds from the surrounding respected and beloved by the multitudes
seas could clear away. In the thorough who know him, and is looked upon as a
removal of these misconceptions of ignor- great public benefactor by all, is little to
ance, and the supplanting of them .with be wondered at. His generosity and fair
an actual knowledge of the surprising mindedness are so great that no hand
facts, it may truly be said that Florida has ever been raised against him, and
has undergone a new discovery, and an army would rise to defend him were
emerges from the deep sea of prejudice he at any time assailed.
like a fresh creation. It is but natural that there should be a
Florida is now to the Northern man in goodly number of immigrants pouring
Winter what the White Mountains and into this inviting Southern peninsula for
the Maine and Massachusetts coasts are the purpose of profitable settlement, to
in Summer; and bye the simple act of cultiv-ate the semi-tropical fruits that are
migration, now so easily pertormeid,
he may take his winter vacation
with as little trouble as he in-
dulges in a midsummer idleness.
The pioneer in.Florida dle-
velopment, the ma n who
first realized the great bur-
ied treasures of this State,
and had the foresitght,
ability and determination t o
to bring them to the atten-
tion of the world, was Mr. H.
B. Plant, the president and
controlling spirit of the cmpi-re
hensive transportation system v;hicb is
honored by his name, andcfl ich includes
nearly 5,000 miles of railroad lines and
a large fleet of steamships sailing under
the flags of three nations-America, Eng-
land and Spain. It was he who foresaw
the great future of this undeveloped and
almost undiscovered region. It was his
" On the way to Florida many cotton fields are passed."
the generous gifts of nature to this fa-
vored climate and soil.
This new transmigration is especially
attracting the attention of the people
who watch with interest the social im-
pulses and movements of the times. It is
little to be wondered at, as this garden
spot becomes known, that a large num-
ber of people are abandoning a climate
which holds out a continuous menace of
rheumatism, catarrh and diseases of
the lungs, for one in which, i these
afflictions of the human
race are unknol'wn, aun(
where nature lessens tee
struggle fur existence by
her very lavishness.
SBut it must not lbe
understood that Flor-
ida is an elysium ti or
the indolent. Far ,
from it. It is, how-
ever, a regiont ,
in which the
same amount I
prise and t 2is-
bring a fair '
livingini b^ .in ..
will yield a .
and riches for
remains in it.
a n c e a n C
awaits the nmae
touch of intelli
pruning and Cculti
vation to sp'rin"IC ,
Nature has been lavx
ish in her distribution *
of the essential found
tions of agriculture I t t r
wealth, and only await. _t
the co-operation of mal i
for their successful devel- 5
opment. Life here seem
to be without limit or ex-
haustion on land or sea '
There is the incessant sing
ing of native and migr ato.: -.
birds, and such a-:' '
flashing of plumage
to be seen on exhibition -
nowhere else in our wide country.
Eagles, sea gulls, wild ducks, pelicans,
herons and cranes, the cardinal bird and
the mocking bird-the land is vocal with
their presence. When the March wind
blows the keenest and howls the loudest
around our Northern homes, in Florida
it is already luscious summer; straw-
berries are, ripe and red on the table.
Violets blossom in the woods, the palm
Holds up its plumy and graceful crown
-at the end of its stately stem; the
.'-. ..-- r....beath of the jasmine
perfumes the air; vines cling to the palm-
ettos; the passion flower, the scarlet
trumpet creeper, the wild honey-suckle,
and the Spanish Bayonet" are ready
to load the gentle breezes with the fra-
grance of their bursting hearts.
The blossoming blackberry
vines, holly, resurrection *
ivies, and delicate- .^*
hued lichens, with
a whole catalogue
of other plants that
must be passed un-
the vision with the
variety of their
tints and colors,
and ravish the
senses with their
Along the lower
Gulf Coast of Flor-
ida, the rest of our as found its
Persian gardens ,- :its parks and
waters, where Win ts a stranger and
harsh winds unknox) Across its terri-
tory the breezes of :he Gulf are always
at play. Deep xk r bays and inlets
that invite hospital y from the sea in-
dent its shelly coa t. Its territory is
watered by fine navigable rivers, be-
gemmed with lakes and ponds, lacedc
with the clearest brooks, and all are fei.
from the most marvelous springs, manll .
of them possess- j
ing medicinal vir- :-.: .
tues. The forests
that darken the -
land are of genuine
oaks, pines, cedars,
as, and other flower-
ing trees keep it ver-
durous from the begin- ,
ning to the end of the :
year, and load the at-
mosphere continual .
with their healing and 51orating balm.
Fish, fowl, oysters and turtles abound in
the rivers and among the islands. Game
is found everywhere, deer and wild
turkey being especially abundant The
orchards produce fruits of the most de-
licious flavors. In the gardens grow figs
and pineapples. Orange groves are as
common as avenues of magnolia. It is a
land overflowing with tropical abun-
Scientific observations through a
long term of years have shown that the
actual periods of inclemency are less on
V fisce ~ry Florida is
Novel to Northern eyes."
S tdlie latter, freighted
d e a with chilling humidi-
i ty. These storms are
rarely felt on the
Western coast be-
cause here the tem-
perature is soften-
-d and neutralized
Along Is rn limits
of Florida killing frosts ccasion-
ally occur, and also freezing te ratures
under rare and unusual conditi ns, but
in the more southerly localities frosts are
absolutely unknown, and south of Tampa
the temperature changes are so slight
that they average hardly more than ten
degrees. In February and March, which
are the most inclement of all the months
in the North, the climatic conditions are
here simply perfect.
There are several ways of reaching
Florida comfortably and rapidly, and
Jacksonville is about equi-distant from
New York and Chicago. If the traveler
be from the West he will connect with
the Plant System peacefully. It maintains with the digni-
at Montgomery. ty and grace of vigorous old age the
Ala, Albany, culture and refinement which centered
SGa., Tifton, Ga., here in earlier times, and is proud in the
Savannah, Ga., recollection that it was from its precincts
or Jacksonville. that stirring calls to patriotism were
If he comes sent pulsating throughout the colonies.
-- from the Mid- The city lies between the Ashley and
die States or Cooper rivers just where they merge
'X' New England into the ocean, and its location, with its
and mak es sea-wall and park-like Battery along the
^ B a 'New York, ocean front, reminds one of New York.
Philadelphia Its streets are shaded winter and summer
or Washing- by majestic moss draped live-oak trees,
ton his central and its gardens bloom perennially with
starting point flowers of infinite variety and color. In
he will inter- its beautiful harbor the visitor may have
*ept the mag- pointed out to him the battle-scarred
ificent"Flor- Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter. Nearby
;da Special" the city are the Magnolia Gardens and
.. of the Plant many other places of rare attractive-
System, which races from New York to ness and interest. Charlei ~s one of
Tampa, Florida, an unbroken train of th- orts of the le Line, `xose
most luxurious P u 11 lmnan
sleepers, dining and library
cars, furnished with all the
comforts and elegancies of a
metropolitan hotel. Coming
over this route, the traveler
has a glimpse of the historic
city of Richmond,Va., which
has a number of attractions
sufficient to tempt many tour-
ists to tarry for a few days.
The Plant System which
has done and is doing so
much to develop the various
industries of Florida, and to
provide delightful hotels in
the most desirable places,
has its northern terminus
at Charleston, South Caro-
lina, the quaint and pictu-
resque old "City by the Sea "
Nothing in or about Challes-
ton is new or glaring, but
around it are entwined the
gentle romances of generations
of a chivalric people, interixoven
with the more stirring realities'
of dread war. Its architecture
is characteristic and charming,
and all its own. Charleston is uil-
like any other city in this country,
and many of its gabled mansions, .
dating back to colonial times, with
their surroundings of rose-entwined ;
walls which guard, as if jealously, .'
the gardens from the vulgar gaze of
the populace, look like little bit- .
France dropped down under our .own
southern sky. Its ways and habits are
settled and serene. It lives calmly I"nd
7t is a '
It isa land of mnulti-colore flowers."
steamers ply between New York, Charles-
ton and Jacksonville.
Savannah, the next city of importance
at which the tourist will touch upon the
trip southward, retains, as does Charles-
ton, much colonial color, and many of
its conditions. It is the headquarters of
the Plant System, and the chief seaport
of the southern Atlantic. Savannah is
pleasing and satisfying. It is a delight
to all who visit it. Its magnificent boule-
vards and streets, shaded as are those of
Charleston, by countless live-oaks, which
thrive only in the genial climate of the
South, are made doubly attractive by the
old stucco covered, vine embowered man-
sions facing tlheln It lhas parks and
you may visit in Savannah is Christ
Episcopal Church, of pure Grecian ex-
terior, in which John Wesley, the
founder of Methodism, began his rector-
ship. You may go to the oldest theatre
in the United States, built of imported
brick in 1818, and you may visit the Tel-
fair Art Gallery, one of the finest private
collections in this country.
Commercially, Savannah is the most
important city of the South, excepting
only New Orleans. It is the second
cotton shipping port of America, and has
always been at the head of the turpen-
tine, rosin and tar trade. It has five
lines of ocean steamers, of which two
operating between it and Northern
" The orange gathering time in Florida is during the tourist season."
monuments innumerable, and its private
gardens are gay with multi-colored flow-
ers. The drives about the city are
superb, being shell-made boulevards, as
level and smooth as asphalt. They lead
to White Bluff, Thunderbolt and Isle of
Hope, resorts by the sea, and Bonaven-
ture, the City of the Dead," generally
considered the most beautiful cemetery,
from the standpoint of nature, in America.
The very trees seem to be in a weeping
mood bowed down with their long hang-
ing tresses of grayish moss.
Among the many interesting places
F Fort Sumter in the harbor of Charleston."
cities, have carried from Savannah in a
single season more than three million
dollars worth of watermelons and other
vegetables to the value of over six mil-
lions. One of these lines, the Ocean
Steamship Co-mpany, popularly known
as the Savannah Line, operates a fleet of
excellent steamships between New York
and Savannah. The queen of this fleet
is "La Grande Duchesse," owned by the
Plant System, and the largest and most
elegant ship engaged in the coastwise
service. She is 404 feet long, with a
beam of 47 feet, and carries two steel
masts Her twin screws are driven by
quadruple expansion engines of 7,000
. horsepower, and she is in size, speed
and tonnage an ocean flyer. Her
interior appointments are luxuri-
ous. and there are accommodations
upd6n her for 300 first cabin and
4oo second cabin passengers.
About midway between Savannah and
Jacksonville is Waycross, a brisk little
town where three great arteries of the
Plant System meet, two coming from
the South and merging here, the other
being the east and west line from Albany,
Georgia, to Brunswick, one of the most
attractive places in Georgia. Here, more
than ; century atgo, General Oglethorpe,
the then Go.vernor of the Colony of
Georgia, had his headquarters, and to-
" Many handsome homns face the Pattery at Charleston
called the "Garden City of the South,"
and is situated in the heart of the high
pine section of Georgia, only twelve miles
from the Florida state line.
" Way down in the South where gulf breezes blow,
Where tall, stately pines, and the live-oaks grow,
Where soft summer nights are cooled by the dew,
And a summer s, shr i c-i .the winter months through."
There is Thomasviile. The roads about
the city are all excellent for, either driv-
ing or vcyclyng'. There is
S:. an entire abs,-(ice of sand,
alnd the great pine forests
extend for miiles in every
S direction, and fill the air
with their wholesome bal-
samic odors. There is
much social gaiety at
Thomasville during the
winter season, and the city
-..is amply provided with
churches, schools, hotels
Sband boatrding-h houses. It
""h tihas, in addition, among
other modern municipal advantages,
electric lights, waterworks, and a
day it is the rendezvous of many winter commodious opera house, and is a most
visitors, who enioy its salubrious climate, desirable place in which to establish a
its unequaled temperature, its proximity winter home. The shooting about
to the sea and its charming environs. Thomasville is very good, and two miles
Nearby Brunswick is Jekyl Island, out of the city, over the most beautiful
famous as the location of the much- roads, are the Country Club grounds,
written of millionaire club. comprising 300 acres, where Golf and
It will pay the tourist from the West other games are ,played, and target and
coming by way of Montgomery to stop live bird shooting are engaged in daily.
there for a day if time permits. It is the Albany, Ga., where a number of rail-
capital of Alabama and was the capital roads centering from the North and West
of the Confederate States for a brief connect with the Plant System, is one of
period. It is the centre of an important Georgia's most enterprising cities. From
and flourishing cotton trade and has tnis point the tourist proceeds to Way-
many of the characteristics of southern cross. where the line from Montgomery
cities. The Florida bound traveler from also joins the main stem from Charles-
Montgomery will pass through Troy, a ton and Savannah to Jacksonville.
busy little commercial city. and Bain- It is a safe prediction that the travel-
bridge, Georgia, from which point the er's firstview of Elorida as he a
Plant System operates a line i
of excellent steamers on the
Chattahoochee river, be-
tween Chattah oochee a (live- C
ly town where connection ist
made with the Louisville and.
Nashville for Pensacola and
Tallahassee, Florida) and.
Bainbridge. Th'1is i. one o '
the most important rivers t
the South, being more than
500 miles long and navigablI
for a half of that distance.
Thomasville, the next city
of importance to be reached:
on this route, is one of:the "
best known and popular bhealn t e, '- aaah i t
besorts of the Spoputar. 'heal onaventure, at Savannah, is said to be the m,st beautiful
resorts of the Soutll. It i emererery in America."
Jacksonville will be a
disappointing one. N.
city ever reveals its
beauties to the str.aniger
upon his arrival at her
gates, nor does Florida
as it is first approached. ..
In fact, in a State s.o "
vast, it is not to be won- _
dered at that their are
extensive regions along .
the railways so unattrac-
tive as not to tempt one
while passing through
them to exchange his
book or magazine for i-
the whirling panorama.
There is prose as well as' : ;-
poetry in Florida: but "The live oak tree
one must not judge the
State by what he first sees, or measure
her beauties upon the scale of car win-
dow glimpses. Tarry a day or two un-
der her azure skies, breathe her soft,
pure air, fill your nostrils with the into -
icating fragrance of her blossoms, and
get near to nature's heart. Then you
will have whispered to you the secret of
her charms, and you will love and adore
her as thousands have before you.
Jacksonville is both the metropolis and
entrepot of Florida, and strikes the
stranger as being more Western than
Southern. Not so many years back, to go
to Florida meant to go to Jacksonville.
It was, with the few comparatively nearby
and crude resorts, all there was of Florida
from the tourist's standpoint. To-day it
is the place at which tourists tarry to
outline their journey for points beyond.
And yet Jacksonville has many attrac-
tions which should not be overlooked.
It has fine commercial edifices and a
SSavannah is the largest rosin and turpentine marl
s at Savannah add- it .to the ban,.. some boulevards."
s at Savannah add beauty vto the handsome boulevards."
progressive population, a handsome Gov-
ernment building, an imposing Union
Railway Station and excellent hotels.
It is here that the traveler has his first
glimpse of the sub-tropical vegetation
which grows more and more luxuriant
as he proceeds on his journey southward.
Many thousands pass back and forth
through Jacksonville each season. The
multitudes are growing greater with
every recurring year, for the old notion
is becoming obsolete that Florida is a
place to go to only when Northern winds
are severe. The tourist public pays little
or no attention to this now, and goes to
Florida early and stays late because of
its multiplied and modern attractions re-
gardless of climate.
Jacksonville is the focusing point of
Florida from which all lines radiate.
The traveler may, if he so desires, reach
Tampa, the great resort of Florida, in
about seven hours, making the journeyin
From Tampa the
on the Gulf Coast
S are within easy
access. In this
case the route will
-take him through
G teen Cove
ti ont Springs,
\Whinter Park, Or-
.- i7 and Plant City.
At Palatka he will
find a flourishing
ket in the world little city,hugging
r i r;
close to the St. John's River and possess-
ing many attractions, among which are
fishing and duck shooting. At Sanford,
which is pleasantly located on Lake
Monroe (really a broadening of the St.
John's River and the head of navigation
for the larger boats), the Plant System
branches in several different directions,
like the bursting of a sky
rocket, reaching many
points in western andl
central Florida. Thirteen
miles from Sanford, on
the main line to Tampa.
is Altemont Springs, a
popular little resort, and
a short distance beyond
and in the very heart of
Central Florida, is Winter
Park, nestling amid its
surroundings of pine for- ....
ests and innumerable
crystal lakes, like a dia-
mond in emerald setting. I
It is here that the Seminole
Hotel, one of the Plant System hostelries,
welcomes the traveler to all that is home-
like, comfortable and pleasing. Winter
Park reminds one of a New England
town, considering only its tidy and rest-
ful appearance, and its intellectual and
educational atmosphere, for here is lo-
cated Rollins College, whose influence
permeates the entire community. But
its wealth of sub-tropical foliage, its
gardens of winter-blooming
flowers, its banks of Cherokee
roses, its orange groves and
piney woods tell the story of
the South. All about there
are lakes, large and small, of
rare beauty. The Seminole
stands on the very edge of
one and overlooks many
others. Their waters are as
-. ". (.:. ,
clear as crystal.
,nd their shores
Sre outlined byl-
e ..a orests of lines
ar~- groves of
It is needless
to sayi, consider-
inwg its ow ner-
ship, that the
tSeminole is an ad-
Brtinswick, Georgia." mirably conducted
hotel. It acconm-
modates four hundred, and has all the
modern appointments which conduce to
the comfort and health of its guests.
The water is from a never-failing driven
well, which is shown by careful analysis
to be absolutely pure. There are many
sources of amusement at Winter Park.
The roads are excellent for driving, and
there is a well-made bicycle path to Or-
lando, six miles distant. The tennis
" There are many well-established and profitable fruit farms in the State.'
courts are well kept,
the boating safe and
enjoyable, and the oc-
casional rainy days
may be pleasantly
passed on the broad
and vine embowered
Six miles below
Winter Park is Orlan-
do, a town of 6,ooo
inh a)bitants, with
buildings, paved streets, and street
cars. Like all the towns in thi..
section of Central Florida, it is :
surrounded by well cultivated'0t1:
orange groves and lakes without '
Kissimmee, the county seat of"-'-
Oceola County, is located geo-;
graphically just about midway be- ..
tween the Atlantic and the Gulf of '
Mexiec, and is the centre of a large
stock raising as well as fruit and
vegetable region. It is one of the favor-
ite tourist points in Florida, first because
it offers such excellent opportunities foi
recreation, sport and exploration, and
again because here is located one of the
handsome report hotels of the Plant
System (the Hotel Kissimmee), thus in-
suring visitors a delightful abiding place.
The house stands on the very edge of
Lake TIohopekialiga, which, not\vithstand-
O n-,. -
' \vhres''ately andl gtheeful paling are silhouetted
,. a ain t the sk\'.
SSettlers making their way in crude convcyances.'
ing its distracting name, is one of the
loveliest of Florida's fresh water lakes.
r The broad verandas of the hotel afford
I an extended and varied view of lak3
and forest, and its interior arrangements
t are such that all rooms look out upon the
Same enchanting scene, for there is
neither a back nor a dark room in the en-
Stire house. The public rooms are taste-
fully furnished, and are homelike and
comfortable. The water is from both
artesian wells and cisterns, and is
absolutely pure, while the sewerage
System is up to the latest suggestions
of advanced sanitary science. As to
the cuisine, all that is necessary is to
call attention to the ownership of the
House. This tells the story of inviting
viands and edibles and perfect
service far more effectively
than mere words; for who has
Sever been a guest at a Plant
S System Hotel which did not
oifer a most tempting, well
spread table. There is a good
orchestra at the Kissimmee,
.nd a number of special fea-
tnres of entertainment.
But time will not drag heav-
Silv on the visitor's hands. There
are sources of enjoyment on
very hand; shooting, boating
and driving, aside from the
social life of the place, which
make the glorious winter days
pass rapidly. Anyone having
a fondness for exploration may
Reach within a few hours from
Kissimimee as tropical, luxuri-
ant and weird a wilderness as
there is this side of Africa.
One of the most fascinating
and interesting trips any-
where outside of the "Dark
Continent" is that from Kis-
simmee down through the
S lakes, Disston Canals and the
Kissimmee river to Lake Okee-
chobee, and thence down the Caloosa-
hatchie river, past Fort Thompson and
Ft. Denaud (of Semninole Indian war fame)
to Fort Myers, where fast and of bush. over which vines with
commodious steamboats L xLa- multi co)rlcd blossoms have
rence"' or St. Lucie wven an almost solid
of the Plant System, nfabrlic. Everywhere
may be taken to Pu ta the tall graceful palms
Gorda, touching o:0;1 oid. and palmettos form
the wayai PnPtL Ra.s1a, .'- tahe central feature of
Sanibel I'lau d a ~n the picture, while from
James City. This vo-age branch and trunk of
of 200 miles into the very water- oak and hickory
heart of the Everglades, tenaciously cling garlands
through the entire length o f f s:Lge green moss and
the most tropical rivers in mynriads of native orchids or
America and across a great "'Oh, Happy Day air plants, throwing out their
solitary lake, whose surface is exquisite blossoms, literally
rarely ruffled by a boat, or whose shores to waste their fragrance on the desert
seldom re-echo the human voice, is beyond air. The woods re-echo the happy songs
question the most unique and interesting of bird life. A grand chorus by the
journey c f its kind on this cjntiuent. To feathery flocks is ever bein sung. Notes,
strange and new, mingle
in happy iimeloed. Plumed
h" birds dart across the stream
".- in front ,i the little boat,
and bIong le eld blt s and
Vs" herons iof brilliant c.,Iloiring
startled froni their feeding
I.,riuLds lazily wing them-
Ixlves out of 'iew. Alligators
dist'u rlbed in their sleep upon
S the banks by the puffing of
draw a faithful pen picture-'i
of the voyage would chal;
lenge the skill of a Jules
Verne. If you love nature
as found in her glorious soli-
tudes, if vtiu have a taste for
the unusual, and if you enjoy
breaking away from all that
is conventional, take the trip,;:.
the next time you are in
Florida. You will get so Banana,;ar
close to nature's heart that
you will feel its very pulsations. You
will gain admittance to her innermost
and sacred shrines.
The tropical forests which stretch
back for miles on either side, creep
down to the fern carpeted shore of the
crystal river, and seem in places to
reach almost over it as if jealously
guarding its beauties from human eye.
Along its edges are impenetrable tangles
e being successfully grown in southern Flori:.k."
the little steamer look up as if to resent
the intrusion, and then with surprising
agility and amusing clumsiness break
for the water
The narrow river turns and twists
through the forest like the wriggling of a
freshly caught eel, and from one end to
the other, the trip is one of surprising
interest and beauty, especially that por-
tion from Fort Thompson to Fort Myers,
on. the Caloosahatchie.
The tourist going from Kissimmee to
Tampa by rail, over the Plant System.
passes Bartow Junction, from which
point a branch leads to Bartow, passing
through Winter Haven, intercepting at
the former place the Florida Southern
Division of the System, which cntinulles
south to Punta Gorda, the most .... ..
southern railway point in Amer-
ica. Winter Haven is unsurp I d
as a health resort and natural
sanitarium, and is the seat of
the South Florida Presbyterian
College. 'i te surrounding re- .
gion is fertile and highly cul-
tivated, and many northernY
people have erected beau
tiful winter homes here.
Bartow, with its popu-
lation of about 3, coo.
strikes the visitor mo-st
favorably. Its streets
are broad and well
paved, and it has good
water works, and mod-
ernschoolsand churhesl" '
The city is anll inmpt
tant centre of the
try, and many
plants for prepar-
ing the rock for
market are in oper-
Lakeland is loca-
ted in a rich agricul-
tural country, and
signs of thrift and
prosperity. It is thirty-
two miles east of Taflm-
pa, on the main line of
the Plant System, over
which the through trains
pass. From here radiate- 4,. 'N,
the lines north to Way-
cross and Savannah, via the :
west coast, and also the line i
via Kissimmee and Winter"' "'"
Park to Jacksonville, as well as
the one running south to Punta M -
Gorda. Lakeland enjoys the, ..._
distinction of being thehigh-' .
est city in Florida.
It is 266 feet above y
the level of the sea
and is surrounded by
numerous lakes. ,
Tampa, the main south
ern terminus of the Plant
System, has been jutly'.
termed the Magic Cit;
of the Gulf." That its
growth has been sub-
stantial and rapid, an..
that it is the coming
metropolis of Florida
no one who is family
iar with its natural
and commercial advantages NO "" W
The Seminole Hotel, at Winter Park, has long
been a popular resort."
can doubt. In i880 the total population
in and about Tampa was 800; to-day it
has nearly 30,000. It prides itself upon
being thoroughly metropolitan, point-
ing, by way of testimony, to its excel-
lent water system, handsome county
and commercial buildings, electric car
lines, substantial banks, good schools
and churches and progressive citizens.
Tampa has, with its two suburbs, Ybor
City and West Tampa, 148 cigar factories,
which employ 8,000 hands, who draw
over $1oo,ooo a week in wages and [
turn out about a hundred and fifty
million cigars a year. There are '
many other manufacturing interests,
and, in addition, the city is a rail-
road centre of much prominence.
But to the tourist Tampa's charm
lies in the fact of its being the loca--.
tion of the Tampa Bay Palace, the
most luxurious, costly and mag-
nificent resort hotel in the
world. It bursts suddenly upon -
the tourist's vision in all the
majesty of its size and beauty
of outline, just as the train
draws into the Plant System
station. Standing aloof from the city,
over on the opposite side of the pictur-
esque Hillsboro river and surrounded
with its park of 150 acres, verdant with
tropical foliage, it seems like a gem from
fairyland, a realization of childhood's
dreams of princely palaces amid the
bowers of Utopia.
Nor does a nearer approach destroy
1 1 1
"The Hotel Kissimmee is the latest addition to the
cluster of Plant System hotels "
the illusion. It is a thing of beauty
within and without, a monument typify-
ing what lavish expenditure, exquisite
taste and ideal surroundings can accom-
plish when properly directed. Its grace-
ful minarets and domes, topped with the
star and crescent of the Orient, glisten-
ing like silver under the southern sun,
the fretwork of its great verandas, and
its many arched entrances, disclose its
perfect Moorish architecture.
The rotunda is a grand assembly hall
with its polished floors, rich carpets and
hangings, antique vases
and bric- i-
When the deer come up to be fed."
brac, divans and luxurious lounges, as
little like a hotel office as the "East
Room of the White House. The apart-
ment is 78 feet square and is 30 feet from
the floor to the ceiling. Thirteen marble
columns support a balcony that looks
over from the second floor, around which
is a carved rail in Spanish mahogany
The divans in the rotunda were once
in the Tuileries
salons, and the
paintings are va-
ried in design as
they are in age
and history, and
b i atntislue and cab-
inet, has its in-
Srich in gilded
mlls .c i hl carvings, are
-)... on the walls;
gla:3 lead to parlors, halls, libraries and
writing rooms; electric lights are im-
bedded in the ceilings and walls and
hang down in chandeliers; this is the
rotunda-the business office occupying
the smallest corner, as if 'twas of the
smallest importance in a hall so replete
with ornament and so devoted to comfort
L i r>
" The Tampa Bay Palace, at Tampa, Florida, is beyond question the most complete, artistic and
costly resort hotel in the world."
* Those who have been guests at the Tampa Bay Hotel, know the luxury of its interior furnishings
and the charm of its surroundings.'
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SAt no other reort are there such complete arrangements for the entertainment of guests as have been
provided in the Casino of the Tampa Bay Hotel.'
The grand salon-a dream of magnifi-
cence indescribable--here where the
pencil fails to say what there is or to tell
about it in any way, every nook and
corner has some dainty bit to show a
woman's hand has been here-a princess
right royal in her taste and perception
made this the salon of the continent. It
was her design that this divan should
have growing flowers from its centre,
that roses and calla-lilies should mingle
their perfume where beauty lolls; her
idea that this cabinet, three hundred
years old, should be brought from some
castle in Spain to ornament this salon.
She selected this exquisite piece, with
inlaid woods, ebony, pearl and ivory,
with quaint little paintings under mar-
" The Theatrical Auditorium. in the Casino, seats 1,500 people, and many of the best companies from
New York appear there during the season."
"The Conservatories on the hotel grounds form
one of its many charming features."
velously clear glass in the carved panels.
The effect of the bronzes, gildings and
SThere is marble statuary in ex-
quisite designs from the chisels of
Sthe best sculptors, and Sedan chairs
with the eagle of France in their
Decorations. Here an inlaid table
S which once graced the Tuileries, as
Sdid also three ebony and gold cab-
inets. On the table is a rare bit of
sculpture, The Sleeping Beauty," in
Carrara marble. There are a sofa and
two chairs that were owned by Marie
Antoinette, a set of four chairs that be-
longed to Louis Phillippe, numerous
French and japainese cabinets and eight
cabinets of antique pattern that have
been brought from this or that province
of old Spain, gathered in their travels
by Mr. and Mrs. Plant
The carpet in scarlet,with
its black lions rampant,
made in France, is a
replica of one of
t A covers the
" The Swimming Pool in the Casino is 70 feet long by 50 wide, and is walled and floored with white
tile and filled with crystal water."
inlaid woods of the cabinets, contrast with
the white and gold of the surrounding
decorations in pleasing effect. The deli-
cate shades of the upholstery and the
hangings have their beauty enhanced by
the many electric lights in ground glass,
softly tinted, that are set in the arched
dome above, their soft light falling on
paintings, not from this shop or that, but
from old masters' brushes, or studios of.
modern celebrities. On the mantles and
cabinets are some beautiful, delicately
chased ewers and drinking cups in silver,
and on one the busts of Elizabeth of
England and Mary Queen of Scots in
very rare silver bronze.
of this splendid salon, on which are
chairs of gold and silk and plush of the
same era,as there are also
tapestries of incalculable
values a-nd rich-
ness that have
hun. in palaces
The old fort in miniature upon the hotel grounds
awakens memories of Indian wars."
before they came to this one. The
writing and reading rooms just off the
rotunda are furnished in the same unique
manner-one which might be called
"the Louis XIV. room" has all its deco-
rations and appointments of the era of
that monarch, and are replicas, and in
some cases originals, the woodwork being
in black ebony.
In the grand chambers the style is not
less regal; in magnificence these surpass
anything seen elsewhere. No two of
them are alike. They range
in size from the suite of
complete living apartments
with parlors .
and libraries, to '
the chamber for "
curve of the Solarium till it ends-
where can it be said it ends ?-in modern
parlance at the dining hall, but what
might be the banquet room of a Moorish
king, with its lofty dome and almost
circled arches that rest on fluted pillars.
There is no more striking feature
than the table porcelains. These are ex-
quisite works of ceramic art. The plates
are of infinite variety. You may have
your beef on a very charming bit of
French porcelain, your salad on a re-
production of an old Vienna
plate of semi Saracenic pat-
tern, your ice on one of the
t little plates de-
Ssigned by Mor-
itz Fischer and
"In the new Exposition Building of the Plant System on the Tampa Bay Hotel grounds, there is a
splendid exhibit of the agricultural and industrial products of Florida."
two, with silken hangings of gros-grain
watered silk, in white and delicate rose
color; a canopied dressing-case, as dainty
as the bride who may stand before it to
attire her pretty self for the grand halls
outside her door. The guest rooms on
the floors above have every convenience
known to modern inventive genius, in-
cluding telephone connection with the
office, and through a "central" to every
other room in the house. A grand
hallway extends from
south to north 700
feet, passing through .
the rotunda. Just
south of the rotun-
da is the grand
staircase, with its life-
size bronzes, holding -i
groups of electric lights,
and near by are the elevators
to the upper floors. The north
hall passes from the rotunda by the
various parlors to the gracefully rounding
copied elsewhere, your coffee in a very
perfect duplicate of one of Wedgwood's
simple and lovely bordered cups. In
fact, there is no end to the variety of
these lovely porcelains. And it may be
added that the cooking and the service
are equal to that of any hotel in the world.
Just off the rotunda is the music room,
with its waxed floor for terpsichorean
uses. The room is cir-
cular in form, with
The Inn at Port Tampa is built entirely over the
20 water a long way from the main shore."
extending around it. so the
company may sit in the
open air and listen to the
music and look in upon
the dancers-these broad
galleries extend on the
west and east side, form- ..- _
ing a grand promenade
for the gay company such i ;
a place attracts.
The interior scene is en-
tertaining, but stroll in l
more dreamy way down N-n
by the river. Look upon -
the towered facade and
domes silvered perhaps by"
the moon's rays; gaze
upon the crescented min- "The pier at
arets, the electric- fired Plant Sy
crescent on the color-staff,
and the lights from the hundred win-
dows, listen to the soft patter of the
water in the foun- tains, breathe the
perfume of the flowers, catch
the splash of an oar and the half
murmur of a love song mingling
with the soft mel- ody of the music
that comes from withinn and floats
Sair thi ,
S on 9 th amstsmmr
"Egmont Light, on a key of the Gulf of Mexico,
marks the entrance of Tampa Bay."
t Port Tampa is a busy place upon the arrival of the
*steni ships from Cuba, Jamaica and other ports."
seasons will notice this year many im-
provements and additions, notably the
great Casino and Exposition Building,
which have been erected in the Park.
The former is a classical structure
100oo x 200, richly ornamented and perfect-
ly arranged within, and is to be devoted
to the enjoyment of the guests of the
hotel. It is a metropolitan club house,
theatre and natatorium all in one. In
the end nearest the hotel are the club
rooms luxuriously furnished and com-
pletely equipped. Beyond them through a
handsome entrance with broad stairways
leading to right and left, is the large
auditorium, in the center of which is the
swimming pool. White tiled on sides
and bottom, and filled with crystal
water of delightful and even tempera-
ture, this pool has a most tempting and
seductive appearance. Its length of 70
feet and breadth of 50 is sufficient to
allow ample room for even lusty swim-
this is not an Alhambric picture?-then mers, and its depth is so graded (from
you have not read of the Alhambra nor to io feet) that each bather may choosE
sojourned at Tampa Bay. the depth preferred. All around thE
The Tampa Bay Hotel is abso- auditori- um is a gallery with corn
lutely fireproof. It is bui 1 t fortable A seats.andunderneaththi;
entirely of steel and brick are the large dressing
and no wood was used in its ; rooms and the Romat
construction except .
in the trim and
flooring. It has
every modern ap-.
pliance for health
and comfort. The
sewerage is per-
fect and repre-
sents the most ad sta"
vanced scientific .
Guests of the
Tampa Bay of other St. Petersburg, on Tampa Bay, seven miles from Port Tampa, is one of tihe
chief places on the fertile Pinellas Peninsula."
" There is a saying in Florida, which is justified by ex
that 'when a man catches fish he doesn't have to ]
clever mechanical arrangement a floor
may be thrown over the pool, and presto'
the whole interior becomes a theatre, with
the orchestra floor, which slopes toward
the front, filled with handsomely up--
holstered chairs. At one end is a large,
permanent stage with a full
complement of artistic
scenery and stage set-
tings. The theatre lias
seating capacity for
1,500, and during the
season there will be fre-
quent performances by ... ^I
which will be brought
from New York on
special trains direct to -Vou c
Tampa. In addition to the attractions
already referred to the Casino contains
two steel-track bowling alleys and several
other features for entertainment and
amusement. No resort hotel in the
world has ever undertaken to provide
pleasures for its guests on such magni-
ficent, costly and thorough going lines.
It is an open secret that the Plant
System does for its patrons with lavish
hands what most corporations do be-
grudgingly, and this latest enter-
prise attests the truth of the
The Exposition' Building
has been erected on the park
to the westward of the hotel.
It is a well proportioned struc-
ture of ample dimensions, and
within it are shown the repre-
sentative productions of Florida,
Attractively classified. In general
Arrangement and detail it is a
reproduction of the exhibit made
by the Plant System at the Paris
Exposition, the World's Fair and
the Atlanta Exposition, and it
will not only be of great interest
to the visitor, but will furnish an
important study of the varied
and superior advantages of the
"Land of Flowers," which has
in recent years come to be re-
garded as one of the first agri-
cultural states in the Union. In
this way Mr. Plant will make
S the Exposition Building useful
as well as ornamental.
SNo pen can adequately por-
Sj tray the charms of the Tampa
S Bay. Its ensemble is fascinating
and alluring. Those who have
perience, been under its spell will hold
lie."' to memory dear the mental pic-
tures etched during the sojourn
within its hospita- ble portals and
amid its enchant- ing surround-
Port Tampa, nine miles
from the city, is the ter-
minus of the West Coast
ain -rt far va.y from all sins',of
mIany of Florida 's streams.'
the Plant System of
railroads. It is from
here that the steamers
of the System sail reg-
ularly twice a
week to Key
West and Ha-
ana, Cuba; once
a week across
the Gulf of Mex-
ico to Mobile;
ing the winter to
Jamaica, daily L In series of Kev. as t
to points on the between the Pinellas Penin
and frequently daily to St. Petersburg
Port Tampa is a very busy place
commercially, and ships flying the flags
of all nations are constantly coming
and going. The great pier of the Plant
System stretches out into Tampa Bay
for a half mile from the main shore.
The trains run to the extreme end, where
ocean-going steamers are ever taking
on or discharging cargoes. Upon
one side of the pier the Plant Sys-
tem is dredging an enormous
canal of sufficient length and
depth to afford berths alongside
the cars for a score of the
largest ships. A heavy break-
water has been constructed on .
the opposite side from the
pier, so that in times of storm
the ships are as snug as the
proverbial bug in a rug. .
Part way out on the pier,
and built upon pilings entirely .'
over the waters of the bay, is
the picturesque Port
Tampa Inn, owned
and operated by the
Plant System. It is
S" for those arriv-
ng or embark-
ng on the
for those who
X :l'.- x enjoy fishing,
sailing and the
se coast i land. are called, li.s delights of liv-
la and the (.ulf of Mexico ing next-door
neighbor to the
sea. The Inn is a fascinating little
Queen Anne cottage with cosey rooms,
and broad covered verandas or pavilions.
Within, it is exceedingly homelike and
bright, with its old fashioned fireplaces,
inviting divans, Persian rugs and pict-
ures. Its dining-room has two sides of
glass, and as you sit at the table you
may find abundant amuse-
ment in throwing pieces
of food out into the waLer
and watching the wild
-. ducks which swarm about
fight for it. The waters
" In and about Clearwater there are many fine roads and charming glimpses of the Gulf."
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" The newest of the Plant System hotels is the beautifully located and attractive Hotel Belleview, at
Belleair, whicht stands on a prominence overlooking the Gulf ,-,f Mexico."
teem with fish, and it is a literal truly
that you may catch one or more out
your chamber window while dress-
ing, ring for a bell boy, and in fif- 4
teen minutes later have it served
hot and inviting for your break-
From Port Tampa there are
several side trips from which the
tourist may choose. Each will
take him through an interesting and
beautiful country, and if he is wise
and has the time he will take them
all. Briefly told, they are the trip
by steamboat to Braidentown and
the Manatee River region; that to
Punta Gorda by rail, thence by boat
to St. James City, Punta Rassa and
Fort Myers on the Caloosahatchie River
and another to St. Petersburg, Bellea
(the loca- tion of the ne
Hotel Belleview of th
Plant .- System
" Playing hide-and-seek behind the palmetto
Clearwater, Sutherland and Tarpon
Springs, on the division of the Plant
SAt Tarpon Springs many attractive winter homes have
r; System which branches from the main
ir line at Trilby and follows the Gulf coast
w of the Pinellas Peninsula to St. Peters-
), Let us choose the latter first. The
comfortable and fast "Margaret" (a
large and handsome side-wheel steamer
just completed for this service) or
Tarpon of the Plant System may be
taken from Port Tampa to St. Peters-
burg, a distance of seven miles across
and down Tampa Bay. This little city
is one which has attracted much atten-
tion to itself both on account of its pecu-
liarly delightful winter climate and its
proximity to good fishing grounds. The
steamer lands its passengers at the end
of a half-mile wharf, the trains running
out to the steamer's side as they do at
Port Tampa. This wharf is famous as
the rendezvous of fishermen, and on a
winter's day there will be enough men,
-1\ exico, he has just completed
Sthe Hotel Belleview, the lat-
soe est addition to his system of
I h..- hostelries
be The Belleview and its
environment have added
greatly to the fascinations
and charms of the entranc-
Sing region of the Gulf coast,
d which Mr. Plant has for
0 s S several years been trans-
forming into a most tempt-
ing land of beauty, comfort
and rest for the tourist seeking
+ o refuge from the icy blasts of
-e winters in more northerly climes.
The three -hundred- acre tract
St whereon MIr. Plant is directing his
of latest iwork for the development of
western Florida is about a mile and a
Pineapple culture forms one of Florida's chief half from the picturesque little town of
sources of profit." Clearwater, which has for many years
been a favorite resort, in a modest way,
women and children fishing from it to among the throngs of winter tourists
form a regiment. Large quantities of seeking health and pleasure on the west
Spanish mackerel, sea trout, sheepshead
and channel bass are taken here daily,
and there are frequent catches of enor-
mous shark, sawfish and jewfish, some ie
of the latter "tipping the beam" at
300 pounds. St. Petersburg has many,.
handsome residences, good schools, well-
stocked stores, an opera house and sex.-
eral manufacturing plants Its citizens
are enterprising and hospitable, and ever
alert to the city's interests. The region
about the city is largely devoted to fruit
and vegetable growing.
The Pinellas Peninsula, as that narrow K
strip of land which lies between Tampa
Bay and the Gulf of Mexico is called, is
one of the most inviting sections of Flor-
ida. It is typically tropical in its climate,
forest and plant life. It has stood the
tests of the occasional killing frosts better
than the other sections of the state of the
same latitude, owing to its being almost
surrounded by the warm waters of the
Gulf and the Bay. The land is, in the
main, free from swamps and low places
and there art- great stretches of pine
forests. Fogs are unknown, and, not- l
withstanding its almost extreme southern
location, the summer heat is never ex- ".
cessive. Vegetables are grown in abun-
dance all the year around and the region
is destined to become one of the chief
producing sections of Florida. 4L
About midway down the Peninsula,
Mr. Plant has established a new town,
which has been named Belleair. Here,
out at the end of a promontory over- "Sometimes the oranges grow so aburidantl- that trees are
looking the ever beautiful Gulf of actually broken do-n with their golden burdens.'"
" Iraidentown, is the central point of the Manatee Ri\
region, one of the richest in all of Florida."
coast of the Peninsular State.. It is a
quaint and pretty little townsite, with
many charming drives through one of
the most attractive corners of the
land of flowers," and has the advantage
of a glorious frontage on
one of the 1,. prettiest baNys
to he found on the Gulf of
of about 50
purchases There were, before the war, nan
of many Manatee, and -,ome ot the pa
land on rising hills and sunny slopes,
laid out streets and squares for a beauti-
ful toy site, and completed one of the
prettiest and most attractive hotels in
all this land of perennial summer.
The hotel occupies a
majestic and command-
ing site, being built upon
a lofty elevation about
three hundred feet from
the brink of the waters
of the harbor, and over-
looking a wide expanse
of the Gulf far beyond
the picturesque keys, that
serve as a breakwater in
protection of the calmer
waters of the interior of
About a mile and a half
out across the waters lies
the long, slender strip of
land known as Sand Key,
which is a natural gar- here are
den of rare beauty, ver-
ii ldant with the dense foliage
of undergrowth and crowned
with the bristling, picturesque
and towsled heads of large
W. palm trees. On the western
coast of this strip of land there
extends a long beach of whitest
sands, where dash the break-
ers of the restless, turbulent
Gulf. Mr. Plant has purchased
the greater portion of this isl-
,er and and will carry the work
of improvement there, trans-
forming its natural beauty into
a land of incomparable enchantment.
The island is just far enough away from
the hotel to lend its fascination with in-
creased measure to the general view, and
the incessant roar of the billows upon its
western beach can be heard in soothing
murmur all the day. With its tangle of
tropical growth it stands
e ar plntatons on th harmony
e p azure of
ng ding col-
-:',,an d in-
t- ', vitino.
immense su gar plantations on the affords
tial (old mansions still stand." the guests
Belleview a splendid place flor daily out-
ings, pleasure parties or mnioonlight boat-
On the eastern borders of the townsite,
upon the mainland, there is a large lake
thousands of acres of vegetables in the prosperous
of purest fresh water supplied from
springs, and here have been established
the waterworks of the new town that is
to surround the hotel. There is also an
electric plant for lighting the buildings
and for furnishing power co run the street
The Belleview was a peculiarly happy
conception, and in its completed form
is one of the most attractive resort
hotels on this continent. Its general
shape is that of a colossal capital I,"
and as it stands on a point, with its nar-
rower side toward the Gulf, there is from
each of the rooms of its four floors an
outlook upon the water. The general
style of architecture is Swiss, with broad,
awning -like roofs extending over the
windows suf- ficiently to shield
them front the sun, and yet
allowing liberal ventila-
tion and airing The
interior is bright and
cheerful, and the chambers
large and I M airy, each one hav-
ing a good- sized closet connect-
ing, a by no means unimportant
all ladies \
will attest. "
A double-hea dd palm is a strange natural
the stle ofriosity."
Bay Hotel, the office occupies a corner in
the ma central rotunda most beau-
tiful room of great proportions, with
broad windows on two sides and doors
opening on wide verandas. The im-
posing stairway leading to the upper
floors starts from this room, and makes
several turns at which there are plat-
forms from which a view of the rotunda
may be had. Broad corridors run the
entire length of the house through its
center, and on the first floor the hand-
some dining room is at one end and the
parlors at the other. In the construction
of the Belleview nothing was overlooked
opentirelength of the house Thi-i
cenoterand l ig t he heefirstfloorthehand-
reersat thrns Int whichthere arste lati-
of the Belleview nothing was overlooked
Sugar cane is one of the standard crops of
which would add to the completeness
of each department. It is intended to
make this hotel a model winter abiding
place for such as wish to secure all the
comforts, but fewer perhaps of the lux-
uries, of hotel life. The cuisine and
service will be maintained at the highest
standard of excellence, and the prices
charged for accommodation will be easily
in reach of those in moderate circum-
Many thousands of dollars have been,
and are being spent in making the new
town of Belleair, of which the hotel is
the chief feature, attractive. The streets
have been graded and paved with firm
clay, making good roadways for driving
and bicycling. The main boulevard
winds around the water front of the har-
bor on the brow of a huge terrace. This
roadway has been lined with hundreds
of tall palm trees and embellished with
many graceful horticultural touches.
In approaching the hotel the road
crosses a picturesque stream upon an im-
posing bridge of Roman architecture,
under the arches of which have been
finished several small storerooms and a
photographic studio. Everywhere the
skilled hand and designs of the landscape
gardener are noticeable and the result is
a most beautiful natural park. In the
Centre of the town-
" To the pickaninnies the succulent sugar cane is
an everlasting joy.
site is a small lake, almost
circular in form. Around
its edge has been construct-
ed in the most approved
fashion a broad cement-
paved bicycle race-track,
the most perfect one any-
where in the south. Visit-
ors will not be at a loss for
means of entertainment at
Belleair. The sailing is
exceptionally good, as the
inner harbor is always
" The Caloosahatchie River is the most tropical stream in Florida and is the home of the gamey Tarpon."
quiet. The fishing is superb, and the
roads leading through the surrounding
region are excellent. Many excursions
may be enjoyed to the neighboring
keys along the Gulf. Within the
hotel there are various divertisements in
the way of billiards, bowling, etc. This
is the first season of the Belleview and the
first year of the town's existence, but
each is destined to attain a brilliant and
A few miles beyond by rail is Suther-
land, a town which has long been popu-
lar as a winter resort, and a few miles
further is Tarpon Springs, a famous win-
tering place and one of the prettiest vil-
lages in the state. It has been steadily
growing for years and now has as many
of the conveniences of a city as any other
town on the west coast except Tampa.
It is settled by an exceptionally fine
class of people and is a delightful village
in which to live or spend the winter
The An- t -| |
is the out-
a t y-ip Up th m alnr ays pointe
rlet of the
which the et
stream, anIl I The winter residence of Mr. TI
a trip up th always pointer
river on thce
excursion steamers, which run the entire
season, is a pleasant experience. Boat-
ing, bathing and fishing can be enjoyed
to the fullest extent.
Forty-four miles north of Tarpon
Springs, where the line down the Pin-
ellas Peninsula intercepts the main West
"Parties return to Fort lMyers loaded down with
game of all kinds."
It was originally called Macon, but be-
cause of the confusion of the name with
that of Macon, Ga., also reached by the
Plant System, it was changed to Trilby.
Friend of Mr. Du Maurier, shortly before
his death, wrote him of this new added
fame which had come to him and had
the letter mailed at the town with its post-
mark distinctly shown on the envelope.
Mr. Du Maurier's reply came quicklyy
enough as follows :
It's me that's a proud and happy old
person since I received your kind letter
-and I thank you for the kind thought
which prompted you to let me know of
my godfatherhood; and I thank your
friend, the manager, for mailing me the
good news. I shall not lose that envel-
ope, you may be sure! Will you kindly
tell Mr. Plant from me, that unworthy
as I reel
... ....is over,
omas A. Edison at Fort Myers is 111 have
)ut to visitors." grown into a
flourishing city; and hope that its oldest
inhabitant will not have quite forgotten
the poor grisette of the Quartier Latin
that had the honor to be godmother; an
honor that does not usually fall to the
likes of Trilby O'Ferrall !"
The town boasts of its Lorrimer street,
Svengali square, Zou Zou avenue, Sweet
Alice avenue, Taffy street, Madame
Angle avenue, Gecko street, Little Billee
street, Dodor street, The Laird, Ben Bolt
avenue, Durien street, and the pretty
fresh water lake nearby has been duly
christened Lake Du Maurier.
Trilby's ten or twenty houses have
the neat, thrifty appearance which is now
so noteworthy throughout this beautiful
state ; the tall pine trees about are
bearded with moss and around the
houses are neat, blooming gardens
with luxuriant pear trees, now so rap-
idly taking the place of the less hardy
orange trees. The
Trilby has been
veyed and laid
out, and as it
have a steady
growth. ... k
Many acres have been turned into prosperous
29 looking fields."
S in Florida. Here it was that
the late Senator David L. Yulee
lived in the days before the war
ike a patriot among his army
Vf slaves. He had a noble
state, and the ruins of his
Sth ,. sugar mills and the houses oc-
S. .upied by his slaves may still
r o e seen in the dense tangle of
undergrowth which has almost
covered them as with a mantle.
t.earby Homosassa is an ex-
Sensive growth of cedar trees
nd their cutting and shipment
p t Soe.-- _.. ...topi INorth to lead pencil manufact-
Surers is quite an industry.
S Twent v-se\ven I hundred alligators is the record of one hunting Leesburg lies between two
party which was out three months." beautiful lakes whose shoresare
prettily variegated with fruit
Nearby Trilby and connecting with and vegetable farms and vine-covered
the West Coast Division by a branch homes. The town has four railroads and
from Pemberton a rich country about it, or
is Brookville, the rather on the two sides not
county seat of occupied by the lakes, and has
HernandoCounty, fine buildings and well paved
which is wholly / streets.
different fro 0n1 Ocala is the head-
the rest of Flor- qulearters of the enor-
ida in the char--'t mous phosphate in-
acter of its for- dustry of Florida in
ests and soil. which millions of dol-
Here are hills lars have been invest
and valleys, for- ed. It is a substan-
ests of hard tial city, with manl.
woods and but of the features o"
few pines and *a pushing western
palmettos. Some me Y nmtropolis It is
enormous live s .-eVisTrrounded by a
oaks are to bee fertile agricultu-
seen here, one so ral country and
large that a hasattractivesub-
horsem an cc-i n tii-ls:. A.t Ocala is
horseman ic a ",'At Punta Gorda, St. Jates City and Fort Iers ou may rs. At Ocala is
ride into its hol- ae sure of taking a tarp)on." located the Ocala
low and turn House, another of
around without touching it. General the Plant Syster of hotels, and a favorite
Jackson found these forests during the stopping place with tourists. The hotel
Seminole war and when he became Pres-
ident he issued orders that they were to
be preserved for use of the Government
in the construction of ships.
From Pemberton there are two lines
of the Plant System running North, one
xway of Leesburg, Ocala
and the other
the centre of a rich
phosphate region, from
which point a branch
leads to Homosassa on
the Gulf of Mexico. This
.place is one of the loveliest
.... of the many lovely spots Mlaking tremendous leaps before the succumbs."
o '^ "- ^. *..._-
S i. ; :j',
6" There is no State in the Union where better shooting may be had or a greater variety of game killed
than in Florida."
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The Punta Gorda Hotel overlooks CharIote IHarbor, bn the west coast of Florida."
is an imposing brick structure of Southern of the deepest one is about forty feet
architecture and is mai-itained a Et iow the surface, and the well itself
same standard of excellence which~ r- goes down through forty-four feet of
acterizes all of the Plant hostelries. It rock, smooth and clear-cut all the way.
is attractively furnished and the cuisine When the sun is nearly overhead, the
commends itself to all guests. bottom of this deepest well can
A few miles from the city is the justly be seen almost as plainly as the
famous Silver Springs, which is entitled bottom of the pool, and the
to the place of eighth wonder of the outpour of water is st.ffi- cient
world. Here in the very heart of the to drive out all the sand
pine woods, left almost as nature left it, and debris that might
is a pool of translucent water, some acres otherwise fill it up.
in extent, so clear and so crystalline
that its depth of forty to seventy feet
seems but as many inches. As you
drift upon its surface and look over
the sides of your boat into its depths
you seem to be floating in air.
The water rushes into the pool 0
through scores of apertures, but the
main one is about twenty feet beneath i ,-
the surface. Here a ledge of rock pro- \
trudes from the steep bank, and a river ,
of sparkling water rushes out from
beneath the ledge. As it pours
out it carries along particles of -
sand, which glisten in the sunlight
like millions of silver coins fresh
from the mint. There can be no,
question in the mind of any--
body who sees the water pour out
from beneath the ledge of
rock, that that point is the
main outlet of a great
ain ue t of a grouneat "There is still a considerable remnant of the Seminole
underground Indians i Florida."
No name but well You may drop a bright coin into the
S could be given to water and follow it easily with the eye
the deep holes in until it strikes the bottom, seventy feet
the bottom of the beneath you, and you can almost see
pool. There are a which is up, head or tail.
dozen or more of This wonderful spring is the fountain
them, each about head of a strong flowing river, which nine
S five feet in diam- miles below merges in the Ocklawaha,
eter, as smooth a river which has been immortalized in
and straight in prose and poetry.
the sides as It is beyond a doubt the most uncom-
though bored only picturesque stream of water in
into the rock the United States. Such a combination
with a big au- of weirdness, beauty and enchantment,
ger. The top ofttimes combined with utter desolation,
* Called grape fruit because it
grows in clusters."
" On the West Coast of Florida there are many of these
of history and evidences of a people long ft
as exists between the mouth of this river
and Silver Spring, cannot be found in
any other part of the United States. A
tributary of the St. John's, all the beauty
and fascination of that romantic stream
is here reproduced and intensified ten-
fold, and a trip up or down the Ockla-
waha is an experience the memory of
which will never be effaced from the
mind that is at all impressionable.
Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe, in
writing of a trip up this stream,
rightly termed it "a visit to Fairy
Land," and of her fellow passengers
she said: "They returned from
their trip fairly inebriated with
enthusiasm and wild with inherent
raptures. They had
seen Europe, Italy,
Naples and the Blue
Grotto, but never,
never had they in .
their lives seeni
aught so entrancing,
as this. It wasra -
-to be remembered
as one of the things --...
of a lifetime." Of "-The OcalaHoseat
her own impressions
of the Ocklawaha,
she continues in her graphic style: "The
boat glides on from hour to hour as the
river winds and turns and doubles upon
itself, with still the same flowery soli-
tudes, reverberating with
the same wild cries of birds,
with waving gar-
lands that hang
rom tree to tree."
on the St. John's
River, and Silver
these places are
only a trifle over
Sfifty miles apart
in an air line, by
t -water the distance
ta.is one hundred
Sand' thirty- six
miles, and it takes
twenty four hours
to make the nine
shell mounds--enigmas hundred and sev-
orgotten." enty six bends,
and make the trip.
Gainesville, which is on the line of the
Plant System, but a few miles north of
Ocala, is one of the most cultivated and
prosperous cities of Florida and offers
the tourist manv at-
tractions, while the
country round about
is a veritable
Ocala, is one of the Plant System hotels, always popular,
wherever located, with tourists."
Beyond Gainesville, a short ride and
'Way down upon the Suwanee Ribber,"
is Suwanee Springs, a place as famous
for the curative properties of its spring
water, as it is in song. It is at once a
pleasure resort and a sanitarium, the ben-
efits of which have been tried for years
with wonderful effect in the treatment of
various diseases. The several sources
which supply the spring boil out at the
wonderful rate of 45,000 gallons a minute
and exhale a strong sulphurated odor.
An unvarying temperature of 74 degrees
Fahrenheit enables persons to bathe in
sthe spring both
winter and sum-
River trip, to which
reference has previ-
ously been made,
is the matter of a
day only fromnrn
Tampa, for the
fast new side-
No words can adequately desc
ties of a trip down the Ocklaw
wheeler Margaret of the Plant System
leaves Port Tampa every morning, touch-
ing at St. Petersburg, Palma Sola, Braid-
entown and Ellenton, and returns to Port
Tampa at nightfall. A more delightful
trip could scarcely be conceived. The
course of the steamer is down Tampa
Bay to the mouth of the Manatee River
which is just at the point where the Gulf
and bay merge. Here a sharp turn to
the east is made and the channel of the
mighty river followed to pictur-
esque Palma Sola, and thence to
Braidentown, the chief place of
the region, and Ellenton, the
head of navigation for the larger
boats. To tell the simple truth
of the Manatee country regard-
ing its fertility and productive-
ness, would be to draw a picture ... "
so extravagant that it would ap-
pear the wildest exaggeration.
It has not been left to mod-
ern settlers to make the dis-
covery of its productiveness.
Many years ago-long before
the war-rich and prosperous
sugar plantations flourished
here, and around them cen-
tered wealth and culture,
hivalry and refinement.
o-day all that is left, as a
egacy, to tell of their great-
ness, are the sombre and
weather stained old con-
crete mansions. Vegetables
and the citrous fruits have sup-
planted sugar cane, and the nearby
country has become one great garden
In and about Braidentown there are
many comfortable winter homes, and the
town is destined to enjoy a substantial
Another delightful tour from Tampa
is, as has already been noted, the one
to Punta Gorda by rail, and thence
Through the region south of it by the
S steamers of the Plant System.
S-.n, Punta Gorda is the extreme
Southern terminus of the
Plant System of railroads.
It is located on Charlotte
Harbor, a beautiful bay of
the Gulf of Mexico, and main-
tains a large shipping trade
with the fertile region south.
Here the visitor will find an-
other of the Plant System
hotels, the Punta Gorda, a
:ribe the beau- delightful house in every
raha River." particular. It occupies a
charming location, facing the
sparkling waters of the bay, and from its
broad verandas a marine panorama of
the greatest variety and interest may
always be enjoyed. The hotel is hand-
somely furnished, and modern in all ap-
The fast and commodious steamboats
St. Lawrence and Tarpon," of the
Plant System, make daily trips from
Punta jGGorda to St. James City,
"Ocala is thecen cef ts hoso
34 one of the chief sources of
" The Spring at Suwanee is as famous for its curative pr
as the river is in song."
Sanibel Island, Punta Rassa and Fort
Myers. This is the section where the
enthusiastic followers of Izaak Walton
go to kill the tarpon, that tiger of the
Southern seas. During February, March,
April, May, the best season for fishing,
the waters of the land-locked bays about
St. James City and Punta Rassa are cov-
ered with boats filled with ardent sports-
This region might be termed the
"Thousand Islands of the South," for
it bears a striking resemblance to the
famous St. Lawrence action. Hundreds
small, dot .... ..
the a urfa
of the b ay
cut off fro1m "
the Gulf of
MNlexico by the i
long, low-ly- "
foliaged keys. .
There is an l
excellent io- : a b
tel at both ,
and St. James -",
City and an .
abundance Homnosa.sa, oil the Gu;
guides. There is probably no water sec-
n t e world where fish of all kinds
pare more abundant.
Fort Myers, as it is ap-
Sproached by steamer, is
the most tropical-look-
o wn in Florida,
roofs of its
in the dense
S growth of ba-
Streets, royal poin-
ciana and. other tropical
trees. A large number of
Northern people, including
Vfr. Thomas A. Edison, have
winter homes here. It is the
ercial center for a very
large region, and
--.the county of which
it is the capital,
takes pride in the
fact that it is three times as
large as the State of Rhode
operties Iland. It is the only town upon
the beautiful Caloosahatchie
River, and is located about
eighteen miles from the point where it
empties into the Gulf of Mexico. It
was the headquarters for United States
troops during the last Seminole Indian
war, but was abandoned as a military
post in 1858, and all the buildings sold.
It is a prominent center in the alligator
hide business, thousands of the scaly
hides being brought there for sale each
year by Indians and professional hunt-
ers. The writer recently met at Fort
Myxers an alligator butcher, who had just
returned with his partner from a three
months' trip to Lake Okeechobee. They
back as the
., result of this
is more plen-
tiful than in
and the Ca-
.winter home of many Northern turkey, bear,
le." wildcat, alli-
quantities f,*, .
eties of game
and birds are
to be found
here in abun-
famous cigar center of
the world, next to
Havana. It is cosmo-
politan and progressive.
It has 25,000 inhabit-
its old and new fortifications will interest the tourist. It is in many ways
the most unique town in the United States."
last year, from November to March, one
sportsman alone bagged over 4,000 quail.
Deer and wild turkey are brought in here
by the hundreds.
Far down the West Coast, toward Key
West, is Naples, an enterprising little
tions to corn-
mend it to
beach here is
one of the
finest in the
world and is
throughout "Newcastle, Jamaica, is one of its
the year. The
archaeologist will find this a fruitful field,
as there are many evidences of a pre-
historic people, including numerous shell
mounds and long canals.
Key West, the most southern town in
the United States, is but ninety miles
from Cuba and is reached by the Plant
Line steamers, plying twice a week be-
tween Tampa and Havana. It is the
ants, parks, public library, Board of
Trade, and an annual business of over
$25,000,000. There are forty churches
in Key West and excellent public
schools, and it is a prominent military
and naval headquarters. Notwithstand-
ing its ex-
it has the
tality of any
city of the
Union. It is
point of the
and one of
the most in-
most picturesque mountain towns." America to
During each winter season the Plant
System dispatches one of its superb
steamships from Tampa on several tours
to Jamaica, the most tropical, picturesque
and largest of the British West India
Islands. The course of the ship is around
the southern shores of Cuba through
summer seas to the beautiful Montego
Bay, where connection is made by rail
across the island to
Kingston. No winter
trip by sea is com-
parable to this one to
Jamaica. It is restful,
langorous and be-
witching from start to
finish, and the accom-
modations and cuisine
of the steamers are so
perfect that one leaves
nothing behind him to
sigh for. The voyage
occupies about sixty
hours, and is so timed
that the approach to
the verdant shores of
the island is made in
the tropic and rosy
glow of early morning.
Outlined against the e ox team.
brilliant sky, terrace
upon terrace of moun-
tains upon mountains spring into view,
clothed here with the banana and cab-
bage palm, rent there by the fissures
caused by the floods of the tropical rains,
piled up into the blue heavens; here a
bold crag, there a wooded hill, they ex-
tend from the seashore to the lofty sum-
mits of the Blue Mountains, which attain
an elevation of 7,335 feet.
" Montego Bay, the Port of Jamaica, where the Plant Line
Jamaica has a total length of 144 miles, of
a width of nearly 50 miles, and supports est
a population of nearly 700,000. It is said ev
that the original name was compounded be
from the Indian names, meaning wood ca
and water. do
To the person interested in vegetable co
life Jamaica will be a revelation. Such wi
a wealth, such a wild profusion of bam- thi
boos, ferns, lilies, orchids and foresttrees pih
is not to be seen anywhere else on the
face of the earth. It is a paradise, a an
Sof Jamaica form long processions bearing fruits to the
eat natural conservatory into which
s been crowded with luxuriant prodi-
lity an untold number of rare and
autiful specimens of choicest flowers
Montego Bay, at which point the ships
the Plant System land, and where
tvelers take the railway trains for the
terior and southern points, is situated
at the northwest corner of
the island. It has a popula-
tion of 5,000, and in com-
mercial importance ranks
next to Kingston. A large
shipping business is con-
ducted here, and the town
contains an ancient church
and other objects of inter-
est, aside from the beauties
or its environments. The
Jamaica Railroad, running
from Montego Bay to Kings-
ton, the capital, is an excel-
lent piece of engineering
work and admirably con-
structed, having stone via-
ducts and iron bridges. The
trip through the island is one
varied interest. Mountain ranges, for-
ts, streams and villages flash by in an
er-varying panorama The train glides
tween groves of bananas, mangoes,
ctus hedges, sugar plantations, and
>wn long vistas framed by great silk
tton trees and feathery bamboos, and
nds by the edge of streams over which
e cocoanut leans and beside which the
Spanish Town, which was for three
.d a half centuries the seat of govern-
ment and around which cling many his-
toric associations, is passed on the way
to Kingston. Here are the old govern-
ment buildings and the sites of Jamaica's
finest buildings, now going to decay.
Here, also, is the famous statue by Bacon
of Admiral John Rodney, the hero of
1781, the defender of Jamaica from the
French. The drives around Spanish
Town, Kingston and the whole of the
Island of Jamaica are celebrated for their
smoothness, being built of macadam and
kept in excellent preservation.
Thirteen miles farther on is Kingston,
the present seat of the government. It
has a population of 40,000 and is pict-
uresquely situated at the foot of the
Liguanea Plains, at the head of the
splendid harbor formed by the arm of
the Palisadoes. at the outer end of which
is Port Royal. Its streets are good; it
is well lighted by electricity; has a good
street railway, and possesses excellent
Near Kingston are many attractive
suburbs, notably Halfway Tree, Constant
Spring, Stony Hill, Castleton and Gordon
Town. From Kingston, side trips maj
be taken by rail to the adjacent country,
or by the ships of the Royal Mail Steam
Packet Company to the Windward Isl-
ands, Barbadoes, Colon, Carthagena and
other points, at all of which the traveler
will find new scenes and experience new
These excursions of the Plant Line to
Jamaica form one of most inviting op-
portunities to those who are in Florida
to extend their trip and visit what is
beyond question the most beautiful, trop-
.. :-- -. --
" The steamers in this service are staunch, commodioi
ical and picturesque island of the West
Indies. The voyage is always enjoyable
because of the uniform smoothness of
sea in this latitude. Tourists may at
their option return by the same steamer
or prolong their stay. The ships in this
service are superb in every detail and
the cuisine is maintained at the highest
The steamers of the Plant Line make
the journey over the warm waters of the
Gulf Stream from Key West to Havana
at night. They sail from Key West at
9.30 P.M. and soon wind themselves out
into placid waters of the harbor decked
with colored lights on every side and
gleaming beneath the clear sky of a
tropical night glittering with countless
The voyage over the channel separa-
"The Plant System steamers pass in and out of
Havana harbor under the brow of Morro Castle."
ting the territory of the United States
and Cuba is only a hundred miles, and
the fleet steamers of the Plant System
are off the Cuban coast at the dawn of
day. It is just as the day is breaking
that the steamer enters the harbor of
Havana, passing directly be-
neath the brow of the sombre
and historic Morro Castle By
the time the passengers are out
of their staterooms and on deck,
the ship has slowly and quietly
drifted to her anchorage in the
beautiful harbor. The morn-
ing sun beams peacefully upon
the glittering white city that
stretches out over the rising
hills and slopes and tinges the
towers and domes of Havana.
Not far away over the deep
blue waters of the harbor are
,9 anchored several Spanish men-
of-war, and the soft, low calls
Sof the buglers come floating
over the way in soothing har-
mony with the drowsy, dreamy
A vast fleet of beautiful little
san kiffs, all bearing on their bows
"C lumbus -Cathedra(.
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"The city of Havana has many notable public and governmental buildings, and has been termed the
Paris of the Western hemisphere."
.some pretty Spanish name, sur-
rounds the steamer, and the
babel of the owners sets the air
ringing with the din and dis-
cordant mutterings of a foreign
tongue. In these little boats
the tourists are taken to the
Il machi'na, or gateway from the
S waters into the city of Havana.
Havana has been called the
Paris of the West. Just what significance
this bears must be estimated by the sight-
seer who has seen them both. Havana
certainly has that glitter and flash to a
certain degree that Paris prides itself in.
.There is a great love of the artistic dis-
played in Havana in the style of archi-
tecture and the interior finish of public
halls, churches, etc. There is
also that vain rush after the
K pomp and glory of the world
clearly in evidence here as it is
in gay Paris.
Cuba, "the Queen of the An-
tilles," extending through three
... and a half degrees of latitude, is
somewhat longer than from New
York to Chicago. The island is,
indeed, the most picturesque of
all the West Indies. It is said
to be the most fertile soil on
earth. It has been claimed, too,
that Cuba can supply the world's
demand for sugar, and does supply
very nearly the demand of the world
Railroads lead out of Havana to the
most noteworthy cities and regions of
country on the island, and travel, under
normal conditions, is pleasant and com-
fortable. The hotels of Havana are as
good as the hotels of America as a rule.
In the foregoing pages the writer has
undertaken to touch briefly upon a few
of the many delightful places which may
be visited in Florida and the neighboring
islands, Cuba and Jamaica. He has had
to leave many things of interest untold
and to omit entirely reference to much
that goes to add to the sum
total of pleasure to be derived
from a visit to the South-
land. If there are any
final words which he may
add, they are those of
suggestion and are briefly
these: Make the trip at
your first opportunity, and
you will fall under the
subtle fascination of a
country whose charms as
' The visitor to Havana will see many things which suggest old a winter pleasure ground
Spanish customs and methods." have not half been told.
TAKE A NAPHTHA LAUNCH TO FLORIDA WITH YOU THIS WINTER
A Yachting Cruise in Southern Waters is an experience as Delightful as it is Interesting
CAS ENGINE AND POWER COMPANY
CHARLES L. SEABURY AND COMPANY
No pleasure craft
is more widely or No licensed engin-
favorably known eernorgovernment
than the Naphtha inspection needed.
Launches made by Enclose us Ioc. in
this Company. stamps and we will
They are safe, send you our illus-
simple and eco- treated catalogue.
nomical of power.
HIGH=CLASS STEAM YACHTS
MARINE ENGINES AND BOILERS, SAIL YACHTS, DINGHYS, GIGS, Etc.
Factory: MORRIS HEIGHTS, New York City. Down-town Office: 50 BROADWAY, New York City.
Ocean Steamship Co. and New England & Savannah Steamship Co.
THE QUICKEST, THE CHEAPEST, THE SAFEST AND BEST COASTWISE SERVICE TO
FLORIDA HE SOUTH
UNSURPASSED CABIN ACCOMMODATIONS. SEA SPRAY BATHS, ELECTRIC LIGHTS, ETC.
PASSENGERS TICKETED AND BAGGAGE CHECKED THROUGH
FROM BO SCT ON Direct, sailing from Lewis' Wharf at3 P.M.
Y/B S1 O N every four days (as per published schedule);
FROM N YORK Direct, sailing from New Pier 35, N. R., at
FRO N E W YO K 3 P.M. Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays;
FROM PH LA I HIA Direct, sailing from Pier 18, South Delaware Ave., at
S1 HI LA LE L H IA 3 P.M. every five days (as per published schedule),
Making close connections for JACKSONVILLE and all other points SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST.
TICKETS INCLUDE MEALS AND BERTH ABOARD STEAMER.
RICHARDSON & BARNARD, Agents, W. E. ARNOLD, G. T. P. A., M. C. HAMMOND, Agent,
20 Atlantic Ave., Boston, Mass. New Pier 35, N. R., New York. Pier 8i, So. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia, Pa.
JAS. 1l. BARNARD, Jr., General Agent, G. rl. SORRELL, rlanager,
Savannah, Ga. New Pier 35, N. R., New York.
- 20th to 21st St.,
- NEW YORK
IMPORTERS AND RETAILERS
Fine Millinery, Dry
Fancy Goods, Cloaks, Costumes,
Furnishings, Groceries, etc.
THE MOST POPULAR DEPARTMENT STORE IN AMERICA.
No store in New York is so well equipped to meet the needs of the people as this model establish-
ment, with its wide, comfortable aisles and acres of selling space. Here you'll find at all times the choicest
MILLINERY, SUPERB SILKS AND DRESS GOODS, DELICATE LACES, RICH VELVETS-
ORIENTAL RUGS AND FURNISHINGS, STEAMER RUGS, STEAMER CHAIRS,
TRUNKS, BAGS, TOILET SETS, MARINE AND FIELD GLASSES,
and a host of other useful and ornamental articles too numerous to mention.
A Host of Hints as Mailed free to out-
to qualities and prices ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE of-town residents.-
will be found in our SEND FOR IT.
T E HOTEL PUNTA GORDA.
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This popular Hotel delightfully located on Charlotte Harbor,
at the terminus of the Plant System, about 75 miles south
of Tampa, will open January 15th for the winter of 1897,
under the management of F. H. Abbott, Proprietor of the
Uplands, Bethlehem, N. H. The house has all the con-
veniences that go to make up a first-class Hotel. Every
room a front room. Veranda 400 feet long. Lawn the
finest in Florida. Cuisine a Special feature. Accommodates
F=. H. MBBOGTT,
131 Devonshire Street, Boston, Mass.
11~5a aB~O'~ Es~q
OLD POINT COMFORT, VIRGINIA
The Most Magnificent and Luxurious
Resort Hotel on the Atlantic
OPEN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
ITS LOCATION Fortress Q
and directly upon the beach of
HISTORIC (The Winter Station of the
,_ White Squadron)
HAMPTON ROADS is Ideal
Golf Links and Tennis Courts without; Cc
Bowling, Billiards, Dancing within th4
MUSIC BY U. S. MILITARY BAND
Beautifully Illustrated Booklet, descriptive of
The Chamberlin, sent upon application .
THE HOTEL CHAMBERLIN
Climatologists have pronounced the winter climate of Old Point
mfort to be as perfect as any on the Atlantic Coast, being free from
e enervating qualities of the South and the trying humidity and chill
GEO. W. SWETT, Manager
......Old Point Comfort, Va.
w, THE HYGEIA,
OLD POINT COMFORT, VIRGINIA.
S OUR I STS RETURNING FROM
w fidl FLORIDA E SOUTH
will find the climatic extremes of the North and South
ideally blended at
Richmond, Old Point Comfort, Fort Monroe and
Virginia Beach, Va.,
Where magnificent hotels will make a pleasant stay.
From here the journey can be continued by the fast modern
D steamships of the
Si OLD DomINION INE.
iLr, .A short, delig-htful sea trip, under the most favorable conditions of
j5 accommodations and cuisine.
IL Buy tickets via O. D. S. S. Co., from Richmond or Norfolk to New
York, or, if limit does not suit, to Norfolk or Richmond only.
For full information, rates, schedules, etc., apply to chief ticket
offices of South, or
OLD DOMINION 5. S. CO.,
W. L. GUILLAUDEU. Pier 26, North River,
9.': Vice-President and New York, N.Y.
I. '''if Traffic Manager.
Duparquet, Ruot & Moneuse Co.,
(By Coal, Wood, Gas and Steam),
For Hotels, Institutions, Steamships, etc.,
43 & 45 WOOSTER ST.,
E. J. MONEUSE, Pres. PIERRE HUOT, Vice-Pres.
James E. Morris & Co.,
153 Chambers Street,
Steamship and Vessel Supplies a Specialty.
CABLE ADDRESS, SCOTT'S AND WATKINS'
ADORHAIR. CODES USED.
418 FRONT ST.,
JAMES B. RYER.
T. F. J. TYNAN.
GEO. S. RYER.
J. B. Ryer, Son & Co,
Curtain materialss, C
-A A Lace Curtains, etc.,
167 CANAL STREET,
Stin ataioal aklof iampa
U. S. DEPOSITARY.
Issue Letters of Credit on Cuba.
Draw our own Drafts on all
Principal Cities of the World.
J. P. TALIAFERRO, T. C. TALIAFERRO,
H. L. BRANCH,
TAMPA, Special Cars
FLORIDA Private Parties
POINTS Or INTEREST-
REACHED BY THE
Ballast Point .
Five miles south, on Bay. A beautiful
Park and Japanese Pavilion add to the
natural beauty of the best located resort
in the South.
Dam and Power House on Hillsboro River...
The power for cars and electric lights is
furnished by water power plant located
on River, five miles above City.
De Soto Park...
Is located on Bay, east of Tampa. Bowl-
ing Alley, Trap Shooting and Cock Pits.
Electric Cars for above points, as well as for Ybor
City and West Tampa, pass gates of Tampa Bay Hotel
and Court House.
C. E. L. & ST. R.R. CO.,
JNO. T. DOUGLASS, SUPT.
W. H. BECKWITH
N. D. SMITH
W. B. HENDERSON
G. C. WARREN
Rooms x, 2 and 3, First National Bank
and Beckwith & Henderson Building,
414 AND 416 FRANKLIN STREET,
Choice Business, Residence and Suburban
Property, also Orange Groves.
MONEY LOANED AT 10 PER CENT. NET TO LENDER.
Reference-First National Bank of Tamfa,
or any Commercial Agency.
Tampa Livery, Sale & Transfer Co.
L. G. CONE, PRESS.
Finest Driving and Saddle
Horses in the City,
COR. MADISON AND IfARION STREETS,
'nbertakcrs anb lmbalmers. D TELEPHONE 42.
tarpon Springs botel F"'lori".
H. G. MARVIN & CO., PROPRIETORS.
Open from 'December i5th to /April iSth.
Enlarged and Improved. Modern Plumbing, Electric
Lights, Steam Heat, Northern White Help and faultless
Tarpon Springs is twenty-eight miles northwest of
Tampa, on the line of the Sanford & St. Petersburg R.R.
(Plant System) and is the most beautifully located town
Facilities for bicycling, fishing, hunting and all outdoor
sports unequaled in the State. Elegant deer, wild turkey
and quail shooting in close proximity. Experienced guides
and dogs furnished.
Write to the Proprietors for terms and illustrated
UNSURPASSED BOTH AS A RESORT AND
Infallible Cure for ITalaria, Rheumatism,
Dyspepsia, Gout, Kidney, Liver, Bladder,
Skin and Blood Diseases, and all Female
Complaints, Insomnia, Loss of Appetite, etc.
LOCATION CENTRAL, c $ A
CLIMATE UNEQUALLED, t w
ACCOMMODATIONS FIRST-CLASS. t
Grand Plunge and Swimming Pool. Fine Bird
and Deer Hunting. Picturesque Boating and
Canoeing. Beautiful Drives. Well Equipped
Livery. Lawn Tennis and Croquet Pavilion.
Billiard Hall. Bowling Alley.
The Hotel, Annex and Cottages handsomely
furnished throughout with black walnut bedroom
suites, Brussels carpets, hair mattresses, feather
pillows, box springs and luxurious rocking chairs.
Hotel and public rooms heated with steam. Ser-
vice and cuisine first-class.
For Rooms and Rates afply to
ANDREW HANLEY, Gen. Mgr.,
SUWANEE SPRINGS Co., SUWANEE, FLA.
READ HOUSE, ^
V. CHATTANOOGA, TENN.,
OPPOSITE UNION DEPOT.
'Rates according to location
of R(ooom. Finest Turkish
RBalhs in the South. $ $
ARTESIAN WELL WATER USED
THROUGHOUT THE HOTEL.
SAML. R. READ,
SAN JUAN HOTEL,
OPEN FOR SEASON,
DECEMBER 31, 1896.
Northern cooks. Sanitary plumbing.
An ideal Southern town, located on
high ground. A perfect climate. No
malaria. Twenty-five miles of fine
clay drives. Glorious bicycling. Abun-
dance of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Rates reasonable. .
For Terms, address
HARRY L. BEEMAN.
-APINE FOREST INN,
Summerville, S. C.
THIS beautiful and well-known resort opens for the
season with additional facilities in the way of com-
fort and amusement for its guests. It is situated
upon a plateau of sixty acres in the midst of a region of
pines, with whose delicious fragrance the air is ever laden.
Its surroundings, in connection with its balmy, life-giving
climate, combine to make up what has been aptly termed
an earthly Paradise. Summerville, S. C., has been recom-
mended by a congress of leading physicians to all these
suffering from pulmonary diseases. The Pine Forest Inn
is furnished and finished in handsome style. Rooms may
be had in suites, for family use, or singly, with or without
private bath. The sanitary, heating and lighting arrange-
ments are most perfect. For further information address
F. W. WAGENER & CO.,
Summerville, S. C.
TH W EST COAST HOTELS l
PLANT OF FLORIDA. PLAN
BYSTE SYSTEM A
Owned and Operated t under Management of
by the P L La J J y tem Mr. D. P. HATHAWAY.
TAMPA BAY HOTEL,
TAMP A, I-LORIDA.
THE FINEST SEMI-TROP-
ICAL RESORT HOTEL IN
THE WORLD. $ A
With its Casino, Swimming Pool,
Theatrical Auditorium, Permanent
Exposition, etc.,, affording every
Comfort and Amusement for the
Guests t t z A A
DECEMBER TO APRIL.
Mr. D. P. HATHAWAY,
~_~~_ I _~_ 1
RAYMOND & WHITCOMB'S TOURS
---\ ALL TRAVELING EXPENSES INCLUDED.
Winter Season :
FLORIDA, NASSAU, JAMAICA,
CALIFORNIA AND MEXICO.
Summer Season .
ALASKA, YELLOWSTONE PARK,
EUROPE AND NEW ENGLAND RESORTS.
Before deciding on your plans send for circular of trip desired.
RAYMOND &* WHITCOMB,
3, East 14th Street, New York. 296 WASHINGTON STREET, BOSTON. 250 Arcade Building, Cle
1oo5 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. 95 Adams Street, Chicag
ITLANGaI EUROPEAN PLAN!
OTLN TGN .
THE PALACE HOTEL OF THE CENTRAL SOUTH.
Most Uniform Climate in United States. Fifteen days stop-over privilege on all Tourist
Tickets. The ARAGON has every modern improvement known to science. Cuisine un-
excelled by any Hotel in America. Orchestral Music. Weekly Dances and Entertainments.
, American Plan, $3 to $5 per day.
SEuropean Plan, $1 5o to $3 50 per day.
.IA "\\NI\\"I "A"\\\"\M'I
SPECIAL RATES BY WEEK OR MONTH
G. LAWTON CHILDS & CO.
22 MERCADERES ST.
421 PRODUCE EXCHANGE
'Do a general banking business, and buy and
sell imerican bonds and other securities, and
make a specialty of money transfers by cable.
NATIONAL BANK OF COMMERCE IN NEW YORK,
FIRST NATIONAL BANK, SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.,
TRADESMEN'S NATIONAL BANK, PHILADELPHIA, PA.,
LOUISIANA NATIONAL BANK OF NEW ORLEANS, LA.,
And nearly all the Banks of the State of Florida.
AGENTS FOR PLANT STEAMSHIP
LINE AND PLANT SYSTEM,
TICKETS SOLD TO ALL PARTS
OF THE WORLD,
The OGLETHORPE, ;
THOROUGHLY RENOVATED AND EQUIPPED WITH ALL
The Finest Climate in the South.
For Circulars and other information apply to 5~. S. GI'BSO\.
ville. Rooms unequaled. Table
nd service the very bes. Game
Preserve of 10 ooo acres. : : : :
Country Club. Golf, Pigeon
Shoots, and all fashionable sports.
Bicycle paths through pine forests.
The climate and roads of Thomas-
ville are unsurpassed. : :
URIAH WELCH, Manager.
PROCTOR C. WELCH, ,Asst. Mgr.
Orvis & Martin.
BOARD-$4.00 PER DAY.
$17.50 to $28.00 PER WEEK.
F. H, Orvis,
A"T WEST COAST HOTELS HEi
PLANT OF FLORIDA. PLANT
Owned and Operated Under Management of
by the LL L Mr. D. P. HATHAWAY.
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gj BELLEAIR, FLA.
Beautifully situated. Over-
looking the Gulf of Mexico.
Fine Fishing and Hunting,
Boating and Sailing.
OPENED JANUARY 15TH, 1897.
RATES UPON APPLICATION.
W. A. BARRON, Resident Manager,
s7 TH WEST COAST HOTELS 7E
PLANT OF FLORIDA. PLANT
Owned at rated Plant System. L Y E.
Owned and Operated Under Management of
by the ant system* Mr. D. P. HATHAWAY.
BOAT HOUSE, LAKE OSCEvLA.
Winter Park, Florida.
In the heart of the Lake Region.
OPEN-JANUARY 15TH TO APRIL.
Rates: $3.50 per day.
Special Terms for Two Weeks or Longer.
Mr. A. E. DICK, Resident Manager,
Winter Park, Florida,
GIRATLST SOUTH RN SYS-1TM.
WASHINGTON AND SOUTHWESTERN LIMITED and UNITED STATES
FAST MAIL, between New York and New Orleans.
CINCINNATI AND FLORIDA LIMITED: 24 Hours.
CINCINNATI AND FLORIDA SPECIAL, through Asheville and Hot Springs,
OPERATING: ( N. C., "The Land of the Sky".
And commencing January 18, 1897, THE NEW YORK AND FLORIDA
LIMITED, between New York, Jacksonville and St. Augustine, daily
Making Three Fast Trains between New York and Florida Points.
ASHEVILLE AND HOT SPRINGS, N. C. THE LAND OF THE SKY.
Through Pullman Cars from New York, Cincinnati and Jacksonville,
For detail information, call on or address any Agent of this Company, or the undersigned
J. M. CULP, Traffic Manager. W. A. TURK, General Passenger Agent.
WASHINGTON, D. C.
Magnificent A1 ,J
VestibuPled P g *
Best Terminals Union Stations
E, O. McCORMICK, D. B. MARTIN,
Passenger Traffic Manager. General Passenger and Ticket Agent.
For information about Florida and the South, apply
to Ticket Agents C., H. & D. Ry.
D. G. EDWARDS, Pass. Traffic Mgr.
FOR ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY
Operates on fast passenger trains of this Rail-
Receives and forwards Freight, Money, Valuables,
etc., to all points accessible by Express. Collections
made with or without goods. Special attention
given to the handling of Fruits, Vegetables and
other perishable matter. All business forwarded
in charge of Special Messengers.
The Southern Express Company sells
MONEY ORDERS, payable in all parts of the United
States, in Canada and in Havana. Sold at all
reasonable hours. Cheapest and most convenient
way to remit small amounts.
The Southern Express Company connects
with responsible Express Companies for all parts
of the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.
M. J. O'BRIEN.
Vice-Pres. & (en'l Mgr
GEO. H. TILLEY,
5ec'y and Treasurer.
T. W. LEARY,
Asst. Oen'l Mgr.
CHAS. L. LOOP,
Tli e lqleig 1,
PENNSYLVANIA AVE. AND
TWELFTH ST., N.W.,
WASHINGTON, D. C.
Strictly first-class in all its appoint-
ments. Most convenient location
in the city. Two hundred rooms,
en suite and single. Fifty rooms
with bath. Safe deposit boxes and
vaults for valuables. Excellent res-
taurant for ladies and gentlemen.
Superior caf6 for gentlemen. Private
dining and banquet rooms. Electric
lights and steam heat in every room.
T. f. TA LTY,
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.,
Directly upon the finest beach North of
Florida; 17 miles East of Norfolk. Sur-
rounded by Pine Forests, beautiful Hotel,
complete and perfect in all appointments.
j- Send for pi:mp.ilet, fully illustrated.
T. EDMUND KRUMBHOLZ,
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.
T77 WEST COAST HOTELS r7i
PLANT O FLORIDAo PLANT
Y S T E t S Y S T E
Owned and Operated Plant SystemManagement of
.by the Pant vte 1Mr. D. P. HATHAWAY,
OCA LA, HousE,
OPEN NOVEMBER TO APRIL
A favorite tourist point, near the famous Silver
Springs. Fine roads for driving and bicycling
$. nn PER DAY
U AND UPWARDS
Special rates per week
R. PHIL. P. BROWN,
...J OCALA, FLA.
THE WEST COAST HOTELS i
PLANT OOF FLORIDA. PLANT
Owned It operated Plant System d, =.T
Owned and Operated Under Management of
by the L J* Mr. D. P. HATHAWAY.
THE INN POET TAMPA, fLA.
S... A DULIGH-TFUL SPOT ..
Open all the year B
Rates upon application
J. H. MUDDICK ai
SUPERINTENDENT m 'I
PORT TAMPA, FLA.
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44 EXCHANGE PLACE,
ROG, DRS LoC".14TI' E C_ M PANY.
LOCOMOTIVE ENGINES ANDTENDERS
OF EVERY DESCRIPTION
R. S. HUGHES, Pres.
G. E. HANNAH, Treas.
G. H. LONGBOTTOM, Sec.
REUBEN WELLS, Sut
And for this reason those who know best buy tickets via Cincin-
nati and the handsome Limited Trains of the
QUEEN AND CRESCENT
Through Pullman Sleeping Cars direct to Jacksonville. Only one
change of cars (via Plant System) Cincinnati to Tampa.
WEST COAST ROUTE
TRAINS RUN VIA FAMOUS LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN
WITH STOP-OVERS ON WINTER TOURIST TICK-
ETS, TO PERMIIT A VISIT TO THE NATIONAL
MILITARY PARK AT CHICKAMAUGA, AND OTHER
PLACES OF INTEREST ON THE MOUNTAIN AND
Ask for your Florida Ticket over the ....
QUEEN AND CRESCENT ROUTE FROM CINCINNATI
W. C. RINEARSON, General Passenger Agent
"HEi WEST COAST HOTELS "HE'
PLANT OF FLORIDA. PLANT
owneA b- Operated Plant System. -II- ysTT
Owned and Operated | Under Management of
by the Pl y Mr, D. P. HATHAWAY.
ctw X ~ h
A BEAUTIFUL RESORT AMID
I5TH TO APRIL.
LOCATED ON THE SHORES OF LAKE TOHOPEKALIGA.
V 1. !%I' MF -
99 OBISPO STREET,
MEXICAN, CUBAN and
b Canada, Atlantic
J z .It LOUPi. L .. .. .. ,
& Plant S. S. Co. (Ltd.)
i"" '' Staunch, Steel Passenger
FI on --on Steamships between A
(e G BOSTON and HALIFAX,
]( "-r a NOVA SCOTIA
S CAPE BRETON and
p, .. PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Three Ships Weekly "A Vacation in Acadia "
ONLY ONE NIGHT AT SEA TO A FOREIGN LAND
H. B. PLANT, President. M. F. PLANT, Vice-President and Manager.
B. W. W'RENN, Passenger Traffic Manager. F. B. PAPY, General Freight Agent.
J. J. FARNSWORTH, H. L. CHIPMAN, EDW. SANDS, RICHARDSON & BARNARD,
Eastern Passenger Agent, Canadian Agent, Ass't Gen'l Pass. Agt. Agents,
261 Broadway, N. Y. Halifax, N. S. 290 Washington St., Boston, Mass. Lewis Wharf, Boston, Mass.
A. D. ATKINSON, S. T. ATKINSON,
American and Eul-rofean Plans
TWELFTH AND RICHMOND, VA.
MAIN STREETS ND,
AMERICAN PLAN, $2.50 to $4.00.
EUROPEAN PLAN, $i and upwards,
SW E make paint for every purpose, not one
paint for all surfaces but a different
paint for each surface, exactly suited to the
YTHE SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO.
PAINT AND COLOR MAKERS.
Cleveland, Chicago, New York, Montreal.
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The Favorite Route to the Favorite
Resorts beyond the Frost Line.
Lines of the
5,088 Miles of Perfect Passenger Service.
Luxurious Passenger Trains with Pullman's Finest
Sleeping Cars Attached Between All Points.
H. C. fcFadden,
Asst. Gen. Pass. Agt.,
H. B. PLANT, President,
J. J. Farnsworth, L. A. Bell,
Eastern Pass. Agt., West'n Pass. Agt.,
261 Broadway, N. Y. 312 Marquette Bldg.,
B, W, WRENN, Passenger Traffic Manager,
WINTER T-ouRS TO THE TROPICS.
"THE PEARL OF THE ANTILLES."
"THE SUNLAND OF THE WORLD."
.REACHED BY THE .
PLANT STEAMSHIP LINE
O PERATING magnificent steel passenger ships,
carrying United States Mails, sailing from
Port Tampa, Florida, maintaining a regular schedule
to Cuba all the year round and making occasional
trips during the winter to Jamaica. One ship weekly
between Port Tampa and Mobile. Equipped with
every modern convenience. Provided with approved
safety appliances. Commanded by courteous and
competent officers, making a trip upon them enjoy-
able and a pleasant memory. : : :
H. B. PLANT, J. W. FITZGERALD, B. W. WRENN,
Manager, Superintendent, Passenger TrafficManager
12 West 23d St.,N.Y. Port Tampa, Fla., Savannah, Ga.
AI LWAY; STEAMSIIF'P