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Vol. I. No. 45. JACKSONVILLE, FLA., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1916
0 In The
LATEST PLEA FILED OCT. 9.
In the Supreme Court of Florida, at
Tallahassee.-State of Florida ex
Rel. Sidney J. Catts, Relator, vs. H.
Clay Crawford, Thomz F. West
and J. C. Luning, Secretary of State,
Attorney General and State Treas-
urer, Respectively, Constituting the
State Canvassing Board for Demo-
cratic primary Election of June 6,
1916, Respondents.-Third Motiion
to Amend Petition for Alternative
Now comes the relator and further
begs earnestly and sincerely and con-
fidently the further indulgence of the
court, and moves the court for leave
to amend the petition for mandamus
herein filed and after leave of the
court first had and obtained, and when
obtained, hereby amends the petition
for the issuance of an alternative writ
of mandamus with the following
amendment which shall read as fol-
Leave the original petition without
change or alteration except as in this
The Free Press is not like any other pa-
per published in America. It oc-
cupies a field entirely to itself.
ds Away Politics in
(By Bearcat Fru
Supreme Court (Continue
SThey shore pulled hit off! That b
Committee what passed the Sturkie a
S. resolution an' then ett hit met at 10 c
tion, not the true result of the pri- o'clock Satterday morning' last, as
mary election, as shown by the re- called, tew declare war on Ole Catts. (
turns, but a result arrived at by a Thare wuz a little mixhp, howsumev- v
ministerial board by a tabulation er, the Supreme Court convened in
based upon inaccurate and untrue and Tallahassee at the same hour; but
inco.Nplete returns which have been that ere Supreme Court didn't render t
superseded by accurate, true and its decision until about three o'clock a
lawful returns, and therefore such cer- in the afternoon, which wuz about two o
tificates by the said secretary of state hours after the committee had already
made to the several boards of County ^"stepped an' done it" first. As a mat-
Commissioners should not be allowed ter uv fact, the Supreme Court hadn't t
to stand and should as speedily as pos- finished Monday, notwithstanding' the I
sible by the said State Canvassing corporashun daily newspapers Sunday
Board, upon a canvass of the true,O R, morning' announced thet the jig wuz
accurate and lawful returns be in ef- up. e
feet made nugatory by the issuance r* *
by the said secretary of state, after What the committee did is as fol- f
a true, accurate and lawful canvass lows: (
of all of the returns, certificate to the Whereas, the rules and provisions
several boards of County Commission- HON. FRED W. BUTLER of the Primary Election Law, partic-
ers showing the name of the candidate ularly with respect to the counting of i
wlho shall have been upon such can- tescn hievtswr o e.
vass nominated by the Democratic The shrewd barrister who has confused his enemies and those of the the second choice votes were not gen-
vart nomina theoce o oernocraytic people by Democratically declining with thanks a nomination for Justice of erally understood by the inspectors of
party for th office of governor by the theSodishe a elections in the recent primary ini
primary held June ,1916. the Supreme Court of Florida, which, according to news reports he was which candidates of the Democratic h
pia hl Jn thought to have at first been willing to accept when it was made to appear wh weeominated t
Amen theprayr o thepetiionparty were -nominated.,
Amend the praye t he a raer the petition that it was the will of the people The Free Press reported this as a matter Accordin' to the committee, you 3,-
for the alternative writ of mandamus of political news, without either endorsing or condemning the step. There 600 inspectors an' clerks can't read
so that it shall read as follows, to- was a reason for it. All assertions that The FrPree Press figured in that move, or understand plain English, or even
wit or ever deviated from support of the Democratic candidates from Wilson count correctly, because you failed to
Wherefore, your relator submits down to constable as stated, are incorrect and misleading. It is expected that count MstuKott Inther words
the premises to this court and.prays the machine candidates and their following will continue to circulate their th omitu tte evidentl thikw you t
that H. Clay Crawford, secretary of misleading rumors and tales concerning the course of Mr. Butler. It is also the committee evidently nrasethinks you t
state; Thomas F. West, attorney gen- known that somebody has fallen into a ludicrous trap, and that it is neither are pure ignoramuses
eral, and J. C.tLuming, state treasurer, Mr. Butler nor the Catts Tfollowing. Whereas many errors were unin- r
as and constituting the State Can- nereas, many errors were unin
passing Board of the primary election BUTLER NOT A CANDIDATE. tentionalhly made by the inspectors in
held June 6, A. D. 1916, be -required several of the counties of this state in r
d tabulating and tallying such votes,
to forthwith assemble and proceed In a letter to John P. Coffin, of Johnstown, chairman of the Prohibition- Alcordin' to the committee you 3,- t
publicly to canvass any and all amend- ists of Florida, F. W. Butler, prominent Jacksonville attorney, declines the o600 inspectors an' clerks "unintention-
ed and corrected returns, not only nomination of the Prohibition party forojustice of the Supreme Court. ally" failed to count Mistu Knott in, t
from the county of Alachua, but also Mr. Butler's letter follows: as in Greenville in Madison county,
from any other county of the state of "Dear Sir: Having carefully thought over the matter and taking into as in Greenvlleachua prcinct Madison county, Ia
Florida which is now or which may be consideration the fact that I was not a candidate before the June primary, I county. But according' to Mistu
file with the secretary of state and do not feel that I can consistently oppose the rightful nominee of the Demo- Knott's sworn petitions, you are a I
ewith thego secretary ofn stawc he craticiparty for justice of the Supreme Court. bunch uv crooks an deliberately
with the governor, and which have "In coming to this conclusion I am not unmindful of the honor you and bunchswindled UVhim.rook See howan' they libeair try-
been filed since the date of their last your co-workers have conferred on me, neither am I unappreciative of the in' to p acify ye to toll ye back? ]
writcanvass which wandamus sued by this r principles for which you stand. Being a Democrat first, however, I see no a e .
court required to be mades and was other course than to decline the nomination. Whereas, it has been judicially de-
made, September 21, 1916, and to "Thanking you greatly for the honor and assuring you of my deep in- termined by the courts of this state,
thereupon canvass and speedily deter-0 terest in the cause, I am, my dear sir, after a fair, full and impartial investi-
tmiee do claawhoshnallshaevedbeen etr "Very truly yours, gation of the contest for the Demo-
mine and declare who shall have been (Signed) "F. W. BUTLER." cratic nomination for governor that
duly and legally nominated in accord-
ance with said returns as the Demo- the Honorable W. V. Knott is justly
cratic nominee for governor of the Add o f C entitled to such nomination. 1
state of Florida, or, upon failure so to A dresses of C om m itteem en Many who believe that may vote for
do to show cause to this court on or Mistu Knott, while many who believe
beor to how'cauelop.i.uo this cu theoto otherwise may vote for Mr. Catts. I
before 4 o'clock p. m. upon this te Jacksonville, Oct. 7.-Hon. J. B. I would spend my whole life as a otherwise may for Mr atts
9th day of Octob, A. D.191, or H^dges, of La ty,speakint-, iPamorrat-juat voting in primaries, Whereas, the courts are the regu-
shall ,seenh proper.ro nbh ".butIbelieve now,gentlemen, 'that the larly established tribunals created by
shall see proper resolution before the State De time has arrived when the Democrats the people for the settlement of all
And your relator would further cratic Committee today in the Semi- of Florida can get together and drive disputed questions, involving the
pray that if it may appear to the nole auditorium, made one of the from the ranks of the party an inde- rights of the people.
court that the respondents should be greatest arguments ever offered in pendentism that has sprung up in our Except, however, their political
limited to such returns as may be on bfrsuh bd-fm ranks, and the victory will be more questions, the settlement uv which is
file with them at the time of the issu history before such a body of men. glorious than it was to those old gray- reserved unto the peepul themselves
ance of the alternative writ, and not Deep thinking men were heard to say haired men who still tell us about how in their constitution.
to allow them to canvass such as may that it is "a great pity we cannot have they drove independentism out of their cons on
subsequent to its issuance and before such men as this in the United States party. In the primary this year I Whereas the high character andI
their canvass be filed with the secre- Senate; they are the sort that the voted. I electioneered. I was active, ability and integrity of the judges of
tary of tatenantwithethagovernrsabiliyhandtitegritydf -the udges o
tary of state and with the governor, people need and should elect, and I did all that I could for those men the Supreme Court and the other
then, if such may be the view of the just the sort of men who generally who I deemed would make good of- courts of the state of Florida is such
court, your relator prays that the re- refuse to enter politics as candi- ficers. William V. Knott was my as to command the confidence andre-
spondents may be so limited in their dates." While it is generally under- choice in the primary for governor. I spect of every fair-inded citizen of
consideration of the returns, stood that Mr. Hughes is not obtain- went over my county, and I saw my this state.
And your relator would further able in politics as a candidate, he cer- friends, and I did all that I could to The "character and ability and in-
pray that if to this court the relief tainly is believed to have laid an ex- secure the nomination for him. He tegrity" uv judges is like the virtew
Sprayed for may not be granted to the cellent foundation for any future he was a Democrat then. (Applause.) uv a woman, an' needs no affirma-
extent and in the manner prayed for might aspire to, whatever his pres- After the people had voted, and the tive declarations to support hit, until
then ithhat this court shall issue such ent attitude might be toward a po- Cracker Democrats of Florida had sat after hit is questioned, an't then hit is
process in the premises with such di- litical boom for himself. He was ap- around as inspectors, and had count- too late!
reactions and commands as to this plauded to the echo as he proceed- ed up the votes, and the Cracker *
court shall seem proper in order that ed; his righteous, sincere, earnest voter had sat there and watched them, Now, therefore be it
those things and acts consistent with arraignment of Mr. Knott made a and had taken copies of what they Resolved, by the Democratic Execu-
- law, right and justice may be had and visible and telling effect on the lat- had done, I knew that the Democratic tive Committee of the State of Flor-
accomplished, that peace may be ter, who stood leaning one elbow on party of Florida had spoken, and its ida, That the action of the Honorable
given to the public and to the body an empty steam radiator, and repeat- will will stand. (Applause.) I still W. V. Knott in instituting and carry-
politic and also satisfaction be of- edly was seen to wince as Mr. Hodges supported my friend Knott. I still ing to a conclusion the recount contest
fered and guaranteed to both the liti- related his own feelings and steps in was a Knott man, because I die with in the courts for the purpose of judi-
gants and the contending factions, this campaign with reference to Mr. my friends. The law provided that cially determining the true Democrat-
and in order that the true and lawful Knott and the nominee, SIDNEY J. the canvassing board was the machin- ic nominee for governor was necessary
* and just result of the primary election CATTS. The following extract from ery of the Democratic party, and "it in order to properly protect and se-
rtof the Democratic party m so far as it verbatim report contains the Hodges met within 20 days after the pri- cure the rights of the individual Dem-
pertains to the office of governor may address: mary; and all Democrats had the ocratic voters of Florida.
be canvassed and speedily declared by right to go into the courts or to go Mark you, "rights of the individual,"
the State Canvassing Board, as and Mr. J. B. Hodges (of Columbia): anywhere in any tribunal and have regardless uv the voters an' citizens,
for which your relator has herein (Reading): any sort of recounts that they wanted an' good name uv the state. They will
_ earnestly and sincerely prayed. "Whereas, it appears to this com- to have, but my candidate, my friend, never make any sane man believe" any
October 9, 1916, 2:30 p. m. mittee that the contest for Demo- the man I voted for, did not do it. He sich selfish proceedings were ever
, WM. W. FLOURNOY, cratic nomination has not yet been sat in his office; he waited; wrote let- "necessary," or even expedient.
- Attorney for Relator. ended; and ters and got information, and I be- ,
State of Florida, "Whereas, this committee does not lieve that he had all the information Resolved, That the State Demo-
County of Leon. desire to take premature action where that was necessary-to bring about his cratic Executive Committee heartily
iBefore me personally appeared the first interests of harmony and recounts before the Democratic party indorses all of the Democratic nomi-
- Wm. W. Flournoy, who, upon oath, good feeling in the party are in jeop- in its canvassing board met, but he nees, national, state and county, and
h says that the facts set forth in the ardy; and did not go and have recounts, but he does hereby pledge to loyally support
d above and foregoing amendment are "Whereas, there exists at present went into court and asked for an in- ,the said nominees in th ensuing gen-
e true. much bitterness and ill-feeling within junction, and, gentlemen, that was eral election
SWM. W. FLOURNOY, the party ranks; and right. That was Democratic. He had As against the regular, certified
; Attorney for Relator. Whereas, it is the time-established the right to go and ask the court to Democratic nominee fer governor,
Sworn and subscribed to before me function of this body to eliminate enjoin the- Democratic party from act- duly declared by over 4,000 inspectors,
g this 9th day of October, A. D. 1916. strife and preserve all the traditions ing that he might take some further clerks, county an' state officers, con-
G. T. WHITFIELD, of this party; therefore, be it action, but the courts said he could stituting our canvassin' boards. In
Clerk Supreme Court. "Resolved, by this committee, That not do it, and the Democratic party other wurds, if it is Mistu Knott, all
y no action be taken at this time on the of Florida moved on, and it counted, right; if it is Mr Catts, never!
t ANY OLD THING GOES! gubernatorial contest which is still canvassed and declared the result of ,
--- pending, and that this committee the Democratic primary, and when it R a nine of the
e According to press reports, Mr. urges all loyal Democrats throughout did that, it said that Sidney J. Catts Rtesorlved, That all nominees of thea-
Y Murrow, an employee of the state of the state to withhold judgment until was the nominee of the Democratic state of Florida should give their ac-
f Florida under Mr. Knott, testified that this committee has fully determined party (loud and prolonged applause) tie ai and support towards the elec-
t he knew that he had made an error which is the proper course for all good for governor." nees and therelfy continue the stu-
- of 11 votes in the canvass of Hamil- Democrats. A Voice: "Going to say it again, premacy of the Democratic party. Be
s ton county. Passing over the sug- "Mr. Chairman, I move the adop- too." o th
t gestion that he had no business what- tion of the resolution. (Seconded.) Hodges: And then, my friends, Si ke out the word "said," an' weher
- ever in having anything to do with "Mr. Chairman, this committee is Mr.H an I voted for wthent out andm friends, Strike out theois yere parygraph.n we
h the canvass of the vote, and the pos- the recognized head of the Democratich recounts in the Circuiwent Court, and, Or, substwith you on this yere paragraph.
- sibility that he had a purpose in as- party in Florida, and it has been stat- his recounts in the Circuit Courida, I W V. Knott, anwd, Or, substitoot SIDNEY J. CAwith you!fer
e sisting with it, he thus convicted him- ed in the call that the chairman has gentleme n, Democrats of Florida, I W. V. Knott, an' we air with you!
o self of a. willingness to connive at sent out that the Democratic party is court after the party had acted, after Resolved That all nominees of
d fraud, the court takes his word and in danger. I don't know what evi- the party had temat Democratic party in the recent pri-
s allows such returns as that to be dences there were before you when then and there, gentlemen of thise matter, Democration c party in the recent pri-
e counted for Mr. Knott. Mr. Knott as- you sent that letter out, but I pre- mittee and there, gentlemen ats oft Florida, he upon to lend their active support and
- serts that he does not want any votes sume there was some. I want to say mittee and Democrats of Florida, is the assistance to lendtheir active support andof Wood-
d on which there is any taint of fraud, that I agree with you that the Demo- became an independent, and )-it is the dutyass ro Wilson for presndidacy ofent, W. V. Knottood-
[-Has he discharged Mr. Murrow, or are cratic party of Florida is in the grav- duty (loud applause)--it is the duty row Wilson for president, W. V. Knott
- Has he opldischarged Mr. Murrow, or are cratic partyest kind of danger of capsizing. Whengra of Democrats of Florida to stamp for governor and R..F. Taylor for Jus-
an?-Ex. the people of Florida still paying this est kind of danger as a boy from the this thing out. (Applause.) Gentle- twice of the Supreme Court, and Hon.
magood ol d state of Georgia I heard men, and Mr. Chairman, this inde- Frank Clark for Congress, for the
tt SYRIAN DAY. older men tell me about the days that pendent shoe is pinching the feet of reason that the Democratic candidates
t Sthey fought the independent, and I those men, and they will go out into last above named are being subject-
fo President Wilson has taken official sat there and listened to them, and I this campaign and try to put it on ed to violent attacks by Independents,
- notice of the suffering has tof Syriaken officiand regretted that I had been born as late our foot, but we will not wear it. Republicans, Socialists and other ene-
t- notice of the sufferings the war of ian ans I was, and that I could not have We are the true Democrats of Flor- mies of the Democratic party, and it
,t Armenian peoples a tfe a was n the l ohties and ida. (Applause.) The Democratic is the sense of this committee, speak-
by the campaign committee, to give
Active aid and support in the present
Substitoot the name uv SIDNEY J.
CATTS fer that uv W. V. Knott, an'
we air with you to a man!
Mistu W. V. Knott stands before
he peepul uv this yere state virtu-
ally convicted by our Supreme Court
of trying' to force our state canvassin'
board to count fraudulent votes fer
im. How on earth a man can claim
o be a Democrat an' vote fer Mistu
Knott is to us incomprehensibul!
The chairman uv the committee, or
engineer uv the "organized" steem-
oller, "balled de jack" an' "backed an'
killed "looped de loop," an' also let
off steem, an' afforded "Mr. Cushin"
an' other parliamentary on-lookers
much amusement an' his own friends
The chairman uv the committee an-
nouncez the opening' uv headquarters
leer, an' a "whirlwind campane"
:hrewout the state fer Mistu Knott.
Uv coarse they added Democraitc can-
lidates in an effort to make you be-
lieve Mistu Knott is in good company.
One uv the most amusin' things is
the effort uv the committee to puliti-
;ally sandbag Hon. Frank Clark into
supporting' Mistu Knott, an' friendly
relashuns with a certain ex-governor
uv "Wizard Ile Fame," who is, the
power behind the throne in an effort
to smear Mistu Knott over the peepul
fer governor! But we opine thet Mr.
Clark has long sense "cut his eye
teeth" politically, an' is not likely to
be even "slicked" into a trap.
The smoothness with which Hon.
Fred W. Butler and associates forced
sartin factions to support the regular
nominee is one uv the interesting' in-
ner secrets. But instid uv getting' the
thanks uv the beneficiary, he may
probably git cussed!
Whirlwind is a good name fer it!
But we air reliably informed they air
havin' grate difficulties in getting blow-
ers, thet is, uv any reputashun, to at-
tract an audience, or call a meeting .
They have plenty of "dough," but no
argument, an' fewer votes. The trub-
blue is, that triple dose Satturday
Look out now fer big posters an'
small meeting's. The corporation-
owned dailies will (sartin, uv coarse)
tell you about the "vast crowds," but
if you are present you will notice
there are only the speechers, two or
three leetle, questionable, corpora-
shun, ward politicians, a mustang or
two, a couple or so uv flop-eared
houn's, an' a bunch uv empty sects!
Those circus bill-heads will adver- *
tise a list uv speakers as long as yer
arm. This is done to fool ye out, so
Mistu Knott kin get a whack at ye!
Ef they didn't add this yere long list
uv names, the mustangs an' flog-eared
houn's would stay at home, fer they
would ruther scratch flees an'; fite
flies than hear Ole Catts abused!
Another amusin' thing is their ef-
fort to get up a grate excitement
about the "activity uv the Republi-
cans" in order to scare the Democratic
candidates into "jinin' Mistu Knott,"
in the hope uv getting' a few "out to
meeting's" so Mistu Knott can unload
on 'em. But the Democratic nominees
air not nigh so skeert uv the Republi-
kens as they air uv Mistu Knott, an'
air likely to be very keerful with
whoom they associate in this yere
The biggest lie yit circulated is tew
the effect thet Mr. Catts voted in Ala-
bama sence he became a citizen uv
Florida. (Certainly of course.)' They
will circulate other an' more lies as
they'draw neerer to defect.
Wunder ef they's still a shooting' at
THE END (uv this round).
THE FOURTH CHAPTER OF THE
BOOK OF KNOTT.
Wherefore Bill opened his mouth
and spake to his Henchmen, who had
been engaged to change the ballots,
gentlemen, you surely have been
faithful in getting hold of the ballot
boxes and doing the work as directed.
If Madison county boys had been as
careful as you have been, we would
never have been caught up with; you
have done your level best and made
a good steal. But we are caught up
with in Madison and I am afraid it
will knock me out; Catts was cnnsid-
ered worthy of the certificate in the
first count by the State Canvassing
But Pete answered and said: Bill,
don't you hold th ecertificate now?
Bill answered and said: Yea, verily,
Pete, I do, but Catts is running as the
nominee of the primary of June the
6th, and the voters, I fear, have
caught onto what we are doing and
my certificate will not profit me, as
Webster said, it is not mixed with
Pleas said, Bill, that is in the
But Bill answered and said he was
not sure who said it.
Then Pete answered and said this
ma nCatts was hard to handle; he was
an educated man, well versed in pro-
fane as well as sacred history, a force-
ful speaker, a man the people believed
in. Now, the question is this: We
haveo npnt. lots of monev and it looks
Strike out all of the prayer
Add to Paragraph II at the end of
such paragraph, on page 4 of the orig-
inal petition immediately following
the word "Knott," th following, to-
That the said State Canvassinz
Board will not again reassemble and
canvass the returns on file with the
secretary of state and the governor
unless commanded so to do by the or-
der of this court; that when the origi-
nhal returns as canvassed by the State
Canvassing Board voluntarily on the
26th of June, 1916, as they were by
law required to canvass, as amended
by said board pursuant to peremptory
writ of mandamus issued by this
court September 19, 1916, in a cause
wherein W. V. Knott was relator and
the State Canvassing Board was re-
Sspondent, at the meeting of said board
September 21, 1916, by which amend-
ment the original majority of 260 of
, your relator was overcome by a ma-
ority of 21 in favor of W. V. Knott,
are again canvassed taking into con-
-jderat *da1y-^ttliesir -returns-that
,, 64- i W.led shice said amendment
e- a. oferesaid" by said board on
the 21st of September, 1916, not only
in connection with the amended re-
turns made by the County Canvassing
Board of Alachua county, Florida,
which amended returns from said
county have been filed pursuant to a
peremptory writ of mandamus of the
Circuit Court of Alachua county, but
also in connection with each and every
other amended and corrected return
from each and every other county filed
since said date with the secretary of
state and with the governor and duly
canvassed as required by law, then
and, in such event, your relato- will
have a majority of votes over that
of W. V. Knott which majority will
be and remain; that thereupon and
thereby that is by said canvass herein
sought to be made, it will be shown
that the relator was duly nominated
as the Democratic candidate for the
office of governor of the state of Flor
ida at the primary election held June
6, A. D. 1916; that the relator is there-
fore both in law, in equity, justice and
good conscience entitled to have the
respondents reassemble and proceed
publicly to canvass said returns not
only from Alachua county as afore-
said, but also from those returns now
on file, or which may be on file at the
time of the canvass herein prayed for
from each and every other county of
Florida, without which the inaccurate
untrue and incomplete canvass hereto-
fore made will go without correction
and will leave, as it should not be left
the declaration of a majority in fa-
vor of W. V. Knott of 21 votes, which
majority and the certificate certifying
the same is a result arrived at by a
tabulation based upon inaccurate, un-
true and incomplete returns which
have superseded by true, accurate and
lawful returns required to be made
pursuant to writs of mandamus issued
by courts of competent jurisdiction
that said canvass upon such tabula
tion and said certificate so announcing
a majority of 21 votes in favor of W
V. Knott is therefore inaccurate, un
true and incomplete and should by
this court be cancelled in order tha
the true result of the Democratic pri
mary in so far as it pertains to th<
office of governor may be known b5
a correct, true and lawful canvass ol
the said State Canvassing Board; tha
such reassembling of said State Can
vassing Board is not only essential aE
a matter of public policy in order tha
the best public good may be con
served, but also that a right to whicl
your relator is entitled may be se
cuted, and that thereby not only peaci
may be given to the public, but als(
satisfaction to both the litigants an<
the -contending factions; that unles
such reassembling of said board b
required neither of said important re
suits will have been accomplished, an
your relator, without which, will suf
fer an injury for which he has no oth
er adequate remedy.
That your relator is informed tha
on last Saturday the secretary o
state, as required by law, mailed t
the several Boards of County Corn
missioners a certificate certifying tha
Room 8, Baldwin Building. Phone 4581
What is the matter with Florida? Shall we admit that Georgia has a
brand of Democracy, of patriotism, of independence (not independcentism)
and virility that is unknown to Florida as a rule? You KNOW that such
things as have been put over in Raney's committee during the past two years
simply WILL NOT GO IN GEORGIA-and never would. Now, where is the
difference between the peoples of these two states, and why should it exist?
Is a suggestion amiss that Florida, too, has the stuff in her manhood and
that it should now assert itself under a full measure of self control? Peo-
ple, that is up to you!
Jacksonville, being still the largest center of population, is of all Florida
cities naturally confronted with the larger problem of amusement for the
youth. Nor is that problem a small one. The wild spirit of youth is not to
be tamed or disciplined by frowns, nor strictures nor encroachments upon the
discretion of youngsters after they reach the age of even a partial responsi-
bility. Preachers may preach, pray and sing-and scolds may nag-youth
will laugh, will dance-will escape-it only remains to determine the frame
of mind upon escape to forecast fates.
Facing a condition, every city best saves its youth when it best provides
for their amusement-not by deciding for them, but staying with them and
keeping bright the memory of better things while pointing out the ways of
danger and then praying that some kindly spirit will ever attend them to keep
uppermost the better impulses. To do this, when the youth are determined
to dance, it is best to see to it that if dance they will and must, the places
where they go to dance shall be the best possible to provide. Chicago is
struggling strenuously with this problem as well as are other great cities.
The opening of the dancing pavilion at South Jacksonville by the South
Jacksonville Amusement Company on last Saturday night displayed a very
gratifying example of what we are doing to provide the best amusements
for dancing seekers. Mr. Hoyt received a representative of The Free Press
and explained in detail his plan for meeting this demand to the best purpose.
We understood him to say that he drd not expect "society folks" to come,' nor
did he want them to come-this for the reason that the most select and cir-
cumspect society folks are sure to confine their dancing to their own parlors
and clubs as a rule-and the other class of society pleasure seekers-the
blaize set who sneak away from the 400 to go shamefacedly to invade the
playgrounds of poor bread-winners-would surely be a detriment to the tone
of the well conducted public dance hall such as has been opened on the South
About 200 couples of very well-appearing youth were enjoying the open-
ing night last Saturday. The music was fine, the floor splendid-the place at-
tractive and the refreshments ample-and, above all, the deportment was of
the very best. If there is a man in town whose keen eye and stiff will power
would keep it so, Mr. Hoyt is the man. Mr. Cook, directly in charge for the
present, is the rightman in the right place. It was refreshing to see the
pleasure apparent everywhere.
Mr. Hoyt called attention to the late investments of Mr. Randolph Rose,
the man who showed his manhood by quitting the liquor business with a
smile of good grace and perhaps with a sigh of relief that he might now
enter a higher plane of activities-In the legitimate amusement field. This
is the future toward which charitable folk look forward-to the steady uplift'
in business and pleasure that will wean humanity from appetites and raise
them gradually to better things.
It is the best that we can do in the right direction.
of "Republicans" weekly?
"Why" do these common people, these honest toilers and
hearty bread-winners ever look with suspicion upon everything
the T.-U. advocates? Do you suppose, worthy editor, that experi-
ence with your policies and conduct in the past have had anything
to do with this public distrust?
Like the river, these "whys" might run on forever. Would
you ever try to explain them away, or better still, seek to alter
your course to one in sympathy with and consideration for the pub-
lic and people from whose travails you draw your ungrateful sus-
THE SOPHISTRY OF RANEY.
Leaving out of the question the honest differences of opinion
and purpose between men of the same party in a political cam-
paign; eliminating the emulations between two or more men and
their factions, both seeking the same thing which only one of them
can fairly have at one time; discounting all the prejudices that
naturally or unnaturally enter into the minds of men under heat
of zealous contention-the rulings of Chairman Raney in that Sat-
urday session of his state "committee' simply cap the climax for
an indecent exposure of inconsistency and apparent dishonorable
If a man would not be misjudged or misunderstood, let him
at least have a care to appearances if he thinks himself smart
enough to fool the people even for a little while! To shoyr such
palpable partiality for a courif favrirte whose spirfsisrisso seri
that he would take what is not graciously his-or go where he is
unwelcome; and to flout all sense of justice and fair play in order
to favor this menial raper of ballots and manufacturer of spurious
evidence for imposition upon the courts, is about as far down in the
depths of degradation as any political ringster can go.
Don't offer excuses---do not proffer paliation for what Raney
did in that chair and said on that floor-we were there-we saw
and heard for ourself. So were some others who saw and know.
Raney knows. He knows he has not fooled the people, but has dis-
gusted them and embarrassed his friends. He has polluted De-
mocracy, justice, fair play and honesty of thought. He has de-
graded the Democratic committee and the party machinery. He
has outdone Boss Barnes in those contemptible rulings before our
eyes and of course we are in "contempt of committee!"
THE CHRISTIAN MARTYRS OF PALISTINE.
Of all the nations of martyrs for Christianity, that of Ar-
menia and Syria has been the greatest sufferer. The Moslem and
hthe Vandal the Slqv nd th Tnrtr tman th nin- R -ri%_
THE FREE PRESS, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1916
and me; but the hands which pillaged our public domain of some majority for CATTS that he will be declared ELECTED and if
of its best lands and gave them away virtually to the railroads, will elected, by the everlasting, HE WILL BE SEATED, TOO!
wield the scepter. Do you get that, George and Bill?
We refer to one W. S. Jennings, ex-governor of unfortunate What will your political "magic" do now?
Florida who seeks through Bolter Knott to become again governor
of Florida without taking his hands out of the dough. THE TIMES-UNION POLICY.
PEOPLE OF FLORIDA, DO YOU WANT JENNINGS
AGAIN AND RIGHT AWAY? If so, say so and say it quick- It is hard to argue against reason and candor. It is pitiable
you are getting him by leaps and bounds if you contemplate accept- to be forced to try to do it. Subsidized journals have to pay dear-
ing the fiat of Raney's committee, ly for being subsidized. The editors of such are mere court vas-
"Detras la cruz es el diablo!" sals like the olden men of letters from Greece made captives in
Rome and patronized by the Roman emperors. The Times-Union
AN UNSELFISH CHAMPION. ownership is the object of mirth at times in the presence of a ris-
Mr. J. B. Hodges, of Columbia County, is looming up large in Florida ing and irrepressible Democracy which is determined and destined
history just now. His recent conversion from neutrality on the most vexing to prevail in Florida.
poltncal issues to an active partisan for CA'rS and his following is the most What is this story we have heard about two magnates in far
convincing and significant tmung that has resulted trom this prolonged turmoil away New York who nevertheless dictate the editorial policy*of
that the people have sultered at the hands of knott and his colleagues. Ithe Times-Union? Is it a fact that these two dictators are Papists
Mr. Htodges' address before the State Democratic Committee, published n e H v a re fo e r a o s b t kn w t
elsewhere in this issue, is to our view the ablest, the most earnest, candid of note? Have they decreed for some reasons best known to
and convincing speech we have heard in many a day, unless we except the themselves that the Times-Union must henceforth for a season
addresses of Colonel Dart, which equal in eloquence while equaling in spirit, stealthily, desperately strive to support Hughes? Has such an
Mark you, both of these gentlemen come trom GEOIGlA-the invincible order gone forth and reached Jacksonville? Has it gone into ef-
home of freedom and red-blooded manhood! We cannot tail to recognize fe It does look like it in view of recent editorial utterances of
and applaud the type. Both men are an asset and an acquisition to the De- fect? t does look lke t vewof recent editorial Utterances of
mocracy of Florida. the T.-U. Mr. Hodges, of Lake City, vigorously referred to it Sat-
Mr. Hodges is a busy attorney who brings with his zeal a certain degree urday last as his great speech before the Democratic committees in
of almost religious tervor in his convictions and argument. If he ever had the Seminole testifies. In recent paragraphs the T.-U. "rumi-
a personal aspiration in his politics he does not show it and we believe he is nates" a while and then slyly leads up with a "why" to the propo-
absolutely free from that. We need just such services and argument at
all times in our higher legislative bodies as that bestowed in Colonel Hodges' Sition of supporting Wilson because of his Democracy! What a
debate before that committee. He did not abuse-he did not scoff nor con- Democratic newspaper!
temn-but he did arraign and that unsparingly. And the arraignment stuck! We might put a few "whys" to the Times-Union---and we
Htie is out in the political lists, throwing down the glove of defiance to despot- think we shall, right here:
ism and political corruption and ready to back up his defiance with his tree "h, d th TT f fvrts i
lance, gladly placed at the disposal of an ideal conception of Democracy. "Why" does the T.-U. manifest favoritism in its tolerance of
We commend that earnest appeal of Colonel Hodges to the State Corn- news? Or does it, really now!
mittee to awaken to a sense of duty and fairness-it were impossible for a "Why" does the T.-U. ALWAYS oppose the will of the people
candid and open mind to turn away from that appeal-to disregard the story -the popular masses of bread-winners in Florida? Is it that a
he told of his dreams of heroes of old days in Florida, of which he heardnt
when a boy--of his aspirations to come here and live and struggle with us newspaper representing great corporate interests can or must
to exemplify his ideal of Democracy and stamp out the thralldom against NEV/ER see its own interests in common with the very people who
which the last generation struggled, it had been hoped, not in vain! support the railroad, the bank, the insurance funds and the middle
Is there no inspiration in that example of Colonel Hodges? man?
Can it fail to bear fruitless, and despotism, and ring rule, and oligarchy "Why" does the T.-U. thus ever vote "NO" to everything the
Can the powers of darkness, and despotism, and ring rule, and oligarchy
prevail over the unselfish devotion of men like J. S. Hodges in Florida poll- people demand? Explain that if you can, learned scribe!
tics? "Why" does the main "Ed" writer for the T-U. ret a hbundle
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WHO'S BOSS, ANYWAY?
HOW DO YOU LIKE THE DEAL?
"WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?"
Well, good people, how do you like the new "Tank?"
Hodges, of Lake City, is a real "whirlwind" personified!
IS YOUR BLOOD RED, OR WHITE? DOES THAT APPLY TO YOUR
Do you long again to hear "the voice that made Wizard Oil famous? If
no, hang on to Hookworm Bill!
What was that-Vanderbilt said about "the people?" What? O yes!
We thought they meant it that way. Mean enough!
The papist "organs" and "mouthpieces" and following certainly do hate
"Ole Catit" and forever are trying to knife him. Don't forget that, people
Is there any reason why Florida cannot produce more home-grown Demo-
crats with red blood in sufficiency to back up their demands and convictions?
Do let us seel
What's the use of going to the polls and voting for the man you want?
You can't have him while "Me an' the Spreem Cort" is on the job. His slight-
est whim shall bat you down!
Why didn't you make "Wiz. O." Jennings run in the open if you wanted
him? Be candid, people, and tell us on November 7, at least, that you want
ex-Governor Jennings again-if you do, for that is the meaning of Raney's
Democracy is one thing-far removed from realization just now in Flor
Ida. The Democratic machine and Romanized Ring, lubricated by "Wizard
Oil," is quite another thing, just now clutching the throats of the people of
Where, oh, where are all those "whirlwinds" that Mistu Knott was going
to call to his colors? Where's Bryan? And Fletcher? And Trammell?
And Frank Clark? And many others? Don't see them tearing their shirts
as yet for Greenville Bill!
Come to think of it, why is it that nearly every virile champion of De-
mocracy who stands up for the candidate of the people in Florida, hails from
some other state, it would seem-from Georgia, for instance, where the peo-
ple do rule? There are, of course, many glorious exceptions, but not enough!
"For Sale---One ballot box, in perfect working order. It multiplies, sub-
tracts, divides and adds, exactly as Bill desires. Also, a few window shades
with fringe thereon, slightly tainted. Complete outfit, including all "office
supple -sees gale cheap for cash. Address, Honest K. Not, care
CoL Apple Orchard, Dimmy Krat Offis."-Ex.
The Supreme Court decided nothing but certain manufactured disputes,
pill-rolled by Greenville Bill, to sicken Ole Catts, but which have in turn sick-
ened and disgusted the people of Florida and scared some judges out of a
year's rowth! And they have decided 'em just as Bill predicted and de-
sired. How funny! What will the people say and do?
Why can't all of us use Mistu Knott's arithmetic when we go to pay our
Bills? If less is more, and a minority can be transposed into a majority,
and a deficit can become a surplus, a faluafiure a success, and a lie outweigh
the truth, let us all have an equal benefit-"what's sass fer the goose is sass
fer the gander," etc. Try it on Bill's pay check "wunct!"
Read history. Learn its lessons. Compare the tracks left on the "sands
of time" by other men and peoples with the web-footed tracks we are today
pressing into the sand dunes of Florida. See the drift? No? Well, look
again and wait! The peoples ever win at last against the kings and all des-
potism-it is merely a question of time. "Don't give up the ship."
The action of the (un)democratic state committee was a shock to the
decency of Florida and to the supposedly free people of Florida; it was ex-
pected, of course, yet the shock was real. The reaction has already set in
and it will go hard with Raney and his bunch. It will gain strength in a
regiulaer sWeliimat wiU bOWl over some crooks we know like white-caps after ULMVuI--I- -- -u atn ; e.ar ar--e paan omuails adiiU
one political rapist-about November 7! "Magic?" Well! Have you stopped to think just what it is all powers of-despotism allied with hell and death, have bathed
or was in days gone by? The word was derived from the Magi, the soil of old Palestine for ages with Syrian and Armenian Chris-
Take hold of the live wires, my lords! See how much voltage you can a set of false priests-pretenders whose craft was to deliberately tion blood. In the present butchery these two unfortunate peo-
stand. Go to the sticks--do, please! They want SO badly to see you out deceive the poor, ignorant, slave-peoples on whom they subsisted pies are suffering a double portion of murder, rape and torture, to
there. The standards of manhood have changed--we mossbacks are all out
of date, of course-it once required men like CATTS to lead a people like for a time between upheavals df bloodshed in reaction against the say nothing of starvation.
that of Florida. Now we need men with necks as long as that of a sandhill horrors of those days! Americans can hardly understand the feelings that must well
crane; breast like a chicken; heads of solid ivory and adding machines on That priestcraft known as "Magic" was a tissue of false- up in the hearts of all Armenian and Syrian Christendom at the
wheels-to get there with the people! Or do we? We shall see. hoods, accompanied with manufactured demonstrations by which contrast between the horrors of the Orient and the freedom and
FATHER McLEOD'S EXPOSURES. for a time the populace were duped into servitude and compromise security of The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!
yto the wretched magic priesthood. Then enlightenment came and President Wilson has designated Saturday, October 11, and
Elsewher in this is w ar rinting in swept away the Magicians and their odious cult. It became the Sunday, October 22, as days whereon Americans may contribute
Eof somwe in this issue we are printing a luminous exposure bye-word of all time thereafter as a synonym of fraud, of abuse special relief funds to stricken Armenian and Syrian Christendom.
Bio some o ots campaign intrigues showing how Greenville and reprehensible deception, graft and corruption-of imposition A committee of four, composed of the David brothers and Mr. Nas-
one of dozens of instances t hat might be found to show just how upon the poor and the innocent victims of ignorance, rallah, waited upon The Free Press on Wednesday to secure wht-
these election thieveswent about their work w Now comes the undemocratic State Committee under the ever publicity we might give to this cause in these days of in-
Accordin toKn ttand Ranbo ver th ng g j or magic of one Raney and undertakes to do some of the stunts that ternational charity. Who may know how soon this wave of Van-
for Knott nott and Raneney, everything goes just so it goes pagan slaves finally outgrew and cast out thousands of years ago. dalism and war might lick in tongues of flame and bloodshed upon
They will make or break men by the wave of a guilty hand, will our own shores? Let us pray that it will not. But if it should do
N DT H T N they? Humph! They will sa what is a man's politics for him, so, the memory that we bound up the bleeding instead of killing
BEHIND THE THRONE." will they? Let them try to get by with the magic! They will the innocent, will go with us to the front and stiffen our own lines
place one man in this party and another in that-all to suit the of battle!
There is an old Spanish proverb, which cynically reflects on game of a petty political breadline of oligarchic interests-all in
the misdeeds of Rome and popery. It is this: the name of DEMOCRACY? We guess not! ETERNAL VIGILANCE THE PRICE
"Detras la cruz es el diablo," which, being translated, means, Mr. Raney, we are neither bound by fraud nor controlled by
"behind the cross is the devil." It refers of course to the abuses you and your ring. Your perfidies have released us, yes! But By W. H. L. McLaurin
of power and high stations by the incumbents thereof. It does not it is for us to go and do as we please-not for you to dispose of us The confidant tone of optimism now prevalent in the support-
decry the station, but does disparage the incumbent. The court after you have betrayed us. Because the Prohibitionists sought ers of Hon. Sidney J. Catts may prove disastrous, if not backed by
is not contemned, but the judge may be censured; the throne is to fuse with the Democrats and thus nominated Catts as the rec- indefatigable and unrelenting endeavor. Over-confidence has
not despised, but the king who sits therein is despised. The cross ognized Democratic nominee, ypu think you can magically trans- been the ruin of many an aspirant for office. "There is no dis-
is not spurned, but the devil is located and announced, hiding there pose him from the Democrat that he is (and that YOU are .not) charge in his war." We must "leave no stone unturned" in our
behind the cross! The picture is a real one. Behind the crosses into a party prohibitionist regardless of his own option, do you? confident battle for the rights of the people. We are up against
we are bearing today in Florida, with the element that one profane Not even Magician Raney is man enough to do that as he soon the shrewdest bunch of unscrupulous politicians that ever dis-
writer disdainfully calls "the cross-backs" in surreptitious suprem- shall see. The attempted magic is also a mortal insult to the in- graced a state, and judging from the way they have done in the
acy in our machinery of government, we may see the devils of cor- telligence and enlightenment of all the people of Florida and one RE-COUNT fraud business, we may expect anything at their
eruption hiding if we but look behind the obvious. they will surely resent-and punish on November 7. Catts is go- hands, except fair and honorable dealings. Hence we must work
Florida has in effect a despotic throne; and upon it sits as a ing right on and will get his petition and it will have to be respect- and never stop, until the night of the 7th of November "and then
ruler some puppet of despotism and perfidy, pliant as potter's ed. He is not a party prohibitionist and everybody knows it- SOME."
clay to the wiles of the devil. Governor Trammell may not be he makes his own political choice, as th rest of us do and shall Some things that must be done to elect Sidney J. Catts:
a figurehead, but he is merely a bailiff of the invisible throne of -or else, by the eternals, YOU shall not do so either, George Ra- 1. Keep the history of Knott and his followers in this campaign
" diabolical despotism and the office of governor here at any time ney, so far as you are concerned and Bolter Knott and all the rest before the people constantly. The old "stop thief" method of di-
might be called upon to enforce the mandates of that invisible of the breadline! recting the attention of the people from the real thief to the inno-
government which Florida is now resolved to overturn at any cost. At the same time, if the prohibitionists want to vote for cent bystander is being employed, and will be employed in the
They would now seat Bolter Knott on that throne. A Roman cross Catts, they have the right, else Raney and Knott and the whole closing days of this campaign. Knott may be and doubtless is
is branded everywhere in sight. But who is behind that throne? pack of political wolves of ye have not and shall not exercise that without spinal vertebra, but there are those behind him who can
If Greenville Bill is rammed down our throats with court wadding right! Get that? And the people themselves have something to furnish all necessary backbone, and who will not hesitate to place
and Raney gag law, who will be "governor of Florida?" say as to who and what they shall be. It's a matter of law and Catts on the DEFENSIVE-in that way. Let the people know
The one most conspicuous behind that cross-plastered throne we can and will amend the laws so that this political Vandalism that Knott is on the defensive; that he is the POLITICAL Judas
of invisible but not intangible despotism is the Nemesis of good must cease in all parties in Florida. THE bolter of the Democratic party THE disrupter of its har
government and clean administration in Florida. "The voice that And the neonle will Lo right Un nto the noll on Novemberh. 7 .momr TH-mT nl nf enr q i,. TI P .. .... -^
The Free Press
We can do a lot of advertising and
But Pleas said: That is what is in
our way; Catts is surely the nominee
of the primary of June the 6th, and
you are the nominee of the court; this
impression you cannot counteract; the
voters have got that in their heads
and there it will stay until November
7th. Greenville is the slogan that I
fear has let the Catt out of the sack.
Then Pleas answered and said:
Bill, you have been going too fast
with your mandamuses; see how it
turned out in Dade county; you can-
not fool with those people; yet us be
more particular in the future about
the ballot boxes we try to enter; this
thing is getting serious with me.
And Father Maher spake a parable
unto them, saying: The time has
come when the work must be done if
we are defeated now it will set us
back at least fiftv years in Florida:;
PATRIOTIC SONS OF AMERICA.
Meet every Wednesday evening at 8
o'clock in P. O. S. of A. hall, Herkimer
building. Visiting brothers cordially
The Same Old Story.
"What prompted you to marry Miss
FOR SALE-Seven-room two-story
frame house, one block from car line.
Will sell at a sacrifice. Phone 5629-J,
changes; now is the accepted time;
we have the thing started; let's re-
solve to pull through; let it cost what
it may; we must get Knott in, for he
is our man; he will be a good Knight
of Columbus; we can give him an of-
fice in the Knights of Columbus and
he can do for us more than any other
man in the state can do.
And Bill said: Men and brethren,
as the Lord liveth, I am in a close
place; I stand in sight of my politi-
cal grave. That Jasper affair in the
clerk's office looks very much to me
like my political shroud, and the
Greenville fraud like a pine coffin
coming my way.
Small spake unto him, saying: Bill,
fear no defeat in the Supreme Court.
I have just got hold of the certificates
in Washington county, when no one
-was near, and what I done was
And Blackwell said: Bill, be con-
tent; I have a lot of keys and I have
not been idle; when the recount comes
up my work will show.
But th ecourt answered and said:
No more mandamuses shall issue.
And Bill said: Tom, you have
fought a good fight and I still can
hold the certificate regardless of the
69 votes in precinct No. 3 in Alachua.
But Tom said: Yes, Bill, you hold
the certificate, it is true; can you con-
vince the voters of Florida that other
counties were not like Madison; can
you make people believe that Morrow
was not changing the votes that night
at Jasper? I have finished my work
as a lawyer; now it is up to you, and
I assure you, Bill, you are up against
the hardest proposition any candidate
And Bill answered and said: Tom,
Raney has called the executive com-
mittee together and he will get a reso-
lution through condemning Catts and
Then Pleas opened his mouth and
taught them as Pleas had never taught
before, saying it would be far better
for Bill if Raney would stay at home;
the voters of Florida have all of Ra-
ney they are going to stand for; see
how he killed Nathan Bryan speaking
here in conference; the thing is out;
the recount is fully understood to
have been the work of fraud, and I
believe what Bill saw coming from
Greenville was his political coffin.
And Pete said it looks as though we
have played the fool from start to
finish; it is fully believed by the best
of men that the gain in the recount
was the result of fraud; how can you
pass that Greenville affair, and the
vote on November 7th shall not be
recounted because Bill holds a certifi-
cate, but the voters will consider how
you obtained th ecertificate, and the
word fraud is the password from Key
West to Pensacola.
And Bill smote his breast and said:
Give me some more beer; and they
gave him a bucket of beer and he did
drink it all and laid down to rest.
NOTICE, CATTS SUPPORTERS!
You are requested to call at room
32 Baldwin Building, Jacksonville,
any time during day or night, Thurs-
day, Friday or Saturday of this week.
This is of vital importance.L '
FATHER McLEOD'S HEROISM.
To the Voters of Florida:
As so many voters in the state know
us, as we are editor of a Masonic jour-
nal in this city, which is well circu-
lated throughout the state, we take
pleasure in introducing to you the
Hon. J. S. Blitch and ex-Mayor Van
C. Swearingen of Jacksonville.
We know both of these men; they
are above reproach; they are men who
stand for principle; if they did not
have sufficient evidence of fraud in
the gubernatorial recount neither of
these men would stand-for S. J. Catts;
they are better men; they will telj you
the truth; I have no doubt at all as to
the gains for Knott were the results
I supported Bowden for mayor of
this city on this promise, that he
would see that all women of doubtful
character in hotels, boarding houses
and in resident blocks were run out.
I made a speech for him to about 14,-
000 on this promise. I think it was
on the morning of June 8th, a short,
heavy-built, comparatively young man
came to me in the postoffice and said
he wanted to see me; took us to a cor-
ner and at once took up the guberna-
torial election, and said we are not go-
ing to let this thing stand; what we
want with you is this: go to the regis-
tration offices that you know and get
in with them; if it takes money to do
so, it will be put in your hands, and
we will furnish keys that will open
any ballot box, and for you to make
changes in Knott's favor, keeping a
strict count of the box, so we can have
those boxes recounted and make small
gains in each precinct until we get a
safe majority over Catts. You can do
more for us than any man in the state
and you will get whatever you say. I
did not know him, but asked him who
he was; he said that was all right,
if I would agree to do this, come with
him. I said I supported Bowden for
certain reasons, but Knott and that
bunch who propose to steal the honest
votes I shall not have anything to do_
with, and shall do all I am capable of
doing to prevent such a low-down, ras-
i I have been so near blind with cat-
aracts I could hardly make my way
for quite a time. I have been out of
the state, having the cataracts re-
moved, and have had one removed,
but the light gives me such pain I
have to stay in the shade. If I had
my sight I should canvass this state
and expose this rascally scheme. Fel-
low citizens, it is a Catholic scheme,
and George Raney is the man em-
ployed by the Catholics to carry out
their schemes. But Florida will turn'
the whole gang down. Say, let's make
Catts' election as near unanimous as
possible. We just as well kill out
this rascality in its infancy and we
feel quite sure than every Protestant
in the state of Florida to whom this
has been explained will vote solidly
for Sidney J. Catts, who is surely the
Democratic nominee of the primary
of June 6th. We believe in standing
for God and right, and will not do any
man any harm if we know it. Our an-
cestors had to leave Scotland on ac-
count of these Catholics. Let's stand
for God and a free country.
SOME MORE KNOTT VICTIMS.
Pablo Beach, Fla., Oct. 3, 1916.
Editor The Free Press:
At the time of the failure of the
Commercial bank three people near
here, who had all their savings in it,
asked me to see what its condition
was and what might be expected. I
wrote Comptroller Knott for a state-
ment and after some time he sent me
the enclosed which as you will see
looked hopeful, as out of $588,939.71
there appeared only a shortage of $3,-
331.07. Later a visit to the bank re-
vealed no assets in sight, but a lot-of
'old paper and some real estate and I
told my friends to cease lying awake
at night figuring on how much they
They have not yet got anything and
I was told today by another interest-
-ed party who had looked into the mat-
ter that what little there was had
-been eaten up in expense.
These poor people are now being
'asked to vote for Knott. They, like
others, believe that had the comp-
'roller done his duty they would never
have lost a cent.
'Receiver's Report Commercial Bank.
Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 27, 1915.
Loans and discounts.....$463,818.41
Bonds ............... 61,120.00
Premiums ............. 1,118.00
Stocks .. .......... 9,375.00
Real Estate ............. 22,521.31
Due'from Banks .......... 2,116.84
Overdrafts ...... ....... 2,660.45
Furniture and fixtures ... 11,539.59
County warrants ........ ,522.23
Cash ................ 4,265.19
Cash items .............. ,551.62
Short .......... (..... 3,331.07
Total ............. $558,939.71
Capital stock ............ $100,000.00
Add'l due to banks ...... 316.29
Due to banks ............ 77,159.35
Indvidual deposits ....... 153,871.59
Savings deposits ......... 102,054.69
Certificates of deposits... 18,711.06
Cashier's checks ......... 2,053.25
Certified checks ......... 12.87
Bills payable ............ 116,493.07
Bonds borrowed ......... 6,000.00
Schedule "P". .......... 1,6667.89
Schedule "Q" ............ 3,526.80
N. Y. drafts outstanding.. 7,072.85
A FROSTBITE FOR KNOTT.
Dania, Fla., Oct. 2, 1916.
.Editor The Free Press:
Last week I called on my old friend,
Hon. J. W. Watson, Democratic
,nominee for the house of representa-
tives from Dade county, in Miami. I
asked him who will be the next gov-
ernor of Florida. He answered Catts
of course. He is the regular Demo-
tratic nominee for governor and will
be elected with an overwhelming ma-
jority, regardless of any decision the
state Supreme Court may render, but
on November 7th the highest su-
preme court, which is the people, will
decide that question of governorship
and elect Hon. S. J. Catts with one
of the greatest majorities of any can-
didate on the Democratic ticket, but
'one thing was a surprise, not alone
to me, but the whole state says Mr.
"Watson that Mr. Catts, a total strang-
er, without money and friends, could
slip across the state line from Ala-
bama, put himself up for governor
and beat some of our best men for
the nomination. The state press ig-
nored him, the state executive com-
mittee refused to put his name on the
ticket and considered him a joke, is
somehting unheard of in this state
or any other state in the Union, but,
said Mr. Watson, I think Providence
had something to do with it.
Mr. Navilla, the registration officer
in the Dania precinct, Broward coun-
ty, and myself looked over the names
this morning of those who have al-
ready registered and 103 have already
registered with about 20 more to come
in and we find from looking over the
list and our acquaintance with the
voters that 73 will vote for Catts,
Knott 14, Allen 12, Socialist 2 and 3
will not vote for any candidate for
governor. Cyclone Mitchell will not
get any votes in Dania. We consider
him a great joke and our opinion is
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every vote they may gain for Catts;
so let us go to work and make the
common people, THE friend of defunct banks, THE partisan tool
of railroads, THE agent of the hierarchy, THE friend of the whis-
key interests and THE weakling of the dirty politicians.
2. Keep the REAL issue-The People vs. The Politicians-,
before the people. The issue in this campaign is not of MEN-
Catts and Knott-except as they reflect the interests they repre-
sent. The issue is not WHO shall be GOVERNOR, but WHO
shall RULE FLORIDA-the people or politicians, the people or
Catholics, the people or the Whiskey Ring, the people or the rail-
roads. THE issue is one of the greatest that could possibly con-
front the state, and should be emphasized, both by Mr. Catts, in
his campaign speeches, and by all friendly newspapers; together
with those who have this great cause at heart. Let us INSIST
that the issue is not WHO shall be GOVERNOR, but WHO shall
RULE our STATE. The process of ballot box tampering that
characterized the RE-COUNT fiasco will abundantly justify our
suspicions of the character of men who would make Knott gov-
ernor, and establish beyond peradventure the character of govern-
ment, to expect, under the administration of Knott. No man can
rise above his surroundings, unless he be a man of undoubted cour-
age and moral vertebra. With the KNOWN backers of Knott it
would be folly of the greatest kind to expect an administration of
fidelity to the PEOPLE. When a man is politically OWNED by
rich corporations, plutocratic interests, whiskey rings, railroads,
and ROMANISM, it is im possible to SERVE the people's inter-
est. Knott cannot serve the people's interests. He is tied hard
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state and county aforesaid, personally ap-
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sworn according to law, deposes and says
that he is the Business Manager of The Free
Press and that the following is, to the best
of his knowledge and belief, a true statement
of the ownership, management, etc., of the
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gust 24, 1912, embodied in section 443, Postal
Laws and Regulations, printed on the reverse
of this form, to-wit:
1. That the names and addresses of the
publisher, editor, managing editor, and busi-
ness managers are:
Pub -sher, The Free Press Publishing Com-
pany, Jacksonville, Fla.
Editor, Richard Hargrave, Jacksonville, Fla.
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S2. That the owners are:
, The Free Press Publishing Company.
That the names and address of the stock-
eolders owning more than one per cent or
more of the total amount of stock are:
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3. That the known bondholders, mortgagees,
tand other security holders owning or holding
1 per cent or more of total amount of bonds,
mortgages, or other securities are: None.
4. That the two paragraphs next above, giv-
ing the names of the owners, stockholders,
-nd security holders, if any, contain not only
he list of stockholders and security- holders
is they appear upon the books of the com-
')any but also, in cases where the stockholder
)r security holder appears upon the books
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ontiin statements embracing affiant's full
knowledgee and belief as to the circumstances
ind conditions under which stockholders and
security holders who do not appear upon the
rooks of the company as trustees, hold stock
,nd securities in a capacity other than that
'f a bona fide owner; and this affiant has no
reason to believe that any other person, as-
sociation, or corporation has any interest di-
rect or indirect in the said stock, bonds, or
either securities than as so stated by him.
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to break up the Democratic party in
this state. If there was ever a time
for all true Democrats to stand to-
gether and vote the regular nominated
ticket it is this year, and save the
state from falling into the ranks of
the Republican party. That is the
scheme of the disgruntled Democrats
to unite with the Republicans and So-
cialists to carry the state for the Re-
publicans, and we also from the ac-
quaintance of the voters throughout
Broward county we have made a cal-
culation that Hon. Sidney J. Catts
will carry Broward county with 2 to
1 for governor.
A. C. FROST,
Chairman of the Sidney J. Catts Dem-
ocratic Club of Dania, Broward
SAY SOME MORE, BRER CATTS!
Editor The Free Press:
If I knew where Mr. Catts was, I
would write him, but not knowing,
I am going to ask you to tell him to
say something that will make a sub-
ject for an editorial for the Gaines-
ville Sun. That poor thing has failed
for two or three days to have an
"able editorial," just because Catts
won't say something that would be
appropriate. It will take just a few
more such as the Sun has been af-
flicting its readers with-to elect Catts
by acclamation, and Mr. Catts had
ought to furnish them as speedily as
possible. Almost any old thing will
do since "Catts said it."
I would suggest that the Catts
clubs, and others who are interested
in fair play tender a voteof thanks
to the little journals that are fighting
the Democratic party, and its nomi-
nees, for the great good they have
done. For, as you know, it is good
policy to pick out the candidate that
the subsidized, trust-owned and con-
trolled papers are supporting, and
then work and vote against him, 'and
thousands are doing that same thing.
E. S. GAINEY.
La Crosse, Fla.
DOWN WITH GAG RULE!
Lake City, Fla., Sept. 30, 1916.
Editor The Free Press:
The people of Florida are growing
weary and disgusted with all this gi-
In the coming election, November
7, there should and will be the most
determined effort to rebuke and de-
feat this "court gag" rule and "re-
count" process by which the second
choice candidate is trying to defeat
the Democratic nominee of the peo-
ple. Such detestable tactics as adopt-
ed in this "recount contest" is enough
to disrupt the Democracy of the
3. Keep the PEOPLE posted, warned; and challenge the
falsehoods as they are manufactured by the politicians. Already
are the agents of these dirty politicians pedling manufactured
falsehoods throughout the country, especially in rural districts,
where the people do not have the advantages of contact with prop-
er sources of information. Some of those faslehoods are:
1. That if you vote for Catts you read yourself outside of
the Democratic party, and cannot vote in the future in that party.
2. That you are a BOLTER from the Democratic party, if
you do not support the NOMINEE of the party-which, of course,
they say is KNOTT.
3. That you are disloyal and unworthy, if you do not support
the nominee made through the supposed legal processes of the au-
4. That Catts is an INDEPENDENT and not the NOMINEE.
5. That he is inelligible and cannot take his seat, if elected
6. That Catts' name will not be on the TICKET, and CAN-
These are but some of the falsehoods that are being and will
be circulated in the campaign before us. And these falsehoods
will be PERSISTENTLY circulated and must be just as ASSIDU-
OUSLY EXPLODED. Of course those who propagate such state-
ments know they are false, but they care nothing for that. All
they want is results. And there are always those who believe
what they are told, without investigation. Like the other false-
hood, "that nobody but ignorant people and people of no stand-
ing are supporting Catts," they stop short of no falsehood to carry
out their nefarious purposes.
4. Supply the sinews of war to defray necessary campaign
Nothing will go without money. Neither can Sidney J. Catts
and his campaign headquarters conduct a successful finish against
illimitable funds of his opponent without money. It won't do to
SUPPOSE he has plenty. Too late to help after the battle is
fought. There are many expenses in such a campaign and the
PEOPLE, whose battle is being waged by Mr. Catts, MUST fur-
nish the money to defray the expenses. Send in your contribu-
tion to headquarters at Jacksonville at once and thus insure the
success of this great struggle for freedom in Florida.
5. Flood the state with speakers, the equal of the best-
MEN of courage, and of undoubted principles, to lay the issues
_ hfore the people till November 7th. The power of oratory has
been the potential factor in converting many a man, both "from
the error of his ways," and "from the true and right way." So
that the people, who expect and desire Mr. Catts elected in No-
vember, must offset the fiery oratory and falsehoods the supposed
horde of Knott orators may put out.
6. Catts' platform must-be kept before the people, as the
SYMPOSIUM of all the ISSUES before the people.
Upon the issues of his platform Mr. Catts won out in the pri-
mary and IS the Democratic nominee, and upon those planks he
will go in triumph to the general election. ROME and RUM
were the principal planks that won out then, and will win in the
end. The danger of these enemies of God and the country are
just as real today as in the beginning, and the re-count steal only
accentuates that fact. If these issues and these courses, followed,
do not bring victory, nothing will. The further duty to see that
Catts gets a fair deal in the appointment of inspectors and clerks
at the general election, be had, at the hands of the county commis-
sioners. The law provides the remedy and we must see to it that
we do not sleep over our rights. Already have some county com-
missioners appointed an anti-Catts set of inspectors and it must
not go further. If the followers of Knott would go into the ballot
box at midnight to steal away the rights of the people in their
choice for governor they will not hesitate to do so by having un-
scrupulous tools appointed to steal in the general election. We
must see to it that they have no chance to do so. Let's see to it
that Mr. Catts has an equal showing in these appointments. This
is of the most vital importance.
7. Moderation, yet firmness in speech should characterize
the utterances of all who espouse the cause of Mr. Catts and that
which he represents.
There is no reason why we should be excited or irritated in
our fight since we are eternally right and bound to win. Let the
midnight ballot box raper do the muddy act, the howling. We are
waging a sacred war for God, and our country, and must not de-
scend to the level of the street vernacular. We must also re-
member that we have to live together after the election with
those who are our political enemies, but could be and should be our
personal friends, if we but use a bit of moderation before then.
We may not see how they can stand against us and may condemn
them even justly in our hearts, but we must live together after
the battle is over and since we are sure to be on top then, let us
be magnanimous towards those we cannot agree with or may not
respect, as we would like now. Nothing is to be gained by any
other course and it is to be hoped that whatever provocation may
be given that the supporters of Mr. Catts will show only a true
moderation and forbearance that will redound to the credit of the
great cause of freedom and purity in politics, which we are fight-
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and hire a new lot of first class liars
that cannot be caught up with, for
something has got to be done and
And Bill answered and said: Pleas,
Pete is talking to my notion now. I
live at Tallahassee and I have ate
public pie for thirty years; now for
me to be turned down by a man
named Catts is more than I can stand
by these old fool Crackers don't know
what a smartf man I am; they got no
sense no how.
But Pete said: Bill if you buy these
Crackers for fools and sell them for
what they are worth you can go into
the banking business.
But Bill said: Pete, to be governor
of Florida is what I want and I think
THE FREE PRESS, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1916
ADDRESSES OF COMMITTEEMEN
(Continued from First Page)
Another Voice: Knott is threat-
eing itI (Loud applause.)
Mr. Hodges: What newspapers
are threatening the Democratic party
A Voice: The Times-Union!
Mr. Hodges: I have in my pocket
the records to show, a document to
show where the danger to the Demo-
cratic party comes from, and I am go-
ing to read it to you. (Applause.) I
have an editorial published in the
morning paper in this city yesterday
morning. It claims to be the greatest
Democratic daily in Florida. It pro-
poses to give to you, gentlemen, to
give to the people of Florida your De-
mocracy. It supports William V.
Knott. It supports, or is not support-
ing, Wilson for president. Now,
THE WILSON VOTE.
"The New York World employed the
services of Louis Sibbold, a trained
observer, and sent him into the doubt-
ful states and others to collect ma-
terial for an authoritative forecast of
the prospect for the political cam-
paign. This report has been made,
and is the most instructive for the
light it gives on the hopes entertained
at Democratic national headquarters.
No doubt is felt as to the votes of
the Southern states. These are given
to the Democratic nominee as a mat-
ter of course without investigation as
to the temper of the people. Many
of them (speaking of us) many of
them loved McKinley; Roosevelt es-
pecially appealed to some, and we all
admired Taft (think of that), but
they voted the Democratic ticket. This
will do while the candidates advocate
Democratic principles, but how much
longer-(The Times-Union sounds the
note)-how much longer will we vote
for Democratic candidates for presi-
dent? Since the South cannot elect
a Democratic president, where shall
other reports be obtained? (And then
the Sibbold report tells us; then it
copies from the Sibbold report. We
are taking about what the Times-
Union says. Then it goes ahead.)
President Wilson has not hesitated to
violate pledges and promises made on
the platform on which he stood as a
candidate, promises and pledges he
accepted as personal and binding in
1912. Will he be more loyal to the
Democratic platform of 1916? Con-
fessing in advance his obligations to
the Progressive and Socialistic voters,
will President Wilson during a second
term consider himself a Democratic
official? He has declared that the
Democratic party is only the instru-
ment through which he serves the
people; or he has declared himself
free of all the bonds of Democratic
faith and principles."
"Now, gentlemen, this comes from
your local morning paper, the great-
est Democratic daily in Florida. It
tells you that Knott is the nominee.
It tells you not to vote for Wilson.
Are you going to be bound by it? It
has unbound you. It has struck the
shackles off you, so you can vote
against Wilson, the regular nominee,
but it is going to try to tie your
hands down to a court decision to
support William V. Knott for govern-
"Now, gentlemen, I haven't got any
of these recounts. It is no use to dis-
cuss them. We all know. Every citi-
zen in Florida knows how damnable
and how dishonest they have been con-
ducted. We know. (Applause.) We
know how the contestant stood up and
had read in the Supreme Court a let-
ter signed by him saying, 'Yes, you
can strike out Madison county.' That
reminds me of my practice among the
negro criminal, that when one gets
.convicted he admits that he did steal
the pig. We cannot state that the
court acted wit partiality. I have
got no criticisms to make of th<
court. I believe in the court, and when
I take a case into court, and I try it,
that court has got jurisdiction of the
subject matter of that case, got ju-
risdiction of my client, and it has got
jurisdiction of me, and it can put m<
and my client in jail, and it can sell
our property, but when this court
takes jurisdiction of this kind of a
matter, and undertakes to make th<
people vote for a certain man, they
have no jurisdiction, because they)
cannot send down and get a Demo-
cratic voter and put him in jail if he
refuses to vote for the man they sug-
A Voice: We ain't going to vote
for him, either.
Mr. Hodges: And whenever we go
to court-you have all been to court
You have seen court trials go on, and
you have seen a lawyer bring in a
witness and set him down before a
jury, and the court, and ask him some
thing. Now, no lawyer will ask a
witness a question unless he knows
the witness is going to tell something
good for his case, but the lawyer on
the other side says, 'I object,' and
the court says, 'State your objection,
and they state it, and it is there for
the court to decide. The court decides
that that witness cannot speak. Do
you stand up in the back of the cour
room and say that that court is par
tial? No. The courts' hands are
bound. We have rules that are hand
ed down to us from old England gov
earning the introduction of testimony
and those rules must be applied.. Many
times courts feel a sentiment to over
ride and overrule those rules and hear
this witness, but when clients who
want to win their cases on technical
ties and quibbles have their lawyer
to object, the court has to sustain it
I feel satisfied that the Supreme Cour
wanted to hear the testimony of ol
man Jack Knowles of White Spring
about how those ballots had beer
changed, that he had marked and had
identified by putting a cross mark o
some kind of a cross mark on them
I believe those fellows wanted to hea
it, but William V. Knott and his law
years objected and the court's hand
were tied, and they had to sustain it
Mr. Knott is the man to be condemned
He is the man that has acted undemo
critically. He is the man, and going
to the polls, gentlemen, I take care o
it, as I said, but I have no criticism
to make of the Supreme Court. I be
lieve they acted fairly, and I know th
people of Florida will act fairly.
know what you will do. Sidney J
Catts has been the nominee of th
party. Sidney J -atts will remain
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I. William Adams, Jacksonville, Florida, 249
David M. Gornto, Jacksonville, Florida, 2
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County of Duval-ss.
Before me this day personally came Charles
M. White, I. William Adams and David M.
Gornto to me well known and known to be
the persons who subscribed the foregoing Ar-
ticles of Incorporation, and severally ac-
knowledged before me that they executed and
subscribed the same for the uses and purposes
Witness my hand and official seal this the
6th day of September, A. D. 1916.
(Seal) A. L. MILLER,
Notary Public, State of Florida.
My commission expires April 11, 1917.
IN JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COURT.
ELEVENTH DISTRICT OF DUVAL
C. E. ONSLOW
J. A. LANKFORD.
To J. A. Lankford, defendant, and all per-
sons interested in the above entitled cause:
You and each one of you are hereby re-
quired and ordered to appear to the above
entitled action of attachment on or before
16th day of October, A. D., 1916.
The Free Press is hereby designated as the
newspaper in which this order shall be pub-
lished once a week for one month.
Witness my hand as Judge of said Court of
Duval County, Florida, this 25th day of Au-
gust, A. D. 1916.
E. E. WILLARD-,
Justice of the Peace, llth District.
H. CLAY BULLARD,
Attorney for Plaintiff.
NOTICE OF MASTER'S SALE.
Notice is hereby given that under and by
virtue of a Decree made and rendered on the"
24th day of August, A. D. 1916, in the Cir-
cuit Court of the Fourth Judicial Circuit of
the State of Florida, in and for Duval County.
Florida, In Chancery, in a suit therein pend-
ing wherein Drusie D. Travis and G. B.
Travis, her husband, are complaints, and
W. C. Warringten, et. al., are defendants
(6657-E), I will offer for sale nd sell at
public auction to the highest and best bidder
or bidders for cash in front of the eastern
door of the County Court House in the City
of Jacksonville, Dural County, Florida, on
Monday, the 2rid day of October, A. D. 1916,
the same being a Rule Day of said Court,
during the legal hours of sale, all that cer-
tain piece, parcel or tract of land situate,
lying and being in the County of Duval and
State of Florida, more particularly described
The North Two Hundred and Ten Feet (210)
of Lot 1, Block 12, Warrington's Subdivision,
Section 16, Township 2, S. R. as per plat
recorded in plat Book 5, page 32, of the public
records -of Duval County, Florida.
, Together with all and singular the tene-
ments, hereditaments and appurtenances
thereunto belonging or in anywise appertain-
The same to be sold to satisfy said decree.
ROBERT T. DEWELL,
As Special Master.
JOHN ARNETT and D. M. GORNTO,
Solicitors for Complaints.
NOTICE OF ELECTION. to the same regulations and restrictionsAs M a
provided by law for general elections in the
Whereas, the Legislature of 1915, under the State of Florida.
Constitution of 1885, of the State of Florida, In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set
did pass three Joint Resolutions proposing my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the
amendments to the Constitution of the State State of Florida, at Tallahassee, the Capital.
of Florida, and the same were agreed to by this the twenty-fifth day of July, A. D. 1916.
a vote of three-fifths of all the members (Seal) H. CLAY CRAWFORD,
elected to each house; that the votes on said Secretary of State.
Joint Resolutions were entered upon their re-
spective Journals, with the yeas and nays Notice is hereby given that the undersigned
thereon, and they did determine and direct that subscribers will apply to the Governor of the
the said Joilnt Resolutions be submitted to the State of Florida, at Tallahassee, Florida, on
electors of the state at the General Election October 10th, A. D. 1916, for the issuance of
in November, 1916. Letters Patent to WHITE-ADAMS, upon the
Now, therefore, I, H. Clay Crawford, Sec- following proposed Articles of Incorporation:
rotary of State of the State of Florida, do CHARLES M. WHITE,
hereby give notice that a I. WILLIAM ADAMS,
GENERAL ELECTION DAVID M. GORNTO.
will be held in each county in Florida on Tues- ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF
day next succeeding the first Monday in No- WHITE-ADAMS.
vember, A. D. 1916, the said Tuesday being the We, the undersigned, do hereby associate
SEVENTH DAY OF NOVEM- ourselves together for the purpose of organiz-
ing and becoming a body corporate under the
BER laws of the State of Florida, and for that
for the ratification or rejection of the said purpose have agreed upon and adopted the
Joint Resolutions proposing amendments to following Articles of Incorporation:
the Constitution of the State of Florida, viz: ARTICLE I.
The name of this corporation shall be
A JOINT RESOLUTION proposing an WHITE-ADAMS, and its principal place of
Amendment to Section 9 of Article 9 of the business shall be in the City of Jacksonville,
State Constitution, Relating to Taxation and Dural County, Florida, but it may establish and
Finance. 'conduct branch offices and places of business
Be it Resolved by the Legislature of the State at such other places in or (and) out of the
of Florida: State of Florida as may be desired and pro-
That the following amendment of Section voided for by the Board of Directors.
9 of Article 9 of the Constitution of the State,
relating to Taxation and Finance, is hereby ARTICLE 1.
agreed to and shall be submitted to the elect- Nature of Business.
ors of the State for adoption or rejection at The general nature of the business or busi-
the next general election hereafter; that is nesses to be engaged in and transacted by this
to say, that Section 9 of Article 9 of the Con- corporation shall be as follows: To buy, sell,
stitution of the State be amended to read as lease, rent, mortgage, own, improve and oth-
follows: erwise deal in all kinds of real and personal
"Section 9. There shall be exempt from property, both as owner and agent of owners;
taxation property to the value of five hundred to conduct agencies for rentals, loans, and in-
dollars to every widow that has a family de- surance; to borrow and lend money, and to act
pendent on her for support, and to every per- as agent or trustee for others in such matters;
son who is a bona fide resident of the State to buy, own, erect, maintain, and operate
and has lost a limb or been disabled in war light and power plants, water plants, sewer
or by misfortune, systems for profit; to buy, sell and otherwise
this meeting was to draw the Demo- ida and that congressional district
cratic party nearer together; that it, nominated those two men just like
was in danger. Since hearing the Ithey did Sidney J. Catts, and they are
speakers pro and con, I am thorough- going to vote for them.
ly convinced that I had a misunder- *
standing as to the intention of the Mr. Loving: I am an old black-
meeting. I see here by the vote that smith from down in the county that
was taken that it does not voice the I have been living in since 1884. I
sentiment of the people. I speak from am a good Democrat, beginning in
West Florida. I know the conditions South Carolina by birth, in Georgia,
of that country. I see the vote taken and thirty-three years a resident of
here, the committeemen that are pros- Florida. I know one thing, anybody
ent have expressed themselves large- can tell you if we do just like we had
ly in favor of endorsing Mr. Knott as to do, we can lead the horse to water,
the Democratic nominee. If this meet- but I be dog-goned if we can make
ing has not the right to name the him drink. I don't pretend to say
Democratic nominee, then, as I under- anything about what the voters of the
stand now, this case is still pending, county will do, one way or the other.
and won't be decided until 2:30 today, I know what men will do. I don't say
but will that do for the people all anything about the merits of the case
over this state? What impression will before the courts. That is not my
that make? It won't make, as I see province. Nobody has said that either
it, an impression that ought to go one of these gentlemen was not a
abroad. We are Democrats. We Democrat; so far as their party affili-
should be here fighting for one cause nations are concerned, Mr. Knott and
as one man. The vote that has been Mr. Catts stand upon the same plat-
taken shows that there are men here form-Democratic. But while I de-
in favor of endorsing Mr. Knott as the clare my Democracy to be the equal
nominee, and you can go back into of anybody's in the state, I don't put
the counties that I know about-I only a collar around my neck and put a
know from hearsay-in the southern staple in it and give in to any man.
part of the state, but you can take (Applause.)
the representation here to represent Now, gentlemen, it is a condition
the people, and that vote will be more here, not a theory. We are here to
than double to the reverse of what has harmonize the Democratic party, and
been shown by the vote taken. Now, steam-roller methods will not accom-
what are we here to do? We are plish the work. You have the major-
here to harmonize and draw the Dem- ity in this committee-you have dem-
ocrats of this great state together; but onstrated that. You can do anything
the acts of this committee, gentlemen, you please; you can fill a trough full
speaking comparatively, is to drive of good, cool water, but I will be
the Democratic babes further away blamed if you can make the horse
from home. You take a man that is drink out of it. You can put the
not a Democrat, and the present con- brand of Democracy on anything, but
editions and the present procedures are that doesn't make it Democratic. Let
offering temptation where virtue is it go before the people, and let the
weakening. Now, why is it that men people settle which of those two men
of sense, men that claim to represent is the choice of the Democracy. That
the state's best interest, represent De- is my opinion. Gentlemen, I want
mocracy? I am a common Cracker to see harmony prevail; we are going
from West Florida, and to express nowhere this way, we are going back-
myself, I see this thing in this way. wards, really. I am not in favor of
Gentlemen, the true sort of Democ- any resolutions committing anybody
racy is not represented in this body to any particular man's candidate. I
today. I believe in Democracy, I be- say this, as the question stands to-
lieve in the nominee, but, gentlemen, day, in my judgment, over 75 per cent
we just as well to submit to it and of the common people of the state of
let the people of this great state be Florida recognize that Mr. Catts is
heard. We can't dictate the policies, as much entitled to consideration as
this body cannot do that; neither can they have for Mr. Knott-and I have
the Supreme Court govern a man's just one thing more to say, if your
vote. They won't stand for it. So steam-roller methods prevail, and you
why not act sensibly in a day like go on and tie the people's hands, you
this? It behooves us all to stand to- will precipitate the thing that goes
gether as one man. We cannot run to land Mr. Allen of Key West as gov-
this thing by rule and ruined disposi- ernor of Florida.
tion. The people are wrought up and
I say this in all candor, men that are THE FREE PRESS.
in the position, that have power, if
they love Democracy, if they love Is on sale at the following news-
Democracy, if they love their great stands:
state, they will show it by their ac- Forsyth News Co., corner Main and
tions and begin now. Let the people Forsyth.
be heard. &,* Snyder Drug Co., Main and Duval.
Catts will be elected governor of Flor- t
ida on November 7th, 1916!" (Pro- c
ADDRESS OF MR. ADAMS.
In opposing the Davis substitute,
Mr. Adams said:
Mr. Adams: I desire to oppose that
substitute, because, Mr. Chairman,
while it may be the opinion of you as
chairman of this committee, and all
other gentlemen upon this committee,
and honestly so, I take it, that Mr.
Knott is the Democratic nominee, still
there are other members of this com- t
mittee, likewise hundreds of citizens i
of Florida who do not consider Mr.
Knott to be the Democratic nominee
of the party in this state. Now, Mr.
Chairman, in the primary I was un-
der personal obligation to another
candidate, and I voted for Ion L. Far-
ris and Sidney J. Catts. That was
the devil of a mixture, but I voted for
it (laughter), but, Mr. Chairman, the
people said to my friend, Farris, "We
don't want you now for governor." I
regretted that result. The people said
in substance by their ballots cast by
the honest Democracy of this state
that "We want Sidney J. Catts" and
the Canvassing Board sitting in ses-
sion at Tallahassee gave him his cer-
tificate of nomination signed by the
proper official. The gentleman over
there says that Mr. Catts was busy
circulating petitions to get his name
on the ticket as an independent. Did
you hear of Mr. Knott doing that?
No, he didn't have time. A man can't
handle a lot of recounts like Mr. Knott
did and at th esame time take up time
to get petitions. (Laughter.)
You will recall, Mr. Chairman, and
I call the gentleman's attention to
it, too, that immediately after the pri-
mary election Mr. Catts in a state-
ment, stacked away back among the
patent medicine ads in the Times-
Union, where his statements general-
ly appear in that sheet, said in sub-
stance that the majority was small,
but "I am now the nominee of the
party, and if Mr. Knott had been
elected by one vote over me he would
receive my unqualified and unequivo-
cal support as the nominee of the
Democratic party. (Applause.) He
made that state, but, Mr. Chairman,
before the State Canvassing Board
ever made, proceedings were under
way, plans were being considered as
to the course that Mr. Knott would
pursue. He said so in the papers that
he was considering the course that
he would pursue, and throughout this
entire state, why hundreds, yes, thou-
sands of loyal Democrats look upon
Sidney J. Catts now as the Demo-
cratic nominee, and not Mr. Knott.
They look upon him as the nominee of
the Supreme Court of this state.
Now, Mr. Chairman, I have the ut-
most respect for the distinguished
gentlemen who preside over the Su-
preme Court of this state. I believe
that they are honest men, but, as my
friend Hodges says, they are bound
by a set of rules. They were hand-
t ed up some proof there, I presume,
that they could not get away from. I
presume, personally those gentelemen
.are all supporters of Mr. Knott in a
political way, but I suppose they
would divest themselves of that in
sitting as judges upon this question,
r but you know, Mr. Chairman, you
) know a fellow can see a lot more in
favor of his man than he can in fa-
vor of the other fellow's man. Pos-
sibly that is it. They saw the law
their way, and I presume they are
honest in their opinion. I give them
B credit for it, at least, because I don't
think that they would stultify them-
B selves by being dishonest in the high
I positions that they hold.
Now, Mr. Chairman, over here in
iLaFayette, the land of hot hominy,
t- ham gravy, sweet potatoes and syrup,
'we consider Sidney J. Catts to be the
s nominee and our folks are going to
I vote for him. I didn't vote for him
e first choice in the primary, but I am
e a Democrat and I intend now to sub-
e mit to the will of the people of this
state, and vote for Mr. Catts. Mr.
;, Farris is out of the way.
e Now, Mr. Chairman, I think this
- substitute should be rejected by this
t committee in view of the fact that
e throughout this state there are hun-
1 dreds of Democrats whose views do
t not "coincide with the sentiment ex-
a pressed in th resolution that Mr.
e Knott is the nominee. I do agree with
Y that resolution as regards Chief Jus-
t" tice Taylor and the Honorable Frank
- Clark because they are the Demo-
e cratic nominees, and I will not lend
- my support or my aid, feeble though
it may be, to secure the defeat of
e those gentlemen, because they are the
Democratic nominees, and as a Doeo-
0 crat I propose to vote fo rthe nomi-
t. nees regardless of whether I like them
d or not. Possibly I do not agree with
a some of Judge Taylor's views as ex-
" pressed in some of his opinions, but,
- by gum, he is the nominee, and I am
a going to stay by him, and I think
8 Sidney J. Catts is the nominee, and I
g am going to do the same thing by him.
d MR. BOWDEN'S ADDRESS.
V Mr. Bowden: It seems to me that
r this committee, beginning with Judge
s Adams, continuing with my friend
o Hodges and my friend Davis over
t here, all the way down the line, has
" got beyond itself. The intent of this
e committee and what-it was called for
has never been stated by the chair-
- man, and why give in to all this as to
, who will be the nominee, and who is
y going to be on th ticket and that
r- stuff? And another thing I would
r like for the chairman nto explain if
o he has a few minutes, how long since
1- the State Democratic Executive Coin-
s mittee of Florida has been called to-
t. gether to pass on questions already
*t settled by th esovereign people, to-
d gether with the Supreme Court? Now,
s it seems to me that all of this is pre-
n mature, and I don't see where this
,d state ... ... .......... ...
'r the Supreme Court, whatever it may
F- Mr. Hodges: I believe in the great
is people of Florida. (Loud applause.)
t. I believe the people have nominated
. a man, and I let nobody vote me,not
'" even the Supreme Court. The only
g right that I have is to cast my vote,
)f and I am going to cast it like the
S Democrats of Florida want it cast.
ie MR. BRETT'S ADDRESS.
J. Mr. Brett (of Walton County): Md.
ke Chairman, I find that I came here la-
n boring under a mistaken idea. My
A JOINT RESOLUTION Proposing an i
Amendment to-Sections 2, 3 and 4 of Ar- i
ticle VII of the Constitution of the State 1
of Florida, Relating to Census and Appor- 1
Be it Resolved by the Legislature of the State i
of Florida: I
That the following amendments to the Con- I
stitution of the State of Florida be, and the i
same are hereby agreed to, and the same shall
be submitted to the electors of the state at the
general election in 1916, for ratification or
Section 2 of Article VII is hereby amended
so as to read as follows:
"The Legislatures that shall convene in the
year of 1919 and thereafter shall consist of
one member of the Senate from each county
in the State, and of one member of the House
of Representatives from each county in the
State for every ten thousand of population
therein, or the major fraction thereof where
there may be a major fraction left over after
dividing the whole number of population of
the county by the number ten thousand; pro-
vided, that each county shall have at least one
Representative and that no county shall have
more than three Representatives in the House
of Representatives. The members of the
House of Representatives shall be elected for 1
a term of two years and the members of the
Senate shall be elected for a term of four
years, except as hereinafter provided. The
election for members for each branch shall be
at the same time and places. The term of
office of Senators elected in 1916 shall expire
on the first Monday in April, 1919. The term
of office of Senators elected in 1918 from
the following counties, to-wit: Escambia,
Gadsden, Jackson, Leon, Madison, Lafayette,
Taylor, Columbia, Nassau, Duval, Marion,
Sumter, Jefferson, Lee, Monroe, Putnam, Vo-
lusia, Hamilton, Alachua, Broward, Liberty,
Hernando, Pinellas, Brevard, Pal-_ Beach and
Levy, shall expire on the first Monday in
April, 1921; all other Senators to be elected
in th year 1918 their term of office shall
oxvire on the first Monday in April. 1923.
All members of the House of Representatives
elected at the general election in 1918, their
term of office shall expire on the first Monday
in April, 1921, and thereafter the term of
office of all members of the House of Repre-
sentatives shall commence on the first Tues-
day after the first Monday in April next suc-
ceeding the election. At the general election
in 1920 and thereafter, all Senators to be
elected shall be elected for a term of J.fo',r
years, the term to begin on the first Tuesday
after the first Monday in April of the follow-
ing year, except that when a new county is
created, the Legislature shall at that time fix
the length of the term of the first Senator
to be elected therefrom at two or four years
with the end in view of keeping the number
of old Senators in a balance with the number
of the new."
Section 3 of Article VII of the Constitu-
tion is hereby amended so as to read as fol-
"The regular session of the Legislature
that shall meet in 1917 shall apportion the
representation in the House of Representa-
tives, as in this Article provided, which appor-
tionment shall be based upon the last census
taken by the State of Florida or by the United
States, which ever is the last taken, in the
several counties of the State, and those that
shall meet every ten years thereafter shall ap-
portion the representation in the House of
Representatives in the manner in this Article
provided, which apportionment shall be based
upon the last census enumeration taken by
the State of Florida, or by the United States,
which ever is the last taken next before the
Legislature so apportioning the representa-
tion shall convene."
Section 4 of Article VII of the Constitu-
tion is hereby amended so as to read as fol-
"When any new county is created by the
Legislature it shall be entitled to one Sena-
tor and one member of the House of Repre-
sentatives, until the next enumeration pro-
vided for in Section 5, of this Article, that
shall be taken after the creation of the said
new county, or until the next census enumera-
tion that shall be taken by the United States
of America after the creation of the said new
county, whichever shall the sooner be taken
after the creation of said new county, when
it shall be entitled to one member of the
House of Representatives for every ten thou-
sand of population, or the major fraction
thereof the same as other counties."
A JOINT RESOLUTION Proposing an
Amendment to Section 1 of Article VI of
the Constitution of the State of Florida as
amended by Joint Resolution No. 2, Acts of
1893, Relating to Suffrage and Eligibility.
Be it Resolved by the Legislature of the State
That the following amendment to Section
1 of Article VI of the Constitution of the
State of Florida be, and the same is hereby
agreed to and shall be submitted to the elect-
ors of the State at the general election in 1916
for ratification or rejection:
Section 1. Every male person of the age
of twenty-one years and upwards who is a
citizen of the United States at the time he
applies to register shall be deemed a qualified
elector at all elections under the Constitution
of the State of Florida; provided, that he pos-
sesses the following additional qualifications:
He shall have resided and had his perma-
nent home and place of abode in the State of
Florida for one year, and in the county where-
in he applies to register for six months, pre-
He must be able to read, write and in-
terpret any Section of the Constitution of the
State of Florida at the time he applies to
register and vote.
He must own in his own right property to
the value of not less than five hundred dol-
lars, which fact shall be determined only by
the assessment books of the county at the
time he applies to register and vote.
He must not have been convicted, previous
to the time he applies to register or vote, of
larceny, robbery, forgery, perjury or bribery
in any of the courts of any State or of the
United States, or if so convicted, he must
have been restored to the rights of citizenship.
Provided, however, That no person or lineal
descendant of any such person who was on
January first, 1867, or prior thereto, entitled
to vote under-,the Constitutions and laws of
any of the States or Territories, or entitled to
vote under any form of government, or any
naturalized citizen or his descendants, shall
be denied the right to register and vote be-
cause he shall not be able to read, write and
interpret any-Section of the Constitution of
the State of Florida, as above provided, or
because he shall not own property of the value
above specified; naturalized citizens of the
United States, however, at the time they ap-
ply, and before they shall be admitted to reg-
ister, shall present to the registration officer
certificate of his naturalization, or a duly
authenticated copy thereof.
See. 2. Upon the adoption of this amend-
ment to the Constitution, the Legislature shall
enact appropriate laws to carry the purpose
of this amendment into effect.
The votes cast in compliance with said pro-
posed amendments, and the canvass, declara-
Voices: Question! Question!
Mr. Slater Smith (of Clay County):
I wish to call this committee's atten-
tion once more to the resolution. You
have had the pleasure of resoluting in
the spring, and the people have had
the pleasure of sending you back to
rescind your resolution, and once
again I call your attention to the fact
that the people we elect in November
will repudiate the action of this com-
mittee if you endorse the resolution
offered by the gentleman. You can't
crucify Democracy or the people of
this state on the altar of the Supreme
Court of the state, nor on the sup-
posed authority of a Democratic Ex-
Mr. Duval: May I ask a question?
Who introduced the first resolution
Mr. Hal W. Adams: I did.
Mr. Slater Smith: I want to call
your attention that when you go back
home you and each of you will answer
to the court that is higher than the
court of this land, the unqualified and
unequivocal Democracy of the state.
Voices: Question! Question! Ques-
GUARDIANS OF LIBERTY.
The Guardians of 'Liberty meet in
P. 0. S. of A. hall, Herkimer building,
136 E. Bay street, first and third Sun-
day afternoon at 3:30 o'clock of each
month. Visiting members are invited
to attend all meetings.
For Designing, Building and
See D. M. REED
Contractor and Builder. Bunga-
lows a Specialty.
IN CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
DUVAL COUNTY. IN CHANCERY.
KATHRYN S. PARROTT
WILLIAM L. PARROTT,
ORDER OF SERVICE BY PUBLICATION.
To WILLIAM L. PARROTT,
It is hereby ordered that you appear to the
Bill of Complaint filed herein against you in
the above entitled cause on the 6th day of
November, A. D. 1916, and The Free Press is
hereby designated as the newspaper in which
this order shall be published once a week for
eight consecutive weeks.
WITNESS my hand and seal of office this
25th day of August, A. D. 1916.
FRANK BROWN, Clerk.
By 0. H. NOLAN,
(Seal.) Deputy Clerk.
REGISTER & DONNELL,
Solicitors for Complainant.
MR. SIMMONS ADDRESS.
Mr. J. P. Simmons (of Volusia
County): I have the call received
from our chairman. This meeting is
called for the adopting of such meas-
ures as may be proper and necessary
in the aid of the election of all nomi-
nees of the Democratic party. I wish
to say right here, just as long as we
continue to introduce resolutions nam-
ing Mr. Knott. or Mr. Catts I expect
to vote against them, until we can
introduce a resolution that is directly
for the good of the Democratic party,
leaving out the names of all individu-
als. I expect to stand on the same
basis that I have been voting on this
Another thing I wish to say is this:
I don't think our chairman should be
allowed to rule a resolution out of or-
der and have the committee to dispose
of that resolution in that manner. Any
resolution that comes before us this
morning should go direct to the com-"
mittee. I voted against the first
resolution that was put up in the
sense of the chairman, but not in the,
sense of the resolution. I mean I
neither voted for nor against the reso-
lution. I voted against the ruling
of the chair. If the resolution had
come up I don't say how I would have
voted. Until we have a resolution be-'
fore the house, leaving out the names
of all individuals, I expect to vote
-against them this morning.
Mr. Bowden: I beg your pardon
once more. I don't see how this com-
mittee can pass resolutions of any
kind except in a general nature. I'
want to call the attention of the chair
and the other members of this com-
mittee to the fact that this commit-
tee, as has been said here- this morn-
ing, in no way speaks the will of the
people at home. I know that people
that are voting on this Knott case are
going to find that 75 per cent of the
people at home are going to vote re-
gardless of the state committee (ap-
plause), and I can hardly understand
why any resolutions from this com-
mittee, except of a general nature,
take care of the Democratic party.
So far as I am concerned, I sup-
ported Mr. Farris for governor, and
voted for Mr. Knott second choice.
That part is all well and good. The
sovereign people of Florida said some-
body else. Now, so far as Judge Tay-
lor is concerned, and Frank Clark is
concerned you and I and every man
within the hearing of my voice knows
better than that. We know there is
IN CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
DUVAL COUNTY-IN CHANCERY.
Nellie Payne Order of
vs. Service By
0. H. Payne. Publication.
To 0. H. Payne, residence unknown:
It is hereby ordered that you appear to the
Bill of Complaint filed herein against you in
the above entitled cause on the second day of
October, A. D. 1916, and The Free Press is
hereby designated as the newspaper in which
this order shall be published once a week for
eight consecutive weeks.
Witness my hand and seal of office this 2nd
day of August, A, D. 1916.
(Seal) FRANK BROWN, Clerk.
By A. J. CASSIDEY,
Lionel F. Brothers,
Solicitor for Complainant.
,IN JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COURT,
TENTH DISTRICT OF DUVAL
S. Joseph & Bros.
To Evelyn Simmons, defendant, and all per-
sons interested in the above entitled cause.
You and each one of you are hereby re-
quired and ordered to appear to the above
entitled action of attachment on or before
-the first Monday of October, A. D. 1916.
The Free Press is hereby designated as the
newspaper in which this order shall be pub-
lished once a week for two months.
Witness my hand as Judge of said Court of
Duval County, Florida, this 28th day cf July,
A. D. 1916.
(Seal) G. A. STEPHENS,
Justice of the Peace.
S. K. David,
Attorney for Plaintiff.
IN CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
DUVAL COUNTY-IN CHANCERY.
Laura E. Mitchell Order of
vs. Service By
'Arthur T. Mitchell. Publication.
To Arthur P. Mitchell, Jacksonville, Fla.:
It is hereby ordered that you appear to the
Bill of Complaint filed herein against you in
the above entitled cause onthe 2nd day of Oc-
tober, A. D. 1916, and The Free Press is here-
tby designated as the newspaper in which this
order shall be published once a week for four
Witness my hand and seal of office this 21st
day of August, A. D. 1916.
(Seal) FRANK BROWN, Clerk.
By 0. H. NOLAN,
Butler & Boyer,
Solicitors for Comnlainant.
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