In this ue'RAILWAY TERMINAL IMPROVEMENTS
Volume 1-No. 12 JAGKSONVILLC, FLORIDA, FEBRUARY 3, 1906
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Florida's Best Financial Friend
The Work Done and Being Done for
Florida's Development by H. M. Flagler
-From the Tallahassee True Democrat
- HE extension of the Florida East Coast Railway from Miami
T farther on to Cape Sable, there to brave the winds and
waves of the Florida Straits, and linking the scores upon
scores of small islands together into a chain extending from
the extreme point of mainland to the rock-built, far-to-seaward
island of Key West, is indeed a unique and mighty conception of the
mind of man.
The contemplation of this wonderful scheme reminds one of the
vast changes that have been wrought in that southern latitude, in the
past few years, by the brain and effort of a single individual.
Grand and many are the transformations made in all that terri-
tory, especially in that region lying south of Sanford, on the St.
wilderness, and today the most fastidious of multi-millionaires places
his delicate wife and child in a private palace car, and they, after a
few hours of swift and pleasant journeying, find themselves the
guests of an hotel that is envied by world-famed rivals, in company
with hundreds of their class-within a few miles and near neighbors
of the Seminole.
It does not suffice to say that the man who has performed these
wonders did so for selfish reason, for self-aggrandizement alone. The
only safe criterion, the only infallible way is to judge a man by acts
and his actions by their results.
This being true, we must accord Henry M. Flagler a high meed
of praise for results undoubtedly achieved. For he it was who thus
PONGE DE LEON tIOTM9L ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA~.
Johns, where little more than half a score of years ago it required a
strong imagination to picture what is now reality.
At this time few were the villages, and of towns there were none,
in all this wide domain; only a few rough log houses near each other,
termed settlements, separated by twenty or maybe forty miles of
dreary wilderness. These were the homes of the only inhabitants-
rough-mannered cattlemen, who invited no immigration to interfere
with their laws of custom and were jealous of their squatter sover-
For two hundred miles of southern course a traveler would have
moved amid such scenes until the northern shore of Okeechohee is
reached. To the south of this the far-famed Everglades, that rep-
tile-haunted swamp, extending south as far as land extends, on
whose inaccessible islands dwell that unconquered aborigine, the
One day two lines of steel, beginning at the very portals of refined
civilization, pushed their way, mile after mile, toward this distant
dared to endanger his means and his reputation as a financier by
building a costly line of road, which for hundreds of miles is bound
to a narrow strip of land, on the one side by an ocean, on the other
by a non-supporting, howling wilderness, depending almost entirely
upon the wisdom of a capricious public.
And who can enumerate the many instances of kindness shown,
of valuable free contributions he has made to employees-pensions,
lands donated, hospitals for the sick and disabled superannuaries.
Of these we learn, but what of those we hear not of-kind deeds done
in secret? Who can deny that the whole State of Florida has been
bInefited by the fame and prestige he has done so much to give her?
It is but just to say that it is impossible for the opponents of
Mr. Flagler to prove that the public welfare was not the uppermost,
predominating thought in his mind when he worked these wonders,
that patriotism is not his ruling passion. Who hath the wisdom or
power to search another's heart and lay bare the thoughts and senti-
ments surging there.
February 3, 1906
Completed and Prospective Work of Atlantio Coast Line, Florida East Coast and
Seaboard Air Line Railways in Jacksonville-Great Facilities for Lumber Export
Facilities for handling 3,000,000 feet of lumber
from Jacksonville daily.
That is the estimate that has been placed on the
capacity of the new terminals of the Atlantic Coast
Line Railway at East Jacksonville.
Nearly eighty million feet of lumber a month to
be handled by one carrier to this port.
A magnificent estimate, and one that throws into
the shade all previous efforts in this line, and mean-
ing, if the scope of the plans do not fail of realiza-
tion, nearly four times the amount of lumber here-
tofore handled for export.
A point worthy of emphasis is the fact that Jack-
sonville is being recognized as the export gateway
for this territory, and that her future progress in
this respect is bound to increase.
All indications point to that end. Being so sit-
uated as to command the drainage of Florida prod-
ucts intended for export, and by reason of being an
important railroad center, her commercial supremacy
is not only established upon a firm basis, but sus-
ceptible of great advancement in the immediate fu-
Not only is this true of the lumber traffic, but
also of naval stores and other commodities.
As an export depot for naval stores Jacksonville
occupies a strong position according to natural ad-
vantages, and should reap the benefit of it, the gain-
ing of which, however, depending upon a more or less
uncertain quantity-the maintenance of fair and
equitable railway rates to this port.
The latter hope, though, should be realized, in
view of the terminal improvements made.
Another circumstance adding to the above men-
tioned belief is that harbor improvements are in-
No doubt is expressed by the engineering forces
in charge of the work on St. Johns river that within
two years at least the channel will contain twenty-
four feet of water, and the reports drawn on the
subject show that the getting of thirty feet of water
could follow, provided Government aid was extended
to complete the work that has progressed in such
That such improvement will occur is certain.
It is a demand, justified by conditions, which can-
not be ignored.
The first steps have been taken, and so success-
ful has the progressive path been found that onward
to greater things is the bright prospect.
Thus it is that opportunity exists.
Recognition of opportunity denotes successful
Preparations for enjoying opportunity follow if
the business instinct leads to deductions for the
Both recognition and preparation have been ac-
corded prompt treatment by directing officials of the
Atlantic Coast Line Railway.
Belief in Jacksonville as a gateway of trade-a
shipping point and a distributing center-is demon-
strated by the terminal improvements made by this
The importance of the work which this railway
has been carrying on in Jacksonville for more than
a year, though carried on quietly and with but little
comment, gives ample credence to such assumption,
and still deeper strengthens confidence in Jackson-
ville's possibilities as a future mart of trade.
Recently the Atlantic Coast Line acquired a large
property in East Jacksonville, consisting of water
frontage and docks used by the late Naval Stores
Export Company, and the railway being already the
owner of a vast tract of land extending thence to the
main line of the road, work was begun on terminals
for the export trade.
This work has been pushed with rapidity, and will
soon be completed. With the exception of the final
grading and ballasting of the tracks, the work is now
nearly done, and in a very short time all will be in
readiness for the lumber exporters.
Many sidetracks have been laid, and the arrange-
ment is such that congestion will be avoided and
shipments will be handled with dispatcti.
Affording close connection with the new freight
yards, cargoes of lumber, naval stores and other com-
modities for export can be quickly shifted to the ter-
minals on the water front, where all will be in readi-
ness to receive them.
The estimated capacity of these export terminals
has been placed.at about three million feet of lum-
ber daily, an amount which would place Jackson-
ville far in advance as an export station of lumber.
Besides the lumber and naval stores brought for
export, the Atlantic Coast Line terminals are advan-
tageously located for the handling of other products,
and notably the receiving from the five large fertil-
izer factories, located in that vicinity, their output
for distribution in this State.
The first steps taken by the Atlantic Coast Line
Railway, however, toward the work of improving the
terminal facilities and the preparation to be in readi-
ness to handle the vast tonnage which should come
to this point, was about a year ago, when the work
of constructing new railway yards was begun.
The new yards, built with a view to future needs,
and soon to be completed, are located about three
miles from the terminal station, where plenty of
territory was secured for many miles of sidetracks.
Coal chutes and a large roundhouse have been
built, a well, 750 feet deep, has been bored, and will
furnish the water supply, and other works found in
large railway yards have been installed.
Upon the completion of these yards all through
freight business of the road will be carried on from
that point, and the lower yards will be freed from
congestion, giving better freight service to Jackson-
It is evident that the belief in Jacksonville as a
convenient and satisfactory shipping point has been
the source of inspiration causing such a large ex-
penditure of money as entailed in the providing of
Space on the docks in East Jacksonville is now
being assigned to exporters of lumber, who have oeen
quick to see the advantages of the new port. It is
probable, too, that as the business of the terminal
develops additional wharves will be built.
Evidently it is the purpose to concentrate the
export lumber industry at thin point, and not only
will the present territory contiguous to the Atlantic
Coast Line contribute to the supply, but the new lines
of railway now extending into Lafayette and Taylor
Counties, where an immense stock of virgin timber
In those counties new sawmills are being erected
in anticipation of railway transportation, and for
years to come the output of lumber from that region
will be very large.
New turpentine stills are being planted here and
there in those counties on lands not available hereto-
fore on account of lack of easy transportation, but
which can be operated now, and the output will add
considerably to the freight tonnage destined for this
In terminal improvement the Seaboard Air Line
Railway will also take a leading part, and will re-
construct its local freight yards from Hogan Street
to the viaduct.
Traffic has so increased that better accommoda-
tion for the loading and unloading of drays must be
provided, and the scope of the plans for the new
yards will give access to nearly three times as many
ears as now. Driveways, paved with brick, will be
made, while Julia Street will be paved to the river.
A new street will be opened from Julia to Hogan
Two large brick freight houses will be built, one
at the foot of Hogan Street, 315 feet long, extending
to Julia Street, and the other will be 315 feet long.
extending from Julia Street toward the viaduct.
To the westward new local freight yards will be
constructed by the Atlantic Coast Line and the Flor-
ida East Coast Railway, jointly, they being known
in the arrangement as the Atlantic and East Coast
These yards will occupy a large portion of the
territory between Madison and Davis Streets, and
Bay and Forsyth Streets. Five tracks will be laid
from a point west of the union station over Johnson
and Lee Streets to the property where the local ter-
minals will be placed. Davis, Stuart and Cleveland
Streets will be closed from Bay to Forsyth Streets,
and Forsyth Street will be widened. A subway or
viaduct will be constructed across Bay Street to con-
nect with one over the tracks at Myrtle Avenue, thus
providing a clear passageway for all other traffic.
Two brick warehouses, 60x350 feet each, will be
built, extending from Madison to Davis Streets, one
to be used by the Atlantic Coast Line and the other
by the Florida East C'onst Railway. Ample space
for driveways about the yards will be maintained.
These will be paved, is will also be the adjacent
This work will be started immediately, and will
be completed as rapidly as circumstances will per-
mit. The necessity for better facilities is increasing
so rapidly that delay cannot be permitted. These
two companies handle 70 per cent of the outgoing
freight of Jacksonville.
Among other traffic operations is the stopping at
Mayport of the new Southern Steamship Company,
which is now running between Philadelphia and
Tampa, ani of which Manager Dilkes is arranging
for a freight service with Jacksonville via the Flor-
ida East Coast Railway to Mayport.
The Merchants and Miners Steamship Company
recently purchased the desirable water front known
as the old Clark mill site, on Bay Street, just east
of the Southern Railway crossing, for which $182,)00
was paid. This is a good illustration of the manner
in which ,Jacksonville is regarded by the writer trans-
Such a confidence in Jacksonville should serve as
a business stimulant, if, indeed, a business tonic was
needed. Still, however, every bit of enterprise or
new industry that finds life here but brightens the
way for others who are seeking a field of industrial
endeavor. PrOsperous business life hunts company,
and in Jacksonville the legitimate and deserving in-
dustrial can always find a welcome.
The growth of the city is apt illustration of this,
and with the incentive of just and elquable freight
rates, and further improvement of the river channel,
the status of ,Jacksonville, not only as the gatewiiy
of Florida, but as a port of high importance, will Ibe
TIITEF HOLDING HIGH PLACE SOLD J. P. MOR-
GAN THE CELEBRATED COPE-WHO IS IHET
Rome.-The Government Is charged with
"cowardly delaying" the prosecution of the several
persons accused of stealing the famous cope which
Morgan bought and returned wh"n it was proved
to him that he had no right to acquire same. For
giving up the stolen cope and returning it to the
cathedral of Ascoli, Mr. Morgan got a medal from
the King of Italy, but the Italian press refuses to
let the matter drop there. They say the thief must
be punished, no matter what his station in life, and
hint at a very high ecclesiastic.
The latter remark seems to be corroborated by
Mr. Morgan's admission to the King, viz.: That he
bought the cope from someone "who had the right to
Some papers accuse Rev. Capitani, of the bishop-
ric of Ascoli, who was authorized to travel in the
United States to collect money for the rebuilding of
the cathedral. Thereupon Prelate Santarelli pub-
lished an open letter protesting against the insin-
uation that the chapter, or bishop, had anything to
do with the theft.
It is also recalled that the agent Rochigiani, who
committed suicide while in the house of detention,
said in his last letter: "When you have found the
thief you will genuflex to him."
February 3, 1906
T4 HE SUN _
Fire destroys a block of stores in Tampa, causing
a loss of $15,000.
The Indian war claim fund of Florida has
shrunken to $25,000.
The county poorhouse at Orlando was burned, but
the inmates were unharmed.
Motorboat races at Palm Beach were sporting
events of much interest this week.
The annual session of the Florida Chautauqua
began at De Funiak on Monday.
Brevard County has received so far this season
for hunting licenses the sum of $1,130.
A Plant City man has marketed 6,000 quarts of
strawlxrries, for which he received $1,380.
Bradford strawberry growers have been promised
a reduction of refrigerator car rates to New York.
An official report made in Tokio showed that the
war with Russia cost the Japanese $585,000,000.
Gen. E. B. Bailey of Monticello has announced
his candidacy for the office of Railroad Commissioner.
A movement in New York, wlich has in view the
nominating of Hearst for Governor. is fast gaining
Poultney Bigelow declares he is ready to forfeit
$1,000 if his assertions relative to conditions at Pan-
ama can be proved untrue.
Samuel Gompers, founder and president of the
American Federation of Labor, will visit Jacksonville
and Tampa during this month.
A large force of workmen is employed on the new
university buildings at Gainesville, and the work is
being pushed as rapidly as possible.
Tampa leads the world in the manufacture of
clear Havana cigars, reports showing that city to be
many millions ahead of Havana.
Stephen Decatur, great-grandson of the famous
Commodore Decatur, was found guilty of hazing and
dismissed from the Naval Academy.
As soon as road-making machinery arrives at
Live Oak work will begin on the forty miles of hard
roads to be built in Suwannee County.
One thousand invitations to the wedding of Miss
Roosevelt and Congressman Longworth, which oc-
curs on February 17, have been issued.
A report from General Linevitch, received at St.
Petersburg, stated that the mutineers at Vladivostok
had been disarmed and that the city was quiet.
Favorable weather has hastened the orange bloom
in many parts of Florida, and if not checked by cold
the prospect is good for a heavy crop next season.
The report is current at the home of William
Rockefeller, in Tarrytown, N. Y., that he will remain
abroad until the case of Missouri against the Stand-
ard Oil Company is settled, fearing that he might be
put on the witness stand.
Material is arriving at Fort Lauderdale for the
new lighthouse at Hillsborough, and also for the
dredges to be used in the Everglades drainage work.
Jules Despecher of Paris, one of the first men in
this country to take part in the promotion of cable
communication between Europe and America, is
The E. H. Gato Company of Key West will build
an addition to its large cigar factory, which, when
completed, will furnish seating capacity for 650 oper-
Hon. T. A. Jennings of Pensacola is reported as a
possible candidate for the Governorship of Florida,
and it is said that his friends are urging him to enter
The City Party of Philadelphia has made an ac-
counting, and shows that it cost $124,416.76 for the
work of routing the machine organization at the polls
The Cuban House of Representatives adopted
unanimously and without discussion the Senate bill
appropriating $25,000 for a wedding present to Miss
Secretary Taft to-day sent to Congress drafts of
several important bills designed to increase the
efficiency of the army, and providing for a military
reserve, as in Europe.
Attorney-General Hadley of Missouri, who is now
uncovering Standard Oil methods in Cleveland, says
he has sufficient evidence to warrant the bringing of
Negroes of Massachusetts are up in arms, and
have offered a protest against the appropriation of
any State money for the Jamestown Exposition un-
less racial equality is permitted.
King Christian of Denmark died Monday after-
noon, being nearly eighty-eight years of age. He had
reigned for sixty-three years, and will be succeeded
on the throne by his son Frederick.
In a head-on collision on the Seaboard Air Line
Railway near Columbia, S. C., two mail clerks from
Florida were killed-H. A. Patillo of Osteen and M.
0. Watkins of Putnam Hall.
Col. J. N. Bradshaw, for nineteen years clerk of
the Circuit Court of Orange County, and who removed
to Texas two years ago, has been elected president of
the First National Bank of Cameron, Tex.
Lord Curzon, late Viceroy of India, will receive
$17,000 for a book he has written on India, and which
it is believed will contain severe criticism of the
workings of the British Government in India.
Shipments of fine tomatoes are being made daily
from Dania, and reports from the fields on the lower
east coast show that the tomato growers have not
suffered as much from heavy rains as was expected.
The disputes between the People's Gas Company
of Chicago and the city, which have prevailed for
years, are settled by the acceptance of the 85-cent gas
rate by the trust. The agreement extends for five
A resolution has been introduced in the State Sen-
ate of New Jersey directing the Attorney General "to
institute legal proceedings in the name of the State
against the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey,
and its subsidiary corporations in the State for the
purpose of annulling and forfeiting the charter of
such company upon the ground of violation of the
common law relating to monopolies and of the Elk-
Ins law and laws relative to interstate commerce."
February 3, 1906
Norman Hapgood, editor of Collier's Weekly, was
acquitted of the charge of libel of Justice Deuel, and
Colonel Mann, editor of Town Topics, was arrested,
charged with committing perjury in testimony he had
given at the trial.
A movement has been started for the erection of a
new courthouse at Bartow, seat of Polk County, a
proposition not acceptable to Lakeland, the other
large town of the county, and the end may be a divis-
ion of the county.
Victor Demogeot of France was crowned Speed
King of the world at the Ormond-Daytona race meet,
after driving his machine two miles in 58 4-5 seconds.
The crowning ceremony was performed by Miss Mary
Simrall of Ormond.
A naval stores company with a capital stock of
$500,000 has been organized in Pensacola, headed by
J. R. Saunders and J. G. Pace of that city, C. H.
Barnes of Jacksonville and other prominent oper-
ators. This company will also operate a large whole-
From twelve to twenty carloads of crushed rock
are being moved weekly by the Florida East Coast
Railway from the quarries near Cutler, to be used
in ballasting the roadbed. The entire road from
South Jacksonville to the mainland terminus will be
Both President Roosevelt and Speaker Cannon
have set the seal of their disapproval in plain terms
upon the proposition of Congressmen Keifer of Ohio
and Crumpacker of Indiana to cut down representa-
tion of Southern States in Congress for disfranchis-
ing ignorant negroes.
Gustave Conzman, for years cashier of the Vigo
County (Indiana) National Bank, has been sentenced
to eight years in the Fort Leavenworth prison for
embezzling $60,000. He was a victim of political
conditions in Vigo County, where he had advanced
money to candidates for public office, with a view to
A Chicago physician was found guilty of robbery
by a jury in the Criminal Court for obtaining money
from a well man, whom the doctor diagnosed as suf-
fering from heart disease, diabetes, catarrh and a few
other things, another physician proving that the man
was free from such diseases.
James J. Hill, president of the Great Northern
Railroad Company, speaking of the United States,
declares: "The country is like a boy who has in-
herited a fortune, one that he has not helped to build
up, and is spending it rapidly and freely. He is
spending the principal."
The loss of railway passes is asserted to be the
reason for unusual activity by the members of the
House of Representatives in demanding investigation
of railway affairs, notably mergers of the Pennsyl-
vania road and the alleged exorbitant charges of the
railroads for carrying the mails.
Captain William H. Van Schaick was found guilty
of criminal negligence in falling to have fire drills
on the steamer General Slocum, which he commanded
in June, 1904, when that steamer burned with the
loss of over 1,000 lives in the East river at New
York. He was immediately sentenced to ten years'
Robert Corey, who resides near Sioux Falls, S.
D., is about to receive, as a legal heir, his share of
the $20,000,000 estate of Sir Francis Drake, Eng-
land's sea hero of eighteenth century fame. He is
likely to get $350,000 as his share. A number of
other heirs live in Colorado, and they alone will re-
ceive about $3,000,000 of the estate.
Supreme Court Justice Kellogg of New York has
rendered a decision declaring impotent that section
of the insurance law which prohibits a policy-holder
from bringing suit for an accounting against an in-
surance company without the consent of the Attor-
ney General. The effect of this decision will be to
throw open the doors of the courts to all policy-hold-
ers who believe they have been unfairly treated.
John B. Jordan, a lawyer of New York, has
received a remarkable complaint against the Mu-
tual Reserve Life Insurance Company from John
Williams, who has been paying premiums to the com-
pany for twenty-two years. In 1884 Williams took
out a policy in the Mutual Reserve for $2,000. He
has paid in premiums $3,000. Recently he became
unable to continue them, and went to the company to
surrender the policy for a cash payment. The sum,
he alleges, the company offered for his $3,000 was
Surrounded by only the bare necessities of life,
Mrs. Jane Sage, aged eighty-five, widow of Alva Sage,
a cousin of Russell Sage, the millionaire, is living
with her son, James, aged sixty-five, in two top rooms
in what was once the best hotel of Toledo, the Oliver
House. The son's health has failed, and were it not
for the fact that John N. Nicholson of the Bethel
Mission accidentally discovered them in great want,
they might have starved to death. Nicholson re-
lieved them and it is understood that means have
been provided to care for them.
Col. Lee S. Daniel has resigned his position as
telegraph operator for the Southern Pacific Railroad
at Victoria, Tex., after fifty-four years of continuous
telegraph service, twenty-two years of which he spent
as operator at Victoria. He is said to have been the
oldest telegraph operator in point of service in the
United States at the time he resigned, a few days
ago. When a telegraph operator at Vicksburg, Miss.,
he had the distinction of receiving and forwarding
the telegram to Jefferson Davis announcing his elec-
tion to the Presidency of the Southern Confederacy.
Attorney-General Ellis of Ohio has decided to be-
gin proceedings against the Wholesale Grocers' Asso-
ciation, known as the "Grocers' Trust," for the re-
vocation of its charter. He has three trusts on his
list-the Standard Oil, the Grocers' and the Bridge
trusts. He has already begun action to oust the
bridge company, and will in a few days proceed
against the Grocers' Association, which, according to
the complainant, the Higgins Company, has been
working in conjunction with the Arbuckles. Some of
the big jobbers of the State may also be criminally
That the Milwaukee Refrigerator Transit Com-
pany has received a total of $60,520 in commissions
since organization in 1903, besides the sum of $229,-
979 in mileage, and that the sum of $160,500 had
been paid in dividends during that period, waft the
main fact brought out by the Government in exami-
nation of T. F. Howe, president of the company. The
examination was held in connection with the suit re-
cently instituted by the Government against the tran-
sit company, the Pabst Brewing Company and seven
defendant railroad companies for alleged violation of
the Elkins anti-rebate act.
It is stated authoritatively at Washington that
no considerable part of the work of construction of
the Panama canal will be let at contract within the
enxt two or three years. After consideration of the
proposition to have all the work done by contract,
and having in mind the experience of the engineers
who sought to have the dredging of Cristobal harbor
done by contract at a reasonable price, the officials
responsible for canal construction have decided that
the contract system is not feasible at present. The
contractors, lacking knowledge of local conditions,
climatic difficulties, labor problems and other con-
tingencies incident to tropical work, are obliged to
fix their bids at a prohibitive price in order to pro-
tect themselves. It will be for the Government, it
is explained, to demonstrate the actual unit prices
of work, which will probably require two or three
years, and then contractors may be invited to bid on
a basis of well-established physical conditions.
Mrs. Craigle (John Oliver Hobbes), the well-
known writer, who has been attending the trial, has
drawn some interesting conclusions from the testi-
mony, among which are the following: News is
conveyed to the editor of Town Topics by persons of
importance from all parts of the county. Guests
describe the weaknesses of their hostesses. Hostesses
retaliate by betraying the vulgarity of their guests.
lBeauties note with consternation the ravages of time,
and emotion, and the like in each other's loveliness.
The thoughtful warn confident wives of their bus-
band's errantry. The accurate describe their own
charms, their own garments, and their own entertain-
ments. Town Topics, in fact, is composed of those
who know for those who do not know how the ad-
mired and the envied pass their lives. A ghastly
trade, this. Not to be overlooked in the confusion
of squalor, recriminations, anguish and wrath of the
whole affair. As for Colonel Mann, he, like the
Prophet Jeremiah, amazed at the folly of Judah, ex-
claims: "I am a child; I cannot speak." He knows
nothing personally of 'these things.
The scheme to change the fundamental laws of
the Russian empire so as to harmonize them with
the manifesto of October 30 has now been printed,
and will be taken up immediately for formal discus-
sion by the Cabinet. The scheme is sure to precipi-
tate a tharp controversy, since it contains a number
of ideas to which several members of the Council
have already taken exception. It places legislative
power in the hands of the Douma, the Council of the
Empire and the Emperor, no law being valid without
the assent of all three. A bill rejected by the Dou-
ma, if vetoed by the Emperor, cannot be reintroduced
in the same session. The Lmperor may prorogue the
l)oumnia at any time, but new elections must be held
within four months, and the Douma must assemble
within six months after its prorogation. The ad-
ministrative acts of the executive officials theoret-
ically are reviewable by the first department of the
Senate sitting as a supreme court to determine their
constitutionality, but a weak phase of the project is
found in several voluminous appendices giving excep-
tions to the judicial power. The project also provides
for the elimination of the word "unlimited" from the
definition of the Emperor's power.
Gen. Joseph Wheeler, veteran of two wars, died
of pneumonia in New York, and his body was buried
in the National Cemetery at Arlington with the mili-
tary honors due an officer of his rank, brigadier gen-
eral of the United States army. General Wheeler
was Iorn in Augusta, Ga., September 10, 1836. He
was graduated from West Point in 18590, and was as-
signed to the cavalry branch of the army as second
lieutenant. He was in active service in the West
until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he resigned
and entered the Confederate army as a lieutenant of
artillery. His desire, however, was for the cavalry,
and his transfer to that branch soon occurred, and
with Forrest and Stuart he was noted as one of the
three great cavalry leaders of the war. His promo-
tion was rapid, and in February, 1865, when not yet
twenty years old, he was given the commission of a
lieutenant general. General Wheeler participated in
all the great battles of the Western Army under
Generals A. S. Johnson, Joseph E. Johnson.and John
B. Hood. His brigade was active at the battle of
thiloh, and the general was prominent in the bat-
tles of Peachtree Creek and Atlanta. It was as a
leader of cavalry raids, however, that General
Wheeler gained his greatest fame, and Wheeler's
Cavalry became noted throughout the country. After
the war General Wheeler studied law, and was ad-
mitted to practice, and about 1880 was elected to
Congress from Alabama, serving for eighteen years.
At the outbreak of the war with Spain he was ap-
mpointed by President McKinley a major general of
volunteers, and assigned to command the cavalry
division of the army in Cubalm, where he took part in
the battles of Las Guaismas and San Juan. After-
ward he served in the Philippines. At the expiration
of his term of service in the Philippines, he returned
to the United States, and in 1000 was placed on the
retired list of the regular army as a brigadier gen-
eral. Since his retirement he has been making his
home with his sister, Mrs. Sterling Smith, in Brook-
lyn, New York.
February 3, 190*
Conducted by W. E. Pabor
Ill fares the land to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates and men decay;
Princes and lords may flourish or may fade,
A breath can make them as a breath has made;
But a bold peasantry, their country's pride,
When once destroyed can never be supphed.
Sunday the pillars are
On which heaven's palace arched lies:
The other days fill up the spare
And hollow room with varieties.
They are the fruitful beds and borders
In God's rich garden; that is bare
Which parts their ranks and borders.
A twenty-four inches in circumference eggplant,
weighing six pounds, grown near Miami, should be
embalmed for preservation and sent North to show
what Florida's sand, aided by commercial fertilizers,
Some sections of the State seem to more than
usually affected by wildcats this season. The night
cries of this animal are far ahead of the catawauling
of the tame creatures we have about the home; but
we prefer the melody of the mocking bird.
(ireen's Fruit Grower for January has, as one illus-
tration, a picture of Luther Burbank sitting in a rock-
ing chair under an apple tree. On this tree he has
grafted 5:38 varieties of apples, and all have produced(
fruit. But is this anything wonderful, given the
branches and twigs and the grafts? Very many years
ago Charles Downey (lid the same trick, though with
a lesser number. The thought suggests itself of what
general bIenefit to fruit growers results from such
"wizard" work? Do we get any better apples? Is it
not a pomological fad merely?
"Cuba," says a lending daily paper, "can never
be Florida's rival." But its editor looks through
an east coast monocle, and can only see the tide of
tourist travel passing through the Gateway City, en
route to the "isle where it is always afternoon."
But how about Cuba as a rival to Florida orange and
pineapple culture? Of course the winter tourist
will "stop awhile, going or coming;" but these are
not what Florida needs to build up its prosperity.
It is the settler, not the tourist, and for such Cuba
has some attractions that Florida lacks.
The Northern seed seller who "exploited" the
Garden Huckleberry last year, our experience with
which was printed in THE SUN'S first issue, is
again advertising it as "a new 'household fruit of
great value," and printing "testimonials" from cus-
tomers; but she is careful to omit the names and
residences of said customers, one of whom says it
is as much superior to the blackberry as the black-
berry is to the sand plum. A picture of a bush with
the berries on it is given in the catalogue, showing
a branch on which several hundred berries apparently
It is not clear to us why Lakeland, in the western
portion of Polk County, should be losing its prestige as
an orange growing section. A staff correspondent of
the New York Packer states, in his correspondence
from that town, "This is not the orange section it
was formerly, though there are still some good grow-
ers here and a creditable amount of oranges have been
shipped." He also sends a pessimistic account of the
berry business, claiming that many growers have
gone out of the business on account of the exorbitant
rates charged by the Southern Express Company, so
high that very little remains for the shipper after all
charges of railroads and commissions are paid.
The Sunset Magazine of San Francisco, published
by Janes Horsburgh in the interest of the Southern
Pacific Railway and "the land of a thousand won-
ders," has, in its January number, somewhat depart-
ed from specially featuring the resources of the golden
coast and given largely of its space to Texas topics.
Its frontispiece illustrates a Texas shorthorn, and the
three leading articles, profusely illustrated, are enti-
tled A Tenderfoot in Texas, The Passing of the Cow-
boy, and The Story of Houston. The first-named ar-
ticlde tells of products of the soil in a very fascinating
way, showing the present prosperity and outlining thw
future greatness of the Lone Star State. Though a
"railroad" magazine, this feature does not crowd out
general matter that makes the Sunset one of the most
readable of the dollar magazines.*
THE SURINAM CHERRY.
A fruit thit should receive more attention in Flori.
da than it does is what is known as the Surinam
cherry. As this is the season for planting in out-d*or
culture, it may be well to state that in South Florida,
below the line of Bartow, it stands ordinary winters
well. Even if, as in the-freeze of one year ago, the
branches air killed to the ground, the roots are not
injured even from ten degrees of freezing, but the
shrub or bush starts up and puts on a vigorous
growth as soon as cold weather is over. Some old
bushes have grown four feet in height in one season
after being frozen down.
This is the way it is described in Reasoner's Tropical
"Eugenia Micheli. E. Surinam Cherry, or
Cayenne Cherry. This Is a valuable shrub for Flori.
da and South Carolina, as it stands considerable frost
and produces quantities of luscious, cherry-like fruits
about an inch in diameter, or larger, bright red,
agreeably acid. Makes the finest jelly. This shrub
is evergreen, with glossy leaves, and is a handsome
pot shrub, bearing in a small size readily. A good
house plant. For open-air growing the plants may be
set 6 or 8 feet apart.
"Black-fruited Surinam Cherry. This is identical
with the preceding, except in color of the fruit, which
is black instead of red and somewhat sweeter in flav< r.
Quite rare as yet."
All that is thus said of it we can vouch for, having
grown the cherry for a number of years in our home
garden. It is not seen in the markets here or else-
where but it would seem as if it would be a profitable
fruit for commercial purposes, being better adapted
for shipment than strawberries. It grows well from
the pit, which can hardly be distinguished from the
cherry pit of the Northern fruit.
(Continued on Fifteenth Page)
Written by Ada A. Mosher, White Springs, Fla.
Dar's a cabin under kibber
Ob er big persimmon tree
Standin' by de S'wanneo ribber
Down in dear ole Floridee.
Hit hab only one wood setter,
En hit nebber had no do';
But hef (lawd would only let her,
Dar is wha dis darky'd go.
Dar's a cane patch in do yard an'
Dar's a cotton tiel' beyond ,
En dear's goobers in de garden
En dar's fodder in de sun.
l)ar's a peace dis world' aint got on
No place else 'cept jis right dar,
When de tiel's is white wid cotton
In de twilight ob de year.
Dar's a little pickaninny
Sleeping' 'leath a sycainio',
An' his manuny wondering' kin he
See dat empty calin d1o'.
0, dat hant ine night en mawnin'
All de day jes woniderin' hef
Little fellow knows we gore an'
Lef' him dar all lwy hissef.
No one dar at home but jus' him:
FHow his ole black mammy long
Fer ter go back once an' nuss him
Soun' ersleep wid dat ole song!
Sing hit once mo' by de glimmer
Er de pine knot wha she sat,
Snugglin' him up close an' him er
Playing' possum like ez not.
0, to see de black ole S'wannee
En de white sand ob hits sho',
En do pine trees tall en tawny
Wid de moss a trailing' low;
En do green ole scrub palmetter
Shinin' in de silber sand,
En de deertongue-Lor, ter get er
Bref er dat ole hammick land!
Patridges is hidin in de
Corner ob dat ole snake fence:
Days is gittin' sorter windy
En cane-grindins is commence:
Sugar-bilins at ole Massa's:
Wonder hef dey knows dat I'm
Plum starved fer sum cane molasses
En er whiff er turkentine?
I kin smell hits honey drippin'
In demboxed weeds, feel de brown
Sleek ole needle straw a slippin'
Neaf my bar foots on de groun'.
Lor, ter see de S'wannee ribber
Shinin' whar dem woodses is,
En dat cabin under kibber
Er dem ole persimmonsesi
February 3, 1906
I' VE A
Some one with a taste for figures was telling me
the other day that since the formation of the United
States somewhere back in the century before the last,
only twenty-six Americans have become President--
and not a single foreigner.
Doesn't this ft put parents and teachers in
rather an unenvi position as regards sincerity?
Here we have today at least ten million innocent
children in this broad land of ours, and nearly every
one has been told that he has a chance to become
President if he will only regard his book and be a
good boy and do more right than wrong.
For my part, I think we ought to take our chil-
dren aside and tell them frankly that they have
mightly little chance. Think of a bright boy toiling
on at school, avoiding athletics and burning the mid-
night oil and his brain as well-for there's as much
consumption of brain as there is of midnight oil in
these nocturnal studyings-think of him pushing on
in every State in the Union hoping for the Presidency,
while we know that for the next fifty years we can't
expect to put more than five of the children of to-day
into the great position.
For my part I'd say to my child: "Rollo, there's
the Presidency. It's a lottery. No man ever knew
from the beginning that he was going to get it.
Washington was real surprised, Hayes had his doubts
even after election day, and Roosevelt often goes off
by himself and says, 'Is it really possible that the
former cowboy and literary man, the liero of thou-
sands of young men, is President of this mighty peo-
pie and might be yet again if he were to allow his
name to be used?' But, as I say, my boy, it's a lot-
tery, and this country of ours is opposed to lotteries
"Emerson," I would say,' continuing the conver-
sation-for. you understand that this is a hypotheti-
cal case and that therefore the boy has got to stand
still and listen-Emerson said, 'Hitch your wagon to
a star,' but you may make a mistake and hitch it to
a comet and then, where is your wagon ?
"There are plenty of likelier horses, my son, and
in these days of automobiles it isn't necessary to
hitch your wagon to anything.. Just make up your
mind where you want to go, be sure you have motive
power enough to get there, and then turn on the cur-
rent. But put the Presidency out of your mind once
The Presidency-I am not talking to my son now,
but just to you, dear reader-the son escaped after
all, hypothetical though he was-the Presidency is,
as a general rule, equivalent to a life sentence. Few
there be who survive its term of office many years.
There have been solid exceptions, but as a general
thing when a man has passed through four years of
handshaking and politician-shaking he is willing to
wrap the drapery of his couch around him as Bryant
did at the age of nineteen. Bryant lived for some
seventy years after, but no former President ever did.
;And on the other hand Bryant never wename Pres-
ident. There's Bryant who could and who did write
"Thanatopsis" at the age of nineteen, and he's the
only man in the history of the United States who
ever wrote it, and he never became President, never
in his life. And there's Andrew Johnson, who at the
sante age could neither read nor write, and lie became
President. Of course it's a lottery, and I'm opposed
to lotteries on principle.
There came a day in my own life when I gave up
all thought of being President. I said to myself:
"It will be.hard work to get the attention of the pub-
lic in this thing. Many will not know who I am or
where I came from, and perhaps if I do get the nom-
ination on the independent prohibition or labor ticket
I will wake up the day after election and find that
some totally different person has won the prize, and
I'll be extremely mortified and absolutely put to it
to pay my legitimate election exl'wn(s-to say noth-
ing of the illegitimate ones."
So I put this possible honor frontm me. Heavens!
it wasn't that I did not appreciate the honor. A mini
has a right to feel proud when millions of his fellow-
citizens, many of them unable to read or write or
think, elect him to the proudest position in the gift
of any nation. I weighed the whole thing pro and
con and then I said, deliberately and firmly, "No, sir,
I am going to lead Wagner's simple life. I'm going
to get simpler and simpler and perhaps I'll die con-
Fellow-citizens, there comes a time to all of us
who have an eye on the Presidency when we must
make up our mind to give up the contest or el(se ac-
cept the inevitable with calm steadfastness. I simply
couldn't bear to be defeated for the Presideneyv. )Do
you suppose that I could read in the palwrs that I
was snowed under in every State in the Union, and
then calmly take a poem and try to sell it to an edi-
tor? No, sir! I'd use back streets for the rest of
my life and write under a pen name. Cincinnatus
hadn't been defeated for Senator when lie went back
to the plow. The honor of election is great, but the
mortification of defeat is greater.
By Charles Battel Loomis
Look at Horace Greeley.' He wasn't content to be
the Nestor of American journalism; he must try to.
be President. Said he'd rather be President than
The result was too lamentable to jest about. I
was a mere boy at the time, but it saved me from the
Presidency. It was the turning of the ways. Like
Rutherford II. Hayes, I went into the egg business;
but unlike himn-or maybe it would be more accurate
to say that like himn-I never was President de jure.
But that is a bygone. Twenty years ago if I had
said that many people would have frothed at the
mouth. Many people still froth at the mouth, but
the froth is apropos of other matters. Significant
No, fellow-countrymen, let us be contented. It is
not likely that over twenty, at the outside of those
Amnericans who are now living will ever add luster to
the Presidential chair-or even sit in it. Let the
rest of us go about our business with contentment,
and every four years let us elevate one of the twenty
with i good grace, and for four years thereafter let
every ian mind his own business-and see that he
has a business to mind-and this country will stride
forward as it has not yet stridden-or is it strode?
Do you intend to become an essayist, gentle
writer? Then learn the art of apt and apposite quo-
tation. Quotations are not more desirable to a stock-
broker than they should be to you. Cultivate Bart-
'o plant in the bare sands of an arid imagination
the borrowed flowers of the successful gardeners of
literature is to prepare a parterre that shall please
even the critical For when a man not variously
learned comes on a passage that lie has himself read
in the original setting, his vanity is tickled.
Tickle your reader's vanity often enough, and Ithe
is yours and will sound your praises. "A nightin-
gale dies for shame if another bird sings better," but
you who are not a nightingale might die for shame
if it were not for the singing of that large chorus of
English birds that make your songs possible. "Homer
himself must beg if he wants means," and if ilomer
Ix'gs, who are you that says, "to beg I am ashamed ?"
See only that you beg at the right gates, aind you
shall enjoy a borrowed richness that in the minds of
many passes for a homne-inade garment of great value.
"Some books are to lw tasted, others to bI swal-
lowed," and others quoted. "Reading mnaketh it a full
man," not only that, but "out of the fullness of the
heart the mouth speaketh," and lie who has read
much and rememnlbered much can write well.
"Discretion of speech is more than eloquence,"
and the most discreet man is the man who knows
where to borrow to advantage. There be those who
write original essays of which the nest that may INh
said is, "It is his own.' Better far the essay that
glitters and sparkles with a thousand gems filched
from the world's great lapidari's.
"Brevity is the soul of wit," but it does not follow
that every postal card contains an epigram. The
safest way to insure wit in your essay is to pick it
where you find it, and ten chances to one that will
not le in your own brain. Better the wit of others
than nQ wit at all-which might be a proverb, but is
Shakespeare has well said, "There is nothing
either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." If
this but applied to your essay, ( writer what an
excellent thing it would bel But it lies not within
your own gray matter to comlpas it. Again, with
the bard, you say, "I must lIecoine a borrower," and
you walk down the pleasant gardens, plucking here
and there a flower of fancy until your little essay
stuns the eye with color. "Here's richness!"
Nothing that you can say but has been well said
Is'fore; therefore quote it, fusing it, if you will, with
your pior thought to decrystallize it and make it
s(eem a new thing.
"Here are a few of tihe unpleasant'st words that
ever blotted paperr" Do not use them then. Make
your essay light, graceful, full of the whipped creamn
of human kindness.
"Silence is the lsrfectest herald of joy,"- says Will
again, but had he kept silence, what joy the Anglo-
Saxon race had missed, and how weak in quotation
had Iteen thy essay Hlas not this same Shakespeare
said, "What's mine is yours?" Therefore, do not
scruple to take it if it will "make light where dark-
"Who would write well must first have loved."
There yout are. It is not "nominated in the bond"
what you must have loved: therefore it may its well
I' books as any other thing. You have loved Iboks,
you have gathered of their honey: now let it dropl
from off your stylus and sweeten this essay over
which you labor.
A sixteenth-century writer says, "T'hey lard their
lean Imoks with the fat of others' works." There
you have an old precedent, so lear not. You are in
good company. You do but take what others have
taken before. Quote you never so well, you do but
requote, and it may be that he from whom you quote
lifted his thought from a richer than he. It is well
said that "a dwarf, standing on the shoulders of a
giant, may see further than a giant himself," and if
he can see further it stands to reason that he can be
seen further. Your borrowed plumes will make you
a marked man; that is, one who is "read, marked,
learned, and inwardly digested."
"We can say nothing but .what hath been said."
Why attempt the impossible, then? "I would help
others out of a fellow-feeling." I have been thought-
dry myself. I dare say that there were mornings
when John Milton said: "I had rather than forty
shillings I had never begun 'Paradise Lost.' I have
keyed it so high that it splits my throat to sing it."
"Angling is somewhat like poetry-men are born
so." So angle that ye obtain the prize. Fish in
other men's streams and a full basket will surely re-
wi rd your lterseverance. And when you have spread
your wares in the market place, not one in ten will
care who owned the fish originally. You will receive
the credit even if you pepper your work all over with
Emerson says, "The passages of Shakespeare that
we most prize were never quoted until this century."
Do you not see that it was not what Shakespeare
himself said that men valued? It was not untfl his
jewels flashed in other men's bosoms that we per-
ceived their luster. Therefore quote, for in so doing
you will be rendering the bard a service.
Some one thas said, "He that I am reading seems
always to have the most force." Remember that, 0
gentle essayist! Do not scruple to help thyself, and
having done so, to "take thy pen and write down
"It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright,"
but thanks to your incursions into the fields of liter-
ature, your bag is full. Lht it stand.
Your boy stands in awe of you.
That's a pretty bad state of affairs, if you don't
mind plain talk.
Who are you, anyway, that he should stand in awe
Weren't you a boy once? Isn't there a little rem-
nant of boy somewhere in your heart yet?
I don't say that lie ought not to respect you. I
hopm- you reset him, but just remember that it is
only a matter of twenty-five years that separates you.
lHe came to this globe later than you, but he is doing
the salne act and you are really only brothers if
you'd look at it in that way.
(let next to your boy.
Put hinm next to you.
if he stands in awe of you it may be nevertheless
that lie doesn't love you, and it's a heap sight better
for a boy to love his father than to think that his
father is a little tin god on wheels.
Because you're not one. You may have the tin-
and you milay have the wheels, but there is mighty
little that's godlike about you, more's the pity.
So just lay away that awful frown and learn to
throw eart-wheels in the back yard and forget that
you are so important.
Because on my word you are not important. We'd
swing through space just as steadily with you off
the map as we do now. And the boy, while he might
look solemn, wouldn't feel half as bad as he would if
you brothered him a little more.
Take a shy at it.
Does it worry you to have your husband bring
some men home to dinner? I mean do you feel afraid
that your guest will notice that you have a misfit set
of tableware and that your maid is not well trained?
Recollect that if your guest notices those things
to your detriment he is not worthy of you.
You are just as good as the best person who could
possibly visit you. If you're not it's your own fault.
Do the best you can with your service, be sure to
have your food well cooked and palatably seasoned,
and then treat your guest an simply as you know
If hlie acts as if he were better than you he surely
is not as good as ryou. If he accepts your hospitality
in the same spirit in which you offer it, he is all
right and you'd better have him out again.
But it is not worth while for either you or your
husband to bother with people who cannot accept
your ways of living.
If the man who is coming out awen you because he
is rich. try to remember some ancestor of yours who
made the world better worth living in. If your guest
awen you because of his culture, remember that you
are trying to make life worth living to your husband
and your children (perhaps you're not, but you really
But if the man who in coming awes you because
of his blue blood, remember that kind hearts are
more 'than coronets, and tell him his grandmother
was a monkey. It'll break the ice.
6SatuGH H, Fe 3, 906
S&turay, Febmary 3, 1906
Here's a Skeleton
In a former incarnation, as The Daily Florida Sun, we had something to say
about the present-day tendency to control things by boards, commissions and like
creations, taking for our subject "Confiscation Run Riot."
As our views on this subject have not changed, as things are constantly hap-
pening to direct our attention to it, and as we have the fear that busy people
will not take time to think about the danger of this tendency to control, to reg-
ulate and to practically CONFISCATE THE PROPERTY OF CITIZENS, we
feel called upon to point out the various schemes to interfere with property rights
as often as they come to our notice.
We are constantly hearing about the creation of boards to control, of com-
missions to regulate, of bodies to do this, that or the other thing to the property
of individuals, firms or corporations.
These creations of interference with private property are the more dangerous
because they always take the "probono public" form.
Throw around one of these controlling schemes the cloak marked "for the
public weal," and the GRINNING SKELETON OF CONFISCATION IS HID
from the sight of the public eye.
But, in most of them, the skeleton is there all the same, ready to do the work
set for him, and anxious to begin.
Sugar-coat the confiscation pill as you may, it is none the less a medicine
that is forced down the throats of those who own property, and woe be unto him
who makes a wry face over it, for he is pronounced a selfish person, to whom the
finger of recorn is pointed, as a drag on the wheels of progress.
As believers in, and upholders of, the principle that the common people, who
are gene 'ally helpless in the hands of rapacious corporations watchful for a
chance to absorb the rights that the people should enjoy, WE HAVE RESOLVED
TO ACCEPT SECOND PLACE FROM NO ONE.
We are always ready to jump into the thick of the fight, where blows fall
the hardest, and our "dewing do" on the side of the people, when they are about
to be overborne by powerful combinations of capital.
But, we are none the less believers in the principle of peaceful enjoyment of
property, ond will do the best we can to maintain that principle.
Anything that looks like confiscation at once arrests our attention, and when
our investigation convinces us that It IS CONFISCATION, or, if let alone, will
BECOME CONFISCATION, we at once get out the danger flag and wig-wag as
briskly as we can.
Last fall we found something that looked like confiscation.
We alivee been investigating, at intervals, giving to it such time as was neces-
sary to p-t ALL THE FACTS, and we are now ready to declare that IT IS CON-
WE REFER TO THE PLAN TO DRAIN THE LOW LANDS LYING WEST
OF THE TOWN OF WEST PALM BEACH.
Here is the plan:
Certain men living in West Palm Beach thought that thirty thousand acres
of overflowed lands lying around West Palm Beach should be drained.
THESE MEN DID NOT OWN THESE LANDS, but they objected to the
water that covered them, because they were such good lands.
"See," said they, "what a fine thing it would be to take the water off these
lands and, by this simple process, change them from overflowed lands worth $7
an acre to muck lands worth $150 an acre-drain them; why, it would be a shame
to neglect it."
So they dragged out the statute books, found a law that had been passed
when nobody was thinking much about it, and under its provisions got up a
petition which was signed by THIRTY-EIGHT PERSONS in Dade County, asking
the County Commissioners to appoint a drainage commission.
The commission was appointed, met and assessed the lands which were to
be drained at a valuation that would produce $145,000 in a special drainage tax.
Three com panies, which happened to own enough lands to be called on to pay
$125,000 of this tax, happened also to have a different idea about the drainage
question from those who happened NOT to own the lands.
These companies, which happened to own the lands, are rich companies, and
consequently pierfeetly able to do their own draining of their own land, when the
time scented good. And if any person could prove to them that by spending
money for drainage, $7 an acre land could be turned into $150 an acre land, they
would ha.'e begun digging the day the showing was made.
Corporations may do lots of wicked things, but they NEVER HAVE BEEN
KNOWN, up to this writing, to overlook a chance to multiply their money.
This casts an element of doubt on the figures of the men who DID NOT OWN
THE LAND-but this is incidental.
The main point is-
THAT TIOSE WHO OWN LAND HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO AS THEY
PLEASE WITH IT, provided public policy does not demand that they yield their
control for great public uses.
Any attempt to compel owners of property to relinquish their right to
IS AN ATTEMPT AT CONFISCATION.
And confiscation is such an ugly word to use in a free country.
There are other incidental things which may be mentioned in connection with
this particular drainage scheme of these thirty-eight men WHO HAPPENED
NOT TO OWN THE LAND to be drained.
For exiimple: In order to spend $145,000-the amount of special taxes
assessed against the land-the cost per cubic yard of material to be moved would
have to A un lItween 22 and 23 cents. The contract was let at 7 1-2 cents.
For WHIIAT was the $906,000 excess to be used
But things like this are details which we will not allow to drive us from the
main point, which is-
CONFISCATION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY.
Which same we are against, no matter if the confiscators DO SAY that it is
for the bnefillt of the people, and conflseatees DO happen to be corporations.
We <'o not believe that the people who make up this State will stand for con-
Judge Emory SMjer, who in sitting on the Greene and Gaynor case, now being
tried in Ravannah, IAs so afraid that his dignity will be hurt that he can hardly
pause long enough in looking after it to let the case go on. A. a Judicial despot,
Judge Sjxr is rapidly qualifying for the A class. He keeps the poor marshal
constantly on the jump, and the jury frequently on the road to the jury room,
while he tolls the lawyers low to behave with decorum as interpreted by Speer.
This makes good "copy" for the newvspapers. but the people pay Judges to work.
We note that Mr. W. 11. Tucker, late superintendent of the Jacksonville
Street Car System, will take up the same kind of work in Dallas, Tex. Tucker
was all right in Boston, but this atmosphere did not suit him. He was a sad
mi dlt Now that he is about to leave us we will forget everything about him,
ad dismiss him by doing him a good turn. We advise him to get right on the
aegro social equality question before he travels many miles beyond the Texas
border. Ty are apt to be rude to him if he don't.
How Does Tbis Strike You?
To any one looking for the real thing in coercion, the A plus Al example of
compulsory merchandising, the highest and fanciest touch of the compelling
power of capital, and the last analysis of the game of catching tnem a-going and
a-coming, we refer him to this-
"Notice-All employees of Tyler Lumber Company, who work for them, or are
living in their houses, are expected to trade at the company's store, exclusively.
Anyone not wishing to do this may tender his resignation as an employee of the
firm and vacate the company's houses. Tyler Lumber Company. V.W. Tyler,
This company is located in Tyler, Fla., where it is now completing the instal-
lation of a sawmill plant.
Thoms who are hired to work at this mill are landed at Tyler, are put on one
Let the knocker, the pessimist, the chronic fault-finder be relegated to the rear, as their day
We started out this week with the idea that we would preser
business in Jacksonville, to its own use and profit. We have,
our idea, that any mention of it in words would be a work of sup
tonal; and ask the merchants who have withheld business from i
place, where the gumn drop falleth not, and think.
of the gang, work hard all the week, and when Saturday night comes are handed
one of these for a keepsake.
A nice things for an American workman to carry around in his overalls
If one of King Leopold's Congo niggers was to hear about this LITTLE
POCKET IECE he would turn his iron collar around his neck so as to make it
rub the rawplaces, and give his American brother the horse laugh.
"Are EXPECTED to trade at the company's STORE EXCLUSIVELY."
This is English as she is spoken at Tylers.
"Anyone not wishing to do this MAY tender his resignation.-
Thanks. Oh! thanks for that "MAY."
It muy read "may," be spelled m-a-y, but it sounds like must.
"And vacate the company's houses."
A case of "It's your move," if you don't behave.
If you want to live in Liberty Hall, in hearing distance of the angle's scream,
Go to Tylers.
94p", opplrlpoi No p PIP 14 "FIR, J17
If a man who writes as much as Elbert Hubbard, most of It condensed wis-
dom elegantly clothed, did not occasionally write a foolish thing, he would be
more than a man.
When the sage and wit of East Aurora wrote one of his artistic sketches on
cigarette smokers, in which he classed all cigarette smokers as weaklings or
worse, we ran over the list of cigarette smokers we know, and concluded that Mr.
Hubbard had been guilty of a bad break.
Just now we have in mind Wm. Travers Jerome, who is an incessant cigar-
ette smoker, and who thinks as clearly, talks as forcibly, and acts as vigorously
as any man alive to-day.
Jerome's record along these lines is too well known, and of too recent mak-
ing to require other than the mention of his name as author of a statement to
Mat. New Mi, view vi V d OW idvlps are new In ehMr.-Metropolis, January 29
editorial, showing how the Gumocracy has cinched all lines of
,d our mind, because Mr. Taylor has so graphically presented
nation. We, therefore, present Mr. Taylor's cartoon as an edi-
rder of the Gummers to take a look, and then go off in a quiet
entitle that statement to the serious consideration of all men who read, who
remember what they read, and who think about passing events.
We, therefore, take pleasure in introducing Mr. Jerome's remarks about
newspapers, in support of some observations we have made on the same subject.
At the conclusion of the trial in which Hapgood, editor of Collier's Weekly,
was acquitted of the charge of criminal libel, brought against him by Justice
Deuel of Town Topics, Mr. Jerome said to the defendant:
"My dear old man, I'm very much pleased that it turned out as it
In his address to the jury Mr. Jerome referred to Town Topics thus:
"Mr. Shepard has told you that Colonel Mann has stated that it was
the natural evolution of personal journalism. If this is true it ought
to be applicable to more than one daily paper in New York whose trend
is that way. There is scarcely a morning paper that does not print the
scandals and obscene matter.
"Does it serve any useful purpose? Is it other than filth? Is it put
there for no other purpose than that of paying dividends to the stockhold-
Saturday, February 3, 1906
era? The average newspaper is run from the counting room standpoint.
Many of the advertisements are but a corruption fund to induce quiet
about this, that or the other. I am not here to justify Town Topics."
With a due sense of our unworthiness to be in such mentally distinguished
company, but because we have thought the same way and SAID THE SAME
THINGS, we take the liberty of indorsing the utterances of Mr. Jerome, and of
giving them a wider range of application.
Not only in New York, but in EVERY OTHER STATE, are there newspapers
which belong in the class so unworthily distinguished by Colonel Mann, the Mor-
gan of the art of making blackmail pay.
These papers run their news columns SOLELY FROM THE COUNTING
Things are put in, and things are left out of the news columns, according to
the effect their insertion or omission will have on the.business office.
WE, and Horace Greeley, and Henry Watterson, and Charles Dana, have
thought that newspapers should have a better standard than this, and have tried
to keep our news and editorial columns out of hearing distance of the coin's
WE may be wrong, but we are rather proud of the company we find ourselves
in, and we now have the comfort of knowing that we will not be lonesome-
FOR THE TENDENCY OF SOME DOZENS OF GREAT NEWSPAPERS
IS NOW IN THE SAME DIRECTION.
Listen to the Washington Post:
"There is no reason why the influence of an honest newspaper should
cost anybody a penny. The man who controls the policy of a newspaper
is supposed to hear and consider all sides of every important question
and proposition, and to make his newspaper express his conclusions as to
what is right for the guidance and information of the public. The news-
paper which accepts money in any form to determine or to sway its posi-
tion on any public question is dishonest, rascally and traitorous to
With such endorsement as we now have from all directions, we are stronger
in our belief that newspapers must be free from the influence of the counting
room, or take down the banner of journalism and hang out the merchandising
When we can no longer live under the standard we have raised, we will invite
our friends to a song recital at which we will be the only performer, rendering
in our best style the "Song of the Swan."
Oh, Joy! Here's Graves Again
We feel that we would be guilty of base ingratitude to the Mirth Goddess if
we did not pour out to her our thanks for giving us Graves-John Temple
Graves-who spent many pleasant winters and summers in our midst, but who
now brings joy and gladness to our neighbors in Georgia's capital.
Yes, we are glad we have Graves. He has cheered us greatly in his recent
stunts, as brought out by his partner, Mr. Daniel
Like a martin to his gourd, has Mr. Daniel gone to the spot in the armor
of John Temple where the plates are the thinnest.
With unerring finger has the manager of the Atlanta News touched the raw
on the anatomy of its distinguished editor.
Down here in Jacksonville we all know how his vanity increased in geomet-
rical proportion when stacked up against his size.
We know how he used to walk down the street in pumps and pomposity.
Most of us can recall his controversy with Charles H. Jones, who had about
the same number of cubits in his stature as his journalistic opponent, and can
still call ul a smile when Graves put on a high silk, and referred to Jones as
"that little literary fellow."
But Daniel of Atlanta has come to judgment, and serves up Graves with the
sauce that adds just the right touch to the piquant flavor of the precious tid-bit.
The Daniel relish takes the form of an injunction to restrain Graves from
throwing bouquets at himself in his editorial columns.
Try a little dash of it.
Says Daniel: "Mr. Graves can be fed on flattery. It is essential to his
existence. By flattery he can be soft-soaped into doing any act, however ridiculous
it may be."
Ain't it great?
Take another spoonful.
"He (Graves) follows one who flatters, just as a little child follows a stick
Getting better all the time.
Some more? Why, certainly. Pleasure's ours.
"So great is the necessity of Graves for adulation that anr dreary drivel can
find its way into the editorial page if it only be addressed lion. John Temple
Graves,' and begins, 'I saw your brilliant editorial,' or 'I have heard your elo-
quent address delivered at Coonville.' "
Well, after this, if we could only meet this Daniel we know what we would
do. We would ask him to name his'n, even if we did break a life-long habit.
At a recent meeting of the National Child Labor Committee, Samuel Gompers,
president of the American Federation of Labor, was the chief speaker. He
declared that organized labor had succeeded in having laws passed in four States
against child labor. Mr. Gompers also called attention to the fact that in the
South the exclusion of the negroes from the factories had resulted in sending the
negro children to school and the white children to work.
We know that Mr. Gompers is right. We heard the question discussed at
length in the South Carolina Legislature in 1003, when bills against child labor
were pending. All of the speakers on the bills made the statement that negro
children were being educated, while white children were doing factory work. Child
labor should be abolished for many reasons, but if there was no other but this, it
should not be tolerated.
That the proper way to treat the eyes is through the stomach, has been
demonstrated in this city. One of our most prominent and distinguished citizens,
whose Vye' were fast failing, consulted a neurologist, who put him on a diet of
one pecan nut for breakfast, no luncheon, and a dried fig for dinner. At the end
of the third week he could see a loaf of bread nine miles.
Those. Cook & Sons of New York, proprietors of Cooks' European Tours,
report unprecedented inquiries from Jacksonville this winter. Fashions change
and men change with them. Besides, one gets tired of autos and diamonds after
The iest piece of news that has come out of the East since Dewey cut the
cable, is a late dispatch to an English paper that the Japs want the Philippines.
Don't see why they want 'em, but if they will take 'em- let 'em.
Now that it has been demonstrated at Ormond that one make of automobile
can go 'aster than others, let's get some good roads built before the enthusiasm.
Dy Chevalier William Le Oueux
"Your enemies prepared this terrible trap for
you," declared the man who was once my trusted ser-
vant. "When I entered into the affair I was not
aware that it was to lie fatal. They gave me no ink-
ling of their dastardly intention. But there is no
time to admit of explanations now, signore," he added
breathlessly, in a low desperate voice. "Say that you
will not prejudge me," he pleaded 'earnestly.
"I will not prejudge you until I've heard your
explanation," i said. "I certainly owe my life to
"Then quick l Fly trom this house this instant.
If you are stopped, then use your revolver. Don't
hesitate. In a nimomnent they will le here upon you."
"Hut who are they, Olinto? You must tell me,"
I cried in desperation.
"Dio! GoI Go!" he cried, pushing me violently
toward the door. "F'ly, or we shall both die-both
of us! Itun downstairs. I must make feint of dash-
ing after you."
I turned, and seeing his desl|Mrate eagerness, pre-
eipitately fled, while hlie ran down behind me, uttering
fierce inmpre'ations in Italian, as though I had es-
A man in the narrow dark passage attempted to
trip ine up as I ran, ibut I fired point blank at him,
and gaining the door unlocked it, and an instant
later found myself out in the street.
It was the narrowest escape from death that I
had ever hadl in all my life-surely the strangest and
most remarkable adventure. What, I wondered, did
it Ilman it
Next morning I s'a relied iup and down Oxford
Street for the Restaiurant Milano, but could not find
it. I asked shopkeepers, postmen, and policemen; I
examined the London directory at the h.ar of the Ox-
ford Music Hall, and made every inquiry possible.
But all was to no purpose. No one knew of such ai
place. There were restaurants in plenty in Oxford
Street, from the Frascnti down to the humble coffee
shop1, but nobody had ever heard of the "Milano."
h'ven Olinto had played me false!
I was fIlled with chagrin, for I had trusted him
as honest, upright, and industrious; and was puz-
zled to know the reason he had deceived me, and why
he had enticed me to thlie very brink of the grave.
eit had told me that he himself had fallen into
the trap laid by my enemies, and yet he had stead-
fastly refused to tell ime, who they were! The whole
thing was utterly inexplicable.
1 drove over to lambeth and wandered through
the maze of niean s trt~ets oft the York Road, yet for
the life of lle I could not decide into which house I
had I't'en taken. 'There were at dozen which seemed
to me that they might It, the identical house from
which I had so narrowly escaped with my life.
Gradually it Ixeaurne impressed upon me that my
ex-servant liad somehow gained knowledge that I was
in London, that he had watched my exit from the
cilbl, and that all his pitiful story regarding Armida
was false. lIe was thin envoy of nly unknown en-
emi'es, who had 5o ingeniously and so relentlessly
plotted my destruction.
That I had enemies I knew quite well. The man
who I'lieves lithe has not is an arrant fool. There is
no man breathing who ha1s not an enemy, from the
pauplwr in the workhouse to the king in his autoimo-
bile. But the unseen eiinaVy is always the most dan-
geroulS; hence nmy dteep lalpprehensive reflections that
day as I walked thot, sordid back streets "over the
water," as the C(ockney refers to the district ,between
those two main arteries of trafllc, the Waterloo and
Westininster Bridge Roads.
My unknown enemiis had secured the services of
Olinto in their dastardly plot to kill lme. With what
I wondered as I crossed Waterloo Bridge to the
Strand, whether Olinto Santini would again approtlchi
lie and make the promised explanation. I had given
miy word not to prejudge him until lite revealed to
mile the truth. Yet I could not, in the cireunistances,.
relpos entire contidhlent in him.
When one's enemies ire unknown, the feeling of
apprehiensioln is always iti lch greater. for iin tihe
ilimgination dihankger IlurksI ill every corner, and every
action of a friend covers the ruse of a suslweted
That day I did may hausiness in the city with a dis-
trunst of everyone, not knowing whether I was not
followed or whether those who sought my life were
not plotting toam'e other etlually ingenious move
whereby I miight go innocently to mny death. I en-
deavoredl to dimover tOilinto ly every itmSible means
during thowe stilling days that followed. The heat
of London wias, to me, mlre opplre.ssive than lhe fiery
sunshine of the ohl-world l'tuscany. and everyone who
could be out of town had left for the collntry or the
The only traae I found of the Italian was that he
waM registered at the oilkt, of the International So-
.eiety of Hotel Servants, in Shaftesbury Avenue, as
being employed at Gatti's Adelaide Gallery, but on
inquiry there I found he had left more than a year
before, and none of his fellow-waiters knew his where-
Thus being defeated in every inquiry, and my busi-
ness at last concluded in London, I went up to Dum-
fries on a duty visit which I paid annually to my
uncle, Sir George Little. Having known Dumfries
since my earliest boyhood, and having spent some
years of my youth there, I had many friends in the
vicinity, for Sir George and my aunt were very pop-
ular in the county and moved in the best set.
Each time I returned from abroad I was always
a welcome guest at Greenlaw, as their place outside
the city of Burns was called, and this occasion proved
no exception, for the country houses of Dumfries are
always gay in August in prospect of the shooting.
"Some new people have taken Rannoch C(astle.
Rather nice they seem," remarked my aunt as we
were sitting together at luncheon the day after my
arrival. "Their name is Leithcourt, and they've
asked me to drive you over there to tennis this after-
"I'm not much of a player, you know, aunt. Inl
Italy we don't believe in athletics. But if it's out of.
politeness, of course, I'll go."
"Very well," she said. "Then I'll order the vic-
toria for three."
"There are several nice girls there, Gordon," re-
marked my uncle mischievously. "You have a good
time, so don't think you are going to 111 bored."
"No fear of that,' was my answer. And at three
o'clock Sir George, his wife, and myself set out for
that fine old historic castle that stands high on thel
Bognie, overlooking the Cairn waters beyond Dun-
score, one of the strongholds of the Black Douglas
in those turbulent days of long ago, and now a splen-
did old residence with a big shoot which was somne-
times let for the season at a very high rent by its
aristocratic if somewhat impecunious owner.
We could see its great round towers, standing
grim anti gray on the hillside commanding the whole
of the valley, long before we approached it, and when
we drove into the grounds we found a gay party iln
summer toilets assembled on the ancient bowling
green, now transformed into a modern tennis lawn.
Mrs. leithcourt and her husband, a tall, thin,
gray-headed, well-dresseu man, both came forward to
greet us, and after a few introductions I joined a set
at tennis. They were a merry crowd. The Leith-
courts were entertaining a large house-party, and
their hospitality was on a scale quite in keeping with
the fine old place they rented.
Tea was served on tne lawn by the footmen, and
afterward, being tired of the game, I found myself
strolling with Muriel Leithcourt, a bright, dark-eyed
girl with tightly-bound hair, and wearing a cotton
blouse and flannel tennis skirt.
I was apologizing for my terribly bad play. ex-
plaining that I had no practice out in Italy, where.
upon sie said-
"I know Italy slightly. I was in Florence aind
Naples with mother last season."
Anti then we began to discuss pictures and sculp-
tures and the sights of Italy generally. 1 discerned
from her remarks that she had traveled widely; in-
deed, she told me that both her father and mother
were never happier than when moving from place to
place in search of variety andti distraction. We had
entered the huge paneled hall of the castle, and had
passed up the quaint old stone staircase to the long
banqueting hall with its paneled oak ceiling, which in
these modern days had ieen transformed into at
bright, pleasant drawing room, from the windows of
which was presented a marvelous view over the lovely
Nithsdale and across to the heather-clad hills beyond.
It was pleasant lounging there in the cool old
room after thle hot sunshine outside, and as I gaz(ed
around the place I noted how much more luxurious
anid tasteful it now was to what it hadI been in tihe
days when I had visited its owner several years i-,.
"We are awfully glad to be up here, myv coiln-
lanion WIas saying. "We had sclh Ia busy seasolln ill
I nidon." And then she went on to destril, lIMth
(Court ball, and two or three of the most notable fuui.-
tions about which I had read in my English paper
beside the Mediterranean.
Shie attracted me on account of her bright vi.
vacity. quick wit and keen sense of humor, therefore
1 sat listening to her pleasant chatter. Exiled as I
was in a foreign land. I seldom spolke English save
with Hlutcheson, the C('onsul,. and ewen then we ,iln-
erally spoke Italian if there were others present in
order that our t'comlpanionls should undeltrstalnd. There-
fore her gossip interested me,. and as the golden sun
set Ilthoded the handsome old room I .sat listetliin to
her inwardly admiring her innate grace and hand
I had no idea who or what her father was-
whether a wealthy manufacturer, like so many wlh
take expensive shitts and give big entertainments in
order to edge their way into boeciety by its back door
or whether lie was a gentleman of means and of good
family. I rather guessed the latter, from his gentle-
manly bearing and polished manner. His appear-
ance, tall and erect, was that of a retired officer, and
his clean-cut face was one of marked distinction.
I was telling my pretty companion something of
my own life, how, because I loved Italy so well, I
lived in Tuscany in preference to living in England,
and how each year I came home for a month or two
to visit my relations and to keep in touch with
Suddenly she said-
"I was once in Leghorn for a few hours. We were
yachting in the Mediterranean. I love the sea-and
yachting is such awfully good fun, if you only get
The mention of yachting brought back to my mind
the visit of the Lola and its mysterious sequel.
"Your father has a yacht, then?" I remarked, with
as little celleern as I could.
"Yes. The Iris. My uncle is cruising on her up
the Norwegian Fiords. For us it is a change to be
here, because we are so often afloat. We went across
to New York in her last year and had a most delight-
ful time-except for one bad squall which made us
all a little bit nervous. But Moyes is such an excel-
lent captain that I never fear. The crew are all
North Sea fishermen-father will engage nobody else.
I don't blame him."
"So you must lave. made many long voyages, and
seeii many odd corners of the world, Miss Leith-
court?" I remarked, my interest in her increasing,
for she seemed so extremely intelligent and well-in-
"Oh, yes. We've been to Mexico, and to Panama,
besides Morocco, Egypt, and the West Coast of
"And you've actually landed at Leghorn!" I re-
"Yes, but we didn't stay there more than an hour
-to send a telegram, I think it was. Father said
there was nothing to see there. He and I went
ashore, and I must say I was rather disappointed."
"You are quite right. The town itself is ugly and
uninteresting. But the outskirts-San Jacopo, Ar-
denza and Antigniano are all delightful. It was un-
fortunate that you did not see them. Was it long
ago when you put in there?"
"Not very long. I really don't recollect the exact
date," was her reply. "We were on our way home
"Have you ever, in any of the ports you've been,
seen a yacht called the Lola I asked eagerly, for it
occurred to me that perhaps shle might be able to
give aie information.
"The Lola!" she gasped, and instantly her face
changed. A flush overspread her cheeks, succeeded
next nioment by a death-like pallor. "The Lola !" she
repeated in a strange, hoarse voice, at the same time
endeavoring strenuously not to exhibit any apprehen-
sion. "No. I have never heard of any such a ves-
set. Is she a steam-yacht? Who's her owner?"
I regarded her in amazement and suspicion, for I
saw that mention of the name had aroused within her
* some serious misgiving. That look in her dark eyes
as they fixed themselves upon me was one of distinct
and miunspeakable terror.
What could she possibly know concerning the
"I don't know the owner's name," I said, still
affecting not to have noticed her alarm and appre-
hension. "Thlie vessel ran aground at the Meloria, a
dangerous shoal outside Leghorn, and through the
stupidity of her captain was very nearly lost."
"Yes?" slihe gasped, in a half-whisper, bending to
nme eagerly unable to sufficiently conceal the terrible
anxiety consuming her. And you--did you go aboard
'"Yes." was the only word I uttered.
A' silence tell between us, and as my eyes fixed
themselves upon her. I saw that from her handsome
deunly gone out. and 1 knew that she was in secret
pIsession oif tlhe key to that remarkable enigma that
so puzzh'd nim.
Of a sudden the door opened, and a voice cried
"\V ly, I've been looking everywhere for you,
Murie. Why are you hidden here? Aren't you
W\e hoth turned, and as she did so a low cry of
Ilank dismay involuntarily escaped lher.
Next instant I sprang to my feet. The reason of
lir r( was apparent. for there, in the full light of
tle gollien sunset streaming through the long open
wi lows. stood a broad-shouldered, far-bearded man
in tt'niis hilunels aind a Panalllt hat--the fugitive I
knew as Philip lornbh!u
I faced him. sp)eechless.
(Continued on Fourteenth Page)
February 3, 1906
IN THE SUN'S CHARIOT
Intimate Talks Between Publisher and Reader
It's about time we heard form YOU
as to what you think of THE SUN.
We have received letters by the dozen
during the past month from people all
over the country. These letters were
nearly all of the right sort, for, with
one or two exceptions, they commended
us for the stand we have taken for in-
dependence, for freedom of expression,
for clean, decent journalism, and for the
right as we see it.
All of this kind tell us to keep a stout
heart and a strong courage, to continue
in our fight for the rights of the many
against the encroachments of the few.
Some of these letters have come from
far-away points, like Boston, Kansas,
Indian Territory, California, and even
Washington State. Some came from
Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and the
But most of them came from the State
in which we live, written by people who
know us, and are known of us.
Just in passing we might mention
that by far the greater number of the
letters contained orders for subscrip-
tions and money with which to pay for
them. The last causes us incidentally
If every well-wisher was to turn him-
self INTO A CASH SUBSCRIBER, we
would not be longer troubled about such
a sordid, senseless, souless thing as
But-as we were saying-getting the
letters is the main thing. Keeping our
soul alive is the great desideratum. The
money will come as we need it.
What we really started out to say is
Do you like THE SUN?
Is it what you expected it would be?
Is it what you WANT IT TO BE?
If so, and if you have not already
done so, write us a line or two telling
If not, write anyway, and tell us why
you are not pleased.
Maybe we can get together on this
thing. Maybe we can, by adding a touch
here and leaving out a thing there, fix
the paper to suit you. We can never
know how pleased or displeased you may
be if you do not tell us.
Some people have told us that last
Saturday s issue was the best we have
produced since our reincarnation. We
are rather inclined to agree with them,
but we would not have had our opinion
backed up if our friends had kept still
You may remember what we said in
this column some weeks ago about NEW
FEATURES. If you have forgotten it
All the time do we keep our eye on
We have two new features to talk
about right now.
One you already know about since last
week, but we wil just mention it.
Every week, for quite awhile, we will
print a completed story and a poem,
each written by a Florida author. Our
contest, just ended, brought in an even
six dozen of them. Some are better than
others, but ALL ARE GOOD, and are
of greater interest because of the pride
all of us take in witnessing the expres-
sion of home talent.
The other feature we have ready for
talking about right now is brand new,
and if it ain't a winner, why-we are
no longer able to pick 'em.
We nave bought" the exclusive serial
rights for this territory for a series of
JOHN HENRY sketches in slang, by
Geo. V. Hobart.
While George Aid was doing these
kind of literary stunts, there used to be
two men who wrote this kind of stuff.
Now there is ONLY ONE, and George
V. Hobart is his name.
The JOHN HENRY series will begin
There are 14 of them-read the fig-
tires, 14-and there will be illustra-
tions to suit.
This puts us in the A class for high-
class humor. For, with Charles Battle
Loomis and George V. Hobart on our
list, that's where we surely belong.
With The Czar's Spy running for
some weeks yet, our fiction department
is, with the addition of the (completed
in each number) Florida stories, well
looked after. We do not see how we
are going to improve it, but if we should
find a way we will do it, just "as sure
as shooting. "
Of course you know that Taylor will
keep up the high-class work he is doing
for us in the cartoon way, and you also
know that we are sure to "dig up" some
special stories that the other fellows
And, there you arel
Get on THE SUN'S Chariot!
Seats $1 each.
Some Thinks by the Brethren
The lately notable William Sherman
Jennings was dropped from the office of
vice-president of the Jacksonville mil-
lion-dollar bank last week, and W. F.
Coachman, who cut such high jinks as
manager of the operators' Naval Stores
Company, is going abroad for a vaca-
tion.-De Funiak Breeze.
It is probable that the storm center
of Florida politics during the approach,
ing campaign will be the Third Con-
gressional district, says the Starke Tele-
graph. Undoubtedly there is bitter op-
position to Mr. Lamar in the district,
but just who will be centered on to lead
the fight against him does not yet ap-
pear. Mr. Lamar is a hard fighter him-
self, and a battle royal may be confi-
dently expected.-Tropical Sun.
Mr. Longworth, known now to fame
as the young man who is going to marry
Miss Roosevelt, is making a desperate
effort to keep himself from hereafter be-
ing referred to as the husband of Miss
Roosevelt. He has probably incurred
t..e royal displeasure of his imperial
father-in-law-to-be by declaring that the
Philippines are no good, and should be
relinquished by the United States. In-
cidentally, it might be observed that Mr.
Longworth is a Congressman from Ohio.
The hunting and fishing was never
better in this section, and Northern peo-
ple are perfectly delighted with the sport
they are having. eer, turkey, ducks
and quail were never more abundant, at
least for several years, and as for fish,
a,, records are being broken tnis year.
In northern Michigan the deer season
is only twenty days, and the license for
out of the State hunters is $50. Here
the season lasts for four months, and
the license for hunting and fishing is
only $10. There is no better sport in
the world than in St. Lucie County.-
Fort Pierce News.
Every one of the four trains a day
going south are well filled with tourists
and winter visitors, and from all along
the coast come reports that travel is
starting in splendidly for the season, St.
Augustine, Daytona, Rockledge and
other points north are filled to over-
flowing, and as soon as the automobile
races are over they will flock south to
Palm Beach to the motorboat races, and
then on to Miami, Nassau, Key West
and Cuba. Then they will work back
north by degrees, enjoying the beautiful
weather, the tropical scenery, the flow-
ers, golf, tennis and other pleasures.-
Fort Pierce News.
The Tampa Times nas found good rea-
sons in the air o put down Governor
Broward as a candidate for the United
States Senate at the next primary. It
has come to be unwritten law all over
the South that the best, if not the only
road to the Senate, is through the Gov-
ernor's office. It sometimes happens to
be the wrong road, but it still remains
a popular route. The next Senatorial
struggle in Florida is going to be a
mighty interesting one, and will show
some strong entries. The presence of
Governor Broward among them is likely
to make it a very strenuous affair.-
Live Oak Democrat.
Nathaniel Adams, a brother, by the
way, of Hon. Frank Adams, who was
considered to be one of the prime mov-
ers in the fight for the Buckman bill,
by which Lake City sought to profit at
the expense of the rest of the State in
school matters, but which proved a
boomerang to their hopes ani plans, put-
ting Lake City in the boullon worse
than the rest of us, has resigned from
the Board of Contros, giving as his rea-
sons in substance that since the univer-
sity was not located at Lake City lie is
not in harmony with the purposes of
the bill.-De Funiak Breeze.
Bly some of our west coast exchanges
it is learned that a steamer and a num-
ber of small boats have been secured and
will be sent to Lake Okeecholee to lish
in that body of water, which at present
is said to teem with fish.
Probably, or possibly, these fishermen
have the right to do this wholesale fish-
ing, and will be allowed to do it unmno-
lested, but the result will be that in a
very short time the fishing will be one
of the has been, and this attraction to
the tourist and source of many a good
meal to the settler will be only a tradi-
It does seem that some action should
he taken by the Legislature or by thee
County Commissioners of the counties .
in which Lake Okeechobee lies, or by all
the legislative bodies having jurisdie-
tion in such matters, to stop this whole-
sale fishing, not only in Lake Okeecho-
bee, but in all the waters of the State.
It is true that quite a nIunmber of nmen
make a living by fishing, but among
them are many sensible ones that say
such wholesale and altogether indiscrim-
inate fishing is ruining the business, and
has already ruined it in many of the
AUCTION SALE f5
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on the St. Johns River
Wednesday, Feb. 7th
ON EASY PAYMENTS
One-fourth Cash, balance divided into Eigh-
teen monthly installments with interest at
6 per cent per annum
Every Lot Sold Will Have River Frontage
Free Excursion and Picnic on Steam-
er May Garnmer, leaving foot of Laura.
Street 10:30 a. m. sharp, returning
at 5 p.m. A nice lunch will be served
on the grounds.
For free tickets, plats, etc., see
JOS. H. PHILLIPS
At k$Ntom, Frld ft.' RAeI htoMW Ol"t, JACKSONVI, FLA
smaller lakes and other waters of the
State, and they would like to see it
They freely state that is a hoggish
way to do, and the height of selfishness
for comparatively a few men to go to
the ditTerent good fishing places and fish
and fish till there are not enough fish
ieft for the use of the people living in
the neighborhood of these fishing
grounds; then up and move to another
place and repeat the whole business.
The fishing in both the fresh and malt
waters of Florida used to be l henomenal,
but to-day there are coml)aratively few
good fishing places left, and before they
are all gone something should be done
to save this means of sport and vituals
to the people of the State and the tour-
ists who visit here in the winter to en-
joy the sport and the meals also.-Palm
THE OCALA BANNER'S PIETY.
The only thing pious about the Jack-
sonville Metropolis is its daily scripture
quotations.---halat Banner. And the
Banner does not give this much evidence
Oh, yes, it (does.
Thle Oc(ala Ianner never prints a sen-
national article and turns its face like
flint igatinst Seindal or anything ap-
It may Is' said of the Ocala Bianner,
its Flather Sleeinan in his book, "Under
tie (',edars and tlhe Stars," says of the
writings of Edgir Allen IPo'. This de-
lightful writer says:
"The most timid and reserved of
young men might read the works of Poi,
right through a iBoston literary circle,
or tt a family party after tea, or to a
group of ladies on some balcony at a
seaside hotel, might read through with-
out ia blush, or a stammer, or a single
look in advance tentative of a rude
word or it dangerous line."
You can say this ot a very few poets
or a very few newspapers.-Oeala Ban-
February 3, 1906
APPARITION THA T
was in some big American city I had
never before visited. As at Narragan-
set, I was living at a fashionable hotel.
I had just walked to the grand portals,
when I found myself in a big crowd, all
in somber garments. And presently we
chariot of death drove up, glass all
around and in the rear a glass door to
admit the coffin.
The hearse stopped and a boy of four-
teen or fifteen suddenly stood by its
side. He was dressed like the bell boys
in big hotels, the front of his coat being
covered by half a dozen rows of metal
buttons. Seeing me, he nodded respect-
fully, opened the door of the hearse and
invited me by a motion of the hand to
Have always been a great dreamer,
dreaming the most ridiculous and, some-
times, the most horrible of things, but
the invitation to take a ride in a hearse
frightened me so much that I suddenly
fell back and struck my head against
the woodwork of the chair on which I
had been dozing. The contact awak-
ened me. I undressed and went to bed.
At noon I arose and went to the beach,
where I met my lady love, in whose so-
ciety I soon forgot all about the silly
dream. I was permitted to forget for
twice twenty-four hours, but in the third
night following I dreamt the same
dream over again, and I kept dreaming
this awful dream every third and fourth
night for a month or six weeks.
I am no coward and not easily fright-
ened at ghosts, if there are any, but the
persistent presentiment of death, or
rather the invitation to die, made me
nervous. The most peculiar part of it
was: Every succeeding dream resem-
bled the preceding ones to a hair. The
hotel was the same, the strange city
was, the hearse, the bell boy, his but-
tons were. I counted them and every
third or fourth night I counted as many.
I became very well acquainted with the
boy, with his blonde hair, his figure and
his gray eyes-eyes that stood far apart
and resembled the eyes of fishes.
And though I would not accept his
proffered hospitality, he always main-
tained the same studious politeness,
bowed low and opened the door for me
with a nice curtsy. Sometimes I re-
gretted I didn't have a quarter to give
One day Lady Geraldine unexpectedly
received news that her father had ar-
rived from Liverpool and was expecting
her at a fashionable Philadelphia hotel.
As my money was nearly gone, I decided
to leave on the same train. We met
again in the parlor car, and the pretty
English woman easily persuaded me to
accompany her to the hotel where she
would be pleased to introduce me to her
father, Lord Something or Other.
His lordship was very gracious, and
invited me to dine with them, and
though my funds were running very low
I took a small room in the extensive
hostelry and dressed for dinner.
Being a little ahead of time I started
to walk down from the seventh story
where I lodged, but in the corridor of
the third ran against Lady Geraldine
and her father, who were about to take
the elevator. I stepped forward to
punch the button. The elevator de-
scended and presently the sliding door
opened and I-stared into the smiling
face of the boy of my dreams.
Instinctively I drew back. I felt that
my hair stood on ends. Then, without
knowing what I was doing, I wrenched
myself loose, for my feet seemed to be
glued to the marble floor, and rushed
down the big staircase.
As I did so, I imagined that the bell
boy of my dreams was walking ahead-
walking backward, as it were-repeat-
ing the polite invitation to enter the
jaws of death. I saw him as vividly as
I now see my very hand that holds the
pen-the exact likeness of the youngster
that spooked my dreams-fourteen to
fifteen years old, his chest covered with
round metal buttons. Silver lace down
the seams of his trousers. There was
his blonde hair, there were his fishy
eyes and the stereotyped smile, the nim-
ble curtsy of his inviting hand.
The elevator evidently waited for a
number of patrons after I had left, for
it had not descended when I reached the
vestibule. Exhausted, bewildered, I
threw myself into one of the chairs
placed in the aisle opposite the elevator.
suddenly-I don't know whether it was
seconds or minutes after I had become
seated-there was an awful crash and
When I came to the floor in front of
me was covered with five or six dead
bodies, over whom white cloth had been
hastily thrown. Blood was oozing
through the cloth. I was too much
frightened to ask questions.
At the same time an elderly gentle.
man who knelt beside one of the ngures
on the floor, said: "This woman whom
you call Lady Geraldine is dead like the
rest. Her heart has ceased beating."
By Gertrude DLialynski, Jacksonville, nla.
(errine sat on the veranda and gazed view around a corner. "Now, shall I
up the street. Gerrine was usually to wait, or not? If he sees me here he will
he found on the veranda these days, gaz- think I've been waiting for him, but if
ing so and rocking contentedly in one of he doesn't see me he" may go on by.
the great porch rockers, without which Guess I'll stay here, but I'll look the
no Florida home feels itself complete. other way-now that I know he is comn-
Contented she might well be, with such ing," and she gazed intently in the oppo-
beauty to claim as hers. Soft, expres- site direction.
sive brown eyes, dark hair that curled "Good morning," came presently over
in the most bewitching manner over a the hedge that marked the boundary of
low white brow, red smiling lips, a pe- the garden. Gerrine turned, with a well-
tite, dainty figure, the tiniest mt most simulated faint start of surprise, and
beautifully formed hands and feet-such smiled back a "Good morning;" then,
was Gerrine Holmes. "won't you come in?" she said, and Mr.
The Ilolmes house was situated on the Mildmay very willingly came in. There
street most used by the soldiers its they were a few commonplaces, and then,
pissed between the camps in Springfield 'What was the matter in New Jersey
and the business portion of the city, and Street yesterday ?" asked Gerrine. "We
nearly always some of them were pass- passed the camp on the car and they
ing. Ilowever, it was not for the mere seemed to be having some sort of
masser-by that G(errine waited this morn- trouble."
ing, but for a glimpse of the brass but- "Yes," replied Allen, "there was a lit-
tons worn by Allen Mildmay, one of her tie mix-up between New Jersey and
numerous watthites. Allen was in camp North Carolina yesterday. A colored
with his comrades from New Jersey, but woman went through our street ecarry-
he had come with a letter of introdue- ing a heavy basket of laundry oh her
tion to Gerrine trom a friend of both, head. One of our boys offered to help
who lived in New Jersey v ut had spent her with it, and walked home with her,
many winters in Florioa. The troops, so the North Carolina men undertook to
most of them volunteers, under Gen. resent what they called 'his idea of so-
Fitzhugh Lee, had been in camp at Jack- clial equality.' There was a fight. That's
sonville now for many days, and were probably what you saw."
still waiting for marching orders that "Well, I'm glad those North Carolina
would take them to ('nha. but which boys happened to be there," said Ger-
never came, and there was time a-plenty rine.
for social enjoyments. and indeed, very "G(rrine!" cried Allen, "you don't
little else to occupy their attention, mean to say you approve of what they
Allen had presented his letter of intro- did!"
duction very promptly, and as promptly "Allen!" mocked Gerrine, "you don't
proceeded to fall in love with the pretty mean to say you believe in 'social equal.
southerner, a love which seemed to be ity!'
reciprocrated, though Gerrine. like all "I believe in justice, and I am sur-
Souera girls, was a bit of a coquette. priced that you do not. She was a
1"The im comes," said Gerrine to her- woman, and the basket was heavy."
gIf, s Milday's tall form came into "Justice, yes, Allen, but what has jus.
twice to do with this case? I suppose he
could have permitted the woman to carry
her basket without being unjust, couldn't
he? And to walk home with her! Sup-
pose I should come upon you doing such
a thing? I certainly couldn't bow to
you, and you wouldn't expect me to,
now, would you ?"
"I not only would expect you to bow
to me, but to commend my action,"
stiffly. "I confess I should be disap-
pointed in you if you acted otherwise."
"Otherwise? If I refused to recognize
you in such company? You most cer-
tainly should have cause for disappoint-
ment then," flashed Gerrine. "And more
than that, I am ashamed to hear you ex-
press such sentiments."
"I share your feelings, Miss Holmes.
but for the exactly opposite reason. And
since we are of such vastly differing
opinions I suppose I had better go.
"If the matter is of so muth impor-
tance to you," said Gerrine, in tones
whose sweetness could not hide a little
contempt, "you perhaps might as well.'
"Good morning," repeated Allen, and
without even a backward glance he was
As Allen walked down the street his
thoughts were not of the pleasantest de.
scription. He had believed Gerrine so
broad-minded and fair in her views, he
told himself: so reaisonal.e and s(
charitable. Yet here she was taking
sides with a "lot of brutes," lie amined
them. against one of a "down-trodden
race." lie was disappointed in Gerrine,
disappointed and hurt. If she could be
so unkind in her thoughts, he mused,
she is surely not the sweet, tender thing
a 'woman should be, for she can't think
unkind things and live sweet ones. I
had intended to-to put the important
question to her to-night, so it may be
as well that we had this little discus-
sion this morning. I hate intolerance
and bigotry in a woman," and so on and
so on. By this time he was joined by
some of his fellows, and there was an end
Allen spent an uncomfortable morning
in various billiard rooms and other re-
sorts along Bay Street, for he could not
get his thoughts away from Gerrine, so
he concluded to wend his way back to
camp and try to forget her in some of
the duties of camp life. He therefore
soon found himself again nearing the
house where dwelt his erstwhile lady
love, and which he must pass on his way
back. In this vicinity his thoughts re-
turned to the conversation that had re-
sulted in his hasty leave-taking. "I
wonder," he said to himself, as he stared
unseeingly at the handsome palms that
formed a sort of avenue to the camp
grounds, "I wonder if all Southern girls
are like that? They're queer people
down here, anyway. And aren't they
set in their ideas of this race question!
I don't see how Gerrine can feel so
toward any creature and yet be such a
sweet, gentle little woman. She must
really have a very hard, cold nature. The
woman I marry must be tender, and
comnpassioate, and merciful. I had
thought Gerrine was all of these, but if
she hates these poor creatures so much
simply because they are black-oh, well,
I must forget her. I suppose it can be
Mr. Mildmay had just formed this
good resolution when he found himself
!early opposite Gerrine's home. Look-
ing across the way he say a little negro
ioy, aged perhaps eight or nine years,
struggling in the grasp of one man in
uniform, while a second one was taking
Note-The great Polish author for.
merly lived in the United States and
wrote under the pen name of Litwos.
The first hundred dollars earned by
my pen and-in America, too-I pro-
posed to enjoy life for a short space of
time, at least, and straightway made for
Narraganset Pier, where, according to
the papers, the prettiest girls congre-
gated and the choicest bathing costumes
were to be seen.
Though only poor, unknown "Litwos"
then, depending upon my correspond-
ence for Polish journals for support, I
had the effrontery to fall in love with a
rich English girl, stopping at the water-
ing place. "Lady Geraldine" led the
fashionable set in wild extravagance of
dress and equipage, but I liked her nest
in her favorite bathing suit of gray silk,
covered entirely by artificial fish scales
-she looked so much like a nymph.
One night, after a ball at the casino,
she invited me and several other admir-
era to take a stroll on the beach, and
we stayed until after 3 a. m. looking
out upon the bay and at the eternal
stars. There never was a more beauti-
ful night, and if there are angels in
heaven their ears must have tingled, for
we talked of nothing but angels. And
all agreed that if either died before the
other, he, or she, would inform the rest
to which star his soul had taken flight
so, if all were dead, we might commune
with each other and select a last resi-
dence, accommodating all in the bonds
When I got to my room in the hotel
I found a letter from my mother on the
table, ana sat down to read it. Over the
reading I fell.asleep, and dreamt that I
And Killed My Love
hy Henry SienkiewJej, Author of "Quo Vadis"
February 3, 1906
away the little negro's shoes. His hat
they already had. The boy, evidently
very much distressed at the thought of
losing his possessions, was shedding co-
pious tears and was also badly fright-
ened at being "captured by soldiers."
The unequal contest had evidently been
waged for some distance, and the sol-
diers seemed greatly amused at the suc-
cess of their efforts to tease and torment
the little negro. But suddenly, in the
midst of the melee, there darted out of
the house in front of which the battle
now raged, a little girlish figure in a
floating white gown that Allen recog-
nised as Gerrine Holmes. Like a small
fury she bore down upon the group, and
in a moment was pouring out her wrath
upon the heads of the two inquisitors.
"Aren't you ashamed of yourselves!"
she exclaimed. "Two great grown men
to take advantage of a helpless thing
like that-and much more that Allen
could not hear. The instant he recog-
nized her he had stopped at a safe dis-
tance and watched with intense interest
to see what she would do, but was hold-
ing himself in readiness to come to lier
aid should the two men she was addres~s-
ing so fearlessly offer her any insult.
There was no sign of this, however. In-
stead, they had the grace to look
ashamed, and they now returned to the
boy his hat and shoes, and hi went on
his way rejoicing to be freed from these
terrible enemies. With caps lifted the
men also resumed their way, and Miss
Holmes returned to the shelter of' the
veranda. None of the four had noted
Mildmay's approach, but in the few win-
utes required for the enactment of the
little scene his thoughts had undergone
a violent change. Put into words, they
would have been something like this:
"What a curious lot of people these
Southerners are, and what unexpected
things they do! Now, this morning
Gerrine and I almost quarreled because
I defended that New Jersey boy who
walked home with the colored laundress,
yet here is Gerrine herself flying to res
cue a pitiful little black whom those
men were tormenting. I wonder if we
understand these people in their attitude
toward the 'brother in black?' And I
called her unkind and harsh and-oh,
I'm almost afraid to think what I did
say of her to myself. I must ask her to
forgive me, and then-yes, this very
morning, I'll ask her to marry me.
Surely she will understand how a man
might be mistaken in his judgment of
people when their actions are so very
contrary. -There, Gerrine is still on the
piazza. I'll go in," and he did.
"Good morning, again," he said, as
Gerrine waited for him to speak. "I am
back once more, you see."
"Yes, I see," replied Gerrine. "Made
a mistake, haven't you? Got into the
"No," he said, suddenly serious. "I
am not in the wrong house, but I find
I've made a mistake, and I've come to
try to rectify it. I was mistaken when
I spoke to you as I did this morning,
"Gerrine? I was 'Miss Holmes' when
we parted this morning, I think."
"--and I have come to tell you so,
and to ask your pardon," went on Allen,
apparently oblivious of the interrup-
"And to what fortunate circumstance
am I indebted for your sudden change?"
queried Gerrine, with a sarcasm that fell
upon unheeding ears. Sarcasm in Ger-
rine meant danger to those who could
read the signs, but that this most mis-
guided young man did not know. There-
tore he went rushing on to his fate, and
"I'll tell you honestly, Gerrine. When
we talked here an hour or two ago about
that affair in New Jersey Street, I
thought you hard and cruel and heart-
less, and I went away resolved not to see
you again, except to say goodbye when
we went away. I knew I cared for you,
Gerrine, but after that I did not want
to love you.'
"And now ?"
"Now? I do love yon, and I'm going
to make you my wife."
"But why, began Gerrine, while a lit-
tle puzzled frown showed itself on her
"I saw what happened just now, and
it changed my opinion of you. I came
down the street just back of those two
ruffians. I saw them threaten and ter-
rify that child, and their rough handling
ot him. And I also saw my dear little
sweetheart run out to help a ragged lit-
tle black boy, like the angel of mercy
and tenderness she is. I came to the
conclusion then, Gerrine, that you didn't
mean what you said this morning, but
that at heart you feel just as much for
these poor creatures as we of the North
do, and that perhaps your way of hand.
ling the negro problem is all right, after
all, even if it wasn't the way we 'Yanks'
would like to see you do it. Now, tell
me, dear, that you care for me, and
when this little business with Spain is
over you will go back with me to my
"Haven't you taken a great deal for
granted, Allen?" asked Gerrine quietly,
and for the first time doubt entered the
heart of Allen Mildmay. "I don't think
I should care for a Yankee for a husband
if he understood us no better than that.
You have been living among us now for
several weeks, and yet it never occurred
to you that your point of view might be
the wrong one. Only when we act in
the particular way you approve of are
we right in your eyes. You interpreted
my views this morning wrongly; you
interpreted my action of a moment ago
also wrongly. What I said this morn-
ing did not mean that I would be cruel
to these people any more than my help-
ing that little negro just now meant that
I considered him my social equal. The
North and the East come and preach to
us on this subject, and try to make us
meet Southern conditions with Northern
methods when, if they would only leave
us to ourselves, there would be no such
thing as a 'negro problem' in the South.
I am much obliged to you for your sud-
denly discovered good opinion of me, and
of your kind offer to bestow upon me
your name, but I'm afraid I shall have
to decline, without thanks."
"No, don't try to change me. I am
sure we should never agree. And, be-
sides, I am to be married to Lieutenant
Brown of the Jacksonville Light In-
fantry as soon as the company is mus-
THE PARCELS POST.
(By W. E. Pabor.)
The parcel post question seems to have
two sides to it, and the query arises,
would the benefit to be derived from it
by the rural storekeeper's customers have
a tendency to drive the storekeeper out
of business and so leave the farmer help.
less, when necessity requires an imme-
diate supply of groceries or dry goods?
Even with a parcel post prompt delivery
a week or two would elapse between the
sending of the order and its delivery, and
even then many articles of constant use,
of a liquid or perishable nature, could
not be sent. For these, the country
storekeeper in small communities having
been put out of business by the aid of
the Government, will give to the big
mail order establishments, the user may
have to send ten or twenty miles to ob-
tain at an extra expense that might more
than cover the saving made by the use
of the parcel post.
Live and let live, though one old, is
still a good motto in business. The
small merchant should not be sacrificed
in order to benefit capitalized corpor-
ations. These are as likely to be as
injurious to the general public as are
the great trusts now under investigation
by the courts of the country.
The St. Paul Trade has recently dis-
cussed the movement to secure the enact*
meant of a parcels post law, and disap-
proves of it in vigorous terms, declaring
that "it would result in an enormous con-
centration and congestion of business in
the few large cities, which would en-
tirely drive out of business not only the
small merchant, but even the depart-
It will do no harm to consider the pro-
posed law from both standpoints. In
some respects it would be a good one for
the country people; in others, indi-
rectly, a bad one, for the crossroads
country store would disappear, with the
supply point some distance away.
The uncertainty of getting juL what
is ordered from these establiswment- is
well known. The text of the article in
the catalogue and its texture when re-
ceived do not always correspond, as no
doubt many of our readers can testify.
The customer must rely upon the clerk,
and the counter may be a thousand mile
GOV. BROWARD AND THE EVER-
While at the fair we had a number of
interviews with Governor Broward in re-
lation to the plans of the State board
to lower Lake Okeechobee. He informed
us that the machinery for the new
dredges had been shipped to St. Lucie
river, and these dredges would be put to-
gether at once. The most they hoped to
accomplish in regard to Lake Okeecho-
bee was to lower this lake permanently
four to six feet, which shows that he
comprehends the gigantic undertaking.
Those people who have fears that the
lake will be wiped out should study the
question more closely. Also the idea ad-
vanced by an east coast writer that the
Everglades are below sea level show the
dense ignorance of some people on this
A phrase of the situation and plans
that greatly concerns Lee County is that
the Internal Improvement Board, of
which the Governor is the chairman,
proposes to enlist the Government in the
Caloosahatchee and the old Disston ca-
nals portion of the work. They propose
to have the Government deepen and
widen this water route from Okeechobee
to the Gulf. This plan will prove feas-
ible if the river is straightened; other-
wise the great body of water would in-
undate the entire Caloosahathoee river
country. But it is to be granted that if
the Government engineers take hold of
this work that this will naturally pre-
sent itself to them, and that they will
provide for carrying off the water in
proportion to the volume they propose
to turn from the lake into the Caloosa-
hatchee, so that our people need have no
fears for disastrous results. However,
these plans will be watched with deep in-
terest by the people of Lee County.-
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It seemed as though she wished pi
IN WHICH THE MYSTERY INCREASES.
Neither of us spoke. Equally sur-
prised at the unexpected encounter, we
stood facing each other dumbfounded.
Hornby started quickly as soon as his
'yes fell upon me, and his face became
launchedd to the lips, while Muriel Leith-
court, quick to notice the sudden change
in him, rose and introduced us in as
calm a voice as she could command.
"I don't think you are acquainted,"
sne said to me with a smile. "This is
Mr. Martin Woodroffe-Mr. Gordon
I bowed to him in sudden resolve to
remain silent in pretense that I doubted
whether the man before me was actually
my host of the *Lola. I intended to act
an though I was not sufficiently con-
vinced to openly express my doubt.
Therefore we bowed, exchanging greet-
ings as strangers, while, carefully watch-
ing, I saw how greatly the minds of both
were relieved. They shot meaning
glances at each other, and then, as
though reassured that I was mystified
and uncertain, the man who called him-
self Woodroffe explained to my com-
"I've been over to Newton Stewart
with Fred all day, and only got back a
quarter of an hour ago. Aren't you
playing any more to-day?"
"I think not," was her reply. "We've
been out there the whole afternoon, and
I'm rather tired. But they're still oz
the lawn. You can surely get a game
"If you don't play, I shan't. I re
turned to keep the promise I made thii
morning," he laughed, standing before
the big open fireplace, holding his tennis
racquet behind his back.
I examined his countenance, and wai
more than ever convinced that he wai
actually the man who gave me the nami
of Hornby and the false address ih
Somerset. The pair seemed to be on fa
miliar terms, and I wondered whether
they were engaged. In any case, thi
man seemed quite at home there.
As he chatted with the daughter o
the house, he cast a quick, covert glano
at me, and then darted a meaning lool
at her-a look of renewed confidence, a
though he felt that he had successful,
averted any suspicions I might hay
We talked of the prospects of th
grouse and the salmon, and from his re
marks he seemed to be as keen at spor
as he had once made out himself to b
"My friend Leithcourt is awfully foi
tuate in getting such a splendid old plac
as this. On every hand I hear glowin
accounts of the number of birds. Th
place has been well' preserved in ti
past, and there's plenty of good cover."
"Yes," I said. "Gilrae, the owner, i
a keen sportsman, and before he becair
no hard up he spent a lot of money o
the estate, which, I believe, has alwa}
twen considered one of the very best i
the southwest. There's salmon, the
say, down in the Glen yonder-but I'v
never tried for any."
"'Certainly there is. I've seen several
I hope to try one of these days. The Gle
is deep and shady-an ideal place f
fish. The only disappointment here, i
far as I can make out, is the very fe
head of black-game."
"Yes, but every year they are gettiT
rarer and rarer in this part of Scotlan
A really fine blanek-cock is quite an evel
nowadays," I said.
While we were talking, or rath
while I was carefully watching the rap
working of his mind, Leithcourt himse
entered and joined us. Hlie had be
playing tennis, and had come in to re
(Host and guest were evidently on tl
most intimate terms. lithlcourt a
dressed him as "Martin." and Iegan
relate a quarrel which his head gain
Ski'pl'r had had that day with one of tl
small farmers on the estate regardit
the killing of some rabbits. And whi
they were talking Muriel suggested th
we should stroll down to the tenr
courts again, an invitation which, nmu
as I regretted leaving the two men,
was bound to accept.
posely to take me away from that man's
presence, fearing that by remaining there
longer my suspicions might becomee con-
firmed. She was acting in conjunction
with the man whom 1 had known as
There were still a good many people
watching the game, for it was pleasant
in those old-world gardens in the sunset
hour. The dried-up moat was now
transformed into a garden filled with
rhododendrons and bright azaleas, while
the high ancient breech hedges, the
quaint old sundial with its motto:
'Each time ye shadows turneth ys one
day nearer unto dethe," and the old stone
balustrades gray with lichen, all spoke
mutely of those glorious days when the
fierce horsemen of the Lairds of Ran-
noch were feared across the border, and
when many a prisoner of the .Black
Douglas had pined and died in those nar-
row stone chambers in the grim north
tower that still stood high above.
Among the party strolling and loung-
ing there prior to departure were quite
a number of people I knew, people who
had shooting-boxes in the vicinity and
were my uncle's friends. In Scotland
there is always a hearty hospitality
among the sporting folk, and the laws
of caste are far less rigorous than they
are in England.
I was standing chatting with two
ladies who were about to take leave ol
their hostess, when Leithcourt returned
but alone. Hornby had not accompa-
L nied him. Was it because he feared to
i again meet me?
In order to ascertain something re
garding the man who had so mysteriously
I fled from Leghorn, I managed by thi
exercise of a little diplomacy to sit o0
D the lawn with a young married womai
named Tennant, wife of a cavalry cap
. ain, who was one of the house-party
s After a little time I succeeded in turn
e ing the conversation to her fellow-guests
s and more particularly to the man I kne\
s "Oh I Mr. Woodroffe is most amusing,
i declared the bright little woman. "He'
e always playing some practical joke o
n other. After dinner he is usually th
- life and soul of our party."
r "Yes," I said, "I like what little I hav
e seen of him. He's a very good fellow,
should say. I've heard that he's er
f gaged to Muriel," I hazarded. "Is tha
k "Of course. They've been engage
s nearly a year, but he's been abroad until
y quite lately. He is rather close about
e has own affairs, and never talks about
his travels and adventures, although on
e day Mr. Leithcourt declared that hi
*- hairbreadth escapes would make a mom
,t exciting book if ever written."
e "Leitheourt and he are evidently moi
r- "Oh, quite inseparable!" she laughed
e "And the other man who is always wit
g them is that short, stout, red-faced ol
le fellow standing over there with the lad
ie in pale blue, Sir Ughtred Gardner. M
Woodroffe has nicknamed him 'S
is Putrid.'" And we both laughed. "(
ie course, don't say I said so," she whi
)n pered. "They don't call him that
[s his face, but it's so easy to make a mi
*n take in his name when he's not with
*y hearing. We women don't care for hit
re so the nickname just fits."
And she gossiped on, telling imu ru'i
l. that I desired to know regarding ti
n new tenant'of Rannoch and his frimn
or and more especially of that man wl
as had first introduced himself to me
w the Consulate at Leghorn.
Half an hour later my uncle's carrit
ig was announced, and I left with the di
d. tinct impression that there was sot
nt deep mystery surrounding the l.it
courts. What it was, however, I cou
er not, for the hlife of me. make out. P(
id haps it was Philip Leitheourt's intinun
If relation with the man who hadil
en cleverly deceived me that incited i
st curiosity concerning him; perhaps
was that mysterious intuition, that cu
he ous presage of evil that sometini
d- comes to a man as warning of imiper
to ing peril. Whatever the reason. I h
ie- eiomie filled with grave appr.lhensioi
he The mystery grew deeper day by do
ng and was inexplicable.
at (CONTINUED NEXT WEEK.)
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BRADFORD COUNTY CENSUS RE-
Bradford County, with 552 square
miles of land surface, boasts that its
farmers have the benefit of and are
within easy reaching distance of five
railroads, while its lakes and streams
add to its desirability for settlement.
Census Enunmerator W. A. Bessent has
recently given to the Bradford County
Telegraph a synopsis of his report, from
which we glean much of interest as to
the agricultural pl)roducts of the county.
He reports 1,222 farmers scattered
over its 353,280 acres, which goes to
show that there is an abundance of un-
occupied land yet ready for settlers, and
makes a good argument against the open-
ing up, at State expense, of the Ever-
glade country, by which the East Coast
Railway will gain great benefit through
its exclusive transportation lines. In
the last live years the gain in population
has been very small; the 1900 census
gives it 11,000, while this year's report
Comparing the report with that given
in Commissioner Melin's biennial for
1902, we lind that the cultivation of sea
island cotton has increased from 3,224
bales to 4,779, this year having a value
Corn and oats show an increase but not
to so great an extent. That cotton pays
better than corn is shown by the figures;
about one thousand more acres were
planted to corn than cotton, and yet the
crop brought the grower two-thirds less
money, returning only $107,772.
Provided the unusual wet season did
not injure the sweet potato crop, the 909
acres yielded 97,815 1ushels. In 11)02
40,820 were reported.
In peanuts tle county just about held
its own, in the neighborhood of 40,000
The cane syrup product shows a gain
of 25 per cent.
Field peas, from 816 acres 6,079 bush-
els were gathered.
Velvet beans show no great increase.
The haiy crop shows that it took about
ten acres to rake up) a ton of hay, worth
less than $2 per ton; evidently wild hay.
In fruit tlie county, save as to straw-
berries, cuts but little figure; but the
berry brought in nearly $100,000, show-
ing that cotton in the field and berries
in the patch are the two leading prod-
ucts of the county and should be given
more attention in the future. Taken
together, they constitute more than half
the crop values of the county.
The live stock and poultry figures
show an increase in stock cattle, while
horses and mules are about the same as
two years ago. Hogs increased from
5,899 to 18,774. Poultry of all kinds
rose to 56,365 as against 27,434; the
108,297 dozen eggs brought in more than
the fowls are valued at, even when the
crowing cock is included.
Taken altogether, while the county
may not show an extraordinary growth,
its condition is a gratifying one to its
people and to the State at large. It
seems to lbe, essentially, a farming and
small fruit section; no orange or grape-
fruit statistics are given, though the
average winter temperature of 52 de-
grees as given, on a plateau 180 feet
above sea level, would indicate that their
culture might IN' reasonably safe, ex-
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