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Group Title: Correspondence, Business and Legal Papers
Title: Correspondence, Business and Legal Papers: September-October, 1905
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Finding Guide: A Guide to the Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Papers
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Title: Correspondence, Business and Legal Papers: September-October, 1905
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September 15, 19u5.

Governor N. B. Brovward,

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My dear Bro,.ard:

I address this letter to you personally on account

of the deep interest I feel in your success and because I want

you to retain every one of your friends. Of course I realize how

busy you have been since you assumed the office of Governor of Florida

but it is hard for some people to fully understand why you have not

taken up the Volusia 0 ^y matter. I do not want you to think

me presuming in offer.a' s tions but I do feel a deep interest

in our friends in Volusia count who'have been the "under-dogs" so

long, not because they were not in a majority but because the Judicial

officers allowed the violation of the &lecticn laws to the extent of

permitting the minority to control the majority. I wish you could
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possibly find time to visit Volusia county *and spend a week there

so as to thoroughly understand the corrupt conditions that exist

there; I am satisfied that you would aot 'immediately if you did so.

S If you cannot go to Volusia county your frre as there would be only

too'happy to go'to Tallahassee to see you to talk the situation over

with you, but they begin to feel that you are somewhat indifferent to

their welfare and they hesitate to take up your tim and incur the

expense of a trip without hope of some definite act by you. ,-do

not think you would be making a mistake in dismvsin 'from'office
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the county Solicitor, thea(cubt Judge and the iff as I am sure

you could find three good men in VoPsuia rty i' f th vacancies.
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Bon, V. B, Etctsard,

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My dear Governor:

I wish to assure you of a sincere appreol-

ation of youT very handsome letter ot endorsement, reoomwoen-

1Sg me for re-maIiAtment to the position of United state jAtB

teore, Untder all the otrousetances, I ecmffes Itat it was

little more than I hta a right to eteaett eWs, fbr this 3 *

en, It is all the more appreciated,

I have hot the honor of a wvry intimate acqagintame

with aSrw of the mznber of your Cabinet and they fnow nm enra

b. repltbtloa. I shall esteem it a further favor and will be

under addltiomal obligations to you, if you will kliidly mentianc

the fae t tt you have enqgrKed me. It tay aid them in 6om-

Ita to a eOr0lasito, as I have asked all of tUrn to give me

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THE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY.
INCORPORATED
23,000 OFFICES IN AMERICA. CABLE SERVICE TO ALL THE WORLD.
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S* e'' Your- anprol'at. letter OfJ A

t1 h'f oaked m6 tise tlrift rig-rd'- I tank yetu f0or- x-amt j, ,..

I would ri-tWanr t -to ombarrep you In any way

by soliciting an appointment of any kind at your hands but if you

know my situation aero you would understand iow vitally import-

ant to me it is at the present time that I should receive the on-

sideration I have asked.

You will remember our conversation in Jack-

sonville the night after tsh State Committee declared you the

nominee, wen I asked this particular appointment t (State Auditor)

at your hands and you said if the opportunity nocurod you would

gratify my wish.

When te position of assistant Auditor was

created, I did not ask the appointment because Mr. Crawford was

an applicant and ho was such a loyal friend of yours and of mine

that I would stand in his way.

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This n sd is tiut appointmentat is teouliArly int

your gift, free from outside suggestion, and I cannot believe

there would be any great criticism of you feitr exercising your

own good Judgment, and it is so vital: important to me that I

appeal strongly to your friendship and good will towards me.

If it were possible to see you personally I

oould explain myself in many ways which I cannot do in a letter

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SMy health ia m~uo improved and all 'lack ne'w is

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J. W SACKETT. uM A. soc C E GEO S ADAMS. DON V. DYER
ICE PRESIDENT P.EIDENT AND OGNERAL MANAGER SECRETARY AND TREASURER


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COR MAIN AND FORSYTH STS.
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
REAL ESTATE
INSURANCE, RENTS, LOANS AND TAXES
ENGINEERING PLANS AND ESTIMATES. SURVEYS
MACHINERY AND GENERAL SUPPLIES

S t1. 21stl905.

Hon. E. B. Broward,

Tll. ahassee, Fl .

Dear Sir:

From the assessment books of the city we find that jo;i are

a property owner, and therefore take the liberty of writing you,

We are ri-epcring a list of real estate for sale in the City of

Jacksonville, and if -.:.' wish to dispose of your prop-.:;rt- we would

appreciate very much if you would list same with us; we can assurte

you that it will receive pur personal attention anJ be given space

in our advertisement.

It .la; be that you wish to purchase property here or else-

where. If so, we would be glad to quote you n--L.irj that we have

on our list and give -o': any information regarding' same.

Trusting to hear from -. u soon, we beg to remain,

Yours truly,

The Realt And E. ineering Co.,


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.- ', Septenber 2a, 1905.

Hon B. Broward, /"

Tallahassee, Fla. / '

Dear Governor:-
I have just received a copy of the Tallahassee
DemOcrat, in which it was stated that certain parties have been to
Tallahassee for the purpose of having R. A. Jackson removed as
Sheriff, alleging that he was a common drunkard. I also understand
that charges have been preferred against hm, alleging wrong doing,
etc. upon his part. I am more than surprised? that any charges
should be preferred against Bob Jackson. He has lived in this
cnm'inity some 50 years, and no man has ever questioned his integrity
or his honesty. He is the same Bob Jackson now that he always was,
and was elected ovwr one of the moot popular men that this county
has ever had, and that man backed by the influence of Taliaferro,
SparkIan, Henderson, John T. Lesley, Hugh Macfarlane, etc. The
people of this community know Bob Jackson and his characteristics,
and they were willing to trust him with the office. I have lived
in this County nearly 16 years. I was connected with the prosecu-
tion of crime in this county for a period of 10 years 6 years as
Solicitor of the criminal Oourt and 4 years as State Attorney, and
I want to say that no Sheriff has ever enforced the laws of this
County as has Bob Jackson. There is practically no liquor selling
on Sunday, or, at least, if there is, it is not known, gambling
has been stopped, and Mr. Jackson, in my opinion, is entitled to
the entire and full credit for it. Yet, once in a while he has
been driving, that is true, but this is no cause for removal.
,It was known by the people that he occasionally drank and that
he has been doing that for the past thirty years; but that he is
a ocnmon drunkard or that he is drinking to excess, or that he is
habitually drinking, or that he is drinking in such a way as to
incapacitate him frm his duties, is absolutely uintrue, and I don't
oare who makes the charges.
I am Iwiting this letter of my own volition, because I
am pained that an old citizen of this County like Bob Jackson, a
man of such integrity and character, should have charges preferred
asinst him, charging him with wrong doing. I am quite satisfied
that a petition signed by practically all of the business men of
this town, could be obtained easily, protesting against his removal.
With best wishes, I remain,
Sincerely ynout, .

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D. I. Stevenson asks .about the
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Oct. 7th, 1905.


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JACKSONVILLE, FLA.





October 9, 1905.

Governor N. B, Broward,
PERSONAL
Ta ahassee, Fla. PRSONAL

Dear Sir:

I hand you herewith a letter I have received from Capt. John

Dunn of Key West. Of course, yo know Captain John just as well as

I do and realize his loyalty to you.

Hoping to see you here at the President's reception, I remain,

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W ALTER D. BELL,
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WIJ.L PLRACTICH IN STATE
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FORT MYERS, FLORIDA, October 12th, 1 0.



ion. 14. B. Broward, Gov.

Tallahasee, Fla.


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Mr. Jones and I reached here yesterday at noon. We went

out ten miles in the country and found 'r. Quigler and taken his affidavit.

W'e have also found 1:. E. Gunter and taken his affidavit; Frank Pidgewa;y, ':isg

Yillie Hines. Ve also have the handwriting of 7.indham, Battersby, Teen and

'iola 1.adders. ,e believe that these are the parties who have been writing

the letters. ie have also seen John Itathews, -nd have a written

statement from him. We took everything in writing that we could get, which

will speak for itself.

Jones will remain with me until we wind up the matter. The part-

ies that we wanted to find were scattered all over the whole country, and

it has teen a hard matter to find them. We have -uoceeded in finding the

parties that we wanted to see, and believe that when we make you a report

the matter will be cleared up. I have paid the hotel bills for two, which

has cost me a considerable sum. The railroad fair has cost me about '60.00

besides some other expenses. So I will assk you to send me $100.00 to Arca-d&

Florida, as we will be there in the next two or three days. The LffidavitI

that we have taken, throws a great deal of light on the Cooper case, and we

believe that we will find out who the second party in the case is before we

quit. 'Te also have some important letters written by Tom Curtain of 'acon,

Georgia, to :rs. Alderman of Arcadia.

Will write you :gL-iriin the next two or three days,
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VWALTER D. BELL.
ATTORN F.Y-AT-LAWV.

WILL PRACTICE IN STATE
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BEN BURBRIDGE,MANAGER
125 LAURA STREET

JACKSONVILLE. FLA., -0----I----- -190--5







Governor Brwart,-

F ., George Island,' Ia.

Dear sir,
I am in **rreapeadenc~ with a party who is desirous of buying
timber lands. I umd-rstand that the Breward Estate has this elass

of land for sale./If you will send me a deseriptien of your lands

and prices, I wll see if a deal.eannot be closed. My **omnssion

in ease ef a sale will be 5%.

Hoping you will give th~s matter your early attention,

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Copy. American Consular Service, /

Santiago de Cuba, October 16, 1905/


The Honorable -"

The Secretary of the Treasury,
Washington, D. C.

(Through the Departmadnt /f State.)
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Sir:

I transmit herewith the eg,'ster and papers of the
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American steamer "Kathleen" ich were surrendered to me

by the Lmaster of said vessel July 17th, 1905, upon sale and

delivery to the Campania Naviera de Santiago of this city,

a foreign corporation organized under the laws of Cuba.

The nearmen serving on the "Kathleen" were provided

with adequate employment by the master on board the steam

tug "Edgar F. Coney of Brunswick, Ga. and were duly signed

on the articles of agreement of said vessel. The "Edgar

F. Coney cleared from this port on the 17th day of July,

proceeding hence for the port of Brunswick, Georgia.

An earlier report has not been made of this transac-

tion as I w"as in some doubt as to the proper procedure

and hold the same pending the arrival of the Consul who

was absent on leave in the United States.

I have the honor to be, Sir,

Your obedient servant,
.Sam'l A. Macormao,
Vice and Deputy Consul.

Enclosures:

Register of the steamer "Kathleen."
Crew list of the "
Articles of Agreement' of 2






W. M. BOSTWVICK, JR.
ATTORNEY AT LAWV..;
Gr-aarr Truosz am Sar8--a Co. S jiuhG.
CoaNa BA3.T -D OCEas SrunIlrs,
JACKSONVILE, FLA.
(Personal.) Ootober 18th, 1905.

Gov. N. B. Broward,
Tallahassee, Fla.

My dear Governor:-
I have never trespassed upon your good nature to

the extent of asking serious favors, but I wrefaoe this letter with

the remark that I am going to ask you to assist we.
You know that the A. 0. L. R. R* has compelled me to give up my home

plaoe out in the woods, and you also know that, oonstitated as I ai, it

is necessary for me to have some little plaoe in the woods where I oan

go oooasionally and take advantage of my pre4ileation in this direction.

I was talking to Gene Merrill about it, and he suggested to me that
your sisters, Mrs. Pozsard and Miss Hortense, owned a couple of mall
tracts of land hext o him at Woodlawn, and that he thought it would

be pleasant for us both for me to have a little shanty there where I
aould go and have a fish if I wanted to. I want to know if you will

have a talk with your sisters, or write them on the sibject. Of course

I do not want to pay say extravagant prioe for the plame, but if they
are willing to sell the same to you at a fair prioe, would you buy it

for es from them? I do this tor the reason that knowing the many di-
verse interests in the Broward family, I do not believe the ladies In

particular would sell any portion of their property to an outsider.
If you think you oan assist me in this matter, I will appreciate it;
if not please let the matter rest where it is, and I will look else-
where for a location.
Yours very truly,

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HE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY.
S----- INCORPORATED
L 23,000 OFFICES IN AMERICA. CABLE SERVICE TO ALL THE WORLD.
-sCompany TRANSMITS and DELIVERS messages only on conditions limiting its liability, which have been assented to by the senderof the following message
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This is an UNREPEATED MESSAGE, and is delivered by request of the sender, under the conditions named above.
ROBERT C. CLOWRY, President and General Manager.

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59. C. X. Gr. 17. Paid. via Jax.

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Tallahassee, Florida.

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W. M. BOSTWICK, JR.
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ROOMS 1 AWD 2,
JAoKsonvrLL., FLORIDA. October 26th, 1905.
(Personal.)

Gov. N. B. Broward,

Tallahassee, Fla.

My dear Governor:--

I suppose you were so busy when you were here last

week you did not get an opportunity to look into the matter about

which I recently wrote you. Please advise me as soon as you are aLe

to take it up.

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JACKSONVILLE, FLA.
HARRY F. WEST, PRESIDENT.
GEORGE K.JOHNSON, VICE PRES'T DR. OLIVER P. REX, MEDICAL DIRECTOR.
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AND DEATH CLAIMS.

Jacksonville, Fla. Oct. 31, 1905.

Gov. Napoleon B. Brov'ird,

T lla::,see, Fla.

Dear Sir:-

Your brother, Hontcalm, has arrt-h.ed the paynont of the premiiurs on

policies on his a .d your lives payable to the Jacksonville Tucving and

7'-ecking Co. by notwto be -i' eed by the iLsured arid the Jacksornille

Towing a;-l Wrecking Co. 'ie hIas signed his alnd sii: ,. the Jhc k.onville

TowvinFg .cJ :-ecking Co. to yours and -ve close t .rl herevith so ycu can

sign your r hc ri-ht above the Jackconville Towing a: "'.-cking Co. and

return thorn both to us at your earliest convenience so we can forwav,

the receipts.

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Punta Corda, Fla.Sept.1,1905.


Your Excellency,

This is the day you set for the hanging of

the murderer of our marshal, Mr. Bowman, and we have just heard that the

laws of Justice have again been turned aside for so.ne triviality, to effect,

presumably in the end, their complete frustration. Several times in the

last three years, I have asked different ones of our representative towns-

men to write the Covernor, touching on tne facts in this murder,

letti;n him -;now the senitiiTent of the respectable .nd law-abiding citizens

of our town, but each seemed to think he was incapable of properly handling

the subject, and so at last, in desperation over this morning's news, I

have tai.en the task upon myself, mucn as it is against mj inclination, for "

I do not li ke to. think of -being instrumental in taking numan life, or any

other for that matter, but reason tells me there are times when it must

he done in order to6 teach tnose whose disposition leaas them in paths of

crime, a proper respect for the rights 0o their fellows.

A jury of twelve picked men, iound this man Cooper guilty

of murder, and the judge before whom ie was tried -ave him a sentence in

accordance w.'ith :the verdict, ana the Supreme Court seemed these measures

just, and refused him a second trial, ana yet in the face of tre law ana

the efforts of its exponents, it seems as if Justice were to be thwarted

in the end.

:' :' Rebellion stirs in our hearts against the oritcials who

can so ju:'le with the rights of her citizens as to put their lives in

jeopardy and make a farce of our laws.

:On the day of Cooper's conviction a party of our citizens

went up to the county seat to administer Justice ii tjie court failed to,








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but when they knew the verdict and that he was to be hung, they were sat-

isfied to let the law take its course, but in tne light of following

events, when the knowledge bore i'n upon them, of the futility of our

courts and laws when they may be manipulated to suit the caprice of law-

yers who will do it if a few dollars are put up for it, a revulsion

g.-ainst law and order, tooi.: possession of our people, ana Sicep e,.-Cov

Jenning's action in reprieving this man a year ago, I have many times

heard voiced the sentiment that "The next ,iuraerer that is caugnt in

Punta Corda will never get the chance to secure himnelf in a jail."

No governor likes to think that the people of his State rely so little

on his judgment and justice as to use lynch-la.,, ut the eno seems to

justify the means, oftimes, and we hav:e rown desperate.

N ;ow, iisTrer Governor, i am oing to state some facts

in connection with tnis case, that probably were not brought out in tne

evidence submitted to you, to give you an idea ol why w'e feel as we Qo..

toward the execution of tnis man, and why ninety nine out of a hundred

of our townspeople vlieve him guilty. Two weeks oefolre the murder me

joined the artistt Church, and he was baptised in the Lay near my home.

A little dog followed him into the water, and he .turned and kicked it so

brutally that the hearts of his audience on tne snore, turned sicr: at

the sight and it dia not serve to heighten the sacreaness of ta'.ta cap-

tismal scene, I can assure you. I heard a. number of our citizen ns who r:new

him L-est, waonde r" What devi ient Cooper haa in his head, to go a.na join

tne church", and the marshal who was murderer was one of these, ana ne

remarked that "He need watching now."

Tne next item bearing; on tne sequence of events, was tis;

fi e morntns Le.iore, one of our most promeinant men was. sitting; one nignt

with his mother and three crilaren, listening to nis wife read. Someone

frro outside fire in at him ana nis lii was sated by the deflection of

the bullet by the edge of a screen-uoor, but he lost ona of nis legs, inf.- '










stead. lir. Bowman was most zealous in ferreting out the miscreant wno

did the deed, and the week that he was shot, ne told me,ani others as

well that he would have his hands on him inside of a week. He never tola

who he had under suspicion, but from various bits of evidence, many

believe that the same person killed him. The person wno dia it was ae-

termined to put him out of the way, for several nights during the weeK pre-

ceding the killing, raps were heard at the baci< door, but when it was

opened, by Mrs. :Eaman-"or. the children, no onie cou.i be seen.

On the night of the sho-ting, a boy playing hide-and-seek

on tne scaffolding of a buiiuing directly in front of the .o'wman residence,

saw the shot fired ana watched the man run, till he turned the corner of

the City Hall, and at that point he was met by :oun;g iatthews, who recog-

nized him and called him by name. A few nunared feet beyond tnis pint

he stopped directly in the light streaming from. a aoor, ndc a mon sitting

on the veranda s.aw his face plainly and identified him in court as Coap-r.

'hen n attihews discovered the n:eari;ig of tne snot he laa

heard and connected with it T.he fact that Cooper ran iron toat direction,

he became frightened at his own conclusions, for he well i:aew; the cnaracter

of the :ian, ana he did I'not return to his coardin6-house that nignt, for

Cooper boarded th're also. !.attaews slept at difilerent .laces tlhe following

week.. Cooper managed to trace him from one to the other and he aavisea

the parties who sheltered him, not to repeat it or they'd be sorry for. it.

Finally at tne end of a wee!;, the boy became so terrified by t;-s hound-

ing from one place to another, that his terror inauced hir. to tell nis stop's

to a detective who ,,as down here investigating tne case. After Cooper

failed to bPe nung last Fall, ne left for parts un:.nJ n, ana tiere are

a number of others ;vno wisn tney magnt a:e as free to leave. Cooper naa

killed a :man before co'iing here to live, anda Ir. Lowman knew tnis and

rega.roe him as a bao mrlan, and on several occasions cam:;e in conlic it wi tn

him-, and ,once a reference w as mad' to his past record arn some bitter








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remarks exchanged in regard to it. Later he was arrested ana charge with

running a "blina tiger", ana Mr. Eowman expected to see him sent to tne

penitentiary si.)months for this offence,- for we do confine anci punish
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persons- wht sell liquor in N thlispart of the State, where a rnu'rer is rarely

tiede. e the owman affair, I tan think of two other deaths unaer

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peculiar circumstances, a supposed poisoning--no conviction, ana in one

case not even an examination, and besides these, three men and one woman

have been snot, and a child Killed under most revolting circaistainces.

The last named case ic jet to be triea, out tie former

cases came to naught. ,

afterr reading; the above resume', sister Covernor,can *

you wtjder tnat we feel ratr:er turbulent after hearing of the second rp'isl

g'l.en Ohil F ret c who deprive a -ooi woman of a goda husband, ana

forced herout to earn am4 liaing for neiself and her five cl ir'en '~,


the guilty wretch who had abandoned his own wife anc children.

I have read many references inl tate papers regjaing tnis

case ani of the blood-thirsty xenge.nce e::hibited b; the people of Punta

Oorda in demanding his life. These cnaritaole ana ..inaly heartea uphoiaers

of this murderer have as yet italed to express any sympathy for tne ,ooa

woman and orphaned children of p:or Eowman.

If you have read so far anu allowed :.ie to trespass on your

time, I than,: you.

In greatest sincerity,

1 am yours,




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