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April 4th, 1906.
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T:r. '.. n. Ero aard,
You will pardon us for calling your attention to the matter
but some time since we sent you an accepted bill for your signature
which has not been returned to us. Will you kindly sign the same
and let us have it by return mail, or if the bill has been mislaid
let us know immediately and we will send you a duplicate for
your signature. Although this may appear to be a trifling detail
to you,,wit is, on account of the methods of handling our business
an important matter to us; therefore will you kindly give it
your immediate attention.
Very respectfully yours,
O THE FIDELITY TRUSTEE AND RECEIVERS COMPANY
C. SETON Pl
LAW EXCHANGE BLDO.
'LEMING & FLEMING,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW,
APr. 5, 1906
G~ov. N., B. Broward,
Enclosed please find my report of the Confederate
Home f or 1905.
Ve ry truly y ou rs,
January~ 10, 1906,
His Excellency "'. p. Broward,
I have the honor to submit this my report of the
condition and. operation of the Old Soldiers and Sailers
Confederate H~ome Association for the year 1905,
The occupancyT of the Home is shown by schedule A.
hereto attached aggrregating as follows:
Occupancy January 1, 1905 11
. Admitted during; the :,ear 1 12
Remaining in Home Jan. 1, 1906 8
Schedule B. herewith appended is the annual
financial statement of the Treasurer broug-ht dowrn to Jan.
9, 1906, which shcws a balance on hand of 5$13.18.
Besides the monies whiich passed through- the hands
of the Treasurer of the Association, a considerable amount
was expended by the IIartha Reid Chapter a.nd other chapters
of the D)aughtecrs of thle Confederacy. The generous aid of
those ladies in money and personal services is gratefully
A larger number of deaths occurred at the Home
during the past year than any year previous. These wIere
James Kennedy,~ Chas. H1 Elder, J. L. Dasniel and J. E. Glenn.
Their warfare over, they now sleep in the Confederate lot
in the City CemeteryJ in this city.
I, n generous response to the rcmedto nm
last report, the L~egislatu~re of 19105 appropriated 81000,00
for the building of a hospital for the Confederate H~ome,
and the sum of $1000.00 per an~num for hospital maintenance
and operation. Thel number in? the Pome:~ hav.inel been3! consid-
erably reduced, it has b~een tho~ught best by the Board of
Directors to dtefer the buildings of the hospital until in-
creased numbers shall ren~der it more urLrent than? at present.
The sick awebeing tak~en care of in the original building as
heretofore. I: w-ould also state that the annual apjropria-
tion for th7e maintenance of a hospital has been but slightlyr
drawn upon so far. A. physician h~as been. em~ployed at $25,00
per month to visit the Home once a week; andI- as Inach oftener
as mayr be necessary in attendance on the sick.
\ve now have a nost efficient superintendent and
matron; and have a good prospect of farm! products, which wrill
aid in the maintenance of the institution and contribute to
the comfort of the inmates.
Beneficiaries occupyingr the Home d~urinr the ::ear
Occupants in Homje Jznuary 1, 19C4
J. L. Daniel
J. P. Clark e
Chas. H. Elder
Hena~ry C, G~rovenstein
Admitted since Jan.
Ja~n, 7th J. E. Gle~nn
J. D!. IIcTntosh
John S. Coo~ley
liill C. Bradfordd
JameLs ''. O'T'eil
P. J. Courter
Chas. H. Elder
J. L. Dlaniel
J. E, Glenn
Rema~ininrr in Home Jan?. 1, 19~06
Account of Treasurer, Old Soldie-r's and Sailer's
H-omes Association, Jan. 9, 1906..
To balance on hiand Jan. 14, 1905 8 9.46
Jan. 20th received from State 4th~ quarter, 1904 295.27
Jan, 28th received fror! State 75,00
April 28th received from Ftate let quarter, 1905 373.05
July 24th received from State 2nd quarter, 1905 425.94
Oct. 11th received from IState 3rd qullarter, 1P05 410,16
D~ec. 31st received from F?. P. Flemring~ 130.00
1906, Jan,. oth received frolm State 4th quarter, 11905 411-, 89
~i sbu~rs em-entse.
cash) shoes ,7nd? cloth~ilg
provisions and feed
medicines and attendant
on house 12.14
and cook 298.10
,, Jam~es Kennedy 45.00
Charles Elder 45.00
J. L. Dzniel 45.00
John E. Glenn 45.00
ice 40. 00
Balance on hand Jan. ,o 106 14Z3'. 18
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Superrvisng Deputy for Georgia anod Florlda
P. O. BOX 545.
Mr. J. V. Corbett, H.K.,
Jear Sir Knight:--
The District Convention of the Modern Macoabees will
be held in the Livingston Hall, corner Main and Forsyth Streets, Jack-
sonville, TIuesday, April 10th, 1906, at two o'clock p.m.
Lease give this letter to your representative and tell him to
call at Room vb Livingston Blookrp at any time and he can find some of
SFile n "E1 11 /10." 'April 6, 190~6.
Ho~norable -illiqra James Bryan,:
rin` reply to,ydr twto ~et~ters of ye~sterdasy,willr- any. t;that ,.
Joi seph Jeannin5ng wtas .hAre 'todayg anA. -ndiededs~ that hI e wul,: n the,
o~~rseof 3ten,4itya, madke apsici~nrati to pn~fharos the lands of whioh
on 19~d 8' 11 ope that wk will be abie to'ranke the 'trade
-;:~~: In 'agerdt 1:t :the putlicon ~in the TimeHs-onion of the
ar:-~t'' pubthalishe tohe Fl ridinn, wll- any thart it is my deire that
1 e proceedA Againstl ro sggested ~by 4 on, bo~th by ortvil s1 aw ,.:-it:'
posemation.) 1 ~ I3f~r yo nk,4aest we aight delay -the c-ria--
atfigen. an 1--afit Y the Inrpjalites of al anidates have_~v~ beren
~:I.~ ~--: ~to~i the -happutive~ ~cormintite. for -thei -aeerial -Oount~y offices,. rtas
'Ti I! n some,~ ow~aiti tof1 goq lBe glaci if you\ w~il fook
andL' rIk ~the m:s~a tteif'r ov: 'with. Gove;~;ryb Jenningsa as i hkvt~
in eked-t~he ;.' thy pre: WA ht hile bn Jankashr ille,~
a to % tag 441~f ainstth T~~1Rae~a-Un Wletro 03.
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B RYA N & B RYA N,
AITTORNEYS AT LIAw.
April 4th 1906.
Governor N. B. Broward,
I notice that the Times-Union of thiis morning1 copies
the infamous Williamson article. By so doing it seems to me
the Times-Union and Williamson have laid themselves both crim-
minally and civilly liable, and what I want to say is that if
I can be of any service to you or the other members of the cab-
inet please advise me. What do you think of both a prosecution
and a suit on account of this article?
A b 5With best wishes and regards,
Your s ve ry- truly,
N BRVAN wa gg g
BRYAN & BRYA N,
An*QRNEYS AT LAW.
April 4th 1906.
Governor N. B. Broward,
As attorneys for Mr. Joe Jennings, of Ihliami, who
we understand has some sort of contract for the purchase of
bark from Mango trees, we write to say that M~r. Jennings will.
desire to purchase from the Trustees of thle Internal Imp~rove--
men~t Fund 50,000 or 60,000 acres of lands in Townshiips 55, 56,
57, 58 anid 59 in Ranges 32-3-4-5, and will be prepared to close
the transaction probabl;- within thle next ten dayJs.
This is written .?ou more in the nature of a letter of
notice with the request that, for him, we man? have th~e first
riEht of purchase of said lands.
The lands can never be made desirable for settlement and
we believe it would be a good bargain for the State to dispose
of it to Mr. Jennings.
Yours very truly,
Pile Re, "personal ADril 4, 1996.
Mr. F. H. Leavitt,
New orisaga, La.
knew ndthing about the mine of paintings, therefore 1
ate what -I wag4 be..able to 'pqy, as I do not know what
as a very 9 y many'.Mepides, ,and 2 de -not know
th 4 it onl4.bh.aboeasary.to.-give to the matters
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heta eyp rahth ~t t;iczg~e totseovr-rda ed~Ee~Ee~Ee~e~Ee~Ee~E emra or Trna~tees$::
a Steedb~c :h pag all: :probbit ,Ute ntion of thi) Boar4
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Board of Drainage Comrmisseionersr
of the State of Blorida, Tallahassee.
The Judge over ruled the damurrersr filed by the de-
fendants in the case of The Southern States Land &e Timber Comp-
any by formal order, allowing until the Rule Day in May to
No written opinion was filed, in the case other than
the formal order over ruling the drmamrrers.
Indge Locke in delivering the announcement of his
decision only referred to two points that he was undecided
upon in sustaining the law and the assessment, as I understood
First: He was not satisfied that the lands owned
by the trustees were not subject to the asesessnent.
Second: He was not satisfied that such an assess-
aent onuld be legally made witheat to the land owners, stating
that he was not giving out any opinion, had not prepared any,
and would not; that it weald take a months to prepare an opin-
ion in the case, and he did not feel equal to the task at this
Therefore it is my opinion that the law haes not been
declared unconstitutional nor the assseement void, as will ap*
pear from the files of the Court.
The only decisions in the case are:
C ommiss i oner # #.2
(1) That the injunction shall be continued until the
further order of the Court.
(2) That the demurrer be over ruled and the defendants
allowed until the Rule Day in May to file an answer.
Under tbs rules three months is allowed to take
testimony after the answer is filed. In this case the time
for taking testimony will. in all probability have to be ex-
In the usual course of procedure it will be at least
six months before there is any decision in the case affecting
the constitutionality of the law or the validity of the as-
Yours very truly,
Counsel Por Drai iage Commissioners.
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Hon. N. B. Broward,
Yours of the 4th instant came duly to hand, and has
been carefully considered.
I have been unable to procure a copy of the Times-
Union containing the editorial copy of the Jasper News item,
though I have the other copies.
I have spent the greater part of the day examining
into the question of liability of the editor publishing this
item, and without discussing the matter at length in this
letter, will say that I have reached the conclusion, and it
is my opinion, that the statements made by these publications
constitute a libel, and that all persons connected with their
publication are liable to both criminal prosecution and damages
in civil action.
I find the general rule concerning public official
expressed in this language:
*L~anguage concerning one in office which imputes to
him a want of integrity or misfeasance in office or want
of capacity generally to fulfil the duties of his office,
or which is calculated to diminish public confidence or
charges him with the breach of some public trust, is ac-
tionable per se."
Vol. 13, Am. &e Eng. Ency. Lawr,
Spiering vs. Andrae, 45 Wis. 332.
White vs. Alrold, 42 Newr York, 161,
Knight vs. Backward, 51 Am. Rep. 772,
Howe vs. Prim, Holt 63.
Russel vs. Anthony, 21 Kan. 450,
Williams vs. Newman, 23 Wall. 105.
Yours very truly,
FEATHERSTONE FOUNDRY & MACHINE CO.
348 NORTH HALSTED ST.
April 12, 1906
Hon. N. B. Broward, .
Governor State of Flopb~ da
Dear Governor:- //
I was very glad, indeed, to receive to-day a
letter from you under date of April 10th, and as well also to
hear that Mr. Burgess is getting along so well. I note
that you hope within a month to be able to give the dredge
a trial, at which time I shall endeavor to be with you.
I shall be glad to hear from you as to whether you have
persuaded Mrs. Broward to let Miss Dorcas visit us this
With best regards to yourself and family, I am,
Yours very respectfully,
LE1~O IN HIO T EL -.
Pal~Tavasser's Finest and FInridas's ~Wstf.
J. DC. HJUTCHIS5ON. f gear arannxl fatal.
eSSee an1d g)rOpritetr. Bpsetal mates to Famtities.
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W. D.BARNETT, VICePREst. CAPITAL AND SURPLUS (|100,000.
JOHN G.CHRISTOPHERVice PRESr.
GEO.R.DESAUSSURE'~sc.C THE NATIONAL BANK OF JACKSONVILLE
W.RP.M9qUAID.Ass> CIIsHR DESIGNATED DEPOSITARY OF THE UNITED STATES.
Oj' .---\ Apri1l 16th, 1908.
H~on. A. B. Broward,
I have just been advised byr Mr. Melntosh that the
Internal Improvemen~t, und Board can not, now make th~e deposit,
of lm25,000., wit~h us which th7eyv agreed to do? sonle three weeks
ago. You will remember when I mentioned thlre matter to :Iou
last week you told me th-e order had been passed for this
deposit,, ant!d that i~t would be made wh~renever I sent. up +,he
bo nds. I wrote thle Treasurer that I was new readyr to
furnish Jacksonvill.e ji ty Bo nds and asked him what amount
he wantfed,--an~d now' gre't advTice as stated above. M~r.
Molutosh further wlrites thaRt "Wh-en circumstaRnces are such1
that we can do Bo we wLill )?e Glad to adv~lise ou further:'
I am rathe- disa'Ppo-inted I~n th7i~s m~a+tter as I would
not hav~e bought the bond~rs if I had not been satisfied the
deposit would be made. I, however, amn led to believe that
within a short time there will be further fun~ds pai.d into
the Board and trusat we will then receive th:se diepoCsit, o
even a Greater one,
Yours very truly,
P re sid ~.e nt.
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GREAT RECORD HEEPER
Representative Dist. No. ..
To enable me to accurately compute the mileage you will
be entitled to as a Representative to the Great GampI Review, to
be held at Ludington on the 13th of June 1906, I desire to ask
you for information as followrs:-
Name of Starting Point ......................
Distance to Railroad Station ................
Name of Station .,............................
Name of Railway ................ .............
Distance to Port Huron, giving rou~tes and c~on-
nections, and distances between connecting
points. If you come via Chicago, Cincinnati,
St. Louis, or Toledo, g~ive distance to either
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Hon. N. BI.Browiard,
Governor of f'loridra,,
Dear Sir Knightr--
I as in receipt of a letter from Na~jor Boynton,
Grbat Commlander of the M~accabbes asking to~try- to get a picture of
you as soon as possible, as they Rish to use it in connection~ iith onie
of the Governor of Michigan.
I dilll alJprciate it very much if you can favor us .Jith Gfhis as
early as possible, and If you can do so, please mail it to me care of
Bjox vb~45, GAINE~SVILLL, tFLA., as I will be here for some time and w;ill
get it much wore pJrompJtly, than if sent to Jacksonville..
Thanking you for same, I am,
Sincerely and fraternally yours,
r.S.-Sjnd Cabinet photograph, If you have It, If not kindly give me
address of some rhotographer that has a negative, and I .il~l send to
him for it.
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NEW YORK 7, T CHICAGO. 209 STATE STREET, CH-ICAGO.
Mr* M. B, Br~owad,
Weh are eochairlt; you herewth bilib~t-5ladig covering shighenr which we
nade to you on ;(pril Snd of tal boxoe of torl8oksoovripg pg yea order at Marcuh Sart given
ent Mdr Shadet6 We are aloo ernelaeaf a5 411 s~ade pqayghts as per the Lleraser your
contract, teeps enab bill for the f4746 payatsn$ and asongued tilla folr the balance of
Jfour raudilat+tlo We kidly request you to fgrermd g$.ruastpiance of e5r 5 to cover the4
osbh bill and rrlan aixirpturn the Icoophe4 billS to os as, sootasa youl rdef oe the books,~
VCTy truly3; yours.
~til PIMIaLITY TR~WimARB & RSCRIVlfR8 00.
:0. J. E. Oas
.tSe send~tli jas a~rt. nn who heabr~t: beats i sympath~.y ith the heart~-..
besat, of 6 a in th 6pattet dsstrootton In fot,~ whea the
rajlkead e s ~iar:itat a ,ertsainrate shal. go itnto fe~et; and thet rath:
rt- ogay have two ',goo d1Ja neges e rn ing fo r-eleottea.-
:'.- ~ert to1,;II; lY1 b~bb -B;ki a t3 An. My~~PP~~P~tofPs by SW the hear-beat; of hurmanity", Peat
Age.- .;be go~p whnthey adhia~ no be dtaELe. hall3 be fair- and tapXarthli,_
he~ jl;tril I8j iatjtai] a Id sparlkhtil'se havnti. sPeat their
44~~~~~~~~: a*~l~r~ rth ?iei~tiie thaat the s rall endare mu abseedp~i
Q~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~~~~~5 well;~f t.;i.' e `831;' of 447: DeD eat..~ ~,
o~:j'~:::;~ ug:;~ ,w~ --j~-, rr~c: a~::lts~f ~ at:bl stl~yrra, t int reat~ temsle
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'~:-i::;:~''A~Lgsessment for 1904 '
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120 serbs of Land. ................. *.. ~....(4..200,00
l40 h~ea~ Ca~ttle. -
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i *'.Iot~ai aluliat ion for 1904 5p, .~.. :;.dl~
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.P A Plla0hase~e, Ap~ril 30lth 1900
rHaving rec~ivred numerous in..suiries6) recelnt1 as thel
Srecasons for tas failure of the YSt. C~loud Sugar Plantation*, thlou bg
I hauve bnswered this queesation p~reviously inr the~ aranny-the Tlimes
Union C2and Srtow courrier InformaFsnt, -cd other Iloo~ray-I 'P ?has prep a
han followin: ablort history of th:Lt enterprjtisec, nd hler~c ou3 wifll
find i't worthy~ of publications.
In order tor girve yoiu a, corrot idea of 'she history i~
work. AsJ I was;j :n dotiVe~ pir~tic~i: nt intheserP~ eveP;nts, It will ber
neeanwrryC~ to f+ppea~r eg~otiatical iln d prP1Onal. I howeverT, ca;n rgfor
to o~ffcial records for nuch of Us~ data, Lvnd to suchO~ 541i L*sl the?
Hton. Joh\n Y. Brybas~ Hion. C. A. Carson, Judge E-. D. (eed,l :lon~. J.
W. .Watson, Jdas L. Lee, P. A. Va;nP, AgnowI, i.bort icnd :itsphe~r n Prtin I
I: ~ ~andyll other ciltizns of Qacesh. County at thatE tie, forr confirauc *
S~s thefPo ganaralP Mea as tated. .,
We trai nage~u ga a tr bet ee ast Tsi~ r~t d TehepakA~- I~~
feerrt of wateb~r, *n d till wvig fream.. to 1W Indhes of waCiter the~iO~ set~'
,waradi thed ; diftche ~s fr~' to 6 forot deep wnd 105 feet p~art wre~
cut; th~roughouott four hundreds torea. ~Thef Water" level. in !;he oanls)-i
bein ome five fee Pst below the Isurlfae of .tiw soil, allowing~1 h Uer-
foot dtraina~~f4 fr sct lenat four feert; a or~op of' ornr, rice Esnd Daeta e
wase plalnted~ thlat rspring3, all of which~~ yirolded largea cFirofo Corn
fromcr 50 to 80 bushela, 540* frcan 40 to 75 bushala, Otitel frrm 20 to
*\During~ Uth falLl of 1W886 110 Qores of oane was~
Platadon th,3 haqdg an
besitea .the~ 110 wo~b ren & ,oan, 250 abrea of ric werea llantegy'"
yielded2 an averageiy of 3K) bursheluH of trice gber Aorear in-St Elf,..
189 DI7, Eucirin the~ on hedbr of 1889, Kr.%anlto Dine~t~pa #hased
half interest ind the plantatick, After Qxo~asy hg .i:JaP on~a ta'libe
antd 110 aanrea of oneW pl~antd. .In aztheTrter L188? 3;i~~ill was
of 4,200 poundsr of u96 teet*u r~~a~gp~ (446.411i n~o t
comapleted until February 1888, andi the arey harvestedd in Februacry
a~nd Hardah of 1888.) 31he rermatinder of the 110 aorse of one was pla~nt-
at, mak~ing the owne moreage ion the plantation in 1R988 and 80, somes
500 acrres. in oorn Land rice, about 250 korce,, at Fhidb time Uhee
lmrdangement was abangnedl (the original Owner (ryeself) selling: to ir.
Daseton his entire interesrbt)
Tha agritrl stock of thle plcantation was incoreased tran
Ones hundred thaursAnd to Th~ree hundreds thousand dollafra, auronequent~ilyt~
to 08ive hundred thorSus..adl dollars, again to One million dollars, The
only orops of an;- magrnituder were ma~de in 1888, 89 tand 90, made f'rom
th~e orliginle prllantinSB of about 300 LQoPres The molrbECaS inl ownsO a
no time exoneded 600 acreaQ, Choughr It has beesn lacrge2 9ly exaorted in
vasriouls ab~eatemets The yield of these ropa~t dturinL: thze four yearsr
w~as an avFrrerae of 30O tone of caneO, with an averrre of 4,000i pounts
of pure augarf per aore. After thea oroper of 188,8, 89 wnd 9O, Who
planaection m~e i*lowed to run down, no Lldditional Ilada were plan~tte4,
zhough ther ncapital stookc was incretased, andy la~rge bodian of lands~l
purch~ased at vserya hish pricesr. At thet a:.lme time~, Cho proprbity (inl-
tlaldi~ng a larger territory of neawly purch~asedJ~ landa) mwa bonded, or
mort~gogd for $1,000,000, making cthe total invtcestment of 32,000,000
on an ordinary augakr planta~ties, for which~ $200D,000) would havre ben(12
Ne o aill or knowledge was displayed in the growiLng or
mannuf~aspgre of sugapr after a890 ; rle whlol effort wre t~o elalX stook
an~d b3uy lndsI, sell bon~da aznd bUy maore landls; the atook was sobld to
the yubliO, the money r~eceived wras need t~he purchse lands~ f~rom the
same parties who sold8 thce took~, anc~d he afterwards srold the
bonuds. 'Bheser ireg all maitgter of record and own be found in the
recorded of ther Clerlk of the Cirault Courrt At Kissimmee.~
At All times from 1~88, heia thec reolanasrtion was first
effeeted, until the proesnt time, th~ese lands have produced and are
new producing, fine orope of annea, cornI, potateesI, vegetblres an /
fruite; a visit to St. Cloud, annd Southp~ort, will convince the maost
sharpticall of the fertility and producativeness of ~theseo plants.
26*, abantdonomercnt of S~t. Clout was not ceased byr any deft-
oiency in the cpoiIethy, or fertility of the soil, as first chasa
eroper of all kinds h1ave been, and are still being mnadel a hekse lacnds.
St. 01aud, like manwy pla~ntationso in Louisiana, was oe~r o~eqitsladlinet i
*nd ovayersooked with lainda, when the bountyv of tw ocalts per Ipound
was placed~ on A ~lericanr Auga, when fi$ mre afterwards ranoinrded, a
bKr;' n~umbecr of LosuisliPi an ugairf ea'tJties arnd WesN~ter boati !ractories
met uth thea samei fa~te.
Aifter th death of LMr- Dinaton, hin 6esaltie decline to
as9ist, or contrilbultl towar~da s5 kovase Of t910 pro!perty, h .er
latrge OnE; the or~iglnalf plantratiion, 1300 wslorea hrAd been JQIncreased3
to mnyL thousandsba of acres..
The mil l was not Ynold tas junk*, b~ut was La Tu;ey~rfct; Sru
ning order with ai Cllpahity of 35~0 tons of ownle pJer daLy, or BO000 acre
per seiason when sold; thousrh aun ~cacreage jufflicint to r~un it to its
full casp oity haid never' beecn fuirnishe~z d it. It wa~s sild to Nexiohna.
It has boorn epreoted. in Meic~~oe, and~ 1. repolrteda doinC; first 014 ,o
wor'i 4:= jreSe~nt.
32be Ifailures of 8t. Cloud~ wasb~ aC~.`1tributable,
PERSI~t to a laok of iu'agrtoulural sill andj(~i2~t d~ knwsg, as ~IFIr clKas
srope havey~ alwayc~s 'oeen, anld AreB no~w' 8J1E being~, made on sklar landa~~ inne-
diateiry adljoisnEing and in the9 ne~ighblothod of St. Sloud~8. At Sourth-
part, a~nd on thouasland of scree in idat CoUn'tY and in~ Lee) anld Manateed
Countina, on eXesotly sDita.lh ar sil 'slrnrooaa by~ theo name Lroceess fine
erope of afll~ kinds rar nowz~ being~ g~'rowr, andS are now be~nin madea on
830'rD, tlo ejxtravagancete in local. evace~~5rment neloot of rildrs,
a spajlrticullary negBOot of loadi dr;ainage.
2HIEDii, to over evi~ptiliesion, iand he invad~mnur t of' thea QXpI~tQ l i
unp~roductive l~oandsr;~, th u~nbseqIuent mo~rtF~~gagin of the~ whole PiSdropert
for more~ than its valufre, and ea~rnin aspchy~t~ and conuseque~nt faflure;
rattd byI the rep8eal of the *bountyI 'hlaws and conesequent lorss of oo~n-
fidenceb by1 th11, le sookho1dldes as wa ther case on a Inrige numl~ber of
insltenses in Lroisai~ana, acnd the beaat auga~rF region.
ate report of the o~perations of the factory ate St. iCloud
for 1889 and 1890, whichl is authEatnio, an~ co~rruct, shown~. trio. rugy
markabiTele yelds of 4,000) pounds of augar p~err m~re of tcne: olputr
flaid of 357 Raren.
Aftear a lonEZgexpaleriaoe lin Louliatana, fYnd twenRtylfiVe
yarst ind Florida~, whe~re I have~ been if mliar~u with ange;cr culture anad
m~canP~ufaetre I do not ~esitates to say, the~ reolaimeud unrdb aladsi of
21oidar, wOill Produce more sad better augarr anaea, thanr anyr lands in
the United Stacka; th~at thecy will prodaucea owne e~Ual to Cuba, or
hadEos ~in itonnage of raaahariner iiuality.
Cane from the reolaimed linds of Southport, (nea~r 84.Clout)~
recolved the first premiumr In competition wio the wrorlrd, at the
Newr~ Oraolean Exposition In 1885. Ccant Po l f ant. Cloudl lshowed the bet
averagef yierld of sugar of an:: AmericuRCan ugr estate for 18nc8, 839
,and DOS the spame quality of cane is still growing on those kAn~a,
sad wra sexhibited at Tampai last winter. Nop fertiliser of an, kind
woas userd ait either place, on oneI~.
Se r.Q H., Z W. W11eylrs reports on soils andc products, in
Ehe A~ricultural report of 19t91. This~ rpo~r~t wasu ~cund by Dr. WleY
after years of pasraonsl invesrtigation at St. C~lourd,' Southpzort ccnd
Runnemeade, where he wna in charge of ~thez nugh explerimeunts ofcthe
U. S. AgriculturalH Depaortment, HisR repor~t~ ins well worth~ readi~ng,
and is absolutely truec in eveury particular,~ grloi~cultual y,, as webll
ass chemaiscaly; not drawn fromn hearekB~Y, or tesrtimony, burt from an
acturrl, persionul knowl2Aedge of the fote and condtitionsa as they existi
for four years, Dr. W11eys Lad myself wereo intimrately connected writ
this workL. Hisa report oDekak for itself, ;andf tZhuld be1 road*C bfy all
Tfhe gentlemen I have referred to will do1tibt.QLess confirm~
the Rcstatements I htrve7 mode if requiested to do so,
1lthe Floridac N~ews 3ureaut.
.Ja3ck~Sonv~ille ,April 18,i906r.
Tio th~e Editor:
In pur1SUPI:ce of the~ pu~::.pose stated, in. our
prt~lirnina.?ry letterr iNo.I) theli na.ltter following,~ badedt upon rwe~ll
liiowvn fsots or diirectly nquotes~: ;'loml pub~~-lic record-?: of undis-
;utead authority,~c is .rosec~tfully subm~;cittedj in the h~opa thalt you
us1yj find it uce~ful P:. t;':9 d'iscu;risic of thec 1.'vordle-i i'raine ar
Ques10tion;;).10 wl`l,ofCocur3se, unlopC SUChI pOrtions~t as you radyc~omr
mosti ava~ilatbl e fr Your locality and~ purposes. You cgn u:Je it~ini
anyl~ s~inpio you may prefer~- as editorial or th-e basis of editorial,
or ats colrres oud., uenei~ from JacksonvYillo or froml anly oLher point
yout mayl choose),or aZs "Feature" artjiicles, With suitable headliings.
If at any tivio you should coisire special infor-mation~ or: any: par-
t~icular point or topic, your requses for~t te savei~ willrccieve
'the Sr-or:ladte Jrailnager proposition is in no scome a
!Il-oxal conltroversy between those who, for as.: reasoll, mayib D
frienlly or~ unfriendly towards G~overn-or Broward~F and the otner
mlembers of- thle Boardc of Dirainaet ~ Col:mmrissio:er:; ,The f~c~t is aIill
.;urrl th~at Governor~ B~rowrdl~ i~ his 2ia'r-pi n: 1 for the- nolination,
. :a l arg~,~ te no of thes proje ct t o Brai n th~e :vernl-l des~ 8,mlak:ing
.u -.?rous and somewhat~I& exY~iTravE-a t promises of wha~t he intentled8 to
nc~o;plish3 i:1 th~at dirsetion, if~rc ao sould b naromina~ted anY? electe~-
r c~d,.;ecau~se her is no~t earnestly (azlth~ough thro12gh nistaklen~and
tlaugc~rouls methodss )endeavoaringi to fulfill sonoe of those cam-rfli,r*n
p~romisewhobF is razthelr to be cr:e-e:God thanc-: ucondenf~oii .F coli-
~ticians mak~le s~uch offorts.B2ut then ::loans~ adoplted'fo~r the ceon-
s:::,!. Lionl of the drana e4 pro ect ;zro letgitt:i:.ce andi proper su~b-
jocts of criticism~, Bnd thle n~or: kfey are; abCujaDe (ithoDut
r.icor or-produ\.ice) tho mroze clourly will thre peocple 'iej e1--
sbled to decide~ for -;iltr.:;lve,.:s theo theorie~s act~ princ;iplos in-
01o.It is a Igreat andb vital ques~tionl of plu *He Poicy, .upo:1
whiich evoi.1:y voter in- Florida should nave all poss~iulo li~igtiL andi
COnlcrTfingl w..10n1 LC Sh~ouldri two;, bforz ijoi.*.L, to th~e POIlleG "'.
:r1,noun!- ced; azd ontlightenedi opillion, as the~ iiioot result of
trust~rarothy3 inf~ozr.ation!, ELuppl ioG. to hil thrrolul-i the Puslic Pre~ss
n:-T-~bataed solely upon :jn15lic ecors:-s anud inCO';tivErtible f:Cts,
'not othezoriseo wit~hin. hisr recfrh,
~oar~i f 'Irusseas of' thel Intorial lmpirovement-~ Furi:.~to tihe e:1.itor
th~at -newo~sp::ne~r,~;,,in statd tt thef boa-rd haj po::nidedif ii ln i-aqrniag
o;;e::astior:ns :;1 :i. Janucar I,IDjO8,the surl:.: of 1iF5,?300,81. P'creioux s
liker a. :lpond-lijturei s amoiun~ted to ~48,44~,,; 5.65,-.:. ing a ; total of
.'4~,2'' ..-1.: Thef of ficrial TreporL`t o~f iithe:.r same~ '!~ secretry;ma
Januari*y I,I0-1, showedi c. cash L Je:...-:.- o:.. h .tlX inl thelr Fundr!i of
872.,2''":.35. OfE this, si ::l. i ig tis :.' .:- ;iu ct i on3 g1Ranite
?nhalf .*t. v;..sv Laa;uk-ft3 110~ ..*i~.:ire :J Co -,:-- ;: by
:;'deri:1 CourtC, lea:V~ir-s :a; l..40,44.5 v'O.:UtiLct, fror:: this thei IS15-
790,tt 1minse e~lua ;~...'se. 1. iaie.ege ope~-ratione- a.:itl t:;ere raonwiins
a tirifle- of ..33,655.541 witfh wh!iih t;o cove-r the c.-Dossive cost
of au.il:i..1 istmition (::al:-arioeztc..),) andco;.!-lete. thea geui
proposed .operat2ioad~of .n: entersprise th;e cost2 of' wich b.:.s boonl
ir~iously e..:tiriated 'by e:xperts at fron,: five toei_,htrl n~illioni
dollirs. Hlowa lorL shlou:ld~ such rookloadly foo~ile as:pn.lcitur of"
t`he peopnles moniE~y be per;-itted to co~ntinuto?
Governor iFrSZuarLL inZ hisi "braDLisi e"-
cqy.:"Roads are needed~i". Q-uite true.oSo said~the Leg~islaC.: tur whenl
it emo~.tedi,in~l903,'t a lawT~ ro w="~_rir.din thle Trusteass of thet Inter-nal
I.!.prxter.10-.o~t Purd :to deousit all mJnonleys th~on in -theicr ha1.iels, and~l
thet p~rnce~r..38 of 0.11 Ilands ~Itherei~afte sold, w'i~ith the St-Lto Treas.-
urer, to be byr hirm distribuutto a'long the several cou:Ltiess of: the,
.State~ to bae u~srad For th~e purpose of' ocstroudi g~l hard roo.1:;
t':Iecrei. Andl these Trustees haveO ne8ver utteredQ t6 sine:lef wmord
w'it~50ou, any clezr authority of' law7,t ~:pren~d such! ?la-cI.Is in
drairna-:o ope~rastio_;s.It woulld bes well3 for the! off`ice's of some"I
wJiderwt. l~~ ::1.o 17 out-prisingc county to test tho~c~value! of thLet
lawT'rariC1 Aiva the! Trusters an opixoo:tlxnit~ 'to expai2,i j r i;~, the-cort;s.
A singular faCi; in~ co)inctioL~ with thei tra~i~.i..o,( le-
;Iirdat'ionl of 1900f is thatll bills for theo croFation3 of a drainagea
co-nrission, rtna~ 30obt resolutio2ns proposiq;ir a COrIStitltio.:al~
amondmuent for th~e same purposo, were si:?ultaneously 1 ~trodiuced
in both houses of the Logisleture on tae sa.:e. 3ay,.,;ayll. Thel~
donate actocL first on tne bill, 11ay IS and on the roso>lutionz dray
19_and theo House bill t8:.18 resolution! -.coro wuithd:raw..lin.i that bodly
?nd~ th~ose of the Sonrte passed ;lia; 24 anid 25. The~ fact: tha~t both
passedol in achc~ house byt lary,-e lajor~ities ind~icatedl thart foc~ire
:r,bors of either brdly igave anyl~ cns);ide~rationJ to -7:.ese? lbcagu~re
i.:- th)oy~ woulld havel d~i!;sovered1J their Gra1stic provisions en-T
1 re-7 p~tly ;:'.11ed ilo.*, .:.~oth,, Otherw-i'is?,1t iust ever remarin anr
unsolved mysteryi .ow an;y Leigislature couldi have: deliberately
pland~l in .the hands of anl;y joarme or group1 of' aimi:iatrative
officials such do o;Crous atnd un:restrictce Powerjq as taanie11
unfereeby te dainao lr ad atter:1pete toi~ be.COerreI iS 4
Do tooe people of Floriia~ r-c&P~ito rthe fact th~at in,the1:1
Colstitut~lional Amon.hon~r~!t fo Lthe0 adosption of whv~ich theoy are ro-: b
r.1i41 ur~god to vote by t~o a-t~ocates'o of the ~rai.1a~ge schooles
-thoke", it abnolutely nothing: to :proveid the Ilrainar;e board to be
idfevoothrly established byv said knendmar~t from- loc~vtil- other
"lrainafet~i districts" in AN~Y section~l or county ~in to0. State and
im~posi~th upon~ all of theO lands t:.erein Delongring to private
i;tid~iviLunls whiichi weO orilr,i. ?11y acquirodl "y 'the Statoa under
the "sws.!rp ande overflowead actl"of 1850(at-:3!rogating, nore than twern-
ty million : acros) an acrea 0: tax~ as hirrh as ten centis per ncro;
thel pr~oco ic Of su1ch t7x t oe OF m::nqnd'~ S by suchkl boardlWithouti
statutory or other accounltabrilitiy of~ any kin3,in thze drsainagie
of the Ever..1:n0s?; An cFLnL it '3A pos..ible thnat the people wsill b3e *
in;$uco t~o conlfor, by votitt;r t adop~t th~is Amnormren~t, i; the
11 h'Geo; f tooc recent acts o ao~r~srt fos r~tdrir-.a e youir mo
o:.trctor .i. .:yr~ e0 .Lar,-NY lis yower~s uporn suchr officiale-
10toeit *5 l -C- r, L
Y . . ., .e -- -* : * a.
irrovocaanly, .y ;e Iproposedr constitutional~ au:rcondmen~t,.w'.i h ei i
co:.oC i h o aide-tical cla,;ua:;o as t!;7t of t:.o lawi.