The    Okaloosa    News

Vol. 2.                                           Crestview, Okaloosa County, Florida, November 24, 1916                  No. 8



So-Called Court House at Milligan Robbed

Tax Collector’s Office, The Clerk’s Office and Sheriff’s Storage Room Robbed Sunday Night.
    The old wooden structure referred to as Okaloosa County’s court house, situated in the Village of Milligan, on the banks of Yellow River (a very treacherous stream during rainy seasons), was entered Sunday night by one or more parties who evidently understood the situation  of each office, and just where every article, book, and paper pertaining thereto were kept.
    The Clerk’s Office is supposed to have been the first to undergo a thorough investigating, but as all papers, records, etc. in this old office were locked in a safe at night, no damage was done and nothing noted missing.
   In the Tax Collector’s Office the damage was the greatest.  A set of tax books, several receipt books, containing stubs for tax receipts and a few minor articles were missing.
   The Sheriff’s Office was also entered, and the room in which beverages are kept as evidence against blind tigers in the courts, was broken into and six quarts and several half pints of whiskey were appropriated to the relief of their thirsty maws.
   Speculation is rife as to the motive of this kind of a burglary, as generally such articles as are used around a court house are of but little value except to county officials. Many have theories, however, which they believe, when ferreted out, will reveal the scheme of certain parties that might have made the robbery of some importance in the location of a county seat in the coming election had the tax books for 1916 been so cured instead of the old books of 1915, from which all taxes have been collected.
   Undoubtedly it is a sore disappointment to the schemers that the wrong books were taken, as the real intent of the robbery must have been for the purpose of destroying this year’s tax books, thereby causing confusion and possible delay in the permanent location of a court house in Okaloosa County.
   No one has been openly accused of being implicated in the contemptible piece of work, but many have opinions which they privately express as to who they believe to be the real “nigger in this woodpile.”   This kind of work has not helped the cause of the river bottom village, and neither has it increased the influence of certain would-be political bosses of Okaloosa County.

   Sheriff Sutton is using every endeavor to apprehend the real culprits, and through his vigilance it is suspected that those who did the dirty work will soon be known to the public.

One Dead, One Dying, Two in Jail
   As the result of a cutting and shooting scrape that occurred near Pine Level, close to the Alabama and Okaloosa County line, in the northeast part of this county, Sunday evening, one man is dead from pistol wounds, one is dying from knife wounds, and two young men are in jail here in Milton facing a very serious charge.
   The parties implicated are Tom Stevens,  the dead man; Jim Stevens, seriously wounded; and Chad? And Marion Hobbs, now in jail.  The cause of the difficulty is not definitely known, but seems to have been over family matters, one of the Stevens boys being a brother-in-law to the Hobbs, having married their sister.
   While the trouble occurred Sunday night, the sheriff was not notified until Monday night, and together with Judge Rhoda and D.T. Williams went to the scene of action early this morning, where a coroner’s jury consisting of Bob Collins, Ed Sullivan, D.T. Williams, L.A. Fleming, R.J. Kenedy, and Mr. Boyd, was empanelled and investigated the case.  Sufficient evidence was soon presented to warrant the sheriff in placing the Hobbs boys under arrest and they were brought to town this afternoon and placed in jail.--Milton Gazette.
J.M. and J.W. Williams Purchases The Lock Mill Property

   J.M. and J.W. Williams two good farmers of near Paxton, were here Monday and closed a deal with Rev. W.S. Locke for his grist mill and home place four miles north of town.
   Immediately after closing the deal Rev. Locke came to Crestview and employed contractor L.R. DuBose to erect him a nice residence on his lots at this place, where he will move his family and reside in the future.

Widow’s Exemption

   The constitution amendment, which was passed by the voters in the recent election, allows widows a tax exemption of $500 only under certain conditions.  To secure the exemption the widow must prove that she has a family dependent on her for support.  Formerly the exemption was $200. 
   The same exemption applies to any person who, through war or misfortune, is incapacitated from manual labor. 
   There appears to be a misunderstanding among some in Pensacola regarding the amendment, some believing that the property of widows is exempt from taxation regardless of their financial condition, whereas the change was intended only to relieve those with families dependent upon them.--P.N.

Patronize those who advertise in The News.

Masonic Hall and School Building Burned
Loss Approximately One Thousand Dollars--No Insurance.
A $20,000 Brick Building To Take Its Place
    Tuesday evening about 4:30 o’clock, and something like an hour after the school had been dismissed, it was discovered by someone that the school building and Masonic Hall, about one-half mile from town, was on fire.
   As soon as the alarm was given a large crowd went in a rush to the building, but before anyone could reach the scene the building was partially burned down, and there could be nothing done save stand aside and see the angry flames devour the structure will all its contents--not a thing being save.
   The building proper was worth about five or six hundred dollars, and the Masonic and Woodmen paraphernalia in the upper story of the building was worth something like three to four hundred dollars, which was also a total loss with not insurance.
   It is thought that the fire was caused from a defective flew, as both of the teachers claim to have put out the fire in the heater before leaving the building that afternoon.
   The trustees and patrons of the school got busy the next day (Wednesday) after the fire and held a mass meeting in the Congregational Church, at which time and place it was decided to bond the district for $20,000 for the purpose of erecting an up-to-date brick building, which will be one of the best in West Florida.
   This shows that the citizens of Crestview are wide-awake and hustlers, and that they do not intend to let a small catastrophe of this kind stand in the way of making Crestview the best town in Okaloosa County and West Florida.
   Let everyone come out to the mass meeting Monday night, at which time all the necessary papers will be ready to sign and adopt for the beginning of the work which is before us.  <>

<>Kills a Fine Deer
   A.P. Jones, W.G. Wallace and Henry King, accompanied by A.L. Wallace and David Bass as cooks, left Monday for the Bay country for a few day’s hunting trip, but their luck was so good that they returned the next day (Tuesday) with one of the finest buck deer that has been killed in this section for several years.  With entrails removed the deer weighed something better than 120 pounds.

Thanksgiving Proclamation

   Looking backward through the years to the time when our forefathers were establishing in this country institutions that characterize a great and enduring civilization, there comes to our view no more significant hallmark of the fine Christian characteristics of the men and women of that day than the beautiful custom they began for us in observing a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.  The people of Florida for the blessings of prosperity, peace and happiness that prevail in our commonwealth and the nation should be profoundly grateful.
   To us has been vouchsafed a year unmarred by epidemic, serious disturbances or economic loss.  To us has been given a year of peaceful enjoyment of the prosperity of the commonwealth, and a year witnessing great progress in our industries and arts of peace.  Our fields and groves are richly laden with the fruits of industry and are not laid waste in the devastation of war.  The busy whirr of the wheels of commerce have not been supplanted by the rumblings of the wheels of cannon, the song of the harvester is heard in the land and we have no discordant note of strife within our borders.
   Therefore, in keeping with the beautiful custom which it delights our hearts to follow, J. Park Trammell, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby designate and set apart, Thursday, November 30, 1916, to be observed as a day of Thanksgiving.
     That this nation of ours has been spared the suffering, loss and bloodshed, yea even the wholesale slaughter of men, which are the necessary results of cruel and merciless war; that we have been kept out of its awful horrors, yet steadfastly have maintained the national honor, should fill us with a spirit of solemn gratitude.
   For those things and for whatever our individual blessing and prosperity have been let us be truly thankful, reverently observing the day set apart in offering praise and Thanksgiving to the Giver of all Good who giveth the earth its increase and guides the destiny of nations.
   Let the people gather where convenient for a service of Praise and Thanksgiving appropriate to the occasion, and manifest their gratitude also in substantial form by having thought for any unfortunate in their midst.
   In testimony whereof, I hereunto set my hand and cause the Great Seal of the State to be affixed this, the 16th day of Nov., A.D. 1916   Park Trammell, Governor.
Majority of Catts Over Knott Is 9,211
Official Returns From All the State Show The Figures--Mitchell Received 191 Votes.
   Complete official returns from Secretary State’s office gives the following vote for governor:
   Total number of votes polled, 82,879.  Sidney J. Catts received 39,553.  W.V. Knott received 30,342.  Geo. W. Allen received 10,383.  C.C. Allen received 2,460.  Noel A. Mitchell received 191.  Majority for Catts 9,211.
   In the June primary, Sidney J. Catts received 30,092 votes, as compared with the above it will be seen that he made a gain of 9,461 over the vote in June.
     In the same primary, William V. Knott received 25,720 first choice votes and in the election just closed he received 30,342, or a gain of 5,622.
   The total number of votes accounted for us in the June primary was 83,572.  Total number accounted for in general election 82,878, or a decrease of 693 votes in the general election. 
   The total number of qualified Democrats in the State is given as 136,000.
Pay Low Price For Peanut Fed Hogs
   In an attempt to discourage the shipment of hogs fattened with peanuts, packers in this section are paying only low prices for these hogs.  They claim that hog fattened with peanuts alone are not suited for their purposes, and advise finishing the porkers on sweet potatoes.
   Peanuts make a soft fat meat, and it is shipments of these kinds of hogs that packers are so anxious to discourage. They require that the animals receive some feed which will harden their flesh before they are placed on the market.
   As a remedy for this condition, agents of the University Extension work have recommended that farmers begin feeding corn to their hogs about forty days before shipping time.  The ration should be gradually increased, and the peanuts gradually decreased until the hogs take corn entirely toward the time of shipment.
   One point which is stressed is that the change in feed should not be abrupt, for if he hog is changed from peanuts to corn suddenly the result is likely to prove disastrous.-- P.J.
Okaloosa Cotton Crop
   The tabulation of the card reports show that there were 127 bales of cotton, counting round as half bales, ginned in Okaloosa County, from the crop of 1916 prior to November 1, 1916, as compared with 382 bales ginned to Nov. 1, 1915, a loss of 255 bales.
The News will remain one dollar per year and continue to be far the best newspaper in Okaloosa County.
First will be the erection of a twenty-thousand dollar brick school building---then the Court House.
If the county had had a decent building for a Court House several hundred dollars of the county’s property would  not have been stolen.
Hon. Sidney J. Catts’ majority was only 9,211.  Not as much as it should have been, but enough, however, to convince little Willie that the people of Florida did not desire his services as governor.
Chawley Hughes, Teddy Roosevelt, and our own little Willie V. Knott are the deadest political sports that ever attempted to “put one over” on the people.  Their remains were quietly interned on the banks of the River of Doubt.
First they made an effort to steal Sheriff Sutton’s nomination away from him--second they have broke into and stolen the tax books out of the Court House.  This some “rep” for a town which has only had the temporary Court House site less than two years.  Rotten and putrid is no meaning for it--it is---.
Hon. W.J. Bryan will on next Sunday begin his campaign for nation-wide prohibition at Indianapolis.  His purpose is to have the democratic platform in 1920 declare for nation-wide prohibition.  He will begin an active campaign and deliver speeches in all parts of the United States.  There are now 26 dry states and Mr. Bryan thinks the time is opportune to set about the work of making all the states dry.--Andalusia Star.
Widows, under an amendment to the state constitution, are to be exempt from property taxation.  Does this include the “grassy,” greedy class that brings suit for divorce in order to obtain possession of an unfortunate devil’s property, or the much admired old girl who wears the black veil and dress for a certain length of time and springs forth in gay attire and sweet smiles that are almost irresistible--especially if she has the property qualifications?
Sidney J. Catts was elected governor of Florida by a good majority.  Anyway, it took an Alabama man to put one over on those Florida crackers.--Opp, (Ala.) Messenger.
Yes, and if you plates and hoosiers in Alabama had had gumption enough to have given a man like Hon. Sidney J. Catts the governors chair in Alabama instead of the ones you have been putting in there for the past several years the state would be a darn sight better off.  Remember that the Christ himself was turned down by his home people.

Let nothing keep you away from the school meeting Monday night.
   For the first time since reconstruction days a Republican will sit in the Florida Legislature.  Dr. H.C. Hood, of Palm Beach County, having defeated Cecil R. Phillips, the Democratic nominee.  Another campaign like the last one, and there may be quite a goodly sprinkle of Republicans in our legislature halls.  It behooves Democrats to forget their differences and get together if they expect to maintain party ascendancy in the state.  Dr. Hood has broken the “Solid South.”--Lakeland Telegram.
Mr. D.H. Moseley, known throughout the state as an able editor and good printer has been helping out on The News this week.

Watch for the opening of my Millinery Sale next week. (Mrs.) W.H. Mapoles. (Adv.)
A Fallacy Exploded
   Second to the actual election of Woodrow Wilson to succeed himself--which is the most pleasing thing of all to us--the best thing about the election is the explosion of the old fallacy that New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois control the destinies of the nation, politically speaking.
   It is good to know that the United States can elect a President without the electoral votes of those three great States.  It is better to know that New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois realize that fact.  It also is pleasing to we Democrats to realize that the Republican Party must draw a new map of the country, and that the dots which means “Democratic” must be placed where they have never been before.
   To long did New York and Pennsylvania and Illinois hold the balance of power in the making of Presidents.  This task has too long been one of formality.  It used to be that when New York and Pennsylvania and Illinois voted together Presidents were elected as the electoral votes of those three States fell.
   It is different now.  No longer are New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois the controlling factors.  This election has demonstrated that fact.  New York’s 45, Pennsylvania’s 38, and Illinois’ 29 votes when cast together, count much, but not enough to offset the strength of the remainder of the nation.
   It has been a lesson to the big newspapers, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago, several of these papers supported Wilson for re-election, but, Tuesday night, when it became evident that these States had voted for Republican electors, they “flashed” the news that Hughes was the winner.  Notably among such papers was the New York Herald, which after a careful and conscientious survey of the country had announced that Wilson would be the choice of he people.  The Herald has a long record for making correct forecasts and great dependence was put in the Herald’s pre-election verdict.  However, precedent was too strong for the Herald, for when New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois showed their Republican majorities no paper was quicker than the Herald to flash Hughes “election.”
   But the Herald had made its forecast correctly, as Wednesday and yesterday demonstrated.  The Herald just placed too much dependence on the old, old fallacy that the largest State controlled the nation.
   For too long this was the case.
   The election of Woodrow Wilson to sit again in the White House is a vindication for the Democratic party.  It is proof that the country cannot longer be stuffed with the buncombe of “Democratic Administration; hard times.”  It is proof  that the American people themselves can express their desires and carry them into realization without either the aid or consent of New York and Pennsylvania and Illinois; without the backing of “the money interest; without the support of Wall Street, which has heretofore been a name to conjure with in national politics.
   It is good to know these things and for them we are duly thankful--Jacksonville Metropolis.
S.C. Brock, Junior Editor of the Bay County Beacon, published at Panama City, was here Wednesday and paid our office a pleasant visit.  Mr. Brock expressed himself as well pleased with our town, and said that so far as he knew or could see, Crestview is the most ideal location for the permanent establishment of the county seat.
Local and Personal
   Dr. and Mrs. King of DeFuniak visited their son, H.E. King of this place Wednesday.
We are sorry to report Mrs. A._. Ansley is quite sick.  We trust she will soon be well again.
Dr. J.H.B. Miller of Milligan, spent Tuesday night the guest of Hon. J.A. Richbourg.  The Doctor paid our office a visit Wednesday morning.
There have been more prospectors in Crestview the past week than ever before.  They all expressed themselves as being well pleased with the town and its prospects.
The editor of The News was business visitor to DeFuniak Monday, and had the distinction and honor of dining with Hon. Sidney J. Catts and family for supper that night.
A.L. Wallace of Rockingham, N.C. arrived here the latter part of last week and is the guest of his brother, W.G. Wallace.  He says that this is his first visit to Florida, and that he likes it mighty fine.
Don’t forget the all day bridge working at Griffith Ferry Thursday next.  This is Thanksgiving Day, but then we can all go and hurry our dinner, work and give thanks at the same time.  Let everybody go.  The bridge can easily be finished in one day.
Be sure you are on hand promptly Monday night to attend the school meeting, which is to be held in the Congregational Church building at 7 o’clock.
J.L. Kimbro who has lived near Galliver for the past two years, and who was carrier of the rural mail route, passed through here Tuesday on his car accompanied by his family for Midland City, Ala., where he goes to accept a like position and make his future home.
We are very sorry to lose these good citizens from Okaloosa County, but we trust the change to prove beneficial to them.  They News, Okaloosa’s best, and only newspaper, will follow them weekly for one year to their new home.
Eric Von Axelson of Laurel Hill was a business visitor here Tuesday.
Getting Popular
   Common guineas are said to be the best destroyers of boll weevils that have yet been found.  They are wide rangers and have as much energy and endurance as English Sparrows.  They will roam a cotton field all day long and, as they have voracious appetites, never seem to become filled on the little pests that are doing so much damage to the cotton crops.
   Besides being good to destroy the weevil, they are fine layers and their meat is almost as good as that of a chicken, though darker.  If reports in the newspaper of the south can be relied upon,  the guinea is going to come to the help of man in fighting the pests.--Montgomery Times.
The Orlando Sentinel says, “There is something radically wrong when the small town merchant does not advertise in his local paper.”  That all depends upon whose viewpoint you are looking at the matter from. Of course for the local papers, the local merchants and the local community in general, that is eminently true.  But from the viewpoint of the mail order house, that condition is most satisfactory.  In fact, the mail order houses keep in touch with the communities of their trade territory, and as soon as they discover a community in which the local merchants do not advertise in their local newspapers they immediately flood that community with catalogues, and in about ninety-nine cases out of a hundred reap a rich harvest.  Meanwhile the local merchant who does not advertise is wondering why his business is all gone to the bow-wows, and is urging the local paper to give it to the mail order houses H__.
   Old Winter arrived on the scene Monday and took most of the gardens at his first meal.  Overcoats and mittens were in demand.  It is a difficult matter now to arouse any great enthusiasm in discussing the cool climate of South Dakota.
Dr. Marsburn and family of Crestview were visitors at the cane grinding at Mr. Booth’s Tuesday.
J.M. Miller made a business trip to Crestview Wednesday.
The addition to the school house is completed at last and the school is now comfortably located in its new quarters.
An effort is being made to get a real mail route established out from Mossy Head, reaching Dorcas and back by Deerland.  With what success is not yet known.
The Christian Endeavor Society held its monthly business meeting Friday night at the parsonage and if appearances count for anything the social hour at the close was enjoyed by all present.
Last Wednesday Mr. Larrimore? Killed the finest lot of hogs it has been my lot to see in West Florida.  There were seven of them and the largest dressed 212 pounds.  The seven head totaled the neat amount of 1,086 pounds.  Needless to say they were not razor- backs. It goes to show that good hogs can be produced in West Florida and the farmer should sit up and take notice.
Since selling his place Henry Sweeney and family have been making their home with J.W. Be(o)lton.  Mr. Sweeney is building a house at Deerland and expects to move there as soon as he has it completed.
J.W. Stewart, wife and boys, were welcome visitors here Sunday.
The Stork visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Nathey Saturday night and left a baby boy.  Uncle Alec” was in attendance and all concerned are doing well.
   The weather continues dry and also very cool at this writing.
Mrs. Nancy Howard and daughter, Miss Christian, were business visitors to town Friday.
Ernest Clarke of Hopewell was visiting friends around here Saturday night and Sunday.
Mrs. Hugh Harrison spent Saturday night with her mother.
Frank Campbell and Moses Davidson were doing some work in Laurel Hill Friday.
Rev. Dan Anderson of near Glendale preached three very interesting sermons at this place Saturday night and Sunday.  Everybody enjoyed the service.
To the delight of his many friends P.J. Senterfitt is improving from a spell of sickness at this writing.
Val Clark was the guest of James Clary Saturday night.
John Harrison made a business trip to town Saturday night.
Sunday School every Sunday at 8:30.   Everybody invited to attend.
Silver Springs
   Quite a crowd from here attended baptizing at the Griffith Ferry Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Raley, of near Falco, Ala., are spending a while with the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Edge.
We are glad to say that “Uncle” George Edge, who has been quite sick, is able to be out again.
Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Lancaster of Niceville spent the weekend here with friends and relatives.
Dennis Bass of Andalusia, Ala., was here Sunday.
Wendell Burke and Dewey Edge attended church at Union Grove Sunday.
Wendell Burke and Alex Edge made a business trip to Crestview Monday.
Hardy Davis of Laurel Hill was here on business Thursday and Friday.
George Nathey of Niceville was in our community Saturday.
Miss Pearl Carver of Yellow River visited miss Lizzie Jordan last Tuesday and Wednesday.
Miss Nina May Long an Stella Mae Biddle spent Friday night at Mrs. C.H. Jones.
Claudy Jones is working at the Hart Mill for a few weeks.
Edward Locke, who has been absent from school for some time returned Monday.
Miss Rankin’s Election
   Because the Constitution of the United States uses only masculine words in referring to members of Congress, the eligibility of Miss Jeannette Rankin, of Montana to serve in the nation’s lawmaking body may be challenged.  As Miss Rankin is the first woman ever to be elected to Congress the question of woman’s eligibility is now being raised for the first time.
   The Constitution of the United States says:
   “No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty-five years and have been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall (not), when elected, be an inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.”
   Doe the “he” in that paragraph from the Federal Constitution bar Miss Rankin from the House of Representatives?  That is a question that a lot of people, chiefly anti-suffragists, are raising at the present time.
   Constitutional lawyers, however, give little encouragement to the idea that Miss Rankin may not be allowed to take her seat in the House just because the constitution alludes to members as “he” and fails to say “he” or “she.”  They declare that the only reason the framers of the constitution did not include “or she” after the word “he” was because at that time no person contemplated the possibility of a woman being a member of Congress.  They also point out that in every legal document, under the decision of the courts, when the word “he” is used the word “she” is read into it whenever necessary; in other words, that the law makes no distinction between “he” and “she.”
   The anti-suffragists, however, think they have a chance of stirring up a first-class row, for they have taken the trouble to dig up another paragraph in the Constitution they say is indicative of the general idea the Constitution does not allow any but a “he” to be a Senator or a Representative. This paragraph is as follows:
   “No Senator or Representative shall, during the time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the United States which shall have been created or the emoluments thereof shall have been increased during such time, and no person holding any office under the United States shall be a member of either House during his continuance in office.”
   This paragraph, it is pointed out, not only has a “he” in it, but has a “his” in it, too, which, with a little imagination it might seem to be made to “go double,” especially as it has not a single “she” or “her” in it.
   The question of sex in the case of a member of Congress never has come up before, although that question has entered into the appointment of postmasters.  Many women are holding postmaster- ships and their official designation is “postmaster,” and not “postmistress.”  When their bonds are made out the word “he” is scratched out and “she’ written in.

   Under and by penalty of the law you are warned not to trespass on any of my land either by cutting lightwood, oak wood, or in any other way whatsoever.     C.B. Ferdon
Stick To The Farm
   Much of our future success in this country depends upon our ability to keep our young men on the farms and away from the cities.  Statistics show that the farms are gradually becoming depopulated and the cities are being overcrowded, with from two to five men waiting for every job.
   If our young men would stick to the farms, and improve and develop the uncultivated areas, it would be only a question of time when the wealth of this country would be doubled and trebled.  Bright lights and white ways appeal to the young eye, but they do not feed empty stomachs.  The Farm is a good place to be  and a far better place to stay. -- Molino Advertiser.