The    Okaloosa    News


Vol. 2.                                         Crestview, Okaloosa County, Florida, December 8, 1916               No. 10

Wild Game In National Forest
Will Soon Be Thing of the Past Without Federal Government Prevents the Wanton Slaughter.
   Without some action is taken by the federal government to prohibit the wanton slaughter of game in National Forest, of which much of it is situated in Okaloosa county, in the course of a short period the wild game in the forest will be a thing of the past.  The following from the Pensacola Journal explains conditions:
   Forest Rangers in the Florida National Forest, which covers an area of 467,000 acres lying on the shores of Choctawhatchee Bay and Santa Rosa Sound, report that for the year ending December 1, 1916, (2)22 deer have been killed by hunters in the forest, and that during the same period, 162 wild turkeys have been bagged.
   In the last few years the automobile has come into use as a favorite vehicle of the hunter, and in game districts where for years the number of hunters have not exceeded 15  or 20 during any season, now as many as 75 men can be found in the same territory on any day during the early part of the season.  By hunting in squads it is almost impossible for any deer to escape the hunters, and every deer that is jumped is killed.
   The National Forest has for many years been the best deer hunting grounds in West Florida.  With the exception of the Everglades, it is perhaps, the largest area of land in the state which is likely to be kept in its natural state.  If the game were protected the Forest would be the breeding grounds for sufficient game to satisfy the sportsmen of West Florida and Southern Alabama for all time, but with conditions as they are, the Forest will be depleted of deer within the next twelve months.
   Jurisdiction over all game in the state is with the counties and there are no Federal laws to prohibit or regulate hunting in any way in the National Forest.  Forest Rangers are not responsible for the enforcement of the game laws and the counties in which the Forest is located have no provisions for their enforcement.  Public sentiment apparently is not in favor of game protection, and it will be but a short time before the deer will be scarce in the Forest as the buffalo are in the West.--Pensacola Journal.
 
Reunion of Cain Family
   Thanksgiving was day long to be remembered by descendants of the Cain family in this and other sections of the country who attended the reunion and feast at Grandma Cain’s home one and half miles southeast of Crestview.  There were present all kinds of Cains -- big, little, old, young, walking and crawling Cains, to the number of several score.  The Cains are among the pioneer settlers of Walton county, but now a portion of Okaloosa.  The occasion will be pleasantly remembered in years to come by those who were fortunate enough to be present at the reunion.
 
An Annoyance
   The passenger train arriving here at 7:15 in the morning is proving to be annoyance to pedestrians and traffic.  It pulls up to the depot and stops across the main thoroughfare of the town and remains in that position for an unreasonable length of time, causing much inconvenience to traffic and business.  If the proper presentation of the facts were made to the officials of the railroad company no doubt the matter would be adjusted to the satisfaction of the town and further annoyance avoided.
 
Street Much Admired
   The main street of Crestview never fails to attract the attention of passengers on trains passing through town.  The street is level and improved with a splendid hard surface material, and being dotted with several new brick buildings it naturally suggests to the stranger that Crestview is one of the “coming towns” of West Florida. Many complimentary remarks by strangers are heard at the depot and elsewhere about Crestview and this section of Florida.
 
Trip To Campton
   Mrs. G.W. Wallace, L. A. Wallace, Alphis Ansley and Miss Alma Johnson formed an auto party that paid a visit to Campton on last Friday afternoon.  Returning they were accompanied home by Charles Ansley and Miss Ethel Neal.  The road is in find condition and the trip was enjoyed by the party going and coming.
 
County Board In Session Monday
    Investigation By Board of Court House Robbery a Grand Fiasco--Cost Tax Payers of County $31.00
   As a sequence to the court house robbery at Milligan, some weeks ago, J. W. Baggett, chairman of the board of the county commissioners, called the board into extra session last Monday, for what he termed the purpose of making an investigation of the robbery and ascertaining, if possible, who committed the crime, the result of which amounted to nothing more than the expenditure of $31 of the people’s money for a few hours social confab, in pretending to attend to something which is the grand jury’s duty to investigate.  After they were through “requesting” a few of the officers and the editor of the News to come before their grand, magnificent, majestic, solemn, awful, noble, stately, dignified, imposing body to tell of a robbery of which they had not the slightest knowledge, adjourned with the consolation of thinking that they had served the Great Jehovah and fellow countrymen to the best of their ability, even though the silly act did cost the taxpayers of struggling Okaloosa county $31.
   By what precedent or legal authority has three members of the board of county commissioners to usurp the duties of a grand jury?  Would not a delegation of Mormon Elders from the state of Utah have the same moral and legal right to visit Milligan and request witnesses to appear before them that the sanity of the BIG THREE might be inquired into.  True, the big three are endowed with more than the ordinary gifts of mankind and their acts, official or otherwise, should not be questioned.  Angels without wings, living examples of love, honesty and charity, developers of untouched forest into happy homes and productive farms, promoters of town sites and courthouse seats, the big three are locked in an inseparable combine to rule or ruin fair Okaloosa county, regardless of cost or consequences.
   Their destructive work is in its infancy, and without the intervention of God and Governor Catts, death and destruction to our institutions and progress seems inevitable.
   
Will Build Residence
   J. A. Hodges is having placed upon the ground, material for a nice residence and carpenters will be busy in a few days putting the building together. Mr. Hodges has been engaged in the turpentine business near Crestview for some time, but resigned his position with the company with whom he was employed and will probably enter business in Crestview.
 
Kodak Party Out Sunday
   Sunday last was one of those balmy days that poets write about and northern visitors to Florida become enthused, and several Kodak parties formed of young men and ladies of Crestview enjoyed the afternoon in the pleasant pass time of taking pictures of the new buildings in and around the town.
 
A Word To The Knocker
   To those who claim to be citizens of this county, and who are ever ready with their little hammers to knock everything and everybody that suggests progress and a betterment of conditions, are advised to move to a more congenial section, or else silence their tongues and activities against those who are striving for the up building of Okaloosa county and its towns.  There is settling in this county a class of citizens who will trample under feet, the man who opposes good roads, better schools, more churches, more different enterprises and more people.  The News is glad to note that Crestview has but a few of the class known as knockers, and not much attention is paid to their disgruntled mutterings.  These knights of the hammer had better join the outward march of progress while joining is good, for there is coming a day when they will wish they had been numbered among the progressive element.
 
Good Day With Merchants
   The merchants of Crestview enjoyed a good business last Saturday.  An unusually large number of people from the country were in town and all seemed to be supplied with the necessary coin with which to make purchases of winter goods and other articles of merchandise.  Every merchant interviewed reports a satisfactory business on Saturday.
  
Hon. Park Trammell
   Hon. Park Trammell, the present chief executive of Florida and soon to be the junior U.S. senator from this state, is paving the way to limit his tenure of office in Washington to one term.  Mr. Trammell received the largest vote of any candidate for office in Florida in the general election of November 7th, and Sidney J. Catts was second, with the combined opposition of ring politicians, corporations and the whiskey element fighting him from every angle.  Does Mr. Trammell realize that the vote which made Mr. Catt governor was the vote that elected the handsome young man from Polk county to the U.S. senate.  But Park seems to be using bad politics during the concluding days of his administration as chief executive of Florida, in attempting to humiliate and embarrass the administration of Governor Catts by persuading certain state officials to resign that men antagonistic to Mr. Catts might be appointed, thus depriving his successor of the privilege of selecting men who would work in harmony with him during his term of office.
   Mr. Catts has the right as governor to demand the resignation of Trammell’s appointees, which no doubt he will do in justice to himself and a majority of the democratic voters of this state and appoint men who will and can be depended upon to faithfully perform their duty and at the same time be loyal to the chief executive.
   Mr. Trammell is one of the most handsome fellows that ever had his boots filled with Florida sand and he will be an attractive paradigm of fashion and beauty upon the floor of the Senate, but this old Florida cracker has reached that stage of civilization and progress where it requires more than good looks to control his vote in an election.  Mr. Trammell is warned against the further usurpation of the prerogatives, which by precedent and honor, belong to Sidney J. Catts.
 
Highway Association
   The West Florida Highway Association will hold their annual convention in Pensacola at the San Carlos Auditorium on Monday, December 11th, and the Old Spanish Trail Association will hold their convention in the same place on Tuesday, December 12th.  Considering the work that has been accomplished by these two bodies in the past year and the great work yet to be done, the people should realize the importance of these two conventions.  There is a great work yet to be done, and it requires the combined efforts of the people to accomplish the end.
  
Holiday Millinery Sale
     Beginning Thursday, December 14th, I will place my entire Stock of Millinery on sale at greatly reduced prices for CASH.
  To get your pick of the bargains come early and bring your money.  Nothing charged or reserved--first comes first served.
  Below I quote prices on a few of the Hats which I have in stock.
All Hats worth from $3.50 to $5.00 to go during this sale for  $2.98

All $2.50 and $3.00 Hats to go during this sale, at $1.98

All Hats worth $1.50, $1.75 and $2.00, to go in this sale, at  $1.25

All $1.25 Hats to go during this sale for  .98
 

All Sport Hats to go for 25 cents

Mrs. W.H. Mapoles, Crestview, Florida.  (Advertisement)
 
In The Circuit Court of the First Judicial District, State of Florida, County of Okaloosa.
   Mamie E. Bowers, Plaintiff VS R.G. Peters, A.L. Langiller and all parties claiming an interest in or to Lot 73 of the Town of Crestview, Florida, according to Vankirk’s survey and plat thereof and other Defendants.
 Whereas the plaintiff, Mamie E. Bowers, has filed a verified bill in equity in our said court setting up and claiming title to Lot 73 of the Town of Crestview, Florida, according to the survey and plat thereof made and filed in the office of the Circuit Court  Clerk of Walton county, Florida, by W.J. Vankirk and alleging that the defendants therein R.G. Peters, A.L. Langiller and others unknown to plaintiff are interested parties to the suit and they are interested in the property involved, and that they and each of them are non-residents of this state and the post office address of each is unknown to plaintiff, now it is considered and ordered and directed that the defendants, R.G. Peters, A.L. Langiller and all parties claiming interest in Lot 73, be and appear in our said Circuit Court on the first Monday in January, 1917, then and there to answer the allegations of said Bill inequity, and in failing or neglecting so to do, the allegation of the Bill will be taken as confessed  and decree entered against you and each of you of all which you will take due notice.
   It is further ordered that a copy of this order be published once each week, for twelve weeks in The Okaloosa News, a newspaper published in our said Okaloosa county.
   Made and given under my hand this the 7th day of October A.D., 1916.
Jas. L. Clary, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Okaloosa county, Florida
W.J. Rice, Attorney for the Plaintiff, Crestview, FL

Notice For Publication

   U.S. Land Office at Gainesville, Florida, Oct. 28, 1916 -- Notice is hereby given that Henry Thomas, of Deerland, Florida, who on Oct. 18, 1911, made Homestead Entry No. ___ for W½ of NW¼ W½ of SW¼ Section 22 Township 3 N, Range 21 W, Tallahassee Meridian, has filed notice of intention to make five year Proof to establish claim to the land above described, before Clerk Circuit Court at Milligan, Florida, on the 14th day of December, 1916.
Claimant named as witnesses:
Scott McConnell, Dan Mathis, Nell Franklin, Joe Davis of Deerland, Florida.
Robert W. Davis, Register
 
Local and Personal
 
M.E. Savage was a business visitor to Pensacola yesterday.
 
Mr. Wright, a brother of Mrs. J. B. Ansley, spent several days here last week.
 
R.M. Stickland of Howell, passed through here Tuesday evening for Pensacola.
 
H.J. Brett spent Tuesday and Wednesday here looking after his business interest at this place.
 
Dr. and Mrs. Marshburn and two babies, spent Thanksgiving with the Doctor’s brother at Bonifay.
 
Section Foreman, Oliver Woodward of Holt, had had a large crew of men at work here this week in laying new steel.
 
Mr. W. J. DuRant, general manager of the Deerland Mill Co. was here yesterday and paid our office a pleasant visit.
 
The Ladies Missionary Society will meet at Mrs. Doctor Marshburn next Tuesday afternoon.  All ladies are invited to attend.
 
Hon. J. A. Richbourg and John Q. Adams were visitors to Niceville, Camp Walton and Wright the first of the week.
 
Engineer Will Richbourg and family, who reside at Florala, Ala., spent last Sunday here visiting sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. King.
 
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Standford who have been visiting relatives and friends in Georgia and Alabama for the past several months, returned to their home here Wednesday night.
 
Be sure you read the Millinery Sale advertisement of Mrs. W.H. Mapoles elsewhere in this issue of The News. She is putting her nice line of hats on sale at cost--come in and get your “pick” first.
 
Mayor and Mrs. W.R. White were visitors to Niceville and Howell Sunday. Miss White who has been visiting friends and relatives down there returned home with them.
 
When you are discussing Crestview’s progressive and wide-a-wake business men, it is well to keep in mind, Mr. C. H. Griffith.  He is not only one of the town’s most progressive merchants, but he is one of her best boosters.
 
S. A. Davis of Laurel Hill, passed through yesterday morning enroute home from Pensacola, where he states that he signed up a contract with George Von Axelson to erect for him a nice five room bungalow residence in the city of Laurel Hill.
 
To our Subscribers
   The subscription price to the Okaloosa News is only ONE DOLLAR per year in advance, which means that those names on the subscription list that are in arrears on January 1, 1917, will be erased.  Owing to the advanced cost of print paper no profit is made on the subscription price of the News, therefore we are compelled to have the money for the paper in advance.  We will appreciate your renewal and promise to make the News more valuable as a news dispenser with each succeeding issue.  (Advertisement)
 
The Horse Was Gone
   The county commissioners have since the robbery of the 1915 tax books, ordered for the tax collector's office a safe in which to lock the papers, books, etc.  The old story about locking the door after the horse had been stolen.

Card of Thanks
   We extend our sincere thanks to the good people who so faithfully assisted us in the sad death of our beloved husband and father.  -- Mrs. W.L. and Harry Culberson.
Two Are Dead  Four Wounded
     Shooting Affray at Munson, Santa Rosa County, More Serious Than First Reported -- Bad Blood
   Later and more detailed information relative to the shooting affray at Munson Saturday afternoon indicates that it was a more general shooting scrape than at first reported.  Four persons were wounded and two were killed.  The dead are Lee Thompson, foreman, and Bob Collins, the name of the second dead man being reported first as “Bud” Collins, which error is corrected by later information which was received last night.
   Lewis and Robert Collins, sons of the dead man of that name, and Ed Collins, a nephew, were among the wounded, the fourth young man who is said to have received a pistol wound being Charles Sullivan, a deputy sheriff, in Santa Rosa county.
   Bob Collins, the man who was said to have been killed by Thompson, the other man who lost his life, was also an officer of the law, having held the office of constable for some time.  At the last election, however, he was defeated for office, and some who have talked of the supposed cause which led to the shooting maintain that political disagreements had a great deal to bringing on the trouble, although one well informed party stated that the trouble between the two men had its origin some years ago.


Purchase More Property

   J. D. Cobb purchased this week from J. A. Hodges his home place and four lots connected therewith.  Mr. Cobb is gradually becoming one of the big real estate owners in Crestview and knows a genuine bargain when a piece of property is offered for sale.  Young, shrewd, affable, handsome and unmarried Cobb is a prize worth contending for among the matrimonially inclined feminine gender.
 
Found Not Guilty
   The young man Mills, who has been making Milligan his headquarters the past five or six weeks, and who was accused of robbing the Deerland depot of several passenger tickets, was given a hearing in Milligan Tuesday and declared innocent by a jury.  He, however, acknowledged forging a check in Santa Rosa and was turned over to the authorities of that county, where an opportunity will be given him to explain his method of raising money to meet the necessary expenses of living without labor. 

Will Erect Brick Building
   Allen L. Hart, of Dorcas was in Crestview Monday for the purpose of arranging for the erection of a brick store building on his Main street lot adjoining the building of H.E. King, now in course of erection.   Mr. Allen says he has unlimited faith in Crestview’s future, believing that it will be a town within a few years of several thousand inhabitants with many paying industries.  He considers the town site of Crestview the most ideal in every respect of any place in Okaloosa county.  Mr. Allen is willing to risk his money here in buildings and real estate.
 
“Our Beautiful City”
   It has become a part of the cultivated habit of the average country editor to refer to the village in which his scintillating gem of prose and poetry is published as “our beautiful city.”  Did you ever have the pleasure after twilight of meandering along the streets of one of these “beautiful cities” and come in contact with an old sow and pigs or cow that had bivouacked for the night across the pathway, designated by the editor as a sidewalk.  There are many of these little towns called cities consisting of not much more than a fourth-class postmaster, itinerant minister, Coca-Cola stand and blacksmith that are called cities.  Not until Crestview has shown signs of becoming a city (which it is sure to do in a very short time) will the News apply the misnomer to this town.  Many of the towns dabbed as cities by the country editors could more appropriately be referred to as “our beautiful grazing pasture for cows, hogs, sheep, and goats.”  Cities are few and far between in the State of Florida.

Bridge Over Shoal River

    Work Begun and Bridge to be Completed June 30, 1917--J.A. Stewart Has the Contract.
   Secretary Houston, of the United States Department of Agriculture, has signed an agreement with the board of commissioners of Okaloosa county, to cooperate with them in the construction of a bridge across Shoal river at Cox’s Crossing, four miles south of Crestview in the Florida National Forest.  The United States Forest Service has agreed to contribute $2,700 in cash and approximately $960 worth of timber towards the construction of the bridge.  M.E. Savage, of Crestview, will contribute about 630 cypress piles and the board of commissioners has appropriated $1,600 as its part of the cost.  The contract for the construction of the bridge has been awarded to J. A. Stewart, a bridge contractor of considerable experience.  The contractor has already started the work and the construction is progressing rapidly. 
   When completed the bridge will be about one-half mile long, built entirely of timber, with a clear width of ten feet. It was designed by the engineering department of the forest service, and was approved by the highway engineers of the United States office of road and rural engineering.  In the design are embodied the latest approved ideas of highway bridge construction, and when completed will probably be the best bridge of its kind in the state.  The work will be done under the supervision of County Commissioner Davis.  The contract provides for frequent inspection by government officers.
   The work will be completed on or before June 30, 1917.  The bridge will connect for year around travel Camp Walton, Garniers, and Niceville with Crestview and other points along the “Spanish Trail” and to the northward.
   The Choctawhatchee bay and Santa Rosa sound resorts have grown so in popularity during the last few years, particularly among automobile tourists, that the need of good highway  communication has become most urgent. Since most of the road is through the Florida National Forest, the government has been able to offer cooperation in its construction, and realizing the importance of it, has concentrated its road operations on the one project.
   In addition to the construction of the bridge across Shoal river, local forest officers have recommended the expenditure of about $10,500 of government funds for the improvement of the Camp Walton-Crestview highway.  The commissioners of Okaloosa county, as well as a number of private individuals, will contribute liberally to the funds, and it is expected that this road will be made one of the most popular of the laterals from the Spanish Trail.
State Health Car
   The state health car was in Crestview on Monday giving practical illustrations of how to live in cleanliness, comfort, and health.  The is on its annual tour over the state under the direction of Dr. Porter, state health officer, and he is accomplishing much good for the general improvement of health conditions throughout Florida.  The illustration of the filthy and disease carrying methods of the horse fly was especially valuable to housewives who believe in the purity of food and the comfort of home life.  The exhibits of other important subjects, such as sanitary conditions of the house and premises, were illustrated in such a way as to convince the most indifferent man or woman that without a military system in the towns and homes the warding off of disease is an impossibility.  Those who visited the car were much impressed with what they saw and had explained and no doubt it will be an incentive for more care in housekeeping and in placing the premises in a more perfect state of sanitation.

Will Soon Be Installed
   L.C. Vaughn, owner of the telephone system in Crestview, states that he will begin installing phones in the business houses and residences within a few days.  The poles have been placed in all sections of the town, wires are being stretched and but little remains to be done except signing a contract before saying “hello central, please give me No.______.”  Every business house and residence in the town should encourage the enterprise by subscribing for a phone.

Repairing Houses
   A crew of L & N carpenters have been busy this week repairing the houses of the section foreman and track men.  Even the railroad company has contracted the fever of making improvements in Crestview.

County Correspondents
Dorcas
   While on a hunt last week Will McCallum brought down a fine deer.  It was a splendid specimen of this new rather scarce animal and it tasted as good as it looked.  We know whereof we speak.  Will is now convalescent and his fever is declining.
 
   Thanksgiving Day and Old Boreas arrived at the same time giving a decided chill to the atmosphere.
 
   A number of the patrons of the school gathered at the school house Wednesday morning to hear the Thanksgiving program that had been so carefully prepared by the teachers.  All those present expressed themselves as enjoying it very much.  Patrons of the school should encourage the children in these special efforts, by their attendance.
 
   While handling lumber at the saw-mill, Louis Wilkins dropped a large timber on his feet and mashed it badly.  He has been laid up for several days.
 
   Leondas Williams killed a rattlesnake, last week, that measured six feet and had 15 rattles and the inevitable button.  We didn't ask leondas what he thought of our Prohibition - Governor-elect.
 
   Mr. M. P. Hart and children and Mrs. M. J. Hart spent Thanksgiving Day with J. W. Stewart and family, at Deerland.
 
   J. W. Bolton and family, H. Sweeney and family and W.D. Diamond went to Bolton, Fla., Wednesday evening and returned Thursday morning.
 
   H.A. Berry, a turpentine operator, was Dorcas looking over the ground with a view to locating a still.  This is not the first turpentine men to cast their eyes this way and we hope this time final arrangements will be made.
 
   Will McCallum has been assisting J. W. Stewart at the depot at Deerland, this week.
 
   Quite a large number of people gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Booth on Friday night for a candy pull.  There was plenty of singing, plenty of candy and plenty of fun and expressed themselves as having had a good time.
 
   Mrs. J. D. McCallum made a trip to Crestview Saturday.
 
   The Sunday School is making preparation for a special Christmas service and a Christmas tree.  Of course a good is looked forward to.

Silver Springs
   Mr. and Mrs. W. R. White and Mrs. L.E. Bowers of Crestview visited Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Houston Saturday.
 
   Mrs. W. B. and J.T. Sapp, Mrs. G.W. Edge and Miss Lily Thomas visited Mrs. A.P. Edge Sunday.

   The school play which was to have been given December 8th, has been postponed until the night of January 5th.  Everybody is invited to come at that time.  The admission will be five and ten cents.
 
   The school children are preparing for a Christmas tree at the school house the Friday afternoon before Christmas.

Destin

   Leonard Destin, whom we reported in our last communication as being very low, died on the 27th, of last month.  He was 56 years old and had resided here all of his life.  He leaves a wife, two children and three brothers besides a host of friends to mourn his demise.
 
   S.T. Marler left Sunday for Panama City, where he goes hunting a new location, and it is reported that several more of our boys may follow him.
 
   George D. Knapp, and Miss Ruth Hangaus were visitors to Destin one day the past week.
 
Niceville
   Mrs. H.T. Shaw, from North Carolina is visiting her son L.L. Shaw.
 
   C.S. Sessions and son, Chum, returned home Monday from a week’s visit with friends and relatives in North Carolina.  This is the first time Mr. Sessions has been home in several years.  He reports a great improvement in his hometown.
 
   Miss Laura White, who has been visiting her niece, Mrs. Geo. Allen, for the last month left Sunday for Crestview, where she will visit her brother, W. R. White.  She has many friends here who will be glad for her to come again.
 
   B.P. Edge and George Nathey, motored to Milligan Monday, where Mr. Edge attended the commissioner's court.
 
   Mr. A.A. Howell and Miss Lela Ervin, are spending this week at Opp, Ala.
 
   Mrs. G.W. Payne, of Pensacola, who has been visiting her son, Herman, returned to her home at Pensacola Sunday.
 
   Word was received here yesterday of the marriage of Carl Burleson of this place and Miss Ida Destin.  We wish the young couple the best of success in their new life. 
 
   Alex Richbourg and John Adams of Crestview, were transacting business here Tuesday.
 
   Sheriff Sutton was shaking hands with friends here Sunday.

 
   W.T. Howell made a flying trip to Milligan and Holt Sunday.
 


For Rent - Farm of 100 acres, 45 in cultivation, 2 miles south of Holt.  Good dwelling, barn and out houses, all in splendid condition; land productive, fine range for stock.  I want a tenant for a long term of years.  Apply to S.M. Senterfitt, Holt, Fla.  (Adv.)

$50.00 Reward:
--I will pay $50.00 reward for the return of the County Tax Books and Receipt Books which disappeared from my office last Sunday night.

J. A. Richbourg, Tax Collector.

Enjoyed the Juice
   The editor and family visited Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Richbourg Sunday afternoon and enjoyed a feast in drinking cane juice.  When we were through drinking all the juice we could hold, Mr. Richbourg then presented us with a half gallon tin of as fine syrup as was ever made.  Thanks, Mr. Richbourg, when we are through editing newspapers and appointing ingrates to fill the best and most important of our county offices, maybe we will be able to reciprocate with something more valuable than mere “thanks.”
 

Find Employment
   Something like fifty or seventy five men are now finding employment in and around Crestview in getting out cross ties, which helps the laboring class of people in this settlement very materially making a living.
 
Notice
   Strayed or Stolen--From my place at Baker, Fla., November 19, 1916, one dark bay pony mare, weight about 700 pounds; about 7 or 8 years old.  For an information of whereabouts I will pay reasonable reward.  Notify post master Baker, Fla., or R.P. Brooks, Baker, Fla.,  (Adv.)
 
   It is a sight to see the immense stock of Shoes at Jennings’ store in DeFuniak--and they are not high like others--because they were brought many months before the advances as were also their Outings and Ginghams.  (Adv.)

 
Farm Loan Association
   Baker is always wide awake to the best interest of the town and the people living in the farming districts contiguous there.  On last Saturday a meeting of the farmers and business men of that progressive section was held for the purpose of organizing a Farm Loan Association, and was attended by many men from all parts of the county.
   C. C. Eiland, Sr., was elected president, and J.C. Hicks, secretary-treasurer.
   The object of the organization is to be able to show to the U. S. government the status of farmers’ possessions in order to obtain loans at a low rate of interest on long time periods.  The government proposes to loan money on farms at 5 per cent interest running from five to forty years on unencumbered property with an increasing value.  Through the Farm Loan Association all recommendations for money will have to be made, and those who contemplate borrowing money from the government on their farms had better make application to become members of the Farm Loan Association at once, as the amount appropriated for this purpose will be equally distributed in the agricultural districts of the United Sates.
 
Some Fine Sweet Potatoes
   Two sweet potatoes sent us by Mr. George W. Wright of the Wright post office, weighed five and a half pounds.  This shows that the fertility of the soil even in the extreme southern end of Okaloosa county which borders on the gulf, will produce most any kind of produce.

Bridge Ready For Use
   The bridge over Yellow River between Crestview and Baker is now ready for use by the traveling public.  The finishing flooring was laid and the last spikes driven this week and it is now one of the best bridges in the county.  The travel over this route to Baker is shortened in distance at least four miles over the route via Milligan.

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