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|Loafers to Be Rounded Up and Put to Work
A movement which is growing in popularity everywhere during these war times originated in New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia and other states making it a crime for able bodied men to be idle or not regularly employed. Now comes the State of Georgia, which is taking steps to make men go to work or go to jail. The following dispatch appeared in the Washington Star:
"Atlanta, Ga., April 24, A rigid process of elimination of work slackers has been inaugurated in Georgia, calculated to dispose of vagrancy and general "no accountness" until after the war.
"A card system will be introduced whereby every laborer must be able to produce his card on demand to prove he has been actively employed that day. The card is to be punched by the employer every night as evidence that the work was done. "Georgia municipalities will be asked to amend their ordinances to make such a system effective."
Governor Catts has already issued a proclamation calling upon the sheriffs to rigidly enfore the Florida vagrancy laws which penalize idleness or being without continuous employment.
Gideon B. Travis, special representative of the U. S. Department of Labor, is now in this city investigating labor conditions and it will not be surprising to see vigorous action taken along this line following the visit here.
|Gadsden Sends More Men To Army Camps|
Twenty One White Men and Forty Six Negroes Entrained Friday and Saturday
Exercises Held at Court House
White Men Were Sent to Camp Jackson and the Negroes Went to Camp Johnston
The court house was crowded Saturday forenoon by citizens from all part of the country to pay homage to the 21 white men called by the local board to report for military duty and to leave on the 12:56 train for Camp Jackson.
The principal address of the day was made by Rev. Dr. Duke, of Tampa, who was in the city conducting a meeting at the Baptist church. Dr. Duke gave a very strong talk to the men, in which he admonished them to lead wholesome lives while serving our country. He denounced the war and kings in general and said that as far as he was concerned he was thinking that King George take a hundred years' rest.
Rev. Dr. Davis was the next speaker. Dr. Davis told the men that they were going to fight in a good cause, and he gave some good advise regarding the proper conduct of American soldiers.
Dr. W. L. MacGowan made a short talk. He assured the men that they will have the support of the people at home and wished them the best of luch and a safe return.
The exercises were opened by singing America and after the addresses The Star Spangled Banner was sung. Rev. Burns acted as chairman.
The men included in this draft were: Thomas Posten, Connie Vanlandingham, James Ruffain Smith, Eldridge Franklin McLane, Wm. C. __, Geo. D. Bates, John Henry __, Freddie W. Matthews, Freddie Green, Murphy R. Hinson, Robt. H. Woodward, George R. Kickliter, Elisha Barnett, Ransalier __ Sterns, Thos. B. Harley, Obediah Bryan Smith, Ellis Marl Pittman, Wm. A. Bowen, and W. A. ___, who was sent to camp for this board from Pennsylvania, and Julius Thomasi, who was sent from Denver, Colo. Wm. Philip Pittman, of Duval county, was sent with the Gadsen county men for the Duval county board.
The drafted men were placed in charge of Thos. B. Harley, who was appointed by the board as captain of the company until arrival at camp.
Hundreds of persons accompanied the newly made soldiers to the train to say goodbye and to wish them success in dealing with the Huns.
From the list of colored registrants called to report to the local board Friday the following forty six men were selected to entrain for Camp Johnston at Jacksonville:
Will Nelson, Will Coleman, Adolphus Henry, Livingston Carlton, Dock McGriff, Wesley Merritt Browning,
Pleas McRae, John Mack, Levy L. Neal, Aaron Simmons, Burrell Edwards, Ben Woodbery, Albert Preston,
Buck Meacham, Samuel Lanier, Robt. Thomas, David Taylor, Willie Crooms, Isiah Thomas, Clinton Masburn,
Ben Evans, Lewis Reed, Fred Johnson, Alex Arnette, Henry Williams, Britow Richardson, Ed Muse, Albert
West, Felix George, Wm. A. Johnson, Dave Robinson, Sam Betsey, Willie Johnson, Eddie Love, Ben McGill,
Manor Thomas, Dennis Sweet, Ocasr Gardner, Allen McGriff, Will Wade, Lewis Lee, Gus Works, Geo. Brown,
Son Balkum. With the Gadsden county men were sent Pierce Royster and James Buoy for other boards.
Frank McGriff, scheduled to go in his call, failed to pass the physical examination and was exempted.
The colored men were addressed at the court house before entraining by Dr. W. L. MacGowan, as well as by several colored men among them being W. W. Collins, Prof. Rollins, Arnett Johnson and Ben McGill.
John Sweet, another colored draftee, was sent to Camp Johnston Tuesday for the Palm Beach county board.
|Meeting Called By Food Administrator Not Held
The meeting called by County Food Administrator Barnes for Monday was "called off" for some reason, after a number of merchants from various parts of the county came to Quincy for the purpose of determining whether the county should suspend the use of wheat until September 1. The county appears to be observing "wheatless" week, but only one store in town is displaying potatoes, the substitute suggested for wheat bread.
|Ladies' Aid Meets Monday
The Ladies' Aid Society of the Presbyterian church will meet at the home of Mrs. C. S. Curtis Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock. This meeting will take the place of the annual housekeepers' sale. Each member is requested to come and bring someone with her. A social hour will be enjoyed. Come and bring your knitting. Mrs. W. S. Crofton, Sec.
|Woman's Society to Buy War Savings Stamps
Havana, Fla., April 30: At the home of Mrs. E. A. Shelfer last Tuesday the Woman's Auxiliary of the Presbyterian church voted to buy ten War Savings Stamps. This live auxiliary, with its mission and Bible study classes, would be a credit to a large city.
The officers are Miss M. D. (Mary) Lane, president, and Mrs. O. M. (Elma) Tillis, secretary and treasurer.
|German Sympathizers in Chipley Whipped by Citizens
The Washington County Verdict, published at Chipley, contained the following in its last issue:
A meeting of representative citizens was held Monday afternoon, at which it was decided that our city needed a " cleaning up" and clearing out of a few objectionable characters. Committees were appointed to obtain evidence and assist the marshal. Several parties were ordered to leave town, at once, some did so.
A viligance committee was said to have made a round last night and one or two whipped and ordered to leave immediately, which they did. Others who disobey the order to get out, it is rumored, will be dealt with one way or another.
|J. W. Harrell Badly Hurt in Auto Accident
J. W. Harrell, who was badly injured when his big Studebaker automobile turned over on him four miles above Bainbridge on Sunday, April 21, is still in a Bainbridge hospital recovering from his injuries.
Mr. Harrell was on his return home and was running along at a moderate rate of speed when the steering gear became locked and the brakes failed to work. The car struck the railing of a bridge and turned over, falling several feet over an enbankment, pinning its driver underneath. Mr. Harrell was knocked unconscious and when he recovered found the car on fire. Although he had several ribs broken and was badly bruised and cut, he managed to extract himself from the wreckage. By this time a passerby came to his assistance, put the fire out and carried Mr. Harrell to Bainbridge. The car was almost a total wreck.
Mr. Harrell lives with his family three miles east of Quincy on the Havana road.
Latest reports indicate that the injured man is recovering rapidly and that he will be able to leave the hospital probably some time during this week.
|Greensboro Boy Now in Thickest of The Fight
Wilbur Green, of Greensboro, who has been with the expeditionary forces in France since the beginning of the war, writes that he is well and enjoying life. He says that he has been "over the top" into "no man's land" and that he brought back a German belt. He has not received a scratch so far, and takes a very optimistic view of the trials of soldiering.
|Local and Personal (written from a Quincy perspective)
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Yates of Kansas City, Mo., are visiting Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Yates near Gretna.
J. Goldberg, of Lancaster, Pa., is in the city the guest of his daughter, Mrs. M. Lazarus.
Miss Genie Hood has returned to her home in Cuthbert, Ga., after a delightful visit with Mrs. J. A. Barnes.
J. H. Wells of Juniper was a visitor to Quincy Saturday. He recently moved from Greensboro to Juniper.
Mrs. W. F. Lloyd entertained a number of ladies at luncheon at the Quincy Hotel Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Y. L. Watson spent Sunday with friends in Moultrie, Ga. Moultrie has progressed wonderfully.
Miss Cora Jones of Live Oak was the week-end guest of her sister, Mrs. W. E. Shelfer.
Mrs. Carl Fryer left today for her home in Blakely, Ga., after a few days visit with her mother, Mrs. T. R. Smith.
Mrs. G. S. Cook, of Tallahassee, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Wiggins.
Mrs. Cecil, of New York, arrived the first of the week for a visit to her neice, Mrs. M. Lazarus.
Mrs. T. R. Smith, Frank and T. R. Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Eustice Weatherly spent Sunday in Blakely guests of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Fryer.
Dr. H. G. Davis was in Cairo, Ga., Sunday, where he delivered the baccaleaureate sermon to the graduates of the Cairo High School.
Mrs. J. H. Trump, entertained two tables of bridge Saturday afternoon honoring Mrs. Peter Miller and Miss Genie Hood.
Mrs. Julian Howard has as her guest her cousin, Mrs. F. Roby, of Norfolk, Va., who arrived Tuesday for a visit of several weeks.
Mrs. Julian Howard is entertaining at cards this afternoon honoring her guest, Mrs. F. Roby, of Norfolk, Va., and Mrs. Peter Miller.
Mr. and Mrs. Jedie E. Spence from Camp Wheeler came down and spent Wednesday with his sister, Mrs. J. L. Yates.
Mrs. W. B. Crain and children returned to DeFuniak Springs Tuesday after spending several days at the Quincy Hotel with Mr. Crain.
T. B. Jackson and Mr. Grambling of Warren, Pa., who have been in the city for several days went to South Florida Tuesday to enjoy a few days fishing before returning to Warren.
Judge W. H. Ellis, of Tallahassee, spent Saturday and Sunday in Quincy. He was accompanied by his children and Miss McGowan who is in school at the Woman's College.
Lieut. Geo. Munroe, who has been ill with pneumonia at Camp Upton, New York, for about two weeks, is reported as improving and hopes are now entertained for his complete recovery.
Mrs. Max Ottinger who has been a guest at the Quincy Hotel for several months will leave tomorrow for New York where she will spend the summer months.
Henry Harrel came up Friday to see his father who was recently hurt in an auto accident. He returned to Gainesville Monday to resume his studies.
Mayor McDaniels of Tallahassee was in Quincy Friday. He came over to carry Major Woodside to the capital to speak there in the interest of the Liberty Loan.
Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Corry, Miss Alice Corry, Mrs. A. T. Hearin and Miss Helen Bryan were members of an auto party who went to Macon for the week-end.
Mrs. N. J. Carmine left Friday for Live Oak where whe will be the guest of her daughter, Mrs. J. H. Harrell, for several days. Before returning home Mrs. Carmine will go to Boston, Ga., for a visit.
Alexander Davis, one of the last year graduates of the high school, came over Monday to volunteer for service in the army. He is the third member of this family to offer his services to his country.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. B. Massey and children of Dade City motored over yesterday and are guests of Mrs. Massey's parents, MR. and Mrs. F. P. May. They were accompanied by Mrs. Marcia May Clark, who has been in South Florida for the past two weeks.
At a meeting at the city hall Monday night the Quincy Firemen's Band was reorganized. The leader expects to be ready to begin the Sunday afternoon concerts this year about June 1, but the support of the public will be necessary to make a success of the concerts.
Last Sunday evening at the home of Ottis Smith at Chattahoochee, Mr. R. E. Draper and Miss Bonnie Hill were united in marriage by the Rev. W. A. Fischer, pastor of the Methodist church. The young couple have many friends who wish them much happiness.
|Card of Thanks
We wish to express a word of appreciation for the kindness shown us at the time of the death
of our son and brohter and also for the many beautiful flowers.
|Old Mt. Pleasant
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Atwater and little daughter of Waycross are visiting Mr. Atwater's parents.
Miss May Whiddon has been at home for the past week on account of the illness of her grandmother.
We feel safe in saying that we are getting our share of the heavy rains now.
Mrs. Jess Sunday and children motored to Havana on last Sunday.
We are sorry to learn that Johnny Presnell had a slight fall last week, mking himself unable to work for a few days.
O. E. McKeown and Miss Gertrude Atwater passed through Old Mt. Pleasant enroute to Havana Sunday.
Mrs. T. A. Morgan who has been ill for the past two months passed away last Monday. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. A. Fischer Tuesday morning. His remarks were very appropriate and touching. Mrs. Morgan leaves three sons and four daughters and a host of friends to mourn their loss. Sympathy is extended to the bereaved ones.
The Ladies Missionary Society will meet at the home of Mrs. T. J. Davis Saturday afternoon May 4.
District conference will be held in Chattahoochee from the 13th to 15th. Some of the delegates will be entertained in this neighborhood. It is hoped that every one will attend these services as often as possible.
Among those who attended the funeral services for Mrs. Morgan were: Messrs. A. L. Wilson and F. F. Morgan, Mrs. Fort Morgan, Mrs. Montgomery Morgan, and Judge Thomson, all from Quincy.
|Havana News Notes
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Strickland motored to Greensboro last Wednesday.
Harley Strickland, who is in camp at Chattanooga, Tenn., was visiting relatives here last week. He expects to sail soon.
O. B. Harrison and Mrs. E. Harrison were in Bainbridge Thursday. They were accompanied home by Mrs. O. B. Harrison, who has been in a Bainbridge hospital, where she had an operation. Her many friends are glad to know she is improving and will soon be out again.
Misses Jimmie and Ruby McDavid and Eva Haire were visitors in Quincy Saturday.
Messrs. Lamar Miller, P. G. Brinson, Mrs. Loyd and Miss Rossie Atwater motored to Cairo Saturday.
The Camp Fire Girls enjoyed a picnic at the Miller mill pond Saturday, chaperoned by Dr. and Mrs. J. L. Folsom.
The Camp Fire Girls sang "Keep the Home Fires Burning" at Concord Sunday.
Misses Nellie Munroe and Thelma Harris spent the week-end at Scotland as guests of Miss Florence Gregory.
The ladies of Havana, Hinson and Concord organized a Red Cross auxiliary Friday afternoon. They will meet twice a week, Monday and Thursday.
Misses Hilda, Sallie, Neta and Ernestine Butler and Mamie Miller were shopping in Bainbridge Wednesday.
Walter Shepard, accompanied by his sister, Mabel, and Miss Bessie Humphrey, were in town Saturday, enroute to Tallahassee. Miss Ella Shepard and Mrs. E. C. Mahaffey joined them here.
E. Harrison and Mesdames E. Harrison, J. L. Strickland and children motored to Tallahassee Saturday.
G. H. Miller visited his brother near Attapulgus Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Hinson visited M. L. Hinson at Concord Sunday.
Robt. Barnett left Saturday for Camp Jackson.
Mrs. George Miller visited relatives in Quincy Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Barnett and Mrs. Gilbert Hardin were in Quincy Saturday.
Messrs. Arnold Smith, Herman Miller and W. D. Hinson motored to Quincy Saturday.
Quite a crowd assembled Tuesday morning at the auditorium to attend the closing exercises of the Greensboro Junior High School. A very interesting program had been arranged and the pupils, as well as the teachers, carried out their parts well. After the address to the graduating class by Rev. P. A. Fletcher, there was a meeting of the Literary Society. One very interesting item was a mock faculty meeting. Rupert Strickland and Forrest Davis were the ones who received diplomas. The president of the society read an interesting letter from Prof. Knight to the school. He is still in Jacksonville, but expects to be transferred soon.
Rev. A. E. Enfinger preached to a large congregation Sunday morning and evening at the Baptist church.
Miss Farris Davis spent Sunday at her home here.
Miss Beula Parham had as her guests last week-end her two sisters, Misses Ethel and Josephine Parham, of Bristol.
Miss Frances Langston and Miss Jeannette Campbell spent Sunday at Port St. Joe with friends.
Alexander Davis has enlisted in the army and will leave May 15th. He is the third boy from his home to enlist.
Miss Hannah Barrineau, of Faceville, Ga., has been the guest of Miss Eva Clark this week.
Mrs. Wooten and two interesting children of Monticello, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Kemp last week.
Rev. H. S. Howard spent a few days here and returned to Gainesville Sunday.
On the first Monday in July, 1918, or as soon thereafter as I may be heard, I will present my final account and vouchers
to the Honorable Paul S. Thomson, county judge of Gadsden county, Florida, as administratorof the estate of A. D. Covington,
deceased, and apply for letters of discharge as such administrator.
Arthur Finklea of this place has been drafted for the army. He will leave Friday.
The wind Sunday developed into a young cyclone for a few minutes, but no damage was done.
Mrs. Long entertained the Canning Club Wednesday in a pleasant manner.
Judge Chewning's new barn is almost completed.
Mr. and Mrs. Magnus Peavy, Mr. and Mrs. Peavy and Mrs. DeLacy, of Hinson, and Mr. and Mrs. Lovell visited New Port and St. Marks Saturday.
Pastor Folsom of the Baptist church delivered a patriotic address Sunday night to a crowded house. In a vigorous manner he depicted the horror of Kaiserism and plead for democracy, freedom and the rights. He drew striking pictures of the slacker, the coward and the seditious propagandist of autocracy. He contrasted with this picture of loathsomeness, loyalty to our government, and democracy and God. The church was uniquely decorated with bunting, flags and Liberty Loan placards. This was the work of Messrs. John Perkins and Pasco Walsh. The Camp Fire Girls of Havana were present and under the direction of Mrs. Folsom, sang several songs with fevor and harmony. It was a great occasion.
John Henry Perritt, of Havana, spent Sunday at Concord with his parents.
Crops around Concord are looking fine. Seasons are splendid, and tobacco just naturally growing.
Wheatless week or month hath no terrors for the Concordites. They are ready to do their part for democracy and the Florida lad in the trenches.
|Special Master's Sale
Under and by virtue of a Final Decree of Forecluse by the Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, in and for Liberty County wherein Frank E. Wood Company, a corporation was complainant, and W. H. Dones and Edna C. Dones, were defendants, I as Special Master, have taken charge of and will expose for sale before the Court House door at Bristol, Florida, during the legal hours of sale to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described lands lying and being situated in Gadsden County, Florida, to wit:
Commence at the Northwest corner of lot four (4) in block fifty (50) in the Town of Greensboro, described on map or
plat of said Town, owned by J. W. Green, and a copy of said plat on file in the records of Gadsden County, Florida,
running thence East one hundred and fifty feet (150) to ally, thence South down alley seventy five (75) feet, thence
West one hundred and fifty (150) feet to Green avenue, thence North along Green avenue seventy five (75) feet, to beginning.
Said sale to be made on the 6th day of May, A. D. 1918. Purchaser to pay for deed.
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