MONUMENT UNVEILED (p. 1)
(NICEVILLE) On Sunday Nov. 5, Juniper Camp #241 unveiled the monument of Sov. N. E. Burlison, who was drowned on the sinking of the Steamer Belle in Choctawhatchee Bay on April 27. There was quite a large crowd attended the ceremonies. (Note: This is same Capt. Burlison who was buried in the Rocky Cemetery in Niceville; an impressive monument they put there to honor him.)
ABOUT THE ICE FACTORY (p. 1)
Those who have thought that ice factory was a dream can take another sleep. A meeting of the stockholders was held Tuesday and the organization completed. P. R. McCrary, J. J. McCaskil, W. O. Campbell, W. W. Flournoy, W. O. H. Shepard, D. H. Simmons and R. W. Storrs were elected ad directors and the old officers were continued. The contract for the building was let to Lodge & Stanley, and work will be commenced at once. The machinery has been ordered and a part of it will be here at an early day. Under the contract with the city, the plant is to be in operation by the 1st of February.
SOME WEATHER CHANGES (p. 2)
Last Sunday morning it was warm, very warm; at 7 o’clock the thermometer registered 75. About ten o’clock a heavy wind storm came up and the direction suddenly veered to the north and at noon the mercury had dropped to 53 and kept on going down until early Monday morning it had reached 29, which probably marks the low limit for November 13th. Where cane had not been bedded it was badly nipped and fall gardens were put out of business, so far as the more tender vegetation was concerned. (Note: A temperature drop of 46 degrees Fahrenheit in 24-hrs may be a record.)
THE EDITOR (p. 2)
Most anyone can be an editor. All the editor has to do is to sit at a desk six days a week, four weeks in a month, and twelve months in a year and “edit” such stuff as this:
- Mrs. Jones of Cactus Creek let a can opener slip last week and cut herself in the pantry.
- A mischievous lad of Piketown threw a stone and cut Mr. Pike in the alley last Tuesday.
- Joe Doe climbed the roof of his house last week looking for a leak fell, striking himself on the back porch.
- While Harold Green was escorting Miss Violet Wise from the church social last Saturday night a savage dog attacked them and bit Mr. Green on the public square.
- Isaiah Trimmer of running Creek was playing with a cat Friday when it scratched him on the varanda.
- Mr. Froag, while harnessing a colt last Saturday was kicked just south of his corn crib.
- Ez Pash ate some green apples and got deathly sick in the county metropolis yesterday. EXAMPLES
But such items do not come from our correspondents.
IKE WHIDDON CONVICTED (p. 4)
Ike Whiddon, who killed Sid Barfield in Chipley, was convicted of murder in the first degree with a recommendation to mercy, which carried with it a life sentence, in the circuit court at Vernon last Saturday.
CLAROY NOTE (p. 4)
Ben Morris was up from Claroy on Tuesday with a list of school books as long as a string, which he was buying for the new school at his place.
MRS. BEAL SEES THE SHOW (p. 5)
Mrs. F. M. Beal was down from Union to see the show.
MCQUAGGE MOVES TO JACKSON COUNTY (p. 5)
Walton County does not like to lose such citizens as J. V. McQuagge, who moves this week to Cana, in Jackson county. He has been with the Walton Land & Timber Co for several years in charge of their turpentine place at Basin, and has by his almost unaided efforts organized and conducted a Sunday school in that section and has been among the foremost in every good work.
MCCRARY ARRIVES (p. 5)
P. R. McCrary, the ice factory man, came in Monday morning.
BEDDING SEED CANE (p. 6)
By C. K. McQuarrie
The loss in sugar-cane seed owing to faulty methods of bedding is in some cases thirty to forty per cent of the total amount bedded. This loss is much to high. It can be largely prevented by exercising the necessary care when bedding the cane for seed.
THE TIME TO SAVE SEED-CANE
The bedding of seed-cane should be delayed as late as possible so as to get it near the dormant stage. At the same time weather conditions must be watched, so that no frost may injure the buds and render the seed-cane of poor quality for planting in the spring. If the season has been deficient in rainfall, it is advisable to wait until a good rain occurs. Bedding should begin immediately after. Cane with the boot filled with water when bedded keeps best. If bedded when dry, dry rot is apt to be much in evidence when the bed is opened up.
LOCATION OF BED
It is desireable to have the bed as near the growing cane as possible, to save time in putting it in place. A location wth a gently slope is preferable. Ample drainage is needed to prevent standing water and rainy weather. No preparation is necessary to except to see that the ground is smooth and free from lumps. The bed should not be more than six feet wide. If several thousand canes are bedded, several beds may be made to save carrying the cane long distances.
SELECTION OF SEED-CANE
Cane selected for seed should be of a thrifty nature, with well matured buds, and joints of medium length. Cane with too long joints is not desirable as it gives an uneven stand unless thickly planted. Cane with too short joints is apt to be of low vitality. No canes should be bedded from any field where red rot is suspected or known to be present. If the seed selected is of the same years’ planting, the cane can be cut close to the root with a cane knife or sharp hoe. If last year’s stubble is used, it is best to dig it and bed with the root attached.
METHODS OF LAYING DOWN THE SEED-CANE
The cane should be put in even layers not more than three or four canes deep, making it thicker in the middle than at the sides so as to avoid water standing in the bed in rainy weather. Each layer should be placed about ten inches forward of the previous one, with the foliage covering the joints of the preceding layer. Some care should be exercised in this operation to prevent thin and thick streaks in the bed, which will make hollows to hold rain when the bed settles. Cut cane should have the butts touching the soil when put in place. Dug cane will have the roots on it, and the opinion of some growers keeps better in the bed than cut cane. We have always failed to find any difference in keeping qualities between the two methods when the butts of the cut cane were touching the ground in the bed.
COVERING THE BED
After the cane is laid down, the bed should be covered immediately with about two inches of soil as protection against frost. A strip the full length of the bed along the middle should be left open for ventilation for a few weeks, but covered up before severe weather occurs. A couple of furrows made with a heavy plow should be thrown to the sides to facilitate drainage, and provision should be made to let the water in these furrows run off in rainy weather.
THE NEW FLORIDA HOUSE (p. VIII)
The location has not been changed but that is about all that is left, so it is in order to call it the new Florida House.
It has been completely and painted inside and out, electric lights and hot and cold water connections made, bath tubs and toilets put in, every room thoroughly cleaned and put in apple pie order, and in this condition will be re-opened in the next few days and afford the traveling public as well as those who wish to spend the winter, a delightful stopping place.
Contributed by Michael Strickland