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Medford Mail Tribune
IEDFOKD, OREGON, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 3911.
IN MEDFORD'S SOCIAL REALM
A card party will bo given by the
Greater Medford club In the club
rooms at the Nntatorlum on the aft
ernoon of St. Valentine's tiny, Tues
day, February II, when brldgo and
500 will be played. An admission
of 2Fi cents will be charged and re
freshments will bo served. A com
mittee of ladles of the club Is in
charge of the entertainment, which
promises to bo very successful.
All members are nskctl to bring
their friends, and all the ladles' In
terested in the civic Improvement of
Medford are invited to nttend and
become club members.
Tho Wednesday Study club met
with Mrs. Wortmnn last week. Mrs.
dale had a most Interesting paper on
tho subject of tho afternoon. "Pass
ing Fads," after which all members
presunt responded with a short talk
on their particular fad. Refresh
ments were served after the program.
The next meeting will be at the
home of Mrs. Will Warner, on tho
nftornoon of February 22, to cele
brate Washington's birthday. Mes
dames Hoot, Ilollls nnd Alford are
in charge of tho program.
Mrs. Douol ontertained most de
lightfully Friday nftornoon for her
niece, Miss Jones. fiOO was play
ed, after which dainty refreshments
wore served. Those present besides
th honor guest were: Mesdames
Piatt, II. 12. Hownrd, Gaddls, Howard
Hill, Dixon, H. N. Butlor, Sam Rich
ardson, Misses Hasklns, Kentner, Hid
den, Troichlor, English, Riley nnd
liovivnl services are being Iiel.I at
Hit! Baptist church by the Ho v. Bruce
Evnns. Tilts services began la.-t week
nnd will continue for two weeks,.
There are services every evening,
which are being well attended and
there Is good music. Mr. Kvuns also
is llie author of several songs, some
of which have Keen Sluts' 'uifvinR-Mrh
Mrs. Lux ontertained tho Monday
Bridge club Thursday afternoon at
her attractive now homo on North
Oakdnle. Mrs. Tomlln, having the
highest score, was the winnor of -a
pretty brass teapot.
Tho club will meet with Mrs. John
Tomlln, 20(5 South Orange street, this
Southern Oregon's Early History
(From tin! Remi-Centeiiary Edition of
the Morning Oregoninn.)
f a stranger should find himself
on (he main street of the quaint,
historic mining town of Jacksonville,
Ore., on sumo evening iluriui: Ihf
Fall harvest season, he should bunt
uoiig the dark thoroughfare until
ho spied an illuirinutud window
through which he could see an aged,
silvery hairod man busy over an auti
qiintcd shoulder high desk. This old
gentleman, seen through the window
throughout the dny, nud, when the
harvest rush demands it, Into into
the night, is C. C. Bookman, pioneer
bunker of Southern Oregon, and, as
a voting nut n, ruter oi mo -pony ,"' ! """o "" "
pre." into Cnliforttia. lnttlt of Hull Hun. After this Civil
Mr Bookman, as the president andjeanso of tho unimportance of the
mainstay of his bank, is one of the nvs received prior to the breaking
fow Ore'-nn pioneers of the early 50s, out of the Civil Wnr, had stopped the
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hlill at tho helm in active business.!
Although the demnnds upon a butiK
or in peaceful Jacksonville one would
not fciipiKiso to be of tho nature that
wear and grunt, you uro upi i "
Mr. Beekmuii too'busy to talk if oj
nnmn f.u- the oxnrossed purpose of
interviewing liim concerning pioneer The Oregoninn succeeded in ronewing
days. But if you flip quiot'ly into a jits contract.
chair by the stove in the back of the Tho operator, who roceived $30 a
bank, where like ns not a few old-.month from Tho Oregoninn and part
timers are like wise deposited, and 'of tho time from the other two pnpors
listen to the talk, stimulated by a, for copying the dispatohos, was sitr
quostiou now nnd then, you will lenrnj prised to find out Intdr that he wns
much concerning tho history of South , breaking the rulos of the telegraph
em Oregon, in the days of Jackson- company employing him. Ho was dis
ville's mining prosperity, when pack' charged and sued for damages by
train and "pony express" were in the owners of tho wire after he had
vogue rather than locomotive and an-(been tho dispatcher for inoro than, a
tomobile. I year. By this time othor nnd quicker
Mr. Beekman come from his home, lines of communication into tho North
in the state of New York by way of West had boon opeued. During the
the Minim in 1S52, and in May Ib-W middle ot tho Civil War tho two cutis ;
was employed by Cram, Roger & Co., j of the first Northern continental j
a branch of the Adam Express Co., -railroad tast at Ogden, and with it
to carry gold dust from Jacksonville came the lolegraph lino to Porl-j
oxer the Siskiyou Mountain to Yreka land.
Cul. For ten years Mr. Beekman pin-1 Mr. Beekman's pay for oarrying
sued this precarious and responsible t ha disiiatehes consisted of the pri-,
business, nnd, although he made iwolvilega of reading them. His arrivals,
round trips each week, and all t!d at the scattered madhouses and at,
tdd handled lnnn.tlM x i Mi "f Jacksonville during the war became
g.'ld du--l, lieir once wa he in'l ii'U-nls of yreut interest. Jackson,
Tho Ladles' Aid society of tho M.
12. church met In regular session In
the church Wednesday afternoon with
about 10 ladles present. Tho after
noon was spent In sewing for some
needy motherless little children, nnd
work on fair articles was continued.
Tho dovotlonal exercises were led by
Mrs. Lawton. Two new members
were added to tho already largo num
ber. After a very busy and pleasant
afternoon the society adjourned to
meet next Wednesday afternoon In
tho basement. All ladles are cor
dially invited to attend nnd a spe
cial invitation is extended to stran
Tho Presbyterinn church has pur
chased the old chapel of St. Mark's
church, and will use It for church
parlors. Tho Ladles' Aid will meet
there and the Men's Rending club
will bo there also.
A kitchen will bo fitted up nnd
completely furnished, so that sup
pers can bo given.
Tho lnfnnt clnss of tho Sunday
school will be held in tho chapel nnd
will greatly relievo tho congested
condition of the Sunday school rooms.
A reception will be given in honor
of Hlshop Scnddlng Monday evening
at the Guild hall In St. Mark's build
ing. Members of St. Mark's church
and all those who are interested In
the Episcopal church nnd in tho
building of tho new church arc cor
dially inv.ited to nttend.
Thero will bo n musical program
and the bishop will glvo a short talk.
Tho F. I. L. woro entertained last
week In the chapel of the Presbyte
rian church by Mr. W. 11. Watt and
tho Misses Harmon. Initiation was
held, after v hlch a social evening was
spent. The club will meet every two
Quito u number of tho membors of
!hoShrlutfl RHWenvovoMhe lTcsbji'
terlnn church will spend tho week
end at Ashland, to attend the stato
convention of tho Christian Endeav
or, which is being hold thero.
The Illinois Club will meet Monday
February Kith at the Presbyterian
church, when Mr. J. W. Parker will
give a talk on the life of Lincoln. All
members of the club arc requested to
ted by liostile Indians or criminal
It was Mr. Bcekinnn who enrried
I the Civil War news dispatches from
the end of the telegraph wiro al
Yrekn to Jacksonville on their way
to Tho Oregoninn. Tho dispatches
which reached Portland in this cir
cuitous milliner, when published in
The Oregoninn, gavo Portland and
(ho entire Northwest the first intelli
gence of the buttles nnd cniupnigiw
of the wnr. Tho news of tho Ciil
War which The Oregoninn contained
mnde it cngerly sought throughout
tho "Oregon Country" nnd gavo a
tremendous boom to its circulation.
Two other papers, ns well ns The
Ifli'jitrsiiiittti IiiiiI 1 wwtti ninnclfimoil til
service ns not being worth the ex
pnnso. Just six days heioro llie
Oregonian's own contract ended, Mr.
Beekman hurried over the mountains
with the startling nows of tho fir.-t
J'coive dispatches from Yrekn, but be.
War events onino thick and fast nnd
What, In Your Estimation, Does Medford Need the Most?
"What Medford needs ilio most, is a mooted question. Therefore the Mail Tri
bune seeks to know just where its readers stand in this regard. For this purpose
it will give all a ehanee to register their views. The answers will be compiled and
published in the Sunday issue of the Mail Tribune Sunday, February 19. Your
name, if you so signify, will bo treated confidentially. Limit your answer to 15
words. Name the one thing- which, in your estimation, this city needs more than
any other one thing-. Clip the following- coupon and mail it to the Sundhy Edi
tor, ledi'ord Mail Tribune, before the mail closes next Friday evening-. This will
give a chance for the compilation of the answers for the Sunday edition.
Medford, Or. 1911.
To the Sunday Editor, Medford Mail Tribune.
Sir: In niv estimation, Medford at the the present time needs more than any
nlllni" 4 liiiKi-
May we use your name?
(Murk with cross)
Tho Ladles' Aid of the Presbyte
rian church will meet Tuesdny In the
chapel. All tho ladles aro requested
to conio prepared for sowing, as prep
arations for an Easter, sale ale under
Tho Guild of St. Mark's gavo a de
licious chicken pie dinner Thursday
evening at the Guild hall, which was
well attended, over $80 being taken
in at the door.
The Iicv. A. S. Foster of Po-t!nnd,
who was formerly pastor of the
Presbyterian church of Medford. was
visiting friends hero Inst week.
Mr. nnd Mrs. F. A. Buffum wore
the honor guests at u 500 party,
given by Mrs. Scott at Central Point,
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Mrs. Jennings, who has been the
guest of Mrs. II. C. Kentner, for the
past month left last week for the
east, via Portland.
Mrs. Clarence Knight enlcrtnined
the Monday Evening Card Club last
week, ut her home tin Fast Main
Mr. and Mrs. Hull of Cold Hill mo
visiting in Medford.
county in prebellum dnys wns demo
cratic "dyed in the wool" nnd during
the war the sccessionisfs were no
mean minority. The issues were hol
ly contested and the wonder wns that
there was not open warfare. When
Mr. Beekman carried to Jacksonville
the snd news of the ussnssiuation of
President Lincoln, ardent secession
ists caused a riot by their hilarity.
Peace was restored only after the
miscreants had been lodged in jail.
In 18.")3, when Mr. Beekman first
took up his ditties us rider of the
"pony express" between Yrekn and
Jacksonville, which were flfj milci
apart, Cram, Hogers & Company ha 1
openod n line between Yrekn and
Shasta, now Bedding, a distance of
110 miles. From Shasta through Sar
ramonto to Sun Francihcn the main
express oompany, Adams Co., was op
erating n line. Before long, Wells
Fargo & Co., started a competing line
between Shasta and San Francisco.
In I8")0 Adnins & Co., with its branch,
Cram, lingers & Co., became bank
rupt, nnd Wells-Fargo & Co., oxtend
od its line from Shasta to Yroka. Mr.
Boekninn operated independently bo
tweon Yrekn nnd Jacksonville after
the decease of Cram, Itogors A" Co.,
until woll on in tho 00s' wIipii Wells
Fargo & Co., oxtonded its Hue to
Mr. Bookman, of oursc, could not
oarry whoat along with his pack of
gold dust to and fro hot ween Jack
sonville and Yreka, but be was culled
upon to do much dickering over tlii
useful commodity for people at the
California end of his route. One day
in the fall of JST I, riding to the do.tr
of the mill at Ashland, owned by hi
friond, K. K. Anderson, nnd ,W. Hill
luan, on bebulf of the lioger broth
erx, who were opo rutin" mule trai i
botwoon Yreka and Sacramento, Mr.
Beekman offered thorn 13 fonts a
pound for 7A,Ob0 pounds of flour
which they had stored 'in their ware
house. The Hoger brothers deind
to rest aud fatten several trains of
their mules which had become jaded
fnun over work, and, knowing nf the
tine pasture th.it exi-tetl in the HK "'
The Ladies Aid of the Christian
church will meet at the church Wed
A new piano has been purchased
by the society nnd given to the
Miss Jones, who has boon tho guest
of her aunt, Mrs. F. K. Deuel, leaves
Wednesday for her homo In Mis
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Heard nnd Miss
Gladys Heard leave for Los Angelc-.
Sunday moraine; for a two weeks
Mr. Vornon Dnwler is spending his
vacation with his parents, mid ex
pects to return to Eugene Monday.
Mrs. William Colvlg Is expected
homo from Portland very booh, ns
iho is convalescing very tapldly.
Mr. nnd Mrs. Emery Piirdin left
last week for Talent, which thuy will
make their future home.
Mr. nnd Mrs. John F. Muiiley leave
for Chicago Iho 35th of th's month,
for an indelinite slay.
Mrs. Worrell and Miss Helen were
visitors in Medford Inst week.
River Valley, desired to send them
there if (hey could get Hour to "back
load" Ihem with. As Mr. Beekman
expresses it, Anderson and his part
ner, llillmuii, suspected (hat . thee
was "a nigger in the woodpile" nud
held for If) cents n pound. The out
come of (he matter was (hat the mil
lers were forced to hold their flour
until the next Summer, (ben pack it
to Redding at the expense of I
cents u pound, and sell (bore nt H
STILL DIVIDE HOUSE
SALEM, Or., Fob. II. Tho pub
lic service commission hill prosontod
by Fonts of Multnomah, excluding
cities which create local commissions
from Its provisions was reported back
to tho hoiiBo yosterday nftornoon by
tho rovlslon of laws committee with
tho recommendation that tho house
tjo Into a commltloo of tho whole as
a special roller of business to con
No voto on tho bill was tuken In
the committee and In fact tho mem
bers did not go Into detail In dis
cussing it. The bill Is of so much
Importance that the house would
wish to consldor It as a committee
of tho whole and make amendments
and that any timo devoted to it by
the commltteo would be a loss. Tho
bill was uftorward sent to tho rail
ways and transportation commltteo,
to which Senator Mttlarkoy's public
service moasuro whs also referred.
If this committee takes action upon
them, two roports will probubly bo
Thoro aro already signs of a di
vision among tho Multnomah mom
uers on tho two bills. Collins Is un
alterably opposed to tho Fouls bill,
autl threo otliora, who havo not defi
nltdly mndo up their minds, declsro
they at present hm- h-unlngs toward
Miss Helun .Jones of Spokane will
bo tho guest of Miss Clara Massam
for several weeks. Miss Jones Is ed
itor In chief of tho Spokano High
Mrs. Fred Cowles and son Itogor
of Westnway orchard aro spending a
fow weeltB in Medford.
Mr. nnd Mrs. John Tomlln have
changed their residence to 120G South
Mrs. J, F. Mitudy, will leave soon
on a visit to her old home in Lin
Tho Woman's Auxiliary of St.
Mark's church will "meet Friday aft
ernoon. Mr. nail. Mm. Bert Anderson ro
turnod last weok'fronj a trip to Los
Mrs. J. A. Weslerliiud returned Insi
week from Salem .where sho has hcou
Mrs. F. IC. Douol is oxpoctod homo
soon from an extended eastern trip.
Mr. nnd .Mrs. F. V. Streets return
ed last week from a California trip.
cents. This entailed to (hem u los
of nearly $"(100.
When (he Shaslns or their neigh
bors the Rogue River Indians, were
up in arms or in u quusi-rchcllious
slute, Mr. Beekman wns in the habit
of traveling over (he Sisikiyou Moun
tains ut night. This precaution is tut
douldedly responsible for his free
dom from redskin assaults, ns it is
against Indian nature to be astir in
the durk. Mr. Beekmuii would ride
from Jacksonville o the Mountain
house on this wide of the Sisikiyous,
cut supper there nud then saddlo a
fresh mount nnd make his way in (ho
to Byron Coles 'on the California side
a distance of II miles.
The question bus often been asked
Mr. Beekman hi those aware of (he
rock rttggediicsH of tho Spukiyotis,
how ho was able to find his way hi
the dark and escape falling over
precipices, which were on every baud.
His answer Iiiih been (hat the mules
he rode, after once becoming famil
iar with the trial, would hold their
heads next to tho ground nud follow
it with out fail.
Although .Mr. Beekman usually
traversed the mountains in (he durk,
this was not always the case. The
narrowest OMcapo that be had from
the Indiails wns on September 25,
18.'."), At the summit of tho Siski
you he met 11 or Lp Indians, who
allowed him to puss unmolested in
order to surprise the drivers of three
wngons loaded with flour from Waits
Mill at Phoenix, which were within
sound of u crack of a whip behind
him. One of (ho threo drivers, Cal
vin M. Molds, nud an 18 year old
youth named Cunningham, who win,
passing with an empty wagon, were
killed by the Indians. The youth,
io waver, was only slaughtered by the
Indian after a cliuwe, bis body being
found next day in u hollow I roe whete
bo had vainly tried to hide. John
Walker, who led a company of iuu
after the Indians, found in Klamath
County the body of a buck clothed
with the hickory shirt which young
Cunningham had worn at (he time of
j In-, death. . The redskin had btuitbu-iuess carried on by Mr. Bceknian
Tho nresldent of tho Orenter Med-
ford club asked, through this paper,
last week, for a report from tho com-
mi t tees which wore appointed on trco
planting last fall. So far no reports
have been given, and tho committees
aro again asked to report to her, for
If no report Is given, n special call
will, havo to bo mndo upon tho chnlr-
lnan of ench committee and It would
racllltato matters greatly If a roport
could bo made to tho president tho
first of this week. e
Treo planting Is beginning to bo
considered as iv Joko, and It is time
that something definite Bhould bo
done by the club to keep up their rep
utation for finishing tho things they
attempt to do.
Tho Missionary society of tho Pres
byterian church met with Mrs. Black,
on Enst Main street, last Tuesdny
afternoon. Twenty members woro
present and five now inoinbors woro
added to tho membership. A very
Interesting program was given and
Mrs. H. A. Johnson delighted the la
dles with Boveral readings.
Dollclous rcfreshmontB woro served
after tho program and n llbornl froo
will offering was given toward mis
sions. Tho "Londuhunds" met with Miss
Evelyn Carey Weduesdny evening.
Finns were mndo for now work to bo
done. On account of the many mini
tour performances that nru to be
given in the near future by the High
School students, tho sales which wore
to havo been hold in Kentuer's stores
.Saturday afternoons, by the club have
been postponed liidelinitcly.
The club mcels this week with Miss
McDennolt on East Main strecl.
A card party will bo given by the
Greater Medford Club at tho "Nut"
Tuesday afternoon. Doth Bridge
nnd fiOO will be played. Refreshments
will bo served and un admission of,
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,) cenis ouuigco.
Miss Hazel Davis entertnined llie
Thursday Afternoon Bridge Club Inst
Tlie Swnslikns will give a iluico on
St. Valentines evening at SI. Marks
Mr. F, K. Deuel Is expected homo
friends Informally Friday at luncheon.
killed by his fellow tribesmen us the
result of u quarrel. Ever since this
particular region bus been known ns
the Dead Indian Country.
The drivers of two of the wngons,
Outturn) nud Brittuiu, escaped.
Tho men killed that day have been
nearly forgotten nnd the survivors of
the umbuscade, except Mr. Heeknian,
liuve since died, but the 1)000 pounds
of Hour nud (he 21 oxen destroyed
(hut day have not been forgotten, tii
is evidoncod by the fact that th"
widow of thoir owner S. M. Wail, I
now preparing to demand (hut Uncle
Sam pay for what his wards destroy
ed, Mrs, Wait, during the past
mouth, went to Ashland from her
homo in Washington, where she bus
lived for 125 years, in pursuit of iu
formntion upon which to base her
In 1800 (he loll road over the Sis
kiyous hud been built. In this year
a stage line was opened between
Crescent Citv nud Jacksonville aud
(bo Oregon & California Singe Com
pany begun operating a line of coach
es botwoon San Francisco nud Poit
luud, tanking tho trip in 1 L or V2
days, The building of those wagon
ronds was u grout boon to Jackson
ville and llie Northern California
towns. Prices of imported foodstuffs
clothing nnd other necessaries were
greatly reduced. Glass, instead of
cloth nnd oiled paper, enme into use
for windows. Tho oponing of the
stugCH caused as much oxeitemont nit
did the coming of the railroad in
1883 and 1881.
The building of tho wagon roads
signaled the doparturu of the miilo
(rains, with (heir Mexican drivers,
land, of (he heavy ox-drawn wagons,
last but not least, of (ho "pony ex
pros." Tho brigade of Mexican
driCera oil her left (he country or
changed thoir vocation to that of
driving stages, (he oxou were used
for beef, ami Mr. Ileekman, within a
iyeur or (wo, forsook the saddle for
(he satge sent, and the "puny ex
press wus no more.
It should be noted the express
The young men's Bible class of tho
First Methodist Episcopal church
gave a musical entortnlnment in tno
church Tuestiay evening. l.ibui re
freshments woro served following n
delightful musical program, which
was Interspersed with talks on Ulb
The program consisted of tho fol
Introduction, by tho orchestra;
solo, Mrs. Van Scoyoc; talk, Mr.
Steep; quartet, tho M. E. Quartet;
solo, Mr. Hoy; talk, President Den
nett; quartet, tho M. 12. Quartet; gen
eral discussion; talk by tho Rov. L.
Plans are being mndo for n now
theater which it is hoped will be put
through. Medford is one of Iho best
ono night stands in tho country nnd
her accommodations arc of tho worst.
For the elnss of performances, which
aro scoured here nud the well filled
houses which ench show draws al
least a comfortable thenter should bo
Tho Chrysnntnomum Clrclo of
tho Womon of Woodcrnft havo chang
ed their placo of mooting to tho Odd
Fellows' old hall, Central avenuo and
Main street, nnd will meet thoro tho
second and fourth Tuesdays of tho
Tho F. F. Bridge dub wns delight
fully ciitertnined by Mrs. Carey Tues
dnv nnd a ncrfeetlv unpointed lunch
eon was served, after which the af
ternoon wns spent plnying Bridge.
The club meets next with Mrs. E. 13.
Medford is to have a, run of ama
teur performances this month. The
"Military Girl," given by the High
School students, "Era Diavota" by tlio"
Elks, the farce by the seniors nnd n
piny by the juniors of tho '"High
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Miss Joiino Flyun' is rapidly re
covering from an attack of pneumon
ia. Tho 500 Club was ciitertnined Fri
day afternoon by Mrs. Shenrer.
Miss Margaret Hubbnrd wnB tho
guest of Mrs. Folgor Inst week.
Mr. Voluey Dixon left last week on
a business trip to California.
C. C. Beekman
for over (eu years between Jackson
ville nnd Yrekn wns u "pony" ex
press in name only. The horses and
mules which Mr. Beekman used were
large, powerful animals, chosen for
their ability to carry heavy' loads,
with considerable speed. Mr. Beek
muii himself weighed only J'T) pounds
but his pack generally contained 75
pounds of gold dust and other val
uables. However heavy his load, in
order to keep to his schedule of (wo
round trips n woek, Mr. Bookman wns
iicoiistomed (o Ira vol the 05 miles be
tween Jacksonville nnd Yreka in ono
dny, using three mounts en route.
One large Spanish horso Hint he rode
cot him $1000 nnd his other animals
were of the same grndo.
Whon Wells, Fargo & Co., contin
ued i(s lino from Yrekn to Portland
in 1803 it employed Mr. Beekmuii as
its agent at Jacksonville, which wn
ut Hint time the leading trade, conic.
in Southern Oregon. This position
Mr. Beekman held continuously, for
As early us 1850 Mr. Bookman on
torod into (he bunking business. JI)
would eithor store gold dust forsnf'c
hooping in his vaults at Jacksonville,
charging the rate of I per cent n
month for (ho sen ice, or he would
buy it outright nud ship it to tho
.Mr. Beekmuii. hale utid hunrtyNut
tho ago of SI, is a ruiunrkuhlo char
m-tor. Ho has been the rcuipigiit of
many honors, all of which ha boars in
a modost wuv. At one timo ho was
regent of t!u University of Oregon.
Whilo regent he established a fund
the interest of which forms n hun
dred dollars oratorical prtzo each
year for the senior clnss of tho uni
versity. In 1878 ho wns nominated
for governor by tho republicans. IIo
lost by -11 voles on tho offjoial count
by tho bonrtl nppoiuled by tho leg
islature Mr. Beekmuii is a 32rd de
gree Mason and takes an notive, in
lorest in Masonry, IIo was ono of
the charter members of tho lodge, ut
Jacksonville, from which all the othov
chapters of (ho ordor i,n Southern