THE FIRE OF NOVEMBER 7, 1884

Additional material not previously transcribed from the November 15, 1884, edition of the Palatka Weekly News. Transcribed by Robert Tindall from the original newspaper in the possession of Larry Beaton. Brackets [] are used below to denote those areas where the text is missing from the original.


READING NOTICES.

BRICK!

Parties wishing to buy will do well to call on Drew H. L. & Gardner before purchasing elsewhere, they having made arrangements with the manufacturers to supply at bottom figures.

Judge W. H. Wigg has moved his office to the Opera House building, opposite the court house where the public will find him in readiness to transact any legal business.

The CELEBRATED BUTLER SAFES--The celebrated Butler Fire and Burglar Proof Safes passed through the terrible test of Palatka's great fire with contents unharmed, winning for them the well earned name of the "champion safe." I would respectfully inform my friends and the public, that I am the resident agent for these safes, and solicit their patronage.

Rutledge Hunter
Palatka, Florida.

THANKS GOOD FORTUNE!--I am not burned out, have lost nothing and am ready to sell furniture, crockery and general house-furnishing goods at my old stand as low as they can be sold. A full line on hand and more on the way.

B. L. Lilienthal

D. Richmond can be found next door to Murry's, on Lemon Street where he is prepared to receive and execute orders in the boot and shoe line.

CITY NOTES

Messrs. Joseph & Husson were out yesterday running lines and marking off lots in the burned district.

Dr. G. E. Hawes, who saved his office only by the use of hand pumps and buckets, is having it repainted and otherwise improved.

Mr. Rutledge Hunter, the resident agent of the Butler safes, has a card in our special column, calling attention to their merits, and soliciting the patronage of all those in need of new safes.

Mr. Toney Usina has rented the room next to Meyer's paint store on Water Street, and has already ordered a full stock of goods. He will be open and ready for business in a few days, with new and fresh goods.

The First National Bank

Quite a number of interested spectators attended the opening of the First National Bank vault Monday, and a breath of relief went round when it was found that nothing was injured. Since its inception the banking house of Wm. J. Winegar & Co., now the First National Bank of Palatka, has enjoyed the thorough confidence of all our business men. Unshaken by the fire, it wll continue as it has begun, in the new quarters soon to be built on the old lot.[]

THE INDIGNATION MEETING

The Citizens of Palatka Denounce the Slanderous Telegrams

In accordance with athe notice published yesterday, a large number of the citizens of Palatka met at THE NEWS office last night, and passed the following resolutions. Many of our colored citizens came in and signed their names as well as all present. The petitions, with the signatures, will be sent to the New York papers to-day.

At a mass meeting of the citizens of Palatka, on November 13th, 1884, the following resolutions were adopted:

RESOLVED, That we denounce as false the following charges against the good name of the people of both races in our community which have been published broadcast through the country by the New York press--

1. That any apprehension of a negro uprising was felt in our town on the night of the fire; on the contrary, the best of feeling exists between the races; both political parties agree in this.

2. No bands of negroes or whites, armed with guns or other weapons, marched through the streets. There was no riot attending the fire [] more of disorder than was incident[] such an occasion.

3. The mayor did not [] Gem City Guards; the negroes did not threaten to burn the rest of the town; no fears of rioting were entertained by any sensible citizen; the city was not under guard except by the police force, and no riot was imminent during the fire or since.

4. The Hotel Palatka had not been opened for the season, and no guests were within its walls. Many have lost heavily by the fire, but all will resume, and are ordering new stocks already. Palatka has suffered a great loss but the spirit of her business men will enable her to arise from her ashes clothed in new beauty.

5. Resolved, further, that a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the New York Herald, World Times and Tribune, with a request that they publish the same, and do Palatka justice by furnishing the name of the libeller to the mayor of our city.

Benj. Harrison
Secretary

P. F. Peek
Chairman

PALATKA SLANDERED

We have already denounced as false the telegram published in the leading journals of New York stating that there was trouble between the whites and blacks in Palatka on the night of the fire -- that the negroes paraded the streets in armed bands, rejoiced at the spread of the flames, and were suspected of having set fire to the town. Steps have already been taken to discover the author of the slander, and when he is identified he shall be thoroughly exposed. The Times-Union insinuated that some foolish person did it without malicious intent, if so he should confess immediately and help us repair the damage he has done.

But the New York Tribune goes farther than its contemporaries, and finds reason from a falsehood upn which to found conclusions that Grover Cleveland should never have been elected. The same argument exactly has been urged against the success of democrats in every southern state, and if the negroes really believe that democratic triumph will secure their re-enslavement, such misconception of political issues has been gained from the teaching of republicans. If the poor creatures ever thought that a great party in the country desired to enslave them, they can only be convinced of their error [] of democratic supremacy, and therefore [] of Grover Cleveland will learn them more than a costly course of education has yet done. Viewed from [] of the Tribune, we find []

which prescribes his equal standing as a citizen before the law could imperil the right of trial by jury and all other privileges to which our race has clung with [] tenacity since they were won []rants with the bloody hand. Let the freeman possess his soul in peace. The slave-holders themselves would not overturn this result of the war if they could. We fought not because slave-holding was profitable or slaves the best population for a free state, but because under the constitution, accepted when two-thirds of the members of the union were northern states, the right to hold slaves was guaranteed to us. Therefore, irrespective of other considerations, we fought to preserve our right to hold slaves under the law, as we would have done to preserve any other inalienable right.

But when once the constitution was legally changed, no s[] southern man still cherished the wish to own slaves. It is now fully recognized that slavery is dead forever, and the politician who would urge the re-establishment of that form of barbarism would only prove himself fit for a lunatic asylum. No man would urge more strongly the foolishness of such a purpose than Grover Clevelan; no man living would sooner recognize the utter hopelessness of such an attempt then the same Grover Cleveland. We can all trust him to ensure the democracy from political suicide just as grand opportunities for good are opening to us.

No sensible colored man will entertain any fears on account of a national democratic victory four years hence, and if only to prove that all anxiety on that score is baseless, Cleveland's election is a blessing to his country. We will have a congress as well as the president, and we venture the assurance that no colored citizen will find himself the worse because democracy is triumphant.

CITY NOTES

Dr. A. L. Cole has an office in the building occupied by Mrs. Stickles' millinery store.

Mr. L. Richmond, the boot and shoemaker, advertises this morning that he is ready to receive and execute work on short notice.

Thos. C. Jones has established his general insurance office at Vertrees & Co.'s warehouse, at the J., T. & K. W. Railroad, where he is ready to wait on the public.

The Putnam Pharmacy have moved into one side of Sulzner's music store, and as they saved a pretty good stock of drugs from the fire, will go right along with business.

Mr. I. H. Hilliard has stretched a tent on the old St. Johns' lot, in which he has opened his insurance office. Mr. Hilliard has lived in the west, and knows how to open business on short notice.

Mr. R. C. Sanderson has opened his saddle and harness shop in the building next to Fry's brick block, where he is prepared to repair harness, etc. In a few days he will have a full stock of saddles and harness.

Mr. W. P. Hatchett has a new and fresh stock of family groceries in his store on Lemon Street, between Third and Fourth. He is also commission agent for a number of first-class fruit houses in the north, and solicits consignments of oranges and other fruits.

Mr. S. Graham has leased the residence of Capt. H. A. Gray, on the corner of Oak and Second Streets, and will open it up in first-class style about the first of next month as a hotel. The house is large and roomy, and will accomodate a large number of guests.

E. H. Padgett will erect a house on one of the Gillis lots, fronting Water Street, and will be ready for business early next week.

Mr. Post wishes to inform his friends and the public generally that the Tropical escaped thr fire, and he will be pleased to see them at his old stand.

It took the Larkin House just twenty minutes to burn down after the flames reached its roof. It was thoroughly heated up, and when once the flames reached it, it burned like tender.

I. Jacobson already has a house under way on Water Street, in rear of where the Graham House formerly stood, and will open up a good stock of goods as soon as it can be completed.

It is a subject of frequent remark that the big fire made such a clean sweep over the burned district. Hardly a "chunk" remains amid the ashes to tell of what material the houses were constructed.

Joe Mulhatton will have to surrender the champion belt for lying. The imaginative gentleman who furnished the reports of the fire to the New York papers will immediately step to the front, when his undoubted abilities in that line will be fully appreciated.

Haughton & Bro's, and Devereux, Rogero & Son, will erect temporary buildings on the old Journal lot, on Water Street, where they will each continue the grocery business until brick building can be furnished for them. Devereux, Rogero & Son are at present using their store room next to THE NEWS offices as a grocery store.

Sulzner's music store has been appropriately name the "Bee Hive." Besides []

A Citizen Repudiates the Charge

Editor PALATKA NEWS:

It was a painful matter that, in the first heat of excitement over our late conflagration, some charge or suspicion of incendiarism should be held against the colored race, but that, at this late day, when the excitement had subsided and reason once more reigns, such a charge on the subject should be made is, to say the least, not only unnecessary and uncalled for, but an unwarrantable outrage upon no small portion of our citizens, not only colored but white.

That fire should originate by spontaneous combustion in such a spot as it did is only an every day fact, patent to anyone of the most ordinary scientific education, and, as there was no other proof whatever, the charge of incendiarism was based only on conjecture. That the object of indendiarism was for political reasons was also baseless, for at that time [] victory was a mooted [] the whole charge bears [] malice and may be safe- [] ous outrage on[]


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