Much like cable news reporters today, in 1916 the writers for the New York Fishing Gazette inflated accounts of hurricane damage.

Our Chasing Shadows question this week: what is a pulidews? If you know, please contact the Times at 653-8868 or Lois Swoboda at


Gulf storm ruins oyster plants

The Ruge Bros. Canning Co. of Apalachicola, Florida will not operate their canning factory this season. The loss to the plant will be about $2,000. The oysters on the beds are covered with mud and sand and are practically destroyed. Their plant at Cedar Key was not injuredin any way. They will send 100 openers there from Baltimore. Their large interests on the south Atlantic enables them to supply their trade from those points. They are not therefore seriously affectedby the storm and the prolonged strike at Apalachicola. Prices on canned oysters will be much higher as a result of the storm.

The oyster canning factory at Alabamaport, Alabama, a short distance from Mobile, was destroyed. It was owned by Jno. Boyle and Co. of Baltimore. The factory at Bayou La Batra, owned by Kidwell Bros. was also destroyed. They will not be rebuilt. The factory at Scranton, Miss., owned by J. S. Farren and Company of Baltimore was wiped out.

The plant of George Dunbar’s Sons at Bay St. Louis will not be opened this season. The Peerless Packing Co. of Bay St. Louis expect to be ready by the middle of the month.

The condition of the oyster canning business on the Gulf Coast are such that they will not be within 50 percent of the estimated 30 days previous to the storm. It is estimated that 80 percent of the vessels engaged in fishing etc, on the Gulf Coast, have been destroyed between Mobile and New Orleans. Some of the finest oyster reefs on the Gulf Coast has been totally destroyed.—New York Fishing Gazette

Apalachicolans who read the above may ask “where is Munchausen?” (Baron Munchausen is a fictional German nobleman created by the German writer Rudolf Erich Raspe in his 1785 book “Baron Munchausen's Narrative of his Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia.” The fictional Baron's exploits, narrated in the first-person, focus on his impossible achievements as a sportsman, soldier, and traveler, for instance riding on a cannonball, fighting a forty-foot crocodile, and travelling to the moon.)

Certain it is that the New York Fishing Gazette has a foe worthy his steel and if Munchausen is not careful the Gazette will take his laurels, boots and baggage. The truth of the matter is that the recent hurricane that visited this section did such small damage as to be hardly noticeable. The only injury done was to small oysters that lie in the shallow water near the edges of bars where they were left exposed to the pounding of the seas and today they are in prime condition.

The Times representatives talked with several men who are familiar with the oyster bars by reason of frequent visits to them in years past and also made visits to them since the hurricane. These men tell us that the hurricane did but small damage to the beds and reefs. Others told us that the supply of oysters in Apalachicola Bay today is greater than for several years past.

It may be business for the canners to force a greater price for canned goods by certain means at their command, but it is not fair or just to purposely “pad” the reports, when it is known that the “padding” in addition to being unfair to the buyer is pointedly unjust to the community.

The Apalachicola oyster is still doing business at the old and his favor has not diminished in the least and for quantity and quality he is largely in evidence and can be had for the same asking. It is decidedly unfair, however, to palm off an inferior brand for His Royal Highness upon an unsuspecting public who have suffered long and patiently.


Social Apalachicola

Vessels Bros have views of your town taken from the water tower. See them.


Get ready to attend the Revival meeting at the Methodist Church beginning tomorrow a.m. If you are saved come to the meeting and help to get others saved. “Let him that heareth say come”


Money talks with the Apalachicolan. Bring your money when you come to town.


Judged by reports there is no doubt of the “Clansman” being a howling success.


Miss Lichenstadter has returned from a visit to Philadelphia where she spent the last several months pleasantly.


While passing through Lake Wimico in his gasoline launch recently, Mr. H. D. Marks bagged 21 “pulidews” at two shots.


Emblem pins or charms Masonic, K of P, W.O. W., Elks and Odd fellows—a pretty assortment at A. H. Hoppes.


Rev. T. L. Crandell of Central City, KY, who is here to assist his brother in a revival meeting, reached our city yesterday on the steamer Gertrude.


Apalachicola perhaps could not have a successful horse show but she would be alright on a regatta.


Will Bum accidentally shot his brother while monkeying around with a loaded gun. If the wounded man dies, the jury will probably say it was a bum job.


NIGHT SCHOOL—commencing on the 28th. Inst. Will be held at the Chapman High School building on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s at 7:30 p.m.

Subject—anything in the high school curriculum. Prices very low, terms, cash on 1st of each month whether in advance or not. C. G. Cantrell.


Drowned himself

The Steamer Ruth left town without the mail Wednesday afternoon and thereby brought a judgment of Providence on a fleeing criminal. Henry Thomas, who was wanted for murder committed at McNeil’s turpentine still met her in a boat and got aboard. Afterwards the crew discovered they had left the mail and when the boat was turned around to come back for it, Thomas evidently thought he was being brought back to be put under arrest and forthwith jumped overboard. The searchlight was turned on him and a boat lowered but before he could be rescued he had gone down for the last time and was beyond hope


Halloween Party

One of the most pleasant social events of the season was a Halloween Party given by Miss Gertrude Fry on Wednesday evening. Promptly at nine o’clock ghost like figures were seen to silently steal softly up the front steps and be silently admitted to the front parlor. Here no one dared to utter a sound lest the fairies who were to visit should be alarmed. Without a word being spoken, each masked figure sought its mate. As soon as each had found and identified its partner the masks were removed and the ghost like figures which had struck terror to the hearts of the earthly beings now took forms of laughing boys and girls.

The commodious parlor resounded with merriment of its guests as they stood in circles to watch one another bob for the apple. The fair young lady looked nervously about her as she sliced the cake on the table and then a sigh escaped her as she glanced hurriedly about her for “she did not touch it.” But of course, she does not believe in anything like that, no one does, but--. The gallant young man looks with scorn at his fellow as he makes a vain attempt at assured riches and he seizes the knife and recklessly plunges it, hesitates a moment and then runs off to see who is playing at the piano. He of course “doesn’t think there is anything to it. But the fellows laugh at him.”

Out in the hallway a large bowl of punch looms up and around it are three beautiful fairies who constantly dip their silver ladles to appease the thirst of their merry companions. A table is spread and soon it groans under its load of dainty food. About it all gather and do justice to the sumptuous lunch spread here. All satisfied the, the mysteries of hallowe’en begin anew and the halls and parlors ring with the laughter of merry makers.

But soon a warning bell signals that the hour of midnight is near at hand and on such nights woe to those who walk abroad at that hour for it is then that goblins and spirits creep out. Terrible Oogles lurk in the shadows, avenging spirits seek those who have done them harm. The little black kitten mounts on the broom and merrily flys mid the clouds. The moon and stars hide their faces; the toombs rock and groan.


Lost Carrabelle schooner found

The Mobile Register says: The schooner Addie of Carrabelle, Fla. which was found moored at the wharves of the Star Fish and Oyster Company, deserted by her crew will in a few days leave for her home port in the command of Capt. James R. Pickett who came here for the purpose of returning her.

About a Month ago, three fishermen who were working on shares on the schooner left Carrabelle and from that time until the time the owners learned that the schooner was in this city no word had been received from them.

The Carrabelle Packet Company owners of the schooner, not hearing from their schooner thought that she had been lost in the storm in September and were somewhat surprised to learn of her being in port. The condition of the schooner, however, shows that she has experienced some of the bad weather along the coast. The crew according to Capt. Pickett is thought to be safe and have deserted the vessel here while intoxicated.

Captain Pickett said that the crew had sold two cargoes of fish, one in Pensacola and the other on their arrival here.