planted in vegetables will yield a handsom [sic]
revenue, as the vegetables ripen very early and
bring large prices in New York, to which place
they can be safely sent by express. This year
the express charges from this place to New York
on tomatoes was seventy-five cents per bushel,
and the first lots sent forward sold for twenty-
four dollars per bushel. They now bring from
five to six dollars per bushel. Fruits also grow
well and profitably, including oranges, lemons,
peaches, figs, grapes and plums of all descriptions.
Strawberries do well. Any man who
will work can make a good living from his farm
after the first year, and with a better prospect
of growing rich than in any other state.
Immigrants from the north are welcomed by
the people and are not disturbed. Men and
money are wanted to build up the state and develop
its resources. A northern man, as a rule,
is as safe here as at home provided he quietly
attends to his own business and does not seek
occasions to quarrel with his neighbors.
School facilities at present are poor, but
these will improve as the population increases.
Churches are scarce except in towns.
Communications between Jacksonville and the
north is regular and easy. The mails arrive
and depart daily, and a telegraph line will soon
be open for business. From New York to Jacksonville
the usual route is, by steamer (three
times a week) to Savannah-seventy-two hours
average length of voyage, -from Savannah to
Jacksonville by railroad, a ride of sixteen hours,
traveling all night, without sleeping cars; -or
by steamers (three boats connecting with the
N.Y. steamers) a trip of twenty to twenty
four hours, according to state of tide. The fare
from New York to Jacksonville is between forty
and fifty dollars, but through tickets cost only
Speculators, not wishing to settle here them
selves, but to find profitable investments for their
money can be well accommodated. Good hotels
are wanted at Jacksonville, and other places, to
accommodate the large number of strangers who-
are constantly coming and going, and the hun-
dreds of invalids from the north who flock here
in winter. At present the hotel accommodations
of Florida are insufficient to meet the wants of
tavellers [sic] and visitors. A large first class hotel
at any prominent place would pay a hundred
per cent profit. Large plantations to be cut up
into small farms for settlers would also pay well,
and many other chances for profitable investment
are always at hand.
Climate. The climate of Florida has the
reputation of being one of the finest in the
world, and this reputation is well deserved. -
Persons whose weak lungs are sore throats cannot
bear a harsh winter climate can enjoy exemption
from pain here. The winters are very
mild and pleasant; the summer, though long
and hot, is far preferable to the same season
north, as the air is more pure and bracing, the
heat is tempered by pleasant breezes, and the
nights are generally cool and comfortable. -
There are no unhealthy fogs by day or damp
dews in the evening, and a free out-door life is
enjoyable at any season of the year. The climate
is very healthy at all times. Strangers coming
from the north, -as in all other warm cli-
mates-must, as a rule, submit to some acclimating
sickness, but this is very mild in comparison
to other southern states.
Come! To all sober, industrious and intelligent
men with or without families who desire
comfortable homes in a pleasant climate and
fruitful land we say, -come to Florida!
If further information is desired address the
editor of this paper, but do not forget to enclose
the proper postage stamps for an answer.
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