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HICKMAN, FULTON COUNTY, KENTUCKY, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1000.
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President Taft at Hickman
Introduced by Governor Will-on and Receives Big Ovation
From Kentuckians. Makes Short Address in
Which Waterway is Principal Theme.
Presented With Possum and Persimmons
Over 15,000 People See The First Citizen of the United
States and The Great Flotilla.
Tho biggest event In the history of
the historic town of Hickman has been
pulled off. No moro can It bo
truthfully said that Hickman has
uover entertained a president of tho
United States. For one hour and fif
teen minutes President William How
ard Taft was our guest to say noth
ing of Governors, Congressmen, for
eign Ministers, Cabinet Members and
other distinguished gentlemen,
Hickman Is on tho map with St.
Louis, Memphis and Now Orleans
It has been for a number of years,
but some people did not know It.
Entertaining the President was no
great undertaking for Hickman. Ho
thoroughly enjoyed his stay In this
Visitors began pouring Into tho
city almost a week before the dato
for tho President's visit here, and
by noon Tuesday, the 2Gtb, they
were here by thousands.
Tho President was scheduled to ar
rive In Hickman at 4 o'clock p. m.,
on tho above date. Put long beforo
this hour the streets of Hickman
were packed with folks anxious to
see the First Citizen. At 3 o'clock,
thousands had already surrounded the
big Btand erected on tho levee from
which Taft was to deliver his address
They wero content to bear an hour's
fatlguo and discomfort in order to
secure a place near the stand and
to get a better view. A terrific Jam
followed. Thousands surged against
the throng pressing toward tho speak
er's platform. Only by persistent ef
forts of the mounted police and the
unceasing patrol of the soldiers were
they kept from going over the ropes.
Capt. Clark, commanding the 3rd Ken
tucky and a detachment from a com
pany from Marlon, gave his men or
ders to keep tho ropes clear, and
the soldiers with fixed bayonets, ex
ecuted the order. Out with all this
crowd and their mad rush, no ono
After an hour of unpleasant sus
pense, the scout tug, sent up tho river
to meet the flotilla, was sighted in
the upper bend at the head of the
grandest parade over witnessed on in
land waters. Tho tug's appearance
I heralded the coming of tho fleet and
a noisy demonstration followed guns,
whistles, bells, shouts, everything
Joined In the deafening chorus. Tho
flag-ship Oleander was leading the
long line of beautifully decorated
steamers and soon swung Into the
wharf fronting tho stand. While the
other boats wero maneuvering and
making the landing, the reception
committee (S. L. Dodds, Hon. It. T.
Tyler, Col. C. L. Walker. Gen. H. A.
Tyler, Mayor Tom Dillon, Col. C. C.
Mengel and C. E. Klce) passed down
between tho two lines of soldiers.
boarded tho boat and escorted I'rcs.
Taft and party to tho big platform,
Which Beomed to float on a sea of
humanity. Thoy were followed by
about two hundred high officials.
As the President, accompanied by
Mr. Walker, passed from tho river to
the stand, ho bowed and smiled now
and then in response to wild cheers
and waving of flags.
Gov. A. E. Wlllson, according to
program, introduced Mr. Taft, extend
ing him a cordial wolcomo to our
"Old Kentucky Home."
The Prcsldout arose from his chair.
Again enthusiastic cheeriug rent th
air. When this subsided, Mr. Taft
began his address, which was as fol
lows: President's Address,
"Ladles and Gentlemen: My volco
It not In condition to Justify me In
addressing to you remark more than
two minutes, but they are long enough
to enable me to say to you what pleas
ure I have In looking Into the faces
of the Kentucky citizenship gathered
at this end of tho state In "The Pur
chase," as my college friends from
Kentucky used to call It, for the pur
pose of Improving the rivers in which
Kentucky has such a great Interest.
With the Tennessee, the Kentucky,
the Ohio and the Mississippi Rivers
flowing through the state, Kentucky
ought to be foremost In the move'
meni 10 see mat tnese rivers are
properly Improved. Now I am not
going" to say any more, because If
there Is one thing that Kentucky Is
full of. It Is oratory, and we have
representatives of the state here that
are able to express themselves In a
way that makes everybody from every
other state appear In the minority.
You have a Senator, a Governor and
a representative present on this oc
casion that will give us a sample of
that oratory which I remember Ken
tucky can proudly boast of. My
friends, I am glad to be here. I hope
this place and this state wilt grow In
His volco had, indeed, been over
taxed, which rendered his speech
scarcely audible a dozen yards from
where be stood. This Is the reason
ho did not speak 30 minutes as had
been arranged on tho program. In
fact, ho was unable to use tho tlmo
allowed him at St. Louis, Capo Girar
deau and Cairo, the samo as hero.
Gov. Wlllson then Introduced Sen
ator W. O. Bradley, of Kentucky, who
spoke for several minutes. His talk
was devoted chiefly to Kentucky's
interest In the great waterways
movement. He also said. "After
traveling 10,000 miles, Mr. President,
you have at last reached God's coun
try." Senator Bradley was followed by
that big, brainy Prince of Democracy
our Congressman, Olllo M. James,
who received an ovation equal to that
tondered Mr. Taft and In two ways,
he Is about as big a man. Mr. James
as usual, "brought tho house down."
Ho assured the President, although
In tho stronghold of Democracy, that
Kentucky was ever loyal to her
President, adding: "When God made
tho world, ho looked upon It and was
pleased; when ho mado Kentucky,
he smiled." His address was devot
ed chiefly to Kentucky's loyalty to
tho administration, despite her politics
Hon. It. T. Tyler was then Intro
duced and delivered a short address
of welcome and appreciation on be
half of tho city of Hickman and tho
local committees. Though brief, his
address was ono of the best. It was
full of feeling and sincerity, and car
ried with it that ring of true Ken
tucky hospitality. It was as follows:
R. T. Tyler's Speech.
"Mr. President, I am commissioned
by the good people of Hickman and
vicinity to briefly express to you their
high appreciation of tho honor con
ferred, and pleasuro afforded, by your
presenco here today, manifesting as
It docs, your kindly Interest In their
"With a loyal and patriotic peoplo,
such as ours, who lovu this great
republic of ours, over ready to do,
and, If need be, to dlo for her cause,
who glory In her past history and aru
hopeful of a mora glorious future;
who even teach these, their children,
to roverenco her flag and hor cause
'Us but natural that they should do
light In tho prlvllego of seeing and
bearing tho chosen executive of our
hind. But wo would bavo you feel
and know that tho greeting they have
given you Is not only to you as
President, but to William Howard
Taft, the man; and I assuro you that
your presence has aroused tho spon
taneous and hearty good will of our
people, who recognlzo tho fact that
you, though well acquainted with all
tho public questions of the day, and
ably equipped for guiding safoly the
HICKMAN'S DISTINGUISHED GUEST
William Howard Taft, President United States
COL. C. L. WALKER
Who wns at the
Mead of local
Old Ship of Stato, yet with n h art
ever responsive to tho best lnt r. a In
of tho people and desiring to know
not only tho needs of tho hour but
tho demands of the future, have gen
erously and courageously assumed the
laborious task of going into every
section of this great country that
you might meet tho peoplo, leuru
their wants, that you might better
admlnlstor unto thorn.
And with our people, who IIvo upon
the banks of that great river that
boro you to our shore, 'tis must
pleasing that you liuve now cofnoflo
manifest your Interest In this mighty
highway placed there by Omnipotence,
for tho. use und benefit of his crea
ture. To Invigorate u policy that
will Insure dsup water from tho
Great Lakes to tho Gulf, and to sys
tematically dovulop und proleot this
great rlvur nud Its fertile valley. Is
surely a noble and stupendous pro
Just, full worthy of your great Amer
ican sttitesmunshlp and genius, und
If by your Irifluunto und labor you
can secure lis uccauipllHhuient, 'twill
prove tli crowulng achievement of
the ages link your mime with thu
Immortal, and not only will otury
Inhabitant throunlmut thn length and
breadth of this great vulloy, Uut their
children and children's children will
proclaim you blessed.
"And now, Mr. President, I beur
you tho kindly wishes nnd gracious
courtesy of our people, whoso guest
and whoso president you are, and In
their name, ask Mm, who holds tho
destiny of nations nnd of men In
tho hollow of Ills Almighty hand, to
wifily bear you upon the bosom of
this great river through fair South
land amid the plaudits of her loyal
sons, guarantee jou n happy return
to ho nulon's capltol nnd long sparo
you for usufulnuM to your family,
your friends nnd your country."
At Its conclusion, tho President
acknowledged his appreciation of this
hearty and boautlful welcome.
In front of tho stand, a snnco had
been roped off und reserved for tho
school children, who, Immediately
after thu President's address, sang
Columbia." Ho was touched by tho
old song from the young hearts nnd
returning to tho front of tho stand,
listened attentively until it was fin
ished, then, in beautiful words, thank
ed the children and assured them of
This concluded tho sponklng. Whllo
tho school children sang that sweet
old song. "My Old Kontucky Home,"
and tho Provident wus shaking hands
with the committeemen, n slight com
motion was noticed on tho stoud. It
developed that two negroes wero
bringing up n barrel, containing flvo
ilozon mallard ducks, which wero pre
sented to Mr. Taft, Senator llrudloy
nnd Gov. Wlllson by Postmaster J.
T. Stephens. Our gonial postmaster
also included In tho gift a Kontucky
possum and persimmons mo that tho
President would not fall to suinplo
tho real delicacies of Dlxlo. Whether
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Physiognomy w. wrtuU, j ,
" "vhkiu uii poi. ,m
Purpose of the Trip.
The personally conduc.j i,
of President Taft down th u
Pt rlvor Is being made to , dl
sonnl intention of the ,
nrmy engineers and lcc. (
of tho various Interested
commercial necessity nnd po
of deepening tho Missis.., i
.!. . . . ' 1
i is reported thnr .m .
oral "round-up" of thr , 4,
Hit-num mis winter, n-su!
passneo of an ulnnunt . .
hor bill that ahull '
graph carrying a sutfu ,. , ,
uon uy congress to put u
of tho deep waterway f,n u
nig oasis, as tho Pamu.u ta
"Federal CO-otwirsii.i. . ,
with tho Stntt. nf mi,,..!..
of which have authwii.-d a
or 120,000,000 to eontiiu. .
waterwny southward frr.i,.
where It now terminal.
History of Movement
Tho present deep wi.raT i
mont dates from IKK.. h, r
States Renatur Thim.. i .... , . .
tana, cotnmltcd the stuixrd , '
marclal crime of kiiiu.g n ,
river nnd harbor bill by ar s-
Tho blow awoke th.: M ;
valley, and from Chicago to 3
leans deep waterway sue t
fnrtmwt fnr o... ruiMUj .9 . .
recognition of tho Milt ;, , .
snd its tributaries.
Tho first convention of it,, p :
Deep Waterway Awiocutior L
in 81 !ul In im On- '
of tho most promlftefit bur
of seven States were 1 1
lngton and a campaign c'
was waged As a result if,
appropriation for rlrw iini t
In tho history of the toir t t
through that session of ('nr
Tho slognns have twi n II t
Improvement will b railroad . .
ment" Campaigns of t.-:.
lion nro wnged unceasing!?
Tho first convention, fc. . ! - ?
Louis, had 1.100 dlgal.s M '
tho second, had tv
nineteen Slates, rhlrsgo .i ' '
had on Its roster S.I1T H' m
forty four States It Is f i, . -
New Orleans, holdlg th. f
ventlon, will surpass this
Tho trip downstream is i. ' '
consume fire days, and w i. 5 'i
proximately 1,100 wiles i'
delegations and guests sr' r
at 2 S00 strong.
Dotalt of the trip were aw
tho St. Louis IlulBsl nii
and the Lakes -to tbe Ou f
Waterway Association. m n i
which extends from Cbi..is- '-
Tho start was made from h
at 6 p. m., Monday. OctotM r .
Steamer Oleander (FlagiMp
PIIKSIDENT WM H tv
And his imrsonal party. "
Captain ArchlbaW W '
A., A. I). C.
Wendell W. Mlsehtor, s-
Charles C. Wogmr. 1
Doctor J. J. Ilk-hard-Arthur
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