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TV'VTinB tTORY OF Hit TIRST WtMWKiZ2kjt
a. fi BY THE PRESIDENT
"W cannot, sir, do without 70a,"
cried Governor Johnton of Maryland,
"and I and thonianda mors can
plain to anybody but yourself why we
cannot do without you."
To maka any one elia preeldent. It
teemed to men everywhere, would bo
Ilka crowning a subject while the king
Washington Hold Back.
But Washington held back, aa ho
had held back from attending the con
Htltutlonal convention. He doubted his
civil capacity, called himself an old
man, said "It would be to forego re
pone and domestic enjoyment for
trouble, perhaps for public obloquy."
"The acceptance," he declared,
"would be attended with more diffi
dence and reluctance than I ever ex
perienced before in my life."
Hut he was not permitted to de
cline. Hamilton told hira that hi at
tendance upon the constitutional con
vention must be taken to have pledged
him In the view of the errantry to
take part also In the formatioa of the
government. "In a matter so essen
tial to the well-being of society as
the prosperity of a newly Instituted
government," said the. great advocate,
"a citizen of so much consequence as
yourself to Its success has no optloc
but to lend his services, If called for.
Permit me to say It would be Inglori
ous, In such a situation, not to hazard
he glory, however great, which he
might have previously acquired."
Yields to Popular Will.
Washington, of course, yielded, like
the simple-minded gentleman and sol
dier he was. when It was made thus a
matter of duty.
When the votes of the electors were
opened In the new congress, and it
was found that they were one and all
for hJm. he no longer doubted. He did
not. t-ow how to decline such a call,
and turned with all his old courage to
the new task.
The members of the new congress
were so laggard In coming together
that it was the 6th of Anrll, 1789. be
fore both houses could count a
quorum, though the 4th of March had
been appointed the day for their con
vening. Washington Notified.
Their first business was the opening
and counting of the electoral votes;
and on the 7th Charles Thomson, the
faithful and sedulous gentleman who
bad been clerk of every congress
since the first one In the old colonial
days fifteen years ago, got away on
his long ride to Mount Vernon to no
tify Washington of his election.
Affairs waited upon the Issue of his
errand. Washington had for long
known what was coming,' and was
ready and resolute, as of old.
There had been no formal nomina
tions for the presidency, and the votes
of the electors had lain under seal till
the rew congress met and found a
quorum; but It was an open secret
who had been chosen president, and
Washington bad made up his mind
what to do.
Bids His Mother Farewell.
Mr. Thomson reached Mount Ver
non on the 14th, and found Washing
ton ready to obey his summons at
He waited only for a hasty ride to
Fredericksburg to bid hla aged mother
She was not tender In the parting.
Her last days had come, and she had
set herself to bear with grim resolu
tion the fatal disease that had long
been upon her. She had never been
tender, and these latter days had add
ed their touch of hardness..
But It was a tonic to her son to
' take her farewell, none the less to
hear her once more bid him Oi.d
speed. and once more command him.
as she did. to his duty.
On the morning of April 16 Wash
ington took the northern road as so
often before, and pressed forward an
.he way for New York.
The setting out wsa made withy a
very heavy heart; for duty had nfiver
teemed to him so unattractive as it
teemed now. and his difference bad
sever been ao distressing.
"For mystlf the delay may be com
pared to a reprieve," he had written to
Knox, when he learned how slow con
gress was in coming together, "for In
confidence I tell you that my move
ments to the chair of government will
be accompanied by feeling not unlike
those of a culprit who la going to the
place of execution."
Departs with a Heavy Heart.
When the day for hla departure
rame, hla diary spoke the tame heavi
ness of heart "About ten o'clock,"
he wrote, "I bade adieu to Mount Ver
non, to private Ufa, and to domestic
felicity; and with a mind oppressed
with more auxlous and painful aensa
tlont than 1 have worda to ez press, set
out for New York."
He did not doubt that be waa doing
light; he doubted hla capacity In civil
affairs, and loved the sweet retirement
and the free life ha waa leaving be
Grief and foreboding did not In the
least relax bis proud energy and
promptness In action. Ha was not a
whit the lesa resolute to attempt this
oew role, and stretch hla powers to tht
uttermost to play It In masterful fash
ton. He waa ouly wistful and full of a
sort of manly sadness; lacking not
resolution, but only alacrity.
Obliged to Barrow Money.
He had hoped to the last that ho
would be suffered to spend the rest of
hit daya at Mount Vernon; he knew
the place must lack efficient keeping,
and fall once more out of repair un
der hired overseers; he feared hit
ttrength would be spent and hit last
years come ere ho could return to look
to It and enjoy It himself again.
He had but Just now been obliged to
borrow a round turn of money to meet
pressing obligations; and the expenses
of this very Journey had made It neces
sary to add a full hundred pounds to
that new debt
K the estate brought money to slow,
ly In while he farmed It, he must
count upon Its doing even less while
he was away; and yet he hpd eter
mined t accept no salary aa presi
dent, but only his necessary expenses
while In the discharge of his official
duties, at In the old days of the war.
It had brought distressing perplexi
ties upon him to be thus drawn from
his private business to serve the na
tlon. Private cares passed off, no
doubt, and were forgotten as the Jour
ney lengthened. But the other anx
iety, how he should succeed In this
large business of statemanshlp to
which he had been called, did not
pass off; the Incidents of that mem
orable ride only served to heighten It
When he had ridden to Cambridge
that anxious summer of 1775, he had
been hailed by cherlng crewds upon
the way, who admired the fine figure
he made, and shouted for the cause he
was destined to lead; but he know
himself a soldier then, was but forty
three, and did not fear to find his
The people had loved him and had
thronged about him with looks and
words It had quickened his heart to
see and hear as he made his way
from New York to Annapolis to resign
his commission but six years ago; but
that was upon the morrow of a task
accomplished, and the plaudits he
heard upon the way were but greet
ings to speed him the more happily
Things stood very differently now.
Though he felt himself grown old.
he bad come out to meet a hope he
could not share, and It struck a subtle
pain to his heart that the people
should so trust him should give him
so royal a progress as he fared on bis
way to attempt an untried task.
A Royal Welcome.
No king In days of kings' divinity
could have looked for so heartfelt a
welcome to his throne as this modrst
gentlemaa got to the office ho feared
Not only Vera there civil fete and
military parade at every stage of the
Journey; there was everywhere, be
sides, a running together from all the
country roundabouts of people who
bare themselves not as mere sight
seers, but as If they had come out of
love for the man they were to see
It was not their numbers but their
manner that struck their hero with a
new sense of responsibility; their
earnest gaze, their, unpremeditated
cries of welcome, their simple Joy to
see the new government put Into the
hands of a man they perfectly trusted.
He was to be their guarantee of
Its good faith, of Its re.spect for law
and its devotion to liberty; and they
made hira know their hope and their
confidence .In the very tone of their
Straw Roses Before Him.
There was the manifest touch of
love In the reception everywhere pre
pared for him. Refined women broke
their reserve to greet him in the open
road; put their young daughters for
ward, In their enthusiasm, to strew
roses before him in the way; brought
tears to his eyes by the very artless
ness of their affection.
When at last the triumphal Journey
was ended, the display of every pre
vious etage capped and outdone bv
the fine pageant of his escort of boats
from Newark and of his reception at
the ferry stairs In New York, the
demonstration seemed almost more
than he could bear.
"The display of boate whlrh attend
ed and Joined ua," he confessed In his
diary, "the decorations of the ships,
the roar of the cannon, and the loud
acclamations of the people which rent
the skies as I . wivlked along the
streets, filled my mind with senss
tlons aa pulnful aa tbey are pleaa
mt;" for his fears foreboded scenes
the opposite of these, when he should
have shown himself unable to fulfill
the hopes which were the burden of
all the present Joy.
It was the 27th of April when Wash
ington reached New York.
Notwithstanding his executive faah
lon of making haste, the rislug of the
country to bid him Ood-speed hau
kept him four days longer on the way
than Mr. Thomson had taken to carry
the summons to Mount Vernon. Three
days more elapsed before congress
had completed Ha preparations for
On the 30th of April, In the prea
-nce of a great concourse of people
who first broke Into wild cheers a'
lght of him. and then fell alien'
igala upon the Instant to see hlio so
moved. Washington stood face to face
with the chancellor of the state apnn
the open balcony of the Federal hall
In Wall street, and took the oath of
Takes the Oath.
"Do you tolemnly swear," asked
Livingston, "that you will faithfully
execute tht office of president of the
United States, and will, to the best of
your ability, preserve, protect and de
fend the Constitution of the United
"I do tolemnly awear," renllrd
Washington, "that I will faithfully
execute the office of president of the
United States, and will, to the best
of my ability, preserve, protect, an1
defend the Constitution of the United
States," and then, bending to kiss th
Bible held before him. bowed his head
and said "So help me God!" In toner
no man could mistake, so deep was
their thrill of feeling
Hailed aa President.
"Long live George Washington,
president of the United States!" crlfri
Livingston to the people; and a great
shout went up with the booming of
the cannon In the narrow streets.
Wanhlngton was profoundly mov
ed, and, with all his extraordinary
mastery of himself, could not hide
H was a company of friends, the
motors and represenfstlves wbr
chamber as he read his address, aftf
the taking of the oath.
Some very old friends were there
men who had been with him In th'
first continental congress, men wh'
hsd been his Intimate correspondent
the long years through, men win
were now his close confidants ani!
sworn supporters. Not many stran
gers could crowd Into the narrow
hall; and It was not mere love of
ceremony, but genuine and heartfelt
respect, that made the whole com
pany stand while he read.
Washington Visibly Moved.
He visibly trembled, nevertheless,
as he stood In their presence, strong
and steadfast man though be was,
"and several times could scarce make
out to reod;" shifted his manuscript
uneasily from hand to hand; gestured
with awkward effort; let his volco
fall almost Inaudible: was every way
unlike himself, except for the simple
majesty and sincerity that shone In
him through It all.
His manner but gave emphasis,
after all, to the words he was reading.
"The magnitude and difficulty of
: the trust." he declared, "could not but
I overwhelm wtth despondence one
I who. Inheriting Inferior endowments
i from nature, and unpracticed in tho
I duties of civil administration, ought
1 to be peculiarly conscious of his own
j efficiencies;" and no one there could
I look at him and deem him insincere
when he added. "All I dare aver It
; that It has been my faithful stddy to
! collect my duty from a Just apprecla-
Mcn of every clrcu-nstance by which
. it might be affected. All I dare hope
' Is that. If In executing this tark I
, have been too much swayed by a
I grateful remembrance of former in
I stances, or by an affectionate sensl-
t"lty to this transcendent proof of
the confidence of my fellow-citizens,
and have thence too little consulted
my Incapacity as well as disinclina
tion for the weighty and untried cares
First Presidential Mansion, New York.
before me, my error will be palliated
by the motives which misled me, and
its consequences be Judged by my
country with some share of the par-
! tlallty with which they originated."
j 80ms Vital Trutha.
1 Hla hearers know how near the
I truth he struck when he said, "The
j smiles of Heaven can never be ex
I pected on a nation that disregards the
j eternal rulea of order and rUlit
which Heaven Itself has ordained;
' and the preservation of the sacred fir
j of liberty, the destiny of the repub
lican model of government, are Juf-
ly considered as deeply, perhaps as
I finally, staked on the experiment In
j t runted to the banda of the American
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Red Cross stamps and Xmas
seals, cards, etc.
Mrs. T. J. Taylor.
With Mrs. J. B. Stouffer, High St.
A. IX F.stc wants your trade. IK' cur
ries a full line of fresh groceries, fruit and
vegetables. 4f tf
20th Century Stove (or tale by. Mr.
J. T. Mann Phone 516 50 U
When you want first-clas groceries call
up Covington, Thorpe & Co., 72 and 1 14.
FOR SALE - Baled Ky Straw. John
K- Cibson. 3Mtl
IT PAYS TO ADVERTISE
Eminence, Ky., suffered a very
destructive fire, entailing a loss of
$20,XX) to $25.(XX).
The Christian church at liar
rodsburg has decided to purchase
a parsonage at an early date.
Chief Justice White of the U.
S. Supreme Court Is laid up with
a cold. Justice Lutron is also ab
sent from the bench for the same
The city of Richmond, Tex.,'
hits been inundated and Is com-!
pletely isolated. The total loss
of life in Texas by reason of j
floods is placed at 165.
The city of Henderson, Ky.,
now has a democratic administra-;
tion which is the first in the his-!
tory of the city. W. Irving !
Thompson is its Mayor.
Santa Claus was the first to,
employ reindeers as a means of ;
transportation and still sticks to
them despite the modern Nova
tions of the airship and automo-:
State Treasurer Ray, has called
in $I.5(X),000 of interest bearing ,
warrants. He announces thai
he will distribute about $1,000,;
WW) to the school during this
Miss Margaret Wilson, the
President's oldest daughter, has :
been elected chairman of the j
Spugs. This society has for its :
object the prevention of useless I
Christmas giving. j
Judge Boldrick, of Louisville, 1
has announced that he will not j
accept as an excuse for drunken-1
ness that it was on account of tho I
I -a If l! J l.i it 1
nnsimas nonaays, ana mat ne
will enforce the law.
There was a small wreck on
the L. &. N. Railroad at the brid
glnear Irvine last week. Some
ftfght cars left the track, but no
ole was injured and the wreck
vfis soon cleared up.
j The Lexington church workers
v4HrVe agreed to unite and to erect
Y Christmas tree on the public
! square. A trained choir will
sifig. 1 nis ceienration win ne re
peated during holiday week.
(Arthur McLane, of the New
York Democratic State Commit
tee and Treasurer of that organi
zation has been indicted on two
counts for receiving campaign
contributions from corporations.
A processsion of 2000 men and
women working in the interest
of the prohibition cause, marched
through the streets of Washing
ton December 10. They marched
to the Capitol and presented peti
tions to Congressman Hobson, of
Alabama. The demonstration
was directed toward the liquor
The new ciy council at Mt.
Sterling was inducted into office
the first Monday, and at their
initial meeting held Tuesday
night, they turned loose their tire
works and had a stormy meeting
in which the council divided
equally on the election of tax
collector, and Mayor Samuels de
cided the contest by voting for
J. O. Green, and re-elected him
for the next four years.
II. D. Colerane, a colored min
ister who was recently elected a
member of the Winchester city
council, resigned his position in
1 order to promote peace. There
j had been some objection to his
I sitting as a member of the court
: cil. In this connection the Mt.
Sterling Advocate says that it
can see no objections to Colerane
serving, and says that Mt. Sterling
has two colored councilmen who
are giving satisfaction.
Mrs. Phoebe Couzins died in
St. Louis last Monday. She was
the first woman lawyer in the
United States, and she was fur
ther distinguished by the fact that
she was the only woman who
ever served as U. S. Marshall.
She died in great poverty. She
had been sustained for the last
several years by charity. She
was always opposed to prohibi
tion, and the breweries over the
country contributed to her support
Mu,t Sure,y Tag Them
That Theodore Roosevelt's
anti race suicide opinions have
strong adherents in Wisconsin
was evidenced in the birth of
their twenty-ninth child to Mr.
and Mrs. John Kostruck.
All of the 29 are alive. The
mother always has been in ex
cellent health. Mr. Kostruck
somewhat indignantly denied the
suggestion that he had to number
them to tell them apart.
It Is estimated that 165 persons
have perished, 20,0(X) people
were driven from home, and pro
perty loss to the extent of $bHK),
(XX) by the recent floods which
have devastated Texas for the
last ten days. The tide is now
receding. Southern Texas has
suffered from severe cold weather,
snow, rain and sleet, which is
something unusual for that sec
tion of the state.
Can't Beat His Daddy
Robert A. Talt, son of former
'resident Taft, will be one of ti e
100 applicants who will take the
State liar examination at Colum
bus, ()., on Tuesday and Wednes
day of this week.
He was graduated from Yale
with the degree of B. A., and la
ter completed the law course at
Madisonville has recently pass
ed a segregation law, and the
colored people of that city have
issued a call for a mass meeting
of the colored people to protest
Follow the crowd. Why? Be
cause its going to "Suits," where
it can get Christmas bargains.
The Racket Store. 20-lt
Mr. D. V. Curry has been ap
pointed as Judge of the Mercer
County Court to succeed Hon.
John W. Hughes. The appoint
ment is to the first of January, at
which time he will take the office
as the regular judge for four years.
His first case was a "hoss" case
the amount involved being $25,
and the Harrodsburg Leader says
that the attorneys in the case
have been figuring as to what
basis the Judge adopted for his
judgment of $15, which he gave
for the plaintiff.
Twelve hundred boys and girls
from Ohio visited Washington
a id other eastern cities during
the past week. They won their
trip as reward for the excellence
of the corn grown by the boys
and the baking done by the girls.
Secretary Bryan addressed the
boys and girls in Continental
Hall, telling them that the farm
was the future of the man and
that it offered greater opportuni
ties than any other vocation.
Jesse M. Alverson. editor of the
Lawrenceburg News, is a candi
date for Assistant Clerk of the
State Senate. He has held this
position for three terms, and it
is likely that he will be nominated
He is a former Madisonian, but
notwithstanding he has left our
fold, we hope that he may be
successful in his canvass.
C. F. Estill, of Ixington, enter
tained some of the local members
of Morgan's Command on De
cember 7, the anniversary of the
battle of Hartsville. Tenn., which
was on December 7.
Col. Estill and his comrade
talked over the war times and
spent the day very pleasantly.
Cut glass, fine china, toys, fire
works and general commodities
at THE RACKET STORE. 50-1 1
Shannon Stock Co. Opera
House. Fine Shows 10 20 and
Wt are looking tor new hutine and
want you to try u when in need of good
good. Covington. Thorpe & Co. 11 tt
Cottage on Monerley Ave. for rent the
hrst ol the year. Apply to Mr. N. li.
Deatheiatte. p 50-21
Elaine Golding, of Math each,
sailed for Panama on Ihe steam
ship Ancos MonJay. Miss Gold
ing expects to swim the I'anjmi
Canal. She " plans to take 50
hours to do the 50 miles, ;n.l
says if she has to she will swim
it in ,'J0 hours. Miss Golding ex
pects to swim Gatun Lake, 2.t
miles in one swim without leav
ing the water.
The feat of swimming the ca
nal has already been accomplish
ed by Captain Al (frown, of
Long Island City.
A Vetera 1 of Cjjrse
In Pennsylvania, John Vasbind
er, age a veteran of the Civil
War, and minus both legs, took
for his wife last week, Mrs. Mary
Croyle, f7 years old. who is y
an arm' Here is wishing the af
flicted couple many years of hap
piness. I laving handled nothing hut Silver
Laced Wyandotte chickens for the past
fifteen y.'ars, we feel (we are) entir'iy
within hounds when we claim for Hum
first place for all purpose fo vls. St ick
and eggs foi sale at reasonable prices.
J. L. GKIGoS
50-3mo )oylesvi,ie Ky.
Between the D and the
Deep Blue Sea
Attorney General Garnett has
made an argument before the
United States Supreme Court in
an effort to sustain the Kentucky
tobacco pooling law. This law
has been attacked by Thomas
Malone, a farmer of Masoi
County, on the ground that it
High Cost of Living
In a special report the Depart
ment of Agriculture experts de
clared the shortage of eggs
was due to bad weather last
spring, which ('elayed the growth
I Fortunately another exchange"
says that the pullets are now at
work and eggs will be cheaper.
Deceives His Appearance
Stanford Crouch, 59 years old.
a wanderer without friends or
home, except the prison, appear
ed in the sheriffs office at Bowl
1 ing Green, Ky., last week and de
! clared that he had stolen a horse
and wanted to be arrested. He
appears to be sane.
Several Jackson girls, when in
terviewed on the subject, stated
that they were not nearly so in
terested in having a vote as they
were in having a voter. Times.
Will Christmas shoppers know
that thev can get everything they
want at SUITS. -The Racket
L. & N. Time Table
31 Cincinnati to Atlanta, arrive and
departs (midnight), 12:10 a. m.
71 Richmond to Stanford, departs
6:45 a. m.
1 Uuisville to Kcattyville. arrive
12:10 p. m depart 12:15 p. m.
37 - Cincinnati to Knoxville. arrive
11:42 a. m., depart 12:12 p. m.
33 Cincinnati to Jacksonville, arrive
and depart 11:31 a. m.
27 Richmond to Louisville via. Row
land, depart 1:00 p. m.
3 Louisville to Keattyville. arrive
r:45 p. m.. depart 7:35 p. m.
9 Cincinnati and Mavsvillc to Stan
lord, arrive 7:31, depart 7:35 p. m-
IN or til ItounU
Atlanta to Cincinnati, arrive and
depart 4.11 a. m.
No. 10 Stanford to Cincinnati and May
ville, arrive h 20 a. nr., depart
8:25 a. m. ,
No. 2 Kcattyville to Louisville, arrive
7.15 a. in., depart 7:20 a. m.
No. 2H Louisville to Richmond via. Row
land, arrive 12:05 p. m.
No. 3ri Knoxville to Cincinnati, arrive
1:35 p. m , depart 2:00 p. m.
No. 70 Stanford to Richmond, arrive
2:30 p. m.
No. K Beattyville to Louiville, arrive
1.35 p. m., depart 1:40 p. ni.
No. 32 Jacksonville to Cincinnati, arrive
I and depart 5:07.
I No. 31, 37. 33. 27. 34. 28. 38, 32 are
No. 71. 1. 3 9. 10. 2. 70, 4. daily ex