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KENTUCKY IRISH AMERICAN.
Porty Thousand Wexford Men Com
mciiiornto tho Struggle Grnt
Inn EsmoiiuVs Speech.
A magnificent demonstration took
place at Vinegar Hill, Wexford, on
Whit Sunday, in honor of the gallant
heroes who fought in the battle on that
historie spot 100 years ago. Not less
than 40,000 people were present.
Notwithstanding its enormous propor
tions, the gathering was one of the
most orderly that has ever met in the
county. A monster procession was
formed at the Fair Green, Ennis
corthy, which marched to the hill,
followed by thousands of other peo
ple. Notable aud spirited addresses
were made, and the greatest enthusi
asm was manifested.
Sir Thomas Grattan Esmonde de
livered an able speech, in the course
of which he made a strong indictment
against England concerning her treat
ment of Ireland. He said in part:
"A year ago the people of England
celebrated their jubilee. They cele
brated the growth of their empire;
the extension of their power; the de
velopment of their institutions; the
increase of their wealth and prosper
ity. In that celebration every one of
their colonies and dependencies was
represented. But the nation which
had played a foremost part in build
ing tip England's greatness; the na
tion that had won her battles for her,
had governed her colonies for her,
directed her diplomacy for her; that
nation Ireland was not represented
at those festivities. Ireland refused
to join in them, and rightly refused.
"For what had Ireland to cele
brate, as the result of her connection
with England, in the period c&vered
by those celebrations? How many
famines had there been in Ireland
during those years? Was she to cele
brate them? How many millions of
her children had been lost to her in
those years? Was she to celebrate
She ,tb rejoice in the add-
ed circumstance that coercion is now
perpetual? And what other advan
tages had she to chronicle as the re
sult of her connection with England?
Was she to rejoice because it has re
quired periodic approaches to civil
war to compel England to recognize
any 0 her grievances? Or because
England's remedies for Ireland's English-made
grievances have invariably
been carried out at Ireland's expense?
now at the expense of one class of
Irishmen, and now at the cost of an
other? Was Ireland to celebrate the
fact that all through these years Eng
land has steadily and remorselessly
drained her of her resources and her
wealth by ever-increasing taxation?
Was she to rejoice because, under
England's fiscal laws, each of her in
dustries had been crippled and de
stroyed one by one, and all sections
of her population reduced to poverty?
And when an English Commission of
Inquiry was itself forced to admit
that England was bleeding Ireland to
death, was Ireland to rejoice because
this report was promptly repudiated?
And finally, was Ireland to rejoice in
that the one persistent and unvarying
demand, which for ninety-eight years
now she has addressed to England,
viz.: the recognition of her ancient
nationality, has been over and over
again persistently refused.
"No!' Ireland, poor as she is, plun
dered as she is, insulted as she is,
had still courage and honesty suffic
ient to decline to participate in the
rejoicings of an empire in which Na
tionalist Ireland has no place.
"But to-day we celebrate a jubilee
of our own a jubilee in which
all Irishmen can join; a jubi
lee which all Irishmen are glad
and proud to celebrate; a jubilee we
celebrate all the more lovingly, all
the more reverently, for that, like
nearly all of Ireland's historic mem
ories, it comes to us sanctified by
Irish blood and hallowed by Irish
tears. We have few successes to
chronicle in our history. Our-suc-cesses
are mainly chronicled in the
histories of other peoples. On the,
other- hand, we have many disasters
to Fcord. But there k one success
it will never be given to any nation
to achieve. There is one disaster
that will never fall upon Ireland while
the world endures, and that is the1 re
moval from Ireland's grateful and
loving memory of the name and fame
of those who, at any time and under
any circumstances, have lived or died
in defense of Ireland's nationhood.
Foremost among Ireland's heroes are
the men of '98. And foremost among
the heroes of '98 are the men of Wex
ford. We are here to-day to cele
brate their jubilee, proudly, lovingly,
and to place on record our apprecia
tion of their heroism in a manner be
fitting their descendants. We owe
no allegiance to England. She has
always treated Ireland as a rival, as
an enemy. I see but little indication
as yet that she will ever treat her
otherwise. She has deprived us of
our ancient constitution by force and
by fraud.' She is overtaxing us year
ly to the amount of 3,000,000 of
Irish money. She takes advantage
of us, under her perpetual disguise of
generosity, in every transaction of
every kind, whether it be the dises
tablishment of a church or the passing
of a local government bill. England
has no more right to rob us than she
has rule us; yet she does both by her
"We submit to force, because we
have no alternative. England is
strong enough to deny us our rights
for the present. We know we have
no chance of fighting her. It would,
no doubt, be very much more satis
factory if we could settle our differ
ences with England in the same
fashion as was used at Benburb, at
Fontenoy, and on Oulart Hill. But
under existing conditions such a set
tlement is out of the question. Eng
land is strong enough to keep us
down for the presene, and we know
we have no chance of resisting her in
arms. But will she always be strong
enough to keep us down by force ?
We may not live to see it,b ut our
sons will surely see the day when
England's denial of Ireland's rights by
one thing- certain, namely, that Eng
land will not be able to resist the
eventual recovery by Ireland of her
legislative independence. The times
we live in are full of portents. The
great nations of the world are devel
oping, expanding, arming; commer
cial and political rivalry among them
is becoming more and more intense.
The spirit of war is abroad. And
while the great continental powers
seem to respect each other's claims
and aspirations, there is one power
against which their undisguised and
united antagonism is directed. That
power is England. England is the
possessor of a vast and valuable em
pire; but it is an empire easy to attack
and difficult to defend. And
although England is rich and the
owner of the most powerful navy on
the seas, she is neither rich enough
nor strong enough to withstand the
all but universal coalition which is
being plainly arrayed against her.
Her one possible ally is the United
States of America. She is very anx
ious, far more anxious than her
statesmen would care to admit, to
cement an alliance with the United
States. What chance has England of
protecting this alliance ? So long as
she refuses to concede the just claims
of Ireland, she has none whatever.
Our race is far more powerful in the
great Republic than it is at home.
And the United States can never be
friendly to England while Ireland is
treated like a conquered province.
And while the spirit lives which
prompted the United States to draw
the sword on behalf of oppressed and
enslaved Cuba, the great Republic
will never hold out the hand of
friendship to England, the oppressor
of Ireland, that mother of so many
millions of American citizens, of so
many of the heroic leaders and fear
less soldiers of America's own war of
"The moral of the history of the
past few years has not been lost upon
us. We appreciate as fully as they
do in England, as fully as it is appre
ciated abroad, what is the significance
of the long list of England's 'grace
ful concessions and 'surrenders,'
and 'retreats in Europe, Asia, Africa
and America, in recent times. We
Irish are but a weak people; we haye
no empire; we have often been beaten
in the course of our history. But po
man has ever been able to say of jus
that we have been afraid. We have
never hesitated to stand up for wliat
we believed to be. our rights, regard
less of consequenees. We do not
know ourselves what cowardice is.
But we know what it means in others.
And when we sec England surrender
ing, retreating, giving way now' to
Russia, now to Germany, and now; to
France, whenever any of these pow
ers find fault with her policy, we
know it is because she feels herself
powerless to resist them. She dare not
fight with a hostile Ireland on her
flank. And well they know this
abroad. But the nation that fears to
face a challenge will not have longtto
wait before a quarrel is forced upon
her. ' ' i
"And England will have reason to
rue the day she rejected Ireland's
proffered friendship unless she reme
dies her mistake in time. For the
moment she is strong enough to co
erce Ireland. How much louger mil
she be strong enough to coerce Ire
land? Will she be able to continue
the coercion of Ireland in the event
of a Europern war? When it comes
to a question, as it may very shortly
come, of conciliating Ireland or los
ing India; of re establishing an Irish
Parliament or evacuating Egypt, Eng
land will realize the opportunities she
has recklessly thrown away. In this
matter we are perfectly frank. VVc
are ready to make friends with Eng
land if England will make friends
with us. Standing here on this his
toric hill, where the last great sacra
fice to Irish Nationality was offered
up, animated as we are by the same
sentiments with which our country
men went to their doom in 1798, we
declare that we will let bygones be
bygones if England will give us bac
our Parliament. If Engla
mit Ireland to her
partner in the
ear to our con
stitutional demands, while she refuses
to restore to us those legislative pow
ers and privileges she deprived us of
so cruelly in 1800, we are enemies of
England, we are enemies of 'the Em
pire, we are rebels in sentirnent, and
should occasion offer, we will be
rebels in act and deed." .'
THE COMMERCIAL CLUB
Will Colebrale July -Int l'oiiulalii Fer
The Commercial Club, one of the
most progressive organizations in
Louisville, has arranged an old-fashioned
Fourth of July celebration, to
be held at Fountain Ferry Park. The
exercises will begin at 4 o'clock. The
Louisville Music Festival Chorus
will sing patriotic songs under the di
rection of Mr. C. H. Shackelton. A
full brass band will accompany the
chorus. The Declaration of Inde
pendence will be read. Hon. Henry
Watterson, Hon. E. J. McDermott
and Judge Sterling B. Toney have
been invited to be present and ad
dress the crowd.
The exersises, under the manage
ment of the Commercial Club, will
last about two hours, and will not in
terfere with the attractions arranged
by the Louisville Gun Club and Ger
Wcll-kiiewu Young: Irish-American
D row Med Willie Untiling.
John Monohan, a well-known
young Irish-American, was acci
dentally drowned in the Ohio on Sun
day, June 6. Monohan, with several
companions, went to bathe at the foot
of Fourteenth street. He was not a
good swimmer, and, venturing be
yond his depth, was drowned. His
body was recovered by the life-savers.
The remains were taken to the home
of his mother, on Seventh street, ni;ar
the railroad crossing. His funeral
took place from St. Louis Betrand
noon. Monohan was a plumber
the employ of the Louisville and
Nashville railroad. He was one of the
most popular young men in that prt
of Louisville known as Limerick.
DANIEL F. MURPHY.
The Honored find Efllclciit ANSCNior or
That Daniel F. Murphy is an Irish
American whom the general public
greatly respects there is no question.
He is conceded to be the ablest and
most efficient official who has held this
office, being just and fair to both rich
and poor. No fault can be found
with the work of his office. At pres
ent Mr. Murphy is very busy mak
ing the preparatory arrangements for
the work of his department in the
BRIGHT BOYS AND (JIRLS
I'lirnlNli n IH'llKlitfiil Kiitcrlaliinient
to l'nrcnlM mid i'rioiidw.
The closing exercises of St. Pat
rick's School were held at Masonic
Temple Theater on Monday, June
25. The hall was crowded with the
parents and friends of the chil
All the members of t
peared in the.
niforms were trim-
;ie girls' sewing class. The
vocal class sang: "Come Where the
Lillies Bloom." This vas followed
by "Waiting for Papa," sung by a
class of little girls. Master Thomas
Keyer cleverly recited "A Little
Boy's Speech." The larger girls re
eited in concert "Erin's Flag."
"Those Wedding Bells Shall Not
Ring Out" was sung by Master Geo
Thompson. "The Gypsy Girl" was
given by the intermediate department,
One of the most popular numbers
was "Three Little Boys from School"
a parody on "Three Little Maids
from School." Thomas J. Keenan,
John Hourigan and George Thomp
son took the parts of the "Three
One of the prettiest features of the
entertainment was the "The Sickle
Drill" by the girls. Those who took
part were :
Maggie Hourigan, Mary Kaelin,
Anna L. Stitzel, Nellie O'Brien, Mary
Keenan, Julia Hessian, Delia Flem
ing, Mary Hines, Madelina Zumar,
Margaret Glenn, Mary Horan, Mary
McHugh, Maggie Sheridan, Nellie
Flynn, Isabella Straub, Clara Wes
becker, Katie Head, Lula Luha,
Maggie Burns, Maggie Barret, Annie
Hourigan, Annie Sullivan, Annetta
Braitling, Bessie Crilley, Mary Mona
han, Annetta Tulley, Katie Tobin,
Maggie Quigley, Eugina Govin,
Lizzie Karmann, May Clem, Lennie
Kessler, Florence Dundon and Katie
Mr. E. K. White, of the Louisville
Military Band, by special request
rendered a trombone solo that was
Then came the drill by St. Patrick's
School Cadets, Company A. Capt.
Francis G. Klein was the drill master,
and gave his orders in such a manner
that he won the applause of the en
tire audience. After the drill many
were heard to express the opinion
that St. Pataick's Cadets could give
Uncle. Sam's regulars a few pointers.
The cadets are ready to fight for their
country in case they are needed,
though very few of them are more
than fifteen years of age. The fol
lowing comprise the eadets :
George G. Thompson, Thomas
Fallan, John Stewart, John Sanders,
Mandison Phillips, Edward Harring
ton, Thomas Keenan, John Miller,
John Strobe, George Wilson, Law
rence Norton, Richard Smith, George
Harrington, Michael Hopkins, Mar
tin Cusick, Charles Greenwell, Wm.
Brennan, Michael Lyons, Albert
Musselman, Louis Robinson, Michael
Mayer, Pierce Gross, John Haugh,
John Hourigan, John Davern, Wm.
O'Hare, John Terrell, Robert Hes
sian, Thomas Burke, Edward Mac
key, James McAtee, Peter Sandbach,
Thomas Mulloy, George Klein, Rob
ert Wieland, Richard Walsh, Joseph
Buckley, Joseph Wesbecker, Walter
Cusick and John Carter.
"Aunt Maxwell's Return," a little
drama, was well performed by the
following: Anna Lee Stitzel, Mamie
Kaelin, Maggie Hourigan, Nellie
O'Brien, Mamie Keenan, Katie
Head, Julia Hessian and Maggie
"Clouds, or the Triumph of Hon
esty" was another little drama per
formed by the boys. The following
took part: Francis G. Klein, George
G. Thompson, Thomas Fallon, Geo.
Wilson, Charles Greenwell, Thomas
J. Keenan, Lawrence Norton, John
Stewart, Michael Hopkins, John
Hourigan, Michael Lyons, James M.
Phillips and Pierce Gross.
After the singing of "Columbia, the
Gem of the Ocean," by the school
and audience, honors were awarded
as follows :
Monsignor Gambon gold medals
for excellence, awarded Annie Lee
Stitzel and George C. Thompson;
Father Kelleher gold medal foF ap
plication, awarded Mary Kaelin; Rev.
Mother Columba gold medal for ex
cellence, awarded Maggie Hourigan;
gold medals for serving mass, award
ed Francis G. Kline, George G.
Thompson, Tnomas Keenan, Thomas
Fallon and Louis Robinson; gold
medal for merit, Mary Keenan; gold
medal'for application, Maggie Sheri
dan; 4goJd medal for application,
Francis G. Kline; gold medal for
good conduct, Martin J. Keyer; gold
medal for merit, Jchn Stewart; gold
medal for excellence, Harriet Falvey;
gold medal for excellence, David
Murphy; gold medal for merit, Irene
Straub: silver medal for merit, Clara
Wesbecker; silver medal for applica
tion, Lawrence Norton; silver medal
lor "excellence, Mary Uftlton; silver
medal for application, Joseph Relly;
silver medal for attendance, Margaret
Mannion; silver medal for application,
Thomas Willis; gold medal for merit,
Julia O'Leary; gold hearts in prepar
atory department, Florence Wes
becker, Mable Schroer, Cora Luhn.
MEIIIi k IlUItXS.
The J rent Niicccnh of Two KutcriirlH
lute Yonng .Men The HiinIiicss
Tlicy Arc Doing:.
Probably the most successful and
popular grocery firm in the West End
is that of Mehl & Burns, at Eigh
teenth and. Chestnut streets. They
are nov enjoying an immense trade
and possess the confidence of the en
tire business community.
Will Mehl and Terry Burns began
their business career as poor boys, but
the strictest integrity and attention to
business have placed them in line
with the leading houses of this city.
Such men are a credit to the commu
nity, and their example should be fol
lowed by others.
We call attention to their advertise
ment and commend their goods.
The British Government has noti
fied Mr. John Redmond that H. H.
Wilson, Timothy Featherstone, H.
Dalton, Terrence McDermott and
Flanagan, sent to prison for life in
1883 on cha'rges of having caused
dynamite explosions in English cities,
will be liberated this year if their
prison records are clean. They are
probably broken in health and unbal
anced in mind by the barbarity of the
British bulldog prison keepers, and
their liberation, says the Columbian,
instead of being an act of clemency,
will be an act of selfish economy to
get rid of the trouble and cost of sup
porting them in their physical help
lessness and mental decay. They
have been underfed and overworke
for fifteen long years.
The Hon. Thomas Y. Fitzpatric!
was renominated for Congress in th
TentKjdistrict at the West Liberia
convention last Saturday,
M. a, Sweeney, tne cnampion ma
jumper, broke tlve world's record 4
me iamoiic iiuo picnic ai irenu
N. T.s Saturday. He cleared six fi
WHEN SCHOOLS OPEN
For the coming year ther,e
will be a great many children
who will be in need of new
Parents will do well to bear
this fact in mind, and are
advised when making their
purchases to procure them,
BRADLEY S GILBERT CO.
THIRD AND GREEN STS.
M. D, I.AWLKR.
M J. LAWI.ER.
Lawier & son
NINETEENTH AND DUNCAN STS.
A full line of First-class Groceries,
and Fresh Vegetables always on hand.
Our stock of Wines and Liquors
for family use guaranteed both as to
quality and purity.
We also carry an excellent line of
Cigars and Tobaccos.
Our prices, quality considered, are
as reasonable as are to be found.
All orders receive immediate atten
tion and prompt delivery guaranteed.
1426 W. Market St..
STRICTLY UNION OFFICE.
Cards, Dodgers, Letter Heads, Cir
culars, Badges, Hangers, Bill Heads,.
Programmes, Invitations, Fans, etc.,
executed artistically and promptly.
Boots, Shoes, Rubbers
616 WEST MARKET ST.,
Bet. Si.xth nml Seircntli, South Shlc
N. E. COR. TENTH AND WALNUT.
Cool Lager always on tap. Particular
attention given to our Wine and Liquor
trade. Also Cigars and Tobacco.
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