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KENTUCKY IRISH AMERICAN.
Tlic Most Important of tlio Resolutions
Adopted by tlio Convention Held
at Trenton, N. J.
s, aucn alliance
so retard Ameri-
The national convention of the
Ancient Order of Hibernians elected
Mr. John Keating, of Chicago, Presi
dent, for the ensuing term. He is
editor of the Chicago Citizen and
Treasurer of the Chicago School
Board. Mr. Keating is also State
President of the A. O. H. of Illinois
His selection for the office is deemed
a wise one.
A large number of States were rep
resented at the meeting of the Ladies'
Auxiliary. The ladies are now an
'imnortant factor in the work of the
The newly elected officers were all
installed, and happy speeches were
made by many of them.
Before adjourning the convention
adopted many resolutions, the most
important of which follow
"To His Honor Mayor Sickel, of
Trenton, to the reverend clergy, to
the press and people of this old his
toric city, and the citizens' committee
for their untiring acts' of kindness,
generous hospitable treatment we en
tertain feelings of the kindnest re
gard, and carry with us recollections
of a most affectionate nature
A resolution against the proposed
alliance with Great Britain was adopt
ed amid the wildest applause. The
"Whereas, America's ancient and
persistent enemy, bngiana, now sim
ulating friendship, seeks an offensive
and defensive alliance with this, the
greatest and best republic the world
has ever known;
"And, Whereas, We believe that
the ends for which a wise Providence
seems to have destined this great na
tion can best be attained by cultiva
ting and cherishing the friendship of
all people by the justice of her con
duct and the equity of her politics,
11 lull ifWBBHHi i ill ii
would, we b
can progress that should England of
fer as a further inducement the com
plete independence of beloved Ire
land, yet cherishing Columbia's wel
fare closest to our hearts, we believe
the sacrifice on her part too great to
be made; now, thererore, be it
"Resolved, That we, the Ancient
Order of Hibernians of America, in
national convention assembled at
Trenton, N. J., in 1898, as American
citizens, prompted by our loyalty and
devotion to this country and our faith
in its greatness, earnestly condemn
said proposed alliance with this op
pressor of weak people, and protest
against alliance with any and all
"Resolved, further, That copies of
these resolutions be forwarded to the
President of the United States, the
President of the Senate and Speaker
of the House of Representatives."
Another resolution, which was
adopted, resolves: "That the Ancient
Order of Hibernians of America,
through its delegates in national con
vention assembled, pledge to the Gov
ernment of the United States the lives,
fortunes and sacred honor of its mem
bers, to the end that the Government
of the United States may be success
ful in its war with the Government of
Little Cuba was not forgotten, as
one resolutions reads: "We extend
our earnest sympathy to the Cuban
patriots in their glorious struggle for
independence, a struggie which gives
new courage to our people, new hope
for Ireland's future. We trust that
victorious peace, aided by the efforts
of our, great nation, will soon bring
the Queen of the Antilles the happi
ness of freedom and the assurance of
a prosperous future."
In order that Hibernians who go to
the front in the struggle with Spain
may be known to future generations,
the following was adopted:
"Members of the A. O. H., actu
ated by an abiding love for American
institutions, as well as by the most
unselfish patriotism, have responded
to the call of the President of the
United States for volunteers to serve
in the war for humanity, now being
aged on land and sea against Spain,
is important that record of such
members be preserved.
Resolved, That each division of
the order shall forward to the National
Secretary a record of the name, age,
description and birthplace of each
member of such division who has en
listed, or who may hereafter enlist, in
the Army and Navy of the United
States, as well as the date of such en
listment; that the National Secretary
shall enter the same in a book to be
called the Military and Naval Roll of
Honor of the A. O. H.; that each
Division Secretary shall keep the Na
tional Secretary informed of the num
ber of engagements participated in by
its enlisted members; that all promo
tions, deeds of bravery and meritori
ous conduct shall also be noted; said
record to be completed when the
member is mustered out at the close
of the war, if not sooner mustered out
in action in defense of our country
and its flag."
Another resolution recommended
that the order in each State where the
same exists shall select some date in
each year to be styled "Hibernian
Memorial Day," that on such day the
members of the order will attend ap
propriate religious services, praying
for the repose of our loved dead, and
then proceed, clothed in their proper
regalia, to the cemeteries in their
locality, to decorate the graves of
their deceased brethren.
The following recommendations
were also adopted:
"We view with horror the awful
sufferings of the peasantry in the west
and southwest of Ireland.
"We denounce the heartless bar
barity of the hypocriical government
which closes its eyes to the terrible
spectacle of thousands of its subjects
starving within the reach of plenty.
We extend our deep sympathy to our
unhappy brethren who are reduced to
such a state of destitution.
"We recommend that the national
officers issue at once a circular to
every division of the order, asking
that all such, as have been already
described, donate as liberally as cir-
tiuuisUMcs" permit tawara me icuei
of the sufferers in Ireland. All sub
scriptions to be forwarded to the Na
"We also recommend that the sum
of $1,000 be donated from the Na
tional Treasury for the same good pur
"We further recommend that the
last mentioned sum be forwarded at
once, and all others as quickly as pos
sible, through such channels as the
national officers may select."
Other resolutions were adopted
calling upon the race throughout the
world to join hands; demanding the
discontinuence of the use of histories
in the public schools which histories
contain any alleged historical facts
which may bias children against any
section, race or creed; urging the
teaching ot Irish history in our
schools; protesting against the con
tinued incarceration of the Irish polit
ical prisoners; recommending the cul
tivation of Irish music and literature;
indorsing the work done by the '98
Centenary Committee of Ireland,
Great Britain and France.
The Ladies' Auxiliary adopted the
"Resolved, That we call upon the
President and Congress of the United
States of America to show themselves
worthy descendants of American an
cestry in denouncing the Anglo-
American alliance, and we call upon
the American Celt to vindicate the
honor of our race, and to show the
world that the Irish race down-trodden
by England can be a mighty factor in
preserving the country in its present
crisis as it ever has been in the past,
BOSTON HERALD SCORED.
Michael Davltt's Hot Letter to Tlmt
Journal for Misrepresenting
General Duffield recently paid'this
compliment to the Ninth Regiment,
composed of Boston Irishmen: "With
regard to the Ninth Massachusetts,
what I have seen of it, it is a regi
ment that any man might feel proud
to command. On the route of march
the men behaved themselves splen
didly, and they are all made of good
The first vessel to carry the Amer
can flag around the world was the
ship Columbia, which sailed from the
port of Boston September 30, 1887.
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The Boston Herald, which seems
to have a leaning toward England and
English notions, and of late has know
ingly misrepresented Irish opinion in
England and Ireland in regard th this
country, has received the following
letter from Michael Davitt:
To the Editor of the Herald A
genial friend, who does not give his
name, sends me a copy of the Herald
of June 8, containing an editoral
headed "Mixed Opinions." Your are
pleased to say a kind word about my
self in this article, but apparently with
the object of showing that opinion on
the Hispano-American war is not
strongly pro-American in Ireland,
because two other Irish members of
Parliament are reported to have wired
a birthday greeting to the boy King
of Spain. Will you permit me to say,
most respectfully, that this message
does not sustain your allegation?
Messrs. McAleese and Hammond,
the two members in question, are not
"the warm political associates of Mr.
Davitt," as you say they are, though
I make this observation without im
plying any unfriendly comment upon
these gentlemen. They are followers
of Mr. T. M. Healey, M. P., and are
not supporters of Mr. John Dillon.
Your discovery that they wield much
influence in Ireland, would, I feel
sure, be a surprise to themselves, if
your criticism of their communication
to Spanish royalty came under their
I notice that you not mention in
your article the fact that the London
papers which published this message
to Alfonso also announced that Sir
Howard Vincent "and a number of
English members of Parliament" had
forwarded congratulations on the same
occasion to the same youthful mon
arch. Was this a piece of news for which
the Herald had no space? Or is the
explanation of the omission due to the
fact thai Boston is'ifikd only
it a fact that a certain Ninth Massa
chusetts Regiment, which reflected
credit upon the name of its State and
on the nationality of its soldiers in
1 86 1 and during the Civil war, went
to the front the other day as readily
as on the former great occasion? We
have not yet learned that the Honor
able Artillery Company of your city
has gone either to Tampa or to Cuba.
Possibly it has not yet recovered from
the fatigues of its last expedition to
London. Or is it credible that there
are, even in Boston, "mixed opin
ions on the present war?
The cable has told us of the Sixty
ninth New York marching to a man
to the front when asked to do so, and
of "dandy" regiments, with the repu
tation of being uncontaminated with
Irish members, being disbanded
through decidedly preferring the
neighborhood of Coney Island to that
of Cuba at the present time. Are
these statements correct? And if they
are, might it not be well to convert
the "mixed opinions" on your own
side of Connemara first, before lectur
ing us upon the possession of two
genemen who have committed the
unpardonable enormity of sending a
birthday greeting to a lad of twelve,
without a single word of unfriendli
ness to America in the message?
Yours truly, Michael Davitt.
House of Commons Library, London.
WHEN SCHOOLS OPEN
For the coining year there
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
the "mixed opinions" of Ireland.
Your sneer in the sentence, "Mr.
Davitt seems to intimate that the Irish
are the only honest supporters of the
American cause to be found in Eu
rope, with the possible exception of
the French" may possibly arise
from the same reason which could
focus your editorial attention upon
Mr. Hammond and induce you to
ignore Sir Howard Vincent. Permit
me to assure you, from a more inti
mate knowledge of opinions inside
and outside this assembly than you
can possess, that for one Irishman
who may work up a sentimental sym
pathy in his mind for Spain in this
war there are a hundred Englishmen,
your own Anglo-Saxon cousins, who
are just as "friendly" to the American
cause as their ancestors were in 1812
and during the Civil war.
You can insinuate that both Irish
and French opinion are equally hos
tile to America, while you are silent
upon outspoken English antagonism
such as that of the Saturday Review,
which openly calls you "a braggart"
and "a bully," and expressess the
hope that Spain may gain 'victories
over your flag. But, again, this parti
ality for Irish and French opinion
over that of England may be owing
to entire lack of interest on your part
as to what Englishmen or papers may
say about the war.
You will also be pleased, I feel
sure, to learn that, despite the evi
dence of "mixed opinion" in Ireland,
which you find in the message referred
to, we have not attempted to coal the
Spanish fleet or to provision Spanish
ships in this contest, which your
country is waging for Cuban freedom.
These are the evidences of English
sympathy for your cause which do not
weigh in interest or importance against
the two lines of greeting by Messrs.
Hammond and McAleese to a boy.
king. Neither did Ireland order Ad
miral Dewey out of Hong Kong
twenty four hours before Great Brit
ain's proclamation of neutrality was
published. But doubtless this fact
was likewise not worth recording iri
the Herald. It did not concern the
"mixed opinions" of Ireland.
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