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Vol. L -No. 40.
Lexington, Kentucky, Saturday, January ,11st, IS!) I.
Subscription, $2 a Tear
Thet'nHrri filntrn Mrnnlc on n
The following graphic, nerount
from the Knoxviflo Tribune will
explain how the business of the
country is attended to by the
drunkards that we send to Wash
ington to represent ns.
I doti't know whether -"our
Jo" and our John" (V were "in
it" or not.
It seems to me that I have
heard their names mentioned in
connection with the use of stim
The account is as follows:
DRUNKENNESS IN THE SENATE,
Enough "cold tea'' has proba
bly been consumed in the various
rooms and recesses of the Nation's
capital building to floHt the navy.
While many of the Nation's law
, makers are total abstainers many
of thorn are familiar with the
musical gurgle of the jug and are
accustomed to look upon the ar
dent when it is red, and to tarry
at the wine when it giveth .its
color in the cup. Our Prohibi
tion friends will doubtless read
the following extract from the
letter of a Chicago Herald corre
spondent with bitter pain and
tearful sighs of regret. In truth
it is not pleasant reading tor any
body who believes in common
The triumph of the silver men
in the Senate was marked by a
consumption of whisky almost
without parallel in the annals of
the Senate chamber. At least a
dozen grave ana reverend reua- j
tors were so much under tho in
fluence ot tiquor that their condi
tion was easily noticeable by
their manner ami speech. Two
or three were actually, drunk.
Night sessions always bring on
more or less guzzling among Sen
ators, but it is said by old habitues
ot the capitol that the record was
broken last night. Both Demo
crats and Republicans were
among the oflenders, and while
more ot the bibulous Senators
were silver men, celebrating their
approaching triumph, the guz
zling was by no means confined
to their ranks. Where the wbis
ky was kept no one appears to
know, but there can be no great
mystery about this, for it is an
open secret that wines and liquors
are Bold by the drink aud bottle
at the Senate restaurant, notwith
standing the rule against it. In
addition to this, bottles and Jugs
are kept in many committee
rooms, and it is even rumored
that last night there was a snug
little sideboard in oue of the cloak
rooms. Among the Senators
who bad a large load ot iu toxi
cants aboard was oue of the old
est and most famous statesmen
irom New . England. His nose
was a h'ery red, and, as bis wont,
be sat snuggled well down iu his
chair, twirling bis thumbs and
rubbing his proboscis, the while
making satirical aud humorous
remarks about the proceedings.
Some of his comments were such
as to set thoso who board them
in a roar, and no pretense of ad
monishing the Senator to respect
the dignity of the chamber was
mado by the presiding ollicer
These remarks were otteu made
in such loud tones us to be easily
heard by the occupants ot the
galleries, and the laughter ex
tendtd from Senators to specta
tors. Auother Senator who has
been conspicuous among the ad
vocates ot free coinage was nearly
drunk, and sat in bis chair en-
deavoring with ill success to keep
awake and alert. Ho sprawled
his legs far apart and every miu
ute or two expectoruted in such
quantities and with audi great
force, aud with such utter reck
lessness, that thoso about him
moved away to u safer distance.
Once iu a while this Senator
roused himself and made some
remarks, which, thanks to the
skill aud generosity of the oiliciul
reporters, reud very smoothly in
the Congressional Uecori'. An
other Seuutor from a Statu not so
very far west of 'the Allegheny
Mountains was determined to
take part in the discussion, though
he was not in condition to say a
half dozen intelligible words. It
being certain that if he once took
the floor he would disgrace him
self, a number of his colleagues
sat vigilantly and persistently on
his coat tails. One'of the oldest
Senators from a S mthcrn State
had in his skin about all he could
carry, and a Senator from a far
Western State tried bis level best
to keep awake, but was wholly
1. i . itr.
urnioie lo no so, v nen n came
his turn to voto his neighbors
had to nudge him vigorously, and
in response to his name he grant
ed out a yes or nay that could
not l)o distinguished a dozen feet
away. One Senator was carefully
kept in the cloak room by his
colleagues and made his appear
ance under escort only when he
was wanted, une senator was
not only laboring under the influ
ence ot liquor, but lost his tem
per, and at one time the chances
were very good for a fisticuff
fight between two distinguished
Republican statesmen. Taken
all in all, the scene was one which
reflects anything but credit on
the American Congress.
A TOUGH JOI.VT
I O. W. Gray's Nnloon, on Main
SI reel, According lo i lilef
Meeting of the Police Commit
tee I.ant Mght Disappear
ance ol Hie Parrol Wagon
Ordinance, Rut Ibe
Hack Maria Will
The Police Committee met at
the Mayor's oflice last night with
Messrs. i oilman, Bruce, Maloney,
Treacy and Benekart present.
A complaint was presented
which set forth that the saloon of
G. W. Grav. on Main street, on-
rositc th a rha-idx. is u nuisance
Oil account of the loafers who col
lect in front of the place, noise
and disturbances, etc. Chief of
Police Lusby appeared before the
Committee and stated that the
house was run in a very looso
manner and was a decidedly
"tough" place, lie presented a
list of names of the men and boys
who congregate in and about the
establishment, which made any
thing but an impression favorable
to the proprietor upon the Com
mittee. The matter was discussed by
the members at length, and after
hearing the Chiefs graphic re
port, the sentiment was largely
in favor of revoking Mr. Gray's
license at once.
Mr. Benekart said Gray was a
poor man and ho disliked to take
his business away from him with
out giving him a chance. Mr.
Yellman voted with Mr. Benek
art, believing that he should have
one opportunity to run a more
orderly house before being
thrown out of business. The
others voted to recommend the
withdrawal ot the license, and in
this shape the matter will be
brought before the Council at the
next meeting. Chief Lusby
stated that it was almost impos
sible for his men to keep the
sidewalks clear at that point and
frequent warnings failed to have
any effect upon Mr. Gray. Lex
This is a fair sample of the way
they do things in this towu.
Here are five men to whom the
old aristocratic! aud high-toned
people of this town have to go
when they want a redress of their
Benekart is a saloon keeper.
Somctimo since while he was a
councilman, 1 went to him to get
him to sigu a petition to remove
some houses of ill repute in front
of which the tiuest ladies of the
city, aud the young lady pupils of
the new "Industrial School" had
to pass in going to that institu
tion. Benekart ret used to do so,
assigning as his reason that the
women of these houses were his
Bcuckiii't also keeps a small
corner grocery iu connection with
As a newspaper reporter 1 weut
once to see a family that were
poisoned aud suttenug tearfully.
They told me that they were
poisoned by meal that they got
from Bouckarl'a grocery.
f f. Tmnnv naml tn Un a talnnn I
keeper on Do wees street in this
city; about as hard a part of tl
town m there is in it.
ftir. iiruce is tlio councilman
who told me not long ago that
whisky bad killed his father, hi
two brothers his three grandsons
aud was going to kill him.
A life size portrait of him is
frescoed on the walls of Lell'
saloon, whore blood and liquor
now pretty freely, and where
rearm i moony attair occurred
that lately occupied our courts.
A companion piece to Mr.
Hrtice's picture is that of "Doc
Mooney, a saloon keeper who
once pointed me to his own nose,
with the air that a young too
brags on the coloring of his
meerschaum pipe, and said, "the
voionng 01 inai nose cost me
twenty thousand dollars."
Mr. Maloney is a plumber, and
Air. i ellman is city weigher.
There are plenty of people in
this town who boost themselves
on their aristocracy and their
money and their religion, and
they cringe before a Police Com
mittee like that and are happy
when then can get Benekart to
smile on them.
They go to church and send
money to the heathen. One of
the missionaries that they sent to
the heathen wrote back not lonar
ago mac me snip that carried him
had three missionaries and four
thousand barrels of rum.
I hose Christians warn thpir
children against growing up to
be bad men like Bob IngersolJ
and Charlie Moore.
These people are the "high
toned" people you read about in
Bluegrass magazine literature.
Once there was a boy who
swore, and his father told hiin he
oughtn't to do.
Why?" said the boy.
"Because you will go to hell,"
said the father.
"Bill Jones swear," said the
"But he will jm hell, too,"
said the father.
"Well, damn him, I reckon I
can stand it as lonir as he can.'.
said the boy.
Whisky Playa Hell In a
Mrs J. Harry Long, the eldest
daughter ct Rev. John S.Sweeney
of Paris, Ky., the wife of a whisky
warehouse guager, at Midway, has
deserted hr r husband and two chil
dren and run off with a saloon
keeper named Jack Green.
'I he combination "Long-Green '
sounds like a tobacco brand, and if
she goes back on Jack, then we
will have the other brand ' Lone
It's awful; but that's the way
we are doing here in Kentucky.
' 'No chastisement for the pres
ent seemeth good, but after awhile
it worketh the peaceable fruits of
This thing will come- home to
our people after a while.
Elder Jno. S. Sweeney has been
a great religious debater for years.
His main subject is water, and the
special thing to be determined is
to find out how much of it it takes
to baptize a fellow. I am 5.3 years
old and I have been tired of hear
ing about it for at least forty yearn,
and it seems to me that everybody
else of any bruins is the same way.
It will take something like this
to make the preachers let water
alone and tackle whisky,
Kev. Sweeney lives in l'aris, the
county seat of Bourbon, that fur
uishes the name for the double
distilled hell tiro that it sends all
over the world that is the Chris
tian world; the Mahometans won't
drink it, and the natives of Congo
in Africa, havo lately held a big
Prohibition meeting, and said they
would not take any more "Bour
bon" iu theirn.
Some time ago a lady who be
lieves in Brother Sweeney's relig
ious faith, fold me of a gentleman
being elected to a high ottice iu
Paris. I had known of him as a
most consistent Christian ire u tie
man. and a member of Brother
Sweeney's church. I expressed
surprise that a man of
could got to be elected to an ollioe
in Paris. "Yes, but he has been
drinking a good deal for sonic time
back," said the lady.
1 suppose that some of the big
gest whisky men iu Bourbon coun
ty are members of Brother Swee
The names of coplu of every
shade, in Kentucky, who were in
any way opposed to the whisky
frame have in some way attracted
hit attention, i nrv navo noon
Christian, Jews, Infidel am
Spiritualist, old mid young, bind
and white, rich and poor, drunk
and sober, fooU and smart men
But I have never vet heard ol Key
t: i ..
nweoney maKinir a I rotnoition
speech or taking a Prohibit! n pa
.'. . ..:.. i...i,:i.:.: '
ci, ui g"11 i" ' t ni i ii ii mi i-mr
vention or contributing to a Pro
hibitinn fund. V
lie and I linve toni m the same
pulpit in days jrono bv. Brother
Craddock continn ill v publishes in
the main paper ol Ins town, and
one oi me niosi prominent in I lie
- . .1
State, that I am. try in-; to boat th
whisky business; I have just sent a
receipt to Mr. (.Iiarleton Alc.xan
lor, the richest -man in Bourbon
county, for $2 decent mo for The
Blade, ami ot hoc nice people down
there have shown that they apnrc
eiated my little piper, but Brother
Sweeney lias been so engaged with
his water tight twit he has never
taken time to send me even an en
couraging word ip my whisky fight.
But whisky has got it in lor him,
while he's been fooling with water
and I'll bet $2 that he will hoar
about the Bluegrass Blade now.
i suppo.se ue is prueucaiiy in
iell now, and I aia sorry for him,
but it's going to take just such
things as this touring the proaeh-
ers to their senses; and I say let
them come. ,: t
I have been hearing for years
low "popular lirotlier -Sweeney
is. Irs a mighty had sign in u
Irs a mighty bad sign iu u
place like Paris.
My views on this thin of a
man running oil witn another
man's wife are peculiar, but I will
give them for what they are worth,
I think that all the dramatis
perxonae in this little epi do ex-'are
cept brother Sweeney are to be
1 think Jack is to be congratn-
uted that he cot the woman that
he wanted, aud that Mrs. Long is I
to be congratulated
that she got
the fellow that ,
L wanted, and I
that Mr. Ijong is t
,W... ,.T77.1 i
ted that lit u
rr.t r tl
that didn't want hini
He "wants but litk
le here below,
nor wants that littl
ran off from him.
They had a ease I ke that one in
Harrodsburg not long ago. A
follow ran off with another fellows
wife, and the man that lost her wi s
distressed marly to death about it.
I think he ought to have sent the
fellow that stole her u chromo.
Kill him the dickens ! No, the
follow that steals another fellows
wife is the last man in the world
that the other follow ought to want
Go it old John Barleycorn ! I'm
a betting on you. I don't see how
the Prohibition party could got
along without you. When you do
start out to make a Prohibition
leeture you make one that lays it
over Mrs. Henry, or George Bain,
or Dickie or Thomas, or any of
Once during (lie war I was rid
ing along beside my splendid hand
some brother-in-law, Major
Thomas Y. Brent, who was after
ward killed under Morgan.
A magnificent park of Iran can
non end caisons of amunition came
rolling by, that they had captured
from the Yankees. He, looked at
them and said, "I don't see how
we could carry on the war if it
wasn't for the Yankees."
That's the way with the Prohi
bitionists. Our batteries wouldn't
amount to a hill of beans if the
whisky enemy didn't furnish us
ammunition like this to fire back at
Shoot it to the m all along the
line brethren, and we'll get there.
Old SeoU Count Heard From.
Stamping GuoixD, Ivy.. (
January '21, 1891. j
ft ft Moore, Ks'i.
Dear Sir: I wrote you a letter
some time ago about the time of the
suppie siou of the second issue of
- . . i . , ii . i
ami wniie iiuiil's
seemed hotest for you; when you
hud taken retuge in Dog rennel,
tor four that some ot your wiles
relatives might got hurt, and the
Bluegrass cease to vegetate; iu
which letter I have a distinct re
collection of savior I wanted The
Blade if published again.
It comes regularly, and instead
of one, two numbers. Th!s is more
than I ask, yet I in mage to road
'em both, 'and always find out
before I get through that they are
; the sallle.
No, my good old friend Dr.
Chinn, grand man that he is, o'
jeets to your monkeying with too
many subject in your paper,
especially when religion i to get
n hack hnnder ever and anon.
will suggest this onlv now, that th
-t.i.t. i i '... .
rnie mar rain sumniiteii i good tor
all men, to wit: "Let not then
your good be evil spoken of," But
yon will do as you please no
doubt, whether Dr. Chinn think
there is any sense in it or not.
Every man has hi own way of
killing snakes, and he who mani
fests the earnestness and zeal that
you do, iu killing the internal
snake of the .still, must be allowed
to use his own way about it. and
when that job is over then we can
have leisure for other minor ques
tion. To bo silent you think now
would bo a sin. You are riirht.
Let me say just here that having
een an observer for a good while .
I have seen manv things that have i
made my heart sick.
For example, Rev. Mr. B.
not commit himself fully on pub
ic occasions to Prohibition,! hough
a temperance man.
Why will he not? Bread and
butter come largely from the other
side. It would cut off supplies may
be. And w hat is true of Mr. B. is
true of Mr. C.
C. thinks the ehurch to which I
preach will not like me so well if I
I become identified with temper-!
The spirit pamoates all ranks
ol society irom the President ofj
our colleges down to the common !
Patronage, money, broad, all
involved, and thev can not
stand the racket. 1 know of
preachers in old Scott, who will
not touch Prohibition with u ten
foot nolo, and thev seem to imair-
ine that m-ople do not know the!
reason: but in this thev ore mista-!
lwKv - Trn.r - iino:oll ifeutie-
' - ,
inon ami w'e trust that a quickened
conscience may arouse you to a t
sense of your duty, ami notion in
harmony therewith. i
You will learn through the j
Georgetown Times and Enterprise, 1
that some of the good people of i
Scott, and of Georgetown esjieoial- I
ly, are moving in the direction ot
I have, but one idea about the
great evil, Prohibition first, last
and all the time.
My sons, your sons, our neigh
bors sons arc exposed to this great
evil, and those enimissaries of hell
delight in nothing so much as to
ensnare Iny son or yours.
Then let not the temperance
man mince his words, nor falter in
his utterances, but let him be as
buhl as a lion, and lot him say
spade when he means a spade, I
have a sou in your city at college.
I pray for him continually that he
may be delivered from the curse of
May God save our country from
this impending ruin.
Is it ueeessary to sav inclosed
find l for The Blade ? "
Yours till the Blue fades out of
The Blade. C. L. Fonn.
I think Brother Ford is a minis
tor. Dr. Chinn and I are all solid.
Have just gotten a note from him
"Ilev. Mr. B." spoken of has'
spoken ot lias
no reference to any allusion, but
it's a good stagger 'for this town. !
The old Prohibs are going to
make one half of the preachers!
make it pretty warm tar tne other
Talk about lighting the devil
with tire ! Kpitok.
t'oiiiiiilUeciiinn tl. M. Hrookw,
Tender 111 KeHijf nation.
Mr. G. M. Brooks makes me the
bearer of a letter to Chairman Har
ris, at the Louisville Convention,
ottering his resignation as a mem
ber of the State Kxecutive Com
mittee. Mr. Brooks has been the most
active and efficient committeeman
that I have known.
He otters the fact that he has
served two terms, and the further
fact that the duties of the Ksitiou
trespass upon his time, while he is
employed by a business house, us
un apology for his resignation. The
party owes him its thanks.
Show Mown few special which merit your attention, anil which it
will pny you to read and remember.
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