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Vol. I. -No. 42.
Lexington, Kentucky, Saturday, February 24th, 1891.
Subscription, $2 a Tear.
A SumeMlon im James Lane
I have the honor of an extend
ed and intimate acquaintance with
James Lane Allen, the Kentucky
magazine writer and lecturer.
lu purity of diction and style,
he stands peerless among South
ern prose writers, and there is a
special demand for his distinctive
literary traits to counterbalance
the immensely preponderating
Southern trend to the jocular and
dialectic and light styles of lit
erature. Writers in this last department
have shown great excellence, and
have contributed to the health,
happiness and (rood morals of the
people by making them laugh at
genuine humor. 1 regard some
of these as being as truly public
benefactors as are our greatest
discoverers and scientists, or as
the writers of some of our finest
ethics and philosophy; but it
would not do to l.avu all of our
Southern literature ot that kind.
There should always be some of
that moralizing aud refining in
fluence that springs from such
high refinement of words and
ideas as we find iu Maculay or
Goldsmith, and that tender pa
thoa and sentiment that hang
like an autumnal halo around the
books aud lite of Washington Ir
ving. There is something about Mr.
Allen that reminds me of Irving.
I have not heard Mr. Allen lec
ture, but from current comment 1
gain the general impression that
the defect in his lectures is the
" Jack of advocacy of any ot the
practical aud tangible subjects
that are engaging the popular
mind. . . ,
.Though: Mr. AJlea'a waiting
" 1 Eave' been such aa appealed to
heart and sentiment, probably
because the commercial value ol
these was more readily realized,
he is a man ot much debt of
scholarship and breadth of int li
tive capacity aud appreciation as
would most eminently fit him for
didactic ethics aud pLilosophy.
While such a question as t.
literature of the South may en
gage the interest of a few savants,
for the large majority, even
among highly cultivated people,
it lacks that defiiniteness aud
poiutedness aud special adapta
tion to a particular end that is in
Henry Grady, more than any
that I know, had put himself in
touch with the competent con
sensus ot the age, and bis mem
ory is to-day enshrined in the
hearts of pure women and good
. men, as I cannot conceive to be
possible of auy orator now living.
IIis death leaves an aching void
in the great American heart.
Ot course it would be my pref
erence to have Mr. Allen to take
up Grady's mantle, and, like him
self, become the champiou of the
Prohibition cause, iu the possibil
ties of which there seems to me
to bo wrapped up more of good
to humanity than auything now
before the people. But if he does
not specially faucy this depart
ment, there are congenital holds
of thought ot which it cau hardly
an trulv be said that thev need
cultivation, as that their harvest
is ready for the reaper aud sickle.
Let Mr. Alleu become the
champiou ot an international
peace congress for instance.
Let him espouse the cause of
the Iudians, or devue some solu
tion of the negro problem, or ad
vocate compulsory education, or
educational qualification for the
elective fraucbise, or woman suf
frage, or dress reform, or some
thing like Geueral Booth's plan
for the amelioration of the coudi
tion of the poor.
The whole tendency of any in
fluence that Mr. Allen would be
liable to exert would be refining,
but the demand of the age is lor
exueditiou aud directness in pur
pose, and there is an opening for
laborers in somo ot these depart'
nieuts where there is a specific
end that many people want to see
Wwiuaa Null rat
There are questions upon which
van the Farmers Aliiaucewill
A li a' HWIIW w
vention, in session at Omaha
adopted a resolution favoring
woman suttrasre. This action wil
not meet with approbation in the
South. The women of the South
do not want to vote. George
I believe the most intelligent
women of Georgetown would say
that they are willing for other
educated women to vote.
The Prohibition party simply
wants intelligent women who
want to vote, to have the right to
do to, and no man or woman can
offer any reason why they should
not have that ritrht.
Withholding suffrage from ed
ucated women is the domination
of brute force over the broadest
enlightenment of the age.
A Cull by Chairman Harris for
H'duu'rs Stati Prohibition, 1
Executive Committee of Ky. f
To lie Prohibitionists of Kentucky.
By order of the Executive Com
mittee of the Prohibition party
of the (State. I am directed to
earnestly request every person who
has subscribed to the "pledge
fund" for the organization of the
State, to send at once the full
amount of their pledge up to the
first day of March, 1891, to the
office ot L. II. Ferrell, treasurer,
t40 West Jefferson street, Louis
Your committee has engaged
two organizers, who will begin
their assaults on the rum power
aud 'rum parties in the State
about the first of March next, and
yur committee must have your
pledges paid to that date. It will
ueed it all. Aud your committee
earnestly, in the honored name
of Prohibition, and in the name
of enslaved humanity to the rum
traffic, appeal to every prohibi
tionist in the State, and every
friend to good government, pure
hojics, aud exalted citizenship,
to send your pledges to this fund
if yon have not heretofore done
so, and thereby come up to tne
help of the right against the dark'
minions oi crnuo uu vice, cor-'
ruption. aad-.Jaooe'y, and" aid in
strangling to the death the de
- .a T . a . a
stroying beast of the rum power
in our land, aud expelling from
the State the shameless licensed
system of the traffic.
Prohibitionists, your commit
tee have faith and confidence in
rour exalted patriotism and fear
ess manhood in this dark hour
in this gigantic struggle for home
and couutry against the insatiate
enemy and destroyer of the peace
and honor of your State.
Josiah Harris, Chm'n.
An Open Letter from Chairman
State Ex. Committee or Ky
Paducah, February 9, 1891
The Chairmen of the Congres
sional District Committees of the
Prohibition party of the State are
hereby urged to the immediate
discharge of a duty that cannot
be delayed longer without seri
ous and damaging results to the
party, and the final triumph of
the grandest principles actuating
or impelling political parties to
day iu this country. We. urge
each chairman in his respective
Congressional district to put on
the whole armor of his faith in
and his loyalty to the only party
of exalted aud prominent reform
in the land and go forth to the
discharge of his whole duty. We
urge you that you see to it that
there shall be an active, brave
aud determined chairman in each
county in your district; make this
appoiutment in each couuty at
once, and make them ot such ma
terial as has couvictions of duty
aud the courage of their couvic
tions, fearing no man, no party,
when right and duty call them to
aotiou. And the district commit
teemen should see to it that the
county chairman orgauize with
out delay their respective coun
ties, lonu Prohibition party clubs
iu each couuty, and take subscrip
tions to one or more Prohibition
party newspapers, and thereby
scatter the truth, iutorm the peo
ple and they will uot theu be
oouteut with the false utterances
of the liquor press of the couu
try. The Piohibition party organi
sers for the State at large will be
in the field in a short time and
begin the assault on the rum
works of the State. We must
stand by them. We must bold
up their hands as were the bauds
of Moses, the leader and captain
of Israels' hosts, by Aarou aud
Uerr, aud as it did to Israel, so
will victory come to Prohibition
The committee hope, by and
through these means.to thorough
ly organize the party in every
county in the State, to arouse the
slumbering energies of the best
oitizenship of the Commonwealth,
sound the toxen, "to arms! to
arms!" against the common and
deadly enemy of both State and
people, and drive back demoral
ized and beaten the criminal co
horts of the liquor traffic in their
unholy advance under the lead
ership of the old political parties,
with crime-stained hands ana
hoofs, against the citadel of Lib
The call for a party Prohibi
tion State convention will be is
sued soon for some day in the
month of May next. Let each
county be prepared to send rep
resentatives to that convention;
let each county have a voice in
that convention, and let that
voice be heard for Prohibition;
let no county be silent. This can
only be effected by organization.
Prohibition patriots will now
come up to the full measure of
Jrour duty in this crisis, no it
ike brave men, and leave the re
sults with God.
By order of the State Execu
Josiah Harris, Chm'n.
The Organisation Fund.
The Prohibition State Organiza
tion Fund is now about an assured
fact, but "to make assurance
doubly sure,"- it is hoped that any
who may feel able to assist the
committee' will contribute all they
It can all be profitably utilized.
A Tale ofTwo (Heatuckjr)Cltlea
There are lying nearly equidis
tant around Lexington the follow
ing towns: Georgetown, Frank-
tort, Versailles, JN icbolasville, Har
rodsburg, Danville, Winchester,
Richmond and fans.
These towns are all in the same
kind of Bluegrass country, aud are
filled with people who come from
r,Theni in harrilv a newfotaner
man in Bluegrasadom that will not
tell you that all of these towns
except one have a record of hor
The exception is Danville.
Twelve miles from Danville is f
Harrodsburir. The reputation oi ,
Harrodsburg is simply appalling.
A sample of the way they do things
there occurred at their last court
day, when a sixteen year old boy,
in a drunken debauch, shot dead
a young man in the presence oi
his wite, that be married on last
Christmas, tor no reason in the
world except that the boy was
When I was a Baltimore coftee
drummer I used to stop over at
Dauville every time that I could
when I could not get home, and 1
avoided Harrodsburg, and many
drummers did the same.
I never knew until years after
that at that time, and for years be
fore, Danville did not allow liquor
sold within its limits. It is the
only one of these towns of which
this is true.
If I had any busiuess interest to
take me to Danville, I would not
hesitate to take my family there,
but my boys and 1 will dig in the
dirt to make our living for a long
time yet, before I would take them
to any other ot those towns.
The Presbyterians drove the li
quor traffic out of Dauville be
cause they wanted to help their
college there. There are a plenty
of them in this city to drive it out
of Lexington if they wanted to do
so; for they are wealthy, intelli
gent aud influential. But as soou
as I say in print that the Presby
terians have no college here, aud
that their business interests make
it safer for them not to oppose the
liquor traffic, then good people here
say I am introducing my peculiar
religious views, and am ridiculing
aud persecuting a particular re
One of the best Christians and
Prohibitionists in this city, a few
days ago, said to me that oue ot
the most prominent Presbyterian
ministers in tnis couuty had said
to him ot auothor ot the most
pioiuiuent Presbyterian ministers
of the county, that he was ''the
most worldly wise man he over
1 do not think I cau be mis
taken iu sayiug that there is a re
coguized difference hero on the
question of opposing the liquor
traffic betweeu the Christian aud
Baptist and Methodist Churches
on the one band, and the Prcsby
teriau and Episcopal Churches on
Abeut Fred lleary'rt-f'JNrlan.''
A" gentleman from Versailles
who has jat railed to pay his re
spects and hi subscription for Tim
Black, Is onenf a number ot tine
people from Versailles who have
expressed to me regret that Fred
Henry's new paper ' 1 ho Llarion,
of Versailles, does not reflect the
distinguished! Prohibition sym
pnthy of his parents.
This gentleman told me he had
subscribed to the pnpsr under the
impression that it would have
color of this, kind, and another
gentleman f Id mo yesterday the
same thing. V
I can but Q ink that Mr. Henry'
political senflme. arc in sym
pathy with tnosV of his parents,
and while IiJo not ask him to
make his papt'ra Prohibition sheet,
unless it is hfa conscience to do so,
I do think that injustice to his
rearing, to nimselt and to the
community, lis paper ought at
least to reflect the sentiments ot
that large and better element of
the Democratic party that. is get
ting ashamed "of the liquor influ
ence in that pi'rty.
I understand that 1 be Clarion
has in its lastcisue, which I have
not seen, a tsvly to my previous
allusions to it, the nature of which
I have not heard.
I have been engaged in journal
ism a little . linger than Brother
Henry has, an. I lam satisfied that
if he will letMiis "Clarion" bo a
trumpet that 'Will give no uncer
tain sound fir Prohibition and
Woman Rights, it will make a
financial success, and there is no
reason to suppose that he will do
this unless he gives his paper this
I can cut avjiut of The Blade
good things i'tft his mother has
said that he might simply reprint
in his paper aea make a better pa
per than Jo fiiickhurn could edit
to save bis liftf
Thales of Mffussaid in Greek
what in my tlish type looks
like Gnothi Kit ji.
I hope thaJ youug Brother
before AtS' rL4ets crvstalized .
into" thediDemocratie hum-'
The "Queen City" Ileard
Cincinnati, O., Feb. 9, '91.
C. C. Moore, Esq.. Ed. Blade,
Dear Sir Your last e lition of
the Blade is just betore me
have read the first two articles
on first page, and have to say
"Them's my sentiments." The
centrifugal force of the old par
ties is throwing oil the reforma
tory elements in them, aud what
we want to do is to keep up a
corresponding "centripetal force,
and take them all in; remember
ing all the time that it we begin
to compromise, in any way, the
principles of our party, this cen
tripetal force will be weakened.
and we will fail to crystalize the
flying fragments of the disinte
grated old parties.
bterliug principle and eternal
fidelity to that principle iu a
party will tell in time; just aa
manly priuciple and true moral
courage in a man will conduce to
his strength and tavor with the
As to the talfc that a tew (a
very few I am glad to say) ot our
people have about changing the
oame of our party. I think it
weakness and folly.
Christ, when on fcartb, said it
we were ashamed to confess His
name betore men, lie would be
asnamed to confess us before His
father and the holy angels.
do it we have not the courage
to stand for our name because it
is a detiuition of its principles,
and because the Deil hates it,
we will find ourselves oa the in
cline plane ot degeneracy before
long; tor one compromise always
leads to another, ant tho hrst
little comproruue we make is the
most insiuious. I believe if we
should change our name the an
gola of Heaven would blush, be
cause further compromise would
We ineau to abolish not only
the liquor tratUo but all other
forms of evit when we get iuto
power, so that the uatne Prohibi
tionist would ba iuat aa anolica-
i.ill.x m 1 1 a it V v li. linn Kuan, aji i j
The main provino ot govern
ment is the Prohibition of evil
otherwise it would be suportiuous;
for without restriction, people
neei uo party to say they may
do so and so.
I hold that a change of name
woald be the harbinger of at
least comparative failure. If we
preserve the dignity of onr prin
ciples by holding to their appro
priate name which is their true
index, wo will bo the greatest
patty that this country ever saw;
and only such a party will have
the courage to take up new moral
issues, and settle them rightly.
For persons outside the party
to object to the name, I take it,
is a good omen, for it shows they
are thinking about us, and that
their consciences are in process
of adjustment, and tho more thev
seo the tenacity of our manhood,
and the more they contemplate
our principles, the more they will
admire and havo confidence in
our party. 1
think that with the tact that
we have stood so long against
unprecedented opposition, while
so many other parties have gone
down, and that we aro gaining in
strength, prestige and influence,
we should havo added faith and
courage, and less floundering.
it we are constant in fidelity to
our name and principles, they
will carry in through in God's
own good time, and we can afford
to "labor and to wait."
What we must guard against
now is impatience.
We must expect the Hying mo
teors to spend their force some
what before the power otour at
traction shall be brought to bear
upon them in perfect degree.
The principles of the Prohibi
tion party are so humanitarian.
so universally applicable, so free
from prejudice of class or soction,
so divine that they form the very
center of attraction for the moral
universe; and will, in due course
of time, draw all men to it who
have any natural affinity.
Patience, courage and persist
ence will winn. Let us not falter.
J. B. Marti .v.
About Maniple Copley.
Whenever I write anything that
I ought not. to write, I have orders
for "sample copies" of my paper
from all over the country.
It shows that the world is not
ril? tor the millennium yet.
1 CBnn.'t lwa.v take .tu t,m
to sen" these single sample copies,
so that 1 just put the name ot the
party who writes on my regular
Nobody can tell the style of a
scatter gun paper like mine from
a single issue. When I am jolly
the paper is jolly, and when I am
blue, like I have been ever since
the issue before last, the paper is
So that I ask cf these friends
as I hope they are to whom my
paper may come, that they will let
it come just long enough to make
up their minds about it, and then
either pay me for it or say they
iutend to pay me for it at some
reasonable date, or that they do
not intend to pay me for it.
And this is what I ask of every
body to whom this paper goes who
has not paid for it.
Any of those three answers will
be satisfactory to me, and will be
Nearly all the communications
that conic to me are kindly ex
pressed; but yesterday I got two
Bi.AD8 wrapped together and re
turned to me indorsed with this
superscription, "Don't want it at
Those two gentlemen have been
taking it for nearly five months
now, without paying for it, and
now that I have said something
that many of my frieuds aud 1 re
gret, they take this occasion to add
to my trouble.
If there is a good world that all
people will get to hereafter that
to do :
good, even though
they fail, I am glad of that chap
ter in the New lestameut on the
subject ot "stars differing from
one another ia glory," aud that
goes to show that there will be
different ranks in the other world.
I hope these gentlemen and I
will all get there just the same, but
somehow I can't help hoping that
we will not have rooms on the
same flat, so to speak.
A Lady Wauta a Wade Edito
rial la Tract Form.
MiLLERsmao, Ky., Feb. 4, 'Dl.
Mr. C. C. Moore.
Kudosed you will find twenty
cents. In returu kindly send me
several copies of the last issue of
the Blue Grass Blade. Your
editorial comparing Mr. Atherton
with highway robbers I regard
as the very best thiug that was
ever published in Central Ken
tucky, aud if you could be per
suaded to print it in tract form it
would do much toward educatiug
our people iu temperance retorui.
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