Published Each Tuesday at Richmond, Ky. by
Grant E. Lilly, - - - Owner
Entered as second-class matter January
22, 1913, at the post office at Richmond,
Ky., under the Act of March 3, 1879.
9rant 3. J&lly, ' - Sdilor
Jlnna 3. jOilly, Social Sditor
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GRANT E. LILLY
OFFICE 138 Second St, RICHMOND, KY.
TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 1914.
A NEW CONSTITUTION
Although the state of Ken
tucky is head over heels in debt,
and although it has a constitution
which is only 22 years old, the
present Legislature is seriously
contemplating calling a new con
stitutional convention. This,
too, in view of the fact that the
Legislature has not yet complied
with all the mandatory conditions
of the present constitution and
has steadfastly refused to com
ply with them.
The making of the present
constitution cost the State of
Kentucky probably a million dol
lars. It has cost the people of
Kentucky many millions in con
struing it. Questions are still
arising under the constitution and
will continue to arise for years
yet to come. And yet our solons
at Frankfort . seem inclined to
force upon the state another con
vention which will necessarily en
tail an out lay. in good money of
the commonwealth, probably an
other million dollars, and disturb
business until the provisions of
a new constitution can be con
strued at great cost.
Surely the people of Kentucky
will not submit to such an out
rage. The best amendment that
could be made to the constitution
would be to amend that provi
sion of the same which allows
the Legislature to meet every
two years. If submitted to a
vote of the people we believe
that a provision prohibiting the
Legislature from meeting in less
than ten years, unless in case of
emergency, would be welcomed
by the people and carry by almost
a unanimous vote. The fact about
it is, the country is continually
upset, annoyed and harasssed by
laws that are made by politicians
and lobbyists which are made,
not with a view of improving- the
conditions of the state, but which
are made in many instances for
the express, purpose of creating
Every new law made must be
construed with reference to' the
existing conditions and the fund
amental law, which is the consti
tution Tt hrincfc ahnut lititfatirm
and entails a heavy burden, not
only on the litigant but on the
state as well.
We have heretofore expressed
the idea that Kencucky is suffer
ing from too much law. As was
well said by the Governor of Kan
sas, "Law making should stop
and let the people catch up with
the laws on the books." Condi
tions, both social and commer
cial must be adjusted to the law.
Our Legislature keeps in advance
of the people and keeps up a
If the present Legislature will
pass an act giving the people
the right to. amend the present
constitution so as to prevent
another meeting of the Legisla
ture for at least ten years, it will
carry 4n the State of Kentucky
by a 90 per cent vote.
NOW THAT THE ATTACK IS
A member of the House of Rep
resentatives of the General As
sembly of the Commonwealth of
Kentucky may, on one condition
escape expulsion from that body
for the crime of intimating that
Gen. Percival Haly has ever taken
an active Dart in the creation of
legislators or that' Mr. Samuel
Shackelford has ever been an in
terested observer of the progress
of legislation and on one condi
tion only. He must make abject
and public profession of his peni
tence for having offended against
the dignity of the House, .which
is the honor of the Common
Boiled down, that is the net
result of the attack of hysterics
to which Kentucky's House of
Representatives devoted the
whole of Tuesday's session and
for which its members are to re
ceive $10 each from the treasury
of a State already suffering from
That the wording of Mr. Price's
resolution, which gave to the
Lieutenant Governor and took
from the Speaker of the House
the power to name the respective
members of the proposed com
mittee to inquire into the relation
whether umbilical or mythical
that Gen. Haly and Mr. Shack
elford are intimated to sustain
and to have sustained to the
General Assembly, was a reflec
tion, whether intentional or blun
dering, on the speaker that he
was fully justified in resenting,
is not to be questioned. But to
read into the resolution any re
flection on the membership of
the House as a whole which was
at the same time, not equally a
reflection on Mr. Price himself,
is clearly a misinterpretation " of
its wording. The Speaker, who
has well earned his reputation as
an honest and impartial presid
ing officer, may well be pardoned
his display of rightful resent
ment The emotionalism of the
other members of the house may
be explicable on the ground that
many of them are young.
But, now that another twenty
four hours have passed, it is to be
hoped, both for the future dignity
of the House and the real good
of the Commonwealth, that its
members will realize that all
was achieved by Tuesday's vaud
eville was to establish the fact
that a member of the House
must apologize or be expelled
for saying that two prominent
actors, if not factors, in the po
litical and legislative life of the
State are interested as to the
makeup and output of the General
Assembly a soft impeachment
which up to the present hour,
neither has ever taken the trou
ble to deny. '
OIL AND LAW
Seriously Mr. Mayor and the
Board of Councilmen, do you
really think that it will require
the law to enable you to oil the
streets at the rnst nf the ritv?
If you think so, now while the
Legislature is in session, is a good
time to get the law passed.
A very eminent lawyer of this
city, once Chief Justice of the
Kentucky Court of Appeals, to be
direct, certain and explicit, Judge
A. R. Burnam, agrees with us
that you don't need a law on the
subject other than what you have
and that you are now clothed
with ample authority to oil the
streets from end to end at the
cost of the city.
You have all powers necessary
to preserve the health of the city
and oiling the streets unquestion
ably tends to promote the health
and comfort of the citizens.
A 2,000 tract is being laid off on
the southern side of Pine Moun
tain in Bell county for the use of
twenty deer which will be sent
there soon from Wisconsin.
Kentucky once had plenty of.
deer and it is good to see them
coming back again.
Kentucky is full of "dears"
whose condition socially politi
cally and commercially, would be
greatly improved if the Legisla
ture would devote as much' time
to their rights as they do to the
demands of a handful of hunters
and treasury robbers. ' ;
MIGHT WORK WELL HERE
The experimental school at Bu
ena Vista in Garrard county, is
pronounced a success. Five wag
ons are now employed to . trans
port the children to and - from
the school. Ed.
It is predicted that later on the
crowded city school houses will
be moved to the suburbs and the
children of the city will be taken
to the country for fresh air and
exercise on commodius play
The Courier-Journal in a well
written editorial takes the same
view expressed by the Madison-
ian in reference to the examina
tion of state institutions. They
are supported by the state, and
the state has the undoubted right
to examine them as often as it
pleases without casting any re
flection on the management of
the same and should do so.
Mr. Mayor, the side walks of
the City of Richmond were made
for pedestrians and not for fish
ponds or the storage of goods.
If you have been to the post office'
recently, please tell us whether
or not you were able to get
through without a guide.
Why doesn't the Fiscal Court
order the parts of the fountain
put together in proper position.
Unless this is done they wiir get
lost and' then our beautiful dry
fountain can't sprinkle any more
This good weather is a good
time for the good people of the
City of Richmond to get together
and do some good work for the
good of the city. All of which
would be good.
With as -handsome a set of
girls as can be found and mar
riage license at only $1.50, what's
the matter with the matrimonial
Fine lands, fine stock, fine
schools, fine business make a fine
country for fine folks to live in.
Come and try it. Its fine.
Whatever you do, don't knock
too loud. It might mar the hum
. W. A. Langf ord
W. A. Langford, of Richmond,
Vice President of the Farmers'
Tobacco Warehouse of that city,
was in Lexington yesterday on
business and incidentally took a
"squint" at the local market to
see how it compared with the
Richmond market, as he express
ed it. Mr. Langford, who thinks
that Madison county is the gar
den spot of the world .and.who
can blame him for this predilec
tion since Jie owns one of the
finest farms there and married
one of the lovelist women in the
county? say s-that the loose leaf
tobacco of Richmond is blooming,
and that several days ago a small
consignment of loose leaf sold
there brought 42 cents per pound.
jyir.. Langiora is ot the opinion
that the crop of tobacco in Mad
ison and the adjoining county of
Garrard is about the best in the
State this season. Lexington
Leader. . .'.
Why Not Our Grandmother?
A . delegation of prominent
Richmond, Va., bankers arrived in
Lexington Friday to confer with
the Lexington Commercial Club
officials and local bankers for the
purpose of securing indorsement
to locate one of the Regional
banks at Richmond, Va. Rich
mond is in competition with Bal
timore and Boston for the honor,
and does not desire to disparage
the chances of Louisville, but be
lieves that the people of Kentucky,
always friendly to the mother
State, would rather see Rich
mond secure the proposed bank
than either of the other cities.
- Only 'Difference-
The only difference between a
taxidermist and a taxicab , is the
way in which you are skinned.
In the reign of Richard II
(1388) an act was passed for "the
punishment of those who cause
corruption near a city or great
town to corrupt the air." A cen
tury later in the time . of Henry
VII, an act was passed to pre
vent butchers killing beasts in
walled towns ,the preamble to this
Act declaring that no noble town
in' Christendom should contain
slaughter houses lest sickness be
thus engendered. In Charles IFs
time, after the great fire of Lon
don, the law provided for the bet
ter paving and cleansing of the
streets and sewers. It was how
ever in Italy, May 25, 1905. that
the modern movement of organi
zation began. In the . thirteenth
century the great Italian cities
like Florence and Pistoja pos
sessed sanitary codes; but they
were not carried out, and when
the Black Death reached Flor
ence in' 1348, it found the city
altogether unprepared. It was
Venice which in the same year,
first initiated vigorous state san
itation. Disinfection was first or
dained by Gian Nisconti, in Mi
lan, in 1399. The first quaren
tine station . of which We hear
was established in Venice in 1403.
From Social Hygiene by Have
From the same work we quote:
"In 1842 Sir Edwin Chadwick
wrote an official report on the
Sanitary Condition of the Labor-j
ing Population of Great Britain,
in which was clearly presented !
for the first time a vivid, compre
hensive, and authoritative pic-
ture of the incredible filthy condi
tions under which the English
laboring classes , lived. , The
times were ripe for this Report.
It attracted , public attention,
an important influence. Its ap
pearance marks the first stage of
social reform, which was mainly
a sanitary effort to clear away
the gross filth from our cities, to
look after the cleansing, lighting
and policing of the streets, to
create a drainage system, to im
prove dwellings, and in these
ways to combat disease and to
lower the very high death-rate."
Nothing marks the develop
ment of an individual as clearly
as his attitude toward unsanitary
conditions, his indifference to
ward them, or his indignation be
cause of them. Dirt, disease,
degradation and death,, are the
big four of all ages, the quartette
whose music is all misery. Clean
liness is not only next to godli
ness, it is the guarantee of health,
of long life, and of everything
that.makes life enjoyable. v The
great plagues of antiquity and
of modern times had their roots j
in dirt. Cleanliness marks the
passage of " the . man from the !
ranks of the unwashed, the un
shorn, the uncombed, the uncouth,
the unsightly, the unconcerned,
the unsavory, and the undesirable,
to the ranks of those,who believe
in clean homes, clean streets,
clean stores, clean persons, clean
lives. Among the civilizers of
the present day must be classed
pure water, used externally- and
eternally scrubbing brushes, tooth N
brushes, ; nail brushes, fl e s h
brushes, soap of many varieties
and in large quantities, bath tubs,
vacuum 'cleaners, brooms, mops,
dusters, rubber or leather hose,
(silk not allowed) horses and
carts, men at the end of a shovel, 1
garbage . cans with , tight fitting '
covers, dumping grounds, far !
from the maddening crowds, ig
noble strife, and health officers
who have eyes to see,"" ears to
hear, noses to smell and a con
science that will not allow them
to take the people's money unless
they are willing to stay on the
job all the time. E. B. B. !
Many cases of smallpox have
broken out in the construction
camps of the L. &. N. between
Paris ' and - Winchester. Th e
camps are under strict quarantine
but despite alL precaution several
cases have broken. 1 out in Paris.
You Want Printing?
WE DO PRINTING
The Telephone Will Bring Us
Former' Senator Geo. Farris, of
Lancaster, of the executive office
force, is making arrangements
for a reunion at Frankfort in Feb
ruary, of the survivors of the quo
rum of 1900 session, which met
part of the time in Louisville and
part of the time in Frankfort,
during the trouble following the
death of Goebel.
Have You Seen Any of Our Sales?
They Have Been Mighty Good Ones!
We are getting a little bit more for to
bacco on our floor than any house in town.
You are invited to call and see us.
The HOME T0B4CC0 WAREHOUSE
Near Old L. & A. Depot
35 & 42
DAY PHONE 76
L R. BLANTON.
Coal, Feed, Salt, Sand,
And Jill Kinds of
S o m e t h i n g D iff e re n t
. ...... t
That's what you want when you have your residence painted,
papered or decorated. I carry a full line of Wall Papers and
will submit samples to you at your home.
Painting, Papering and Decorating.
I guarantee all my work to be first-class. Estimates fur
nished free. County and city work solicited. '
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Phone No. 685
(County and City Connec tions)
Perkins Held To Grand Jury
Luther . Perkins was held over
to await the action of the grand
jury in the sum of $500, for the
killing of Terry Perkins, at Valley
View, last week. The evidence
tends to show that the shooting
! was accidental
Your 'county tax is now due.
Call and pay same before the
penalty is added.
D. A. McCORD,
Red Cedar Shingles. Blanton
Co. Phone 425.
A Car of First-Class
SEED OATS .
and we are making attractive prices. We also
handle a full line of Field Seeds and it will pay you
to get our prices before bwying.
D. B. (VlcKinney
OF ALL KINDS
151 E. Main St
W. L. LEEDS.
352 Woodland Ave.
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