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Address all Communications to the KENTUCKY IRISH
This society is doing much to
straighten out the history of this coun
try. It was organized about three
years ago, and now has a membership
of about 1,000, including some of the
leading statesmen of the country
United States Senators, Congressmen
and Governors of States. Its Presi
dent is Mr. Richard A. Mosely, Sec
retary of the Interstate Commerce
Commission, and the Secretary is Mr.
Thomas Hamilton Murray, editor of
the Pawtucket (R. T.) Tribune.
Many of the leading members are
Protestants, but are very anxious to
see the truth of history preserved and
to have credit given to the Irish race
where it is due. The work of the so
ciety is soon to be published in book
or pamphlet form. Annual and stated
meetings arc held at which papers of
great value are read.
Kentucky has two members of this
society Edward Fitzpatrick, the
newspaper man, and Hon. Matt
O'Doherty, the lawyer. Mr. Fitz
patrick some time ago wrote an
.article for the Times which was pub
lished in the East. It related to the
early Irish in Kentucky and received
much praise.
The need of such a society is ap-
parent. In. I'.nrictj&q-a&fh&i,
United States," Barnes' Historical
Series of 1871, the following is pub
lished on pages 243-4 referring to the
battle of Fredericksburg: "In the
assault Meagher's Irish troops espe
cially distinguished themselves, leav
ing two-thirds of their number on the
field of their heroic action. The Lon
don Times correspondent, who watch
ed the battle from the heights, speak
ing of their desperate valor, says
'Never at Fontenoy, Albuera nor at
Waterloo, was more undoubted cour
age displayed by the sons of Erin
than during those six frantic dashes
which were directed against the al
most impregnable position of their
foe. That any mortal man could have
carried the position, defended as it
was, it seems idle for a moment to
believe. But the bodies which lie in
dense masses within forty-eight yards
of Col. Walton's guns are the best
evidence what manner of men they
were who pressed on to death with
the dauntlessness of a race which has
gained glory on a thousand battle
fields, and never more richly deserved
it than at the foot of Marye's Heights,
on the 13th day of December, I862.' "
In a recent edition on the same
pages, the history says: "In the as
sault the six brigades of French and
Hancock's divisions especially dis
tinguished themselves, leaving two
thirds of their number on the field of
their heroic action. The London
Times' correspondent, who watched
the battle from the heights, speaking
of their desperate valor, says. 'Never
at Fontenoy,' etc."
' The later edition was made to falsi
fy history. All reference to the Irish
was stricken out, probably to please
some of the pro-English in this coun
try who want an Anglo-American
It is well that the American-Irish
Historical Society was organized that
Catholic and Protestant of Irish de-
AMERICAN, Cor. 3d and Green SI., Louisville, Ky.
JULY 23, 1898.
scent can call attention to the palpable
injustice done their race on many
The leading Baptist paper in Ken
tucky and the South is published by
an Irishman, who is proud of his
country Dr. William P. Harvey. He
is the mainstay of the Western Re
corder, and does not claim to be a
Scotch-Irishman or an Orangeman,
either. Dr. Harvey believes that
baptism is immersion, but he does not
belong to that class called in Ireland
ranters, who want to hang everybody
because they do not believe as they
do. The Baptists are very strong in
Louisville and Kentucky stronger
than any other denomination, and
it is only because men like Dr. Har
vey are to the fore. Two or three
other alleged doctors of this denomi
nation have been doing the cause
much harm in Louisville, meddling
with politics.
We are so engrossed with cares and
money-making that "having eyes we
see not, having ears we hear not,"
and having minds we do not think of
this terrible conspiracy that is forming
as an immense sea wave to swallow
until all cease to live and we become
only the fossil remains of an extinct
race of giants. How we can be so
apathetic with so great an evil as this
more than hydra-headed monster,
slowly but surely crawling toward us,
fascinating us by the very devil of its
glitter, can only be explained by the
supposition that people do not reflect,
It will be too late to rise from our
lethargy when the wave tumbles on
us and the storm of an Enlish alliance
tears us to pieces. Then we shall cry
with no one to hear us, because of
our own accord we drifted into the
When our people are warned that
not a day passes but this alliance is
being strengthened by the railroad
corporations of our country, they
ought to take heed. These roads are
owned by English capitalists, and they
and their un-American minions are
leaving no means untried to foist this
odious and ruinous policy on our
country. The editors of leading
papers are being approached daily all
over the United States by these men
to talk and write up this new-fangled
idea to their people. Rapacious,
cruel, grinding England should have
no part with us. Treachery is her
synonym, and a greater insult could
not be flung into the faces of our Irish
people than that such a thing should
be even thought of.
That we are not taken into consid
eration makes the insult more unbear
able. Our ancient and modern enemy
to be taken to our bosom as friend !
Think of the patriots ofJulyi7, 1776,
at the steps of Faneuil Hall, declaring
the overthrow of English misrule,
rising now from their graves to hear
the maudlin gibberish of a hypnotized
nation, calling in their delirium for
this same England to come and lock
hands and hearts with these unpatri
otic sons of theirs I English history
speaks England's own condemnation.
Let us consult only facts, and we will
keep this murderess of human rights
far from us. The work-a-day classes
hear only the rumblings, but news
paper people know that the volcano
is right under their feet, ready to burst
at any moment if we are not wide
awake. Can we afford to be supine
with such a danger menacing us ?
In our first number we said some
thing about Irishmen in the. American
Revolution. It may not be out of
place to again refer to this subject.
The "Society of the Friendly Sons
of St. Patrick" was organized March
17,1771. Nearly all the early mem
bers were prosperous merchants at
the time, many of them engaged in
the shipping and importing business,
and dealing in European and East
India goods, teas, wines, silks, Irish
linens, etc. Being all Irishmen, or
the sons of Irishmen, they, with mar
tial spirit, espoused the American
cause. But one member, Thomas
Batt, took active part against Ameri
can liberty, and on March 18, 1776,
he was unanimously expelled from
the society. Perhaps the most author
itative testimony to the correctness of
the claim that the Irish predominated
in the Revolution is the letter of
acceptance in the organization by
George Washington himself, written
to George Campbell, President of the
Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, in the
city of Philadelphia:
"Sir I accept with pleasure the
ensign of so worthy a fraternity as
that of the Sons of St. Patrick in this
city a society distinguished for the
firm adherence of its members to the
glorious cause in which we are em
barked. Give me leave to assure
you, sir, that I shall never cast my
eyes upon the badge with which I am
honored but with a grateful remem
brance of the polite and affectionate
manner in whicn it was prelrented. I
am, with respect and esteem, sir, your
most obedient servant,
"George Washington."
On June 17, 1780, a paper was
signed by ninety-three individuals
pledging their property and credit for
the several sums opposite their names.
The sums subscribed amounted to
315,000, Pennsylvania currency,
payable in gold or silver.
Of this amount twenty-five mem
bers of the Friendly Sons of St. Pat
rick subcribed 105,000.
There is no trade probably where
more fraud is committed on the pub
lic than in printing. Unfair or non
union offices impose on their patrons
inferior paper, ink and composition,
and the imposition is not discovered
until the test of time has brought out
the defects. There are now in Louis
ville a number of printing offices
employing boys at small wages and
unskilled- men at still lower pay who
get out inferior work, and yet mer
chants patronize them.
Merchants who want first class
goods go to reliable houses, particu
larly in the grocery and dry goods
line, but many of these same mer
chants never think of this when they
want printingi A peculiarity about
the printing trade is that none but
skilled men are allowed in the union.
In order to be a member thereof a
man must have served a regular ap
prenticeship and shown his ability to
do work well. A union office when
rushed may occasionally turn out a
poor job, but it is the exception and
not the rule.
We call attention to this because
the general public has been paying no
attention to the matter, notably the
State printing, the contract for which
with one of these non-union offices
had to be revoked and readvertised 1
because of non-fulfillment of agree- i
ment and overcharges. Had the work
been placed with a union office the
State would have been saved great
inconvenience and considerable ex
pense. When a church society or in
dividual wants a few cards printed,
for instance, they go to the nearest
office, not considering how the work
will be done. As a rule the union
offices charge less for first-class work
than the, non-union ones, and we can't
see for the life of us why the non
union offices are patronized.
Louisville Typographical Union No.
10, whose label is at the head of our
columns, is made up of married men
with families, who have devoted the
best part of their lives to learn the art
preservative, and we hope all of our
readers will patronize firms which
give employment to union men.
A crowd of hungry-looking fellows
about two weeks ago rented Col. Lum
Simons' beautiful Riverview Park for
July 12, and announced that they
would give a picnic there. July 12,
you know, is Orangemen's day. It
is celebrated by men who glory in the
fact that their country was subjugated
by a foreigner William of Orange.
No other class of men on God's green
footstool, except Orangemen, delight
in the fact that their native land was
placed under a foreign invader. Well,
the 12th of July came and no crowd
showed up at Riverview, and the pic
nic was declared off. It is creditable
to Louisville that it has so few of
these fellows.
The Kentucky Irish American is
the name of a new weekly which has
begun publication in this city. Typo
graphically the new journal is splend
did, and its contents are breezy,, vig
orous and excellent. Midland Re-
view,. ... .
geants, corporals, and private soldiers,
in fact, everybody manifesting a per
sonal affection for you that I have
never seen in any other army, not
even the Army of the Tennessee for
Grant; I have never seen anything
like it. Tell me what is the reason?"
"Mr. Dana," he said, "I long ago
made up my mind that it was not
good plan to fight battles with paper
orders ; that is, for the commander to
stand on a hill in the rear and send
his aides-de-camp with written orders
to the different commanders. My
practice has always been to fight in the
front ranks."
"But, General," I said, "that is
dangerous; in the front ranks a man
is much more liable to be killed than
he is in the rear."
"Well," he said, "I know that'
there is a certain risk in it;. but, in
my judgment, the advantage is much
greater than the risk, and I have come
to the conclusion that this is a risky
thing to do. That is the reason the
men like me. They know that when
the hard pinch comes I am exposed
just as much as any of them."
"But are you never afraid?" I
"If I was I should not be ashamed
of it," he said, "If I should follow
my natural impulse, should run away
always at the beginning of danger;
the men wno say they are never
afraid in a battle do not tell the truth."
I talked a great deal with Sheridan
and his officers while at Cedar Creek
on the condition of the valley and
what should be done to hold it. The
active campaign seemed to be over in
that region for the year. The enemy
was so decidedly beaten and scattered,
and driven so far to the south, that he
could hardly be expected to collect
his forces for another immediate at
tempt. Besides, the devastation of
the valley, extending, as it did, for a
distance of about 100 miles, rendered
it almost impossible that either the
Confederates or our own forces should
make a new campaign in that territory.
It looked to me as if, when Sheridan
had completed the same process down
the valley to the vicinity of the Po
tomac, and when the stores of forage
which were yet to be found were all
destroyed or removed, the difficulty
of any new offensive operations on
either side would be greatly increased.
The key to the Shenandoah Valley
was, in Sheridan's judgment, the line
of the Opequan Creek, which was
rather a deep canon than an ordinary
water course. Sheridan's idea I un
derstood to be to fall back to the
proper defensive point upon that
creek, and there to construct fortifica
tions which would effectually cover
the approach to the Potomac.
Succumbs to tho Infirmities of Old Age.
Hnl Lived In This Vicinity Many
Years and Was BcIotciI.
A death which has caused great
sorrow was that of Mrs. Katherine
Slattery, one of the best known and
most highly esteemed ladies in Jeffer
sonville, who died at her home on
Chestnut street Tuesday. Although
in her eighty-first year, Mrs. Slattery
was active and in very good health up
to a few days before. Suddenly she
gave way, and her physician pro
nounced her illness to be due to a
general breaking down of the system,
incident to old age.
Mrs. Slattery was born in Ireland,
but over fifty years ago came to Lou
isville with her two children, the sur
viving one being Mr. John J. Slat
tery, President of the Todd-Donigan
Iron Company.
About thirty years ago Mrs. Slat
tery's sister, Mrs. John Burke, wife of
one of the prominent citizens of Jef
fersonville, died, and, with that de
votion which characterized her entire
life, she removed to her sister's home
and cared for the five orphan children.
Of these Misses Kate, Mary and An
na Burke survive to mourn the loss
of their beloved aunt, who was their
devoted guardian.
For many years Mrs. Slattery took
a prominent part in social and charit
able work in Jefiersonville. Her home
.was, the., favorite, mefijjjojj-ijlar.
most refined and cultured people in
that city. She did not forget her
early acquaintances in Louisville, and
was almost a weekly visitor here to
the home of her son.
Mrs. Slattery was a woman of strong
individuality, and impressed all who
knew her with her rare good sense.
She was a devout Catholic all her life
and was always prominent in the af
fairs of St. Augustine's church, in
Jefiersonville, and every member of
that congregation will regret her death
as a personal loss. In fact, the entire
community, without regard to relig
ious belief, esteemed Mrs. Slattery
and looked upon her as a model
The funeral, which was one of the
largest in Jefiersonville for a long
time, took place from St. Augustine's
church Thursday morning with a sol
emn requiem mass. ihe remains
were interred in St. Louis cemetery
in this city.
The Aquinas Union Wheel Club
has added two more lady riders to its
ranks lately, Misses Kate Purcell and
Maggie Reardon, Miss Purcell win
ning her wheel by selling the highest
number of tickets for the Dominican
church picnic, and Miss Reardon hers
for selling the largest number for the
Aquinas Union moonlight excursion,
Misses Kate Lannon and Mamie
Keefe, of this club, are conceded to
be two of the most graceful lady rid
ers in the. city.
Y. M. I.
Logan Council, which met in the
school building on Sixth street, has
consolidated with three other councils,
Alpha, St. Mary's and Sacred Heart,
which are now known as Unity Coun
cil. Unity gave a picnic at Fern Grove
Tuesday, which was a grand success
in every way.
Hereafter the meetings will be held
at 1329 West Chestnut street every
Tuesday evening.
County President Murphy's report
of the proceedings of the national
convention was received with much
The Sunday-school at the Domini
can church has been disbanded for
the summer. It will reopen again ir
The Rev. Louis G. Deppen gave
the retreat to the Sisters of Loretto.
He returned this week for the
celebration of the feast of St. Mary
Magdalene (the patron of his church),
which occurred on yesterday.
The reception of the white vail will
take place at St. Catherine of Sienne's
Convent near Springfield on August
4. Bishop McCloskey will attend.
These exercises always draw a large
crowd, and the Dominican chapel on.
that occasion will be filled.
Archbishop Corrigan was recently
petitioned to send a chaplain for the
hospital ship Relief. The demand
was urgent, but there was no one
available. In this emergency Father
James N. Connolly, the Archbishop's
Secretary, volunteered, and His Grace
allowed him to go to the front.
Father Connolly has gone as a volun
teer, paying his own expenses, instead
of as a commissioned chaplain.
The corner-stone of the church of
St. Philip Neri was laid last Sunday
afternoon in the presence of a large
crowd. This new church is to be
erected on Floyd, near Woodbine, on
a. beautiful lot, and the plans drawn
ire for a neat little church costing:
about $20,000. This church is in a
very pretty part of town, and Father
Ackermann, the pastor, has worked
hard in its behalf.
The contract for frescoing the Ca
thedral will be let immediately. There
is quite a neat sum on hand for this
purpose, and with the proceeds of the
outing and the house collection to be
instituted it is 'hoped enough will be
raised to finish the work in good style.
The exceedingly beautiful architecture
of this building will be enhanced by
this work, and with the addition of
new windows, which are badly need
ed, the building would rank with anyr
The Cathedral is to have an outing
at Fern Grove on the 28th of this
month. There will be two boats in
the morning at 8:30 and 10:30, and.
one in the afternoon at 1:30. If it
can possibly be arranged the orphan
girls will be brought in from Preston
Park and taken on a boat to the grove.
Father Bouchet is heartily in favor of
this scheme, and it will be a great
treat to the orphans, many of whom'
have never even seen the river. The
proceeds of the excursion are to be
added to the fund for frescoing the
Cathedral, which will be done shortly.
The ladies who are in charge of this
affair are working hard to make it a
The Paulist Fathers, of New York,.
are introducing something new in the
settlement house idea. This is the
total abstinence in connection with'
settlements. The building has been
purchased and alterations are being,
made, costing altogether about $25,
000. There will be classes in the
mechanical arts as well as a gymna
sium and billiard room. This is all to
be paid for by the young men them
selves, for th.e director and counsellor,
Father A. P. Doyle, is wise in his
generation. The building will ac
commodate 400 or 500 young men,
all of whom will shortly be enrolled on
the guild. But total abstinence is.
one condition for membership.
One of the earnest church workers
in St. Louis Bertrand congregation is
Mrs. McCann, wife of 'Squire John
McCann. Though a convert to the
faith, Mrs. McCann is a devout and
earnest Christian woman, and is never
so happy as when engaged in some
charitable mission. A woman who is
attached to her family, she rarely
goes anywhere unless it is on some
charity. Nothing is undertaken in
this congregation, in either a social or
financial way, in which Mrs. McCann,
if not a promoter, is at least a hard
worker. She is President of the Sew
ing Society, which meets every week
during the winter, and makes up
clothes for the poor people, of whom
there are very many in this parish.
She is also a prominent member of
the Altar Society, and is at all times
willing to give her aid to any char
itable enterprise.

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