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Kentucky Irish American
VOLUME I. NO. 15. LOUISVILLE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1S9S. PRICE FIVE CENTS. LAND COURTS Should Be floved by Land League Methods, Says William O'Brien. First Step to Abolish Landlord ism Is to Abolish the Land Grabber. People of Koscoiumon Organize to Itcgaiii Possession and Control of the Land. GREAT LEAGUE MEETING AT DR0A1IN. A large ami imposing pumic meeting was held at Dromiii, County Roscommon, the scene of a recent eviction and of police prosecutions. The object of the meeting was to start a branch of the United Irish League and to give such other help as might be found necessary to the evicted tenant, Miss Conroy, with whom lived her sister, Mrs. Begge, a wid5v with a large family. Since the eviction the tenant has re-entered into possession of the house, and at the last petty sessions on Wednesday in Elphiu she was prosecuted for trespass by the new tenant, a policeman named Egan, whose family holds land in the neighbor hood, but the cases were dismissed. At the same sessions a young man, Mr. Michael MacEgan, was prosecuted on a charge of intimidation in connection with the eviction and the taking of the land. These events, including the imprisonment of young MacEgan in default of giving bail, have caused a good deal of excite ment in the district. Ttb meeting was of a most enthusiastic character. All sections of Nationalists worked in perfect harmony, and the speeches advocating unity from all the speakers were received with specially emphatic cheering. On motion of Mr. John Lavin, Klphiu, the chair was taken by Mr. John Doyle, Elphin. The chairman said they were sorry to have met under such circum stances mat day, nut as tney were nil united together in putting down an un just cause no matter what their principles might be otherwise, on this occasion, and wherever there was necessity for it, every man pledged himself to hold true to the principle of not taking evicted farms and having nothing to do with people who did take them. The man that took an evicted farm should not be recognized by his neighbors, but should be shunned. The reason they had met was to devise means to prevent such an iniquity in this county. It was not possible to live in the county if such things were allowed to be carried on. The Commandments said they should not covet their .neighbor's goods. He advised them to put down land grabbing by every legal means in their power. Mr. Feebily, Droniin, proposed the fol lowing resolutions: , "That we hereby condemn in the i strongest possible manner the nefarious I system of land-grabbing which has at all times inflicted countless miseries on the Irish people; and we hereby pledge our-! selves to use all legitimate influence to j wipe out tne disgrace ot that really national curse. "That, for the better protection of our poople against the landlord cruelty, and ins disgraceful ally, the grabber, we hereby determine to establish a branch of the United Irish League in this parish, and thereby assert the rights of our coun trymen to' possess the soil that bore them." The resolutions were put to the meet ing and were passed with acclamation. Mr. William O'Brien, who was received with cheers, which lasted for several min utes, accompanied by waving of hats and handkerchiefs, in the course of his speech said: Undoubtedly, from the National point of view, grabbing is an actual blessing in disguise if it should be the means of bringing side by side together men who fought grabber and fought evictor shoul der to shoulder on many a day and many a night in happier times; for Ireland. It is to me nothing short of a delight to find myself once more on the platform beside men like Mr. John Fitzgibbou, of Cas tlerea, and like Mr. Haydeu, the member for South Roscommon. Mr. Fitzgibbou has just said to you that a time there was when a grabber would no more dare to raise his head in Roscommon than the anaconda serpent would dare to raise his head in the land of St. Patrick. These were the days when we were all united Irishmen, when John Haydeu and myself were comrades in Tullamore prison, and when Mr. Fitzgibbon and myself met together in many a fray here in Roscom mon, and I am bound to say that a stouter or a more loyal comrade I never cared to have in the thick of a fight. Well, please God, it won't be Mr. Fitz gibbon's fault, and it won't be Mr. Hay den's fault, if we don't today convince the grabbers that Irishmen can be united Irishmen still. This movement is grow ing and widening in a way that its san guine promoters never did expect, it began by proposing to save his province from famine it is going on to save this county from grabber's, and, please God, it will never end until it has rid the country of grabbed sm and landlordism and of nil the dissensions and disorganizations that have been preying on the Irish cause for the last eight years. Now, I want you to understand that no man, no section and no party must eyer be allowed to promote this move ment of ours for any personal or sec tional purposes. There is not the slight est fear of that. Any of us who go about making speeches may just as well be talking to the wind only that the neces sity for a great and united organization is beginning to sink into the depths of the hearts of the people through the country. It is literallv the fact that not a single branch of the United Irish League, not a single branch of the organ izatiou has yet been formed by organiza zatiou from outside until the people had first risen up and taken the matter into their own hands and clamored to be or ganized. For instance, I need not tell you that I did not know a single soul in this parish where we arc assembled until to day. What I did know was that the par ish of Klphiu was so opposed to, and I am quite sure Honestly opposed to, my particular views upon past questions so opposed that I believe that at the general elections of 1892 and 189') none of our candidates ever dreamed of put ting their feet within the parish of El phin. I came here today not knowing, and not caring, whether I would meet any persons of my own particular views in these matters, but I came here per fectly certain that whether I met 1'anrel- litcs or anti-l'arnellites, I would find you all animated by one desire above all oth ers, and that is that the differences among honest Irish Nationalists in the past should be buried a thousand leagues under the sea, and that the man will be here ns elsewhere most welcome who will work hardest to bring all classes of Irish Nationalists together again into the fighting line for Ireland against the land lord and the grabber, and against the Saxon. I hope that before you separate todav you will band yourselves together into a united organization. Now, if ever there was a time when we had a good deal to Jight for it is at the present 1110 ment. In a short speech I would not hope even to glance at all the work that the united organization of the people would have before it. This I say, that never was there a time in this century when the Irish people would enter upon a struggle against England with n more absolute certainty of winning that ever men had before in this century if we are only capable of showing a tithe of the courage of the self-sacrifice which the men of 1798 expended in a losing battle Only think what this organization has been able to do without leaders or organ izers or funds. It is simply that neces sity is our organizer. The prices of cat tle at every fair are our organizers. The judicial rack-renters arc our organizers. The gentleman who sent young MacEgan to Sligo jail on Wednesday is a first-rate organizer. Why is it that the Land Courts are making ducks and drakes of the Land Acts? Why is it that the land lords are keeping a pretty tight upper lip, so to say? It is because they know that they caii get grabbers. As our chairman has said to you, in a country like Ireland it is as necessary to chain up the grabber as it would be to chain up a raving lu natic. It is as necessary to put him in quarantine, as our chairman said, as if he were attacked by a malignant fever for recollect the grabber is not in honest competition with the Irish farmer. The first step toward the abolition of land lordism is to abolish the grabber. Once you make it clear that a man will no more touch his poor neighbor's holding thau he would stab his poor neighbor in the heart, you have once more the whole Irish question at your disposal, you will have no longer any competitor in the Land Courts, and you will be in a posi tion to compel Judge Ross to sell an estate in the open market, even if he had to commit a couple of hundred of the tenants to prison for combining not to pay his receiver a stiver until he hon estly put the fortieth section of the act of 1890 in force. And so you would go on until you would have the landlords imploring the Govftftment to give them their money and let them go their way. Your first cry ought to be "Down with the grab ber." You ought not to be content with crying it you ought to do it. Yon, ought to put down the grabber by the good old methods which were' practiced in the County Mayo. Why is it that every farmer in Ireland at the present moment is sighing for unity and is feeling the want of organization? Why are the land lord journals, with a view to the Novem ber rents, singing a regular song of tri umph over the fact that the potatoes and the oats are not a failure this year? Why, every one who knows the farmer and who knows the state of the country, knows the farmers of Ireland were never in lower water since the Land League sprang into existence than they are this very year. One of the most decided Parnell ites remarked to me the other day that the farmers of Ireland are no doubt more independent before the law, but are poor er in their pockets than before Mr. Glad stone passed the Laud Act, owing to the tremendous growth of foreign competi tion. I saw it stated the other day that those farmers of the North of Ireland, who turn up the whites of their eyes at the wickedness of us mere Land Leaguers, and who are always the first to rush in to grab everything that we win for them these gentlemen are proposing to raise a collection to have the case of Adams and Dunseath argued out over again before another court of lawyers. Pretty way this of settling the land question! They might just as well propose to bring the moon down out of the sky by shying a fee of six and eight pence at it. No, the North never do anything practical on the land question, except whatever mischief they do by abusing the men fighting their battles for them. Give me the men of the West and South to move the land courts, not by lawyers' fees, but by the good old Land League methods., I tell you, whether the farmers of Ireland like it or not, if they are to keep their heads at all above water, the time is come when you will again have to reduce this land question to such a condition of resistance, and of turbulence if you like, that the landlords will jump at any great measure of compulsory purchase tint will make every fanner of Ireland the master within the bound's ditch of his own holding, and that will at the same time sweep away the last barrier from the landlords resistance to home rule. Hut even if we could make the fanners the owners of theirown holdings it would be of no avail in cases where the fanners holdings are so small and so poor that it would be impossible to earn n decent liv ing out of them. There are fully 50,000 tenants in the province whose holdings would have to be doubled and trebled in size before they could hope to earn a de cent subsistence on the land of their fathers. Kvery four or five years the po tatocs fail, and these 50,000 peasant fami lies are depending for bread on the hu miliating and degrading charity of the stranger. This poverty is not God's work. It is the devil's work. There arc still living, I dare say, in this very crowd, persons who can remember when the plains of Boyle were peopled by a great and industrious tenantry, who were after ward banished to the Curlew mountains. Well, the -time has come when, if men, we are to stop the hand of famine in the West, the people will have to come down again from the Curlew mountains. The glorious plain that expands for twen ty or thirty miles through Roscommon will have to be split up into farms of twenty or thirty acres. That will save the people from the shame of going about the world as mendicants for stran gers' charity. And remember that this is not a day-dream to me. On the con trary, it will be a reality the moment that the whole people of Connaught imitate the people of Mayo, and say that they will stand no more pottering with this question of famine in the West. The Congested Districts Board, by a resolution which can never be expunged, have con fessed that ours is the only remedy for the congested districts. Let us bring things to such a pass that the landlords will be just as eager for compulsory pur chase as we are. Let us prove that in the County Councils the people will not only be able to do the business better than ever the grand juries did it, but that by and by they will be federated into a national Parliament of the people, whose business it will be to demand the right to compulsory purchase and the control of the police just as the law gives to the County Councils of England at present. Above all, let us chose up our ranks as Irish Nationalists. Let nothing tempt us to renew old sores or to refuse the help ing hand of any Irishman, and let us demand of all sides some patience under provocation. If this league that you arc establishing here today should do nothing else except to help in any degree to heal up that most calamitous wound, one of the most calamitous that ever was in flicted upon the Irish cause, I say to you that result alone will be something that will be worth having labored for, and that will have glories enough most ample to reward every man who has hand, act or part in the good work. THOMAS H. MURRAY Will Visit Louisville in the In terest of the American Irish Historical Society. Mr. Thomas Hamilton Murray, of Bos ton, Mass., Secretary General of the rmerican-Irish Historical Society, is coming to Louisville. Mr. Murray is a distinguished -Irish American. He has had large experience as a newspaper editor and lecturer in the Ntw England States. He will remain here about a week. The society of which he is the secretary has already accomplished a great work in showing the part the Irish took in the early settlement of this coun try. Among the members are such dis tinguished Irishmen as James Jefferey Roche, editor of the Pilot; Maurice F. Egan, Francis Higgins, Thomas J. Gar- gan, Robert Ellts Thompson, Augustus St. Gaudens, Morgan J. O'Brien, Rev. Dr. Butts and many hundreds of others. While in Louisville Mr. Murray will probably be asked to deliver a lecture before the Irish American Society. He will remain in Kentucky about ten days collecting material and getting members for the society. Kentucky ought to have a large membership in this organization. Its early settlement was made largely by Irish or men of Irish descent. The visit bf Mr. Murray will be hailed with pleasure by Irishmen in Louisville and throughout the State. The exact date of his comimr will be announced next week. We are sure if he lectures here he will draw a large crowd. LOST BOTH OF 'EM. The boy had enlisted in the armv had slipped away from home and '"jined tne regiment," ana tlieold couple wor ried over it until the mother decided that the old man must go after him and bring In in home. After weary journeys the old man reached the camp and saw his boy on dress parade, and heard the band play "Dixie," as of old, and he got enthused and hurrahed louder than anv one else. and patted bis boy on the shoulder, and telegraphed Home: "Maria: The durn thing loks so much like old times that I think I'll 'jine her myselfl Send me my old rifle an' can teen by express. Hooroar! AH well." The Kentucky Irish American is cheap at $1 per year. ' AT THE FRONT. Rev. Patrick B. Hurphy Tells His Experiences Before Santiago. As Chaplain of th Ninth Mas sachnsetts He Was of Great Assistance. Untiring: in His Efforts, He Suc cored Hundreds of "Wound ed Soldiers. L i RECIPIENT OF A BEAUTIFUL MEDAL, 1 Friends of Chaplain I Patrick Bowen Murphy, of the Ninth Massachusetts, United States Volunteers, banqueted him at the Thorndike HotelBoston, Septem ber 27, and presented hfni a beautiful gold medal, commemorative of the Span ish war. The medal is a fiue specimen of the engraver's art. On tlnj face of it is a raised figure of a rustic altar, surmounted by the coat of arms ($f Massachusetts and the national colors. J On the reverse side is :a renreseiitatinn of a priest bending overja dying soldier, administering the last sacraments, with the following inscription; "Presented Rev. P. Bl Murphy by his friends at a banquet given in his honor, T- i r t nnn nosion, j.uass. , oepiemuer . isus. Father Murphy was greeted with ap plause, and told his story in a plain, straightforward way as follows: "The Ninth Reirimenr; landed in Cuba on Friday, July 1 , after sunset. On that day the battle of San Juan was fought. I was the first to land, and, knowing that many would want a final private word of cheer, selected a convenient pile of rail road sleepers, quite neaf an unused rail road track, to hear such confessions as might come. 3 "Nor did I have to tarry long before I began. In a short time a long line of silent men was in place) each patiently, or, perhaps, impatiently waiting for his turn. It was so long aHne, in fact, that before the end was reached our regiment had proceeded on its Jmtclnight inarch, and the end or lef ref"ffleliiie had quite disappeared ere the last man -was heard. " 'Let's find Col. Logan,' said the last man to me, 'then join my party, and we will start at 3, in the cool of the morning, and perhaps overtake the boys.' "We found the Colonel and procured quarters for the night in an old shack only a short distance away. The Colonel complained of the cold, of having in the darkness of the night lost his orderly, of the long and weary march for the boys, but never closed an eye. "It was. only 3 o'clock in the morning when my friend, whom I must call the last man, came to where we were and said: 'Come, all aboard, chaplain: if vou propose joining our party, come along.' At 1:40 that Saturday morning, July 2, our little party was on its way to the front. "Before 9 o'clock we arrived at Shaft- er's headquarters, thanks to our very early start. From here could be heard the shot and shell and the general fusil lade taking place at the front. The war correspondents who accompanied me went to the press tent a little to the rear of Shafter's, our linguistic friend Dowley reported to the General, while I stepped into the general hospital just across the opening, and in less time than it takes to tell it, one of the stewards offered to care for my haversack, and at the same time remarking, 'Father, that man over there wants you.' "That poor man did want me, and what I did for him I did for scores of others, both those inside the large tents, those poor wounded men in the small or quarter tents, and those who were ex posed, lying under the trees all around. I was pleased to find Major King, first surgeon of the Thirty-fourth Michigan Volunteers, was in charge, and as I entered in the morning was performing his third operation that day. "More than 400 wounded soldiers, many of them Catholics, and I was the only priest at that hospital. "Nor was all the work accomplished there on this Saturday, for a very fair amount of work, was performed by me there the following day. About this time I had the pleasure of meeting Father Fitzgerald, post chaplain of the Twenty second Regulars, who informed me that he had lost, through no fault of his, all his altar outfit, even his holy oils, ritual and stole. I will not soon forget his joy on learning that I could accommodate him with a set of holy oils, ritual and stole, as I had a duplicate set. We agreed that, as we were sending the greater part of the wounded to the new hospital at Siboney, I should go there, and he would look after the general hospital here. "Then, iii company with a Boston reporter and Bennett, of the Chicago Journal, who sketched our tramp, and which appears in the Pilot of September 3, we arrived back at Siboney, ten miles distant, footsore and weary, in due time. Hundreds of wounded, placed in great heavy army mule wagons hard vehicles to ride in even for a well man, as they had no springs and the roads were fright ful passed us on the way. "The day after my return to Siboney, July 3, there were less than 100 in the hospital. But everyday brought more, and before the end of the week there were more than 400 patients, and three hospitals. "Hundreds were arriving at these hos pitals, and in less than a week more than COO wounded men were under cover, but not one single cot or bed, even for the extreme cases. Stretched along the ground, in some cases without a blanket over them or even under them, great immense giant tents, all radiating from one common center, one would wonder where all the wounded came from. Per haps those without priestly practice can say, 'Oh, there was nothing to do there , diers on their feet in ten days must nee for a priest!' cssarily be1 of a plane of ability not to be "Finally the deportation of the poor wounded men commenced. I was re quested, in the presence of Col. Bogan, a field officer, and of the Sergeant, who was acting as orderly to the Colonel, 'to look after this end' of the transfer of the wounded. With no wharf and high breakers, it was a difficult task; and not a single wounded soldier that left that shore for the States, whether on a litter or otherwise, that I did not with my own hands touch and guide, help and assist by word or by act, until the advent of the only respectable hospital ship we saw while there the United States hospital ship Relief." ENJOYABLE REPAST Served to the Members of the Last Rose of Summer Club. A most enjoyable repast was tendered the members of the "Last Rose of Summer Club," last Tuesday evening, by Rev. Father York, pastor of St. Paul's church, on South Jackson street. This good Father is very grateful to the young artists, thisrepast being one of his many favors. After the repast was over many selec tions were rendered. The following are few: Mr. John McCrocklin sang the negro songs "I Want Mv Lulu," and Take Your Clothes Back Home." Mr. McCrocklin is one of St. Paul's leading singers. He was accompanied by the or ganist, Miss Mary Zoll. Miss Josephine Hoertz, the leading soprano, of St. Magdelene's church, ren dered a very effective solo, entitled "Cal- vary.' Miss Hoertz has a very musical voice, being one of those classed among the leaders of the State. Mr. Joseph E. Hill, the "Boy Elocutionist," rendered one of his favorite selections, which was well received by-the deliuhted audience. During the course of the evening it was decided-that. tlie.iiexti.plftyKshouldJjeJcurrentjn cp&placey.was.so swiftnd the "The Confederate Spy." T water was so deetlwtnlirafaiy Those present were: Rev. Fathers York, O'Reilly and Hart; Misses Jose phine, Mary nnd Maggie Hoertz, Clara Volz, Lena Tuttle, Mary Zoll and Miss Edmonds; Messrs. Reilly Ford, William Corrigan, John McCrocklin, Joseph E. Hill, Albert Ford, Dan Cronan, George Gobel. ST. BRIGID'S FAIR. The fair for the benefit of St. Brigid's church has been well attended, and will be continued next week. The instru mental and vocal music by members of the church choir of the city have proven an enjoyable feature. The programme for next week: Monday night, October 17 Musical Director, Prof. James Perry, Organist of St. Patrick's church. Assistant artists: Miss Angela Perry, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Flynn. Tuesday night, October 18 Musical Director, Mies Maggie Gorman. Organ ist of St. Charles Borromeo's church. Assistant artists: Miss B. Mularkey, Miss M. Holland, Miss Mouohan, Messrs. Raffo and Becker. Wednesday night, October 10 Musi cal Director, Miss Jennie Giles, Organist of St. Michael's church. Assisting ar tists: Mrs. M. Gleeson, Mrs. It. McGuire, Miss E. Shea, Miss Adelberg, Miss G. Cerasola, Miss M. Twoouiey, Miss M. Quill, Miss M. McElltott, Messrs. Frank Zuemer, E. Cooney, Mr. Bundschu. Thursday night, October 20 Musical Director, Miss Julia Glesner, organist of Cathedral (0 o'clock Mass.) Assistant artists: Misses A. Zoeller, M. Gathof, E. Anthony, A. Gerardi, Messrs. A. E. Kam son, J. F. Hubbuch, James Bigley. No admission fee will be charged. Everybody welcome! AQUINAS UNION ENTERTAINA1ENT. The Aquinas Union will give a dramatic entertainment at Macauley's Theater, Thursday evening, November 3. The en tertainment will open with a one-act farce, entitled "Turn Him Out," fol lowed by a drama in two acts. The cast is taken from members of the union and is comprised as follows: Messrs. Richard Edelen, John Crotty, David Burke, John McDeruiottand William McDonough and Misses Nora Abeam, Belle O'Brien, Rose Cunningham, and last but not least Katie Lannin and Mamie Keefe, whose ability in this line is well known. From all re ports of those wjio have witnessed the rehearsals those who attend this enter tainment may be assured of a pleasant evening. SISTERS THANKED. DKNToNvauJ, Kans., Sept. 17, 1898. I feel it my duty to hereby publicly extend my thanks and express at the same time my surprise and wonder at the institution conducted by the Sisters of St. Dominic to whom I feel I owe my life and known as St. Catherine's Hos pital. To the people of Brooklyn I pre sume the sisters, their good work and their institution are no surprise; but to me and to scores of my comrades, distant from our own homes hundreds of miles, tne unremitting care and attention by day and by night after the horrors of Santiago and camp life, was a tonic, a stimulant which, if administered to us by our own Government would have been instrumental in saving the lives of hun dreds of soldiers, who failed not when the call to arms was sounded. To the medical staff of St. Catharine's Hospital we extend our most sincere thanks, and can say without reserve that any body of medical knowledge who can get over one Hundred nnd fifty fever-ridden sol- met with in many hospitals. HltRMAN SCHRADKR, Twentieth United States Infantry, Com pany B. FROM A SOLDIER BOY. Edward Keenan, of the Le gion, Writes of His Trip and Experiences. Edward Keenan, of Company K, First Kentucky Volunteers, a brother of John Keenan, of the Gait House, writes to his sister, Mrs. John Shelley, of 819 Sixth street, as follows, his letter bearing date of September 1 , Porto Rico: "It may be possible that we will get home in about two months; that is, if they don't put us on garrison duty, as they are talking about doing. We are now at Ponce, Porto Rico, and I tell you we have had a hard time of it. We left New port News August 8, and were on the sea thirteen days hefore we lauded at Ponce. When we got here they gave us orders to go to Mayaguez and bombard the town. We had three battleships with us. We L'ot to Mavairuez the next morninir. and J 1 1 1- ne t'inti n 0 llin Ciiiiin.rla cn ... 11 " ilin. I floated a white flag. All we had to do then was to get off the ships and hoist the stars and stripes in the town. "The Spaniards took to the woods, and we were hard after them in a minute. We captured about six hundred of them. After putting guards over them we laid down to sleep in their armory. We got about 500 guns and fully that many suits of soldier clothes. They just left every thing. Wc hoisted the American flag in five of the Porto Rico towns, and then it came our turn to see hard times. We started in a forty-mile march over the hills, through rivers and mud up to the waist. Many nights we had to sleep in the rain and the mud. We crossed four rivers by fording, as they don't seem to know what bridges are out here. The the detlatdjrafdly, keep on his feet, one of our men being drowned. His body was found about ten miles down stream. We were wet through and through for five days without any rest. From the exposure endured on this trip three of our boys are sick, and we are expecting them to die at any time. We lost all our blankets and had to sleep on the wet grass. But we cleaned out all the Spaniards, and we are now back at Ponce. They say that after a six days' rest we will leave on another long march. There are no railroads here, aud to add to the discouiforts of marching, the hills are 400 to 500 feet high. All the boys have got enough, and we all wish we were back home. I 'think we will get some bounty money when we are mustered out. As I write this letter it is 130 in the shade, and this, though the wind is blow, ing. In all the towns we have been in the children wear no clothes, and to hear the talk of the natives would set you crazy. When we ask for water they don't know what we mean, and we had a hard time finding out how to say 'water' in their language. They call it 'angway.' They call bread Monk.' Most of them look as if they did not know what it was to have 'lonk' in their stomachs or 'ang way' ou their bodies. We expect to leave soon for San Juan." BUNCOING THE BOYS. The Porto Ricans have been quick to catch on to the relic fad of the soldiers, and not a few of the boys will carry back to the States dozens of articles which they could buy for half the price at any store on Fourth street. They don't seem to realize that half the stuff in the stores here was brought straight from America, and is sold with the added duty and dealer's profit. This applies especially to jewelry and articles of tnat class. Watches that look at all odd and don't happen to have an American maker's stamp on them are being greed ily snapped up at fancy pnees, and many a girl that was left behind will be made a present of a handkerchief or piece of jewerly which could have been bought at home for half the price. The really cheap things on the island are confined almost exclusively to native fruits and tobacco. Bananas, especially, are ridiculously low. A few days ago Col. Castleman bought for a peso and a quarter (about seventy-five cents) four immense bunches of delicious bananas, any one bunch of which at home would have cost at least f, 50. Compare that w with ice at three pesos a hundred. A soldier was attracted by a very pretty, although plain, amber-tipped cigarette holder. He priced it, expecting it to be valued at about $1 or $1 CO. The soldier nearly dropped dead when the clerk re fused to take less than ft. He wanted $5 at first. Even paper is quite high. Paper, such as is used in newspaper of fices for scratch paper, costs a centavo a sheet, no matter how much is bought at a time. Fine writing paper is altogether out of the question for everybody except commissioned officers above the rank of Captain. ' CAPITAL CITY. Everything Very Quiet in Frankfort the Past Week. Even the Sensation Ahont Cap tain of the IJradley Guards Explained Away. Frankfort at Last Secures a military Camp of Two ltctflmciits. A. 0. II. PERSONAL AND OTHERWISE. SI'ltCIAI. MJTTKR. At last Frankfort has secured the long-talked-of military camp. The Ninth Mas sachusetts and Second Missouri will march to this city within the next few days and go into Camp Lake Park, near this city, for target practice. Frankfort merchants are jubilant over securing even a temporary camp here and an effort will be made to make the camp permanent winter quarters at least for the two regi ments named. Tuesday was a very quite day on the "Square." The Governor and all State officials took a holiday and went to see "Buffalo Bill." No sensation of any im portance has occurred during the week on the Square, and none will probably occur in the near future. The Govemot reappointed tlieold Hoard of Equalization for another year. The nearest approach to a sensation that has transpired this week was the report on Wednesday that Capt. J. W. Prcwitt. of Co. D, K. S. G. (Bradley Guards), had resigned his com mission, in a "huff," on account of his men criticising his refusal to take the com pany to camp at Pcwee Valley next week Upon investigation it developed that Capt. Prewitt resigned on account of his duties as Assistant Postmaster, to which office he was recently appointed, not ad mitting of his giving the company the at tention it required. First Lieut. Graham was elected Captain and Sergeant Coke Second Lieutenant. The First Lieutenant was not elected. At last it has come to pass. "Cupid's dart" has pierced the heart of Brother James Cushion, of Division No. 1. of this around with that far- tetnii'sndffarelyr" " recognizes his friends when he meets them. The happy event will come off in the spring. At the meeting of Division No. 1, A. O. II., last Sunday, every Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock was selected as time of meet ing, that evening and hour being agree able to all members. A "Smoker" will be given Thursday evening, October 20, by Division No. 1, A. O. H., to their gentlemen friends. The first of a series of several dances to be given by Division No. 1, A. O. II., will take place about October 25. The best of music will be secured and the price of tickets placed very low. A big crowd and a good time are assured. Sergt. D. J. McNauiara, of Lexington, spent Sunday in this city. Brother Newman has purchased a new wheel, and every Sunday finds him "scorching" to Graefenburg, where his sweetheart resides. Brother Sower is as sweet as ever and is as enthusiastic and hustling as before he fell in love. Division No. 1, A. O. II., has tendered to the Young Ladies' Sodality the use of their spacious hall free of charge for a series of entertainments to be given in the near future. The Hibernian's gener ous offer was gladly accepted. Attorney John Rodman, of this city, left this morning for Washington, to appear before the United States Court in the bank tax cases. He represents the Farmer's Bank here and goes to make a motion to advance the argument aud sub mission in the cases in which he is inter ested. They will likely be heard early in November. Gen. P. Wat. Hardin, of Mercer coun ty, made a formal announcement of his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor, at this place Monday after noon. Politicians were greatly surprised, but he was induced to run only after ma ture deliberation and repeated requests from all over the State. The Seventh District Republican Con vention on Wednesday named J. T. Har din, of Owen county, for Congress on a platform indorsing botli the State and National Administrations and condemn ing the civil service. Hardin's nomina tion was by acclamation. George Portwood, of Lexington, will hang for the murder of Richard Perkins. The Court of Appeals affirmed the decis ion of the lower court fixing his penalty at death. A SURE WAY. Young Mother (at photographer's) How provoking that the baby should fall asleep just when we want to take his picture. What shall we do? Husband Put him in the dark room a few minutes. He'll think its midnight, and there's no danger of his sleeping then. Tit-Bits. A REAL SURPRISE. Bride (just after the wedding) Henry, you promised to give me a surprise after we were married. What is it? Groom (a widower) 1've.got six chil dren, my pet. Brooklyn Life.