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Kentucky Irish American.
VOLUME I. NO. 17. LOUISVILLE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1S98. PRICE FIVE CENTS. INDORSED. Action of the County Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The Kentucky Irish American Has the Approval of That Important liody. A Word to Our Advertisers and Headers Souvenir ' 1Jc Soon Isyued. PLEASANT AND AGREEABLE SURPRISE The County Board of the Ancient Order f tT.'l J--. Hnrrail faen 111 1 ntltt fit I IIP meeting Monday evening indorsing the Kentucky Irish American, and declaring that the publication of this paper was a great boon to the Irish-American people of Kentucky and should be supported liberally. The fact that this action was unsolic ited renders it all the more important, and goes far to show how our efforts to publish a first-class paper are appreciated. This indorsement encourages us to still greater efforts to improve our publication in all departments, and ere long we ex pect to deliver the paper fn every Irish American home in the city of Louisville and State of Kentucky. We request the continued assistance of those already sub scribers and pledge them a satisfactory return for their efforts in our behalf. The good news of the action of the County Board reached the office as we were going to press and too late for us to obtain n copy of the resolutions, which will be published next week. The Kentucky Irish American will soon make arrangements to furnish its readers free a splendid map, with por traits of eminent Irish heroes and many interesting scenes in Ireland, together with a directory of the business houses advertising in our columns. As this is the only Irish-American paper published in this part of the coun try, and'is-a strictly-home and family journal, its advantages to advertisers are apparent, and we would,, ask those who desire to be included in our business directory to call at once and place their advertisements in our columns. They are assured of good results. We keenly appreciate the approval of the County Board and will endeavor to merit the indorsement not only of the mntiv divisions, but of all citizens and classes. WEXFORD, Dutyof Irishmen to Honor the Memory of Patriotic Dead of All Generations. The usual weekly meeting of the Wex ford Centenary Association held on Sun day evening at 108 Talbot street was ren dered more than usually interesting by the nresence of many representative men from the county, who were in town for the Parnell anniversary. Mr. P. J. Law- lor occunied the chair. The Chairman in his opening address welcomed the representatives of Wexford to their meeting, and said that it always was a noble du .v for Irishmen to honor the memory of their patriot dead of all generations. It was a duty in the highest conception of the term for all peoples to perpetuate the traditions of fidelity to country which inspired the best and noblest of their race, nnd no nation on the face of the earth had nobler patriots to revere or grander principles to preserve than the Irish. The present year amply showed the world that those who tried to serve Ireland unselfishly had earned and were receiving that enshrinement in the ...r..i w.,01iMirt nf (Tip nennle. ana their principles and cause that endear ment in their hearts of their race which is the fittest honor and most enduring fame that any man can desire. n Mr. O'Crowley expressed the pleasure it afforded him to meet his exiled fellow countymen in the city of Dublin, where that tenacity to national principles so characteristic of the Wexford people seemed to intensify rather than diminish Mr. O'Gorman said that it was in such reunions as this that the national spirit found renewed hope end the patriotic in sniration recruited vitality. It was, in deed, an extreme pleasure to see that those Wexford men whom destiny had cast far from their native Homes were true to the traditions which made the name and fame of their county dear to the friends of Ireland and a dread to her foes. Mr. Thomas J. Foley in an extremely well sustained address dwelt on the events of that stirring epoch which called forth the celebration of the present year, and pointed out the continuity of effort for Ireland's freemen which down to the present day gave each generation its duty to oerform and ita lessons to learn and teach. He could-scarcely express the in spiriting feelings he experienced in the couifjany of such a representative gamer ing of the sons of the '98 county, some fresh from the native historic socl niul some who true to the lessons learned in the homes they had left still preserved that spirit of unconquerable patriotism which has rendered the name of Wexford talismanic wherever unselfish devotion to national principles is reserved and cher ished. Messrs. Davis, McGuire and Michael Cusack also addressed the meeting, and some details of the forthcoming visit to Gorey having been settled, the business proceedings terminated and songs and recitations, all excellently rendered, brought a pleasant, instructive and en couraging meeting to a close. LADIES' AUXILIARY, They Will Give a Euchre and Social in Order to Raise Funds For a Worthy Purpose. The largestand most enthusiastic social and business meeting in the history of the Ladies' Auxiliary, A. O. II., of this city, was that held last Sunday afternoon n the hall of the Anqient Order of Hiber nians. The session was gracefully presided over by Airs. ju. J. mcney, who as parliamentarian stands in the front rank among lady officials. A committee was appointed to devise ways and means of providing a piano for the hall, and it now seems assured that they will succeed n carrying out this most praiseworthly object. The ladies also decided to give a euchre party, dance and lunch on the evening of the last Wednesday in November. This will undoubtedly prove a most pleasant event, the members of the Auxiliary knowing how to handsomely entertain their friends. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the piano fund. A number of first-class vocalists will also be invited to be present and contribute to the entertainment of the audience. In addition to the foregoing the ladies promised their hearty support to the Ken tucky Irish American, besides transact- ng a great deal of routine business. The following arc the officers of the Ladies' Auxiliary: President Mrs. M. J. Iltckey. Vice President Miss Celia Potter. Financial Secretary Miss Nellie Cun ningham. Recording Secretary Miss Annie Bayne. Treasurer Miss Mary Kavanaugh. A number of visitors were present at the meeting, the most prominent of whom were Miss Margaret O'Connor, State President .of .the. Ladies Auxiliary, and State Secretary James Coleman. Col. John J. Barrett delivered a unique and pleasing address, and n few remarks were made by the representative of this paper. The auxiliary will meet again on Sun day afternoon, November 13, when a number of important reports will be made. As this body contains a number of talanted orators, an opportunity to at tend their sessions should not be missed, .COUNTY BOARD, Much Business Transacted at the fleeting Last Monday Night. The regular meeting of the County Board, Ancient Order of Hibernians, was held in Hibernian Hall Monday evening, with President John A. Murphy in ihe chair and George Flahiff acting as Secretary. There was a large attendance, repre sentatives being present from all but one of the divisions in Jefferson county, and a great deal of routine business was trans acted. One matter of importance that was up for consideration was the purchase of a memorial lot in St. Louis cemetery, in which deceased members without rela tives may be interred. The Vice Presidents of the six city divisions were appointed a committee to make the necessary arrangements for a fitting celebratton of St. Patrick's day, and Mr. John J. Lannon, of the Young Men's Division, was made Chairman. A meeting of the Vice Presidents will be held and steps taken to make the St, Patrick's day affair a memorable one. The committee having in charge the silver jubilee of the Ancient Ordei of Hi bernians in Kentucky recommended that the Presidents of the various divisions constitute an executive committee. The recommendation was concurred in, and it is probable that the order will have a grand demonstration some time in the spring preceding the meeting of the national convention at Boston. The County Board passed a resolution indorsing the Kentucy Irish American and commending it to a most liberal patronage. Favorable action was also taken on number of petitions from the local divis ions, after which the board wes enter tained by several speakers, Col. John J Barrett delivering an interesting and instructive address. CHURCH BAZAAR. What promises to be one of the most enjoyable events of the kind will be the bazaar to be given for the benefit of St, Paul's church, which will open the sec ond week in December. There are seven prizes to be contested for nnd the race3 will be watched with interest. The tickets were issued Tuesdayj The chief prize will be a Kingsbury grand piano, and til ampaign for this one will attract wide spread attention. Subscribe now and get our souvenir. CELEBRATE Division 1, A. O. H., Its Members in a Manner. Receives Koy'al . Division No. 4 Also Hutcrtaincd the Largest Assemblage of the Season. Addresses, Songs and Itofresh ments Dancing and Other Amusements. A GREAT WEEK FOR THE IRISH The oldest and richest division in the Ancient Order of Hibernians, No. 1, treated its members to a stag social or "wide open" at Hibernian Hall Monday evening, and the officers and entertain ment committee kept the fun going so fast and furious that the reporter of the Kentucky Irish American was unable to record all that took place'. There were surprises, aim mtrin provowng incidents in all quarters of the hall, and those who did not respond to the postal cards issued by President Clancy and Secretary Cu sick declare they will not duplicate their mistake. President F.dward Clancy was in the chair, and called the assemblage, to order promptly. All eyes were on tne ante room, and when Messrs. Thomas Cody, Thomas Keenan and James Spelman ar rived it was surmised that they were provided with something both nourishing and refreshing. After initiating Dr. John Keaney into the order, a motion was made to defer consideration of the proposition to give a public entertainment until the next meeting, which was carried. Considerable routine business waa transacted, when a recess was taken and the meeting turned over to Master of Ceremonies, Tom Cody, of the- Senn & Ackerman Brewing Company, and Messrs. Tom Keenan and James Spelman. The above three adjourned to the ante-room with President Clancy and Secretary Per randa, and when they reappeared they brought with them a couple of little bar rels or kegs, a bountiful lay-out of pal atable edibles, with hot Frankfurters, an&anlrishiclayvpipeaud'plentyvot-good tobacco for each one present. And right here is where the fun began. Tom Cody led off with a comical German song, and was followed by Michael Col lins, who sang a pathetic Irish ballad, after which the assemblage were invited to take one." Well, they did. James Furey, who wears the gold medal of the Division, sang a pretty song in Irish, and in response to an encore sang another in Irish and English. Next on the programme was a mock initiation, with John Mulloy and Peter Cusick was the victims, and what Messrs, Keenan. Collins and Cody done to them will not bear relating. They were thank ful that they escaped without broken backs. The members were invited to "take another," which they did, when all filled pipes and settled down to listen to songs and anecdotes. Tim Lyons and James Rogers related the early history of the order for the benefit of the younger members, after which Tim J. Sullivan sang in excellent voice the "Three Leaves of Shamrock," and Michael Collins con vulsed the audience with his rendition of "Paddy Doyle." Among those present were Messrs, Thomas Cody, Thomas Keenan, Edward Clancy, James Rogers, John Mulloy, James Furey, William Clare, Dr. John Keaney, James Barry, Tim Lyons, James Spelman, Michael McGillicuddy, James Duggan, Louis Perrauda, John Cassidy, Peter Cusick, Michael Collins and many others. After enjoying a bountiful re past with the necessaries to wash it down the meeting adjourned, all voting Messrs. Cody, Keenan and Spelman en tertainment promoters of the first-class. All in all, it was probably the most en joyable and creditable social affair in the history of Division 1. LIMERICK DIVISION'S RECEPTION The past week has been a very busy but pleasant one in Irish-American social and society circles. While there had been important events announced for each evening, it was a matter of surprise and congratulation to the Literary Com mittee and officers of Division 4, Ancient Order of Hibernians, that their meeting was so largely attended Wednesday even ing. When President John Hennessy called the meeting to order there was one of the largest audiences ever assembled in the hall present, while the assembly room was crowded with ladies and invited guests. President Hennessy and Secre tarv Kelly dispatched the business of the mcrring promptly, besides initiating four ii'. w h'embers and acting on a number of aopli'.ations. The Literary Committee and officers were instructed to act for the division in conjunction with the committee from the Young Men's Division in making ar rangements for the Irish drama to be presented by them. After the transaction of routine busi ness the doors were thrown open and the public allowed to inspect the beautiful meeting room. Following this the baud which had been provided for the occasion took its station in the assembly room, where old and young tripped the light fantastic, and spent almost enjoyable evening. At 11 o'clock, the ladies and gentlemen were invited tij partake of re freshments from Wathen's, and the good things furnished by thatlpopular caterer were greatly relished, f To President Hennessy, Secretary Fla- hiff and Messrs. Tom J Latigan, John Hellon and Joe Lynch, of the Literary Committee, much credit is due for the energy and ability displayed as enter tainers. .? Among those present vere the follow ing: Mr. James Keneaiyanu wile, air. Harry Brady and wife alid Mr. Thomas Kelly and wife, Misses Blanche Fash- auer, Lottie Casey, Norannd Mollie Mill ogue, Birdy Barrey, Maggie Fitzgerald, Annie Kelly, Maggie fiWolff, Maggie Joyce, Bridget Madden Mary Herity, Katie Ausbro, Josie Rcardou, Katie llradv. Carrie Resell. "Nannie Costello. Annie Kilgallon, Annif Kelley, Mary Casey, Nannie McDevitt, Mary Lynch, Maggie Godfrey and President John Hen nessy and Messrs. Thomas Lynch, Geo. Healy, Jerry Ilealv, Jerry Hallihau, Cor nelius Hallihan, Joe Lyjich, John Gan non, Dan Harnedy, Martin McNally, D. HeiTernan, Dotninickl-Burke, Terence McIImrh. Thomas Lnturan. Edward Brown, Andy Meagher, Cosmas Meagher, Dan Hartnet, Mike Hartnet, George Fla- hiff, Tom Flahive, John Lehati, John Doolan, Edward CrowleyjMichael Lyons, osepu J. iyncn, nenry, uenms aim ames Minogue, Ed warn Ford, James Burker and Tom Corcoran. GETHSEWANE ABBEY, Edmond olirecht Ele- Rev vated to the Position of Abbot Yesterday. Ii The consecration ceremonies by which Right Rev. Edmond Obrecht was ele vated to the position offcVbbot of Geth- semane Abbey were celebrated at tue Abbey yesterday, bcing performed by the Right Rev. GeorgeVilliam M'Clos key, Bishop of the Diocese of Louisville. i ne consecration oi mi nouoi is a very . p .i : rare service in the United States, as there are only two monasteries of this order in this country this one and another near uiiuiyjue, Iowa aim was witnessed uy n large number of clergyland laymen and others from this cityandjthe surrounding country. A special train was run from the Union depot in the norning for the convenience of invited guests and others, making stops at all stations', and returned in the eveninc. a'tlierEdiiffifet-Obrecis tKe" tliirtf Abbot of this monastery to be consecrated in this country since its foundation in 1848. The first one was the Right Rev. Father Eutropia, who came with the monks from the Abbey of La Trappe, France, and was consecrated in St. Jos eph's church at Bardstown. He ruled the order until 1860, when he resigned and returned to his native land. His successor was the Right Rev. Father Benedict, who was consecrated at St Catherine'!! church, New Haven, Ky. He reigned until 1890, when he resigned on account of ill-health, and Right Rev Father Edwards was elected to succeed him, and has remained as Abbot until a few weeks ago, when he resigned, and Rev. Father Obrecht was elected his successor. The new Abbot was born at Stolzheim, Alsace, in 1853. He finished his studies in the seminary at Strasburg, Alsace, and was graduated with distinction. Like many other patriotic youths of his time, he determined to take up arms in defense of his country dunug the Franco-Prus sian war. Before he had a chance to don a uniform the war came to an end. Instead of becoming n military man he put on the habit of St. Bernard and attached himself to the monastery of La Grande, Trappe, France. After passing through his novitiate he was admitted to simple vows, on the feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 1877. In the following year he was sent to the monastery of the Three Fountains, near Rome, where he contin ued his theological studies, and after having passed a rigorous examination was awarded his title of Doctor of Divinity. In Rome he was admitted to his solemn vows and was ordained priest. Two years later he was appointed Vice Procu rator General of the whole order, with his residence in Rome. Since that time he has held several high and responsible positions in the order. Pope Leo XIII ordered him to come to America to solicit alms for the historic monastery of Sts, Vincent and Anastasius, better known as the Three Fountains. He spent four years at this work in New York city. In recognition of his many services to the order he was in January, 1898, appointed Superior and Administrator of the Abbey of Gethsemane. He arrived there last March. He soon won the esteem of his fellow monks, and his election as Abbot on October 11 occasioned no surprise. UNION LABEL LAW VALID. Judge Holmes, of the United States Circuit Court at Omaha, in deciding a case involving the label of a trade union recently, used the following language in concluding his opinion: "The label is a part of the well-known machinery of trades unions, and the use of it is found if a finding be necessary, to be of value to the union and its members. It would not be traveling too far from the record perhaps if we should assume that the use of the label is, in fact, as it certainly might be, of far more economic import ance to the union than are most of the trademarks, strictly so-called, which are ' protected by the courts." SLIGO. One of the Largest Celebrations I2ver Held In That Part of Ireland. 'ouudattoii For an Imposing Memorial Laid in Mar ket Square. Memory of Irish Heroes Hon ored and Kinging Resolu tions Adopted. PLEDGED TO SUPPORT THE LEAGUE. Yesterday a magnificent demonstration in celebration of the centenary of '98 took place in the town of Sligo, says a recent issue of the Dublin Freeman's ournal. The great display in Dublin on Wolfe Tone Day and the wonderful turn out in this country at Carrignagat four weeks ago excepted, the demonstration held in Sligo was one of the largest and most remarkable and enthusiastic that has taken place in any part of the coun try. The-celebration was organized by the Sligo '98 Club, of which the Mayor of Sligo, P. A. McIIugh, M. P., is the leading spirit. All sections of Nationalists worked heartily together to make the celebration a success. In fact, it may be said that in the town and comity of Sligo all traces of recent dissension have com pletely disappeared and there seems to be a desire all round that nothing should be done to recall late controversies. The demonstration consisted of a procession through the streets, the laying of the foundation stone of the centenary memo rial and a public meeting in the Market Square. The town was decorated in the most marvelous manner. The greater number of the streets through which the procession passed were a regular avenue of trees. Large trees were planted along the thoroughfares, which were thronged wiui people, l'lags and banners were strewn everywhere and many of the houses were ornamented with evergreens. The procession assembled at the new line. It was headed by a large body of horse men, who were headed bv Mr. T. W. 'Carewrstrahah'illliowfeliis'uni? form as a Lieutenant in the United States army. Mr. F. Median, Thomas Plana gan, T. C, and Mr. C. Sweeney acted as Chief Marshals of the procession. Every thing passed off in the most orderly and satisfactory manner. The procession moved by the mail coach road, Pound street, Old Market Square, Telling street, Thomas street, Bridge street, Stephen street, Lord Edward street, Wolfe Tone street, John street, Grattan street and back to the market cross, where the foundation stone was laid, and then on to Market Square, where the meeting was held. All along the route the streets were crowded. At the front of the pro cession were the Mayor of Sligo, M. P. Mr. William O'Brien, Aid. Collery, M Mr. John O'Dowd and the members of the Sligo Corporation, and they were received everywhere with enthusiasm. TJie splendid brass band of the Sligo Temperance Society headed the bauds, The foundation stone was laid by the Mayor of Sligo at the Market Square. It is intended that the memorial shall con sist of a marble statue of Erin standing on a high pedestal, on the panels of which there- are to be bas relief medal lions of Wolfe Tone, Lord Edward Fitz gerald and Robert Emmet, the fourth be ing reserved for the inscription. Under the foundation stone was deposited hermetically sealed casket containing a copy of the resolutions to be submitted to the meeting, a list of the Sligo '98 clubs, the membership card, a copy of the Sligo Champion, containing a description of the memorial, a mother-of-pearl rosary blessed by the Bishop of the diocese and a list of the Sligo Ladies' '98 Committee and some '93 emblems. As the proccs sion passed through Pound street a child dressed in white and green, Miss Ruby Ferguson, played national airs on a harp at the window of one of the houses. The proceedings throughout were most sue cessful. On the motion of Mr. Thomas McCar rick, seconded by Mr. Mulrooney, the Mayor of Sligo, Mr. P. A. McIIugh, took the chair. Large contingents, mounted and on foot, with banners, and in some instances bands, attended from Bunluaden, Tunas ban,- Manorhamilton, Cliffoney, Grange Skreen, Drumlease, Ballintogher, Calry Geevagh, Sosey, Riverstowu, Killinu inery, Ballymote, Killargue, Killoran Ballynish, Templeboy, Collooney, Balli- sodare, Carrownagh, etc. The Chairman, in opening the pro ceedings, said he was never more proud ottlie people ot biigo town and county than he was that day. Never before had so magnificent a procession passed through the streets of the town. One of the most hopeful features in connection with that day's demonstration was the fact that they were there not to talk about unity, but to show that they were united. Men were there from Bal lina to Ballyshannon and from Cliffonsy to Ballinafad, and although they had been divided in the past he should like to see the emissary of faction that would dare to speak a word against the great princi ple of the United Irishmen. He would now call up Mr. John J. Keenan, T. C. P., to read and move the resolutions to be submitted to the meeting. Mr. McTernan, Secretary, announced tliat the following letter was received: "Having long since ceased to take part in political affairs, I regard the invitation with which your committee have hon ored me as a kind token of remembrance and good will, for which I am most grate ful. In sending a subscription to the Sligo memorial fund I beg to say that I esteem it a high privilege to join my first constituents and oldest political friends n celebrating the deathless memory of the men of '98. Yours faithfully, "Thomas Shxton'." " Letters were also received from Miss Maud Gonne, Mr. N. F. Devine, Mr. Owen McCann, Carrick-on-Shannon, and sevcal others. Mr. McCarrick proposed the following resolutions: "Resolved, That, recognizing and main taining the right of every people to civil and religious liberty, we justify, adopt and adhere to the cardinal principles of the men of 1798, and when and wherever that right is denied to the efforts made for the purpose of securing it by consti tutional means, it becomes not only justi fiable but the duty of all civilized and self-respecting peoples to assert it by force of arms. "Resolved, That while we believe it to be our duty to take our part, and we do solemnly take our part in the centenary celebrations, we are convinced that the memory of the men of 'US can only be fittingly and effectually honored by loyalty to the principles they pro fessed, advocated and died for, and as one of the greatest and noblest of those principles was union and brotherhood among irishmen, irrespective ot creed or class, we pledge ourselves to forget the differences of the past few years and henceforth strive earnestly, unselfishly and unitedly to win for Ireland the full satisfaction of her national demands. 'Resolved, That we heartily approve of the objects and principles of the United Irish League, and that we pledge ourselves to show our cordial and practi cal sympathy with its promoters by es tablishing forthwith branches of the League m the town of Sligo and in every parish and district of the county of Sligo in which branches do not already exist. 'Resolved, That, while we are pre pared to extend to all men a tolerance never extended to us by grand jurors or ex-officio guardians, we consider it our imperative duty as Nationalists to resist with all our force the return to the new County Councils and District Councils of Sligo of any candidate who is not pre pared to support and advocate the right of the people of Ireland to make their own Jaws on Jnsu.soil.X- , Mr. Mulroony seconded the resolutions, which were declared carried amid loud cheers. Mr. William O'Brien was then intro duced and delivered n most powerful speech, advocating the cause of united Ireland, declaring that the cause of Irish nationality was never in a better condi tion since the English first landed on Irish shores. THEATERS. "The Paradise Lost" will be the offer ing for the coming wesk at the Temple Theater. This is a drama in three acts dealing with the capital and labor ques tion, and is one of the strongest and most pleasniK plays of that character ever given the public. The story is a simple one. Andrew Knowltou, owner of the famous iron works of that name, has a lovely daughter who falls in love wth Reuben Warner,superintendent of the works, even while she is engaged to Ralph Standish. A strike at the works is handled so beautifully by Warner, who sees justice done both to hands and employer, that everyone is forced to re spect him, and the owner, who has stolen inventions from Warner, not only takes him as a partner, but gives his daughter's baud when he discovers that he has all alomr had her heart. Mr. Eagle will cive a first-class rendition of the character of Superintendent, while Anna MacGrcgor as Cinders, and Mr. Rcvnolds as Bob An'nleton. will keen the audience in most Humorous moou. xuc lucucri Stock Company is admirably adapted to nlavs of this character, which will draw very largely from the ranks of the work ers during the coming week. "The Par adise Lost" ranks with the famous "Long Strike." The next attraction at the Buckingham is Rice and Barton's Rose Hill English Folly Company, said to be the greatest and strongest burlesque and vaudeville company ever organized. The Rose Hill Company has never failed to give the best of satisfaction. They will present more new and uovel features than has ever been civen with any show before. Among them will be the new and original burlesque, entitled "Wicked Paris," and the original musical comedy, entitled 'Toundthe Town," also introducing a grand array of specialty and burlesque stars, headed by Miss Lillian Washburn, of the original Washburn sisters, the queen of burlesque; Cain and Mack, the odd and funny team, in an original laughing hit; Miss Blanche Newcomb, the petite artist, daughter of the late Bobby Newconib, in a repertoire of new and popular songs; Cunningham and Grant, America's greatest acrobats and knock-about artists; Miss Jennetta El liott, the charming and captivating dan cer, and a bevy of twenty beautiful and well-formed ladies, introducing new, novel and sensational specialties, such as the zig-zag dancers, the musical vivan diers, with grand and gorgeous scenery and handsome costumes. Hanlon's "Superba" will be the attrac tion at the Avenue next week, with Tues day, Thursday and Saturday matiuees. The cast this year contains many new names and a number of clever specialists. The old piece has been rewritten and Sreatly improved, and will afford a great eal of amusement to the patrons of Coi. Shaw's theater. GOMPERS' Speech on the Occasion of Chi cago's Recent Hlfr Peace Jubilee. President of the American Fed eration Opposes Further Annexation. Thinks "Wo Arc in Danger Ileiny: Drawn Into a Seri ous Conflict. of WOULD PROTECT AMERICAN WORKERS Last week we published the magnificent oration of Archbishop Ireland at the Chi cago peace jubilee. On the same occa sion, but at the Second Infantry armory, Samuel Gompers, President of the Amer ican Federation of Labor, also delivered an address, which has been widely com mented upon. Because of his promi nence in the labor world great interest attaches to his utterances, and, while we do not agree with him in all things, we publish his speech in full, which was as follows: "In the midst of our rejoicing over the success of our arms, it is well that we look to the causes that brought on our war with Spain and consider the questions which have grown out of it, and the at titude which we, as a liberty loving peo ple of a great republic, should take in regard to them. "What has become of the paeans of praise tor tue brave Cubans? Was our charge against Spain in her refusal to give the people of that island freedom and in dependence baseless? If we admit this, we at once confess that our war was with out just cause; we confess to a most griev ous wrong committed. Where is the spirit of holdihg out the helping hand in aid of all people struggling for liberty anil inde pendence? Where has flown this great outburst of our sympathy for the self sacrificing and liberty-loving Cubans? Is it not strange that now for the first time we hear that the Cubans are unfit for self government; that, whether they protest against it or not, they must be dominated by us,annexcd to us, or become a depend ency of ours? . .'.'Alas! There .are..sonieAmericans our money-makers whose only God is the almightydollar, whose only human or divine trinity is dividend, interest and profit come to the conclusion that if poor, suffering Cuba can be handed over to their tender mercies, their Deity and their deviltry can hold full sway. These gentry, when there is a question between liberty and profit, present or prospective, throw liberty to the dogs as a worn-out and threadbare thing of the past. If we have intervened in behalf of Cuba and driven a foreign tyrant from her shores, we have at least authority for our action by the appeals of the struggling Cubans. But what of the Porto Ricans? Thev have not asked our intervention: thev have not pleaded for annexation. They were invaded as a military neces sity. They number eight hundred thou sand people, and have not been divided by fierce conflict. If we give freedom and independence to Cuba, to which she is entitled, is there any justification for our enforced conquest and annexation of Porto Rico? "Hawaii we have annexed, irrespective of the wishes of the people, who were not asked whether the constitution under which they have recently lived meets with their approval. Nor was annexation in its direct or indirect form ever given to them for decision. The flag of our coun try waves in Hawaii over a people sub jected by our superior force, in flagrant violation of the consent of the governed. "In the case of the Fhillipines we have the question repeated, only in a much more aggravated form. "There is even now a strife going on among the nations of the earth for the partition and possession of Eastern coun tries. Let us take the Philippines and we shall be in the midst of the conflict. We shall have to follow the monarchical pol icy of large standing armies, with im mense navies ( not always voluntary). We shall not only have to bear the heavy bur dens of debt and taxation exceeding that of other nations, but we will come to that point against which the genius of our institution revolts compulsory mili tary duty. "We do not oppose the development of our industry, the expansion of our com merce, or the power and influence which the United States may exert upon the destinies of the nations of the earth. On the contrary, we realize that the higher intelligence and standard of life of the American workers will largely contribute toward attaining the highest pinnacle of industrial and commercial greatness; and these achievements in the paths of peace will glorify the institutions of our republic, to which the grateful eyes and yearning hearts of the people of the earth will turn for courage and inspi ration to struggle onward and upward, so that the principles of human liberty and human justice may be implanted in their hands. "The flag of our republic should float over a free people, and must never form a cloak to hide slavery, barbarism, des potism ot tyranny. America, as we know it, with its blessings of peace and stabil ity, must not be hazarded for a new era CONTINUED ON THIRD l'AGK.