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Great Demonstration Under the
Auspices of the League in
County Sligo.
The People of Ireland Must
Again Have the Land of
Rev. Father Scully's Heart
breaking: Story of a Per
ishing People.
On Sunday a great demonstration under
the auspices of the Bunninadden branch
of the United Irish League was held in
Bunninadden, the center of a cleared
district in the County Sligo, says the
Dublin Weekly Freeman. The gather
ing was a very large one, and nothing
could exceed the enthusiasm with which
the people have entered into the new
organization. All sections and parties
were represented, and deputations were
in attendance from the surrounding dis
tricts and towns. Mr. William O'Brien
and the Mayor of Sligo, P. A. McIIugh,
M. P., were welcomed with ringing
cheers when they appeared.
The Chairman, Rev. D. J. O'Grady,
who was received with loud cheers, said
he was extremely grateful for the high
honor thoy had done him in asking htm
to preside over that large and enthusias
tic meeting of Nationalists of the County
Sligo and County Mayo. The British
Government, under which they had the
misfortune to live, might pass its land
acts and local government acts, or any
other acts it pleased, but there was only
one bill which would ever satisfy the
cravings of the Irish heart, and that was
a bill to give the Irish people a light to
make their own laws for their own people
on their own soil. To his mind the
movement of the United Irish League
should meet with the cordial support and
practical sympathy of every right think
ing person.
It was to plant the Irish people on Irish
soil, to get back for the ancient Irish race
the land from which their forefathers
wwe drivB: it was for. this., grand .and,
nobleobject that the United Irish League
was established. To any one who loved
his country and respected his kind it was
humiliating and degrading that the hat
should be sent round year after year and
appeals made to the charitable public in
favor of a people starving in a land of
plenty. It was to drive poverty and dis
content from their midst, and to give the
Irish people a fair chauce of living on
Irish soil that the United Irish League
had been founded. There was nothing
revolutionary or unjust about the move
ment. It was a movement to break up
rich and fertile lands and distribute them
among the smaller tenants, the lands to
be taken on the conditions that due and
ample compensation should be given.
There was nothing contrary to any law,
human or divine.
The United Irish League had estab
lished, a platform broad and wide enough
for everv cenuine Irishman to stand,
unon. Its aims and objects appoaled
alike to all sections of Irish Nationalists.
They had done a noble work in estab
lishing a branch in that parish. May
that branch prosper and bring forth good
fruit in abundance.
Auione the resolutions passed amid
enthusiasm were the following:
"Resolved, That we, the Nationalists
of Sligo and Mayo, believing in Ireland's
inalienable right to self-government,
hereby pledge ourselves to continue the
struggle for freedom unui our nauonai
Parliament be once again established in
College Green.
"That we indorse the principles and
rjMwramme of the United Irish League
and heartilv approye of its aims and ob
iects, which are identical with those of
the old Land League, and recognizing
the value of a fighting organization such
as the United Irish League is, we now
call on the people of these couuties to fall
into line forthwith and form branches of
that organization in those districts where
branches do not already exist.
"That we call upon our Nationalist Par
liamentary representatives of all sections
to reunite on a common platform and
present -an unbroken front to the com-
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mon enemy An me uniisn nuusc vi
"That as the new local government act
which will come into operation imme
diatelv confers immense powers on the;
people, and as these powers can be
utilized with great advantage for the
advancement of the national cause, we
nledffe ourselves to support no candidate
for the office of county or district Coun-1
cilor who is no a sincere believer in the
doctrine of Ireland for the Irish and the
land for the people."
The Very Rev. Father Scully, who was
lowlly cheered, said that magnificent
demonstration brought back to his mind
old recollections. They were assembled
there tliat day for a noble object. There
might Jiave been different leagues in the
past. J)Ht no one could object tp a league
that. haA-fer-its programme "the landjfor
the people." Hemight say Jie was not a
Dillonite mot an O'Brienite nor any sort
of att "Ht" except an-Irisbite.
He had come there, for he had a sad
8torys to tell. ., He did not believe there
M a prieM in Ireland Wand ory
to tcU ea the P"i Pet of Kb.
What was the story lie had to tell, and
Father James O'Hara and Father John
McDonnell before him? See the condi
tion to which a large portion of his parish
was reduced, depopulated to make room
for the bullocks and for nothing else. In
'14 they had in one village thirty-two
families. Now they had one herd. In
another townland in '4i they had thirty
seven families. Now they had one herd.
In a third townland in '44 they had
forty-seven families. Now they had one
herd. These statistics could be produced.
Father John McDonnell baptized in the
parish of Kesh in the year '44 172 chil
dren. Now there were only forty-six to
be baptized in the year. These were sad
What were they assembled there for?
To get back the people to their homes
again, to get the land for the people.
How was that to be done? - It was only
to be done by united and determined ac
tion on the part of the people themselves.
The priests would be with the people in
that movement, but they would only be
with them if everything was done over
and above board. The people should act
openly, unitedly, determinedly, if they
would see the broad grass farms back
again in the hands of the children who
owned them. Surely this was work for
which the people ought to make some
little sacrifice.
Were they prepared to do it? They
had a noble-souled man at the bottom of
this new agitation, William O'Brien, and
if he was prepared to make the sacrifices,
why should not the people make sacri
ces? But if they were to succeed every
thing should be done within the laws
and the constitution. Mr. O'Brien was
there to tell them the lines on which the
work should be carried on, so he would
not take any more of their time. He
would only say again that if the people
were to be planted in the soil, it could
only be done by united and determined
action. One thing the people should do,
and that was to put an end to grabbing.
Don't deal with the grabbers, but don't
brake their bones. Let the people sim
ply turn their heads away from them at
the fair and the market. But don't break
the law. The law-breaker was really the
persecutor and the enemy of the people.
Let them work within the law and con
stitution, and with the help of God they
would yet succeed in their noble object
by the united efforts of priests and
William O'Brien was accorded a warm
welcome and delivered a powerful and
convincing speech.
The Mayor of Sligo, Mr, McHugh,
John O'Dowd, J. J. Keenan and John
McLauehlin Sooev. bavincr addressed the
meeting, , the - proceedings . closed ;j,witbi
ringing cheers for the Chairman,
Honored by Being Chosen as
President of the Catholic
Knights of America.
Branch 25, Catholic Knights of Amer-.
ica, at its meeting Monday night received,
the yearly reports of its officers, which,
showed the branch to be in a flourishing
condition. During the year a great deal
of work has been done and many new
members added, and the newly-elected
officers predict a still greater increase
during their administration.
There was quite a large attendance of
members, all being interested in the an-,
nual election of officers, which resulted
as follows:
Spiritual Director Very Rev. L. Bax.
President William T. Median.
First Vice President?-M. F. Hill.
Second Vice President C. H. Desse.
Recording SecretaryL. J. Veeneman.
Financial Sscretary E. J. Mann.
Treasurer F. Baron,
Trustees A. F. Martin, John Nolan'
and J. F. Garaghty.
Sentinel M. Saughnessy.
Sergeant-at-Arms William McKenzie.
Messrs. Median, Hill and Veeneman
are three of the ablest and progressive1
members of the order in this city, and:
Branch 25 will certainly prosper under4
their guidauce.
Mr. McGinn, of Branch 21, was present
and entertained the members with some
interesting remarks.
The Vested Choir of St. Pat
rick's Will Render a Fine
The vested choir of St. Patrick's church,
composed of the sanctuary boys, will
render an elaborate musical programme
on Christmas mormrig at the 8 o'clock
mass. The choir is under the direction
of Miss Lizzie Keyer, one of the most
popular young ladies in the West End,
Miss Keyer is not only an accomplished
organist, but also ranks as one of the
finest soprano. singers in the city, having
undergone a thorough course of music
under the nest masters of the, profession.
Her little singers seem to have imbibed
some of the vocal talent of their teacher,
who is held in the highest honor and
respect by them. The boys have under
gone a thorough rehearsing during the
past few weeks, and have reached
degree of proficiency seldom attained by
juvenile choirs. A pleasing feature of
the programme will be rendition of the
solo, "Alma Redemptoris," by Miss Liz
ie Keyer.
Wednesday evening Division will
hold it auaual, celebration. The SiMej But in Ireland tbey were expected to
officers and Hibernian Knight will be. lie down dumb, without a wordnfjpro
the guests of honor. ' test The farmers of Ireland are the
Lnndlords' Stronghold Invaded
by Roscommon Men of tho
United League.
WJlliain O'Brien's. Denuncia
tion of the Government's
Elect Men to County Councils
Who Will Prevent Police
The meeting which was recently held
at Strokestown is the best evidence of
the manner in which the United Irish
League movement has, says the Dublin
Freeman's Journal, to use a common
phrase, "caught on" in the West of Ire
land. The town of Strokestown is the
center of the lordling's cleared demesne
in the County Roscommon. In fact, the
warning to be seen at the gates of the
Strokestown demesne is practically
posted on the stone fences of every field
in the neighborhood of the town, "Keep
Off the Grass." The meeting under all
the circumstances was a splendid one. It
was not as large as the gathering usually
held under the auspices of the United
Irish League, but the question may well
be asked: Where did the people come
Mr. William O'Brien, the orator of the
day, who was received with loud cheers,
said this was the first time he had ever
set foot in Strokestown'. It was a great
pleasure to find so many people left in
the country after the miles of depopu
lated land through which he had just
been traveling. It was a pride and pleas
ure to him to address the people of
Strokestown, because he knew that
among them were some who differed
from him in some matters, but although
there were some matters on which they
differed there were also important ques
tions on which they were agreed, and
upon which they were prepared to fight
side by side together as Irish Nationalists.
They were all agreed in luting English
rule. They would be only too eager to
welcome he,. man,l.be)he,native.leader,ot 1
joreign sol5fa-,r'wfto ilBllW' left ttitlU'WWy
to banish it most quickly out of thisisl
and, bag and baggage. They were all
haters of Irish landlordism. They knew
that every page of its history has been
blotted with the sufferings and with the
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curses ot tlie wnoie jnsn race, aim mai
the only service landlordism could ever
do to Ireland was by disappearing from
its soil forever. They all believed ill the
United Irish League programme of more
land and beUer land for the people.
Of 18,000 tenants in the County Ros
common there was no less than 13,000
whose valuation was under .10, and
there were nearly 0,000 of them scattered
on wretched patches whose valuation
was less than ht and that in the very
midst of the richest and most abundant
plains that the heart of man could de
sire. Finally they were all agreed in
reprobating the conduct pf the police
grabber. As to land grabbing he took
leave to lay down three propositions
which he was ready to fight out with the
Government in their coercion courts,
if they were packed with all the
Lord Norburys and
Judge Keoghs that
name of justice in
ever disgraced the
The first proposition was that their old
race nnght as well ay uie country alto
gether if they left land grabbers to go
unpunished. The next was that by every
law which entitled the trade unionists of
England to fight blacklegs and the
judges of the land to blackball disrep
utable barristers, the farmers of Ireland
were justified in stamping out this in
sane aud unnatural greed for the means
of livelihood of the poor and weak
The case, of the ordinary land grabber
was bad enough, but here was the case of
a man paid by the public foi the purpose
of being an impartial officer between
landlord aud tenant taking an evicted
farm, and so stirring up one of the most
serious public disturbances that ever
shook Roscommon, and the Inspector
General of the Constabulary, instead of
rebuking this peace officer, indorsed
Egan's action. He had always found a
good deal of kindly Irish nature, too,
Even the strait jacket of the depot could
never altogether strangle the members of
the peasant fathers and mothers that
they sprang from. But even for their
own sakes every decent maq among
tlfem ought to be the first to make
stand against adding land grabbing to all
the other discomforts of their profession
Just fancy such a thing happening in
England. Fancy in the case of a great
English strike a police force being sent
down to work for the masters at lower
wages aud being at liberty to, prosecute
the workers. The place of an Inspector
General in England who would tolerate
such a thing would riot be worth twenty.
four hours' purchase. Aud wjiy? Because
the representatives of the English people
control their owii pplice, and if they were
to be used for the purpose of helping the
capitalists to put down the workers they
would have every public man and news
paper in England crying out. for punish
went of the man who countenanced such
unfair use pf the .police force.
greatest trades union inthe world. They
occupy a much stronger position legally
than .the trades unionists, because the
trades unionists have never claimed any
property in the factories they work in,
but Mr. Gladstone's laud act of 1881 ex
pressly recognizes the farmers as partners,
and even the predominant partners, in
the ownership of their own holdings.
The landlords had been endeavoring to
repeal the land act and to destroy the
tenants' property by importing into the
partnership a third pa"rty, the grabber,
j an outsider unknown to the law of '81, a
man wuo nau not mauemis money out oi
the land, and who never spent an hour
of labor on the holding ie grabs.
The whole Irish lanc question at the
present moment was a question whether
by means of these grabbers, these black
legs, the landlords would succeed in con
fiscating the tenants' property and throw
ing the country back again in a state of
agrarian revolution. There was a great
agrarian issue here asto which every
consideration of statesmanship ought to
counsel the public authorities to preserve
the most scrupulous neutrality between
landlord and tenant. But just mark the
impartiality of Dublin Castle. They first
appoint the Fry Commission to declare
that the rental of Ireland must be not
what will enable the tenants to live and
thrive, but what grabbers like Egan were
prepared to offer as a competition rent
out of the money earned from other
But not content with .that, they author
ize the Royal Irish constabulary to turn
grabbers themselves, antl accordingly this
poor woman, who only owed two years'
rent, and who had actually been accepted
by the Land Commissioners as the pur
chaser of her holding! was ousted from
her little farm, and she and her little
family, so far as the grabber is concerned,
are doomed to the work-house.
They should remember that the County
Councils of England had the control of
their own police, and should man their
own County Councils next March with
men of the stamp of John Fitzgibbon,
who would make the first business of the
County Councils to insist, if the boasted
equality between the two countries is not
a sham, that they should have the same
control over the police in Ireland as in
F.ngland. In claiming every liberty and
right they had in England they were on
impregnable ground. In conclusion, Mr.
O'Brien said: Before j finish let me say
a word about the extraordinary success
of this movement. i
If the' people are rallying to this United
Irish League in a way that even the most
sanguine of us could ot have anticipat
ed, .it is becauggttutyfel and know that
I, jJ-lv is .ho
man's movement; fit? is no maneuver to i
make party capital; it is simply an at-j
tempt to break down as far as possible
those fatal barriers between Irishmen and
Irishmen by arraying us all together
again side by side in open field against
the common . enemy, and letting the
future settle itself hereafter by the help
of the old associations and the new forces
and the new men that the progress of
this fight is bringing to the front.
I don't know and I don't care what
proportion of this meeting may be Par
nellite or nou-Paruellite, but this I do,
know, that on this platform Parnelhte
and non-Parnellite stand on a footing of
absolute equality. Neither of them is
asked to recant anything or apologize for
But both are asked as far as possible to
turn their thoughts away from the heart
burnings of the past and to act like men
in the living present, so as to give back
to our people and to our cause the price
less weapon of a genuine national com
bination, the only weapon by which we
possibly can gain back our freedom.
I don't at all complain u in the begin
ning people were suspicious when it was
whispered into their ears that this was
sectional movement in disguise. In
the morbid state of feeling that has pre
vailed for years we nave an to exercise a
deal of patience one toward another, and
to put up with a little misunderstanding
and iujustice. In such a syite of things
none of us can pretend to be dogmatic or
infallible. The most tnat any ot us can
hope to do is to do our little best in the
way of peace and good will among Irish
Nationalists, and let us De judged accord
ine to our works.
I believe more in practicing unity
among the people than in looking for it
to memDers oi ramamenv. w it is ue
cause we know that there is no under
hand nlot. no crooked Duroose. no ter
sonal ambition of any sort or kind,
underlying tms movement, except a
formidable fiirhtinir power even if all
the existing sections and existing leaders
had to disappear to wing it aoout it is
because we know that, and, because the
oeonle with that wonderful instinct of
theirs know it, that the cream of the
men of all sections are gradually finding
their way into this movement with a
sense of relief aud hope that they have not
felt for many a day. We go for trusting
the people in the fullest possible manner
to sliape the programme and the future
of this movement and to give it ahy di
rection that their own good sense and
honest patriotism may suggest. The first
lesson 1 ever learned in uie sciiooi ot
Parnell was that the first condition of
the freedom of Ireland was a combination
of all the moral forcw and the physical
forces, of all the Parliamentary forees
and all the un-l'ariiatnentary torces, and
in the mirsuit ot tnat uiru and uoiy od-
iect we need not be daunted one bit by
any mere transient oinicuiues or misun
derstandings, because we know that we
are working for no object except Ireland's
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freedom and our people s nappinees.
If any better plan than ours turns up
we will be the first to welcome it, but if
no- better plan turns up, and for the
present mouwtt there is no other defi
nite, and practical programme whatsoever
before the coun'trv, then we can go right
ahead with the knowledge that we are
already mounting on the crest of one of
the greatest waves of national spirit that
ever Swept over Cor.naugbt, and it Won't
be our fault if that great tidal wave does
aot sptead frxw a mbuied Connaaght
to a comuinea
Warns the People Against Eng
land's Hypocrisy and
Tho British Lion Is Looking For
tho Lion's Share, Ho
Ulterior Motives Govern tho
British in Seeking tho
Alliance. .
Michael Davitt, M. P., who has opposed
an Anglo-American alliance owing to its
probable effect upon the Irish question,
said in an interview Saturday:
"There is no reason why Americans
and Englishmen should not be friends. I
have never advocated their hostility nor
been one of those who thought that
America should go to war with England
to free Ireland.
"But there is also no reason why
America should not be friendly with
France, Germany, Russia and the other
great powers of the earth.
"I do not believe in any alliance, and
I hold that any Irishman who is a citizen
of the United States may oppose it for
American and not Irish reasons. The
present worked up sentiment for an al
liance is due to the higher English
classes, who are not honestly friendly to
America, ably assisted by certain pro
British newspapers in New York City.
"The English people do not realize
that the New York papers speak only for
a small fragment of the American people
and do not represent the vast body of
opinion west of the Alleghenies.
"When the Maine was blown up the
expressed opinion in fashionable clubs in
London was 'It served the Yankees
right,' and the Saturday Review said
later, 'It is a contest between a scalawag
aud a gentleman, aud scalawag will win.'
"But as soon as the United States be
gan to win, England, having trouble In
China with Russia a.t the time, went in
with the winner.
"Tile story of the coalition of the
powers against the United States, whic
England smashed. -was a trumped-up HI
to serve tne purpose, and nas Deen a'
thoritatively denied by three of the pov
ers alleged to have been hostile to the
United States.
"England now desires to force the
present friendly feeling into an actual
alliance to serve her own selfish purposes.
She wants to use the United State in case
she quarrels with France, Germany or
Russia, but my prediction is America
will not permit herself to be so used.
"America has no quarrel with these
powers and it is not to her interest to
have any. She is not fitted to go hand
in hand with England in imperialistic
schemes, because while America is a
democracy, England, for all that may be
said to the contrary, in her official organ
ization is an aristocracy.
"The two countries are competitors in
the world's business, which also makes
alliance impossible. Both want all they
can get, and England is already growl
ing over the American tariff, navigation
laws and the Clayton-Bulwer treaty."
The Treat John HIckey Has
In Store for His Friends
Christmas Day.
Among the muny who will keep open
house Christmas day none have made
more laviish or fitting preparations than
John Hickey, whowill receive at Seventh
and Oak streets. Our reporter suspected
that the genial gentleman was preparing
an agreeable Holiday surprise lor nis
friends and patrons, and after doing some
quiet work learned its nature.
Mr. Hickey, who never doas anything
by halves, has procured and had placed
in cold storage a fine young bear, weigh
ing over 250 pounds, which will be served
toiiis callers Christmas day. He has se
cured the services of an experienced chef
from Arkansas, with a national reputation
for the conducting of bear meat dinners,
who will supervise its preparation and
see that it is served in the most palatable
and enticing manner.
The bear will be roasted and served
hot from an early hour in the morning
until it is - all consumed. In addition,
(here will be an abundance of other hoi
Iday edibles, and those who are so fortun
ate as to partake of the bear dinner,
which will continue all day, will enjoy a
rare feast.
Mr. Hickey has made ample arrange
ments to entertain all his friends, and
there will undoubtedly be a large num
ber of callers.
Officer Thomaa Coanell, one of the
most efficient men connected with the
Police Department, has been very ill
dut'tig the past week at his home, 1517
West Walnut street. He has been suf
fering from pneumonia and at one time
the physicians entertained grave doubts
of his recovery. His many friends will
be glad to know his condition is now
much improved, aud the indications are
that he will soon be able to resume his
duties. Mr. .Counell was; for a Number
of years a member of the detcUve focot,
but was recently made a patrolman.
Interesting Budget of Political
and Social News From the
State Capital.
Frankfort, Ky Dec. 23. Before
another week has elapsed the memorable
contest for the Democratic nomination
for Jlepresentative of Franklin county in
the Legislature of 1900 will be Over and
the lucky candidate arranging his fences
for the election next November. The
campaign which is now drawiug to a
close is the warmest in the history of
Frankliu county.
W. E. Thompson, "the laboring man's
friend," is making the race on the
"capital appropriation" platform, and
at the present writing looks a winner by
a very close majority. South Trimble,
the incumbent, who left the Legislative
hall when the roll was being called upon
the labor bill at the last session of the
Legislature, is moving heaven and earth
to secure the nomination, and his friends
claim that he will beat Col. Thompson a
Col. Thompson is a farmer and a civil
war veteran, having fought and lost his
right arm fighting for the "lost cause."
At 4 o'clock next Wednesday afternoon
the ordeal will be over and the selection
of a Democratic standard bearer will
have been made.
Col. D. J. McElligott. President of
Division No. 1, A. O. II., was on last
Wednesday appointed Judge of the Court
house voting precinct, which is a guar
antee that all candidates will gety fair
Quite a large crowd will probably at
tend the free dance to be given by Young
Men's Institute, No. 1G, in this city next
Monday evening.
Division No. 1, A. O. H., will give a
hop Monday evening, December 2G. Ad
mission can be secured by special invita
tion only and a select crowd is guaran
teed. A grand masque ball will be given by
Division No. 1, A. O. II., on Monday,
January 2. The small price of admission,
fifty cents, ladies free, should guarantee
a large crowd.
One of the finest musical programmes
ever rendered by the celebrated choir of
the Church of the Good Shepherd of this
city will be heard by those attending the
5 o'clock mass Christmas morning. The
organist aud musical director, Prof. Gra
ham, has spared no pains to make it the
finest Christmas programme everrendered
Frankfort. A few celebrities from
church on Christmas morning.
We regret to again be forced to call
the attention of Frankfort subscribers to
the fact that their subscriptions have not
yet been paid, although they have been
due since October 1. If you wish to
make the Kentucky Irish American have
a merry Christmas and happy New Year,
give your dollar to our agent, Mr. D. J.
McNamara, during the coming week.
D. J. M.
A New Enterprise Put on Foot
by tho Irish-American '
For some time past a number of the
most progressive members of the Irish
American Society have been trying to
solve the, problem of how to make that
body more useful and popular. Among
the different plans proposed was one to
establish a library and reading room.
The advocates of the reading room plap
argue that it would be a great conve
nlence for the members, who reside in all
parts of the city, to have a place where
they could meet and enjoy themselves
when in the business portion of town,
and believe it would prove effective in
increasing the membership.
The foregoing and other matters of
importance will come before the society
Thursday evening, when Vice President
Michael J. Lawler, James Horan and
Thomas Drewry will report on changes to
be made in the constitution and by-laws
There are a number of newly elected
members to be initiated, in addition to a
large list of names to be acted on.
Friendly Sons of St. Patrick
Give a Dinner In the
Judge's Honor.
The Society of the Friendly Sons of
St. Patrick, of New York, gave a com
plimentary dinner to Judge James Fitz
gerald, of the General Sessions Court, in
honor of his election to the Supreme
Court Bench. The banquet took place
Monday evening at Delmonico's. Justice
Morgan J. O'Brien presided. Chief Justice
Van Brunt, of the Appellate Division of
the Supreme Court, and all the Justices
of that court; Judge Cowing, of the
General Sessions; Judges Conlin and
O'Dwyer, of the City Court; the Judges
of the Municipal Court and many men
of prominence in business and profes
sional circles were present.
The Mose Green Club this week de
cided to give its annual ball on the even
ing of January 30 at Music Hall. Messrs.
Scott Newman, Fred Iloertz, Phil Tyson,
John Keele; and George Share comprise
the committee. The ball this year .will
be the mwt laborat ever given by the
club. This uieaua ft gay time.
i, wno always pacK. uie i the
Ono Formed in Louisville For
tho Study of. the Irish
Those Wishing to Join Should
Attend the Meeting at
Hibernian Hall.
Instructions Received From tho
Gaelic Professor of Wash
ington University.
Wednesday night at Hibernian Hall
the initiatory steps were taken for the
formation of a class for the study of the
Gaelic or Irish language. A large num
ber of gentlemen have been taking an
interest in the matter with this end in
view for some time past. At a recent
meeting of Division 3 of the Ancient
Order of Hibernians the Secrerary was
instructed to correspond with the Rev.
Richard Henebry, Ph. D., Professor of
Gaelic in the Catholic University at
Washington. In the meantime the mat
ter was agitated among the members of
the division, with the result that a num
ber of names were enrolled and the nec
essary books ordered from New York for
a successful beginning.
There are many Irish-Americans who
already read and write in the Irish lan
guage, and they will no doubt enter into
the undertaking with enthusiasm. The
expenses attached to the Irish school will
be trifling, as it will shortly be identified
with the Gaelic League of America,
which furnishes the necessary requis
ites at a nominal cost.
The Gaelic League of America is mak
ing rapid progress. There is scarcely a
city of any importance in the Eastern
States in which there is not already one
or more thriving branches, and now the
Irish-Americans of the West and South
are evincing a lively interest in this new
educational movement.
An interesting letter was received from
Prof. Henebry, in which he instructs
those interested and makes some vain.
the preliminaries,
he formation of a
- IHiTWWljpli'
ol originated with
members of Division 3. those intend
ing to join should for the present forward
their names to Secretary Kavanaugh. It
is expected that the books and other
literature will arrive in time for the next
meeting, which will be held at Hibernian
Hall on Wednesday evening, January 4.
wo omcers will be elected until after
the class has attained large proportions,
for the reason that it is the desire of its
promoters to give all an ample opportu
nity to associate themselves with the
class and then select those most compe
tent for the various positions.
The Kentucky Irish American predicts
a bright future for the Gaelic class, and
will in its next issue inform the public
as to the details and requirements for
ServingHls Twentieth Year as
Secretary of Catholic
At the last regular meeting of Branch
21 of the Catholic Knights of America,
held in Crowley's Hall, Eighteenth and
Portland avenue, officers were elected for
the ensuing year as follows:
Spiritual Director Rev. Father Kelle
her. President Patrick Flaherty.
Vice President John J. Lyons.
Recording Secretary Patrick Holley.
Financial Secretary Thomas F. Hen
ley. Treasurer William McDonald.
I Trustees William Corrigan, Timothy
McCarthy and Thomas Kennedy,
Sergeant-at-Arms Thomas Tierney.
Sentinel John Kelly.
After the election considerable routine
business was transacted, followed by an
entertaining address by the Spiritual
Mr. Pat Holley, who is one of the best
known Knights iu the State, has served
as Secretary of this branch for the past
twenty years, and in all that time missed
only four meetings, being absent from
the city on those occasions on business
or pleasure trips.
William McDonald, the. Treasurer, is
another efficient and popular officer, and
the members declare they will hold tlie ,
two gentlemen in their respective "posi
tions for life.
The reports show the branch to be in a
flourishing condition. Installation of tlie
newly elected officers will take place at
the January meeting. -
Mr. Bannen Coleman, President of tlie'
Central Coal and Iron Company and
one of Louisville's best-known busi
ness men, died Thursday night of
pneumonia at his residence in Dupont
Square. He had been sick but a week
and his condition was not; thought to be
serious until the afternoon of that ,day,
He was conscious to the last, and was
surrounded by the members of his family
when the end came. '
I able sutrcestlnns at tn

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