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Vol. I. -No. 4.1.
Lexington, Kentucky, Saturday, February 2Ut, ISO.
Subscription, $2 a Year.
Judge Klovnnon Thin It it 1
Wonld Ire n Pretty Good
Dor If Thoy Pnt a Clog
n Hie and Keep Me
In a Tight Pen.
Gkoroetown, Kt., Feb. 1091.
C. C. Moort, Esq,
Dear Sir: In your article in
the last week's issue touching the
'Outlook lor a State Organ," you
ask for free and unbiased expres
sions from your reader on the
subject, irrespective of their po
litical affiliation.
I may be permitted to say that
1 am highly pleased with your
suggestion of a daily paper, it' it
can be furnished at fifty cents a
month, and a weekly at one dol
lar per annum.
As to its location, I would deem
it of less importance, as the facil
ities for rapid transmission are
such that whether Lexington or
Louisville were selected, the
readers would receive it about as
soon from one city as from the
But I must say the selection of
a prudent, well lutormeu, reliable
editor is of the greatest import
ance, and requires the most
thoughtful and mature consider
ation possible.
, Some things which an inde
pendent editor might be excusa
ble in giving utterance to, would
be wholly iuadmissable in a f ar
tizan organ, and would under
mine and destroy the prospect of
success of the most important
moral or political orgauizutiou;
and be who aspires to becomes its
editorial leader should be held t j
the most rigid accountability, and
required to confine himselt with
in the tenets of the party whose
principles he ass units to advocate
and dei'eud. He should not in
dulge iu the support of doubtful
auu dangerous outside issues, iu
no way connected with I'rohtoi
tiou or the defense of its princi
ples. To be a little more definite, as
I understand from your article,
you desire a "f'reo and unbiased
expression on the subject, irre
spective of party affiliation." On
religious views I take it that the
resurrection ot Jesus Christ is at
this day a well settled fact, and
is a subject ot too grave import
ance to be handled in political
issues, however grave; and you
will find that many of the best
Prohibitionists in this broud laud,
like the "sensible and kind"
writer ot your city, do nut wish a
paper in their family that indul
ges in light cavils on so important
a question. Nor do they wish,
under the guise of Prohibition, to
give currency to letters of com
mendation of your book, and
Emma Abbott and Ingcrsoll, or
any kindred questions: und in the
selection of an editor of a State
organ representing so important
a question as Prohibition, all
merely personal consideration
should be lost sight of, and a man
selected who would devote him
self exclusively to the one im
portant question, to the exclusion
of all other issues.
In saying this, I wish it dis
tinctly understood thut, in the
advocacy of Prohibition, and kin
dred questions or its defense, its
editor is, of course, left free and
untrammcled in its line ot attack
and defense, provided he confine
himself to the truth and couch
his language in courteous and re
spectful treat me lit of the subject
ami the assailants thereof.
Now, iu conclusion, Mr. Eli
tor.'perniit me to say that th
foregoing remarks are intended to
be personal, only so fur us they
are applicable to tho case, and s"
far as 1 am personally concerned,
would as sonii s. e 0. C. Moore
installed as editor of the contem
plated puper as any man living,
provided he will ion form to the
principles suggested, and will
cease to goad t io people with
matters entirely foreign to the
rtquisitious of morulity and
As ever jours for the truth,
I heard the other day through
a President of n University, not
in this State, that Col. Mreckin-
ridiro had said of me, "Charlie is
a dear old fellow, and 1 love him
yet; but ho doe? go for mo mighty
rn(h on tho liquor question."
I can say of Col. JJrejkinridge
that there is, and always will be,
a warm tlace in my heart for
him, but that vote on tho "origi
rial rack aire hill was enonirh to
make Kobt. J, Ureykinr'nlge turn
in his grave, and his son, the
greatest orator in America, owes
it to his father, the kind neighbor
of my boyhood, to make amends
for that vote, by helping the Pro
hibition came.
Col. I! reck in ridge is a born
gentleman. He knows the
whisky traffic is infamous, and
the world know what it has done
for the Urcckinridgo name.
Col. Breckinridge is a knightly
man, and he knows that when he
voted to force liquor hack upon
those States from . which the
prayers and tears of women and
children had driven it, that ho
rode his war horse panopli -d in
the armor of hell, over the broken
and bleeding hearts of women
and children.
I cannot understand why God
would make a man who would
fight for Dixie through a princi
ple ot chivalry, and then help a
a lot of whisky guzzling pe ple
and Dutch beer jerkers that he
never associated with in his life,
to crush women and children a
thousand times worse than the
Government soldiers lately butch
ered and murdered the innocent
Indian women and children.
Mr. James Elbert, a liquor
drummer, told me a few days
since that ho heard John Ather
ton, tho President of tho Ameri
can Liquor Association, say "Tho
more Charlie Moore says against
mo, the more whisky I sell."
Strange that a man of the
wealth and generous views of
Col. Athertou has not, in recog-
-i-iu: : u t i '
nition of thUpr-ice that I have
done for him, sent me 82 for the .
Blade, or a jug of
whisky on the
What the l.lquur Editors Think
ofttie fellUHtiou.
I take as exchanges the prin
cipal two papers published iu the
interest of the liquor traffic of
which I kuow.
They are the Champion of Chi
cago, and the South West of
They are full of Bible quota
tions, and coustantly call
upon God to protect and defend
their business. They report the
sermons of any mau who preach
es agaiust Prohibition.
It is a remarkablo fact that
while ' Prohibition" is supposed
not to "prohibit," these two pa
pers are full of abuse of Prohibi
tionists, and of praiso of Djiujj
racy, but do not say anything
against Republicans or high li
cense people or mere temperance
lectures. Iu fact they urge "high
license," and praise temperance
lecturers who are not Prohibi
tionists. It may bo a little surprising to
Prohibitiouists to know that these
papers are continually abusiug
the liquor dealers because they
do not support liquor papers, and
telling them how the Prohibi
tiouists are keeping up their pa
pers. One of these papers said lately
iu an editorial that if the liquor
dealers did not make some more
earnest effort to oppose tho cru
sade ugaiust liquor that in Jive
years more a Prohibition amend
ment would be iu the Constitu
tion of the United States.
1 give a sample of how they
tulk iu the last issue of the South
"New Prohibition papers are
being started almost weekly, iu
all parts of tho country, and they
nearly all are well supported and
prosperous. The New York
Voice is one of tho best profit
bearing publications iu the Uuited
Skates, us the New Era, ot Spriug
liold, with a large circulation, is.
oue of the very best paying news
papers in Ohio. The circulation
of these papers is largely main
tained by liberal Prohibitionists,
many individuals like Ford. Schu
uiacuer, of Akron, lor instance,
subscribing for several huudrod
copies, the nume being sent to
tanners and wage-workers iu the
rural districts. Iu this way a
powerful auti-iiquor, auti-wiue-uud-boor-soutiiuout
is beiiijj cre
ated to eventually toroo the en
actment of slriugeut aud i'auatioal
tempernnco laws as stepping
tones to absolute National Pro
hibition. This is emphatically a
no-vopuper age, and no business,
party, creed or profession can
mako prosperous progress unless
it gives succor, by circulating, its
own prfM. The Republican pa
pun aro 95 per centum, at least
indirectly, against the brewery;
the Democratic press, ab iut 80
per centum, indifferent and non
committal; there are fully 1,000
radical temprraneo high license,
restrictive and practically Prohi
bition papers of the Toledo Blade,
New York Mail and Express,
Cincinnati Times-Star class, rep
resenting tho anti-saloon Repub
lican element which in legislative
matters isdoniinantin that party;
the religious papers are almost a
unit demanding oppressive sump
tuary legislation by the Republi
can party, to which organization
the pulpit is almost entirely sub
servient; between three and four
hundred live, aggressive, ably
edited weeklies are published as
uncompromising, absolute Prohi
bition journals. AH of these pub
lications are prosperous, and their
numbers increasing.
In contrast it may be men
tioned that there are less than a
dozen generally known weekly,
and no daily, publications in the
United States championing the
rights and defending the iuterests
ot the brewing and vending traf
fic, and they are struggling for
Comment on this state of a flairs
is uunccessary, ana the inevitable
results will supply the post mor
tem moral."
Thlnka I
Ought to be
LousviLtE, Ky., Feb. 7, '91.
C. C. Moore, Esq.
Dear Sir and Friend I have
just read your article with refer
ence to a state organ. imsisa
question 1 have given some
thought, though I have said or
done little about it, because I did
not believe the t1ans that were
being pursued to establish one
were practical. I had no faith
that so much money as was being
asked for would be raised, when
it could not be known that it
would be properly handled. A
successful paper is a growth and j
not a thing to be made by reso-I
lutions, etc. 1 believe in starting
at tho bottom and building up
instead of starting up and coming
down. I could take $300 and.
buy material enough to get out
such a paper as the Blue Grass
Blade or the Nashville Issue by
having the press work done in
the Western Kecorder office by
contract, aud we need have no
tears ot auy trouble about the
press work as had Iiro. Sawyer.
Now, should we decide to raise
enough to buy a job outfit, the
material that isawyer has would
be what we would want. I aided
bv?. in the purchase and know
. hat it is. Such an office propely
managed here would pay, al
though the expeuse tor rent, etc.,
would be pretty heavy.
In regard to a daily here l
would eay that I believe one
would pay, properly managed,
but Sawyer's press would not do
to get out a paper to compete
with our other dailies. It would
take a fast press with stereotyp
ing outfit, which would cost a
great deal. I thiuk we should
be content with a weekly uutil
some time before the Presidential
campaign, at least. A daily takes
a great deal of money, ami would
have to be skillfully managed to
make it pay.
Now iu regard to your being
made editor I will y that 1
thiuk you have iu you the timber
to make a perfect success if you
would only agrco to run ail organ
under the supervision of the
State Committee, which would
see thut you leave out such arti
cles as do uot pertain to the is
sues. You know all well regu
lated papers have a iuauagmg
editor. A great deal ot the mat
ter that is set for tho Courier
Journal is "killed." Two or
three heads is better than oue.
I thiuk the Blade is doing a
good work iu its wuy, but would
uot favor making it a State orgau
as it is uow run for the reason
that you publish articles aud bold
views thut tho Committee could
uot endorse. I think you use
bud judgment iu publishing such
urticles as "Whisky Playing Hell
iu a Preucher's Family," aud the
Doctor's view of the crucifixion,
etc., because they must offend the
views ot many good people, and
cau do no good thai 1 cuu see.
However, 1,. lor oue, would bo
glad to have yon here In JiOins -
ville, and think arrangements
could bo made to set out a
stirring paper. I hclievo you are
the man tor the place and would
readily consent to have the re
strictions placed upon you that
tho committee might deem wise.
I had it in my heart once to go
into the company $100, but do
not know that I can do so uow
on account of other investments
I have made, but could give you
much material aid that I would
charge nothing) for. I under
stand the business from A
to Z, but prefer th work for wages
on my own hook until L can
strengthen my financial fences,
which have been too long nog
beted for the sako ot the cause,
but have some fci' ire time that I
can give gratis to the work.
I have other views on the
subject that I. think' worth
considering, but on n not give them
just now.
Hoping that L have not tired
you with these, my ideas, on the
subject, and that the right and
best thing will yt be done, I re
main yours fraternally,
, M.OSE3 f ORT.
From a Good Old Brother.
Clistos Co., Kr., Feb. 4, '91.
Mr. C. C. Moore )
Dear Sir: You proposed one
or two numbers back, to those
who had not subscribed for your
Blade, to pay fifty cents if they
wanted it stopped. I hereby
Bend you one dollar. Please stop
your paper to my address, not be
cause I am not fa Prohibitionist,
I wish the cause may prosper
and spread over the land like the
prophet saw thelittle stone hewn
out of the mountain without
hands, that was to roll until it
filled the wholfe earth, but be
cause I am in aj eighty-third
year aud can't iee to read but
little. I have banded the Blade
to my neighbors, to read. I wish
you great success with your
LHade. Keen l
Keep id sharp.
Sympathy fi-ra minister
Old Virginia.
Locisa Court House, Va.,
February 11, 1891.
C. C. Moore, Esq., Lexington, Ay.
Dear Sir: I receive a copy of
your Blue Grass .Blade every
week, 'My brother, L. A. C,
wrote me that he had asked you
to send me a copy, and has writ
ten to me to know if I get the
paper. I eet the paper reirularlv.
and when I tell you I like it, it
very feebly expresses my mean
ing. If you were a poor man aud
a preacher in Virginia, you would
De the "bluest man in Virginia
if you dared to utter your senti
ments as you writo them. I
think you would be ostracised bv
the goody-good, weak-kneed,
sycophantic, half-way-telling-the-
"it. :.,: ii rp i.-i i-
an "institution, as T. J. Sheiton
says in "Christian," destroys a
man's individuality, and as you
say in the February 7th Blade,
on first page, referring to vour
remarks about Rev. Sweeuev.
Probably I might be more con
servative as an employed editor
of a stock company, but this is
not a thing about which I cau
speak with ussnrance."
JNow 1 like that expression,
Wheu a man knows a thine, and
half-way tells it for fear of offend
ing some persons' feeliusrs, I re
ally believe that such a persou
has more respect tor his tel low-
man than be has tor that God
whom he professes to love and
obey. It reminds me very much
ot poor old Abraham, Geu. 20,
where he says of Sarah, his wife,
"She is my sister," aud Sarah
said, "He is my brother." Abra
ham s excuse was, "I thought
surely the fear of God is uot iu
this place, and they will slay me
for my wife's sake." I thiuk
Abraham feared man moro thuu
he feared his God, and while it
made Abimelech thiuk less ot
him, it doesn't seem that it raised
him in the estimation of God.
So iu Acts 5, they, Ananias and
supphira, thought they hud a1
good thing, and lied tor a little
earthly wealth It seems they
had forgotten that God saw them
and kuew their hearts. But
their respect for themselves wus
more thuu their respect for llicir
God, aud God slew them.
I it not tho same God now
who reigus as then? All the
sympathies of all tho people iu the
world will uot make a wrong
right. I would rather bo ap
proved by my God by doing right
than to have the praise of tho
1 wor, ,y j0injJ wrong. But it
5. r r, ,on.0 ftf r.ronrintv
11.1 I . 1 '
mat Keeps some peopie from sny
ing publicly what they express
with great fluency in private.
I'reaclurs, too, are guilty of this
very thing. 1. J. Shclfon says
that tire greatest enemy to tho
cause of Christ to-day ia tho
church of Christ. I believe it.
There !s more policy, propriety
the love of money, lust of the
flesh, lust of the eye, and the pride
ot lite fn tho so-called church of
Christ to-day than ever. Now.
sir, if I were a policy man I
would not writo this. No, Mr.
Moore, I am just fool enough to
leu me irutn in me puipit aoout
members of the church as I am
to tell sinners out of tho church
of their sins. For this I am un
popular with sme of the breth
ren. Well, so be it. I can say
pothing against the truth but fo'r
the truth. Truth is what I want
and truth will tell in the end.
But I am getting too prosy for
you, who seem to delight in the
swift descent of a keen Blade to
hew to the line. I liko it. I en
joy it. I read the papers for
others to hear, then I send it to
I want to tell you that I am
not able to pay you at present for
your paper, but you can send it
on, and I will try and pay for it
son:e time during the year.
un, tor some .Moore in v irginia.
Yours sincerely,
P. H. Ct'TLER.
Judge on the "Arena and
Col. Breckinridge.
February 14, 1891.
Mr. C. C. Moore.
My Dear Sir I notice you
quote from the "Arena," and
speak of having seen one copy. -
I have taken it irom its com
mencement and regard it as the
best of all our periodicals, as it
deals with tho vital questions of
the age and permits free discus
sion on both sides.
I have an extra copy which I
seua to you Dy tne man.
I know you will appreciate the
copy as it contains a steel engrav
ing of Will Breckinridge. You
can cut it out and frame it and
hang it up iu your office so you ,
will not torget him.
He urged the passage of strict
Sunday laws in Congress and
that is one of our principles as
stated in the National platform
and to that extent he is certainly
with us, and when the majority
demands it he may sustain even
the Prohibition principle.
I hope you will some day con
vert him. Your friend,
The above was signed by a
Judge, who is a most estimable
gentleman, but marked "conh
peutial." Editor.
Kentucky Mate Chairmau Har
ris to C'ouuty Chairmen.
Headquarters Prohibition
State Ex. Committee of Ky.
Puducuh, Feb. 12. '91.J
Hie Chairmen ot the Prohibi
tion party in each county of the
State, aud in the absence of a
chairman then any party Prohi
bitionist who votes with the
party, will, by order of the State
Executive Committee, call and
hold a county meeting of the
Prohibition party at the court
house iu their respective counties
on the 2nd day of May, 1891, at
2 o'clock p. m., and select dele
pates to represent the comity in
the State Prohibition Convention.
The ratio of representation
shall bo one delegate for each
twenty votes cast tor Fisk and
Brooks in 1888 tor President and
Vice President, and one delegate
for the fractiou over teii votes,
provided, however, that each
county shall be entitled to at least
one delegate iu the State Con
vention. Josiau Harris, Chm'n.
Iiy Ha Didn't Mots.
The r lve out iu Joe Cannon's dis
tri. t ia Illinois! mi old fjnnor who is a
tealouit Republican, one of tho redhot
partiiun stripe. Wlu-u ho hoard of Can
non' dt-fi'iit ho said to his wife, who is
oiu of thosd women who obey Uielr lord
aud musW-r blindly:
"Mary, wk up everything. Tin go
bin to move.'
Why?' aski-1 Mary.
"IW'HUKe Joa Cm uon is boat, and 1
won't live in Di'mocrntiu district."
"Very well," jid Mary, wiih a little
rlsned sigh.
Then the old man went to town to sell
hi farm. Tlu-ro lie hoard uli the elec
tion uows. lie returned Lome, end en
tering the Iioum said.
"Mary, you r m i-1 parking up. I
ain't a-goiu:i to move."
"Why-" iii'juir-il Mary.
"liocae." hi relied f.Hy, "there's
bo place to move to." -South New
Show below n few rqwinl which nwrit your attention, and which it
will p-iy you to rcad'und rcmrnibf r.
m e 'g ' I f Wen iv pushing Ton-lion and Smyrna Lacfs
ft j on our Clinnp Table just now. The largest and
"" ( hnndsonii st line we cvr had is just opened.
We have Bargains on every counter. Come and s:i. Don't
forgot tho place is
JSTo. "7 West IVCain. St.
3Iui)ufhctiiiorM of
No. 53 BAST
$2.00, $2.50, wear like iron, keep the feet perteetly dry.
calf lined, bjjve extra Tap Soles, $4.00, make elegant shoes for
heavy wear. """" " " . - .
Our stock of ileus' Shoes is complete from the highest to heaviest.'
All tho XTow and ITobby stylos
faesB peeSs asfi Ifoiioao.
I6J West Main St., - . LEXINGTON, KY
Itepreeented by J. I. SCOTT,
. Kaufman, Straus & Co.,
New gootln are now arriving daily. I.iuvs tinil ciiil.niiU rii'8 are crowiling
our tihelvt'H from the narrowest to tw with-! aiul rirhcxt patteniM. We show
them ia ail sorts of muU-riulti. .V treut fur the Imlii-o and a whol.-nome mirprise to
those who ci't our )ritvs on tliem. No lailv in l.t-xinutiui, anticipating to make
up Spring Underwear, C'hiMrriiV or Miswn' Prices oi Whifj (iooilx, ean allord
to nil" examining our bloc k of tin no goods.
Early Nprlnir Woolen lr Material.
Novelty Suitings, the ranut and (ddet of patterns, new entirely and plead
ing to the eye; prices below actual anticipation, ranging from ."Ue. to "$l per yard.
A new liim of epring shade of I lonriHU8 just opened, new colorn, no'
change in price iu Kpite of the additional duiv on tht-iu. '
Jut received and put in stock a (inutility of tine Zephyr (Wnghaiim, all new
patterns and coloring, uiodcxt pin stripe and checks, Scotch plaids and neat
stripes. They are quoted at '.UK'.; we have marked tliem at iue. per yard. A full
line of lrc8S CiinOliaius, in new designs, estimated to ho worth loo.: our price
is lUe.
Forty dozeu 'hil.lren's Muslin lia,wci, six button holes, patent fucine at
10c. a pair; worth llie. '
Ladies' .Mother t'other lluhlmrd Cown; gojd inus'.in, well trimmed, at 63c
they are worth N.'ie "'
Ladies' .Muslin Drawers, ' Fruit of tho I.ouiu" Cotton, deep hem and tucks
ahove, --c ; worth 40c.
Ladies' Walking Skirts, deep Cambric riillK at 4'M; worth ".'.
New Spring Hosiery for Ladies ami tients. We were fortunate In securing
many cases of LudicV Cotton, Lisle ami silk. Hose, in both black and fancv urior
tn liu .mm,, iiil,. ..M....I ll... u.I..mL.,.,i;,... 1 . : . I i .. ...
.w . ... .,..., urn, mm uur price mereou will
show how these t aily purcliuscs beiieln our customers.
Ladies' regular made fast black Hose, regular price now 3.H! : we still have
them marked U'V.
LadiiV black and colored l.islo Hose, worth tUV ; we still oiler them ut 40o.
Ludies' fancy striped Cttton I lose, boot patterns, costing vou now 40ivstil'l
marked at "V. t
Colg.ito Turkish liuth Soap, a full dozen for Mk-.; 4711 Glycerine, dillerent
soitai4Je. per box; Lhpi'y's I ream, genuine article, '.Mc; Vusaline, in bottles,
at 10c; Ammonia, for household purposes; only Inc. .t.r ouart bottle
iinuFnnn, cinnuc c go.,
ties on
The patterns this sfason are
beautiful, and wc think we have
the prettiest in the market. Some
splendid things at 7 J. 10 & 15e.
OAII Bed and Gray Flannel
i goes at Prime Cost.

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