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The Daily Commonwealth, Covington, Kentucky
August 29, 1874
- At the August election a colored man was elected to the
office of Town Marshal of Harrodsburg. The People of that place
says of it: "Burrell Sneed, colored, was elected Marshal
last Monday. He is the first colored man who ever ran for office
in Harrodsburg. Only a few white men voted for him - his support
mainly coming mainly from the colored people. He had the legal
right to run - he has the legal right to hold the office and
perform the duties of Marshal. He does not pretend to be competent.
His election only shows what may be done, nay, what will be
done. Kentucky is afloat with her sister States upon the muddy
and turbulent current of that stream which is bearing the Republic
on with resistless sweep to ruin, and she cannot escape the
common destiny which extreme Radicalism has prepared for the
whole country. The day is not far distant when there will be
negro post-masters, gaugers, & c., in Kentucky; nor will
the child of ten be half way through his teens, before black
men will occupy office in many counties in Kentucky. This is
no attempt at prophecy but is simply the necessary conclusion
from what Radicalism has done and promised to do."
- Uncle John Harper, the famous Bluegrass turfman, and owner
of Longfellow, died at his home in Woodford County Wednesday.
He has been ill for a long time, confined to the room and occupying
the very bed in which his sister, Betsy Harper, was murdered
two years ago. He was an old man, marked by many peculiar traits
of character, and popular among stock-raisers and sportsmen
everywhere. The Harper homestead, near Midway, is one of the
finest demesnes in the world. It came to the family with the
early settlement of Kentucky, and has never been out of it.
A more old-fashioned place and a more old-fashioned master could
not be conceived.- (Courier Journal).
- As will be seen by the reference to his address, Hon. O. P.
Hogan, of Grant announces himself as an independent candidate
for Congress in this District. We regret that Judge Hogan has
seen proper to take this course. He is a gentleman of many excellent
traits of character. He has had some experience in public life,
has been a consistent Democrat, and is a energetic, successful
business man. Judge Hogan will find no justification of his
course in the fact that the Democracy of the District, though
is accredited representatives, failed to ratify a little compact
made by some of the candidates themselves, as to the mode of
selecting a candidate. Though Judge Hogan may not see it, that
same compact was in the interest of another candidate, and had
it been carried out nothing is more certain than that the Judge
would not have got the nomination.
- I am a candidate for Congress to represent the people of this
District in the Forty-Fourth Congress, and have been ever since
the 10th of March last. At the County Court of Grant County,
at the April term, by the request of my opponents in the field
at that time, to-wit: - Hughes, Preston, and Duncan, I met them
there to debate upon a plan by which we could settle our claims
before the people, and we agreed to hold a Primary Election
in all the Precincts in this Congressional District, to be held
at the regular August Election, and the man receiving the highest
number of the Democratic votes of the district should be declared
the nominee of the party and the candidates who were beaten
in the Primary Election should retire from the field and support
the nominee. We drew the article in writing, and we put our
names to the paper, and published our agreement in all the papers
in the district, and we canvassed to that end for about two
months and a half, and I believe four-fifths of the voters were
well pleased with the agreement we had made. After this we requested
the Democratic Committee to ratify what had been agreed to.
About this time Hon. Wm. E. Arthur, present member of Congress
was called to meet at Covington to either reject our agreement
or ratify it. The Committee was called three times, and not
until Friday week before the August Election did they convene,
and then they only had five members out of nine of the Committee
in attendance, and they decided to break up the arrangement
we had made - three out of five voting to break up the Primary
Election. The strange part of this procedure was that four out
of five of the Committee at the meeting one week before were
for the Primary Election. What brought about the sudden change
is unknown to me, but I have my convictions about the matter.
Some gentlemen said Mr. Arthur would not have time enough to
go before the people and discuss his claims. In reply to that
I proposed to let the Committee set any day that Mr. Arthur
would name for the Primary Election, or let the Committee, or
Arthur, or any other candidate set the day for the Primary Election
from then until the 12th of October next; but these gentlemen
were, it seems to me, determined that the people should not
have what they so much desired, a Primary Election, so every
man could go to the polls and cast his vote for the man he wished
to represent him in Congress. I have made this proposition to
all the candidates ever since the Committee broke up the Primary
Election, that I am willing to run the Primary Election, any
day that they would name, and I even go further than that, and
make the proposition that they can make their nomination at
Walton, and then I will run a Primary Election with the nominee,
giving him all the prestige of his nomination, and if he beats
me I will get off the track, and do all in my power to elect
him. All I want in this matter is fair play for myself and the
people. O. P. Hogan, August 24, 1874.
- Local Brevities:
1. Mr. Henry Wolf, who it was feared at one time was on the
verge of insanity, caused by the drowning of a dearly-loved
son, is, we are happy to say rapidly recovering his health.
2. R. A. Athey, Esq., Mayor elect of Covington, will be sworn
in on Monday, 7th prox.
3 Mr. Thomas J. McCarty, for a time employed in the office of
the Clerk of the Kenton Circuit Court, in this city, died at
Maysville, a few days ago.
4. Dr. Paul Waite has resumed his practice at his old home in
South Covington. He is one of the oldest practitioners in the
county, having located in Bank Lick valley over twenty-five
5. We are glad to see that J. N. Furber, Esq., has been appointed
chairman of the Kenton County Democratic Executive Committee.
His experience, impartiality, and sound judgement are guarantees
of a faithful observance of the party’s interests.
6. The latest authentic intelligence we have as to the condition
of Mr. J. R. Sweeney, is contained in the following note: Leesburg,
Ky., Aug. 26th, 11 ½ o’clock . S. Davis, Esq.,
- I regret to inform you that Mr. J. R. Sweeney is now laying
very low and I fear cannot live many hours. He is unconscious.
- Kenton County Court
1. In this court last Monday the will of Lewis Collins, deceased,
came up for action and upon testimony of the subscribing witnesses
and of Dr. Kearns, as to the condition of the mind of the testator,
the will was rejected. Ben Collins, son of the deceased, then
moved to be appointed administrator, but the motion was overruled,
and L. Shaw was appointed and qualified. Collins took an appeal
to the Circuit Court.
2. The will of Bernard Bruns was probated, but Bernard Bruns,
Jr., and Heinrich Bruns have appealed, and Bernard Marachall
is continued as curator. Estate fifty thousand dollars.
3. The bastardy case of Vincent Shields was filed away to redocket.
4. The will of Henry Overberg was probated; also that of Jas.
Humble; also that of Joseph Kohlberg, Jane Humble and Henry
Buddenbaum being executors in the last two, respectively.
5. Ann McGrain was appointed administratix of the estate of
Thomas McGrain, and Mary E. McKay of that R. S. McKay.
6. John Luen was appointed guardian of Henry Schafer, Jr.
- Kenton Criminal Court:
1. The Grand Jury, Tuesday, returned indictments against Michael
Riley, grand larceny, and the following for selling liquor to
minors: Wm. Morgan, John Overman, Fred Doebling, C. Deisler,
Barney Shoemaker, L. Wirth, Peter Beltlinger, H. C. Flaute,
Louis Light. Against the latter there are three indictments
by as many different parties.
2. In the case of the Commonwealth vs. John Weisenburger, a
motion for a new trial was overruled.
3. In the case of the Commonwealth vs. Geo. Gardner and Wm.
Gardner, continued to next term; bail $500 each. Same vs. Andrew
Merkle, fined $25 and ten days in county jail. Same vs. Frank
Westenberger, continued; same vs. Ellen Keagen, not guilty;
? John Donovan and John Hannegan guilty, the former fined $25,
the latter $50. Same vs. Wm. McGraw, not guilty. Same vs. Anton
4. On Wednesday, Michael Riley pleaded guilty to stealing a
silver watch from Phillip Metz, and was sentenced by the jury
to the penitentiary for one year.
5. Thomas Morgan, charged with stealing money from Billy McGraw,
6. J. D. Shult, L. K. Frazer, and Henry Kassen were appointed
Jury Commissioners to make up a list jurors for next term. Court
adjourned until Court in course.
- Pendleton County (Falmouth Independent):
1. W. W. Coleman not at all discouraged with his meat transactions
of last spring, proposes to commence the pork packing business
2. A party of ruffians took great delight in interrupting the
Good Templar’s lodge, at Morgan, Saturday evening. They
are promised a warm reception if they repeat their visit.
3. S. W. Hall, tobacco merchant at Butler, recently sold at
Cincinnati, seven hogsheads of tobacco which he cleared one
thousand dollars. This gentleman has about fifty thousand pounds
yet unsold, and calculates to make quite a nice thing out of
the trade this season.
4. The committee appointed by the temperance people of this
district to employ attorneys to made the defense in the contested
election case under the Local Opinion Law, have employed Gen.
W. Finnell and John H. Fryer, Esq., to represent them. The feeling
of the temperance people is to contest every inch of the ground.
It is thought that the Local Opinion contested election case
of this district, will be dismissed by the Board of Examiners,
before whom it will come up on next Monday week, for want of
jurisdiction. It seems that the idea of a contested election
case never entered the mind of the law-maker who drew up the
Local Opinion act.
- Southern Items: Says the Atlanta Constitution of Friday: Mr.
Ballard a farmer, who lives in Cobb county, was bitten by a
rattlesnake on Wednesday. He suffered terribly until Thursday
morning when he expired. Just after he was bitten Ballard shot
the snake four times and killed it. It was found to be as large
as a man’s leg, and is supposed to be the largest snake
ever killed in the county.
Transcribed by Jeannie