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Covington Journal, Covington, Kentucky
Saturday, October 23, 1852
  • Col. T. C. Sharp, one of the pioneers of Kentucky and a soldier in the late war, died in Hopkinsville, Kentucky last week.


  • The jury in the case of the Commonwealth vs. James Marshall, under indictment in the Mason Circuit Court, for shooting J. K. Ball, rendered a verdict of "Not Guilty," where upon the defendant was discharged.
  • Whig Mass Meeting at Williamstown. To the editor of the Covington Journal: Yesterday was a great and glorious day for the Whigs of Grant, and one to be long remembered, not only by them, but by the Democracy of the county, as the day on which they were demolished - not the individuals themselves who were present, but their party leaders, doctrines and doings? The day was clear and pleasant, and by 10 o’clock the streets were filled with people, but they still came. Between 10 and 11 o’clock Mr. Breeden, of Mason, commenced a speech to a large audience who listened to him with great attention and received his speech with frequent applause. Mr. Breeden spoke over one hour with great energy and exceedingly sound and strong arguments, drawing with great force and clearness the contrast between the platforms and candidates of the Whig and Democratic parties. At 1 o’clock, Hon. Thos. F. Marshall made his appearance upon the stand and commenced one of his speeches. The court room, which is very large, was crowed to overflowing with ladies and gentlemen. For four hours was the audience held spell-bound by the unsurpassed eloquence of this truly sublime orator. I had heard Mr. Marshall before; had read and-heard a great deal about his extraordinary efforts during the present canvass, and was consequently prepared to listen to a great speech; but really it far exceeded my most sanguine expectations in every quality necessary to constitute a great speech. In short, it was one of his best, and any attempt to describe it would but detract from its true merits. And this, sir, is the opinion of all who heard it, both Whigs and Democrats. Mr. Marshall closed his speech a little after 5 o’clock, amidst deafening applause from an audience that had listened to him more than four hours. At the close of his speech it was announced that Hon. Garrett Davis would speak at the Court House candle lighting. But in the mean time, Mr. Carpenter, the County Elector for the county of Kenton had arrived, and had given it out in the streets - or at least his friends did so for him - that he would speak at the Presbyterian church, at the same hour. This was evidently a plan resorted to draw the less determined and more reasonable portion of the Democracy from the appointment of Mr. Davis; for the leaders of the party gave evident manifestations that they felt the necessity of not permitting their brethren to listen longer to the truth as told by Messrs. Breeden, Marshall, and Davis. The hour for speaking was near at hand, and so were people, but not at or near the Presbyterian church. Consequently the friends of Mr. Carpenter requested of the friends of Mr. Davis that the latter should divide his time with him, and that they should have a discussion at the Court House, which was readily acceded to both by Mr. Davis and his friends. The discussion went on and was closed by Mr. Davis a few minutes past 10 o’clock; and I am quite sure, sir, that neither Mr. Carpenter nor his friends of Grant for him will ever propose another with Garrett Davis; for if ever a man was demolished and his arguments scattered to the four winds, Mr. Carpenter and his effort on last night met that fate. It has but seldom been my lot to listen to a fairer effort than of Mr. Davis on this occasion; never to such a parade of arguments and proof, in so few words. He piled argument on argument until he had created a structure from which he poured the hot shot into his enemy at a most destructive rate, often breaking forth in the most beautiful and charming strains of really chaste and pathetic eloquence - that eloquence that reaches the heart and moves the finer feelings of the soul. He was unusually touching in his allusions to the services which Gen. Scott had rendered his country and the sufferings and privations of the North-Western pioneers, to whom Gen. Pierce refused to extend the benefits of pension laws. Every word uttered by him seemed to sink with great weight on the hearers, for they believed it was true. Thus closed our meeting, and a brilliant close it was. This morning the Whigs look smiling and cheerful, while there Locofoco neighbors seem cast down and exceeding long faced. And well they may for yesterday’s work will tell, to them, a sorrowful fate. The Whigs of Grant are at their posts and will there be found on the first Tuesday in November, when they will render a good account of themselves.
  • Williamstown, Oct. 14, 1852: Heavy Verdict - We copy the following from the Cincinnati Commercial: The jury sitting the case of Martin H. Bendrix vs. the steamboat Ironton (an action brought to recover damages against the boat for false imprisonment) brought in a verdict yesterday for the plaintiff, with $2,535, damages. The case was tried before Judge Matthews. It will be recollected - a notice of the case having recently appeared in the Commercial - that the plaintiff while on the the upward trip on the Ironton from Louisville, was put in irons on a charge of kidnaping a negro, and, on the arrival of the boat at Covington, was taken through the town handcuffed with the negro; but on inquiry before the mayor, was released, upon proof that the colored man was his own slave.
  • Hon. John Calhoon, late of Daviess County, Kentucky died at Louisville, on the 15th after a brief illness.
  • The Cholera has broken out at Paris, Edgar County, Illinois. A man by the name of Scott, residing in Hancock County, on his way to Boone county, Kentucky was first attacked and died.
  • Married in this city on Tuesday the 14th, by the Rev. Mr. Huston, Samuel K. Hays to Miss Lizzie Howard.
  • Married in Frankfort on Monday afternoon by the Rev. Stuart Robinson, Col. Orlanda Brown to Miss Mary Cordelia Brodhead.
  • Died at his residence in Campbell County on the 10th, Rev. Rich’d Tarvin, in the 77th year of his age. He was well known to all the old settlers of this portion of Kentucky, having settled in this county about fifty years ago.
  • Died in this city on 18th of consumption, Mrs. Sarah Ann, wife of James Summerwell, aged 20 years, 6 months, and 13 days.


    Transcribed by Jeannie Gallant