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Covington Journal, Covington, Kentucky
April 26, 1856
- One of the most substantial, respectable farmers of this
county, living near Lewisburg, Mr. Morgan B. Strode, was arrested
on yesterday, and tried before Esquires Littrell and Wood, on
the charge of rape upon his niece, Mrs. James M. Walker. We
were not present at the trial, but we learn that Mr. Strode
was honorably acquitted of the charge.
- The Zanesville Courier gives the particulars of a fatal affray.
On Wednesday last, at Dresden, a man named Cossibone, was beating
his wife. A young man named Hyde interfered, and was killed
by a cut from a butcher knife in the hands of Cossibone.
- American Mass Meeting at Crittenden. Pursuant to notice, a
large and enthusiastic meeting of the members of the American
Party was held at Crittenden, Grant County, Kentucky for the
purpose of ratifying the nomination of Millard Fillmore and
Andrew Jackson Denelson, for the offices of President and Vice
President of the United States. On motion of Col. Pallard, Alvin
M. Hume, of Grant, was called to the chair, and E. J. Bayless,
Esq., of Kenton, was appointed Secretary. On motion of W. S.
Rankin, Esq., a committee of three was appointed for the purpose
of drafting resolutions expressive of the sense of this meeting,
whereupon, Col. J. D. Pollard, Amos Green and John Carnes were
appointed said com. During the absence of the committee the
meeting was delightfully entertained by a number of the young
ladies of Crittenden, who without previous notice took the stand
and sang, that soul stirring patriotic song, E Pluribus Unumn
which seemed to raise the American feeling to fever heat. The
Committee on Resolutions here returned, and though their chairman
reported the following Resolutions, which were unanimously accepted:
1. Resolved, That we, hereby ratify and confirm the platform
adopted by the Philadelphia convention in February, 1856, and
pledge ourselves to carry out the principles therein contained
- believing, as we do, that it contains the true policy of the
country and should be engraved on the heart of every true native
2. Resolved, That we hail with pleasure the names of Millard
Fillmore and Andrew Jackson Donelson as the candidates of the
American Party for the offices of President and Vice President
of the United States, and we do hereby unanimously and heartily
ratify their nomination for those offices, entertaining, as
we do, the most unbounded confidence in their abilities and
patriotism as Statesmen of the first order, tried and proven.
3. Resolved, That with such men for our leaders - the Constitution
and American principle for our guide - we are confident of success,
against the combined efforts of all the opposing parties and
4. Resolved, That from this day forward we will renew and double
our efforts in the great cause of Americanism, and use all our
energies in the defense and promotion of the American cause
and the American Party - believing that upon their success depend
the happiness, prosperity and glory of the American people,
and the American name.
5. Resolved, That in the opinion of this meeting, the nomination
of candidates for judicial offices is inconsistent with the
principles of this order, and that we recommend the American
party to decline holding conventions for the purposes of selecting
candidates for Judicial offices in their districts respectively.
A call was then made for your talented young townsman E. H.
Phelps, Esq., who took the stand amid deafening cheers, and
in a speech of two hours completely vindicated the principles
of the American party, from foul aspersions of "Abolitionism,"
"religious proscription," & c., and showed in
glowing colors the many inconssiencies of the present Democratic
party, comparing them (most unfavorably) with the party of Jefferson,
Madison, Jackson, and others. Mr. Phelps made a most decided
hit in this place, and if he were a citizen of Grant district
and asked for an office, the American party of Grant would do
for him as the Sag Nichts of "Sweet Owen" would for
J. G. Breckinridge, viz, give almost any majority he would want.
Col. Jno. W. Finnell was next called to the stand, and made
one of these happy speeches for which he is proverbial. - at
times convulsing the audiance with laughter at some of his good
ancedotes, and again having them wrapt in profound silence as
he would depict the dangers resulting from the great influx
of foreigners. W. S. Rankin, Esq., Elector for the 10th district,
was then called on and made a few remarks informing the people
that he was now ready to commence the fight, and would effectively
canvass the entire district between this and November next.
The people have in reserve a rich treat, for be assured there
is not a better debater in the State or one better "posted
up" in the principles of the party than W. S. Rankin. After
Mr. Rankin took his seat the meeting adjourned determined to
labor with untiring zeal until success crowns our efforts to
elevate our candidates to the two highest offices in the gift
of the people. A. M. Hume, Cham’n E. J. Bayless, Sec’y.
Crittenden, April 19th, 1856
- A man named Jacob Spears, was killed at Paris, Ky., last Monday,
by Thos. Proberts, bar-keeper at the Thurston House. We are
informed that Spears threw a glass of Proberts face, when Proberts
drew a pistol and fired, three times. One shot struck Spears,
in the head, killing him in a few minutes.
- Marine Ruffner, one of the County Commissioners at Cincinnati,
died on the 18th, of disease of the lungs, on the steamer David
- Died in this city, of nervous fever, on the 19th inst., Shadford
Easton, infant son of Robert K. and Rebecca E. Sumerwell, aged
6 months, 11 days.
- A post office has been established East Bend, Boone county,
Ky., Hiram Calvert post-master.
- Kentucky News:
1. The Democrats of Madison County, have selected Col. J. B.
McCreary as their candidate for legislature. We congratulate
them on the choice. Col. Mc. Is a most noble, excellent, and
2. The Henderson News announces the death on the 28th at his
homestead in Henderson county of Captain Lazarus Powell, the
venerable father of the late Hon. L. W. Powell, in the 92d year
of his age.
3. J. H. Rodman, Esq., of Larue, in response to a call made
upon him, announces himself as a candidate for State Senate
in that district, subject to the action of a Democratic convention.
No better man could be possibly selected.
4. The members of the First Baptist Church, at Lexington, held
a meeting last Wednesday evening, and accepted the resignation
of their pastor, Rev. W. H. Felix. A call was made upon Rev.
Geo. Hunt, of Bowling Green, to succeed Mr. Felix, and it is
hoped he will accept.
5.At a meeting of the Democracy of Boone County, held at Burlington
on the 4th, G. W. Terrell, Esq., was selected as the candidate
to represent it in the General Assembly, and Jas. W. Tate, Esq.,
was unanimously re-commended as a suitable person for re-election
to the office of State Treasurer.
- Mr. Thomas Collins of Madison County, died at Paris, France,
on the 12th of April.
- Mr. P. R. Shipman, so long the leading writer upon the Louisville
Journal, will soon sail for Europe. He expects to reside in
Dresden for several years. Mr. S. recently married Miss Alice
Davidson, formerly of Louisville.
- On Saturday last a little son of G. Durant, telegraph operator
at Boyd’s Station, fell into a vessel of hot water, and
was so badly scalded that he died on Sunday. The little fellow
was only three years old, and his death is a severe affliction
to the loving parents.
- Ten years ago W. H. Harriman, of Quincy, Iowa, left home for
the Rocky Mountain gold regions. In 1863 he wrote that he was
coming back. Then a report was received that he was killed by
the indians, and his estate was administered upon. A few days
ago he suddenly appeared at home. Wonderful to relate, his wife
had not married another man.
- Hon. Thos. L. Jones : The Carrollton Democrat says: "So
far as Mr. Jones is concerned, he has proved himself to be a
true gentlemen, and a worthy Representative, - worthy of those
better days, when chivalry, humanity, and justice were terms
known and appreciated by an American Congress."
- Matrimonial: A wedding party passed through this place on
Wednesday morning last en route for Grant County, The principals
to the interesting affair were Mr. L. N. Kendall, of Grant,
and Miss Gabriella B. Shropshire, of Bourbon. The ceremony was
performed at the residence of the bride’s father, B. Thomas
Shropshire, near Leesburg, on Tuesday evening, the 4th. Attendants:
Walter Shropshire and Miss Bettie Bedford; Ross Kendall and
Miss Tolio Shropshire. Georgetown Times.
- The Covington Postmaster: Old Mr. Jesse R. Grant, the father
of the President, is, by the grace of his hopeful son, continued
as Post Master at Covington. He has just outraged the feelings
of the people by removing the post office from a central part
of part of the city to the outskirts to accommodate his own
personal convenience. A petition to the Postmaster General requiring
that it be moved back has received several thousands of signatures.
Much better than these removals of the post office would, we
think, be the removal of the postmaster. But what possibility
is there of his being removed? Isn’t the one merit of
being the President’s father a full offset to all the
follies and wrongs that he can commit in a lifetime? - Courier
- The Christian Church in Cynthiana, which is one of the finest
church edifices in that section of Kentucky, will be dedicated
on the 4th Lords Day in this month. Services will commence at
10 o’clock, A. M. The dedication sermon will be preached
by Elder P. B. Wiles, of this city.
- The members of the Catholic Church at Frankfort, on learning
of the death of Father Lancaster, who was formerly their pastor,
draped their Church in mourning; and as a further mark of respect
to the memory of the deceased, forwarded the following dispatch
to this city: Frankfort, Ky., May 5, 1869: On learning the demise
of our beloved pastor, the Very Rev. J. M. Lancaster, the undersigned,
being appointed a committee by the Catholic congregation of
Frankfort, desire to express their sympathy with the relations
and friends of the deceased, and out of respect we feel due
to him, who has labored eighteen years among us, we request
to have his remains brought to Frankfort’s Cemetery where
many other distinguished sons of Kentucky repose. Not only the
Catholics but Protestant friends desire the same. L. Tobin,
Ed. W. Burns, Wm. Cavenaugh, H. Hardy. Heartily, approved by
our pastor, Rev. L. Young.
- City Election - August, 1869: Thos. M. Frazer, is a candidate
for City Clerk, subject to the decision of the Democratic Convention.
- On Thursday last at the residence of the venerable postmaster
of Covington, Mr. A. R. Corbin, of New York, was married to
Miss Virginia Grant, daughter of our postmaster and sister of
the President of the U.S. When an event of this kind occurs
people want to know the particulars. It is said the newly wedded
couple met for the first time at the inauguration in March last.
It is presumed to be a case of love at first sight. In documents,
the age of the groom is put down at 60, that of the bride at
36. The happy Corbin is engaged in the real estate business.
- Transfers of Real Estate during the Past Week:
1. R. A. Caskey and wife to R. F. Armstrong, lot on Burnett
Street; east of Mary, 25x105 ....$400.00.
2. F. H. Bouckner to Thos. J. Williams, lot on north east corner
Sandford and Bullock streets, 61x114 ....$2000.
3. S. K. Hays, assignee, to John B. Hink, lot on north east
corner Kendall and Powell streets, 31x96 ....$1,605.
4. Jas. H. Laws to Wm. H. Porter, lot on Madison street, north
of Sixteenth, Southgate addition, 53x396 ....$7,000.
5. John S. Galbaugh to Anton Weber, lot in Kenner’s addition,
Ludlow, 50x125 ....$1,250.
6. J. B. Gasupohl and wife to Mary Meyer, lot on Washington
street, between Sixth and Pike, 25x95 ....$4,000.
- Williamstown, Grant County, Kentucky, May 12, 1869: Editors
Covington Journal: My mind, for the time, dwells on the beauties
and blessings of Friendship - disinterested Friendship. I feel,
I know there is such a thing as genuine Friendship. I experienced
its heartfelt power lately in your city. "No friendship
will abide the test That stands on sordid interest, Or mean
self-love erected; Nor such as may awhile subsist Between the
sot and sensualist, For vicious end connected." - Gowper.
Prudence, or, perhaps false delicacy, keeps me from mentioning
the names of many friends, old friends, good and true, whom
I met in Covington the last of April and the first of May. I
will say, however, that the "Hawkins House" I found
a home for several days, with a class of as bright and pleasant
"Days" as ever shed their hotel beams on the head
and heart of a friend. - Those who stop here will call again.
At the Central Hotel the fire of friendship burned and cast
up "Sparks" of remembrance of times "long ago."
There, to, "Gray" morning beams of youth I found shedding
forth the warmth of mature life, quickened thirty years ago.
At 36 Pike street, the glass of friendship mirrored the face
and affection of days long gone by. At 1135 Madison street,
the ex-Hume-d remembrance of early years vitalized the pleasures
of social intercourse as I sat at the table of friendship. At
the Second Presbyterian Church I met the advocates of Temperance
Reform, among whom was an acquaintance of years, who was standing
as a "Wall" against the inroads of rum and ruin. On
Madison, above 12th, the pleasant face of an amiable lady, now
paralytic, late of Grant, greeted my vision.
Never have I realized a purer, pleasure than when informed
that I had been contributing weekly to her enjoyment, without
being aware of the fact. Her daughter informed me that "mother
always asks to hear that paper read for which Mr. Cater writes,"
so that she can hear about her old friends and acquaintances.
Even my writing has added to the pleasure of one friend! How
many more I know not. On Banklick street, near the Drennon
House, on Sunday evening, May 2d, I was permitted to gaze,
for the last time, on the face of one of Grant’s loveliest
and most excellent women, Mrs. Catherine C. Nichols, wife
of Geo. W. Nichols. Before the next day’s sun arose,
she rising on the wings of Faith and Love, had ascended to
that bright and healthful clime, where reigns one eternal
day, and where sickness never enters. With the firm of Walker
Brothers I am almost entirely unacquainted, but one of their
gentlemanly clerks, Mr. John D. Sayers, whom I have known
for years, was so obliging as to conduct me through their
new, superb, four-story building just erected and nearly finished,
standing at the corner of Madison and Sixth streets, which
is the best storehouse I ever entered in the city of Covington.
The way the Walkers are now walking up into the air, exceeds,
somewhat, the aspiration per Simmons, which I noticed last
year, which was then the best house in the city, and still
ranks as one of the first-class store-houses in Covington.
1. On Tuesday May 4th., Mr. Lewis Kendall, son of Mr. Alfred
Kendall, near Williamstown, and Miss Gabriella Shropshire, daughter
of Mr. Thomas Shropshire, of Bourbon county, near Leesburg,
Harrison County, were married. Reception at his father’s
2. On Thursday morning, at 8 o’clock, May 6th, by the
undersigned, at the residence of the bride’s father, in
Williamstown, Ky., Dr. Robert H. O’Hara, brother to Judge
O’Hara, and Miss Mattie, oldest daughter of Dr. James
A. Johnson, were united in matrimony. Attendants: Mr. A. D.
Dejarnette and Miss Amanda Tully.
- Died of a Wound: A Mr. Webster was struck by a stick of wood
in the hands of William Carnes, at the distillery of Dickerson,
Collins, & Co., in this county, on Friday, April 30th, and
died May 4th, of the wound, which was on the side of the head
of the deceased. Webster and John Carnes, a younger brother
of Williams, had a difficulty; Webster raised an axe to strike
John, and William struck Webster to defend his brother, of which
blow Webster died. I have been acquainted with William for several
years, and always regarded him as peaceable boy, or young man.
William and John Carnes, a young man named Andrew McClure, on
Tuesday, the 11th., were held to bail, each in the sum of $1,000,
to appear in the Circuit Court this month.
- Died Suddenly: Mr. Esau Boyers, an old well known citizen
of Williamstown, fell dead in the street, on Monday, the 10th,
County Court day. He had attended at the court house in the
forenoon; had gone home (in town) to dinner; had dinned with
a good appetite, and was returning down town again, when he
fell dead near Simpson’s Hotel. He, was interred, Tuesday,
the 11th, in the Baptist burying ground, by the Odd Fellows,
with appropriate honors. Mr. Boyers was a very generous and
hospitable man, as a very large acquaintance both in Grant and
Harrison well know. He had been afflicted with the dropsy for
several years, and using remedies which he thought were slowly
effecting a cure; but it seems they were powerless for good.
He was about 70 years of age, and leaves an amiable widow, with
two interesting grand-children to mourn their irreparable loss.
- Williamstown Temperance Reform Club is constantly receiving
additions to their number which is now about 90. All seem to
be in the spirit of reform. All ages and both sexes take a deep
interest in this reformation. Williamstown is nearly clear of
those scenes that dishonored her a month ago. Citizens almost
universally rejoice in the change wrought in our community,
and in so short a time, by means so cheap and simple, which
were, to exercise reason; meet together for a good purpose;
quit drinking whiskey, and sign a temperance pledge. A better
evidence of the good sense of our young men could not be preduced
than has been shown by them in listening to the words and kind
advice of those more experienced than themselves, and in quitting
the use of intoxicating drinks. A few, very few, still neglect
to sign the pledge; but is surely cannot be because the love
for strong drink is stronger than their reasoning powers. God
send the day speedily when any young man will be ashamed to
drink whiskey, or carry a pistol about his person. Whisky makes
no man wiser, better, or richer; but it has made many a man
a bigger fool, a worse citizen, and a poorer man. B. N. Carter
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