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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 born American.
    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 fractions.
    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 Gibson.
  • 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 accomplished gentlemen.
    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 Journal.
  • 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.

  • Marriages:
    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 May 5th.
    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


    Transcribed by Jeannie Gallant