Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
October 14, 1897… Our Congressman, Hon. Evan Settle, will discuss the issues of the day at Versailles on County Court Day. The Republicans are mounting an effort to field candidates in local as well as state contests. W.L. Cannon, a sound-money Democrat, was nominated by the GOP as their candidate for magistrate from the Midway district and Mayor Starks has been nominated for reelection. Also, Mr. Lutz, the shoemaker, was nominated for police judge. Mr. Lutz will be opposed by J.L. Cogar and Mayor Starks by Matt Winn.
Gay Brothers, saddlehorse dealers from the Pisgah neighborhood, have sold to the representative of the Japanese Emperor, the black colt Cupid, by Highland Denmark, for the largest price any 3-year-old ever sold for, and probably the largest price ever paid for a saddlehorse. This is the first Kentucky saddlehorse to cross the Pacific.
Bower & Reiling, photographers, have located their car in the yard of the Offutt property on Winter Street and are prepared to show Midway residents the wonders of their photographic abilities.
Arrangements are being perfected for an old-fashioned Kentucky barbecue to be given by the citizens of Woodford, Scott and Jessamine counties in honor of Sen. Henry L. Martin in Viley’s Woods, two miles from Midway on the Versailles Pike, on Saturday, Oct. 23. Preparations for feeding 5,000 people will be made. Among the noted speakers taking part in the program will be Hon. John G. Carlisle, U.S. Senator William Lindsay, Hon. W.C.P. Breckinridge, Hon. W.H. Yost and Hon. Josiah Patterson.
The Court of Appeals sustained the decision of the lower court in sentencing ex-banker W.M. Shipp, of Midway, to two years in the penitentiary for making false entries. Despite the fact that Gov. Bradley refused a pardon earlier, Mr. Shipp’s friends are again trying to secure a pardon. Former Senator Blackburn and Judge J.R. Morton are among those who have appealed to Gov. Bradley for the pardon. Mr. Shipp’s long confinement in the county jail at Versailles has played havoc with his general health, and he has been too ill recently to be removed to the penitentiary at Frankfort.
Political appointments in Woodford County between now and election time have been set up for Congressman Evan Settle, County Judge L.H. Parrish, Capt. James Blackburn, County Attorney W.O. Davis, Supt. M.B. Hifner, Rep. German B. Stout, Hon. C.J. Bronston and J.C.S. Blackburn.
The R.N.I. & B. Railroad was sold publicly Monday at Versailles, under a foreclosure proceeding, for $301,000. It was bought by the lienholders. The road extends from Versailles to Irvine, a distance of 60 miles.
Liberati and his famous band came to Versailles Friday night and serenaded ex-Sen. Jo Blackburn. Several hundred persons were present and, after a characteristic speech by the senator, they returned to Lexington on the 11 p.m. train.
Lucas Brodhead, of Woodburn Farm, has purchased D. Swigert’s handsome residence in Fayette Park, Lexington, for $10,000.
Kansas City papers noted the presence in that city of Bluejacket, the last big chief of the Shawnee Indians. He is 80 and was on his way to Kansas to locate the grave of The Prophet, the Shawnee chief who died in that territory in 1839. The Prophet was a brother of the famous chief Tecumseh and succeeded him as head man of the tribe. After Tecumseh’s death, The Prophet led the Shawnees in the Battle of Tippecanoe, in Indiana. In 1826, The Prophet moved to Missouri and two years later moved to Kansas.