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March 31, 1898… It is estimated that the output of gold in the Klondike during the year will reach $8,000,000. Japan now has 47 war vessels, while the U.S. Navy has 27 and Spain has 32. The Cynthiana Democrat says, “The colt, Presbyterian, won the first derby of the year at New Orleans. All Presbyterians should try to run a good race, but they ought not to crowd others into the fence, as this colt did.” Most news items concern the strained relations between the U.S. and Spain over the Maine incident in Havana harbor - an explosion which cost hundreds of U.S. lives. The editor says that Spain was wrested from the Moors in 1492 and became a nation when Castile, Aragon and Granada came together that year. Also, Cuba was discovered that year. Sen. Thurston said in Congress that “Spain is a Christian nation, and she has set up more crosses in more lands, beneath more skies, and under them has butchered more people than all other nations combined.” The Court of Inquiry has reported that the battleship Maine exploded from a mine under the ship on the port side. The explosion was apparently due to no fault of those on board. The Court has declared that it cannot find evidence to fix responsibility. The report was a unanimous one. Versailles City Council passed an ordinance March 26 requiring every adult and minor to be vaccinated for smallpox whether they were ever vaccinated before or not. A fine will be imposed on anyone not vaccinated within 10 days. C.N. Thomas lectured in Versailles March 29 on Cuba. The Versailles Orchestra, which has just been organized,furnished music for the evening. M/M Lucas Brodhead, of Woodburn Farm, have returned from a trip of four months in Europe. They visited M/M Henry Deedes at their country seat and enjoyed generous English hospitality. Mrs. Deedes is a sister of A.J. Alexander, of Woodburn House. Mr. Deedes is a typical English gentleman and follows the hounds two or three days every week during the season, and although he is 77 years old, he is a bold rider. The distillery of S.J. Greenbaum & Co. makes its last mash tomorrow for the season. The editor says that mirrors reflect without speaking, while women often speak without reflecting. Winter insists on lingering in the lap of gentle spring, although the fruit trees are all in bloom now. L & H Epstein, who have conducted a dry goods and clothing business in Midway for the past year or so, have removed to Corinth to engage in the same business. Blue Grass Grocery will occupy the store room vacated by the Messrs. Epstein. Former U.S. Senator J.C.S. Blackburn suffered an acute attack of indigestion last Friday immediately after witnessing the christening of the battleship Kentucky. He had just stepped from the vessel when he collapsed, unconscious, in the arms of his son-in-law, Mr. Lane. He has recovered completely and is being mentioned increasingly as a possible running mate in 1900 with William J. Bryan. March 25, 1920… The spring race meeting at Lexington will begin on April 24 with ten racing days assigned for 1920. S.C. Nuckols Jr. of Versailles is one of three men who will serve as stewards. Farm lands in Kentucky, especially in tobacco-growing counties, have increased in value the past year by an average of more than 10 percent. Harry T. Edmonds and Hardin Walcutt, both of Midway, have opened an office for the American Clearing Co. in the Woodford Sun building in Versailles. A harmonious meeting of Kentucky Democrats last week in Louisville may have signalled an end to factional strife. At the meeting, there were no “Beckham Democrats,” no “Stanley Democrats” no “wets” nor no “drys.” The Midway High girls defeated Model High of Lexington Saturday night on the University floor by 14 to 1. The Midway girls closed their season Tuesday with a 13-11 win over Versailles. Midway had a 5-l record for the season. The U.S. Senate, by a vote of 51 to 41, has for a second time refused to ratify the treaty of peace with Germany which contains the League of Nations proposal. The U.S. government indicates that by 1924 America’s Navy will equal that of Great Britain in fighting power. By that time, Great Britain will have 60 battle ships, the U.S. 47, France 26, Japan 15 and Italy 13. Marcus Helm, of near Danville, will have charge of the farm of M/M W.E. Simms this year. The dance at Sower’s Hall in Frankfort Saturday was attended by Saxton Richardson, Howard and Owen Rouse. Miss Thelma Gaines, who has been teaching at the Witherspoon School, closed the term Friday and returned to her home in Versailles. An Illinois concern has purchased the cottage of M.M. Lawell, on the corner of Lexington and Locust Street in Versailles,and has moved the house to Brown Avenue. A brick and concrete building will be erected in its place to serve the public with gasoline and oil for all classes of motors. Rose Bros. sold to Mike Faust 64 acres on Scott’s Road for $26,000. F.H. Winter and Ernest Graham bought from Mrs. Carrie Craig the brick store room next door to the traction office on Main Street in Versailles for $6,000. John W. Newman sold to R.W. Hall 98 acres near Milner for $8,500. W.S. Nichols sold to Martha Pearl Crews 107 acres on the Troy Pike for $24,000.

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