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May 25, 1899… A New Jersey man declares that Aguinaldo, the leader of the Philippine insurgents, is the son of an Irishman and that his real name is O’Gormeley. The father was a native of Tralee, County Kerry, and went to Hong Kong, where he married a wealthy Japanese woman. Thence, he removed to Manila and went into the grocery business. The New Jersey man’s local reputation for truth and veracity is excellent. The elevated altitude and pure air of Arizona and New Mexico seem to affect the minds and imaginations of some men. Down in Arizona there is a little stream known as the Hassayampa River, and it is said that if anyone drinks of the water he is forever after incapable of telling the truth. The victims of this mysterious stream are known as “Hassayamps” and there are a good many of them in that part of the country. The U.S. Navy has ordered the building of six new cruisers, which will be named Denver, Des Moines, Chattanooga, Galveston, Tacoma and Cleveland. The cruisers will be sheathed in copper and will displace 3,400 tons, making them slightly larger than the Raleigh and the Cincinnati. State Auditor Samuel H. Stone, Madison County, became the third announced candidate for governor, joining in the field Attorney General Taylor and Judge Clinton Pratt, all Republicans. Dr. Joseph Lehman, of Carrollton, visited his parents in Midway last week. He is enjoying a large and increasing practice in his adopted town. Privates C.C. Young, Tom Maupin and Howard Brown, who have been with the 3rd Kentucky in Cuba, have returned home, that regiment having been mustered out. John H. Bell, Henry L. Martin and S.T. Leavy attended the dinner given by Col. W.C.P. Breckinridge at his home in Lexington Tuesday. These gentlemen were in Col. Breckinridge’s regiment during the Civil War. Dr. George S. Coon, of Louisville, stopped over with Dr. Kasselman Tuesday night. He was on his way to the meeting of homeopaths in Lexington. Mrs. Patsy Davis, 84, one of Midway’s oldest and most esteemed citizens, passed away last Thursday from infirmities due to old age. Burial was in the old family burial grounds on the Phelps place. Are the city fathers going to turn a deaf ear to the public outcry for a street sprinkler, or do they think that in a little while that cry will be choked off by the dust, and they will be troubled with it no more? Blackberry winter has prevailed with considerable vigor for the past week. Fortunately, the nights were cloudy, thus preventing frost. The sale of the Wood property Saturday was attended by a large crowd. The Branham Hotel property was bought by Richard Godson for $1,650, and he will remodel it and rent it for hotel purposes. The Hammond school property on Walnut Street went to R.S. Starks at $220. The lot on the corner of Gratz and Walnut was bought by John Wise at $175. Mr. Wise also got the Gatrell house and lot on Gratz Street for $300. Dolly Twyman purchased the Tolliver lot on Gratz Street for $146. The May term of Circuit Court will deal with three murder cases. The Midway boys are brushing up their best wearing apparel preparatory to the homecoming of the school girls who have been away this semester. When these fair maidens return, society will doubtless awaken from its lethargy. The project, which Lexington capitalists have on foot to connect that city with all the surrounding towns by means of an electric trolley line, is not meeting with universal approval by any means. The merchants of the various towns are opposed to it almost to a unit, for they claim that it will ruin their trade, diverting it all to Lexington. The opinion seems to prevail that with such a road in operation, the towns so connected would soon die a commercial death. All the stores would be forced to quit and business would be otherwise stagnated. From what we can learn, the promoters will encounter strong opposition when it is definitely determined to begin construction. The merchants of Midway are strongly opposed to it almost to a man.

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