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August 24, 1899… Six thousand Democrats gathered at Mayfield, in Graves County, on Aug. 12 to hear Hon. William Goebel define the issues in the gubernatorial campaign. Sen. Goebel, after speaking for some time, was temporarily overcome by the intense heat and gave way to Sen. Blackburn. Goebel finished his address at the conclusion of the program. Silver, trusts, national expansion and state problems were touched upon. The Clipper printed Goebel’s entire address. The planned return of Admiral Dewey to the U.S. for the first time since the Spanish­American War has caused New York City to ready itself for the greatest reception in American history. The event should take place about Sept. 2. A dissident Democratic convention has nominated John Y. Brown for governor and P.P. Johnston for lt. governor. Two carloads of Kentucky horses were purchased last week at an average cost of between $80 and $100 each and were shipped by rail to New York, from whence they will be shipped to Gen. Otis in Manila to be used as cavalry horses under command of Gen. Joseph Wheeler. The old Branham house in Midway has been remodeled for use as a modern hotel. The house was once one of the most popular in Central Kentucky and promises to win back much of its former favor. Dr. B.F. Parrish and J.W. Parrish accompanied their brother, Isaac Parrish, to Louisville Monday, where he was operated upon for appendicitis. The operation was successful, and his chances of a full recovery are excellent. Morgan West, after establishing a library here, left for Georgetown Monday. Forty-eight members at this place shows the interest of our people in literature. The first 50 volumes of the circulating library arrived Thursday and may be found at Davis Drugstore. The Clipper printed a complete list of subscribers. J.E. Davis has purchased the corner residence of Dr. W.E. Sleet, on Winter Street, for $2,500. Mr. and Mrs. Davis will begin housekeeping at once. The rural free delivery mail service recently established in Fayette County is a success. Postmaster Elkin reports that during the first 10 days of August, a total of 2,244 pieces were delivered and collected on the four routes. Max Wilson has rented the residence of B.S. Branham on Higgins Street. Dr. S.J. Anderson’s new house is nearly ready for occupancy. It is one of the prettiest houses that has been built in Midway for some time. Gay Brothers sold to J.T. Crenshaw, of Lexington, their premium saddle mare, Jae Carter, 4 years old, by Highland Denmark, for $1,000. Ball Brothers sold to S.J. Look, Louisville agent for western parties, the unbeaten 4-year-old saddle gelding, Searchlight, for $1,250. Searchlight has taken blue ribbons in every ring where he was shown in Kansas City and St. Louis horse shows, defeating stallions, mares and geldings of all ages. August 25, 1921… Col. Adrian S. Fleming, a Midway native, has been nominated by Pres. Harding to be a brigadier general. More than three million pounds of tobacco have been pledged to date from Woodford for the Burley Tobacco Marketing Association contract. Two men, thought to be from Louisville, drove to the home of Dr. S.A. Blackburn at 3 a.m. Monday and forced him to treat one of them for a gunshot wound in the shoulder. Midway City School will open on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The home of the late Capt. John A. Steele, near the Midway limits and containing about 32 acres, will be sold at auction on Sept. 20. The home is a nine-room brick residence. Seventeen additions to the Baptist church near Ducker Station were baptized Sunday in a pond on the old Ayers place. Versailles Graded School will open Sept. 6. Lexington YWCA has purchased 12 acres on the river at McCoun’s Ferry for $1,000 and will erect a bungalow for summer camping. The condition of Gov. Charles M. Harris causes great uneasiness to his friends. He is a very sick man.

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