Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
February 7, 1901… The funeral of Queen Victoria is reported in great detail on page 3. Mrs. Carrie Nation has been arrested at Topeka, Kansas for creating a great disturbance in attempting to smash a saloon there. It is her first defeat, but she vows to continue her course. The magnificent residence of Judge James C. Cantrill, in Georgetown on the corner of Chambers and Main streets was gutted by fire Thursday morning. The loss is estimated at $20,000. Capt. Garnett D. Ripley of New Castle has been arrested and charged with complicity in the murder of Gov. Goebel. Others awaiting trial or sentencing are Henry E. Youtsey, Capt. John Davis, Harland Whitaker, and “Tallow Dick” Combs. J. Campbell Cantrill of Scott County is a candidate for state senate from the 22nd district of Woodford, Jessamine and Scott. Gov. Nash of Ohio is determined to prevent the Jeffries-Ruhlin fight from coming off in Cincinnati and the sports promoters are just as determined to continue with their plans. The Clipper opposes the fight. Just one year ago Sunday, the greatest champion the common people in Kentucky ever knew gave up this life as the result of the foulest murder ever committed. Last Sunday there gathered around his grave in Frankfort cemetery, a company of friends who participated in services commemorative of the dead Goebel. Tender hands decked his last resting place with beautiful flowers, and loving friends gave utterance to their feelings in eloquent speech. Mr. Goebel’s grave occupies a place in the hearts of Kentucky’s loyal people which naught else can supplant. Mrs. Carrie Nation, like all things of any note of importance, has Kentucky soil as her birthplace. According to newspaper reports, her maiden name was Carrie Moore. She was born at the old Moore homestead, on a fine farm lying on the celebrated turnpike, which leads from Midway to Versailles. Her father was George Moore, who was a son of a well-to-do farmer of that name, who was in his day a well-known Kentuckian. The Moore family have for more than a century been leading and very prominent people in the Bluegrass region. They trace their lineage back to the oldest and best families of Virginia and have always been regarded as among the blue-blooded and aristocratic people of the old State. The Moore homestead, where Carrie Moore was born and partly reared, lies close to the fine farm where General Abe Buford lived (Bosque Bonita). The near neighbors of the Moores were such people as the family of Major Warren Viley, the Blackburns, the Harpers and the Stouts, all celebrated Kentucky families. In her girlhood, Carrie Nation attended the district school with U.S. Senator Jo Blackburn, General Buford, the Marshalls and others who lived in the neighborhood, grew up in the county, and have become famous. When she was about 12 years of age, her father moved to Jackson County, Missouri, where he lived on a farm and was well and favorably known. He was buried at Belton, in Cass County, just over the Jackson County line. Mrs. Nation’s mother was formerly a Miss Campbell, of Boyle County, Ky., and the daughter of James Campbell, whose family was also “to the manner born.” One of Mrs. Nation’s brothers, Viley Moore of the Kansas City stockyards, was named for Major Warren Viley of Midway. He is a prominent businessman in Kansas City. Mrs. Nation’s husband, David Nation, is a lawyer of Medicine Lodge. Mrs. Nation says that she is not in this business for money...that she has received only $10 since she started on her famous trip. The Rev. M.D. Clubb and family moved to the residence of W.D. Offutt on Bruin Street this week. Henry Youtsey and Caleb Powers, two of the most distinguished citizens of Kentucky (Goebel’s killers?) passed through Midway Tuesday on their way to Georgetown. Midway has a new meat store on Railroad Street. Several icehouses in this community were filled last week with ice about 3 inches thick. The people of this community have perhaps never stopped to think how completely they are held at the mercy of King John Barleycorn. It is true, nevertheless. No movement for anything whatever can be undertaken without first consulting the whisky interests of the community. If any public improvement is suggested the first question asked is: “Does the whiskey element of the town approve it? If so, there may possibly be some hope for it; if not, the matter had as well be abandoned.” The property owners of the town hold their hands and say nothing as the saloons furnish a good part of the municipal revenue, and without them the taxes might be higher. They do not think of their boys who are being lured on to destruction. That does not make any difference if they can save a dollar or two on taxes. Not one word of protest is uttered against the whiskey traffic because the good people of the community do not wish to “injure business.’’ They are sore afraid of stirring up strife and hurting somebody’s feelings. Meanwhile, the whiskey traffic goes on, paying no attention to your heart breakings when your bright young boy comes home intoxicated. It has no regard for the feelings of the disconsolate wife as she hungers for the bread her husband will not buy because the dram shop has gotten his last farthing. Oh no, it has no regards for the feelings of the starving, freezing children deprived of the comforts that ought to have been supplied them with the money their fathers spend for burning liquor. Oh no, the feeling is all on the side of the kind, good people who sit in the chief seats in the churches with a sanctified air and feel that they must not say anything about it. Midway needs a shaking up along this line from center to circumference. The shackles of the whiskey business need to be thrown off before the community can improve. It is a sad state of affairs that confronts us. We must face it vigorously and not shirk. The future welfare of our citizens depends upon some immediate action being taken in regard to this business in whose hands this community is so tightly held. lf we cannot be emancipated from it entirely, let us see that the laws regulating the sale of it are more rigidly enforced. Nearly every day we hear it openly asserted that the sale of liquor is carried on in Midway on Sundays in the most flagrant violation of the law. No attempt is made at concealment. It goes on under the very noses of the officers. Yet nothing is ever done towards stopping it. And why? Simply because the sentiment of the people against the liquor traffic is not sufficiently strong to compel an obedience to the law. Laws are obeyed only in proportion as the people who make them have a desire to see them obeyed. If you do not manifest your concern as to the enforcing of your laws, you cannot complain when they are disobeyed. It is for this reason therefore that the Clipper, as a public servant working for the public good, urges the attention of the people of the community to this important matter. Will you sit supinely down and see your boys ruined, and utter never a word of protest? Will you sit still and watch with complacency the wreaking of homes and lives and the breaking of laws and say never a word? Mrs. Penn, who lives on the Cable place about two miles north of town, died Saturday from asthma. Mrs. Alicia Claffy, former tollgate keeper at the junction of the Frankfort and Spring Station Pikes, died recently. In Versailles, William A. Wilson, 72, and Mrs. Mary H. Wilson, 71, his wife, died yesterday within a few hours of each other, both of pneumonia. Their birthplaces and the scene of their marriage are within a half mile of the dwelling in which they died and where they spent 50 years of wedded life. Both were taken ill at the same time, two weeks ago. They will be buried in one grave. Many people have pinned their faith unhesitatingly to the Arctomys monax, or groundhog, as a weather prophet. They arc consequently saying that as this individual did not see his shadow at noon Saturday, winter is over. But a slight drawing of the record on their favorite is likely to shatter their faith in him. February 2, 1890 was a cloudy day, with rain, and according to his Hogship, foretold an early spring. Unfortunately, March proved most unruly; a large amount of rain and snow fell, the temperature at one time stood six degrees above zero and a wind velocity of 62 miles per hour was attained. To his credit, the last killing frost of spring occurred as early as April 2. His shadow was plainly visible in 1891, 1893 and 1895; the lowest temperatures recorded in March of those years were 15, 10 and 20 degrees respectively; considerable rain and snow fell in 1891, but amount were light in the years 1893 and 1895; dates of last killing frosts were May 6, 1891, April 22, 1893 and April 3, 1895. The remaining years were cloudy, with the exception of 1898, which was but partly cloudy. Of these, 1894 may be remembered by a killing frost, which occurred as late as May 20; 1896 by a temperature of 2 degrees below zero on Feb. 21; and 1898 by a snowfall extending well into May. Since 1899, his Hogship had been in bad order in this community. On Candlemas Day of that year, not a ray of sunshine came to mar the prognosis of an early spring, but this community has never recovered from the depression of spirits induced by the temperature of 20 degrees below zero, which followed. Taken one year with another, the hog is about as deceptive a critter as Hicks, DeVoe and others of his class. Yeary and Givens’ new meat store adjoins Lee’s Grocery. February 9, 1922... The Rev. R.L. Riddell, minister of the Christian Church for the last two years, resigned Sunday and will remove to Jonesboro, Arkansas. Cardnal Achille Ratti, Archbishop of Milan, has been elected Pope to succeed the late Benedict 15th. He has taken the name Pius 11th. Mrs. Anna Beasley, 40, shot and killed her husband, Charles Beasley, 42, at their home in Lexington after the latter had inflicted several cuts to the former with a razor. He was a railroad conductor. Only one of three shots fired took effect, and that was a shot through the heart. That part of the Midland Trail in Kentucky from Louisville to Ashland, with exception of a stretch between Morehead and Olive Hill, will be completed by the end of this year. The road from Louisville to Lexington, and through Woodford, is of Kentucky rock asphalt and state main tained. A concrete section will be completed this year from Lexington to the Clark County line. Miss Lucille McKinivan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude McKinivan, was married Tuesday to Augustus Edward Clarke, son of George Clarke of Lexington. They were married at St. Leo Church at the unusual hour of 6:30 a.m. C.W. Parrish sold to Gilbert Turner his farm on the Weisenberger Pike last week. The price was private. Mr. Turner lives near Payne’s Depot on the Leestown Pike on the old Dr. Risque farm, which place he purchased some few years ago. John G. Brown and Frank L. Walter, who have been editors and owners of the Blue Grass Clipper for the past five years, sold the newspaper plant, subscription list, good will, etc. last Thursday to J.H. Reigner of Crothersville,Ind. Brown and Walter started at the Clipper in June of 1917. Tyler Maddox sold his house and lot on Stephens Street to C.E. Thomas for $2,500. G.T. McKinney, who has been quite ill at his home on Railroad Street, is slowly improving. K.D. Alexander of Greatneck, Long Island arrived here to be the guest of Dr. A.J.A. Alexander for several days. On Friday Capt. W.C. White, Versailles prohibition officer, assisted by J.W. Steele and H.C. Taylor, made a raid on the home of Charles Railey in Jacksontown. They found a still in operation, which they destroyed, and they arrested Railey and his daughters, Bettie and Cornelia. The posse then went to the home of John Caleb Williams, nearby and found “home brew” there and arrested him. All four are being held to federal grand jury. Prof. J.W. Newman has purchased the warehouse, the surrounding lot and the cattle scales at the Southern Depot from W. Irvine Arnold and will open a cattle yard there. Circuit Court will open Feb. 27 and Judge Bailey of Johnson County will substitute for Judge Robert L. Stout, who is quite ill in Florida.