Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
December 7, 1899… The 70-piece, solid silver service has been presented to the Battleship Kentucky on behalf of the people of the state. Several interesting items include a 15-gallon capacity punch bowl and various pieces with likenesses of Daniel Boone and an Indian. The new battleship, in time trials against tide, wind and heavy seas, averaged nearly 17 knots. The first attempt at scientific forecasting of the weather resulted from a storm during the Crimean War, Nov. 14, 1854, which almost destroyed the fleets of France and England. As a storm had raged several days earlier in France, investigations were made, which showed that the two storms were in reality one storm, and that its path could have been ascertained and the fleet forewarned in ample time to reach safety. At Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, a deserted U.S. Army post, stands a two-story house, part frame and part log, which was built in 1848 by Jefferson Davis, former Confederate President, who then was an officer in the U.S. Army. Lt. Davis, while stationed at this post, married the daughter of Gen. Taylor. The only trading point for miles around, the post was a wild place infested with gamblers, desperadoes, Indian traders, fugitives from justice and occasional cowboy gangs. The army post was closed down in 1892. In 1804, the Philadelphia mint is known to have turned out 19,570 silver dollars. That was the entire issue except for four test pieces, which were put under lock and key at the treasury building in Washington. The whole lot, just as it came from the stamping presses, was dumped into an iron chest and put on board a merchantman for China. It was directed to the captain of a U.S. frigate then in Chinese waters and was to be used for paying expenses there. A Chinese typhoon sent the merchantman to the bottom and therefore the U.S. government is the only collector in the world, which has a complete set of U.S. dollars. Every other collection is short that one year. June W. Gayle is the Democratic nominee for Congress from this district and is opposed by a former congressman, William C. Owens, who is now running with the support of Republicans and followers of ex-Gov. Brown. Gayle was nominated on the 67th ballot after contesting with Allen, Julian and Moody for the nomination. President McKinley’s message to Congress concerned his sorrow over the death of Vice President Hobart, indicated future of Philippines in the hands of Congress, said U.S. would be neutral in the Boer War, and recommended territorial status for Hawaii and Alaska. Dr. J.A. Lucy, 75, who formerly practiced medicine in Midway, died at his home near Stamping Ground on Monday. A sensation was created in commercial circles Saturday when John W., E.L. and W.W. Davis all filed for bankruptcy. Liabilities of the three were about $210,000 and assets were listed at about $110,000. The Millville News says the firm of Labrot & Graham has been dissolved and that Mr. Labrot will run the distillery this season, starting up about Dec. 15. December 8, 1921… An auto bus line was put into operation Wednesday morning between Midway and Lexington. Three round trips daily will be made. One hundred masons from Midway, Versailles and Central Kentucky attended the Centennial Banquet of Webb Chapter No. 6, Royal Arch, at Versailles Tuesday. Midway masons present were Rev. R.L. Riddell, Rev. R.C. Gresham, R. Quinn Cogar, John Wise, William Wise, J.R. Weiler, James W. Withrow, Clarence Nave, F.V. McChesney, Joseph Epstein, Frank L. Walter, M.D. Offutt, J.C. Alexander, Regis Alexander, W.R. Golsan and Charles Murray. Joseph W. Porter, who suffered a gunshot wound more than a month ago, has been taken home from the hospital and seems on the way to complete recovery. The bullet is still in his side but does not appear to be near a vital spot. The big training barn at John W. Stout’s Glen Lake Farm burned early Wednesday. Sixteen horses were lost, including the famous sires, The Northern Man and Thistledown. The Versailles old city council held its last meeting Friday night. Nine hundred dogs were listed for taxation last year in the county; only 750 are listed this year. Louis A. Nuckols, former Woodford County representative, but now a citizen of Roanoke, Virginia, is visiting his parents here, Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Nuckols Sr.