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Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper

December 14, 1899… Twenty-three Republicans and three Democrats reckoned to be millionaires are now serving in the U.S. Senate. Judge Pryor and Mr. Ellis, members of the Contest Board, stated that they had no authority to go behind the county returns and that they must reluctantly issue certificates of election in favor of Mr. Taylor’s ticket. Democrats are astounded and charge that Gov. Bradley and the militia, lawless and armed mountaineers, and Republican newspapers have influenced a majority of the election board. Pryor and Ellis were Democrats who voted with the Republicans. The Clipper says Kentucky failed to move forward when Gov. Bradley turned over the reins to Governor-elect Taylor. Former Senator Jo Blackburn strongly endorsed June Gayle for Congress, saying the only opponent, W.C. Owens, was recommended by former Gov. Brown and nominated by the Republicans, and that the character and politics of Owens is too well known to be commented upon. Mrs. Marie E. Bowmar, 54, widow of Dan M. Bowmar, died Dec. 11 of apoplexy. She was the mother of Aitcheson A. and Daniel M. Bowmar, editors of The Woodford Sun, Mrs. R.R. Ricketts, of Chicago; Miss Mamie Bowmar and Herman Bowmar. Final figures from the election show that Taylor’s plurality for governor over Goebel is 2,383. The vote was Taylor, 193,714; Goebel, 191,331; Brown, 14,050; Blair (Pop.), 3,038; Wallace {Pro.), 2,346; Schmutz (Soc. Labor), 615. The total vote cast for all candidates for governor was 405,094. Lister Witherspoon was called to Chicago Monday by the illness of Lister Witherspoon Jr., whose condition had taken a turn for the worse. James Pates left Midway last week for Duquesne, Pennsylvania, where he has a good position as a civil engineer. Dr. W.E. Sleet is an applicant for the post of superintendent of the Lexington Asylum. Dr. Sleet is a recent convert to the Republican ranks and thinks he has a good chance for the job. Governor Taylor was inaugurated at noon on Dec. 12. The crowd was much smaller than in previous years, due largely to blizzard conditions. Gov. Bradley, in his address, said he hoped the Goebel Law, which had brought so much turmoil to the state, would be wiped from the statute books. Gov. Taylor said his victory was a triumph of the people over a merciless partisan machine. Chief Justice Hazelrigg administered the oath. The parade started at 10:30 and ended at noon. At 8 p.m., there was a ladies’ reception in the parlors of the Capitol Hotel, and at 10 p.m. the inaugural ball began in the famous assembly ballroom. A sharp fight at Stormberg Junction in South Africa has resulted in a big victory for entrenched Boer soldiers. Seven officers and 230 men of the Second Northumberlands were captured, as were two officers and 250 soldiers of the Second Irish Fusiliers. December 15, 1921… The L&N Railroad has promised to have three electric bells installed at the three street crossings within 60 days. All county and city schools in Midway and Versailles were closed Wednesday morning out of respect for Miss Lillie Rouse, who died Monday at the age of 57. Miss Rouse had been a teacher in the county schools for many years. Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Reid and family moved Tuesday to the Hopkins cottage on Gratz Street. Mr. and Mrs. Grant Jones and family moved from the country to their property on Railroad Street last Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Alexander and son, Kenneth Jr., of Great Neck, Long Island, and Miss Nellie King of New York, will arrive Friday to be the guests of Dr. and Mrs. A.J.A. Alexander. Woodford delegates elected Monday to the Burley Growers Cooperative were A.C. Hunter, John Winn, Robert S. Walker, James W. Parrish, James Curry and Whitney Dunlap. Mrs. D. Edgar Wasson has announced the engagement of her daughter, Miss Janet Hurst Wasson (Jeannette) to Wallace Duncan Hamilton of Lexington. The wedding will be at Versailles Christian Church Saturday. Miss Mary Bohannon will be maid of honor and Douglas Felix, of Washington, best man. Peter Dozier, of Versailles, one of the 10 old Confederate soldiers in Woodford County, is lying very ill at his home on Douglas Avenue. The Rev. E.C. Lacy leaves his pastorate at the Christian church in Versailles on Dec. 31. E.S. Hackney left Monday for training school of the Capwell Horseshoe Nail Co. R.F. Wilder, who recently sold the Jesse Place on Rose Hill, has moved with his family to the brick dwelling of John H. McKinley on Lexington Street. W.J. Steinert, Seattle, was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Schoberth on High Street. Mr. Steinert had been away from Versailles for 18 years.

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