150 Years Ago - Reports from the Madison Daily Courier
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March 6, 1866
Correspondent of the Courier.
From Washington, D.C.,
March 2, 1866.
….The appropriation bill passed by the House yesterday and to be acted upon by the senate, contains an appropriation of $100,000 to purchase Ford’s Theatre, for the deposit and safe keeping of documents and papers relative to soldiers of the United States, and of the museum of the Medical and Surgical Department of the army.
The Commissioner of Patents has just completed his annual report, a document that shows an unprecedented prosperity in this department during the last year. – Since the close of the war the mechanical industry of the country excels anything that has ever been known in the most prosperous years of peace….
Also March 6, 1866
The Madison Hotel – Wm. Kirchner, Proprietor – was opened yesterday for the first time since its destruction by fire last May, for the reception of visitors. It has been rebuilt and remodeled in almost every particular, and furnished anew from top to bottom. Through the energy of Mr. Kirchner, Madison can now boast of the finest Hotel in the State. Every citizen should feel proud of this House, and endeavor to make it a paying investment for the Proprietor, as he has displayed commendable energy and enterprise by investing his entire capital in a building of this kind when so many opportunities presented themselves for a more profitable investment.
Note: The Madison Hotel stood where the Ruler Store stands today. It was demolished in 1949.
March 9, 1866
Archbishop McCloskey, of New York has set his face firmly against the criminal folly of Fenianism. He said wisely and well at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, on Sunday last:
“If our people persist, as unfortunately that have persisted thus far, in a movement which all sensible men, and all true friends of Ireland, consider one of folly, which must result in nothing but destruction and mischief, it will only incite England to press Ireland still more, and to rivet still more securely the chains upon her people, but will incite perhaps , the anger and disgust of the American people themselves against us. And I say in all the sincerity of my heart, that I look to this movement with a feeling of deep apprehension, for the reason of the spirit that has been evinced by those whose counsel the people have followed in this movement, that it will raise up against Irishmen, first as Irishmen, and then as Catholics in this land, a spirit of persecution equal to that under which they have so longed groaned in their own land. I appeal to all men, and beg of them for their own sakes and for the sake of their religion and their God, to withdraw themselves from a movement that has already gone to far.” Note: The Fenians were a 19th-century revolutionary nationalist organization among the Irish in the US and in Ireland. They staged an unsuccessful revolt in Ireland in 1867 and were responsible for isolated revolutionary acts against the British until the early 20th century, when they were gradually eclipsed by the IRA.
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