Gone Crazy.

One of the largest slave holders in Southern Kentucky has gone mad on account of the liberation of his slaves, and is now an inmate of the Lunatic Asylum at Hopkinsville, Kentucky.  He owned over two hundred negroes, and had accumulated by their labor a large fortune.  He was probably worth one hundred thousand dollars independent of his slaves.  Evansville Jour.

January 11, 1866

The Lady’s Friend.

The above is what its name indicates, in the shape of a Washing Machine.  Many attempts have been made heretofore to produce a machine that would take the place of the old fashioned and laborious “washboard,” but without success, until the inventive genius of Mr. Duck, of Illinois, produced the one now offered to our citizens by Watson, Smith & Cochrane, who have procured the right to sell and manufacture the machine in this county….it washes cleaner than it is possible to do by hand, with less than one half the labor, and a great savings of soap….The machine can be seen and examined at the manufactory on Seconds Street, near Broadway, and at Mellen’s Queensware store.  Persons wishing to purchase can try the machine for themselves before paying for it.

January 16, 1866 

An attempt was made to assassinate Senator Wade Wednesday in Washington.  A powerful man called to see Mr. Wade, and was shown to his room, when he asked Senator Wade to sign a paper of recommendation to the Navy department.  The Senator declined for the reason that he did not know the man, and advised him to get a signature from an acquaintance.  The man became angry, and appeared disposed to mischief.  Mr. Wade stepped to another room and armed himself with a revolver.  When he came out the fellow drew a bowie knife, saying, “I suppose you know we are now alone in this room?”  Mr. Wade sprang to his feet, and drawing his pistol, placed it within a short distance of the scoundrel’s head, telling him to clear immediately or he would shoot.  The desperado moved toward the door.  Mr. Wade says the fellow presented no documents for him to sign, and thinks it a ruse for an interview.  Was the man insane or a bitter blood-thirsty enemy? 

January 26, 1866

West Madison, “below the bridge,” is a village of several hundred inhabitants.  Her citizens are, generally speaking, enterprising and industrious.  We think they have been “on probation” long enough to be received into “full connection” as a component part of the city proper.  We hope our friends will talk this matter over, and conclude to cast in their lots and houses with the people of Madison at no distant day.  For the benefit of the ignorant, we will state that West Madison has within her limits two ship-yards, one planning mill, one starch factory, one tan-yard, one glue factory, one shoe-shop, three boarding houses, one school house, three wet-and-dry groceries, and one squire’s office.  

January 30, 1866

The Canadian Reciprocity Treaty

There appears to be a desire on the part of the authorities of various British North American provinces, to renew the treaty formerly in operation.  Mr. Galt and other dignitaries have been on such a mission to Washington.  They have met, however, with a very cool reception.  Our Government manifested no willingness to again enter into a Reciprocity Treaty with those provinces.  There can be no doubt but the bad faith of the Canadian authorities towards us in our efforts to put down the rebellion, has had very much to do with closing up the avenue of approach to a successful treaty.  They, in imitation of England, harbored our enemies.  They too often gave them that aid needed to bolster up the failing cause of treason.  Now, when our Government is able to stand by herself, and has taken steps to rebuke the former bad faith, they feel it very keenly.  The people here well remember the St. Alban’s raiders, and the party who stole the steamer on Lake Erie to liberate the rebels on Johnson’s Island.  Well does the Public Ledger say it is with nations as well as individuals.  Some day or other they always feel the effect of their own sins and injustice.  Bad faith always returns to plague those who practice it, just as curses are said to come home to punish those who use them.   Note: The formation of the Dominion of Canada did not occur until July 1, 1867. Until then the provinces were separate colonies under British Rule.  

Research conducted by the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site.