C O V I N G T O N J O U R N A L
New Series--Vol. VIII, No. 4
COVINGTON, KY., FEBRUARY 20, 1875
Whole No. 376
Feb. 17, 1875
Criminal Court convened on the 15th
inst., Judge Perkins presiding. Besides the
local attorneys, there were present Messrs.
Nelson and Webster, of Newport, Harry Ward, of
Cynthiana, and R. T. Baker. Of Alexandria. The
docket is large, but the cases, with one or two
exceptions are trifling. The most important is
the Digby murder case from Campbell county. This
case was called on Monday, but owing to the
absence of important witnesses, for whom
attachments were issued, it was set for to-day,
and will probably be called the first thing this
Perkins is determined to have order in his
court, in furtherance of which laudable purpose
he has already fined two luckless individuals
for standing in the Court-room, against the
peace and dignity of the Commonwealth. The moral
effect of this stroke of policy is good.
makes a thoroughly efficient Prosecutor, not
leaning too heavily on the individual who is
more fortunate than criminal, but dreadfukky in
earnest when discussing the reverse of the
proposition. Messrs. Perkins and Cleary are both
popular officials in Pendleton county.
But it is
aggravating in the extreme to witness the
testimony of the average witness at this Court.
His Honor is very determined that witnesses
shall talk to the jury, and not to the
attorneys, a task of Herculean dimensions, but
within Judge Perkins’ capacity. I have seen his
Honor condescend to fix the witnesses’ chair so
that its occupant cannot fail, when rightly
esconced therein, to face the jury. But when the
first query is propounded by an attorney, the
winess is as certain to face the interrogator,
inslanter, as he is to answer, and often more
so. And when the compulsion is so strongly
brought to bear on him, that move his body he
cannot, his head will rotate on his shoulders
with a suddenness that brings to mind Gabriel
Ravel of old. It is doubtless, deucedly
irritating to have to look at the fellows that
are not talking to you, and away from the
fellows that are, but the law says, “you must do
it, and if you don’t, you’ll wish you had.”
Criminal Court will probably last all of next
week, and immediately thereafter comes the
Quarterly Court, to be followed by the Circuit.
What with Courts, and one blowed thing or
another, Falmouth is likely to be kept pretty
lively all spring.
Gap railroad will surely terminate at Falmouth.
The required stock is said to be taken, and
other conditions being harmonious assurances are
given which quiet the anxious beatings of the
hearts of our enterprising citizens, which with
one accord, beat in the direction of the
community was startled this evening by the
report of the death of Mr. John Pendergast,
which occurred about 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
Mr. Pendergast’s disease was, I believe,
congestion of the lungs. He was in tolerable
health yesterday, and his sudden decease caused
surprise as well as grief to a large number of
friends. Mr. Pendergast was a young man of
The vote on
the town of Falmouth taking $20,000 additional
stock in the Pound Gap road, resulted in 142
votes in the affirmative to one solitary one in
the negative. The vote was taken on the 13th
JOURNAL, hide your blushes while I whisper in
your ear that Mr. Jake Simon, our popular County
Attorney says that the JOURNAL is the best
unmetropolitan newspaper he has ever seen. Jake
is a lad of penetration and generally knows
whereof he speaks. Now, you may unveil, while I
finish this rambling communication.
aspirants for both Houses are lifting their
stately heads, but of this matter I will treat
as developments increase. Be patient, then, if
you possibly can.
BIRTH, - On the
16th inst., to the wife of W. B.
Riggs, a son.
DIED, - On the
2nd inst., in this county, Mrs. Mary
Bonar, wife of Mr. Samuel M. Bonar.
There is danger of our county becoming afflicted
with mad-dogs. Two have been killed within the
past week; one in Demossville and one at Butler.
revivals have been in progress during the past
week, conducted by the Presbyterian and
Christian denominations. Six additions have been
made to the former, and fourteen to the latter.
GENERAL ROW IN
SCHOOL – On the 2nd inst., so we are
informed, a general fight took place in school
district No. 55, taught by a young man by the
name of Clifford. It seems that the teacher
attempted to correct a young man, when he and
his two brothers turned upon him and would
undoubtedly have used him badly had it not been
for the interference of other scholars. After
the separation the obsifeperous young men
repaired to their home, and were reinforced by
their father and two brothers-in-law; all making
a charge upon the school-house, armed with a
number of knives and an axe. After making
violent threats the party left the house without
causing any blood to be shed. The whole party
was arrested and tried before ‘Squire Knight and
jury; who assessed a fine of twenty-seven
dollars and fifty cents. The teacher was
exonerated. The affair was disgraceful in the
extreme. County Attorney Simon was present and
attended to the prosecution, and Judge Simmons
appeared for the defendants. The fine, costs and
lawyer’s fee amounted to about seventy dollars.
They paid for their whistle.