Pendleton County News
C O V I N G T O N J O U R N A L
New Series--Vol. VIII, No. 49
COVINGTON, KY., JANUARY 15, 1876
Whole No. 423
Falmouth Ky,. Jan. 11, 1876
I am mistaken in the meaning of the word
“wrangle”. We had one of ‘em in the Court of
Claims last week. It arose on the third day of
the term, and it was all about a jail. Captain
Mullins, to whom the contract of building the
moral edifice at a cost of $5,000 was awarded,
proposed to build it and draw himself for the
pay. The Captain was the immediate predecessor
of the present Sheriff, and having funds
belonging to the County, offered to appropriate
$5,000 of them as above stated. This method was
opposed by the County Attorney and others, who
held, if I understood rightly, that the fund
spoken of, having been raised for other
purposes, could not be used as proposed by Mr.
Mullins. Then a resolution was read, instructing
our Representative to pass an act authorizing us
to levy a tax of not more than 25 cents on the
$100, for the building of the jail. This was
bitterly opposed by some of the Magistrates, and
by some of the tax payers who were present, who
objected to the latter method because it
involved, as they said, numerous commissions
which Capt. Mullins’ offer dispensed with. But
the tax motion prevailed, and “injunctions” were
rolled as a sweet morsel under the tongues of
some big tax payers, who accompanied the legal
trieyllable with other words rife with meaning,
and Sampsonian with strength, indicative of such
familiarity with vigorous English.
Buckley’s painting of the late General
Breckinridge is completed, and was shipped
to-day, to its owner, Hon. J. B. Beck. It is a
fine looking portrait, apparently well executed,
and said, by those to whom the General’s
features were familiar, to be an excellent
infant daughter of John Bradford, the quiet and
gentlemanly, though efficient railroad agent
here, died yesterday morning, of spotted fever.
Mr. And Mrs. Bradford, who are quite a young
couple, have the sympathy of the entire
community in the loss of their sweet babe, their
first born and only child, who blessed their
life’s journey for eight months, and then
preceded them, it is hoped, to immortal
teachers of the public schools are making their
reports which enable them to draw 40 percent of
their munificent salaries, which are out of all
proportion when compared with the trifling
duties expected of them. Some of ‘em here get as
high as $500 a year, when a poor attorney has
often to work two years for the same sum—from
Dec. 31st of one year clear to
January 1st of the next. And yet
teachers will grumble, plague take ‘em! And talk
of disparity and
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