It happened 100 years ago

The American Election The question of the hour in the United States is ‘Who will be President’? Interest, however, in the election, which will take place in November, is not confined to Americans alone. The eyes of the world will be on the States during the year. Naturally, in Ireland, nearly ten millions of whose people are today building up the great American nation, an unusual interest is taken in the Presidential Election, and speculation is rife in this country as to the result of the approaching contest between the two leading parties in the United States – the Republicans and the Democrats. The possible candidates for the election are at present three or four. Mr. Roosevelt, the present President who has served two terms, has announced his determination not to accept a third term, which is contrary to American constitutional practice, and, it is interesting to note, no previous president ever held office for three terms. Notwithstanding the opinion in some quarters to the contrary, it may be taken for granted that Mr. Roosevelt has made up his mind not to seek re-election. Mr. Taft, who is understood to be Mr. Roosevelt’s chosen candidate, and who represents very nearly the same programme, is mentioned as his very probable successor. Another Republican candidate mentioned is Mr. Hughes, Governor of New York, whose reputation is based chiefly on his action by vetoing in the State of New York a law passed fixing railway fares at 1d per mile.  The Democratic Party, it is understood, are advancing Mr. Bryan, who stood as the Democratic candidate for the presidency in 1896 and 1900 on each of which occasions he obtained over six million votes.  Cattle driving in the West His Grace the Archbishop of Tuam paid his triennial visitation to Milltown parish on Saturday. After administering the Sacrament of Confirmation, he addressed the congregation at some length. In the course of his remarks, he said that there had been some cattle driving in that parish, but as it has almost disappeared there, he did not wish to speak too strongly on the subject now. His Grace then went on to beg the people listening to him to avoid anything of that kind in future for their own sake and for God’s sake, as it was essentially wrong and unjust and opposed to the Divine maxim, ‘Do unto others as you would they would do unto you.’ Proceeding, he exhorted the people not to be misled by public speakers and politicians who might seek to persuade them that cattle-driving was not wrong and against the law of God; such persons were only the agents of the devil in seeking to discolour the truth of the Word of God.  O’Connell’s expression O’Connell’s celebrated expression of regret at having emancipated the English Tory Catholics, to which Mr. Dillon referred to in his speech on Sunday at the great gathering of the United Irish League of Great Britain in the Coliseum at Leeds, thus originated. In the Repeal agitation the English Catholics were as bitterly hostile to Ireland as the highest ‘No Popery’ Tories. Thus Lord Beaumont, an English Catholic Peer, who owed his seat in the House of Lords to O’Connell, thought himself called upon to denounce the Repeal Movement. ‘Do you know who this Beaumont is?’ asked O’Connell at the next meeting. ‘Why the man’s name is Martin Bree, though he calls himself Stapleton. His grandfather married a Stapleton for her fortune and then changed the name. He was a Stapleton when I emancipated him. I beg your pardon for having emancipated such a fellow.’ Cows trespassing At Athlone Petty Sessions, in a case brought by Mr. Hynes against his neighbour, Pat Cunniffe, to recover damages for the trespass of his cows, it was stated by the plaintiff that they ate two plaid shirts worth, he said, eightpence per yard. ‘Oh,’ said the chairman, ‘come nearer to it; we cannot calculate shirts by the yard.’ ‘Well,’ replied plaintiff, ‘seven yards of shirt at eightpence per yerd (laughter), added to which was a rood and a half of potatoes and meadow (laughter).’ A decree for 7s 6d was granted. Rejoicing in Mountbellew There has been general rejoicing in Mountbellew at the return at the head of the poll in the recent Local Government Board elections for the district of Lady Sophia Grattan Bellew, and the return by a large majority of Sir Henry Grattan Bellew. The town was illuminated and tar barrels lighted and a large deputation congratulated Sir Henry and Lady Bellew, who were supported in their candidature by Very Rev. Canon Ronayne.