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JIM -Adair County writers: Dr. J.T. Jones
JIM plans to send reviews of the works of Adair County writers. from time-to-time, until and maybe past This is the first in a series of reviews of the works of Adair County writes, from time-to-time, until and maybe past the 2012 First Annual Adair Genealogy & History Book Fair Saturday, June 2, 2012 10am-3pm (CT), at the Historic Adair County Courthouse, 500 Public Square, Columbia, KY. Admission and parking are free, and the event is open to the public
The poetry of Dr. J.T. Jones frequently appeared in the News in the late 1890s and the first several years of the new century, particularly after he removed from Russell County to Adair shortly before the new century dawned. His rhymes ranged from the silly to the near-sublime but were always pointed and frequently poked tongue-in-cheek fun at the people (and their shenanigans) who inhabited the state and national stage.
One example of his acerbic poetic wit appeared in the May 29, 1912 edition, the near-classic "Sick Abed" (below) in which many of the contenders in the hotly contested presidential election of 1912 appear.
For the gentle CM readers not quite as long of tooth as I am, a brief primer of the dramatis personae (in order of appearance):
- The unnamed "patient"--the United States.Sick Abed
The wise ones said she's sick abedHistorical footnote: Roosevelt, disgusted with the machinations which handed Taft the nomination in June, 1912, broke with the Republican party and soon thereafter won the nomination as the presidential candidate for the Progressive (also known as the Bull Moose) Party. Come November, Democrat Woodrow Wilson won a plurality of the common vote (just under 42%) but carried the Electoral College by a crushing landslide with 435 votes. Teddy R. got 88 electoral votes, while the incumbent Taft carried only two states, came in third in the popular vote count, and received but eight electoral votes. - JIM
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