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James H. Mulligan, "In Kentucky" broadside
University of Kentucky Special Collections
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2010MS024 : [identification of item], James H. Mulligan, "In Kentucky" broadside, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
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James Hillary Mulligan was born in Lexington, Kentucky on 21 November 1844, son of businessman Dennis Mulligan. Editor, attorney, judge, state senator, consul-general to Somoa, and orator, his home, Maxwell Place, is now the offical residence of the president of the University of Kentucky.
In Kentucky, by James H. Mulligan was written for a banquet for the members of the Kentucky legislature held 11 February 1902 at the Phoenix Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky. This broadside was printed by Wrenn and King in Lexington, Kentucky.
The moonlight falls the softest In Kentucky; The summer's days come oft'est In Kentucky; Friendship is the strongest, Love's fires glow the longest; Yet, a wrong is always wrongest In Kentucky.
The sunshine's ever brightest In Kentucky; The breezes whisper lightest In Kentucky; Plain girls are the fewest, Maidens' eyes the bluest, Their little hearts are truest In Kentucky.
Life's burdens bear the lightest In Kentucky; The home fires burn the brightest In Kentucky; While players are the keenest, Cards come out the meanest, The pocket empties cleanest In Kentucky.
Orators are the grandest In Kentucky; Officials are the blandest In Kentucky; Boys are all the fliest, Danger ever nighest, Taxes are the highest In Kentucky. The bluegrass waves the bluest In Kentucky; Yet bluebloods are the fewest (?) In Kentucky; Moonshine is the clearest, By no means the dearest, And yet, it acts the queerest, In Kentucky.
The dove's notes are the saddest In Kentucky; The streams dance on the gladdest In Kentucky; Hip pockets are the thickest, Pistol hands the slickest, The cylinder turns quickest In Kentucky.
Song birds are the sweetest In Kentucky; The thoroughbreds the fleetest In Kentucky; Mountains tower proudest, Thunder peals the loudest, The landscape is the grandest - and Politics - the damnedest In Kentucky.