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Killed in a Duel

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National Defender, v. IV, no. 10, Tuesday, October 18, 1859


Annotated and transcribed text from the digitized copy in the Historical Society of Montgomery County Collection.


Sen. Broderick Killed In a Duel. (1)

By the last advices from California, we learn that David Broderick,(2) United States Senator from California, was killed in a duel with Chief Justice Terry,(3) of that State. The duel took place on the 13th ult., (4) and Broderick fell at the first fire, having been shot through the lung. He lingered until the morning of the 16th, when he died from the injuries received. Terry escaped unhurt, but was immediately arrested to await an examination. The affair has created a great excitement in San Francisco, the community having been profoundly agitated by the melancholy event. The affair grew out of some remarks made by Broderick, against Terry, in the recent political content in that State. It is said that Judge Terry resigned his seat on the Supreme Bench before he sent the chalange. (5)

An account of the duel will be found on another page. (6)

1 The National Defender 4(10), Oct. 18, 1859, p. [3].
2 A Democratic Senator from the state of California, elected to the Senate from March, 1857 to his death September, 1859. “Broderick, David, Colbreth, (1820-1859).” Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present.” Office of Art and Archives. Office of the Historian. Washington, D.C. 3 Feb. 2017. <http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B000857>
3 Terry, David S. (David Smith), 1823-1889. “. . . he achieved fame in California, Terry considered himself a Texan and a southerner . . . Broderick represented the northern or antislavery faction of the California Democratic party, and Terry was a leader in the southern faction.” Hobbs, Kenneth W. “Terry, David Smith.” Handbook of Texas Online. Web. 3 Feb. 2017. <https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fte29>
4 “of or occurring in the month preceding the present” Ultimo adj. Merriam-Webster Online. © 2017 Merriam-Webster, Inc. 3 Feb. 2017. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultimo>
5 challenge
6 The account appears on same page, column 3. “Senator Broderick Killed In a Duel.” The National Defender 4(10), Oct. 18, 1859, p. [3].


Oíche Cois Tine – Two Nights Beside The Fire: A Window Into The Rich Literary World of Dr. Douglas Hyde, and A Musical Voyage to Irish Newfoundland

PORTAL_CEILIDuring the 1980s the Philadelphia Ceili Group hosted a cultural evenings series under the title “Oíche Cois Tine”, Gaelic for “Night Beside the Fire”. These events celebrated a wide range of Irish culture: music and dance performances by prominent Irish and Irish-American artists, demonstrations of uniquely Irish musical instruments such as the uilleann pipes, and lectures on topics such as Irish literature, history, travel, and the Irish-American experience. This week we added two new recordings of academic lectures from this series to the Philadelphia Ceili Group collection of Villanova University’s Digital Library. These items, freely available for streaming and download, highlight the amazing breadth of materials on Irish history and culture present in the Ceili Group collection and augment in sound the huge array of Irish textual and visual materials in other areas of the Digital Library.

“Irish Songs and Singers of Newfoundland”, 1982.

This lecture from the Spring of 1982 features the renowned folklorist and scholar Dr. Kenneth Goldstein, presenting on his adventures visiting with musicians and archiving Irish folk music in Newfoundland, Canada. Kenny Goldstein was a hugely influential figure in Irish folk music, having collected and published thousands of folksongs across several continents. He was also instrumental to the success of the Philadelphia Ceili Group’s activities in past decades, as attested to in this tribute to him from the 1996 Festival Program.

If you want to hear some incredible stories and some unique takes on some well-known Irish tunes, have a listen to Dr. Goldstein’s fascinating exploration of the music of a lesser-known corner of the Irish diaspora.

“The Importance of Douglas Hyde to the Irish Literary Renaissance”, March 12, 1982.

This lecture from 1982 features an extended discussion by the late Dr. Lester I. Conner, a Professor of English at Chestnut Hill
College from 1962-1990, on the unique contributions of Douglas Hyde to the Gaelic revival of the late-nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries. His contributions, according to Dr. Conner, to the reestablishment of the Irish language as a living tongue,
the formation of a de-anglicized Irish identity, Irish nationalism, and especially the Irish literary renaissance, cannot be overestimated. Dr. Conner illuminates the literary world of Douglas Hyde with spark and enthusiasm, and brings to life the voices of famous contemporaries such as Lady Gregory and W. B. Yeats in an engaging presentation packed with quotes and anecdotes.

This new addition to the Philadelphia Ceili Group collection is also a perfect entry point to the study of Dr. Hyde’s influence in the scores of primary documents available throughout the Digital Library. If you’re interested in exploring further, try this list of documents concerning Douglas Hyde.


Stay tuned for more links to recordings from the Oíche Cois Tine series!


New PCG Set by Irish Music Pioneers Michael Tubridy and James Keane

PORTAL_CEILI1For aficionados and scholars of Irish traditional music, and all who’d like to know more or just take a moment to enjoy some incredible music, here is the latest set to be included in the Philadelphia Ceili Group collection of the Digital Library at Falvey Memorial Library, Villanova University:

“Michael Tubridy and James Keane”, October 12, 2013.

This is a two hour performance put on at the Irish Center at the Commodore Barry Club in Philadelphia, on October 12, 2013, by Michael Tubridy (flute) and James Keane (button accordion), two pioneers of 20th century Irish traditional music. Having played together and apart for decades in several of the most influential groups in Irish music, including The Castle Ceili Band, Fingal, and The Chieftains, Tubridy and Keane rejoined each other after 50 years to enjoy some tunes and reminisce about the early days of the Irish traditional music renaissance of the 1960’s and ’70’s.

This humorous introduction by Michael Tubridy to the tune “McKenna’s Reel” (aka “Lucky in Love”) is a perfect entry point:

10 The Humours Of Ballyconnell – The Sailor on the Rock – Lucky in Love (McKenna’s Reel)


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Are We There Yet? Travel, Tourism & Exploration – A Special Collections Exhibit

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This Special Collections exhibit, “Are We There Yet? Travel, Tourism, & Exploration,” recently mounted, consists of six cases of materials drawn from their collections and arranged thematically. The beginning of the exhibit with its “Around the World” theme includes three shelves of material in a tall, vertical case. On the top shelf are three books, each with “Around the World” as part of its title; publication dates range from 1886 to 1912. On the next shelf are guide books and travel narratives and a curator’s placard explains, “Travel narratives are more descriptive of the lands and people the author experiences, while guidebooks advise travelers on where to stay and what sights to see.” The lowest shelf houses assorted books relating to “Modes of Travel.” Be sure to examine the illustration of a 1906 Autocar Runabout Type X and the “Photograph Album Documenting a Road Trip Across America in 1924” with its collection of photographic post cards and amateur photographs.


“The World’s Fair” case displays materials from the fairs of 1876 – International Exhibition, Philadelphia; 1893 – World’s Columbian Exposition (commemorating the four hundredth anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the New World), St. Louis; 1915 – Panama-Pacific International Exposition (celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal); and 1933 – Chicago World’s Fair: A Century of Progress International Exposition. “World’s fairs function as a way to bring culture, history, and technology together in one event to people of many backgrounds,” explains the curator’s placard.

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“Religious Travel” is the focus of the next case, displaying six books, four of which are open to show illustrations. These books were published from 1851 to 1905. One, “Guide to the Holy Places…,” was written by a Franciscan, Brother Liévin de Hamme and owned by Charles M. Driscoll, OSA, whose handwritten notes are visible on the page opposite the title. A curator’s note explains the “Visiting scared sites presented a powerful motivation for some travelers” in a time before vacation travel became popular. There are books here about “Lands of the Moslem…,” “Cairo to Constantinople …,” Mecca, Egypt and Palestine and the Holy Land.

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In the “North America” case are two photograph albums, a 1926 “West Coast of North America Scrapbook,” and “Traveling theater companies and vaudeville acts in America, 1910-1921.” Books in the case deal with the Adirondacks (1917), Mexico (1886) and Old New York (1899).

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“Exploratory Expeditions” displays five books, each opened to an illustration. These books deal with various expeditions such as “Narrative of the Canadian Red River Exploring Expedition of 1857…,” nineteenth century Arctic explorations, the Oregon Territory, and perhaps most interesting to some of us, “Account of an Expedition from Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains:  Performed in the Years 1819 and 1820…”

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The final section of this exhibit is “Imaginary Travel;” here are books about trips to the Levant, Naples and other areas, including Mark Twain’s “A Tramp Abroad,” published in 1880. There are four paperbacks, displayed so that we can see the maps on the backs of three and a tropical scene on the fourth. These stories were published between 1934 and 1957.

The exhibit was curated by Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant, and Kayla Van Osten, a Digital Library intern in spring 2016. Bang and Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator, installed the exhibit. Joanne Quinn  designed the exhibition poster and other graphics. The exhibit will close on December 20.

The online version of the exhibit is now available; it includes much more material and information.

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