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Washington Post
Washington DC, USA

Friday, August 12, 1904

    Old-time associations between the United States and Ireland will be renewed by the impending marriage between Lieut. Bernard Coote, R.N., son of Sir Algernon Coote, premier baronet of Ireland and Miss Eugenia Hutchinson, only child of Judge and Mrs. F.J. Hutchinson, of Boston, Mass. The first reform governor of New York in colonial days was Sir Charles Coote, who died at his post in March, 1701, as Earl of Bellamont. He was the head of a junior branch of the ancient Coote family, and, while his earldom became extinct, he secured, as an act of special favor from the crown, the succession of his own baronetcy to his illegitmate son. The latter succeeded to his father as Sir Charles Coote, of Donnybrook, in order to distinguish him from his kinsman, Sir Chidley Coote, of Ballyfin, Queens County, who was then the head of the family.
     Sir Charles' grandson and namesake, that is to say, the great grandson of the Coote who as Lord Bellamont was governor of New York and to whom a memorial is being erected in St. Paul's churchyard on Broadway, is to-day a professional mendicant and begging letter writer, who has repeatedly been held up to obloquy on this account by Henry Labouchere, M.P., in the pages of his weekly London newspaper, Truth. According to Labouchere, who has investigated the case, Sir Charles' misfortunes are nobody's fault but his own, and ever workhouse contains dozens of inmates who have far better claims to be rescued from dependence upon people who desire to bestow them charity in that direction. Sir Charles is unmarried, and unless he finds a wife and leaves issue, the Bellamont baronetcy of Coote will become extinct, and the ancient Ballyfin baronetcy of Coote, now held by Sir Algernon Coote, will alone remain.
     Sir Algernon owes his title and estates to the military services rendered by his ancestor, the first baronet, to King James, the First, in the wars against O'Neile, Earl of Tyrone. There have been many honors bestowed upon members of the younger branches of the family. In addition to the earldom of Bellamont above mentioned. There were also the earldom of Mountrath, the barony of Castle Coote, &c. These dignities lapsed with the extinction of the younger branches of the family, whereas the main stem and the original 1621 baronetcy have survived.
     The present Sir Algernon Coote's father was a distinguished divine, perhaps the only Oxford University Don who could boast of an ancestral country seat in Ireland, Ballyfin Mountrath, Queens County. He was also the author of a well-known work which at one time had a great vogue on this side of the Atlantic entitled "Bible Helps for Busy Men." Sir Algernon is the King's lieutenant and custos rotulorum for Queens County, his office being the counterpart of the lords lieutenant of a county in England, Scotland and Wales. In Ireland the sovereign's chief representatives in each county are known merely as his "lieutenants," the only "lord lieutenant" being the viceroy.
     The arms of the Coote family, which are to found still in existence on some old buildings and memorials in New York, consist of three Cootes, while the family motto is "Vincit veritas, coute que coute."

Aug 22, 1904
How Sir Horace Plunkett Plans to Bring it About
Special Correspondence to the "Washington Post."

London, Aug 13- To teach Irishmen to farm on American lines is the object of an interesting scheme recently conceived by Sir Horace Plunkett. Sir Horace is vice president of the Irish board of agriculture but he is best known in the United States as the owner of large ranches in Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.
     An agent of his named Blair is now in the United States for the purpose of inducing young Irishmen now in American cities to go on Sir Horace's ranches to get an insight into the system he employs there in the hope that they may be induced later on to return to Ireland and become practical agriculturists in their own country.
     He will also send out direct a number of young men from Ireland next month. He will pay their passages and from the moment they begin work on the ranches they will receive wages equivalent to what unskilled labor would command in any city or town in the United States.
    Sir Horace has begun to recognize the evils of emigration as it affects Ireland, and he is prepared to make big sacrifices to combat them. It is estimated that this experiment of his will cost him at least $30,000. The Irish board of agriculture, of which he is practically the head, has nothing to do with this scheme. It is purely an idea of his own.
     He has recently taken much interest in the work of the Anti-Emigration Society, and he has succeeded in finding employment at home for a number of young men and women whose passages had been paid to the United States. Under his regime at the board of agriculture fruit growing, improvements in forestry, and the peat industry are opening up fresh avenues of employment.

Aug 30, 1904
HEALY- On August 20, 1904, at sea, on board the steamer Majestic, Batt Healey, native of Abbeyfeale, County Limerick, Ireland; late 921 D st nw; member of Division No. 5 Ancient Order of Hibernians; solemn requiem mass at St. Patrick's Church on Wednesday, August 31, 1904 at 9 a.m. Friends and relatives are respectfully requested to attend.
May he rest in peace.

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