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Bray Place—built by Revolutionary War vet, Samuel Bray in 1796. Abe Lincoln visited in August 1841. Scoggan-Jones operated a Thoroughbred farm from 1888 to 1950s. Lookout, 1893, won the Derby. Frank James visited here Derby eve 1889 and is said to have bribed a jockey. This is on Bashford Manor Lane across Bardstown Road from Bashford Manor. Some Louisville folks think this is Bashford Manor Mansion, but that was torn down to build Bashford Manor Mall.

Flying Teapot

Stanley Steamer operated from 1897 to 1924. At old car festivals, I got to see them in operation. They were quiet, gently hissing when they moved. They took a long time to build up a head of steam and soon fell out of popularity.

Stars and stripes

June 14 is Flag Day. The Stars and Stripes Forever.

American flag flying in the wind

Lord of Bourbon

God of Bourbon!

Borvo was a Gaulish/Celtic God of springs and healing. The French called him Bourbon—is a coincidence that Kentucky Bourbon is named after this God? I don’t think so!

Monday June 14 is National Bourbon Day!

Kentucky’s favorite beverage or food flavoring. Chocolate bourbon fudge pictured. At home, I have Old Turkey Honey Bourbon (Lawrenceburg KY) and Silas Jones Bourbon (Louisville)

[use discretion, non-alcoholic Bourbon available]

Not so long ago

Now and then

Main entrance of Central State Hospital (Lakeland Asylum) about 1960. Near Louisville. Building from about 1870 to 2000. Most of the asphalt drives are still there, mounds where the building stood, too massive to remove entirely. Quarter mile from my house.

Then and now

1938 River Road, Louisville Water Tower/Ohio River to the left. Zorn Ave. starts to the right. Gas station still there, I believe. Now, to the right is I-71, parallel to River Road.

Whinnying like a whirlwind, she reared up on her hind legs and flailed her front hooves over Oh-see-rah.

Lord of the Caves Part 17

Willing his mind to go still, Oh-see-rah breathed deeply and waited for his sacrificial death. For what seemed ages, the giant white Mare whinnied while her front hooves milled over his head. Her hot breath burned as it flowed over his face and neck down to his chest.

What was taking her so long? Was she toying with her sacrifice? Her shrill whinnies bored into his skull and gave him an earache. The unmistakable musk of horse sweat filled his nostrils. She was shaking the ground, making Oh-see-rah seasick.

The drum and flute started up. The High Priestess chanted:

Hail Mother of Horses!

Hail Lady of Horses!

Hail Queen of Horses!

No! Oh-see-rah wanted to shout. Let me die alone! Let this agony end!

The Mare quit whinnying and backed away, standing on all four legs again, her eyes drilling holes through him. The drum and flute continued.

Oh-see-rah dared not budge or blink or even breathe. Ee-shee-nah was likely trying to tame the Mare to save him, but it was hopeless.

Like four stone columns, the Mare’s legs were still, but she was so close she could pounce on him in a flash. Perhaps she was a cat, toying with her sacrifice.

As the drum and flute continued, the High Priestess chanted:

Hail Lady of the Moon!

Hail Lady of the Summerlands!

Hail Lady of the Shadowlands!

The chant ended, the flute and drum quitting. Silence filled the cave, the only sound, the soft breathing of the Mare. Oh-see-rah continued kneeling, his eyes on the cave floor’s stony surface.

The Mare stepped forward. Oh-see-rah held still and prepared to die. Oh-see-rah couldn’t help it, but his hands trembled as his belly lurched.

The Mare knelt on her front legs, her mouth only a handspan from his head. Her hot breath made him sweat. He hadn’t realized how huge her mouth was—she could probably put his head in her jaws.

The drum and flute started up again as the High Priestess chanted:

Hail Giver of Life

Hail Ancient of Days

Hail Great Mystery

As if everyone was deserting him, the drum and flute again went silent.

Ever so gently the Mare’s head bumped against his shoulder. He almost flinched, but a real warrior would not flinch even in the jaws of death. Twisting her head, she nudged him toward her glistening flank. To keep from being pushed over, he rose and stood beside her.

Was she telling him to mount her? He looked back at Ee-shee-nah for guidance.

She nodded and mouthed, “GO.”

His heart hammering, he climbed onto the Mare’s broad back. She stood. Dizziness overtaking him, he clung to her abundant mane and wondered what was happening. Perhaps this was normal for sacrifices. He glanced back—everyone was bowing to her, to her holiness, to his coming sacrifice.

She strode out of the cave into the night. He was high enough to rub his head on tree limbs. A fat moon smiled down on them as if the Lady of the Moon approved of sacrifices.

Then it hit him—she was taking him to a sacrificial altar. It was better that his family and friends did not witness his sacrifice.

The Mare leaped high into the air and over the creek.

Then she galloped as fast as a shooting star. The wind whistled through his hair.

This was dying in style. So be it. Oh-see-rah yelled, “AAAAAY!”

TO BE CONTINUED Copyright 2021 Charles Suddeth

Rockin’ Town

Osgood, Indiana is in the southeast of the state. Os is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning God, so the name means God-good. Osgood’s Damm Theatre is thriving. The town once had a Ripley Hotel—Ripley’s believe it or not?

Then and now

Zehnder’s Cherokee Park Tavern, 1890s, Baxter Avenue/Bardstown Road, Louisville. Agave and Rye is a restaurant/bar a couple blocks away. The area is still a good place to visit.

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