Excerpts from the
Mountain Echo
Laurel County's
first newspaper

                                                Reprinted with permission of the Laurel County Historical Society

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JANUARY 1, 1892


A happy new year to each and every one of readers.

Mrs. Elizabeth Black, after a visit of several weeks to her son Mrs. Jas. D. Smith, and other relatives in and around London, left on Monday with her daughter, Mrs. Mahala Ann Crawford, for their home at Longton, Kansas.

MARRIED-On Sunday December 27, at the Home of the bride's father on Horse Creek, Clay county, six miles from Manchester, Mr. Van Lewis to Miss Nancy House, by the Rev. Hampton.  The groom is 23 years of age while the bride is 36.

Christmas passed off quietly and nicely in London, there was little drinking and no difficulties worthy of notice.  The children enjoyed themselves with the Christmas tree, the Sunday School entertainment and their many presents, while the young people were content with their dances and their social parties.  The young men gave pleasant socials at the residence of Mr. A.B. Brown and at Mrs. Bettie Faris, and dances were given at the Riley Hotel and Jackson House.

In our last issue we stated that it was reported that Mr. P.V. Cole had shot and wounded Mr. James Bowman at Oakly on the Wednesday previous.  Since then we have received a letter from Mr. Cole stating that there was no foundation at all for the report, and that he and Mr. Bowman are on the very best of terms and have been all the while.  We were loth to believe the report when we first heard it and are indeed glad to state that there were no grounds for it.

At 5 o'clock Wednesday afternoon a select company of friends was gathered in the parlor of Mr. Lee Mahan's residence in London, to witness the marriage of his daughter, Miss Martha M. Mahan and Mr. A.W. Huggins, foreman in the ECHO office.  The ceremony was performed in a few well fitting words by Rev. F.K. Struve, pastor of the M.E. Church South, and another couple had united their destines for life.  May that life to them be long and happy may sweetest flowers ever strew their pathway, and may the bright hopes that lighten their hearts today be a precursor of the blessing that the future has in store for them.

JANUARY 8, 1892


Mrs. Mary Gill of Peoples, has received a voucher, for a pension.  Her first check will be between $200 and $300.  We congratulate her on her good luck.

A series of meetings have just closed at Mt. Zion, conducted by Rev. McCracken and others, resulting in 14 additions to the church.  The people behaved themselves remarkably well during preaching.


The grippe is very prevalent in and around London, keeping the doctors on the run all the time.

We have been having some real winter weather during the week, an abundance of rain, mud and snow.

Robert Early an old and highly respected citizen of this county, is very sick at his home, five miles south west from town.

Mr. A.W. Huggins of this office has been quite ill for several days with the grip, which has caused the delay of this issue several hours.

Mrs. Esther Robinson, mother of Mr. J.N. Robinson, of London, died at White Shoals, Va. on Thursday, Dec. 31.  She was 76 years of age.

A very pleasant Leap Year party was given the young ladies and gentlemen of the town by Mrs. G.T. Faris, in honor of her daughter, Miss Bertie Wildes. The attendance was large and everybody reports a most enjoyable time.

Henry Massengill was before Judge Barnett, on Thursday of last week, charged with grand larceny.  He was required to give a bond of $500 for his appearance in circuit court, which he failed to do and was there upon committed to jail.

Wm. Logsdon, who was shot a few days ago by James M. Thompson, at East Bernstadt, and thought to be fatallly wounded is still alive and will in all probabilty recover.  The evidence produced at the examining trial before Judge Canifax was not sufficient to sustain a charge of malicious shooting against thompson and he was discharged from custody.

The examining trial of James Pennycuff and Hiram Dees, before County Judge M.M. Barnett, resulted in both defendants being held to await the action of the grand jury, in bonds of $250 each.  Pennycuff and Dees were two of the parties engaged in the difficulty, a short time since, at Altamont over a board bill in which James Pennycuff and Wyatt Dees lost their lives.

JANUARY 15, 1892


DIED-At Pittsburg, on Sunday night, of general debility, Jack Hepperd, a member of H.H. Scoville Post, G.A.R.  He was buried on Tuesday.

The weather has been miserable for the last few days.  First a freeze, then snow and sleet, followed by a thaw and rain, rendering the streets almost impassable.

Mr. W.C. Pitman, of Manchester, has been in town this week, making arrangements to move his family to London.  He has rented the house which Dr. Melcon is having erected on Mill street, near the Stavemill.

Several of our citizens were fortunate enough on Monday to get a quantity of ice put away.  Mr. C.B. Faris succeeded in filling his house and, we understand that J.T. Brown filled his, and that J.T. Williams, who has a large house and deals in ice during the summer months, got his partially filled.


At his home about five miles from London, on Sunday Jan. 10, 1892, of grip and heart disease, Robert Early, an old and respected citizen of this county. Uncle Bob Early was born in Tennessee 76 years ago, but resided in Laurel Co. many years.  He was a good citizen, of industrious habits, peaceable and honorable in all his dealings with his fellow man.  He lived his appointed time and quietly answered the call of his Maker when it came.  He was buried in the neighborhood of his home on Monday.

Hiram Moore, an old soldier of the civil war, died at his home in the suburbs of London, on Saturday morning last, Jan. 9, of grip.  He was 76 years of age, belonged to Col. T.T. Garrard's 7th Kentucky regiment, of the Union army, and was a member of H.H. Scoville Post G.A.R. at London.  He was a good soldier and an honest man. He has answered his last roll call and gone to his reward. His remains were interred in theMcNeill burial ground on the Richmond road, Sunday.

JANUARY 22, 1892

The whole family of Mr. William McFadden, save one little boy, has been down with the grip for over a week, one not able to wait on another, which places the family in a pitable condition.

We regret very much to learn of the death of Mrs. Freeman, wife of Major E.W. Freeman, editor of the Barbourville News, which occurred at Parksville, Boyle county, a few days ago.

The body of a catamount, killed on Sinking creek, in this county, by Frank Blankenship, was on exhibition at the store of John Pearl a few days ago.  Dr. Melcon will mount it and add it to his fast growing collection.

The ground is covered with the deepest snow of the season, which fell Tuesday morning.

Squire Barton R. Baker was called to Tennessee last week on account of the serious illness of his father, but, before reaching the home of his father in Anderson county, the Squire learned of the old gentleman's death.

We learn that John Hensley waylaid and shot to death John Dezarn, near Manchester Monday night, the outcome of an old feud.

DIED-At his home, a few miles from London, on Sunday, January 4,  Wm. McCarty, of consumption. Mr. McCarty was one of the good citizens of Laurel county, was fifty one years old in October last, lived on a farm most of his life and for several years past has been post master at Langnau, in this county.

DIED-At his residence in Jackson county, January 8, Mr. Norris Black, who leaves a family and many friends and relatives to mourn his death.

JANUARY 29, 1892

Senator Parker, of Laurel county, has introduced a bill in the Senate prohibiting railroad companies from charging over two cents a mile for passenger transporation.

Born-To the wife of Mr. James M. Andes, in this county, on Monday night January 25, a son.

Mollie, daughter of Mr. Granville Maxey, aged 11 years, died at the home of her father, near London, Tuesday night, of asthma.

Mr. W.R. Jones and Miss Talitha George were married at Slate Lick church, in this county, on Sunday, January 24, by Rev Robert Murray.

The County Court Clerk has issued license for the marriage of W.M. Tuttle and Miss Louisa Jones.  The ceremony was we suppose, performed last night, the 28th.

Dep. Marshal B.P. White, Jr. brought Jacob Laker and Marion Rose charged with illicit distilling, before Commissioner Faris Monday, but the evidence was not sufficient to hold the parties and they were discharged.

Married-January 24, 1892, by Rev. J.C. Floyd, at the residence of the bride's parents, in this county, Mr. T.M. Whitaker, of Pulaski county and Miss Mariah Barnett, daughter of M.M. Barnett, County Judge of Laurel County.

Mrs. Mary Early, and Mrs. Bridget Dean, two sisters, met in Cincinnati the other day for the first time in over fifty years.  They were born in Ireland and had not seen each other since Mrs. Early came to this country in 1838, though Mrs. Dean has been in America since 1844.

FEBRUARY 5, 1892


Mr. Robt. Moore, John Clark and Edw. Rednour have each lost a child by death in the last week.

Mr. Jink Young passed through town with his bride, nee Miss Creasy, to visit his brother Joe at Lily.

Mrs. Clara Lucy is quite sick with La Grippe.

Wm. Rader has moved his family to East Bernstadt.


The best ladies shoe in Kentucky for only $1 at Parman & Weaver's.  Call and see for yourself.

The Laurel Seminary, under the present management, is in a flourishing condition.  There are now 130 pupils in attendance.

John Lewis, living a few miles from London on the old Whitley road, died Friday, Jan. 29, of grip, and was buried the day following.  He leaves a wife and two children.

Mrs. A.P. Moore was called to Danville, a few days ago by the serious sickness of her daughter, Belle, who is an inmate of the State Deaf and Dumb School at that place.  Miss Belle has the grip and her mother is still with her.

DIED-On Friday afternoon, Jan. 29, of grip, at the home of her son, Fred Hugi, in London, Mrs. Mary Hugi.  Mrs. Hugi was born in Switzerland, has been in this country, about nine years and was 68 years of age.  Sunday afternoon her remains were buried on Cemetery Hill in the presence of a large number of friends.  Appropriate services were held at the grave, Rev. Denny, pastor of the German Swiss church in this place officiating.

The family of Mr. A.L. Reid, near London, has suffered much for the last few weeks with the prevailing disease, grip.  They are all we are glad to say, better.  Mr. Reid himself has been able to get to town several times but he says he began to think he had walked the streets of London for the last time.

MARCH 4 1892


Mrs. Al Moore is quite sick with Malarial fever.

Col. W.C. Kelly and wife are visiting relatives at Strawberry Plains, Tenn.

Mr. William Lovelace has moved his family to his farm, about one mile North of London.

Allen Lewis, of Hyden, was in London this week on his way to Ford, Ky., on business.

We understand that the trouble at Altamont is about settled, and the miners have gone to work again.

Mr. J.H. Carrier was appointed assessor of London last Wednesday evening by the Board of Trustees.

Mrs. Sam Templin of this county, who has been quite ill with rheumatism for several weeks is improving.

According to a recent census taken by order of the Board of Trustees London has a population of 1,014 souls.

J.A. Riley will open a Produce House in London, an announcement of which will appear in the ECHO next week.

Mr. T.J. Perdee has moved into his new residence, while Dock Haggard occupies the one Mr. Perdee vacated.

Misses Sarah and Ellen Stapleton, who have been attending the Laurel Semi- nary during the past winter, have returned home.

Mr. J.H. Templin of McLean, Ill., who has been visiting relatives in this county for several days, started on his return home last Tuesday.

R.W. Hardin has resigned his office of Marshal of London. Now is a chance for some one wanting an office.

Our Swiss fellow citizens had a masked ball at Bernstadt Sunday night. Several persons from London were in attendance.

Charlie Baker came in Saturday afternoon and spent Sunday with the home folks. He was off to his work again Monday morning.

Mr. George Baker was called home to Mt. Vernon last Sunday on account of the illness of his daughter who it was feared had the diptheria.

Uncle Jim Randall tells us he has just completed an assessment of our neighboring town Pittsburg, and that there are 1,010 people within the limits of the town.

J.W. Saulman was tried before Judge M.M. Barnett Monday morning on a charge of embezzling the funds of a mill company, near Mershon's cross roads, and acqitted.

Ed Fernie, who left London about three weeks ago for Louisville, expecting to make his home there, has returned and will remain with his sister, Mrs. Benry P. Brown. He is still very feeble.

James Farmer a rather nice looking young man, was before Police Judge Canifax Monday morning, charged with having broken into the store house of Cannon McWhorter, at McWhorter, in this county. Farmer waived examination, and in default of a $500 bond, was committed to jail.

On Friday night last the store house of Jeff Rowland, a few miles this side of Manchester, on the road to London, was broken into and robbed of about $60 worth of goods. A man and woman are suspected of having done the robbery, but neither of them have been captured.

DIED-At the residence of her son, Issac B. Jones, in this county, on Wed- nesday afternoon, March 2, Mrs. Nancy Jones, aged 92 years, 8 months and 10 days. Mrs. Jones was we understand in her usual health Wednesday morning and ate a hearty dinner. After dinner she lay down on her bed and in a short time died.

If you intend to buy a plow this spring you should go and see your neighbor using one of our "Hill Side" or Brinly "Combination" plows follow it a few rounds, and then remember how we barefooted boys were kicked around over the green briars and sasafras roots by that old home made stock, wooden mould board and cast point, in the long long ago. We are sole agents for this section, write us for catalogue. J.T. BROWN

Robert Warner, an old citizen, died at his home in this county rather suddenly Monday morning. A few days ago he received injuries from the overturning of a bank car at one of the Pittsburg coal mines, supposed at the time to be slight which had kept him from work. Monday morning he did not rise from bed as soon as usual, and was noticed to be lying with the back of his hand over his mouth and breathing very hard. Some one moved his hand, thinking it was the cause of his hard breathing. In a few minutes he ceased to breath altogether and was dead. He was buried on Tuesday.

Samuel McHargue, a young man, son of Squire James McHargue, of this county, shot and killed Deputy Sheriff Saddler, of Whitley county, at Corbin Monday morning. McHargue had been arrested the night before for drunkenness and disorderly conduct, but, in some way, managed to escape. The next morning Saddler attempted to enter a store to arrest McHargue, when the latter raised a double-barreled shot gun, which he had in his hand, and fired, emptying the whole load into the bowels of the officer, and causing his death in a short time. McHargue, we understand made his escape and is still at large.

Dr. Thomas will be here the 28th of March, to remain a few days, prepared to make teeth and extract teeth without pain.


Dave Nelson has gone to Shawane, Tenn. to work nights.

Len Nelson has accepted a position on the J.M.&I. R.R. He left here Monday night.

Mr. John Landrum and family spent Sunday with his sister, Mrs. Julia Thompson.

G.C. Thompson is still in London awaiting the decision of the Court of Appeals.

Mr. Logan Salyers wife and sister of Livingston, spent Sunday with their relatives here.

Mr. D,B. House, of Terrill, Madison county, is in town this week looking after his property.

MARCH 11, 1892

Fire at Hindman, a few days ago, destroyed a school house and the resi- dence and store of Mr. O. Gibson.

Hiram Stewart and Charlie Gans, have been arrested at Maysville, charged with the murder of Simon Travis.

In Allen county Briggs Caldwell shot and killed Fount Justin and Charlie Hancock in a dispute over a game of cards.

Loving W. Gaines, editor of the Elkton Progress and Miss Emma Lewis were married at the Willard Hotel, Louisville, February 29.

J.H. Brent of Paris, has been appointed Superior Judge by Gov. Brown, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Judge Van B. Young.

Wm. Bush, aged 11 years, John Bush aged 14, and Marion Dunnigan, aged 17, were arrested in Breathitt county, charged with robbing the Adams Express Co. at St. Helens.

At Preachersville, eight miles from Lancaster, Samuel D. Rottewell aged 16 years, shot and fatally wounded Ross Rigsby, who took advantage of the absence of the family and outraged Rothwell's twelve year-old sister.

On Saturday evening Isaac Snodgrass shot and killed his brother Emmett, town marshall of Mt. Vernon, about five miles from that place. Two years ago Emmett killed "Squire" Snodgrass, another brother and that murder resulted in the killing of Saturday last. Isaac and Emmett met in the road when the latter opened fire, but missed his brother, who then shot him four times. Emmett had killed two other men besides his brother "Squire."

MARCH 11, 1892

Yesterday morning the ground was covered with snow.

Miss Pauline Arnold of Garrard county, is visiting her sister Mrs. George T. Faris, of this place.

Mrs. M.J. Links has recently been appointed postmistress at Langnau, in this county vice Wm. McCarty, deceased.

Stephen F. Jackson has moved his family to the property he recently pur- chased of Dr. J.P. Coldwell, and on which he has built a residence.

Col. George W. Baker of this place has been in Mt. Vernon for several days, called there by the serious sickness of his little daughter, who has diphtheria.

Mrs. J.D. Pollard, after a three week's visit to her daughter, Mrs. F.K. Struve, of this place returned on Monday to her home at Graefenburg, Shelby county, Ky.

In the announcement in our last week's ECHO of the death of Robert Warren, an old citizen of this county the types made the name read Robert Warner. We much regret this mistake, but such errors will occur in all newspapers.

Harry, son of Mr. H.C. Thompson, accidently shot himself the other day while handling an old cap and ball pistol, the bullet passing through his arm and lodging in his wrist. It was extracted by Drs. Coldwell and Pennington.

Mr. Stephen A. Jackson, of Abingdon, Va. who a few weeks ago was in Laurel county, visiting his cousin, Mrs. W.T. Moren, died on Friday last, at his home in Virginia, of fever. We are informed by Judge Moren that Mr. Jackson was complaining while here and had not been well from the time of his return home.

We learn that Mr. C.R. Catching, who has been very sick with malarial fever, for somtime at Macon, Ga., is better and able to walk about in his room. Mrs. Catching has been with her husband during his sickness and the attention and nursing rendered by her has no doubt, contributed much towards his recovery.

Senator Ed Parker is at home on account of the severe illness of his youngest daughter, who is suffering with typhoid fever. Senator Parker appears to have been well fed and groomed this winter at Frankfort.

Ike Magee and his son-in-law, Luther McCarty, who have all their lives resided in Laurel county, with their families were in town Monday on their way to far off Oregon, in which State they expect to make their future home. They were accompanied by Mr. Magee's younger brothers, James and Christopher, who go out to look at the country and prospect. The whole party took the 10 o'clock train Tuesday morning.

MARCH 18, 1892

James Reams is attending school at the Laurel Seminary, preparing to teach in the fall.

John V. Harrison is still teaching at the Johnson school house. He has a good attendance.

Mrs. Jane Lincks has been appointed postmistress at Langnau, and will assume the duties of the office in a few days.

On the fifth Saturday in April and Sunday following services will be held at old Salem church in memory of Brother John Moren, lately deceased. All are invited to attend and a large crowd is expected.


At Enterprise, the wife of Joseph Quarls gave birth to triplets weighing ten, eleven and twelve pounds. The couple have been married six years and have bad ten children born to them.

In Bourbon county Thomas Knox killed a gray eagle which measured eleven feet from tip to tip and weighed 31 pounds. It was in the act of carrying away a live two-months-old lamb when killed. This is said to be the largest eagle ever seen east of the Rocky Mountains.

John Jones of Mullis, Whitley county, was attacked the other night in Williamsburg and robbed of his pocket book, containing $325. Jones had reached Williamsburg on the train that evening on his return from the Blue Grass, where he had been with a lot of cattle which he sold.


Mr. and Mrs. Joe Young have moved to London and have rooms at Mr. A.P. Moore's.

BORN-To the wife of W.C. Brogan, Green Mount, in this county on Tuesday, March 8, a daughter.

George W. Baker has returned from Mt. Vernon. His little daughter who was very sick at that place with diphtheria, has recovered.

Quite a number of the young ladies and gentlemen of London took advantage of the pleasant weather last Sunday and walked down to Pittsburg to get to ride back on the train.

The young folks had a very pleasant party at the Riley House Friday night. A portion of the company spent the evening dancing, while others enjoyed themselves socially in another room.

Miss Nettie Smith returned from Harrodsburg where she has been attending Daughters College, Monday. We regret to learn that Miss Nettie was compelled to leave her school on account of impaired health.

MARCH 18, 1892

We regret to learn that Mr. J.D. Faris, of the McHargue precinct, whose house and contents were burned a few days ago, lost several hundred dollars in cash in the fire.

The case of the Commonwealth against G.C. Thompson has been reversed by the Court of Appeals and Mr. Thompson has been granted a new trial. His numerous friends will be glad to learn this.

Our monied farmers and business men should learn a lesson from the exper- ience of Mr. J.D. Faris and deposit their money in bank before it is burned or otherwise lost. No better facilities are offered than to deposit it in the First National Bank of London.

We have quite an amount of bone meal on hand for sale cheap. We also want to buy all the old bones we can get, paying one-half cent per pound for them. WIEDMER & HERZIG, LONDON, KY.

Rev. C.T. Stump, pastor of the Laurel circuit of the M.E. Church assisted by Revs. Cloyd, Bullock and others, closed a thirteen-days revival service at Old Union a few days ago which resulted in thirty bright conversions and a general revival of the church.

Born to the wife of John W, Root a son, Frank W. Root.

The name of W.D. Weavers son is Schuyler Thomas Jefferson Weaver.

We have had winter in earnest since our last issue, Sunday was a pleasant day, but since the weather has been rough. Cold winds Monday, wind and snow Tuesday and that night. The next morning it lay on the ground about ten inches deep, but melted some during the day. At night snow fell again and continued to fall Thursday, giving us the deepest snow we have had since February, 1886.

We learn from the Williamsburg Times that Sam McHargue, who killed Deputy Sheriff Wm. Sadler at Corbin on the 29th of February, went to Williamsburg last Friday and surrendered himself to the authorities. On the examining trial, held Monday, the 14th inst. before County Judge Stinson, McHargue was held to answer any indictment found by the grand jury, and was not allowed bail.

In a private letter from Mrs. S.H. Sawyer, of New Castle, we learn that a colored boy, twelve years old, of that place, hung himself last Monday to avoid a whipping by his mother, who Mrs. Sawyer writes was a very hard whipper. Truly the mothers treatment of the child must have been brutal, else the mere threat of a whipping would not have prompted him to commit such a rash act.

BURNED TO DEATH-Last Friday while Mr. and Mrs. Squire Scalf, living two miles from Lily, this county, were away from home shopping, their 12-year- old daughter, playing near the fire place, had her clothes to catch fire and was burned to death almost instantly. Her grandmother, who was present, had her hands severely burned trying to extinguish the flames but all to no purpose.

MARCH 18 1892

Thomas Disney, who was convicted in the Circuit Court at this place in 1887 for the murder of George Tetters, a constable at Lily, and sentenced to the penitentiary for life, was adjudged a lunatic before County Judge Williams, of Franklin county, a few days ago. He was thereupon pardoned out of the penitentiary, by Governor Brown, and the court ordered him sent to asylum at Lexington. Disney's mania is religion, and for nearly five weeks, since he was first suspected of insanity, he has been continually preaching and praying. He has had a brother confined at Anchorage and others of his relatives have at different times been in the Lexington asylum.

When we went to press 4 o'clock Thursday evening, it was still snowing with 15 inches well packed on the ground.

Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Bailey, of Decatur, Texas, will please accept our thanks for their kind invitation to us requesting our presence at the marriage of their daughter, Miss Mattie to our old friend and school-mate, Mr. L.L. Chesnut, on Wednesday evening the 16th inst., at 7 o'clock. Circumstances, over which we had no control, prevented our accepting the kind invitation. May the sunshine of peace, prosperity and happiness ever light the pathway of this happy couple through life, may their journey down the steeps of time be strewn with fragrant flowers and when they shall have drunk the cup of life low may the dregs there of be as a sweet morsel to their lips.

Dr. H.S. Pitman, of East Bernstadt, has received information of the death, from pneumonia, of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Eliza Jones on the 4th of March, at the residence of her son, Mr. E.S. Jones in Sherman, Texas. Mrs. Jones, was the relict of Hen. N.B. Jones, who lived for a number of years in Lon- don, and filled, to the satisfaction of the people, the offices of County Judge and County Attorney of Laurel county. Mrs. Jones was about 65 years of age, and had many relatives in this and Knox county. In 1877, after the death of her husband, she moved with her younger children to Sherman, Texas, where her eldest son lived, and has since that time resided with her child- ren in Texas and Oklahoma, having made but one visit to Kentucky since she moved from the State. She was a quite, christian woman, and her death will be mourned by many of her old friends still living in Kentucky.


M.B. Crawford has gone to East Bernstadt, where he expects to spend the summer.

Born, last Monday night to the wives of James McGuire, James Auglin and D.B. McCollum, each a boy.

The marriage of G.W. Crawford and Miss Julia Abrams on last Sunday evening, at the residence of the bride's father, was a great surprise to Mr. Crawford's parents. The happy party returned home Monday and was received by a host of friends. They left for London the next day.

MARCH 25, 1892

E. Woods has been appointed postmaster at Wildie, Rockcastle co.

Isaac Snodgrass, who killed his brother Emmett a few days ago, in Rock- castle county, was acquitted on the examining trial.

Berry Turner, the Bell county desperado, was captured at White Oaks, Tenn. Monday. He was concealed in the house of his sister.

At Jackson last Friday the snow was 27 inches deep. The barn of Judge Lindon was broken down by the weight of snow upon it.

The State Senate defeated the measure making two cents a mile the maximum rate to be charged for passenger travel by the railroads within the State.

A bill has been offered in the Lower House, at Frankfort, "to prohibit the playing of baseball or football within this Commonwealth on Sunday."

James and Charles Doram, who were tried at Barbourville last week for shooting and killing Moses Gibson at Lovell, in Knox county, last summer, were acquitted.

Elliott Baker, who shot down and killed his uncle and cousin in Knox county, several years ago, has been convicted at Barbourville and goes to the penitentiary for life.

George Cress, a citizen of Rockcastle county, and a brakeman on the K.C. road, was killed by a train at Winchester the other day. His head was nearly cut off, and his remains presented a horrible sight.

Sheriff Jones of Rockcastle county, arrested John and James Lawrence charged with entering the house of Mrs. Ellen Delph in that county and robbing her of $190. They waived examination and were held to await the action of the grand jury.


Matthew Roark, a well known citizen of the newcomb precinct, in this county, died of pneumonia on Saturday, March 19. He was about 60 years old.

J.T. Brown was snowed up on Cane Creek for several days by last week's storm. On Friday he made a sleigh and managed to get home Saturday night.

The snow which fell last week was the heaviest that has fallen here since 1886. On Friday it was 16 inches on the level and much deeper in many places. The weather turned warmer Sunday and the snow began to melt, but the ground was pretty well covered till Tuesday night, when rain carried it off.

MARCH 25, 1892

Mrs. Polly McHargue, widow of the late Samuel Mchargue, of this county, died at her home near Lily, Saturday night last, March 19. Mrs. McHargue was between 75 and 80 years of age and leaves five living children, four of whom reside in this county, and one in the county of Lincoln, in this State.

On March 21, E.S, Anderson died, at his home on Knox Fork, Knox county and was buried the day following in the Burnett burial grounds. Mr. Ander- son was the father of Mrs. David Huneycutt, of Fariston, in this county. He was for several years a member of the Methodist church and died in the hope of everlasting life. He leaves a mother, two sisters, two brothers and many friends in Knox county to mourn for him.

On Sunday afternoon three prisoners escaped from jail, and have not been captured. Craig Gregg was the leader of the escaped, and this is the fourth time that he has managed to get away from Jailor Lovell. Cong Farmer, who is awaiting trial for breaking into the store of C.C. McWhorter, at McWhorter in this county, and one Angel, a moonshiner, went with Gregg. There were two other prisoners in the jail who did not leave.

On Wednesday, March 17, at his home, about five miles South-west of London, Wm. Blankinship died of consumption. Mr. Blankinship was about 57 years of age. He came from Virginia to this State with his father when young and has since that time resided in Laurel County, an honest and upright man, and one who will be much missed in the neighborhood in which he lived. He was buried on Saturday in the Hendricks School House burial grounds.

A freight wreck at tunnel No. 6, in this county, delayed all trains several hours Thursday.

BORN-To the wife of Mr. T.D. Mullins of Withers, Rockcastle county a Republican, Mendel Dyche. The happy father and mother will please accept the grateful thanks of the editor of the ECHO, for the compliment. May our life be such all down the journey of time that no reproach will ever rest upon the head of the young leader of the principals we have the honor to advocate, in consequence of the name he bears.

In a pleasant conversation with the Hon. Charles B. Faris, a few days ago, he informed us that he was married on the 15th day of March, 1842, to Sarah McHargue, of this county, that they had enjoyed together over a half century of married life, and were now in the possession of reasonably good health, having lived all their lives in Laurel county, and for the last thirty-seven years in the same house in the town of London. They have been blessed with nine children, three of whom died when quite young and four others after they had reached maturity. The only two now living are Hiram Faris, of Montana and Lizzie, wife of John C. McKee of this place. They have living eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

These old people are happy in the enjoyment of the respect and good opinion of the whole community. They attribute their good health and physical preservation in a great degree to regular habits and a rather old fashioned style of living, such as "early to bed and early to rise," &c., and to being all the time engaged in something which they, at least, believe necessary to be done. Were others as careful and methodical in their habits and manner of living as Mr. and Mrs. Faris have been, there would be more golden weddings celebrated, and more gray headed people in our midst to direct and lead our youths in the proper paths through life. 


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