Reprinted with permission of the Laurel County Historical Society
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January 27, 1899
A sensation that had been smoldering and brewing in London the past four weeks burst forth with all its hideousness and desolating fury upon the peaceful inhabitants of our usually quiet little mountain city last Saturday and Sunday. It was the exposure of one of the most hideous, black and damnable crimes that ever disgraced our favorite town or blacked the record of our court. It was the story of the bewitching conduct of a wiley, cultured, daring and handsome young barrister, the betrayal, seduction, ruin and agonizing death of a sweet, innocent, confiding, pretty, though unlettered young lady and servant girl at the Catching Hotel.
The young man implicated and charged with the crime is none less than Mr. E. K. Wilson, who, though he has been a citizen of our county only about nine years, has been honored more than once by the good people of this county, at one time chosen by the suffrage of the people to preside over the interests of the county as its legal adviser and representative as County Attorney, and came within a few votes of being called to preside over the county as its chief officer, County Judge.
The young lady who met with such a sad misfortune and tragic death was Miss Mary E. Cloyd, daughter of Mr. Thomas Cloyd, who resides near McWhorter, this county, twelve miles north of London, but who has been serving in the capacity of a cook at the Catching Hotel for the past two and a half years.
According to the proof advanced at the examining trial the facts and Circumstances are about as follows:
About two years ago Mr. Wilson began paying his respects to Miss Cloyd in the capacity of a sweetheart and continued to do so regularly about once a week, some time not so often, and sometimes oftener, calling on her in the parlor of the hotel, where Mr. Wilson was a border and where the girl was a domestic, Mr. Wilson, all the while using every means known to the wiles of man to accomplish his purpose to have carnal knowledge of her and her ruin. Finally, yielding to his persuasive genius and under the solemn promise of marriage, she yielded to his lusty desires and her ruin and death followed. Mr. Wilson's confession, the girls dying declaration, substantiated by a volume of other evi- dences is insurmountable proof belief the girl was a pure girl up to the time of his knowledge of her, that he had given her medicine and that with his own hands, after she had refused to use it he had used the instrument which caused her death. This interview closed, this meeting ended by Mr. Wilson saying that before he would be forced to marry the girl he would kill himself. With this Mr. Wilson left the room, the town, the county and was never again seen in our county until last Sunday morning when he was arrested by the authorities in Madison county at Richmond and brought back here under the charge of murder. The dying declaration of the girl, made in the presence of Mrs. McLear, and Drs. Ramsey and Pennington was in substance as follows:
That she was 25 years of age, that no other man save Mr. Wilson knew her carnally, that he accomplished her ruin under the most solemn promise of marriage, that Mr. Wilson was the father of her unborn child, that he had given her twelve pills with directions how to use them, one three times a day, that she took seven of them, that two days later about Dec. 27, Mr. Wilson told her that the pills might bring her all right, but that she did not want to run any risk, that he wanted to use an instrument, that he inserted it into the uterus by the use of a wire, cut it off leaving a portion of it in the uterus, and by this produced abortion , caused her illness and destroyed her life. Dr. Pennington assisted by Dr. Ramsey, attended the girl during her entire sickness and everything known to medical science was done to save her life.
THE EXAMINING TRIAL
The defendant, being represented by attorneys R. L. Ewell. D. K. Rawlinys and R. L. Reid, entered a motion before County Judge Stanberry Tuesday morning for bail, and at one o'clock Tuesday afternoon the examining trial began, the Commonwealth being represented by County Attorney Sparks, Senator Parker, Hon. W. H. Ramsey, H.C. Hazelwood, C.R. Brock, and J. Walker Moren. The hearing of testimony was not closed until noon Wednesday, the defense offering not one word of testimony in rebutttal to that of the Commanwealth. After argument by the counsel, Sparks, and Ramsey for the Commonwealth and Ewell and Rawlings for the defense, the motion of the defendant for bail was overruled and the prisoner was remanded to jail without bail.
The prisoner was ordered to be taken to Richmond jail for safe keeping.
The hearing throughout was a recital of one of the most sickening and shocking crimes ever committed in the county. The trial was witnessed by a large crowd with almost breathless silence, every neck being craned to its full tension that the auditor might hear and catch the full force of every word that fell from the witness lips of the prisoners guilt. Dr. A. C. Foster swears that some three or four weeks since Mr. Wilson came to him and told him that he believed that he had Miss Cloyd pregnant and wanted to know if certain drugs and certain instruments would produce an abortion; if cotton-root pills would, if ergot would, or if a catheter inserted into the uterus would. To all of which Dr. Foster answered in the affirmative. He then asked the doctor to write a prescription. The doctor refused. He then asked the doctor to go with him and use the catheter; to which request the doctor's reply was: "Do you take me to be a d-m fool? I will not do it." He then asked the doctor to loan him his catheter, which request was also refused, but was told that he could buy one at the drug store, that there was no law prohibiting the sale of them, but was told that if he used it in the way indicated, it would kill the giri. Wilson afterward met Dr. Foster and told him that he had used the instrument and that he, Wilson, believed it "had done the work." After the condition of the girl became known, Wilson was called into the girl's sick room, and appealed to by both Mr. and Mrs. McLear, that, for the sake of his honor, the honor of the girl, and the reputation of the house he ought to marry the girl there and then. He declined, but said that he intended and would marry the girl as soon as she was able. He was then appealed to by the ruined girl, to redeem the promise by which he had ruined her, and save her further disgrace. Still he refused. Then when accosted by the girl he acknowledged that he had accomplished her ruin under promise of marriage.
Dr. J.M. Wilson, of Williamstown, father of E.K. Wilson, has been in London since last Monday evening to do what he can for his wayward son, who is charged with such a fearful crime. Dr. Wilson is a genteel old gentleman, and has the sympathy of all in his sorrow.
Mr. W.F. French, of Richmond bar has been in London during the week as an attorney for Mr. E.K. Wilson.
JANUARY 27, 1899
Mr. E. K. Wilson was born in Grant County, KY., February 2, 1869. He is the son of Dr. J.M. Wilson, a wealthy, educated and highly respected physician, of Williamstown. He received a liberal education, having attended Center College, Danville, Ky. He came to London 1890, and has made this his home ever since. At one time, few men stood higher in the estimaion of the people than he, or had better opportunities or a brighter political or social future than he, being appointed Presidential elector on the Republican ticket in 1892, and elected County Attorney in 1894, and came within a few votes of being elected County Judge of Laurel County in 1897. Though without relatives or other social influence, the people recognized in him ability, and loved to do him honor.
How shocking it is for one who once enjoyed the confidence, support and admiration of the people one with such an education, refinement and ability; one who possessed such an honorable and veneralbe father and mother, such pure, lovely and cultured sisters, as Mr. Wilson has, to fall so low, by the violation of his own acts, as to be brought face to face with the penitentiary for life, if not the gallows.
But for the fact the sanctity of homes must be protected, the vitrue, chastity and purity of our daughters must be guarded, and the majesty of the law upheld, our people would very gladly throw the mantle of charity around Mr. Wilson, spread the white wing of protection over him, and extend to him a hearty welcome into society, if they thought by that act he could be reclaimed, or that his life could be revolutionized for the better. But our organization of society is such, that when a home has been ruthlessly, maliciously and feloniously entered, the happiness of the home destroyed, and in-ate bebauched. ?? ruined and murdered the crime must be avenged, and no station in life, no matter how honored or exalted, no family connection no name or title, can not, and of right ought not, save the guilty party from suffering the penalty of the law.
AN EXPLOSION-As breakfast was being prepared at the residence of Mr. H. C. Thompson last Friday morning, the range on which they were cooking exploded with a terrific noise and almost fatal results. Mrs. A. F. Ladd, Mr. Thompson's mother-in-law was seriously, if not fatally hurt. She was blown to the floor in the rear end of the room, and sustained very serious injuries, one of her arms broken in two places and her body otherwise considerably mutilated. The stove was literally torn to pieces, not one piece bigger than a man's hand being left of one whole side of it, the window's all blown out, a door demolished, a hole blown through the ceiling, a piece of the stove alighting on a bed in the second story setting it on fire, filling the room with such a cloud of smoke, ashes and steam, that nothing could be seen in the room for some time, and when Mr. Thompson entered the room to hunt for his mother-in-law he had to just feel his way. Mr. Thompson and Miss Fannie Brown, the cook left the room only a moment or two before the explosion occurred, and thus escaped a serious injury and probably death. The cause of the explosion was a frozen tank. The night before had been exceedingly cold one and the water in the large tank which belonged to the stove and connected to the furnace of the stove by a large pipe, was frozen almost solid, and when a sufficient amount of steam had generated in the pipe it had to have vent, and secured it through an explosion with above results.
The Grand Jury is still in session. Milt Green was given five years in the pen for killing Jim Mullins. The case against B. Howard for the killing of G. W. Baker in Clay County, was continued until the fourth day of the next term. Ebb Eads was fined $110 for assaulting and wounding A. L. Reid, The attorneys say that both Milt Green and Ebb Eads will appeal their cases.
Mr. Stephen Blankenship, who left here a month or two ago, intending to make Indiana his future home, is back in old Laurel again. We expect he is now satisfied with the West and will spend the remainder of his days amid the forests of old Kentucky.
MARRIED-Saturday afternoon, in the County Clerk's office, Judge Stansberry united in one flesh Mr. Craig Gregg and Mrs. Mary Francis Johnson, both residents of this vicinity. The peculiar feature was that Gregg has been in jail for some time, with two charges against him, robbery and for interfering with church worship at Altamont. Mrs. Johnson, or rather, Mrs. Gregg, then put up $250 cash bail, and the happy couple spent the night at her home on Main street, leaving Sunday morning on a wedding trip.
POISONED-The entire family of Elder Stephen Moore, living near Pittsburg, this county, were poisoned a few days ago by eating blackberries that had been put up in tin cans. Mr. Moore and another one or two were seriously ill for a while, but at last accounts were convalescent.
Judge Stanberry ruled yesterday that it is a violation of the law to sell a certain liquid which is sold by the druggists and is called PERUNA, and held the four druggists of London, Kentucky, to answer any indictment found against them by the grand jury for selling same.
GONE TO REST-Aunt Pauline Tipton, one of the oldest and most highly respected ladies of this county, died at her home last Saturday evening near this place, after an illness of several days, of la grippe and heart trouble. She leaves a host of friends and relatives to mourn her death.
Last Sunday Cleveland George, while on his way to church, fell from a wagon hurting himself very bad.
Uncle Jerry McKee, an old highly respected colored man, well known to a large number of our readers, died at his home at Berea, Madison county, Saturday, Dec. 27, of asthma, and was buried Sunday. He leaves a wife and five children.
Uncle Peter Baxter, of Pittsburg, died Tuesday and was buried Wednesday by the order of Knights of Pythias.
Deputy Sheriffs Tate and Wood, of Rockcastle county, were in London last Friday and summoned fifty of our citizens to appear in the Rockcastle circuit court Saturday as jurors in the case of the Commonwealth against Elza Langford, charged with the killing of ex-jailer C. L. King. The jury was secured and the remainder of the men summoned returned home Saturday evening.
Anse Baker, a member of the First Kentucky, who was wanted in Clay county, for shooting John Hall, was arrested immediately upon being mustered out, and returned to Manchester.
FISTICUFFS-The small crowd gathered at the court house Wednesday night was treated to quite an entertainment, a regular Corbett-Fitzsimons bout, Messrs. J. D. Smith and J. A. Craft, two prominent attorneys, being the impersonators. It was all soon over, however with no apparent damage save a slight abrasion on one of the participant's nose.
JURY DISCHARGED-On account of the serious illness of W. A. Marrow, Eliza Langford's chief attorney in the Rockcastle circuit court, in which Langford is indicted for the killing of C. L. King, the jury, which was secured from this county, was discharged Tuesday and returned home Tuesday evening.
SHOT-A difficulty occurred a few days ago at Benge, Clay county between Isaac Cornett and John Byrd, in which the former emptied both barrels of his shot gun into the latter. Our best information is that the difficulty came up over Byrd shooting one of Cornett's hogs. Cornett emptied one barrel of his gun into Byrd's face and as he turned and started to run he emptied the other into his back as a result the wounds are not at all necessarily fatal. His doctor picked over one hundred shot out of Byrd.
BORN-To the wife of Sidney Cottingin, a bouncing boy.
Lots of liquor in this county, What's the matter with the officers?
Mrs. Rebecca Mainous was born in Lee County, Va., August 28, 1818, departed this life February 21, 1899 being at the time of her death 80 years, five months, and 23 days. She was the daughter of Thos Flanery of Lee County, Va., was united in holy wedlock to L. L. Manious in 1832, moved to Owsley county in 1857, having lived in this county 42 years. They enjoyed life together 66 years, when her husband outstripped her three years for glory. She united with the church when quite young and lived a consistent member until the time of her death. Of their happy union were born 13 children, 7 boys and 6 girls, of which all lived to be grown except one. Of these nine have survived her, five boys and four girls.
Our city fathers we understand, have renewed the enforcement of the Hog law.
Armor's sugar cured hams 10 cents per pound, 10 to 15 pounds each, at Watkins Grocery.
Sheriff L. B. McHargue carried Milt Green and James Donaldson to the Frankfort penitentiary last Monday.
HABEAS CORPUS-Charles Marsee, in jail here charged with the murder of W. R. Stapelton at Lily, this county, some months ago, has sworn out a writ of habeas corpus, before Judge Stanberry, and a hearing in the case is set for today, Friday.
James H. Mircle, aged sixty-five years, who was sentenced to the penitentiary for life for murder in Knox county fifteen years ago, has proven his innocence of the crime for which he was convicted, to the satisfaction of Lieut. Gov. Worthington, and as a consequence given his liberty last Friday.
DIED-At his residence in the northern suburbs of London at half past 12 o'clock last Saturday morning, after an illness of only a few days, Mr. S. H. Kuhn, in the seventy-ninth year of his age. Mr. Kuhn was born in the State of Tennessee Jan. 25, 1821, being seventy-eight years, one month and thirteen days old at the time of his death. He came to Kentucky in the latter part of the forties and in 1861 enlisted in the 7th KY. Vol. Inft., U. S. A. and served his country well and faithfully as a brave and patriotic soldier for over three years. After the war he returned to this county and has lived a quite, law abiding citizen ever since. For several years he has been a member of the Christian church, and has lived a dutiful and Christian life.
WILL DIE-Harman Smith of the southern part of this county, who was beaten over the head by Dan Owen some time ago with a rock and a club, has been pronounced mortally wounded by his physicians and that he cannot recover and so notified Judge Stanberry, upon which notice he took the dying declaration of Smith, and upon this declaration he held Owen under a $5,000 bond. According to Smith's declaration the attack upon his life was premeditated, malicious and without provocation, and if his wounds result in death the charge against him will be murder.
Mr. John H. Harrett, of Rockcastle, who was sentenced to the penitentiary for five years in May, 1898, for killing Buck Padgett, has been pardoned. The Governor assigned the following reasons for his action: "The facts as presented in this case certainly entitle the petitioner to the benefits of the law of self defense. His pardon is recommended by the trial Judge, all the officials of the court and many of the best citizens of the county. A free and full pardon is granted him, with restoration to citizenship.
E.K. WILSON'S CASE-The case of the Commonwealth against E. K. Wilson for the murder of Miss Mary Cloyd, was called Friday morning, when the Commonwealth announced ready, upon which the defense was called upon to make a showing. The day was frittered away until Friday evening, when the Commonwealth's Attorney notified the court that in as much as there was only one day more of the Court's time left of this term, there was not time to try the case, whereupon the court continued the case until the fourth day of its next term. Wilson has sworn out habeas corpus proceedings before Judge Saufley, of the Lincoln Circuit Court, and the trial of the case is set for next Tuesday.
GIVEN BAIL-The habeas corpus proceedings of E. K. Wilson before Judge Saufley at Stanford last Tuesday resulted in bail being granted Wilson in the sum of $3,500, Dr. J. M. Wilson, R.C. Ford, and D. T. Riggs becoming bondsmen. Wilson on the stand Admitted to having had improper relations with Miss Cloyd, but positively denied being directly responsible for her death, the greater portion of which Judge Saufley seems to have believed to the prejudices of other witnesses, in his opinion Judge Saufley is reported to have stated that the killing had clearly been -------oven,??? but that the one necessary element, malice aforethought, necessary to constitute murder, was wanting. If this is law society is in a dangerous age of existence: if this is law, we are upon the brink of social revolution: it this is law, Walling and Jackson and hundreds of others have suffered the supreme penalty of the law innocent men. If this is law, our homes are no longer protected against human vultures, and fathers and brothers will have to take the law of protecting their homes into their own hands.
INSULTED VIRTUE-A reliable party who was in attendance at the habeas corpus proceedings at Stanford informs a representative of the Echo that no sooner had E. K. Wilson gotten out of jail than he insulted the virtue of every lady in Eastern Kentucky by stating in his presence that he, Wilson could take $20.00 and buy the virtue of any mountain girl. If Wilson did say this it would not be healthy for him to repeat it upon the streets of London.
E.K. WILSON'S DENIAL
MARCH 14, 1899
MR. A. R. DYCHE, EDITOR
MOUNTAIN ECHO, LONDON, KY.
MY DEAR SIR:I notice in your last issue of The Echo the publication of what purports to be a very unkind expression from me, reflecting upon the purity of the mountain women, viz: "That I could take $20 and purchase the virtue of any woman in the mountains," Please give me space to deny and denounce such a statement, but I could not even conceive of uttering such an untruth against the "mountain women," It has been my pleasure to know a large number of the people of the mountains, and to receive many favors, from that generous and chivalrous population, and no man knows better than I that no highter standard of virtue exists upon the soil, no purer women grace the homes of any section than in the homes of the mountains, especially of Laurel county. It gives me pleasure to testify to this characteristic of her women, and I denounce the statement attributed to me, and all other things of that import, as absolutely untrue. You could have no interest or pleasure in doing me an injustice or a wrong, at this time, and I cannot believe you would knowingly lend your paper to such a purpose, and feel sure you have been imposed upon by some one who has malicious desire to injure and create a false and adverse public feeling against me. Please denounce the outrage for me. with great respect. E. K. WILSON
DIED-At her residence in this city last Sunday night, Mrs. Betty Byron, widow of the late Capt. L. A. Byron, of pneumonia, in the 75th year of her age. Her funeral was preached at the Christian Church Tuesday morning by Eld. J. B. Dickson, and her remains laid in the Parker Cemetery. Mrs. Byron died in the faith of a true Christian and expressed herself as thoroughly satisfied to go when it was the will of the Lord to take her. She had been a member of the Presbyterian Church for many years.
BORN-To the wife of Esq. Covington, a boy or girl one. Dave is doing as well as could be expected.
The latest arrival at the home of Hon. C. W. Haverly is a young man by the name of Dewey. He made his advent into this world of sin and sorrow on February 18.
MARRIED-Mr. William Whitehead to Miss Hedrick, of Sinking, Feb. 17.
MARRIED-On the 20th of February, Mr. William Maxie to Miss Alice Sutton of London, at the residence of Mr. James Laws. The happy couple have our best wishes.
TOOK POISON-Information reaches us that Mrs. Dan Chesnut, of Texas, recently of this county, accidentally took poison a few days ago and may die.
MARRIED-On Feb. 22, in Hawkins county, Tenn., Mr. B. P. Simpson and Miss Essie Park Looney. Mr. Simpson is well know to a large number of our readers having made Manchester, Clay county, his home for many years, and who was married several years ago to Miss Kate Brown of this place, but who died soon afterward.
THREE KILLED-Information reaches us that on Saturday last, during a terrific rain and hail storm of Goose Creek in Clay county, the humble home of John Smallwood was destroyed by a land slide, three of his family killed and two others wounded. Mr. Smallwood was serving on the jury at Manchester when he received the sad news.
BORN-To the wife of Mr. Jas Chesnut, on the 3rd, a fine girl. The happy father is wearing a broad smile.
DIED-We have it from a reliable source that Mrs. Mariah Crawford, and aged and respected lady of the Eastern portion of this county, departed this life Tuesday.
Mr. John Gray and Miss Lucy Jackson, were married last Tuesday at the residence of the bride's mother. We wish them success through life. Both are well know and respected.
DIED-February 23, in Indian Territory, Arthur Warren, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Warren, formerly of this country. They left this part of the country some five years ago to make their home in the far West. It was there that the grim Reaper came and robbed their pleasant home of a bright jewel. Arthur was a bright and loving boy loved by all who knew him. He was 17 years old when he was called to go. The summons was so sudden that we could hardly realize that Arthur was gone.
Jas. Barden was thrown over a high cliff by his horse near the Swiss Colony a few days ago and killed.
MORTALLY WOUNDED-Last Friday night between London and Pittsburg, while Kin Chumley and William Kuhn were scuffling over a pistol the weapon was discharged, the ball taking effect in Chumley's abdomen, inflicting a wound which will almost without a doubt produce death.
MARRIED-In the parlor of the Catching Hotel last Tuesday evening by Eld. Dickson, Mr. G. S. Griffin, Jailer of Rockcastle county and Miss Kate Wallin, a beautiful daughter of Crab Orchard. The affair was a very pleasant one and the happy couple have the best wishes of the Echo for their future prosperity and happiness.
DIED-At 6 o'clock Wednesday morning of heart disease, at the residence of Prof. J. C. Lewis, Mrs. Elizabeth Campbell mother of Mrs. Lewis. her remains were interred yesterday in the Parker cemetery. Mrs. Campbell was a true Christian lady and died in the full assurance of a future life of eternal happiness.
DIED-Mr. L. L. Chesnut, of Fort Worth, Texas, telegraphed friends here last Saturday that Mrs. Dan Chesnut, an account of whose poisoning we gave in our last issue, was dead. Her remains were buried at his Texas home. We learn that Mrs. Chesnut had been quite ill and one of her daughters, mistaking sugar of lead for salts, accidentally gave her the poison. The bereaved husband and children have the sympathy of all here in their sad bereavement.
BORN-To the wife of J. T. Cottingin, a fine boy.
MARRIED- On the 16th inst., Mr. Jas. Hammons, of Pittsburg, to Miss Maggie McCracken, of this place.
Mrs. Palina Hoskins presented to Mr. James I Hoskins a fine girl weighing ten pounds. Its name is Elles Hoskins. The old gentleman was so proud that he burnt his hat.
Died, on 2nd inst., Julia, wife of Samuel Templin, aged about 46 years. In the death of Sister Julia the husband has lost a kind and affectionate wife, the brothers and sisters a loving and dear sister, the community an accommodating neighbor and the church a consistent and devoted member. Sister Templin's body was laid to rest in the Landrum cemetery, there to await the general judgment and resurrection morn, when the Lord shall sit upon His Throne and call first for the dead who have died in the Lord: then the seas, the graves and all places hidden from men's eyes shall obey that voice and surrender up their dead. There mortal shall put on immortality, and shall be caught up to ever be with the Lord. We believe that Sister Julia will be in that innumerable company, who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
MARRIED-At the bride's father's, Miss Emma Baker to Mr. J. D. Tinsley, both of Pittsburg, at 8:30 p.m. April 9, 1899. The ceremony was performed by Rev. A. B. H. McKee, of London, KY. We wish the happy couple success all through the journey of life.
BORN-To the wife of McCalla FitzGerald, on the morning of the 17th inst., a beautiful girl, may the fondest hopes of the happy father and mother be fully realized.
DIED-At her home in the southern suburbs of London, last Sunday, of pneumonia, after an illness of only one week; Aunt Ruth Hardin, one of the most industrious and most favorably known colored women in the county. Her remains were buried Tuesday on Cemetery Hill. The bereaved relatives and friends have the sympathy of all.
WAS ACCIDENTAL Emmett Robinson, aged about 23 years, accidentally shot and killed his roommate, Luther Mobley, also about the same age, last night. The unfortunate occurrence took place at the home of J. E, Johnson, corner East Second and Camp streets, where both young men were boarding. The evidence adduced at a preliminary hearing before Justice Milam this morning showed plainly that the death of Mobley was an accident, Young Robinson had been to an entertainment at the Peach street church during the early part of the evening and had returned to his room a short while before 11 o'clock. The young men, along with Charles Innes, were in the habit of chatting before retiring and when Robinson came in he went into the room where the other two was and placed the clothes in his trunk and picked up his revolver, a double action 38 caliber Smith and Wesson. He was attempting to adjust the cylinder which had become rusty, while standing by the bed. The weapon was discharged, the ball entering the body of Mobley near the base of the breast, killing him almost instantly, the only utterance being "Oh! Oh!" The testimony developed the fact that both men were good friends. Young Mobley came here from near Fayette, Mo., about one year and a half ago and was well liked by all who knew him. The dead boy's parents live in Missouri and have been notified of their son's sad death, and asked what disposition to make of the body. No reply has been received up to a late hour today. After hearing the evidence of the case, Justice Milam held that death was due on and accident and released Robinson, Ft. Worth (Texas)
In these columns we give an account of an accidental killing of a friend by Mr. Emmitt Robinson at Ft. Worth, Tex., last Friday night. Emmett is well know to a large number of our readers, and is the oldest son of Mr. J. N. Robinson the popular jeweler of this place. There are no better citizens under the sun, in our opinion, than Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, and they have the sympathy of all in their troubles. The killing was clearly accidental, no blame at all being attached to Emmett.
Mrs. Nancy Anderson is on the sick list. She has nervous trouble.
Born, to the wife of John Cottongin a fine girl, on the 16th, Success to the happy father and mother.
R. S. WOOTON DEAD-Our heart was indeed pained a few days ago to hear of the death of our old friend, Mr. R. S. Wooton, Clerk of the Leslie Circuit court. He died very suddenly on Thursday evening of last week, and his body was laid to rest with Masonic honors Friday. Mr. Wooton was indeed a noble hearted man, a true and loyal friend to The Echo.
BORN-On the 26th inst., to the wife of Mr. H. T. Wagner, a ten pound boy, Henry Sidney. May the fondest hopes of the happy parents be realized.
DIED-At the residence of her husband in this city at half past twelve last Tuesday afternoon, of heart disease, Mrs. Chas. Williams, nee Miss Rhoda Walker, wife of our accomplished barber. Mrs. Williams former home was Richmond, KY., and was married to Mr. Williams, Nov. 1, 1898. She was a true Christian lady, patient, loving and kind, was a member of the Baptist Church, and her remains were taken to Richmond for interment Wednesday. The bereaved husband has our deepest sympathy.
We are indeed sad to learn of the death of our mutual friend and patron, Mr. Andrew Baker, of Mt. Vernon. He was a noble Christian hearted fellow, and we extend our sympathy to his bereaved wife.
MORTALLY WOUNDED-Later Wednesday evening at Pittsburg, this county Craig Gregg, who has already served a couple, if not three terms in the pen, was shot and probably wounded by Bob Frisby. The ball entered the center of the chin and came out in the neck, Frisby is in jail.
Chas. Schott has returned from a piscatorial trip to Rockcastle river. He brought a fine string of salmon home with him. Two of them weighed 8 aggregating 7 1/2 pounds.
Since our last report the following births have occurred: To the wife of John Storm, a boy; to the wife of Henry Taylor, a boy; to the wife of W. L. Karr, a girl; all the parents are doing well and well satisfied.
J. W. Goff, of Pittsburg is again in jail for selling whisky.
The widow of "Uncle" Jim Randall, deceased, died last Friday at her home near Fariston. She leaves three small children in a destitute condition.
LAUREL COUNTY COURT-At the April term a rule is awarded against Ilinsis Ivy, to appear at the May term of this court and show cause if any, why her children, Blevens Ivy, aged 7 years, and Cannon Ivy 4 years old, should not be apprenticed to some competent person. N. J. STANBERRY, J. L. C. C.
I have had sent to my care from Jackson county a boy 6 years of age my half-brother, my father's youngest child and the only one by his last wife, she having married again and given her children away to other parties to raise. J. M. PARSLEY, LONDON, KY
Sheriff J. L. Sutton, Messrs J. L. and D. Y. Lawson and J. A. Jones, all of Whitley county, all as big-hearted and clever fellows as ever lived, have been in London during the week as witnesses in the Wilson case.
ALL CONTINUED-All the felony cases on the docket of Laurel Circuit Court, except the one now on trial, the case of the Commonwealth against E. K. Wilson, charged with the murder of Miss Mary Cloyd, have been continued until the next term of the court. The case against J. M. Howard, charged with the murder of G. W. Baker, of Clay County, was set for the third day of the next term.
The Wilson murder case, which was on hand at our last issue, is still in progress. A jury was not secured until Tuesday evening, Tuesday morning, however, before the jury was secured, the Commonwealth Attorney Sparks, by written motion, moved the court to quash the indictment and rerefer the case to the present grand jury, which motion the court took under consideration until Wednesday morning, it was overruled. The Commonwealth then moved to dismiss the case, which motion was overruled, whereupon the jury was called in and sworn and the taking of testimony began. Dr. Pennington was the first witness on the stand, occupying all day Wednesday and a portion of the day Thursday; whereupon Dr. Ramsey was called who has been upon the stand ever since. The proof so far adduced is about as was produced in the examiining court, and published in these columns at the time except that Dr. Pennington's testimony is possibly a little stronger. The case will probably consume the balance of the court.
Mary Adams, wife of Williaim G. Adams and daughter of Benjamin Webb, was born March 14, 1818 and died February 5, 1899. Mrs. Adams was a pious Christian woman and possessed a high and noble character. Early in life she joined the Baptist Church at Thorn Creek, Letcher County and remained a member until her death. She was the mother of nine children, eight of whom lived to be grown. One died in infancy. She was left a widow in 1862 with seven children in her care. Which she managed to keep together, clothe and feed them by working early and late.
MARRIED-On Thursday of last week, at the residence of the bride's father, Uncle Mike Hope and Miss Nellie A. Reed. The groom is 69 and the bride is 36 years of age, Rev. Isom officiated.
On last Thursday night some unknown persons broke into the house of T. J. Hodges, living one mile north of London, entered the dining room through a window and after eating supper went through the hall into another room, took a valise, a pair of shoes, departed the way they came in. The family was sleeping in other rooms, and knew nothing of the visit until morning.
BAD ACCIDENT-Uncle James Dees, while attempting to get up on his horse Wednesday afternoon, was thrown to the ground and badly bruised about the head and body, Fortunately no bones were broken, but the right ear was almost torn from its socket, and he was otherwise badly shaken up. A few days of careful nursing, however, will see him up and about again. Mr. Dees was about a mile from home at the time of the accident, and had to be carried home in a chair.
DIED-Last Saturday, at her residence in this place, Mary Willie the ten year old daughter of Mrs. Hattie Catching. Her remains were laid to rest on Cemetery Hill last Sunday.
NO SMALL POX-The three cases of small pox at Pittsburg, which have been under Dr. Ramsey's treatment for the past two or three weeks are all well and the patients discharged and the doctor is now ready to resume his private practice.
Aunt Theina McFadden, of the Western portion of the county, now in her eightieth year, is visiting relatives in London and vicinity. Mrs. McFadden is very active for a woman of her age, and bids fair for several more years of active life.
Died, of paralysis, May 13, 1899, at 7 o'clock p.m. William G. Dixon, aged 59 years and 18 days. He was born in Harlan county, Ky., on April 25, 1840. On April 19, 1866, he was married to Susan Creech, nine children blessed their union, six of whom are still living. He came to Laurel county eleven years ago and has made this his home since that time. Bro. Dixon was a member of the Christian church, lived an humble, patient, and obedient life and died in full and triumphant faith in Christ as his Savior. He bore his suffering patiently during the ten weeks that he was sick, and always told those who went to comfort him that he was ready and willing to go; that he had made his peace, calling and election sure, and spoke often of "Billie" his son, who died not long since, and said he would soon be with him in a life where all is joy and peace. His remains were laid to rest near his residence, in the presence of a host of sorrowing friends and relatives. Bro. A. B. Caudill conducted the services at the grave. In the death of "Uncle Dick" as every one called him, the wife has lost a devoted husband, the children a kind father and the church and community a good and faithful member and citizen, and while it grieves us to give him up, we humbly submit to God's will, believing we shall meet him again in the haven of rest, for we "sorrow not, even as others who have no hope.
Mr. Stephen Jackson and his daughter Bertie left last Sunday morning for Mound City, Mo., where they will make their future home. May success and prosperity attend them in whatsoever field of labor they may be called.
Miss Bettie Chesnut, of Raccoon, has been spending this week with her aunt, Mrs. Lee Mahan, and attending the examination for teachers.
Sheriff J. L. Sutton, Messrs J. L. and D. Y. Lawson and J. A. Jones, all of Whitley county, all as big-hearted and clever fellows as ever lived, have been in London during the week as witnesses in the Wilson case.
Theo Gregory, recently a member of Co. M. Third Ky. Vol. Inft., and stationed at Matanzas, Cuba, but which regiment was recently mustered out, returned home Saturday night, and was warmly welcomed by all his numerous friends.
$5,000 Bail-Jas. M. Howard, who has been confined in jail here and at Richmond ever since his arrest, charged with the murder of G. W. Baker, of Clay county about two years ago, was released upon bail of $5,000 on Friday of last week, upon an agreement of the attorneys both for the Commonwealth and defense, Hon. Ed Parker of this place and John G. White of Winchester becoming his bondsmen.
A BLOODY FIGHT-A bloody and probably fatal duel took place at Corbin last Sunday morning, between Sam McHargue and James Shotwell, in which McHargue used his knife and Shotwell a beer bottle. Shotwell was cut several times in the face and breast, while McHargue finally got his adversary down, whereupon Harris Shotwell, James brother, a lad of only about 14 years, ran up, pistol in hand and shot McHargue, the ball entering the mouth and lodging in the neck, near the spinal column.
ALL CONTINUED-All the felony cases on the docket of Laurel Circuit Court, except the one now on trial, the case of the Commonwealth against E. K. Wilson, charged with the murder of Miss Mary Cloyd, have been continued until the next term of the court. The case against J. M. Howard, charged with the murder of G. W. Baker, of Clay County, was set for the third day of the next term.
DIED-At the residence of her son Mr. J. T. Brown, in London last Saturday, Mrs. Margaret Craig Brown, daughter of John C. Craig, of Whitley county, and widow of John C. Brown, who preceded her to the grave about nine years. Mrs. Brown was born April 25, 1813, and was married when she was only 17 years of age, living a long, honorable and useful life. She has been in very delicate health for several years, but her death was produced by a broken hip, which she sustained several weeks ago by a fall. Her remains were laid to rest in the family burying grounds near Mr. Brown's home. The sympathy of all is extended to the bereaved relatives.
LETCHER CO. Wiley Gibson, a young man of Bottom Fork, near here, had a log rolling Saturday, and the young folks had a ball as a finale. Soon after night Blaine Combs, son of ex-Sheriff Combs of Rockhouse, came down the creek, and some of the boys, though sport or otherwise, called his horse and threw small stones at him from a point near Gibson's house. Bad words were exchanged, when Combs proceeded down the road only a short distance, and hitching his horse he proceeded up to within a short distance of the house; from here he perceived two objects in the moonlight, and fired three shots in succession, the last one taking effect in the bodies of Misses Mary and Jennie Gibson, aged 16, the twin daughters of George Gibson, and who were on their way home walking hand in hand. It soon developed that they were shot. Mary was shot in the left thigh just above the knee, while Jennie received a wound in both thighs. Dr. McQuarry was immediately summoned; he pronounced the wound serious, but not fatal if the proper care is taken. Combs went straightway to Whitesburg and gave himself up to Deputy Sheriff Willie Sergeant Sunday morning. His examining trial was set for Thursday. Combs was formerly a young teacher of Letcher county, and stood well in society. Owing to the prominence of the Gibson girls in society and otherwise, profound sorrow surrounds our entire populace. "The Twins," as they have always been know, are angel girls so to speak, and the hundreds of friends that have visited them with bowed heads and sorrowing hearts since their wounding, mingling their tears with the father, mother, brothers and sisters of "the twins" tells the tale.
Jennie and Mary Gibson, the twin girls who were shot last week by Blaine Combs, are doing well at this writing and the chances are they will pull through, but it will be a narrow road. Combs was given an examining trial Thursday at Whitesburg and was bound over in the sum of $1,000.
GONE TO REST-On Saturday evening, May 27, 1899. at 8:30 o'clock, Miss Lela Swanner, aged about 17 years, departed this life. She leaves a host of friends and relatives to mourn her untimely death. A large number of friends and relatives assembled at old Mt. Carmel burying ground Sunday afternoon to pay their last tribute of respect to her remains. They were laid in the tomb by loving hands. In true sympathy with the grief stricken family, we pause to drop a tear of sorrow on her grave. Though not a member of any church we have no doubt but that she is at rest in Christ.
Mrs. Hannah George is very ill this week; it is hoped she will soon be up again.
Miss Hela Jane Reams, who has been confined to her bed, is convalescent.
Sunday School and singing at Slate Lick is proving to be a grand success. Everybody welcome.
Mr. Walter Harmon, a distinguished gentleman of this vicinity, returned home on the 21st inst.
Mrs. J. C. Cloyd, is very ill this week, and is under the care of Dr. Foster. It is hoped she will soon recover.
The examination for county certificates held on the 19th and 20th was hard. The most of the Titus applicants say they were unfortunate but not disgraced.
Born to the wife of Mr. W. M. Doughty, a bouncing boy.
Misses Mary, Freda and Lizzie Hofer, Yettie Schott, Lizzie and Bertha Straub, Lizzie and Emma Ingold, Lena and Freda Giur, of Helvetia, have been visiting Miss Lizzie Harrison.
REVERSED-The judgment of the Clay Circuit Court, sending Daniel Parker to the penitentiary for seven years for the killing of A. C. Turner, Jr. has been reversed by the Court of Appeals and a new trial of the case ordered.
SOLDIERS-Judge Eversole, being convinced that the only sure way to maintain peace, and insure the attendance of all the parties wanted before the court at this term, of the Clay Circuit Court is to have a sufficient force of State troops present to carry out the mandates of the court, therefore he called on Gov. Bradley for seventy five men, to which call the Governor has responded favorably and has ordered out 75 of the best men in the State under the command of Col. Forrester, who will reach London Sunday morning. The troops will be the best seasoned men in the State, many of them having seen service in Cuba, and well up in target practice. Tom Baker assures the court that he wants no further trouble with any living man that he does not want to hurt anyone and does not want to get hurt, that he is anxious to come in and have his cases peaceably disposed of, whatever be the result. We are confident the other parties are equally anxious for peace and are equally generous and chivalrous and we believe much good work will be done at this court, and hope that the feudal days in the history of Clay county are at an end.
Mr. S. A. Lovelace, having bought the London Pharmacy, is now prepared to fill prescriptions both day and night. Mr. Lovelace was born and reared in London, is well and favorably known to all our people, is a graduate in pharmacy and he should have a full supply of patent medicines, drugs of all kinds, paints, oils, varnishes, stationery and toilet articles.
The Echo and Twice a week Courier-Journal for one year for only 75c.
Miss Addie Jackson left last Saturday morning for Cincinnati to attend the commencement of the Musical Conservatory.
Rev. Wightman, pastor of the M. E. Church South was so ill last Sunday, evening that he was not able to fill his appointment to preach.
Mrs. T. S. Todd and Master Clarence will visit Berea, Richmond, and several other towns while Mr. Todd is away letting mail routes.
Mr. Walker Moren, a promising young attorney of London, and Mr. H. T. Trosper, a graduate of the State College, have formed a partnership and opened a law office in London. We wish them success.
Miss Eva Norvill, who has been acceptably filling the position as saleswoman in the millinery establishment of Mrs. L. J. Williams, for the past year has severed her connection with the house and left last Monday for her home at Fariston. She carries with her the best wishes of the people of London.
We have in Altamont four churches, one white and three colored, and we have four ministers with us every day.
B. G. Anderson, of color, was ordained here Sunday as a preacher of Baptist faith.
We have four good societies here, the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, Grand United Order of Galilean Fisherman, A. P.P.A. and Mine Workers Union. We also have two debating societies, first B.Y.P.U. This is where the preachers and deacons meet to explain points in the Bible. Then come our sports and games; Croquet, baseball, lawn tennis and golf. We do not practice gambling, carrying pistols, shooting, fighting and drinking bad whisky. We all attend church and Sunday school. Mr. Editor, don't you think we are all O.K.
The Mormons are holding forth at High Top.
Bob Shepherd is at Mt. Vernon as a witness in a murder case.
Henry Barnett, of London, was visiting his wife's father Sunday.
Something like cholera has broken out among the hogs in this section.
Last Monday morning at Pittsburg a difficulty came up between Jacob Hofer, one of the most industrious and reliable Swiss in the county, and John Williams, over some timber, in which Williams struck Hofer in the breast with a rock. knocking him senseless for a time, it being reported at the time that he was killed, Hofer soon rallied, however, and in a short time will be all right. Williams was arrested and brought to London.
ARM LACERATED-For several years Mr. J. W. Mullins, of this county, has been working on a gun which he had hopes of having the Government adopt for use in the army, recently completing what he believed to be a very fine specimen. Being in town Wednesday morning he secured several cartridges from some of the boys who recently returned from Cuba, containing steel balls and smokeless powder. Mr. Mullins took them home for use in his gun, which was intended only for leaden balls and black powder. The first cartridge bursted his gun all to pieces, one piece inflicting a slight wound in the head, while another cut a gash across the forewrist, from which he suffered a considerable loss of blood. Medical assistance was hurriedly summoned, his wounds dressed and he will soon recover.
MANCHESTER COURT-The June term of Clay Circuit Court, at which Tom, Jim, and Dee Baker are to be tried for the murder of Wilson Howard and Store, opened last Monday, being supported by a detachment of the State Guards, commanded by Col. Rogers D. Williams, armed with Springfield rifles and a Gattling gun, the latter capable of being fired 1200 times a minute. Soon after Judge Eversole organized the court he received a message that his mother was dangerously ill at her home in Perry County, for which place he left at once, Mr. A. K. Cook, of Pineville, being elected special Judge for the term. Every thing had been perfectly quiet up to the last report, late Wednesday afternoon. The Bakers came into Manchester at noon Wednesday, accompanied by a detachment of soldiers that had been sent out to meet and escort them in. They were to go into trial yesterday. We understand they will apply for a change of venue which will probably be granted.
KILLED-At a very early hour last Sunday morning, between 1 and 2 o'clock, while sitting on the end of a crosstie at the railroad crossing just below The Echo office, in a drunken stupor, Richard Kelley, was struck by a fast freight train, knocking him several feet, rendering him unconscious and so injuring him that he died at half past twelve Monday afternoon, without ever recovering consciousness. This is indeed a sad, sad, commentary upon the use of this hellish stuff known as liquor, and should serve as a warning to every young man who reads this article or chances to hear of this sad ending Keller was a stalwart young man in the very prime and vigor of manhood, yet on account of his love for the fiery demon, that "moveth itself aright," that "biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder," he was suddenly summoned, unprepared, to meet his God in judgment, with no loving relatives or dear friends near to minister to his wants or to shed a tear over his grave. His remains were buried Tuesday on Cemetery Hill.
Uncle Dave Lucas of Mershons, was in London Monday and sold his interest in the court house to W.D. Weaver for $100 and in addition to this he willed to Mr. Weaver his interest in another building in the city.
Mr. Charles Williams has just opened up a new barber shop in the room recently occupied by Mat Watkins, Catching building, where he is better prepared to wait on the trade than ever before, so when you want a nice hair cut or shave give him a call.
HUNG JURY-The jury in the cast of the Commonwealth vs W. G. Mullins, charged with murder, in the Rockcastle Circuit Court, hung. One report says that eleven of them were for an acquittal and one for conviction, but another one is to the effect that seven of them were for conviction and five for an acquittal. The jury was from Lincoln county.
MURDERED-Tom Baker, leader of the Baker faction in the Howard Baker feud in Clay county, was shot and instantly killed at about 5 o'clock last Saturday evening in Manchester, by an unknown party. Tom was stated in our last issue, he had applied for a change of venue, and had just been granted a change to Knox county, and was standing in his guard tent, surrounded by soldiers, talking to his wife, his son and brother, when the keen crack of the deadly Winchester rang out and Tom Baker sank to the ground, his body pierced through and through with a 45-75 ball. Consternation reigned supreme for a few minutes after the killing, but Col. Williams soon had his men in line, a diligent search was made, but no evidence of who fired the fatal shot was found, The ball entered the left side of the back and came out on the right side in front. Dr. A. C. Foster, of this place, who was acting as Surgeon for the State Guards, made a narrow escape, as but a moment before the fatal shot was fired he was standing in the rear of the tent in direct range of the ball, but had just been called to one side by Col. Williams. The body was taken back to his home on Crane Creek for burial, accompanied by a detachment of soldiers.
Miss Bettie Typton of Langnau, is visiting her sister, Mrs. George Johnson.
Mr. Wm. Maples who has been confined to his bed for the past two months with typhoid fever, is slowly recovering.
Fred Parsley had the misfortune to stick a piece of iron in his heel, which caused the little fellow a great deal of pain, but we are glad to say he is able to walk around again.
Mr. Chris Jackson and his wife, nee Abbie Baker, sister of Tom Baker, deceased, attended his funeral in Clay last Saturday.
DIED SUDDENLY-Mrs. Sophia Warren, aged 62, widow of Robert Warren, died suddenly at the home of her son, Basset Warren, on Gillis Branch, this county, early last Monday morning of heart failure. She was sitting at the table when the summons came, falling over, and she was dead. She was a pious Christian woman, and leaves many friends to mourn her death. Her remains were laid to rest Tuesday in the Liberty church cemetery Her funeral was attended by a host of friends.
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Brock left last Monday on a couple of months outing. They will visit Washington, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, etc.
BROKE HIS LEG-News reaches us that on yesterday morning at Lily, Bramlet Elam, while trying to make his escape from Deputy Sheriff Hopkins, who was after him with a warrant he jumped over a cliff and broke his leg.
FATALLY WOUNDED- At Peoples, Jackson county, last Sunday, Sam Moore was shot and fatally wounded by Shade Angel. We have not been able to learn the origin of the trouble.
Mr. W. D. Watkins, who left here about one year ago to make his home in Mitchell, Oregon, returned to old Laurel last Saturday, but will probably return to the West after a few months visit to Kentucky.
Mr. P. F. Owen, who left this county several months ago, and has since been making his home in Columbus, Ind., was called back to old Laurel a few days since on account of the illness of his mother. He will probably return to Indiana when the health of his mother will permit.
John Whitmore went over to Manchester Sunday, riding Harkleroad Bros. best saddle horse, which was killed Sunday night in Mr. John A. Webb's stable at Manchester, by having its throat cut. He says he was unable to tell whether it was cut with a rope or by some one with a knife.
Misses Maggie Beaty and Katie Stringer are visiting Miss Helen Begley this week.
At Providence church in Pulaski county last Sunday morning James R. Mills shot and mortally wounded Will Tomlinson. Both were boys, one 18 and the other 20 years old.
Henry Pennington, of Leslie county, who was sentenced to the penitentiary for life at the last term of the Leslie circuit court for the murder of Henry Coots has been granted a new trial by the Court of Appeals.
BEAT UP HIS WIFE-Soon after the difficulty between Craig Gragg and Robert Ridings at Pittsburg last Saturday evening, mention of which is made elsewhere in this issue, Craig returned home, engaged in a difficulty with his wife, beating her in the face with his fists, terribly disfiguring her.
LOST-On the road from Livingston to McWhorter, June 17, one Ladies Gold Watch, Watch is small, plain case and has black silk cord attached. Face has gold Arabic numerals. Finder will be liberally rewarded by returning same to loser, Mrs. James M. Walton, Hyden, Ky., or to First National Bank, London, Ky.
On Tuesday night, Miss Florence Campbell gave a Salmagundi party to her Music and elocution pupils who were in town. It was a most delightful evening, all present enjoyed the games, music and refreshments fully. Miss Virginia Hardin being the most successful in the games, was presented with a book of the poems of Fred Emerson Brooks, by Miss Campbell.
A SUDDEN DEATH-At about 1 o'clock last Sunday afternoon, at the residence of Mrs. B. M. Faris, of this place, Mrs. Bradford, mother of Rev. W. G. Bradford pastor of the M. E. Church at this place, died rather suddenly of what is believed to have been neuralgia of the heart. Mrs. Bradford arrived in London on the evening train Saturday, from Indianapolis, Ind., accompanied by her son. She had been complaining with something like neuralgia of the side for some time, but her physician had prescribed for her and she stood her journey exceedingly well. Although quite tired when she arrived, after a short rest she ate a hearty supper and enjoyed it very much. Sunday morning she did not rise early and complained of being quite sick but as there was nothing alarming about her condition her son left her and went to Sunday school and church. Soon after he returned from church he discovered that his mother was getting her breath very short and fast, which so alarmed him that he dispatched at once for a couple of physicians, but she was too far gone before either of them arrived for them to render her any relief. Rev. Bradford, accompanied by Dr. A. H. Melcan left Sunday night with the remains for Augusta, Ky., her former home, for burial. Mrs. Bradford had for many years been a member of the Methodist church and was a Christian and died, leaving behind her the fullest assurance that she was entering into a life of perpetual bliss with the redeemed around the great white throne. She leaves only two children to mourn her death-Rev. W. G. Bradford and a daughter in Indianapolis, who have the condolence of a host of friends in their bereavement.
The travel to Rockcastle Springs this year will be by way of London.
Mr. Charles Moore, of this county who has been making his home near Springfield, Ill., returned to old London.
DIED-Yesterday morning at the residence of Mr. G. W. Swaner in this county, of typhoid fever, Mr. Robert Swaner.
INSANE-Miss Julia Goin, aged twenty two, daughter of Rev. R. D. Goin, deceased, was tried for lunacy last Tuesday evening and sent to the Eastern Kentucky Asylum, at Lexington.
Mr. D. K. Rawlings, after an absence of over a month, returned to London last Monday, looking at least 100 percent better than when he left. Although he looks so much better than he did, he appeared somewhat disguised, having lost a luxuriant growth of mustache.
Misses Luticia Caldwell and Mammie Jackson, accompanied by Dr. T. P. Caldwell, spent a pleasant day at Catching's mill, five miles south of London Wednesday.
Mrs. Tom Baker, the widow of the man who was assassinated at Manchester two weeks ago is reported to be very ill of nervous prostration, the result of her husband's tragic death.
Milt Green, who was sentenced to the penitentiary for a period of five years at the last February term of the Laurel Circuit Court for the killing of James Mullins, was pardoned Tuesday by Governor Bradley.
A NEW PIANO- Mr. W. C. Cain of Nashville, recently donated to the Sue Bennett Memorial School a very valuable upright piano. It was the property of Mr. Cain's wife who always took a great interest in the work of this school, but who recently died. The instrument is as good as new.
Mrs. Maude C. Mason, wife of Mr. Wm. C. Mason, of Healdsburg, Cal., a very accomplished lady and a bride of only a little over two years, is dead. She leaves a husband and one child to mourn her death. The bereaved husband is a son of Mr. Jas. A. Mason and was reared two miles north of London, who has many friends and other relatives in this county to sympathize with him in his sad bereavement.
Rev. W. T. Bryant preached to the good people of old Liberty Sunday.
Miss Janie Asher, the daughter of Rev. Blevins Asher, visited friends and relatives at this place Sunday.
Miss Lula Porter, the beautiful daughter of Squire Porter, was the guest of Miss Mattie George on the 18th inst.
Mr. W. C. Lusk, a distinguished son of whom old Laurel is proud, left here Monday for Berea, where he will be engaged in school for the next five months.
Mr. Sam Godsey, of McWhorter, called to see his best girl Sunday.
Died, Sunday morning, at 8 o'clock, Mrs. Susan Owens, of consumption. She leaves a husband and four children, besides a host of friends to mourn her death.
Robert Swanner was born March 12, 1870, and died at the residence of his father near Oakley, at 5 p.m. June 21, 1899, after three weeks of suffering from typhoid fever. His departure was not expected so soon, and the announcement of his death was a great shock to the community.
Mr. J. W. Bastin of Pittsburg was in London Wednesday.
Hon. C. W. Lester, State Inspector, was in London Sunday.
Mr. H. C. Cornett, formerly of this place, but who has for some time been making his home in Texas, returned home last week.
FANNIE SHELTON-We stand corrected. It was Fannie Shelton who was arrested a few days ago, charged with perjury, instead of Annie Shelton, as was stated in our last issue.
SHOCKED BY LIGHTNING-On last Sunday afternoon lightning struck a tree near the residence of W. F. Raymer, of Pittsburg, from which Mrs. Raymer received such a shock that she has been in rather a precarious condition ever since, though is believed she will recover.
SEIOUSLY WOUNDED-At Pittsburg last Saturday evening a difficulty came up between Craig Gragg and Robert Ridings Jr. son of John Ridings, in which Ridings was stabbed three times once in the back and abdomen and once in the side. The wounds in the back and abdomen are very slight but the one in the side is more serious, and would probably have been fatal had the knife not struck a rib and glanced off, severing the rib nearly half in two..
FALSE-The Louisville Times, of last Tuesday, published a report purporting to be a special from London to the effect that Sheriff B. P. White, of Manchester, had been killed by Attorney A. B. Hampton, which was as false as the devil, himself, could desire. There was no more foundation for such a report than that the end of time had come. The condition of affairs in Clay county, it is true, is none too good but they are not half as bad as some people would have the public believe. There are not half the killings take place in Clay county as are reported, and these infamous reports, to the detriment of Clay, should be suppressed. None of the correspondents here own to sending such a dispatch to the Times. In fact, they all deny having done such a thing.
Following is the jury in the Wilson case: J. W. Polly, John Harris, Chas. Onkst, Dan Sutherland, John Parker, Marion Woodal, Reed Cromer, C.C. Hopkins, Thos. Dunnaway, W. T. Cole, Ned Young, and Wm. Jones.
THE WILSON TRIAL-The Commonwealth closed its testimony in chief last Friday morning, the defense its testimony Tuesday morning and the Commonwealth her testimony in rebuttal Tuesday night. The instructions to the jury were in preparation until about 3 o'clock Wednesday evening, when they went to the jury and the arguments began. The argument was limited to sixteen hours, eight hours on a side. At noon yesterday five speeches had been made, Sparks and Parker for the prosecution, Ewell, Brown and Dickerson for the defense. Ramsey was speaking for the prosecution at the time we went to press. He will be followed by Black and then the argument will be closed by Commonwealth Attorney Isaacs.
THE WILSON TRIAL-This famous case terminated late last Saturday evening in a hung jury, nine of them being for an acquittal and three for conviction. These three were Dan Southerland, John Parker and W. T. Cole. This is considered by the friends of the prosecution as the greatest legal victory ever achieved under the circumstances. The two and a half weeks this case was on trial, were the most momentous in the history of the county, never did the people of this county endure such a strain, never before was there half so much interest demonstrated by the people of the county in criminal prosecution, and the whold people are to be commended for their cool and deliberate deportment. The reports that went out at the close of the court that the attendance of the State Guards probably averted a bloody tragedy, that the lives of the judge and accused were threatened, etc, were false and without foundation. many of the good people were natrurally aroused to the importance of the situation by a belief that an attempt was being made to thwart justice, which belief was at least partially justified by developments all through the trial. As only one of many incidents to show at what disadvantages the Commonwealth labored under in the prosecution of this case, the Commonwealth was denied the right to prove what Miss Cloyd said in the presence of Mr. Wilson, respecting his quilt, and a large portion of her dying declaration, in fact all of it tending to prove any cause or motive Mr. Wilson had to destroy her, was ruled out, while the defense was permitted to prove by a fallen woman, who admitted on the witness stand that she was an abortionist. what Miss Cloyd is purported to have said, not in Mr. Wilson's presence or anybody else's presence, to the effect that Mr. Willson was not the cause of her downfall.
In reply to some insinuations that have been made by someone unknown to me, the report being that I was seen to get $20 from E. K. Wilson some time during court. The party reported to the friends of Mary Cloyd that they had better watch me. I got $20, it is true. On may 18, the very day the trial began, I collected the money for Laurel county on the rent of the old Clerks office for the year 1898, and did this publicly, and I am very well satisfied that the gentleman knew all about the matter. I would ask the gentleman to tell the truth about the matter the next time he tells it to anyone, and not try to slur me by telling people to watch me. For reference in this matter as to the facts call at the First National Bank of London, and Wm. Brown, who was present when I collected the money. Now, if the gentleman is honest about the matter all I ask is for him to come up like a man and excuse himself. If he is a candidate and thinks he can win his election by filthy means like this, he is mistaken, and need not be jealous of me, for I am not the candidate he takes me to be. I only wish by this to let the people know that the gentleman was mistaken about the matter.
B. G. REAMS Treas. Laurel County.
Mr. J. A. Taylor, a respected citizen of this place, and well known to many readers of the Echo, authorizes us to denounce as false all reports that are being circulated implicating him with those who did the dirty work in the Wilson trial. He is not in sympathy with Wilson, and hopes to see justice meted out to him at the next trial.
Some persons writing from London to the Corbin News makes the statement "that the people of London are against Wilson, but the country people were friendly toward him." Now, we wish to inform the writer of the above that he is badly mistaken as to the people of this part of Laurel County, excepting a few of Wilson's particular friends." The people are decidely against Wilson, and believe that if he had had a fair trial and had been given justice, he would have been convicted. As a general thing you will always find the country people of the right side on all such occasions.
CHARGED WITH PERJURY-Annie Shelton, who was a witness in the famous Wilson case at the recent term of the Circuit Court, was arrested a few days since upon a warrant charging her with false swearing. She waived an examination and filled a bond for her appearance at the next term of the Circuit Court to answer an indictment that may be rturned against her by the grand jury.
A warrrant was recently sworn out against Donie Lawson, a witness in the recent Wilson trial, at this place, charging her with false swearing, and sent to Whitley county for execution.
Wm. Roberts of Titus, sat down and went to sleep on the railroad track near Hazel Patch and a passenger train came along and struck him bruising him considerably.
Misses Delia Godsey and Salley Brown, and Messrs J. M. Feltner and J. K. Lewis, of this place visited Miss Lizzie Faris, of Oakley, last week. While they were visiting there a picnic party composed of the Misses Faris, Miss Godsey and Mrs. Brown, Revs. Hood and Vincent Faris, and Messrs. Feltner and Lewis went to Altamont Falls. At East Bernstadt they were joined by Miss Ida Thompson, Miss Lily Faris, Misses Pearl and McFerran and Mr. Jack Watkins. Later a few others were added to the party which spent a most delightful day at the Falls.
Died, of consumption June 24, 1899, at nine o'clock a.m. Mrs. Susan Owen (nee Chesnut) aged 46 years, 10 months and 12 days. She was born in Laurel county, Ky., on August 12, 1852. on September 3, 1874, she was married to William Owen; four children blessed their union, three of whom are still living. She was a member of the Christian church, lived a humble, patient and obedient life and died in full and triumphant faith in Christ as her Savior. Her remains were laid to rest in the old family grave yard in the presence of a host of sorrowing friends and relatives. In the death of Mrs. Owen, the father has lost a devoted companion, the children a kind mother and the church and community a good and faithful member and citizen, and while it grieves us to give her up, we humbly submit to God's will believing that we shall meet her again in that haven of rest, for we "sorrow not, even as others who have no hope."
H. C. Thompson, Jr. entertained a few of his little friends from 2 till 5 o'clock on Monday, June 26, in honor of his fifth birthday. They enjoyed themselves immensely playing with wagons, dolls, dishes, etc. as only children can. Refreshments were served at four o'clock. Those present were Julia and Katherine Ramsey, Forrest Baker, Julia Andes and Clyde and Archie Hayward.
A careless and sleepy mail agent on 25 Wednesday night threw the London mail off at Pittsburg, so we had to do without it until 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
It is a bouncing boy, his name is Morris and he registered his arrival at the residence of Mr. J. H. Jackson Sunday, June 24, 1899.
CARVED WITH A KNIFE-At Pittsburg a few days ago, Emanuel Souders and Frank Reed fell out over $2.00 which Souders claimed that Reed owed him, in which difficulty Reed was considerably carved up and his recovery is doubtful.
Wilson Vaughn, a very estimable young man, aged 20 years, died Monday near Congo, this county, of indigestion, after a lingering illness of several weeks. He was a pious and worthy young man and leaves a host of friends to mourn his death.
JESSIE FIELDS ON TRIAL-A called term of the Knox Circuit Court was convened at Barbourville last Monday for the purpose of trying Jesse Fields, charged with the murder of Judge J. H. Combs several years ago in Perry county. Judge W. L. Brown, of this place, was elected special Judge in the case. At last accounts a jury was being selected.
CUT HIS THROAT-At Pittsburg on Thursday night of last week Wm. McNeil, and old and highly respected citizen of Pittsburg, cut his throat, almost from ear to ear with a razor, his life dangling in the balance for several days, but finally a change for the better set in and he is improving, and great hopes are now entertained of his recovery. For several years Mr. McNeil has been drinking, which has very much impaired his mind, this being the second time he has mad an attempt upon his life.
Misses Mamie Jackson and Sophia Coldwell are visiting relatives and other friends at Livingston, Pleasant Valley and other central Kentucky towns this week.
The people of this community were very much shocked and were made very sad to learn that Miss Julia Goins had become insane, and had to be sent to the lunatic asylum. She was an intelligent and well respected young lady. It is thought bad health was the cause of her lunacy, as she had not been in good health for several years.
The remains of Mr. Ell Williams were laid to rest in the cemetery at Rough Creek on the 29 ult., also the remains of Mrs. Olive Patrick, the aged wife of Rev. Andrew Patrick, were interred at the same place on the 30th. Bro Patrick is the oldest minister in this section of country, being 94 years of age, and has been in the ministry nearly 70 years.
ARRESTED-Craig Gragg, who has been defying the authorities of the county for several weeks, was arrested Sunday afternoon at his home in Pittsburg, and landed in jail here by Sheriff McHargue and his efficient deputies. He will in all probability languish in jail some time.
ARM AND LEG SHOT OFF-On Thursday of last week at Manchester, Clay county, Deputy Sheriff James Stublefield was shot and so badly wounded by Mary Smith, that he had to have both his left arm and left leg amputated, the leg just above the knee and the arm above the elbow. The circumstances of the killing, as best we can learn them, were about this: Stublefield had a warrant of some kind against Smith, meeting him at a sale in Manchester, spoke to him, telling him that he had a warrant for him and that he would have to fill a bond. Smith commenced backing off whereupon Stublefield spoke to him again, telling him that he was under arrest and that he would have to give up his weapon, Smith then turned to run, when Stublefield drew his pistol and fired, but claims that he did not shoot to hit, but to scare him. At this Smith turned on Stublefield and fired four times three of the balls took effect with above results.
The court house yard affords a very inviting retreat for our citizens who cannot get away from town these hot days. The yard is filled with beautiful trees, which give abundance of shade, and every day quite a crowd gathers to talk over the general situation of things.
Alex Setser was arrested one day last week and brought before Squire Young on a charge of horse stealing and was bound over in the sum of $250.
Died, July 2, 1899, little Bruce, the three year old son of M. A. and Julia Watkins, at their home in East Bernstadt, KY., after an illness of about ten days. He had been afflicted for quiet a while with spinal trouble, but he seemed to be improving until about ten days before his death, when he was taken with stomach trouble, from which he suffered a great deal until the Lord saw fit to relieve him of his suffering and call his precious jewel home, which like a bright shining star sank to rise no more. Cheer up dear father and mother cease your weeping, for your little darling is safe with the angels above, and free from all suffering now. We know that it is hard to give up our loved ones, but the Lord knows best. "The Lord givith and the Lord taketh away." His remains were laid to rest in the family burying ground about six miles north of East Bernstadt, at his grandfather's home. He leaves a father, mother and little sister to mourn their loss, but their loss is his eternal gain.
Born, to the wife of W.R. Jones, a bouncing boy.
Misses Maggie Harrison and Delora Singleton paid Miss Cora Goin a visit on the 6th inst.
Mrs. Eller Woods, of this place who has been visiting friends and relatives near McWhorter, returned home Sunday.
HIS HEAD MUTILATED-The remains of Dick Lovins, a noted character of Clay county, who had killed two men and a participant in many another difficulty, was found cold in death in a road a few miles out of Manchester a few days ago, his head beaten almost into a pulp. No clue has been had to the perpetrators.
BATHED IN BLOOD THE BLOODIEST BATTLE IN THE HISTORY OF CLAY.
Near the Marcum School house on Little Goose Creek, three and one half miles west of Manchester, last Monday morning was fought the bloodiest and most deadly battle that was ever fought in all the bloody history of Clay county. The participants were George Philpot and his two sons, Robert and Peter; and his two nephews, Ed and Alex Fisher on one side, and Aaron Morris and Hugh Griffin were instantly killed: Harve Griffin and Ed Fisher mortally wounded, dying soon afterwards: Robert Philpot believed to be mortally wounded a fearful wound in the side and back, but may recover; Green Griffin, George Philpot and Alex Fisher slightly, though not seriously wounded. Pete Philpot, who is believed to have done most of the effective firing, escaped unhurt. According to the most reliable information that we have been able to gather the trouble was brought about (paper torn) Last December Aaron Morris killed James Crow Philpot, son of George Philpot; since then there has been bad blood existing between them.
Last Monday morning, the Philpots and Fishers left their homes for Red Bird, about twenty five miles away, and when Sheriff G. W. Thacker, who had a warrant of arrest for Bob Philpot, charged with carrying a pistol and required him to fill a bond, and just as he was in the act of signing the bond the party was surprised by the sudden approach of Morris and the Griffins, Morris leading, who leveled his gun on Bob Philpot immediately grabbed his Winchester which was lying in his wagon and instantly killed Morris; the firing then became general and it is impossible to tell how many shots were fired. The Philpots at once removed their dead and wounded back home on their wagons, Morris and the Griffins were left on the ground for Green Griffin, the only surviving member of his party, was later arrested and locked up in Manchester jail and at our last information, the officers had the matter well in hand and it is hoped no further bloodshed will soon follow.
Last Sunday was foot washing day at Mt. Pleasant, and a large crowd was present.
Carno and Daisy Posy, twin children of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. S. Posey, have been quite ill of typhoid during the week, but are convalescent.
Moses Mullins was born in Laurel county, Ky., in 1839, and died at Oakley on July 21, 1899, aged 60 years. He was the second of the six sons of Wesley and Orlena Mullins, was reared on a farm, and while still a young man married Miss Eliza Pinkston, daughter of Allen Pinkston. Since this marriage he has made Laurel County his home, and for the past thirty five years has lived on the farm where he died. For several years past his health gradually failed until last spring, when he was confined to his bed. Medical treatment proved of no avail, and for the last two weeks of his life it was seen that his days were limited. Realizing this, he made full disposition of his property, and declared himself ready to abide by the will of his master. His last days were peaceful and when the end came he passed into the great beyond as though sinking into a gentle sleep. In 1891 he confessed Christ and became a member of the Baptist Church at Mt. Pleasant. He died with a full hope of eternal rest. He leaves a wife, four brothers and four sisters. While his relatives are pained to lose him, it is a great consolation to them to know that death held no sting for him and that he went to meet the great Judge a patient Christian, well know among his fellow countrymen and beloved as a kind, tender friend. may his last days of patient suffering and unwavering faith be a striking example to those who must soon follow him to the grave.
Messers Willie Roberts and Eddie Evans, two of old Laurel's bravest and most intelligent young men, joined the U. S. Army Tuesday. They will shortly be dispatched to the Philippine Islands, where they will render service in defense of our country. Luck to you boys.
INDIANOLA, ILL Preacher Marion Muncy and daughter of Clay county, Ky., came here some few days ago to visit relatives. Mr. Frank Peck, his son in law, had just killed a fine sheep, of which the preacher overeat himself, and the physicians here think his case is doubtful.
Dr. A. H. Melcon has been suffering for two weeks with quite a severe case of barber's itch, but it is now much improved.
The case of Wiley and Jim Baker, in the Knox Circuit Court, for the murder of Burt Story, called at Barbourville on Thursday of last week, was continued until the December term. Bail, it is said, will be furnished in a few weeks. It is also reported that a move is on foot to compromise these cases and restore peace to Clay.
AN APPROPRIATE EMBLEM-Down in the mountain fastness, near Red Clay, Ga., revenue officers raided moonshine distillery, capturing it. the still was in full blast and bout one thousand gallons of beer was found. Over the door of the hut was the unique sign of a skull and crossbones, with the inscription underneath: "Only two miles to hell from this still."
Wiley Baker, charged with the murder of ex-sheriff White in Clay county, was admitted to bail at Barbourville, in the sum of $5,000, Gen. Garrard becoming his bondsman.
The town of Altamont seem to be improving. It now has four colored churches and one white church.
Green Griffin was acquitted at Manchester at his examining trial for the murder of Ed Fisher.
Mr. Louis Holifield a resident of the western portion of this county, was bitten on the hand a few days ago by a copperhead, which came near costing him his life. He was in town Wednesday and still has a bad looking hand, though he is out of danger. He says that he was out of his mind in a few minutes after he was bitten and it was several hours afterwards before he recovered consciousness.
SERIOUSLY SHOT-About 7 o'clock last Saturday evening near East Bernstadt, this county, George Holt the eighteen year old son of Mr. Alex Holt, shot and seriously wounded Clyde Thompson, about the same age. son of Deputy U. S. States Marshal George C. Thompson, with a thirty two revolver, the ball entering the left breast just above the heart and was cut out just under the left shoulder blade. The wound is a dangerous one but it is thought with careful nursing he will recover. Just as to the circumstances of the shooting we have not been able to learn, for neither of the boys seems to have been in a condition at the time to know just what did happen. Holt came to London Monday, accompanied by his father, and surrendered, his examining trial set for next Saturday and in the meantime is out on bond. This unfortunate circumstance illustrates the folly of young men carrying these infernal things called pistols.
KILLED-Mr. C. A. Revel,. of this place received a telegram last Saturday, the 5th inst., informing him of the fact that on the 4th, his brother, Mr. J. P. Revel, was killed by a runaway team in Allen county, Tex., No further particulars have been learned. Mr. Revel was born and reared in this county and had all his life made his home in Kentucky until three years ago when he went to Texas. He was always an honest, law abiding and hard working citizen, a true Christian gentleman, and the bereaved friends have the sympathy of all.
James Baker on trial at Barbourville at the time of our last issue for the murder of Wilson Howard, was acquitted. The jury considered the case only about two hours. Baker says that he will hereafter make his home with his aunt, Mrs. Jackson at this place.
If it is a pretty day next Tuesday there will not be less than 5,000 people in London. London will furnish 800 pounds of ham and 800 loaves of light bread and every farmer in the county is expected to bring a basket full of bread, ham and chicken.
The prospects now are that there will be a larger crowd here next Tuesday than the most sanguine? at first anticipated. Prominent Republicans from all over the State are writing and telegraphing here for rooms and entertainment. It indeed promises to be one of the grandest affairs that ever took place in the State.
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Oakley, of this place had the misfortune to lose by death on Thursday evening of last week their baby boy, Wiley, aged about nine months. Cholera infantum was the cause of his death. Its remains were laid to rest on Cemetery Hill Friday in the presence of a number of sorrowing friends. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of all.
Laurel county must be the garden spot of the world. Scarcely does ever a man leave this county that does not come back. There is never a week that some one, who has in times past gone west to grow up with the country, wends his way back to old Laurel and glad of the opportunity to do so. This week we have two of these wayward sons to return: Messrs. J. L. Evans and Tilford Langley left here about two years ago and since has been trying to find his fortune in Oregon.
Uncle Hugh Elliott, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of the southern portion of this county, died at his home last Saturday, and his remains were buried Sunday in the Camp Ground burying grounds.
DIED-At his home three miles west of London last Monday morning the 14th inst., of old age and general debility, Mr. Wm. Adams, one of Laurel county's most highly respected citizens and Christian gentlemen. Mr. Adams was born Oct. 14, 1818 and therefore was in his eighty-first year at the time of his death. He had lived on the farm where he died for over sixty years, had been a devout member of the Baptist church for over thirty years, was a pure husband, a loving and affectionate father and a dutiful citizen and was highly respected by all who knew him. His remains were buried Tuesday in the family burying grounds near his home in the presence of a host of sorrowing friends.
Tom Wyatt, of Pittsburg, this county was given an examining trial before Judge Stanberry last Saturday upon the charge of an attempted rape upon the person of Miss Bessie McCann of the same place sometime last May. He was held over to answer any indictment the next grand jury may find against him in the sum of $300 which bond was readily given.
SHOT FROM AMBUSH-On Thursday of last week as Mr. Dave Chadwell, deputy Sheriff of Clay county, was driving home with his bride, a young lady whom he had just married, and when at a point near Manchester, he was fired at by some unknown person concealed in the bushes, the ball passing through the fleshy part of his arm, producing a very painful but not necessarily a mortal wound. At last account Mr. Chadwell was resting easy at the residence of Sheriff White, where he was taken after being wounded, with prospects of speedy recovery. No arrests have been made. It is not known who did the shooting.
KILLED-At a late hour last Saturday night at East Bernstadt, this county, Cam Williams shot and instantly killed Charles Jones. Williams was at once arrested by the officers of the law, brought to London and lodged in jail. His examining trial was set for last Tuesday, but when it was called the defendant was not ready and it was continued till next Monday. Williams gives the circumstances of the killing about these: That Jones came to his house claiming to have a warrant for a certain girl who was staying at his house. He told Jones that they were all in bed, that Mrs. Williams was quite sick and that he did not want him to go into the house to arrest the girl until he could go into the house and talk to his wife so that Jones appearance would not disturb or frighten her. This Jones refused to do, but pushed himself in and then shoved Williams out at the door, whereupon he drew his pistol and fired, the ball taking effect in Jones head, killing him instantly. This is Williams statement in substance as we understand it. Jones is dead and his story may never be told.
Died, at the residence of his father about four miles south of London, Mr. Hiram McFadden, Aug. 12, 1899. He was well known and loved by all who knew him. He was conscious of his death and made preparation to meet his God. He said he was saved and dying happy. God nor man wants no better testimony than this. Weep not, love ones, Hiram has gone to rest; your loss is his gain. He is now welcoming you to his bright home, where there is no more parting. MAGGIE
Born, to the wife of County supt. B. F. Johnson, a bouncing girl baby. All hands doing well.
Misses, Katie and Oliver Colyer, Mrs. Ed Austin and Mrs. Rubie Rosler, of Butler, Mo., are visiting relatives, the family of Judge Levi Jackson, deceased in this county, and enjoying a family reunion at the Defeated Camp, four miles South of London, last Wednesday.
A difficulty came up at the colored Baptist church last Sunday night between Wm. Clark and C-nter Spencer over which one of them should go home with a certain colored damsel, in which Spencer hit Clark in the head with a rock, knocking him senseless for quite a while and it was thought he was killed. He is improving however and will soon be out again.
INSTANTLY KILLED -Last Monday at Hyden, Leslie county, Lige Morgan, deputy sheriff, shot and killed Bige Napier. We are informed that the circumstances of the killing are about these: Morgan and another fellow was engaged in a difficulty when Napier came up and interfered-------------------(paper torn) revolver and fired with the above result. Morgan surrendered himself into the custody of the sheriff. We have not learned the result of the examining trial.
DIED-At the residence of Mr. G. P. Johnson of this place of lung trouble, at 10 o'clock last Tuesday Mr. Aaron Johnson, aged forty-two years. Mr. Johnson had been afflicted with this dreaded disease for several years. His remains were buried Wednesday forenoon in the Old Salem cemetery in the presence of quite a number of his relatives and other friends. Adie, as he was familiar known, had one of the sweetest dispositions of any man we ever saw. If he had an enemy in the world we know nothing about it. He had been making his home with his brother, at whose home he died, for several years.
Died at her home, Mrs. Marge Johnson, wife of Will Johnson. She leaves a husband and four children and a number of other friends to mourn her death. She was liked by all who knew her. She was a loving mother and a sympathizing friend. The bereaved family has our deepest sympathy.
BOTH SHOT-Reliable information reaches us that at McKee late last Saturday a difficulty occurred between Hon. W. H. Clark and others on one side and George Hays on the other, in which several shots were fired, but no damage was done save a slight wounding of the two principals. A bad feeling has existed, we understand between the two men for quite a while and it is feared that this will not be the last of it but it is hoped it will.
AN HISTORICAL EVENT EDITOR ECHO. LONDON, KY. AUG. 30, 1899
Sir: I see a short piece clipped from a Cincinnati paper headed "London, Ky. Aug. 24," which contains some grave errors which I feel it my duty to correct. There is a place four miles of London on the South side of and near Little Laurel, which has been known for many years as "The Defeated Camp." Kentucky History gives it as the slaughter by Indians of a company of immigrants lead by McKnit, twenty-one were killed, but several men and women made their escape. A report of the affair was carried to Crab Orchard Station by two men who escaped and as soon as possible a company of men were sent out to bury the dead and rescue those who had escaped the tomahawk. When the company arrived the Indians were all gone and a few men and women who had hid from the savages come to the camp. Twenty-one persons were killed. The company dug two graves efficient to hold the bodies and placed the dead in these graves and than took the survivors to Crab Orchard Station. this occurred in October 1786.
My grandfather, Isham Faris, was one of the company that came from Crab Orchard and helped to bury the dead. I have heard him relate it often when I was quite young. The writer of this was born and reared within two miles of Defeated Camp. On the 23rd inst., I happened to be at the picnic at Defeated Camp, an the two graves where the dead were all buried are still plainly to be seen. The land around there for some distance has never been cleared or timber cut. If any one related to the unfortunate immigrants were present at the picnic I heard nothing of it. There were only fifteen persons present, all of whom were young ladies and gentlemen except myself and my brother, who were invited to show the proper place and partake of a splendid dinner.
Picnic's and dinners are generally given to celebrate some event of gladness, but this was to investigate an event of sadness, of which they had heard something from their ancestors. But never having visited the place, they took this occasion, and while there cleared away some of the undergrowth and set up stones at the two graves which had contained the twenty-one dead bodies. C.B. FARIS
MARRIED-At Broadhead last Saturday the 29th ult., by the Rev. Hendrickson, Mr. Samuel Templin of this county, to Miss Martha Roberts. The marriage took place at the residence of Mr. Jas. Robinson, the bride's brother. his is the groom's third marriage and he is to be complimented as his wife is a splendid lady.
Died-At Richmond, Ky., last Tuesday, after a protracted illness. Mr. Henry Clay Broaddus, father of Mrs. P. F. Stilings of this place. His funeral took place at the Christian church Wednesday and then the body was laid to rest in Masonic honors. Mr. Stillings and his wife attended the funeral. They have the sympathy of all in this their sad bereavement.
HELD OVER-One day last week Messrs D. W. ,
Bert, and Charley Casteel and James Quinlin, of Weaver, this county, were
arrested, charged with the offense of banding together and going forth
armed, which, under the Martin anti-mob law, is a very serious offense,
and were given an examining trial before Judge Stanberry last Saturday
and were held in a bond of $500, each
to answer any indictment that may be found against them at the next session of the Laurel county grand jury, which bond they promptly filled. This case grew out of the complications in the dispute over the school in district No. 27, in which there are two sets of men each claiming to be the legal trustees, one set hiring Charles Casteel and the other Henry Pennington, to
teach the school.
UNFORTUNATE-A very unfortunate series of circumstances
have recently occurred in school district No.19, in this county, known
as the Slate Hill district. There are two sets of trustees, each
claiming to be the legal trustees, each set hiring a teacher, one set hiring
Mr. Jesse Elliott, the other Mr. W. K. McCracken. Mr. Elliott got possession
and opened his school whereupon Mr. McCracken took out an injunction before
Judge Eversole. Elliott took the case up to the Court of Appeals, before
Judge Burnam, who heard the case at Frankfort last Saturday and dissolved
the injunction. McCracken was represented by Rawlings and Johnson, Elliott
was represented by Hazelwood and Parker. McCracken losing he has the cost
to pay which in
all probability will cost him as much as he would have gotten out of the school had he won it. the boys hereafter had better settle their differences otherwise than in the court, which is always an expensive way of settling matters.
Quite an exciting scene was enacted near the
gate of the public square last Monday night. For several weeks Fred Whitaker
has been in jail serving out various sentences for selling intoxicants,
and for some time warrants for the arrest of Mr. Whiteaker's wife charging
her with similar offenses, have been in the hands of Sheriff McHargue,
but notwithstanding diligent efforts had been made he had not been
able to execute them. About midnight on the night above mentioned, Mrs.
Whiteaker came to the jail to see her husband and as she was departing
McHargue met her and demanded her surrender on the warrants he had against
her. This she refused to do, but instead she drew a revolver from her bosom
and leveled it on the Sheriff and as she had a male escort with her the
Sheriff was compelled to call for assistance whereupon
Jailer Johnson appeared on the scene just in time to prevent a tragedy, and secured her arrest. She is now languishing behind the iron bars in castle Johnson.
WILL HAVE TO STAND TRIAL- About three weeks ago, E. K. Wilson, indicted in the Laurel Circuit Court for the murder of Miss Mary Cloyd by performing a criminal operation upon her, applied to Gov. Bradley for a pardon. A strong remonstrance was filed and upon these the case was rested, and after a through investigation the Governor reached a conclusion that, from all the facts in the case he was not authorized to interfere in the matter, and therefore had nothing to do but let the law take its course. Mr. Wilson asked for a pardon upon the plea that owing to the division of public opinion in this further procedure in the case would put the Commonwealth to an unnecessary expense, beside it would financially destroy the defendant and his parents, and the future plea of sympathy, appealing to the Governor for executive clemency upon the grounds that Mr. Wilson was a school mate and probably a class mate of the Governor's son, who is now dead. The Commonwealth successfully combatted these pleas, showing that the failure of a verdict by the jury at the last term of the court should not be taken as a criterion as to what a future jury would do, and that the only question that the Governor should consider, was not as to whether a verdict was probable or not, but, whether or not, under the proof and the law, the defendant ought to be convicted.
CHANGE OF VENUE TO ROCKCASTLE-E. K. Wilson, who stands indicted in the Laurel Circuit Court, charged with the murder of Miss Mary Cloyd by performing a criminal operation upon her, secured a change of venue Tuesday to the Rockcastle Circuit Court. The trial is set for the third day of the next term of that court. Judge Boyd was elected special judge in the case.
ROBERT CRAFT DEAD-At 8:30 o'clock last Monday evening, at the residence of his father, Mr. J. A. Craft, in Louisville, Mr. Robert Craft, aged 20 years, breathed his last. He was taken quite ill with a chill Saturday night which soon developed into malarial fever and his death soon followed. His remains accompanied by his father and mother, were brought to London Wednesday for interment. His funeral was attended by quite a number of friends. It is sad indeed, for one so young and promising to be cut off in life so soon. the bereaved parents and friends have our deepest sympathy.
ONE KILLED FIVE WOUNDED-The steam saw mill of Mr. Thomas Hale, of the eastern portion of this county, exploded on Thursday evening of last week, instantly killing General Williams, seriously wounding Wallas Gilbert, John Taylor and two other young men by the name of ??????? and Hale. The cause of the explosion was that the water got too low in the boiler and they began to pump cold water into a red-hot boiler. The mill was a complete wreck, the boiler was blown a distance of 80 yards and struck a big sweet gum tree, which stopped it, but came very near tearing up the tree.
At a late hour last Sunday evening at his home near the road between here and Manchester just across the line in Clay county, about eighteen miles east of London, Mr. Robert Gregory was shot and killed by an unknown man. He was shot with a 44 caliber Winchester rifle, the ball passing almost square through his body, he living only a few hours after receiving the wound. There is reported to have been several parties there at the time of the killing, but they are also reported to have been so full of mountain dew that they did not know just what was going on. It is believed that the killing occurred over a woman. The names of Ed Fisher and Lloyd Wolf are mentioned in connection with the crime, but there seems to be no good authority for the use of their names. No arrests have been made as yet.
ARM AND LEG BROKEN-On last Saturday the freight train on which he was braking, was running at a very high rate of speed down grade, just this side of Rockhold station, Mr. John Brewer, had been at work on it only about one month, stumbled backwards; recovering from this he then stumbled forward, and seeing that he was going to fall off, he jumped and lit on his feet, but notwithstanding he used every precaution possible, he sustained serious injuries, one of his legs being broken just above the ankle and one bone in one of his forearms was broken. He was removed to Williamsburg, where he has been tenderly cared for ever since and, at the time of our last account he was doing well, and his physician thought he could save his leg Mr. Brewer is an honest, hard working man, in consequence of which this misfortune is the sadder to him and his family, who need the fruits of all his labors.
Mr. Carl Todd, who has been with his brother, T. S. Todd, returned to Richmond Sunday.
Mrs. Talton S. Todd. and Master Clarence, will visit in Williamsburg next week and take in the Institute and Fair.
Miss Antonette Todd and Miss Belle Farris were guests of Mrs. Talton Todd last week. They are both pretty and interesting young ladies.
USED A BASEBALL BAT-While at Sunday school last Sunday near Lily, this county, a young man by the name of Douglas Sams became involved in a difficulty with two other young men by the name of Andrew and Charles Downey, in which Sams was knocked in the head with a baseball bat and pretty badly hurt. SUNDAY EXCURSION-The Louisville & Nashville will run an excursion from London to Cincinnati and return next Sunday, fare for the round trip $1.95. Buy Sunday round trip from London to Livingston and return, 70 cents. and then buy an excursion ticket from Livingston to Cincinnati and return for $1.25. The train leaves London at 12:24 Sunday morning.
SERIOUSLY SHOT-At McKee, at a late hour last Monday afternoon deputy jailer, Will Duncil, of Jackson county, became involved in difficulty with Pat Anglin, in which Anglin shot him through the thigh with a pistol, inflicting a very painful and probably a fatal wound. He would probably have killed him had not friends interfered. Our information is that Anglin threw his pistol into Duncil's breast but some one knocked the weapon down and the ball took effect in his thigh as above stated.
Died, at her home in Chula, Livingston county, Mo., of stomach and bowel trouble, August 18, 1899, Sarah Eliza Moren, the wife of M. W. Moren, formerly of Laurel county, Ky. Mrs. Moren was about 60 years old the mother of eight children, five boys and three girls, all of whom were at her bedside at her death, except one daughter, who had outstripped her in the lane of life and had gone to rest. M. W. Moren and Sarah Eliza Evans were married December 2, 1861. Mrs. Moren was converted and joined the M. E. Church in 1865. Mrs. Moren leaves a husband in his old age, seven children and a host of friends to mourn her death.
J. W. Coffey, former sheriff of Russell County, Ky., died last Sunday from the effects of a collar button which got into his lung six months ago.
For a drunken row in Clinton county, Ky., Bob King cut George Williams throat, severing the jugular vein. Death was instantaneous.
George Farler was given twenty one years in the penitentiary by a jury at Whitesburg, Ky., this week, for the killing of Johnnie Brown in Big Cowan Creek last April.
Born, to the wife of Theo Parman, Sunday night, a fine girl baby.
The hog law should be repealed or a street cleaning committee formed. The melon rinds which lay rotting on the streets will breed disease.
MARRIED-Charles A. Barnett, one of Laurel county's leading teachers, and son of James Barnett, deceased, and Miss Mallie Creech, of Waco, Madison county, were married on Saturday last, at the residence of Mr. John Creech, brother of the bride, at East Bernstadt. The happy couple left immediately for Williamsburg, where they will attend the joint institute.
The funeral of Mrs. Olive Patrick, deceased wife of Rev. Andy Patrick, will be preached at Rough Creek church the fourth Sunday in This month by Elders R.B. Tye, W. H. Brummett and C. G. Brewer. Bro. Patrick is the oldest minister in the State, being 95 years old and has been actively engaged in the ministry here for seventy years.
Mr. J. R. Jones, who has been making his home in Clay county for the past twenty years, but who left that county recently, on account of the trouble now existing in that county, is a citizen of this county and wants to buy or rent a small home in or near London. He also wants work and in order to get it will work at very reasonable prices.
MARRIAGE LICENSES-The following marriage license have been issued from our County Clerk's office since Aug. 24th. C. R. Barnett to Miss Mallie Creech, Wm. H. Wallace to Miss Sallie Russell, John Stillings to Miss Ella Anderson, Wm. H. Harkleroad to Miss Augusta Jones, Ralph Chapman to Miss Nellie Kuhn, J. A. Tuttle to Miss Rosa Asher, Pleas Owens to Miss Florence Mink, E. S. Robbins to Miss Maggie Benge, L. D. Taylor to Miss Orrie Tuttle, H. G. Jones to Miss Susan Ball.
Last Friday afternoon Constable John Philpot, of Clay county, accompanied by twelve other Philpot's or their friends, having a warrant for the arrest of J. T. Griffin, charging him with the murder of Deputy Sheriff Wash Thacker, an account of whose murder we gave in our last issue, came into town and turned it over to Sheriff McHargue of this county for execution. Deputy Woodson Hopkins and Constable Jones took the warrant to Pittsburg, this county, that night, arrested Griffin, brought him to London and lodged him in jail where he still remains. Saturday morning a warrant was sworn out before Judge Stanberry, for the arrest of Sol Griffin, charging him with complicity in the same offense. This warrant was also placed in the hands of Sheriff McHargue, but early Monday morning Griffin came into town, surrendered to the Sheriff and was locked up with his brother James. The Philpots returned home Saturday afternoon, since when everything has been perfectly quiet, and it is hoped that it will continue to be as the Griffins seem to be disposed to submit themselves to the law, while the Philpots are disposed to let the law take its course.
ANNVILLE, KY Died, Mrs. Martha Pennington of this place, on Aug. 17th, 1899. She was 39 years , 1 month and 3 days old at the time of her death. She was the daughter of James and Sally Bales, who were both devoted Christians and seekers of the good Lord. She was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Min Pennington on the 23d of October, 1880, when she was in her bloom of life. She joined the Baptist church in 1880 and was a faithful member until her death. She departed form this world as a true and beneficent Christian, but we all know that she hated to leave the good company and smiling faces of her children. Finding it her time to depart from this world of sorrow, she called her eight children and her loving husband around her bed, and bid them good-bye after giving them all good counsel and telling them to try and be prepared to meet her in that better kingdom above. But was glad that she could be called away by such a great and true God, who folded her in His outstretched arms and took her to that beautiful heaven above, where she in some future day will look for all her children, husband and many friends and children, who now mourn her death.
County Clerk F. P. Elliott was rushed Wednesday in the marriage license department of his office, issuing three in succession. He says this cool weather is favorable to the license business.
Sol and J. T. Griffin, who have been confined in the county jail here for a couple of weeks, charged with the murder of Deputy Sheriff Wash Thacker, of Clay county, were taken from here to Barbourville last Sunday morning and from there they were taken to Manchester by the Barbourville company of State Guards. The trip was made without incident.
Sheriff McHargue caused great consternation and lamentation among some of our citizens last Saturday by summoning a posse to assist taking the two Griffin prisoners to Manchester. Some of the wives just declared that they "would never see their honeys again." and some of the single men made preparation to quite this mundane sphere and disposed of their personal effects, so it is said. But imagine their joy at learning Sunday morning that the Sheriff and two Griffins had left the county. If the black plague had been among us and departed, it would not have left more joy behind it for the supposed posse individuals than the departure of the Sheriff and the Griffins alone.
MARRIED-On Wednesday evening at the residence of the bride's brother, Mr. E. L. Farris, Mr. Christopher Pearl to Miss Katie Farris, by the Rev. McIntire. The groom is one of London's most successful business men, for several years employed in the store of Hackney Bros. & Co., Miss Farris is one of our most accomplished and beautiful young ladies. They are registered at the Catching Hotel.
Yesterday afternoon at the residence of the bride's father, near the waters of Rockcastle river, ten miles north east of London, Mr. James C. Johnson was married to Miss Dora Bell Young, daughter of Mr. Tilford Young. Mr. Johnson is one of our most successful mail contractors; While Miss Young, the happy young bride, is one of the county's most charming young ladies. We extend to each and all of these happy young people our best wishes for their future success and happiness.
On Saturday, Sept. 16, 1899, there will be a public sale at the residence of Eliza J. Mullins, widow of Moses Mullins, Sr., deceased, near Oakley, Ky., viz: One Horse, two Milch Cows and some young cattle, hogs and all her household and Kitchen Furniture, also some Oats, Hay, Farming tools &c and probably other things. Also a farm of 44 acres to be sold at public sale. Terms of sale of personal property on all amounts of $5 on a credit of six months, with notes of approved security, drawing legal interest from date. P. R. Pennington, Power of Att's
Death has again cast its dark shadow over the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McFadden, and taken from it one of its purest and sweetest flowers, Miss Thenie B. McFadden, aged 27 years and 10 months. She had been confined to her bed about two weeks, and bore her suffering with such patience as none but Christians can. She frequently expressed a desire to me during her illness to get well, to do some good in trying to bring others nearer the cross, but said if it was the Lord's will for her to go, she was ready. She said there was nothing in her way. Thenie was a pure, sweet girl, loved by all who knew her. She had been a member of the M. E. Church several years and was a devoted member and Christian. She died in full triumph of a living faith. She said she would meet her dear brother, who preceded her only a few weeks, and there they would sing praises around the great throne forever more. She so earnestly pleaded with her father and left the request for her absent brother to heed her dying testimony, and turn from the ways of the wicked and prepare to meet her in a better world. We are sad, but sorrow not, as those who have no hope, for we know our loss is her eternal gain, and today she is singing praises to a great redeemer around the great white throne in heaven. CATTIE TANNER
The funeral of George W. Patton, deceased, will be preached at Mt. Pleasant on Sunday, October 22, 1899, by Elders Estes, Johnson and McCracken.
MARRIED-At the home of the bride, near The Glades, on the 21st inst., Mr. Daniel Brock to Miss Sallie Goins, Rev. C. G. Brewer officiating. Both were highly respected young people and we wish them a happy and prosperous journey through life.
ANDERSON GRIFFIN ARRESTED-Last Monday, Deputy Sheriff Collier, of this county, near East Bernstadt arrested Anderson Griffin, upon a warrant from Clay county, charged him with complicity in the murder of Deputy Sheriff Wash Thacker, and turned him over to the officials of Clay county, who took him to Manchester Wednesday. This makes seven of the Griffins now in custody charged with this offense, and a warrant is out for the eighth, Green Griffin, who was engaged in and was wounded in the famous Philpot-Griffin fight some time ago.
MARRIED-Sept. 19, at the church at Bernstadt, Ky., Miss Ida Fischer to Mr. Emil Probst, Rev. M. Denny officiating. About 7-? persons were present to witness the ceremony, from whence they all repaired to the home of Mrs. Katherine Probst, mother of the groom, where the evening was most agreeably spent. A large number of handsome, costly gifts were presented, testimonies of the esteem their numerous friends hold them in and many were the hearty congratulations and good wishes showered upon the young couple, and such is the wish of all their friends, that their lives may be richly blessed with all the joy and happiness which such a union of hearts is sure to bring.
STORMY TIME AT THE PARSONAGE-We came to London
on Thursday, put up at the Catching House, found a most pleasant place
and good Baptist. On Thursday night we found a good crowd out at prayer
meeting, a most hearty welcome. On Monday we began to arrange things down
at the parsonage for housekeeping. By hard work we were ready to stay at
home by Tuesday night, and just as we sat down to supper someone rang the
door bell and the storm began. First the college and then the city in crowds,
all bringing with them many good things, really filling the pantry with
flour, lard, coffee, sugar, tea, and some good Baptist brother brought
a bottle but looking we found it was filled with maple syrup. We would
not try to mention all the good things, but say God Bless the givers and
help us as we come to prove a blessing to these kind, good people. Many
thinks and best wishes for all. On Wednesday night Mr. Pearl and Miss Farris
surprised parsonage and town by coming down just at eight o'clock and getting
married. They are a handsome, bright, sweet couple, and we predict for
them a bright, happy and useful future. May God's richest blessings be
upon them, and let others come.
F. T. McINTIRE, P.C.
"KENTUCKY'S FAMOUS FEUDS AND TRAGEDIES," is the name of a new publication, the first volume of which has just appeared, a copy of which we acknowledge the receipt of, price 50 cents. The author of this book is Mr. Chas. G. Mutzenburg, of Hyden, Ky. The contents of the first volume is: The Geography and early history of Kentucky: causes and preventions of feuds: The Hatfield and McCoy war; the Rowan County War; and the French-Eversole war. Future volumes will contain the histories of other feuds. The work is a very interesting one and should find a place in every Kentucky home.
Uncle Jonas Ohler, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of this county, died at his home in the western portion of this county and was buried Saturday. He leaves a large number of relatives and other friends to mourn his death.
The trial of the Griffins in Manchester last week resulted in four of them being held in bond of $2,000 each for complicity in the murder of Deputy Sheriff Wash Thacker. Two of them, Ed and Floy Chadwell, have filled their bonds; the other two, Sol and Jim Griffin are still in jail.
KILLED-On Friday night of last week, while at work in the Manchester coal mines near East Bernstadt, Mr. Henry Ponder, a hard working and honest miner, was killer by falling slate. His remains were taken to Livingston for burial. He leaves a wife and two small children to mourn his death, who have the sympathy of all.
Mr. Alexander McHargue, of Knox countty, living near the Laurel county line, died suddenly Friday last while at work in the field. His remains were buried Sunday in the presence of a large number of friends. Mr. McHargue was one of the oldest and most highly respected of this section of the State and was an uncle of Sheriff McHargue, of this county.
Died, at her home near East Bernstadt, on Friday, October 5, 1899. Mrs. Priscilla Snuffer, the aged wife of Thomas Snuffer. She leaves a husband , one daughter and one son to mourn her death.
William Rose, a prominent citizen of Pine Knot, Whitley county, was shot and killed a short time since, and H. C. Dougherty, one of the best known farmers of that part of the county who is nearing seventy years, was arrested, charged with the crime and locked up.
CALLED TO REST-About two weeks ago Miss Lucy Baugh, the daughter of the late Hon J. F. Baugh, of this county, and sister of Mr. C. R. Baugh, of this place, who was a student at the Female College at Midway, Ky., was taken ill with that dreaded disease, appendicitis, with which she suffered till Sunday, the 1st inst., when she was taken to Louisville to have an operation performed. The operation was not performed, however, till Wednesday of last week and the abscess had already ruptured and her bowels had been saturated with the poison. She endured the operation very well, but as blood poison had already set up, her recovery was impossible and she lingered till Friday night, when she passed away. Her remains were brought back to the old homestead at Mershon's Cross Roads for burial Miss Lucy was a dear sweet girl and leaves many relatives and other friends to mourn her death.
The case of the Commonwealth against Mrs. Laura Colvin, charged with murder, was continued till the second day of the next term.
The case of the Commonwealth against Wm. Riley, colored, charged with detaining a white lady on the public highway against her will, was on trial at the time of our going to press.
SENT UP FOR LIFE-The case of the Commonwealth against Dan Owens, charged with the murder of Harman Smith was called Tuesday and on account of the absence of the Commonwealth's Attorney, Mr. D. K. Rawlings was appointed Attorney protean. All the testimony was heard Tuesday, the argument submitted Wednesday and immediately upon the assembling of the court Thursday, the jury returned a verdict of guilty and fixed his punishment at confinement in the State Penitentiary for life.
LONDON CORNET BAND DELIGHTS THE CITIZENS OF KNOXVILLE, TENN. The music committee did not engage the tin horn music nor that of the toy balloons. It did engage four good bands and will this morning arrange for special concerts, open and free to all, that shall occur at stated intervals until the carnavil becomes a part of history. The bands that will play are the two Knoxville bands, the Bristol band and the London, Ky. band. These bands were all in the parade Wednesday and gave afternoon and night concerts to the delight of thousands who heard them. The music of the London, Ky., known as the London Concert band, as well as the others was of an excellant character and the members were all pleasant and courteous young gentlemen. Their names are as follows: Leader of the band, A. Chiesman, Livingston Andrews, G. A. Wren, W. R. Hackney, Theo Andrews, James Williams, Cy Bryant, Dan Jones, C. C. Wren, T. J. Jones, John McKee, E. A. Plllard, Jesse Rodgers, William Wren. The father of G. A. and C. C. Wren lived in Knoxville some twenty years ago. This is the first visit of the others. This is the band that also played at the fox race Wednesday afternoon. JOURNAL AND TRIBUNE.
Mr. A. W. Huggins, forman of this office, received a telegram early last Saturday morning, from Nicholsville, informing him of the sudden death of his elder brother,T. Y. Huggins. He left on the next train and arrived there in time to attend the funeral. He learned after he arrived there that his brother died suddenly of paralysis. Mr. Huggins has the sympathy of all in this sad bereavement.
The residence of Mr. Albert Hoskins, a respectable citizen of the eastern portion of this county, was destroyed by fire one day last week. The fire is believed to have been the work of an incendiary. Mr. Hoskins is accused, as we are informed, by a few moonshiners in that locality of having informed the authorities of their violations of the law, anyway he was summoned and did go to Louisville as a witness against some of them, and the first night after her left home his house burned down. We are also informed that Mr. Hoskins accuses some of the parties against whom he was a witness of being responsible for the burning.
Misses Emma and Maggie Dyche, daughters of the editor, an account of whose illness we gave in our last issue, are still ill of typhoid. Miss Emma however, is much improved but Miss Maggie is still very low and her recovery is doubtful, though we hope for the better.
Mr. James Burnsides and Miss Ocie Revel, both of this place, took French leave of their homes last Saturday and went to Jellico, where they were married Saturday evening, after which they returned home and received forgiveness, &c.
A SAD DEATH-About 2 o'clock Tuesday evening, Mrs. Sam. Warnack, a very industrious, honest and hard working woman of Pittsburg, this county, went into one of the old abandoned coal mines of that place to pick up some coal with which to get supper, and just as she was in the act of picking up the coal several hundred pounds of slate fell on her, breaking her neck and one of her arms. Her remains were not discovered until about 6 o'clock. She leaves two children, both married, and a husband to mourn her death.
STABBED BY A DRUNKEN MAN-A report reaches here that on Spring Creek, in Clay county, a few days ago, Mr. General Black, of Madison county, but who was born and reared in this county, was stabbed by a drunken man by the name of Gross and seriously hurt. Mr. Black is a cattle dealer and is one of Nature's most noble sons, and we deeply sympathize with him in his affliction.
DIED-At the residence of Mr. Frank Elliott, of this place, a few days ago of poisoning, his famous dog, Jack. There was great mourning in the family, even Mr. Elliott, himself, shedding copious gushing tears.
INCENDIARISM-On Thursday of last week a stranger, who is described as a dark skinned man, is reported to have gone to the home of Mr. Daniel Robinson, in Clay county, but he being away, there was no one at home except Mrs. Robinson and her two little children. He asked Mrs. Robinson for something to eat, and while she was preparing it, he insulted her, making indecent remarks to her. She then made an excuse to leave the house, telling him that she was going out to get him a warm meal and started as though she was going to the spring, which was some distance from the house, and picking up her two children she went, instead of to the spring, to a neighbors houuse, but neighboring man being away from home, she took the ladies of the house and started to return home but, to her astonishment, when she got in sight she discovered her home in flames. The fiend was gone and she lost everything that she had in her house.Sunday the same man went to Whithall church, where he met a young lady and insulted her. This aroused the people to such a pitch that at once made for him, but, although they had him surrounded, he succeeded in making good his escape. This is a dangerous character to be permitted to run at large and if he is caught he should be summarily dealt with.
A GOOD WOMAN GONE- Died, at the residence of her husband, on Raccoon creek, this county, last Monday, Mrs. Mary Chesnut, better known as "Puss," wife of R. M. Chesnut, of peneumonia after a very brief illness. Mrs. Chesnut was a Miss Scoville before her marriage and a sister of C. N. Scoville, of this place. She leaves a husband and nine children to mourn her death.
Born-On Wednesday night, to the wife of J. M. Boreing, a fine boy-another Republican voter to the Eleventh district.
Most of the sick of our town are doing fairly well. Mr. John Tillery is thought to be some better and there is now some hope for his final recovery, the three children of Mr. Charles Day who have been ill with typhoid are now convalescent, the fever of Emma Dyche is broken, but the editor's youngest daughter, Maggie, is still very low. She has had fever now twenty-eight days, yet we have strong hopes of her ultimate recovery.
ADJUDGED INSANE-Some time since, a year or two, Mr. Wm. McWhorter, living on Raccoon Creek, this county, professed santification then a few months since he was converted to Mormonism, which weitghed on him that he soon began to lose his mind. The disease preyed upon him day by day, until a few days ago he became perfectly demented, was brought to London Monday, was adjudged insane and ordered to an asylum, for which place they left with him Tuesday.
A fox hunt on Tuesday night was the latest fad indulged in by the London 400. The following ladies and gentlemen, married and single, were participants, and the fun they had tickles them up: Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Parsley, Misses Lucy Brock, Katherine and Addie Jackson, Nelia Moren, Lettie Coldwell, Dora and Lizzie Williams, and Lida Parker, Messrs. Ed Parker, Geo. Young, Will Hackney, Jess Rogers, Willis Pearl, Dan Jones, Gordon Eversole, John Brown, John Ewell, Dan Brown, and Dr. Poynter.
The October term of the Laurel Circuit Court adjourned last Saturday evening. The jury in the case of the Commonwealth against Charles Marsee, for the killing of W. R. Stapleton, for acquittal, the other three for a short sentence for barn burning.
Capitola Brown, the youngest daughter of the late Jno. N. L. and Mrs. Elizabeth H. Brown, died at the home of her brother in law, W. H. Bradshaw, near Dallas, Texas, on Oct. 14, 1899, in the seventeenth year of her age. She was born in London, KY., and resided in Laurel county until about a year ago, when with her mother and one sister, she went to Texas to join a married sister who was living in that State. A few weeks ago she became sick with typhoid fever, and, though all that friends could do was done to save her sweet young life, she died and now sleeps her last sleep among strangers in a far off land. Many friends and relatives here remember the bright, sprightly Capitola and we all sympathize deeply with the bereaved mother, brother, and sisters in this dark hour of their affliction.
FATALLY SHOT-News reaches here that in Perry County a few days ago John Eversole, Jr., shot and fatally wounded a man named John Davis. The origin of the difficulty we have not been able to learn.
Miss Malinda Moren, daughter of Mr. D. W. Moren, a prominent farmer of this county, and a sister of Mr. Walker Moren, the lawyer, was stricken with paralysis a few days ago and died. She was twenty two years of age.
TAKE WARNING- Mr. W. T. Evans, who now has charge of the stable just back of the Echo office, says that he is tired of buying locks to the stable, that he is tired of tramps and other people not entitled to do so, occupying it; that he is going to stop this, if he can not stop it one way he "will stop it one way." to be forewarned is to be forewarned.
At church at Salem this county, last Sunday, a difficulty came up between Ben Lincks and Fred McCarty, in which Lincks slashed McCarty across the face with a knife, inflicting an ugly and painful but not a dangerous wound.
SHOT-At Pittsburg, on election day, a difficulty came up between Mr. Perry Cole, postmaster at that place, and Jack Mullins, in which Mullins drew his pistol on Cole, whereupon Cole fired a double barrel shot gun, the contents striking him in the face, knocking him down, but otherwise not seriously injuring him.
Mrs. Katherine Barrett died Oct. 24, 1899. She leaves a husband, eight children and twenty one grandchildren to mourn her death. She took sick New Years day and suffered ten months. She was a daughter of "Uncle Billie"Barton. She leaves only one sister. She joined the Baptist church twenty three years ago and was baptized in Sinking Creek. A bright angel came over her bed Tuesday night about 11 o'clock and Wednesday at 3 o'clock her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at the Tanner Graveyard, where father and mother, daughter and grandson is buried.
Mr. Lee Porte living four or five miles north of this place, died at his residence Tuesday evening, after a long illness, of typhoid.The bereaved family and friends have our deepest sympathy in this their sad affliction.
Death laid its cold, icy hands on little Clara Mason, the six year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Mason, at ten o'clock last Sunday morning, after an illness of three weeks, of typhoid. Her remains were buried in the family burying grounds, three miles north of London, last Monday in the presence of a number of sorrowing relatives and friends. To the bereaved parents we desire to say that it is indeed hard to part with one so young and sweet, yet it is a consolation to you to know that you have another star in the galaxy of Heaven, another loved one across the briny deep to beckon you on to your final resting place.
INSTANTLY KILLED-At about 2 o'clock last Saturday afternoon, just in front of the residence of Mr. John Moores, four miles east of London, Robert Coldwell, the eighteen year old son of Dr. T. P. Coldwell, accidentally discharged one barrel of the shotgun, the entire charge took effect in his left cheek and temple passing back and upward into the brain, producing instant death. No one knows, neither will anyone ever know just how it happened. All the known circumstances attending the sad occurrence are these; Robert and Lafayette Johnson had been our bird hunting and had just come into Mr. Moores to get a drink and after getting the water they both went out to the road to get their horses preparatory to returning home. Robert's horse was hitched neaer the gate than Lafayette's was, so Johnson had to pass by him to get his horse and as he passed him he was standing on the woodpile with his gun resting on the wood by his side. This Johnson says, is the last he saw of him that he went on to his horse and just as he was unhitching his horse he heard Robert's gun fire and when he turned to see what had taken place Robert was lying on the woodpile, with his gun gripped in his hand. Immediately Mrs. Moores ran out to see what was the matter, and in a few moments another lady or two came up and Johnson left for town to bring the news and to summon a physician. Although several persons came to the scene soon after the tragedy, they could not reach the body for about fifteen minutes after he was shot, on account of Robert's faithful bird dog, which stood by the body of his dead master and defied any stranger to approach the corpse. Immediately after learning of the shooting Mrs. Coldwell went as fast as her horse could carry her, to the aid of her unfortunate son, but arrived too late to render him any aid, as he was already dead. His remains were brought home and at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon the funeral services were held at the Christian church by the pastor, Rev. J. B. Dixon and at 4 o'clock all that was mortal of Robert Coldwell was laid to rest in Cemetery Hill cemetery amid a host of bereaved relatives and other friends. A sad thing connected with the event was the fact that Dr. Coldweell was away from home attending some patients and did not learn of the awful affair until about dark. Robert Coldwell was a model young man, obedient to his parents, courteous and kind to all and admired and loved by all. He was not known to have a single bad habit; and although he was not a member of any church, he was a regular attendant at Sunday school and church services. These facts ought to be enough to console the bereaved relatives. He was in his nineteenth year at the time of his death, having been born May 28, 1881.
LEG BROKEN-On last Saturday morning as Mr. M. G. Harbin, a respectable citizen, living about three miles west of London, was attempting to mount his horse, that animal being a spirited one, jumped from under him and he fell to the ground, breaking his right leg a little above half way from the knee to the thigh. He has suffered quite a great deal, but his physicians report that he is getting along very nicely and will soon recover.
A Pineville dispatch informs us that on Middlefok, Leslie county, a few days ago, Chris Helton and Mart Baker engaged in a pistol duel in which Baker was shot and instantly killed. The circumstances of the killing were about as follows. The two men met in a saloon a few days previous and quarreled and would have fought then had not by standers prevented it. they both went home and armed themselves and on Friday last they met in the road, when both drew their pistols and fired. Baker's shot went wide of the mark but Helton's aim was more deadly, and his enemy fell dead at the first fire.
The angel of death visited the pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Trosper, at Boreing, Ky., Sept. 25, 1899, and took from it one of its sweetest members, Miss Minnie Trosper, aged 17 years, 6 months and 11 days. Her illness lasted four months, being confined to her bed most of the time and though suffering greatly she bore it with such patience as only Christians can. During her illness she expressed a desire to get well, but said if it was the Lords will for her to die that she was willing and ready to go. She was a member of the M. E. church, and was converted before she was taken sick. Minnie was a dear sweet girl, loved and respected by all who knew her and the fragrant flowers, in pretty wreaths, designs and boquets which were placed on her grave bespoke the regards of her friends. On Monday she became much worse, and requested the family to send for the school children and members of the Camp Ground Sunday school, saying she wanted to see them all. They soon came, and she requested them to have Sunday school and prayer. She was conscious to the very last, and surrounded by the family, friends and relatives, she passed away as quietly and as noiselessly as the distant echoes of muffled footfalls on the lengthening shadows of a summer sunset, at a few minutes past three o'clock p.m. Truly God moves in a mysterious way, but in this sad dispensation of God's providence we would hear his voice saying, "Be ye also ready." Let us learn that "all things work together for good to those that love God." The christian can say, "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." While dear Minnie's sweet, cheerful voice can be heard no more around the fireside at home or at church. It is a happy consolation that she is now singing the songs of the blessed, around the throne of God, in that beautiful land where sorrows and troubles never come. Her remains were taken to the Camp Ground cemetery, where a large number of friends had gathered to pay their last tribute to the departed one, and after an exhortation and prayer by the Rev. John Blair the remains were consigned to their last resting place to await the resurrection.
IT IS A GIRL-She made her arrival at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Jones Tuesday. Congratulations to the happy parents.
The London Tellephone Company will hereafter charge all non subscribers 15 cents for each message to Pittsburg and all messages to Pittsburg will be limited to five minutes; all messages over five minutes will be charged extra. All subscribers who permit non subscribers to use their phones will be charged 15 cents for each message, so if they do not collect it off the nonsubscribers will have the bill to foot himself. All subscribers do well to bear this in mind.
It is a girl and registered her arrival last Monday as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Tilford Jones, may the fondest hopes of the happy parents in their new born baby be fully realized is the fond hope of The Echo. Her name is Mary Elizabeth.
UNDER BOND-Robert Ewell and Antonia Gregory were arrested yesterday evening, charged with having broken into John Herbert's store and held under a $250 bond each.
Mr. Richard Moore, son of Mr. Lee Moore of this county, who has been in California for the past seven years, returned on a visit to this county a few days ago, and after a stay of about six months will return to the golden State to make his future home. Richard we are glad to say, is a fine looking fellow and everyting points to the fact that his far Western home thoroughly agrees with him. He infoms us that his brother, George, who has been on the Pacific Coast several years longer than Richard has, will arrive here on a visit in about three weeks.
Mr. Robert Root, a citizen of Clay county all his life, is now a citizen of London. He says that Wednesday night was the first time that he ever slept outside of Clay county as a citizen that on that night he never heard a gun fire, something unusual.
BADLY WOUNDED-At Manchester last Monday a general fight ensued in which Mr. D. P. Wilder, his son John, Wes Whitaker and others were probably engaged and when the smoke of battle cleared away it was found that John Wilder had a bad gun wound in the neck.
MARRIED-At the court house yesterday morning by Rev. W. F. Bray, Mr. Elijah Foley to Miss Milda Faris.
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Johnson have returned from their bridal tour to Texas, and seem to be as happy as two big sunflowers.
NEW PHONES-The London Telephone Co. have put in the following instruments since our last report: No. 26 Herbert, J. G. Store No. 25 Mason, Dr. J. B. Residence No. 54 Bastin, J. W. Residence Ring three short and one long.
INSTANTLY KILLED-At Benge, Clay county, sixteen miles east of London, late last Friday afternoon, Ned Rodgers, was shot and killed by Sam Philpot. just the origin of the difficulty or just how it was brought about we are not fully advised. We have the version of one side of it, but we have not been able to hear from the other side, and as there are usually two sides to all controversies and difficulties, we hardly think it fair to either side to give the version of one side without giving both. As usual, accepting the version of the friends of the dead man as true, the killing was murder, but probably, when the other side is heard from, it may change the phase of matters materially, and as both parties are friends and patrons of The Echo, we hesitate to give an expert statement of the affair; that is give the version of one side until the other is heard from. However we do not think there can be any question to the fact that Ned Rodgers and Henry Hampton were together when they met Sam and Jim Philpot in the road, and immediately the difficulty came up with the above result. Mr. Rodgers had, just a few days prior to the killing, returned home from Indiana, where he had been for about eight months. We are indeed sad to report these sad occurrences and hope the day may soon come when there will be no more of them.
Born-To the wife of Mr. George Hayes, a nine pound girl. All doing well. Dr. Mason, attending.
Henry Clay the little son of our townsman H. C. Thompson, is a musical prodigy, He is only five years old and can play on the piano almost any tune he hears. Mr. Thompson is quite proud of his little son, and will at once have his musical education begun, under the direction of competent instructors.
TWO SHOT-Down below the Swiss colony, ten or twelve miles west of London last Wednesday, a difficulty came up between some parties and quite a number of shots were fired and when the smoke had cleared away it was found that William Strong had been shot through the thigh and John Ball, son of Mr. Nick Ball, was shot in the face, the ball entering at the mouth and came out at the jaw. It is not known exactly who did the shooting but one report says that it was one of the Mason boys, but this is non confirmed. the wounded parties are resting well and will recover.
RUN IN-At about noon last Saturday two young men, Joseph Warren and James Brewer, of the Western portion of this county, having been to Pittsburg and filled up on corn juice, thought they would take London as they passed through especially was this the case with young Warren, who when they arrived near the center of the town, drew his thirty-eight revolver and fired a crack at creation, and at the same time turning the elements blue, so to speak, with profanity, cursing everybody he could see and flourshing his pistol in the air. Soon after they had passed the center of town they, both riding the same horse, met Town Marshal Eb Moren who commanded them to surrender, but instead Warren leveled his gun at Moren and fired, a general fusillade between the Town Marshal and Warren began in which nine or ten shots were fired, but no one was hurt from the fact that the two boys were running their horse at the top of his speed. They then rode out of town as fast as their horse could carry them. The Marshal went to the very stable and secured a horse and summoning a number of others to go with him started in hot pursuit and after riding about two miles they overtook the boys, and after the exchange of several more shots without effect they arrested the boys, brought them back to town and locked them up. Later they were given trials when Brewer was acquitted but Warren was not so successful, as he was fined in three cases for shooting in the town and held over to Circuit Court for shooting with intent to kill in a bond of $500, in default of which he was locked up.
News reaches here that in Clay county last Saturday Pleas and Alexander Fisher, brothers and both friends of the Philpots in their recent trouble with the Griffins, fell out while discussing the feud, whereupon Pleas shot and killed Alexander.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS- County Court Clerk has issued
marriage license to the following parties during the Christmas holidays:
White: John Smith to Mollie Bruner; John D. Cromer to Lucy Moore; Oscar
Wiggins to Millie Cromer; Kimper Ward to Pollie Brown; Geo. Moore to Rosa
Belle Dooughty; Harve Patton to Lousia Houston; R. A. Jones to L. J. Jones;
H. B. Whitson to Lora C. Herron; and W. G. Taylor to Dory Poynter. Colored:
Samuel Snider to Hattie Fish.
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