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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 15, 1912, Image 3',
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It was thought he was deadfat
first, and then that he would die
in,a few hours. But the giant
strength of the guant moun
taineer has, pulled him through
so far, and perhaps he may yet
cheat death and live to serve the
sentence Judge Massie imposed
on him. ,
And meantime, Hjllsville sug
gests the center o'f some bitter
civil war. -J
The Fowlers and the Kanes.
the Marshalls and Faddises,1 the-
Howletts and the Worrells all
ihave taken, arms, and all have
sworn to exact a terrible ven
geance on the Aliens.
Early this morning, Detective
Felts and twenty men, heavily
z med, arrived to take up the pur
suit of the murderers of Judge
Massie. They took up the trail
befpre nbon. One of them already
has paid fhe penalty with his life,
according to a report here.
Sheriff's posses are guarding
the mountain passes toward the
North Carolina border, where
the Aliens have- many friends,
grim, mirthless, lawless men like
themselves and bound to them bj
blood ties. . .
Secret Service Agent Thomas,
the man who secured the convic
tion of Sidney Allen for counter
feiting, and who has known the
Aliens for twenty years, and who
Jcnows every foot of the moun
tains as well as do the Aliens
themseles,Nis on his way here
from Charlotte, N. C, to aid in
the chase of the Aliens?
Governor Mann is holding sev
eral companies of troops ready
for instant despatch to Hillsville
should they he necessary, al
though it is felt that troops who
do not .know the Blue Ridge
mountains will be of little use.
The Aliens sent a message to
Hillsville this morning. It was
brought by a little, bare-footed
boy;? the son of a mountaineer.
His message ran :
'Sidney Allen says there will be
a citizen's life .taken for every Al
len hurt or captured."
'Victor Allen, the son of Floyd
Allen is in jail here. He had said
that his father would never be
taken alive, but he was surprised
and overpowered before he could
draw his weapon.
The jail is guarded by fifty
men,4 mountaineers all, who carry,
carelessly slung through their
arms, "Winchester rifles..
If the Aliens had shot only the
officers of the court yesterday,
their chances of escape might
have been good. - No one. in Car
roll County, no one who knew the
mountains, would have lifted a
finger to aid the officers of the
But the clans of the jurors and
the spectators who were shot are
strong. Their t:ode Is the Allen
code. A tooth for a. tooth; an
eye for an eye ; a life for a life.
And they have sworn to wipe
out the Aliens, and they know the
mountains as well as the Aliens,
and are as good shots, and they
mean what they say.
It is -civil war on a small scale
that has broken out. The fight
of clan, against clan, family