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THE ALLEN&-ARE THEY DESPERATE CRIMINALS, OR
, , , JUST VICTIMS OP ISOLATION
Something About, the Lives and Loves of the "People Who Killed
Alfeaayas Paid Toll With Her Life.
J Down" in a mountain valley of-
Virginia,' a Judge. 'aid ajprosecu
tor and a sheriff hveBeen shot
down in'dpe c.Qrt; r .;
Vengean.cehis blegnjsjorh, and
many men and womeftVyyill die
The story reatis, like the
eighteenth century' " ,-v t J
The Allehsnd-theipkm pf the
Virginian mountains ARE of the
eighteenth century. v '
As they livedthen,-as they
fought then, as they'died then;
so they live and, fight and die now.
They are big, roughuneducat
ed men, kindlyat heart anH pos
sessed of a code of hqnor u and
"ethics, as strict, and ihMts way as
high, as that df anyman's
t Their women arcbig-women
bigt of body, ,big of heart. They
Jove seldom; but when they do
love, fhey love with a passion
and a fierceness unknown to wo
men of more "civilized," more
''refined" communities. They are
mpst notable for their chastity.
If you were to become lost in
the Virginian mountains, and,
when nearing exhaustion, were
to come suddenly upon some
lonely, rough-hewn cabin of the
Aliens, you would be treated vith
a courtesy and gentleness great
er than the courtesy and gentle
ness of ballrooms.
The Aliens would feed you,
and care ior you. You.would be
given a bed if they themselves
had to sleep,on the floor. The
best they bad would be yours
without the asking, and the only
way you could give them offence
would be to offer to pay for what
you had received -at their hands.
Yet these afe the same people
who now are branded as cold
blooded murderers, and they are
the sdnje people who will drench
the Virginian mountains with
blood before they will allow
themselves to, be captured.
Yesterday one of them, an old
man, was rounded up in his cabin
in the depths of the mountains.
Two score of detectives ambush
ed themselves about the cabin,
and poured a hail of bullets
through its roughly built logs.