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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 16, 1912, Image 4',
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The old man returned their fire,
shooting from the windows at the
' flashes of -the officers' guns a,s
they r.oared from the, hiding plac
es. His wife kept his rifles load
ed,and herselffired on the hidden
enemy whenever there wis a
breathing space in the loading.
. The old man was captured
when he was riddlevd with bullets'
and unable to lift a gun to, his
shoulder. His wife was found
lying on the floor of the cabin,
cold in death. Thei er were half a
dozen ugly bullet wounds in her
body a rifle was clutched in her
.cold hand. y I
How is such a tragedy possible
in this year of .Our Lord nineteen
, hundred and 'twelve?
" Picture to .yourself the' slies
and environment of the Aliens P
Their homes are deep in the in
accesible wilds of the Virginian
mountains ; the railroad has riot
penetrated1 Where" they live; the
telephone is unknown to' them;
even in the Valley in which Hills
ville lies there is not a sirtgld tele
graph Wire.r '
v , Thus the Aliens live; cut off
from all communication with the
outside World,, bringing up their
sons and daughters as they them
selves and their fathers and their
fathers' fathers, Were brought up
' to fear. God, to live in purity
and chastity, to mind' their own
; business and to hate" the revenue
.The revenue officers ! There is"
- the real answer to Thursday's
tragedy ! '
The Aliens and their kin are
moonshiners. .In tfttle, hidden'
stills in thd pine-clad mountains,
they make their own fiery whisky.
And for this they have been
founded by all the agents of the
federal government, anL nuntea
and spied upon by private detec
tives, seekingHhe government's
offer of blood money tor tne ar
rest of moonshiner. '
That is why the Aliens and
thefr kin hate the law and are the
enemies of it officers.
Is moonshining a crime?
Not-in the eyes of the Aliens.
"God made the apples and the
grain," they say. "if He had noj:
wanted to make .whisky of them,
he would not have made them."
Thus runs'their simple reason
ing, and so despite the boolc laws
they cannot understand, they
have continued to make their own
whisky nd because of the way
they have been hounded andsper
secuted for so doing, they have
come to look upon all officers of
the laws as their natural and
Look at the incidents that led
up to the present tragedy that is
only half begim!
Floyd Allen's nephew was ar
rested as a moonshiner. He would
be sentenced to a term in the f ed-efil-'penitenfiary.
To these hjg,
rough mountaineers, who all
their lives have lived in freedom
in ttte wild open of the mountains,'
jail is' worse than-death it is
death in life.
So Floyd answered the call of
blood, to blood, and contrived th
escape of his nephew.
Then- he himself was arresfed,
and brought to trial, charged with