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VOL.2,N0.94 Chicago, Saturday, Jan. 18, 1913 ONE CENT
WOMAN'S LOVE MAY END SENSATIONAL AND
BLOODY KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN FEUD
Mountaineers Expect Eleven-Year-Old Boy to
Man Who Killed His Father Boy's Sister
Says Feud Must End.
Winchester, Ky., Jan. 18. One
woman, through love, is trying to
end the blo'ody feud Between the
Deatons and Callahans.
For 15 years there has been
war to the death between the two
families. The fighting was not in
the open An ambush, a puff of
smoke, and a Deaton or a Calla
han was added to the death total.
The rifles never missed.
Jim Deaton was shot and killed
15 years ago. Edward Callahan
was arrested, tried and acquitted.
The Deatons believed Callahan
was responsible for the murder.
They were quiet, but they did not
A few years after three of the
Deaton boys were shot while go
ing through a mountain pass. No
body, . in particular was ever
blamed for these killings, and the
murderers were never brought to
trial. But the anger of the Dea
tons was smoldering.
One morning Ed Callahan was
standing at the door of his store
in Breathitt county. His little son
was playing near. Suddenly Cal
lahan toppled over on his face.
His son ran to him.
Ed Callahan was dead. There
was a bullet through his heart
Hargis Callahan, an eleven-year-old
boy, was left to carry on the
Fletcher Deaton, brother of
Jim Deaton, and uncle of the
three boys killed, was arrested.
He was indicted for conspiring to
kill Ed Callahan. He was inot
directly charged with the murder.
There is never enough evidence in
Breathitt county for that.
The jury in the first trial dis
agreed. Deaton is awaiting his
Outsiders believe that if Fletch
er Deaton is convicted the feud
will end. Mountaineers, who
know the temper of the hillmen,
shake their heads and say it can't
be done. Feud is in the blood