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PJK J30 MARION, CRITTENDEN COUNTY, KENTUCKY APRIL I, 1909 NUMBER 44
iCAPES GALLOWS BY
SLAYDEN GIVEN LIFE SENTENCE
For the Murder of James Sullenger -Jury Out Only Fifty-five Minutes-Trial
Lasted Nine Days-Three Days Spent in Securing
Jury-Two Special Venires Summoned.
HARDEST FOUGHT CASE
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Afier deliberating lifty.fivc
ulcit ihe jur 111 tho care nf ih
rniiitiinnwcalth against Krncsl Slay
den d'urifnc lnni with the murder
of .J iiirn I' tMilliuger. returned a
crdiot nl V''t charged, " and
fix I ni: hi h putiiMtiRiciit in the peni.
tnntiarv for ifn
The cae, which wai one of the
1110M interesting in the criminal
annal of CriMenden onuntv, dragged
out niuo day if trial, throe
days of which linir was spent ia
pccuring a jury. Two venire one
of 100 turn and a second of 7ft men,
were almnt exhauated before a jury
The case wan one of (he harden
fought in the court here aince the
trial nf George Sisco, charged rf
th killing nf Bertha Williamson, of
winch he wat acquitted, hcvera
years ago, and which attracted wide
Heir- of the Suliitigor estate
Deiectivo John W. Hutrhen,
of Louivllle, to ferret out the tnur.
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1 idays after Mr. Sullongur's disappear
r"'"Aiaoe in April 1 SKIS. A month
later Kincsi Slajdcn, a of
the murdered man, wan arrested on a
warrant twoin out hy Detective
Hiitchcn, laiug the crime at hi
When Sla)dcn was arraigned a From the Murl ho tool up the dam-few
weeks later for examining trial aging chain of circumstaucial nvi
Clothes are like Women-Some fit while others
So take the Maid-to-Measure, and not the ready -
S. E. PERLBERG y GO'S., Tailors, Chicago
WE AK THEIR EXCLUSIVE REPtESENTATTVIS
IN CRITTENDEN CIRCUIT
ho waived an ex -41111114 1 ion and the
iCllM, wen, beto're ihi grand jury.
and an iudiciment for wilful murder
j returned. The cae con tin
tied from the Nor mhi'r to hc March
term, which began here twit wcels
ago. The cmc wa called for trial
tho fourth day "f the preienl term
About one hundred witnce were
cxawincd, aizly of there by the
were arraigned on both aides of the
cane aud a battle wan waited between
the. Hon L. H .lames and May
r John W. Blue, represented the
defeooo while the proaecution
was represented by Commonwealth's
Attoroev John L, tirayot, County
Attorney Henderson and Hon. A.
C. Moore, the latter being employed
by the relatives of the murdered
ban to assist iu the prosecution.
After tho hoarini; of tho evidenco
which follow! below, the ablest
arguments ever heard in a criminal
case here, were made on hot It ides.
McHurn .lame and Bhit mud- 11
faithful fittht fur ihuir client, while
the prorriilioii imtiHerved well the
tntercKtti if tho C immonwcalth.
The air.t argument waa made by
A. C. Monro The court mom wn
packed ti 1 1 p linntr, Haudini: room
beinir at a iircmium, Mr. Moore
launched into a wonderful analysis
of the Common wealth's ovidenco
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There isn't much difference in the PRICE
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Every garment made strictly to measure with a guarantee
of absolute satisfaction or money refunded.
COURT FOR MANY YEARS.
duiii'i, and iliroughuiii ih. iiiful
argument he was g'i n ihc clrt
H Men l lm. The aiml)i nf nun ful
cd stateuioiu nf wunemc wat held
up before tin jury in hiuIi iiImiii
cloUCtit aud IniMcul tllililHT that a
t chain of unbroken facia tiuiniin in
J the defendant') guilt.
Mr. Moore was fnllnwed Mr.
Blue for the defence, who held tho
audience under a spell as he followed
the evidence aud picked every Hit.
K"'r tiioro than two hnurs Mr Blue
rpoko, following, with wonderful
analytical fore,, every inta i the
evidence. He made a wonderful
fight for his client.
Mr. Blue was followed by ,tutit
Attorney Carl Henderson fur the
Commonwealth. His was one of the
tolling arguments of the cast With
out preliminary, and with
characteristic of him, he launched
into iho caso, taking tip Halwiii
pmn nf evidence agaiuot Slatdin.
Ill aid lul
nf the held the auIU'lnc
and jur) olmu in dm ea-e, aud his
mguoietit left a lariiug iinprctiinri
upon IiIh hcarcrh.
Mr. Henderson was fn(lot ity
lr, .lames iln follow nm iMirning,
Mr .Ihiiics made one ! In uiihI
itiMliil etlnrt!". Willi hut
tuirglii to slaiid upnn, lif
lil elli'lllh side "I tin- hullii with
it wonderful oid I'micr
ilic fnrco and logic nl ln
made that don't
$13.50 to WOO
tho sting wag removed from many of
the Btatcaaiants mado by the Common
wealth witnesses. He tcviewed
the ponderoue chain of testimony
from the beginning, and had time to
lirl away from the testimony and
sway the audienca with elmjuent
thenrctioal pictures nf rhat might
The olosing speech was made by
John Grayot, Commonwealth attorney.
Mr. Orayot had watched tho
argunents of the other attorneys and
attempted to touch upon the salient
points left by them. He also reviewed
the evideoee of both sides.
Ilia analysis of the evidence was listened
to with rapt attention from the
start, and his was a masterly effort
for the vindication of the law.
Throughout the long trial Earnest
Slayden and hia wife sat near the bar.
Slayden displayed a keen interest in
every movo mado. His face was at
most times serious, but at interval-,
when his attorneyH appeared to make
a point in his favor, or make some
sally of sarcasm toward a Common,
wealth witness, a smile was seen upon
his pale face. Slaydcn's wife, a
daughter of the murdered man, was
loyal to him from the time of his arrest
until the jury pronounced the
sentenco upon him, Mrc. Slayden
keenly enjoyed anything that tended
to discredit Commonwealth witnesses,
even though the witness was a member
of her own family. She appeared
t feel assured from the first that
her husband would go acquit. She
sobbed pitenusly when the jury's
verdict was read by the clerk, and
remained close at the aide of the con.
demned man, as long as he was in
the court roowj.
In U of hours after the verdict was
hears the1 crowd that had attended
the conrt day after day had slipped
away to their respeetiva homes. It
ia not known what 8laydcn's attor
neys will do, but it is probahly no
rffnrt will he mad to appeal.
The crime for which Slayden was
convicted was one of the most
in thn criminal annals of this
potion. On the night of April 24,
1!08, .lames F. Sullenger, a well
known and highly respected farmer-L
nf the Irma neighborhood sixteen
miles north west of Marion, mysteriously
disappeared. Tho following
day a search revealed his dead bodv
in an old abandoned well on his
farm When tho body ws drawn
frni tho well several chntlv wnu''
told lhat a datardly murder IihH
been committed, NntucrniiR circuni
stances ehowing a deep-laid pint t
murdor and conceal tho body w. r.
Nn saw the blnnu )i
killed the aged victim, and for ilu
the case was nrrnunded in mvctor
Friends and relatives nf the ).''
man, realizing thn atrociousnss nf
the deed employed John W. Hutohen.
a liOiiisville defective. Mr. Hutch
en camo to Crittenden and went into
the cae. For rek he lahornl
Gathering and briuginc to light th'
evidence that, when presented before
a jury, brought a vurdict of iruiltv
Tlii. mntivp. an it unnnarnf) frnm tlin
evidence, and upon which tie jury'yj)
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ui'u 11 r viuuuu 111 was
murdor for gain. It was apparent
frmu the evidenco that Ernest Slayden
thougnt to Fecure about $1 -100
from the person of the man he killed
and that he would, by brinirini: about
the death of the old man, enii"
division of the estate, in which
Slaydcn's wife had an interest.
To strengthen this motive the
Common wealth made a strong point
about the correspondence of Slaydon
and the McCnol woman in St. Louia,
which correspondence was admitted
by Slayden and not controverted by
the defense. This letter was con-
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siuerea oy iuo uomn'OHweaun as one
of tin strongest circumstances showing
the motivo for the nrime. It
was adroitly secured from the hands
of the MoCool woman by the astute
mind of Detective Hutoheo, who by
shrewd moves caused Slayden 10 ad
mit that he penned the letter.
Detective Hutohcn, dispite the
fact that every effort was made to
discredit him, wns uncontroverted in
a single instance. The Sullenger
family who employed him have nothing
but praiso for his absolute fairness
and thoroughness in running
down the murder.
The closing of the oase ended the
criminal docket for the present term.
(Continued on Second Page)
SHALL MARION HAVE k
BASE BALL TEAM?
In obedianco to a iall of J. H.
Ormo, quito a number of base ball
lovers met to detcrmind tho one and
all important question shall Marion
havo a ball team?" And we
are now prepared to say yes. and
better than ever. The only thing iu
qustion was the ground, and wo arc
also proud to say the committee of
C. S. N'unn, J. H. Orme and V. V.
Hayncshas had soveral places pffcred
The committee is desirous of puruhas
ing a suitable place and make a per
minent park. We arc also prepared
to state the old reliable batterv
Oossago and Grimes will be with us
The most mthusiastie ones present
at the meeting, were E. J. Hayward,
O. R. Hurley, W. V. Haynes, C
W. Haynes, Gus Taylor, John A.
Moore, C. S. Nunn, J. H. Orrae,
John W. Wilson, C. V. Pranks and
T. H. Cochran.
NIGHT RIDERS APPEAR
Hopkinsville, Ky., March 25.
Two notes signed "Night Kiders"
were loft at the gates of Frank Long
and Carnctt Fields, giving them
forty-eight hours to clear out, or
bear the consequences.
Long hickory switches and a match
accompanied the warnings.
Both men are croppers ou the farm
of John O. Barnes, noar this city.
Barnes also roceived a note, which
was loft in the keyhole oj his workshop,
warning him to got rid of
Long and Fields on tho penalty of
Barnes is a successful farmer mid
All throe are members nf the
furmers association. Thev will not
leave. Tliev are full v nrmed mid
will not resent any intrusions. I
AN APIL RAIN OF
SPRINGTIME BARGAINS g
April net only showers you with Bargains It fairly Pours them f(J
at you. But you must Le in the right place to receive the benefit of iT
this big rain. That place is in this store. Just to show you what you V
may expect we print in this space, Several Examples of Money-Savers
In this Store you'll find twice as many other item., not advertised, but
with fully as Gr at Possibilities for
Suits for Fen and Boys.
Appaiel l'( r Cuting Wear.
Spring Shapes and Shades In Men's Hats.
A Big Sale of Little Notior.s.
Underwear at Light-weight Prices.
Shoes for Spring Days.
Spring Neckwear for Women.
Big Line of Dress Gcods at a Small Price.
All the Best Dress Ginghams a 10c per yard. (J)
All the Best Calico's at 5c per yard. (Tv
Hope Bleach Domestic S per yard. 2:
Apron Check Ginghams at 5c per yard. ?)
Hoosier Brown Domestic at 5c peryard. (J)
Don't take our worcj.
EIGHT NEGRO MEN DIE
WHILE FIGHTING APOSSE.
Hcnrctta, Okla., March 2ti Reports
received here at noon Thursday
from the sceno of tho battle between
the posse of officers and
at Hickory Ground Wednesday
night say that eight negroes were
killed and several wounded.
Only one of the pnp, Op"'
Sheriff Fowler, was injured. Hnw
serious is not known. A call for
physicians was received here during
the morning, and two Hcnryetta
gcons 7cnt to the settlement TJie
negroes ambushed the posse.
The fight was a series of duels
fought from tree to tree, the negroes
gradually retreating before the dead,
ly firo of thn officers, finally barricading
themselves in their huts, from
which they could not be dislodged.
There were only twelve men in the
poaco and they faced a mob of 500
blacks. The fight was desperate.
The negroes tried to surround the
officers, but were driven back.
As the fight progressed, reinforce
ments worn sent from Hcnryetta,
until the white attacking party numbered
between 50 and 75. Tho
fight was continued at intervals alt
It ceased at daybreak and neither
side made a move until about 10
o'clook Thursday morning, when another
Three hundred shots were fired..
No further casualties have been reported.
Four nagroes have been
placed under arrest. A message for
assistance was sent the sheriff, of
Okmulgee county, but he refused,
because Hickory settlement is just
over the line of Mcintosh county.
The advisability of appealing- for
State troops was overruled by the
'whites, beoauso the aotiog Governor
was slow in sending assistance when
the Crazy Snake Indians threatened
a massacre last year at Hickory
The trouble started when officers
tried to find horse thieves in the
settlement. They were driven back,
first, but later returned.
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