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. ' Wi&&;m jwfcrj i NINETEENTH YEAR. EARLINGTON. HOPKINS COUNTY, KY., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1908. No. 52 iWM, t&jgr ,, sO..'A rRfe , r w J-""m. VlL 1 1 v 'SSsSSS&sif'jte' ,i V W- Li STATE'S WITNESS AJJNION CITY Tells Fearful Story of the Night riders Work In Tennessee. Wcmm and Men Were Whipped Without any Reason Being Given. Union Oity, Tonn., Dec. 1 Surrounded by six soldiers with rifles,Frnnk Fohnngor,ono of tlio "night riders" who has turned state's evidence, was, brought into court today to testify against his alleged associates. The sol dicrssat down inside the railing, facing tho throng. Fehringor said be was one of the first members of the band. The oath bo took was : "I sol ifcmnjy swear that I wish to join tho Society of Night Riders, and that I will never write, tell or talk about anything that hap pened upon the rides or in con ference." This is tho shorter form of tfeo oath. A longer one was administered toothors. Feb ringer knew all tho defendants nnd had accompanied them ou many rides prior to tho killing of Captain Rankin. Tho "night riders' "garb consisted of long black coats and black masks, trimmed in white, some with false beards attached. Some times members failed to appear for rides, and on those occasions tho riders went after tho miss ing men and forced them to go. IHdn't Xncnr Why Thty Whipped Thm. Often the riders whipped meu and women without knowing why, except tho captain ordered it. Onco when the grand jury waB in session and several meu who had been whipped had been snmmoucd, Garrett Johnson sent a general order to hang one of the men who testified. They caught a witness named John Suaw on his way to court near Sleepy Hollow, whipped him savagely and sent him home. Ho did not testify. Several pros pective witnesses were treated similarly, but few of them, will tell of it even now, so great ib their fqftfc "Old man Bogus,", no other name known, testified as to tho burning of fish docks by the rid ers. The outlaws met a few nights later and got into a row as to whether to hnug Bogus or only to whip him, but Bogus never was at homo when the mon called. The riders wont to tho homo of John Thurman one night to tell Thurman, s daughter, Mrs. Joseph Johnson, to withdraw her suit for divorce. They whipped Thurman because ho would not urge his daughter to live with her husband again. On the night of tho rido Johnson, husband of tho woman, was with them. A few nights later Mrs. Johnson, who is young and pratty, but who married au old man, was taken to tatvodds near by and fearfully wBped. WMitWl Wr the Si&nl . Whoa, a "night rider" ap. proached n place of mooting ho gave two long whistles and one ehort oue. The sentry replied, with tho samo whistle and thou called: ,rVho comes there?" The reply was, "The seven won dera." Then tho sontry replied, MI wonder," and admitted the member. The defendants smiled and looked at each other as the ivhigtlojand passwords were re peated in court. Just before the murder of Cap tain Rankin, tho riders decided to make a raid ou Tiptouville to hill Judge Harris. Tiptouville heard of it and the outlaws tiiiiri.nnnrl tlmtr Tilrvt. OntrklUJir .y ..... r.yvi w.ww. 10th tho ridors learned that Rankin and Judge Taylor were at tho Walnut Log Hotel. Tid Burton, one of the defendants, told Fehringer to notify tho band to meet that night to attend to Rankin and Taylor. Fehringor got ono of Garrett Johnson's horB&s and rode all day, sum moning tho baud. Theriders met near Johnson's that night and cho witness includpd the eight dofondants, name by name. Then tho witnesslescribed the murder of Captain Rankin and tho escape of Colonel Taylor. Fehringor was arrested by the militia after tho deed and taken beforo Governor Patterson, who was personally in command. "Tell tho truth," said Patterson. "If you do I will give you an absolute pardon." Then ho con fessed. . CHRISTIAN COUNTY FARMERS HAVE BEEN INTIMIDATED. Joined Awociation Through Fear and now Want to Sell Tobacco, Hopkinsville, Ky. Dec. Stating that a number of 17.-Chris- tian county citizens had been driven into the Planter's Protec tive Association by night riders, President Lem R. Davis, of the newly organized Farmers' So ciety, has addressed a letter to General Manager Ewing, of tho older organization, asking if tho conscripts will be released from their pledges on making affidavits that they were intimidated into joining tho association. He claims that the farmers deeire to sell their product in the tiow or ganization. His letter is as fol lows: , "Hopkinsville, Ky., Dec. 13, Um-r-The Hon. Felix GL Ewing, General Manager,5uthrie,Ky., Dear Sii It has developed that a number of citizens of Christian couttty, Ky., joined tho Planters' Protective Association on ac count of being intimidated. Their solo object in affiliating with your organization was to protect their property and to prevent the night riders from shooting into their houses and burning their barns, and perhaps taking their lives. Under these circumstances they feel that they have the right to sell theic to bacco in our organisation, at their act in joining the Planters1 Protective Association woe not: voluntary, but was broughtabout on account of the universal feel ing in our county of fear. Now, I write you to ascertain if the association will release from their pledges all members who will muke affidavit that they joined tho association on account of fear and to protect their prop erty. It is my pleasure to re main, yours truly, L. R. Davis, "Prosidout Farmers' Mutual To bacco Association." NIGHT RIDEES STILL ACTIVE. One Farmer Whipped Near Mayfield Be cause He Tried to Sell Crop, May field, Ky., Deo. 19. Link Quurles, of the Dukedom sec tion, who it is reported, made an attempt to soil his tobacco, which had beeu signed to tho association, to outside parties, wan taken out and given a whip ping, whilo his neighbor John Vaughu, it is alleged, was given a waruiug that if ho did not stick to his association pledge he would bo given a whipping. Quarles and Vaughn are promi nent citizens. The trial of Bob Garrett who was charged with selling tobacco pledged to the association to in dependent buyers, was set for December 29. Hundreds of farm era were here aud much interest wag manifested. 30,000,000 RED CROSS STAMPS Have Been Sold by the National Fed Cross Society. 600,000 TO BE SOLO IN KENTUCKY. Louisville, Ky., Dec. 28. "Wo havosold 80,000,000 Rod Cross Christmas Stamps aud orders for more are coming in by every mail. The demand is altogether beyond our expectations, and our printers are as much em barassed by them as we are. The whole country is fired with the enthusiasm of tho crusade against tuberculosis, which has taken the attractive form of the holiday stamp." Those words were writton by OharleB L. Magee, Secretary of the National Red Cross Society, which instituted the Christmas Stamp thib year as a national aid in the fight on tuberculosis, help- iug it to expand from a local ex perimeut, as which it was tre mendouBly successful in Dela ware last year. The Society has beeu so overwhelmed with the demand for stamps that tho presses are running day and night in an effort to supply it. iventucKy is mow engaged in selling 00,000 stamps which have been placed in Louisville aud twenty-five other cities of this State. They have gone at the rate of 100,000 a week in this city alone, and the rate is in creasing every day. The rapidity with which the stamp is being need -up in the cities where it has been placed on sale testifies to the enthusiasm with, which it is boing .handled than in those cities. Frankfort, Shelbyville, Bowling Greeu, Munfordville, Henderson, Owousboro, Paducah and have all Bhown great interest and increasing s&les. Jo some of the cities it has uot been fouud pRsible to place stamps. Those who desire to take part in the great work that is being done through it may e cure as many stamps as desired by sending to tho headquarters of the Christmas Stamp Com mittee, 121 Weet Chestnut st.. ILouisviile. They cost a cent apiece. DR. E, L. TOWELL TO WID- The Bride-Elect an Accomplished Woman Who Was Bora in India. Rev. E. L. Powell, D. D., an nounces his engagement to Dr. Anna M. Gordon. Mrs. Gordon is a highly accomplished woman. She was born in India, of Bul lish parents, and is a graduate of the University of Bombay and the University of Brussels, for a number of years Mrs. Gordou has been engaged in missionary work. She is well known iu Kentucky and to the members of the First Christian church congregation of Louisville. Her home at present is in Philadel phia. The ceremony, will be performed in February, the ox act date not yec having been fixed. ; ' MAKING STEEL AT GABY. Actual Manufacture Began at New (er and Great Mills are Placed in Operation, Cen Hammond, Ind., Deo. 21, Ac tual manufacture of steel was begun at Gary today when blast furnacop No. 12 was l)lown. The $25,000,000 mills are hi active operation and the worX will be increased until 25,000 men will be eujoyed. COL TAYLOR TELLS OF THE ASSASSINATION Night Riders Hung and Shot liawyer RanRIn While he 1 - Plead for Life. ESCAPE of survivor, SOLDIER OF THE COFEDERACY. Union City, Tonn., Dec In a pathetic recital of the "night rider" deeds at Reelfoot Lake in August, Colouol R. Z. Taylor, one of the intended victims, who swam to safety, to-day gave the strongest testimony against the men on trial for having taken the life of Captain Rankin. Colopel Taylor was awakened by Ward's call, and the same lDBtaut a rear window of his room wub raised, two guns were thrust in followed by two mask ed heads. Not a word was spok en until the leader of the band eutered (the door. The night riders separated Taylor from Rankin, and Taylor did not see Rankin from the time they left the room until he saw Rankin murdered. The mon told Taylor they in tended to kill him. When the "night riders" reached the fork ed ash tree on the hank of the slough they marched Rankin to wig tront 01 tne tree. The rope was adjusted and . thrown over the fork, and then one "night rider said : "Give him time to pray. "I have attended to that," was Rankin's reply. sgr.llftots at Heading Victim - ,Qri-ofthemaskecLband seized tho rope and drew Rankin up The tree was inclined a trifle and they raised the body until the toes scarcely touched the ground. From the swaying fig ure came the muffled appeal "Xjou are choking me, gentle men, I pray you to let me down." Then one of the men fired a into the body of Rankin shot Taylor turned to hjs captors and said: "lam tired, gentle men; let me sit down." He crouched to his knoos, ready to spring, and waited until the guns were empty. When the firing ceased he jumped into the slough. Instantly the firing was renewed. Taylor dived, but heard the bullets striking tho water. Ho swam to a large log but did not know whether it was ft. Ho reached the Jog and fouud it was fast in the slough. Ho was safe. Tho bullets struck tho log like hale in a storm, but after a time they ceased. Lay in Water for Two Hoars. For two hour tho aged veterau of many battles lay iu the water graspiug the log, and whdn all sounds had ceased he swnm to tho opposite side and took to tho woods. He wandered all day, following a course marked by tho moss, which he know was heav iest on the north side of the tree. His eyesight began to fail and he suffered from thirst, Then ho imagined that he saw masked men iu oeyry thicket. He hid in the cane brakes until Wednesday when thirst drove him out and into the arms of his friends. Just before the night riders killed Rankin, Taylor said: "Gentlemen, I am an old man, I cannot expect to livo many years more, uy Killing mo you will not he cheating me of much But Rankin is a young man with many yoata before him. "Do not kill him." The loader cur tly replied: "Shut up." The aged witness made a pro found impression. At times his amotions overcame him aud loncMie half turned, droiiaaj hi . - head into his hands and sobbed as the scenes of that awful night passed again beforo his eyes. Tho old man was asked only on9 question on cross-examina tion whothor ho recognized auv of the mon positively tho night of tho crime. His reply was negative. TAFT'S OCCUPY COTTAGE, Family Setilts Down for Rest and President Elect Spends Morn ing Playing Golf. ihe Augusta, Ga.,Doc. 21. The Taft family took possession ef Terrett cottage today, moving from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, where they had been guests since their arrival here. Miss Helen will bo here to com plete the family circle in a few days. Mr. Taft spent the morn ing on the golf links. ELECTRIC TRAMWAY. To Be Built From Robardj to Green River to Haul Coal. Sebree, Ky., Dec. 21. The Panama Coal and Ooak company located at Robards, Ky., has been sold to a West Virginia company for a consideration of $86,000. The new company has taken control of the mines and is making necessary repairs and building offices and other build ings. The new company', it is Baid, will build an electric trainway to Green river, a dis tance of three or four miles, for shipping their output by river. They will use electricity and compressed air for the oper ation of their mines. J. M Mfl ler, the manager, isayoung man full of push and energy and thoroughly understands milling. NO ZXTSA SESSION OF LEG ISLATURE WILL BE CALLED. Revenue of Sate Will Meet School Ap propriation That Must be Paid. Frankfort, Ky., Dec, 19. Gov. Willson tonight put at rest all rumors that he wouldjcall an extra session of the Legislature for tho purpose of providing funds for payment of the big school appropriation, held con stitutional by the Court of Ap peals. The Governor expressed the opinion that the State treas ury will bo able to tide things over until tho regular seseion of the General Assembly can con vene. Ho suggests that the banks will be willing to handle the Au ditors' check when the Treasurer is compelled to ooaso payment upon the State warrants. BRADLEY SPECIAL WILL RUN TO WASHINGTON. Kentucky Republicans Will go in Force to the Inauguration of Taft Frankfort, Ky., Deo. 17. Gov. Willson and his full staff, in uuiform, aud nearly all the prominout Republicans iu Ken tucky will go to Washington on March 2 on the Bradley special, which is to leave Louisville ou tho Chesapeake and Ohio rail road on the morning of March 2. The party from Kentucky will number about 500 aud it is ox expected that nearly all of them will march in tho inaugural pa rade. In that parade, as well as on tho train, every member of the party will wear a Bradley hat like the white oue which Seuator-olect Bradley made fa mous when he was Governor of Kentucky, Each member of the party will also carry a cane which was cub from tho Lincoln farm in L&ruo cewntv. NIGHT RIDERS ACTIVE AGAIN Burn Tobacco Barn Belonging to Civil War Veteran and Other Property. CROP HAD BEEN RAISED CHIEFLY BY VETERAN'S WIFE AND DAUGHTER Eddyville, Ky., Dec. 22. Last night about midnight three or four unknown men wont to tho home of James McDonald, an old Civil war veteran, who lives abou$ four miles from Eddyville", between tho rivers, and setJfire to his burn, in which was stored the produce of about four acres of tobacco, which had mostly been raised by his wife and children. Tho barn and its contents were totally destroyed. They then proceeded to a point on tho Cumberland River about four miles above Eddy ville, on the opposite side, where was stored. about 6,000 hickory spokes belonging to the sons of of tho owner of the barn, They sprinkled the spokes all over with coal oil and set them on fire and beat a hasty retreat in to the woods. Their retreat attracted the at tention of the Rev. Adam Knooh, an aged minister, who lives in the vicinity, who, upon investi gation, discovered the Bpokes on fire. , By heroic efforts the old man was able to save most of them. It is not known whether the men were disguised or not. The McDonals are reported, to have .had fiome trouble with their neighbors and this is supposed to be a matter of private ven geance. It is feared that more trouble will follow, is the Mo Donalds have the reputation of being hard fighters. This being in one of the night rider seotions of the country it has naturally created considerable sensation. The soldiers were immediately called into requisition, but were unable to get across the river and no arrests have been made. MISTRIAL IN BANXEES CASE. Hung Jury In Trial of Parrish at Hawes Yllle Eight Jurers for C?nYi?tlonv Hawesville, Ky., Dec. 21. At 9 ;10 o'clock this morning Judge Kelley discharged the jury in the James H. Parrish bank pros ecution case after 48 houw of disagreement, and two weeks' trial. Egiht of the jurors vere for conviction and four for ac quittal, The trial is corrtmued Until the March term, J The defendent Bpentl Sunday' aud Sunday night in a iroom of the jail, but his wife was allow ed to remain with him. He is cheerful today, aud he and his brothers and their families shook hands with the jurors, 'and thankful then. A hnug jury seems to be the best that the de fendant's attorneys expocted. Night Rider Cases go Over. Benton, Ky., Dec. 17. In the Circuit Court the night rider canes were called, hut on ac count ot tho absence of tho Com monwealth's witueesoa they were all continued until tho April term of court. J. A. Suratt, of Elva, was tried on a chargo of attempted assault ou Mrs, G. O. Barnes, 'of the same vicinity, and was given two years iu the peuitentiary. A good, mce ex h a friend, Ihr M 1 41 :-y