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NINETEENTH YEAR.
EARLINGTON. HOPKINS COUNTY, KY., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1908.
No. 52
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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