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mes. age . It a: t , ,:
i , each otil'r t
~and the Cr
,packed t :i :.
in the prct
¶ben, while I :i
down creek l
m in si!'rnec.
s Xlo ly and d !
askin' too mC . ,
p pint one a "
adt," was t;:
te boy a < , . ,
t a y notl; .'
of t- ese foll.i
;i L'llng with n
the end of som.
"Hit's ritit b v.:. 't
they rounded a ion!
nad came upon a :: i.r:t of
hOse attitudes e , i n :, '
light conveyed a i'ubt,: ,uLgg ,S
you, Samson?" canll an old
"ice, which was stil l r delp
, nc' Spencer." re p id the
followed a silence unbroken
the mule reached the group, re
that besides the buy another
d a strange man-had joined
n', stranger," they grce:ed
pavelY; then again thv fell
tand in their silence was evi
byar man's a furriner," an
Samson, briefly. "Hie fell
a rock an' got hurt. I 'lowed
him home ter stay all night."
ederly man who had hailed the
adled, but with an evident an
It seemed that to him the
Irferred as to a commanding
. he cortege remounted and
sowly toward the house. At last
y man came alongside the
,where was ye last night?"
a my business."
hit ain't." The old moun
spoke with no resentment, but
.lmty. "We've been powerful
Wbout ye. Hev ye heered the
news?" The boy put the
s' ury was shot this mora
ehsafed no reply.
mall rider done told hit ..
* shot five shoots from the
* - . Purvey han't died vit
S. ng says as how his folie
. tar Lexington fer blood
* eyes began to smolder
. be spoke slowly, "he
i4tat none too soon."
SThe old man's voice rhu
-- determined auth ,
l.e'll be the head
so ldna es I'm a-ri.
'y I keeps my wor,
toalile. I reckon
who got yore 1
*0O South hain't
Vtice dropped its s- ,c
SShrili cres 'et i.,
,beflashed out i : r'-:
a South has d "
outh gazed --, chinig:,
satin' ter suspicion y
l know how ye fe'lk
ap, I heered thet I
by hyar yistiddy plun'I
an' 'lowed he'd seen
Asberry a-talkin' tor
Yore pap was kilt.
Sabruptly, then added:
from hyar last night,
it twell atter sunup-- I
She zseas, an' come ter
t'lfu' thet I shot tlheim
t.·lurel?" inquired Sam
hn't 'lowin' hit, Sa
ib shore thet Jesse
I *Ill 'low hit. They're
rTe life like a hostage
o . E he dies they'll
a challcnge about
was now drawing.
IOth's yard fence. His
, ut he made no an
"In the fast place, Sanmson. we !,int
a-syin' ye doe do e hit. In the iex' plate:,
of ye did do hit we hain't a lI' h in'
ye-- iuc h. i lh.t I i'ck 'kan them . ".t ,.t
don't lie. an', l thI y trails in I,':r
Ye'll r.1 d u'. 'Ih t':; why w,'ve v ,one
TIhe he s; ir;,d (lnlin fr'ant hi: t
i :ii' ( ' r i i i:!i. I t ii 'i ' ] t"
it- f ii~" 1cnr,! . 1'I \ ·,' !i + j '0,r 1
hI: i: . :+ ,l th: i r r ut ,, t o a, ,
w~' V t;'.
T 1,: '"ii t.h¼cott It' g loom e:m
taio' ,o es ha ls, Yhanging at lhe
Oi"a r, !, C- I 1.!111 ??:tlo<'c'Tlt, Fit.'¢t Ii(-)? of-1:, ll
! a'. n . ;,l ,, r il, re.ady toy -t: 1d
sea hs of, is jead all alike awai'elinhisd,
hand i:: th oe came in a slow ott mr
ce throuh whh ti robbot of the sten
a-(l yi' ' iver h' atho inhouse ast)o
a l tl shavers t years olhed .with
lma:sion, tI:s h t:,,I s, hanging at trh
sseams ofuy hired son breees, clinchll
and his vo an' Iare in islw utty rap
that I'd fnd outgh wh thrt man twas,
an'I thet d agit 'em both-sose daPurvy's.
So help rme, God Almighty, I'm a-go'n
beI'm a-tellin' o all the trutpap lay
a-dyt in' didern't sthoot them shoots this
ornin'. I haven tno truceyears oldbuster.
ges ye ury hirand on hit.o ter kill
So help me, God Almighty, I'm a-goin'
thoug h t aking an oar thyll find
"'hyar, a-tellin' you-all the trus th ey'll
o right by hyar. I don't 'lowo ther r
orniay an' I hadon't 'low ter hide obuster. I
I'ves ye my hantd on hit .. . Ef
thFor a wgs come hyaere was no reply.
Thenyar, the older hain noddedliars they'll
go right by hyar. I don't 'low ter rnn
away, an' I don't 'low ter hide out. I'm
Then the older elan nodded with a
gesture of relieved anxiety.
"Thet's all we wants ter know, Sam
son," he said, slowly. "Light, men an'
In days when the Indian held the
Dark and Bloody Grounds a pionee -
felling oak and poplar logs for the
home he h meant to establish on the
banks of a purling watercourse, let his
ax slip, and the cutting edge gashed
his ankle. Since to the discovered be
longs the christening, that watercourse
became Crippleshin, and so it is today
set down on atlas pages. A few miles
away, as the crow flies, but many
weary leagues as a man must travel,
a brother settler, racked with rheuma
tism, gave to his creek the name of
Misery. The two pioneers had come
together from Virginia, as their ances
tors had come before them from Scot
land. Together they had found one
of the two gaps through the mountain
wall, which for more than a hundred
miles has no other passable rift. To
gether, and as comrades, they had
made their homes and founded their
race. What original grievance had
sprung up between their descendants
none of the present generation knew
perhaps it was a farm line or disputed
title to a pig. The primary incident
was lost in the limbo of the past; but
for fifty years, with occasional inter
vals of truce, lives had been snuffed
out in the fiercely burning hate of
these men whose ancestoers had been
Old Spicer South and his nephew
Samson were the direct lineal desien
dants of the "amer of Misery. Their
kinsmen dwelt about them: the Souths,
the Jaspers. the Spicers, the Wilerys,
the Millers and McCagers. Other fam
ilies, related only by marriage and
close association, were, in feud align
ment, none the less "Souths." And
over beyond the ridge, where the
springs and brooks flowed the other
way to feed Crippl, shin, dwelt the
Hollmans, the Purvises, the Asberries,
the Holli'es and the Daltons-men
equally strong in their vindictive
fealty to the code of the vendetta.
By mountain stardards old Spicer
South was rich. His lands had been
claimed when tracts could be had for
the taking, and, though he had to make
his cross mark w'. , there was a con
tract to be signed. his instinctive mind
was shrewd and f r seeing. The tinkle
of his cowbells was heard for a long
distance along -he creek bottoms. His
hillside fields wrre the richest and his
coves thie mors r"tile in that country.
SSome day, when a railroad should bur
row through his secthn, bringing the
development of coal and timber at the
head of the r. il;, a sleeping fortune
would yawn :. i awske to enrich him.
There were 1< -. k outcroppings along
the cliffs, whic! he knew ran deep in
veins of bituminous wealth. But to
that time he looked with foreboding,
for he had been raised to the stand
ards of his forefathers and saw in the
coming of a new ri g:me a curtailment
of personal libert!. For new-fangledi
ideas he held ,nr" the aversion of
deep-rooted prejidice He hoped that
he might I've ouit hi:, days and pass
before the forei;v'c: Jd his land and
the law became a power stronger than
the Individual or the clan. The law
was his enemy, because it said to him,
"Thou shalt not," when he sought to
take the yellow corn which bruising
labor had coaxed from scattered rock
strewn fields to his own mash vat and
still. It meart, :a:!o, a. tyrannous
power usually . it-' "d adrmie.s'
lyv ,prmies, which Ii ...rtook to torbid
i ana. ':cl rt.'.aert of persona
quarrels. 1But his eyes, v.i;,. .Ii
not read print, could read tit,
of the times. He foresaw 1!!'
itable c':ming of that day. Alr. .dN he
he had *. iv' n up tiit worm a; d I:iaushc
avat, alrd lio) longer :-lt.iigh tio inui' r
sell illicit liquor. !=hz..t ,s a . '
sion to the f('l(ral prover , I! (,u 6
d(l o p l lt!' " '(! - ' 'd , r .
tl t' " a ,t s lti , t i l,
(! 'r ,.:d a hu :ii:r for kn,il'.1 (L'.
"i'al \via : a rn: tttr in which ih, (!d
Imar foun 1!i.= bItt"'' A t and miu st e iS
cret a:,I ", , :: .i..
It i 't this h;sou-s that (,oirge
L Ios • in'uislihd landseape paint
or oif \ York and the world at larg',
arrii ni the ticw4i ;ht.
1)h or enemy might have to be
m t i(, ,, rrow, (ld Spieol r Smith l roe
o (nized as a more ire iniratd ', .all1
11pon hise att tion the w(:ln (lo(e giunsst
of t'' one of h in]d isnlen plroved
t > i a rude working knoh ledge of
t ' ing, and t ore the half hour
had t.i ';d Lescott s wrist was in a
splI,' and his injuries is well tendedl
as 1..sible, which proved to be quito
wel l en-igh.
While Spicer South and his cousins
had been s,:staining themselves or
building up ecinp'tences by tilling
their soil the leaders of the other fac
tion were basing larger fortunes on
the profits of m rechandise and trade.
So, although Spicer South could net
ther read nor write, his chief enemy,
Micah lto0lman, was to 01 :,,rd se em
Ing an urbano and fairly equipnod m'n
of affairs. Judged by their hendio t1
clansmen n ore rougher and more illit
erate on Misery, and in closer touch
with civilization on C('ripIpleshin. A
deeper scrutiny showed this seeming
to be one of the strange anomalies of
Micah Hollman had established him
self at fixon, that shack town which
had passed of late years from feudal
county seat to the section's one r-':'t
of contact with the outside world: a
town where the ancient and nlodr
orders brn-hied shoulders; wthere the
new wa.s tolerated, but dared not b,-"
come a:- ressive Directly across the
street from the courthouse stood '"
ample frame b',ilding, on whose zi U,
wall was embia7'xaed the lewa
"Hollman's Mammoth Departmen
Store." That was the secret ,tro:
hold of iollmnan pqwer. lie had l
ways spoken deplori;i.ly of that spirit
of la,'' n ess which had given the
moul.t . a bad ih,.le.
When 'eo "ailroad cam' to Flixon
it fe-' ld 7 Judge lIo!lman a "public
s tirit".! ctizen." Incidentally, the tim
ber that it hauled and the coal th+,.
its f!:'t cs carri, ad down to the Blue
grass w'r"- largely to his consignees
He had t' astutely 'anticipated coming
events t ' hen the first Gcouts of
capital ' t options they found
themc-hcE-lv nstantly referred to
Judge H hic -. No wheel, it seemed,
could tur- without his nod. It was
natural that the genial storekeeper
shout,, become the big man of the
ecr' 'mnit and inevitable that the one
bi' 'as- sh1ould become the dictator.
HF " ' rited place as leader of the
p !n::n s in the feud he had seem
in1I -vassed on as an obsolete pre
f, in business matters, he was
fonnd to drive a hard bargain, and
men came to regard it the part of
good policy to meet rather thran com
bat his requirements. It was essen
tial to his purposes that the officers
of the law in his ountry should be in
eymp'athy with him. Sympathy soon
became abject subservience. When a
South had opposed Jesse Purvy in the
primary as candidate for high sheriff
he was found one day lying on his
face with a bullet-riddled body. It
may have been a coincidence which
pointed to Jim Asberry, the judge's
nephew, as the assassin. At all events,
the judge's nephew was a poor boy,
and a charitabl grand jury declined
to indict him.
In the course ot five years several
South adherents, who had crossed
Holman's path, became victims of-the
laurel ambuscade. The theory of co
incidence was strained. Slowly the
rumor grew and persistently spread,
though no man would admit having
fathered it, that before each of these
executions star-chamber conferences
had been held in the rooms above
Micah Hollman's "Mammoth Depart
ment Store." It was said that these
exclusive sessions were attended by
Judge Hollman, Sheriff Purvy and cer
tain other gentlemen selected by rea
son of their marksmanship. When
one of these victims fell John South
had just returned from a law mscool
"down below," wearing "fotchefnrv"
clothing and thinking "fotched-on"
thoughts. He had amazed the com
munity by demanding the right to as
sist in probing and prosecuting the
affair. He had then shocked the com
munity into complete paralysis by re
questing the grand jury to indict not
alone the alleged assassin, but also
his employers, whom he named as
JudgA Hollman and Sheriff Purvy.
Then he, too, fell under a bolt from
That was the first public accusation
against the bland capitalist, and it car
ried its own prompt warning against
repetition. The judge's high sheriff
and chief ally retired from offie and
went abroad only with a bodyguard.
Jesse Purvy had built his store at a I
errc' . "i, miles from the rail- I
-eputh- for open-handed chbrity,
1 was fhi ed--rd h-or' , to ids
re 'i 1 ¾ounin ·ide, on which 71 rv.
,e .ft. T wiV 11'('1 , ovhe T! !<F
'1 of the t, rrr' tic clo d d t, 'v c i:l
't of his d .'s ,tod the i' ht-fo ot log('
,d stocka , e at the' r..r of t e p.", c. ,l
f which the] pr. pri., tor- . , d built to,-I
a I-ou, nd sor, . rt(.i t tons e f ury w1 ls
ýd 'not'. _f his st, r-- for isc tI(. ('1en
Il l,- ,11 i.it !lti sid], on whicih l'irvy
ito thatr lh(e 4,(d " itrkhet droad. ''tIee
, it im ) -tars of straihe'i i r tlling ont
him. The robutwi , fu had relblooderd from
ise wounds shoint dp lhaines taken a lesh as
c- charmo d life. And in grisly remindr
.1 of the trrorhat elih cloudzed the lea'd g'
1 him," et he soughtd the eight-foot log
.d stockade at the r.ar of the place,
rf which the prakfpritor had built to
ir shield his daily journeys between
a house and store. fort thse da'urvy was
dt net dlueor by his escapes. nhe knew
o that lie was "marked down.'"
The years of strain were telling on
him. The robust, full-blooded face
s was showing deeup lines: his flesh was
)r growing flaccid; his glance tinged
g with quick apprehension barrelsie told hicrakr
c. intimates that he realized "they'd get
n him," yet and e sought to prolong his
P. term of escape.
- ThYest clourday morning Jesse Purvy had
y, risen early as usual, and, after a sat
I- isfying breakfast, haind gone to his
store to arrange for the day's busi
ness. One or two of his henchmen,
t. see.,ing loafers, but in reality a body
li guard, were lounging within call. A
Swomarried daughter was chatting witsh
Sher father while her young baby.
Splayed among the barrels and cracker
- The daughter went to a rear win
h dow and gazed up at the mountain.
t The cloudless skies were still in hid
"I E xotedn't Atkn moot cMuchoWll
1 ing behind a curtain of mist. The
woman was h idly watching the vanish
Si r r t
th he didd ln ofte . Itoo n fleft hi
ex Te hethme o she t ate ousn
t arded Thlase ots nts ofured
siyns tirty sec the assasin was shairp
weda. at the hinll was ain al
uethias the std bryen tud,. wlkided t
I the middle of the tore, andi Pel.
d ted encven he to the o
e s"ae. Theya epeA s ooad M uh Wnd
e , noed.nThem mountaigs? a r "g uld
, ieg bet warit. had her at de cinase
Sa the middle of the tor, rand v sel
eshre hmid athe wad aowis hte wmah
e his ka nd say id. and out of ... uic'
Sti np he od entoAt oltenvdnt. he lefhi
e eixsed f brle ut the oast casu.ti
A g ntd life mountains moens o re o
] haved vgle cance.d bHe sto dter Inthes
' siadby the iry seofns the a sarpe fdsu-e
n ila des ofc ani aed ontsre de oiut t
h was saer cared bghome h ls e i int at
Shis ha back and out of the quick-pe
t sands of death Atale outl ns, henould
Sfight for life totai, the last gasp.e
S Twentyh m niles away in the core o
- the ailderness, removed from a raiel
- road by athe score of semi-perpendicula
n miles, a fanatic had once decided to
- Afound a school.
C uch as cared to come dsuchi things asthe
Spital, with a modern operating table
re and a case ohf surgical instrument,
- shich, it was said, the state could not
e surparle ss. h asas
t To th is haven Jesse Purvy, the mur-e
S de r lord, was borne in a l itter carried
s. on thea shoulders of his depeients.
. Here, as his stei adfast guardian star
So decreed, he found tao prominent ed
tcal visitors, who hurried him to the
mohed to a white bed, with the June
lated through drawn blinds, and the
illsJune rustle and bird chorus in hm s
. ears-and his own thoughtu ii hat s
SConsriods, but in aeat pltn, tr arvr
d beckoned Jim Afberry and Aaron Hold
', lid, bJu cn, e of r'seaygunrdr, to his b:!
;and v avd the nurre back cut of
r.1jI, t ,( ,,' k .., ' ' t, ,,, . l
t ton of nt
rt1 11 b!,] t 1;1111 C, , . 1
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1. !; ',':,out (. :~
rý,tc( ' tit e l, f ". ' . Jj it:,'
! ;v !.h brought b, e,;c ,,rc. " 1 :I't
iw'( l I ae'' ha ,
v, hat thr-y are. '! hat ri rn'. bi:.,;:. -".
If l don't di,,, eac :u e,,., until
t I give other ordIrs.
"If I get well and Snm,,ira .<in h is
killed mreannbhibl I waf,' lie,' ingi
r either. It wouldl h ye life fr hi>.
Keep close to him. 'The i'nnua yoi
hear of my death-get him." He
paused :gain, then supleln'rnt, (1,
"You two will find sonmething mighty
interestin' in my will."
It was afternoon when P'urvy
reached the hospital. and, at nightfall
of the same day, there arrived at his
o store's entrance. on stumbling, hard
ridden mules, several meu, followed
by two tawny hounds whose long ears
flapped over their lean jaws, and
whose eyes were listless and tired, but
whose black muzzles wrinkled and
sniffed with that sensitive instinct
which follows the man scent. The ex
sheriff's family were instituting pro
ceedings independent of the chief's or
ders. The next morning this party
plunged into the mountain tangle and
beat the cover with the bloodhounds
The two gentle-faced dogs picked
their way between the flowering rho
dodendrons, the glistening laurels, the
r feathery pine splrouts and the moss
covered rocks. They went gingerly
and alertly on ungainly, cushioned
feet. Just as their masters were de
spairing they came to a place directly
over the store, where a branch had
been bent back and hitched to clear
the outlook and where a boot heel
had crushed the moss. There one of
them raised his nose high into the
air, opened his mouth, and let out a
long, deep-chested bay of discovery.
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