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 - CONSTITDTIONi ATLAS'i'A. GA« through - - COL....
CONSTITDTIONi ATLAS'i'A. GA« through - - COL. CHAPMAN Bid. He Tells of Wellborn Colquitt's Harrow . Escape from Death. THE STRONGHOLD ON SAND MOUNTAIN, Where the Desperate Fight with the Desperadoes Occurred— A Host Lively Time. ; - - Colonel W, H. Chapman returned last evening from Fort Payne. Ala, where the clashing between moonshiners and government men took place. The adventure was certainly a thrilling one. The fortress of the mountaineers whose capture was so much desired by Uncle Sam's men was beneath shelving and overhanging rocks In a deep ravine. This was covered by a thick growth of bushes and shrubs, and by stones and other means of protection, and it lias been there a long while without being disturbed. ft This immediate trouble started several weeks ago when a deputy collector went to serve some papers and as he rode away his hat and coat were riddled with shot and bullets. Early the past week Deputy Collector Colquitt with twelve men went to the place to capture the moonshiners. They crossed over the ravine, exposing themselves to the shots from within. The men operating the still were Clayton and Tap Sprouse, John Webb and a brother. Berry Sprouse, Amos and George Klrke were believed to be interested in the still. There were but four in the fortification, but they were a tower of strength against the government force. In the exchange of shots Deputy Marshal Jackson was hit and tuts deterred the men from recrossing. Deputy Collector Colquitt then went back and got a dynamite bomb. This he carried forward and threw at the ln - trenchment. It struck a tree and bounded to within several feet of the officer, where It ex - He was not hurt by It, but it was a miraculous escape. In the meanwhile John Webb had fallen, instantly killed by a bullet in his braiD, and one of the Sprouses was injured. organized the band. There were in It thirty men, and they were a determined set A rough and dangerous encounter was anticipated, but the officers were ready tor It Colonel Chapman was at the head, and Doputy Collector Colquitt was his ablelleu - But the second clashing between moonshiners and United Sttates officers failed to materialize. The birds dew and are now being hotly pursued. Yesterday the posse, twenty - five of them deputy marshals, left for the moonshiners' in - trenchment in the stone cavern of Sand mountain, forty miles above Annlston. They took along deadly dynamite to use in case of emergency and were all armed to the teeth. Provisions were taken to be prepared in case Of a siege of several days and all necessary arrangements for the capture of the rough and dangerous mountaineers'were made. • With this force a start was made to the moonshiners' stronghold to renew the raid, which had been made on Wednesday with such serious results. But the parties had all left the place, and, after some search, a large eighty - five - gallon still was found a short distauce away, where it had been secreted. The rest of the place and Its utensils were all undisturbed. More than a thousand gallons of beer, a large amount of meal and corn and other grain were destroyed, and the place was soon completely A portion" of the posse was immediately detailed to follow the moonshiners and try to catch them if possible. "It was a band," said Colonel Chapman, yesterday, "composed of desperate men. Their habitation was certainly a peculiar and remarkable one, and they would have given us a ereat deal of difficulty had they not gone." Deputy Marshal Jacksfm was left in Alabama badly hurt. so in of at

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  1. The Atlanta Constitution,
  2. 02 Jan 1892, Sat,
  3. Page 2

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