Piqua,Ohio 20March1930

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DEATH ENDS FEUD WITH CIVILIZATION Law and Education Come to Carolina Mountain Clan After Leader Dies. j i i | Asheville, N. c.. March 20—The white flag has been hoisted over Anderson's Cove, finally allow-In* civilization to come into this last stronghold of the clansmen of the North Carolina Hills. For four generations the people of this isolated region were a law unto themselves, and outsiders were barred. But "Big Robert" Anderson is dead now, and his last official net as leader of the clan was to direct his people to turn from their lawless ways and accept the helping hand lonz of. fered by the state. This order, In fact, was [lie onlv one "Big Robert" ever issued. He liad become ' hereditary chieftain nf tho Cove folk by slaying his Uncle Alonzo in a quarrel over a 1'ound dog. He was arrested for murder and given a sentence of 20 vcars. He died'of pneumonia in a prison camp. Dead Giant But the Andersons are clannish even in death. "Big Robert" was buried on the mountain top where his klnsosople lie. The pnllbjar- ers, working in relays, carried the dead jriant—he weighed 350 pounds —up the steep pathway, over the very spot where Alonzo had been Wiled three years before, to a crave almost b;sidc that of his uncle. Alonzo's children. who had wrn vrnofliinrx in "Bi<r Robert." mourned with the rest at (he funeral and listened Intently while the minister read the exiled leader's death-bed message of peace. Even people from "over ' beyond" were allowed to attend the rites So In the grave ot "Big Robert" was buried the Anderson's lend with civilization. Married a "Kurrfncr" The clan was founded long rtso by Bill Anderson and Jane Russell. Hill, of purest mountain stock, hud chosen a wife well, but not wisely. For despite her beauty and utter devotion to this nigged man of the hills, there were sinister whisperings about her origin. Jane was dirk- c-yeit and swarthy; she was a "fur- riner from out beyond." Thus ostracized. Bill Anderson put his world poods and his woman Into a wagon, hitched up his four mules anil started out to established a new world for himself. They entered the mountain-waller! cove and settled down, far removed from the whispered scorn of In'-. own i>eople. Chldh-en came to them there— •ons who were lithe anil stroi>° like their father, daughters with limpid eyes and alluring voice- like Jane Rnsssll. isolation hart Men an obsession with Anderson hut love broke all barriers. His. sons went out. and won other women: men heard his rtiuehtera s-hig the mountain bungs and staved lo cast their lo'. with the cli'i: Agulutl Tim i_a« wen througli three nnd lorn- gc'i- eratlous, as the colony siw theiv remained some of the bitterness of lent deaths brought no Interference from other outside (Uitliuniiis fu- no reports were made of them linlll somehow, officers heard that Alo:uo head of the clani hnd been kll'ed by his nephew, "Dig Robert " Tlrv Up Ilic stcrp ini)iinf;iliis!dc (o Ih- Irailtrs ,if (heir elm lolled frlcml AntlctEon. Ife had dUnl in prison lH'«?|ilo III Alulcison's <'cvo, X. C liciirlnj; tlie casket lo UK- fjnivc. ''1' "»!(T KoberlV ilc;il|i-bca mi', Hill Anderson's selt-ir.i'or.-- 1 ,! ixil" This sullen iwiilmciil ortrn niii-i- ifcslcd Itself In outrislu and ofu-n desperate lawlessness. Their haven became n place lo be cliva.i.' 1 and slimmed. The Anderson chieftains rnn:iiu- rrt supreme, mainlalniiu; their power by cheer strength and Irue aim along uielv rifle sijhls. Kvsn vio- rr.idcil !h<- cove ;ind ,nc>nt him ID pri- ' .'un. There lip ilircl. ; So (he "b'.oarl tnini" of tho An- ('er?ons Is forirottcn now. anil l:iw mill order and progress have rum • to Ar.<!i>r.snirs Cove. |.'n|K.s there sir.. iinlnif lo build their first school am! Icnch in It. Why. there's even lull; ?ro wnnrleriiig who Ihcy can g?i in of electing H mayor.

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  1. The Piqua Daily Call,
  2. 20 Mar 1930, Thu,
  3. Page 17

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