Alton,Illinois 11April1930

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11April1930 - Death Ends Feud With Civilization and Education...
Death Ends Feud With Civilization and Education Come to Carolina Mountain Clan Aftet Leader .JDftft lsa Padock, t. M, hcll, Carolon Qsorgo ones iparks o Wotan's The irst The Webb Baptist Mrs, he Broadway, Thu pent. Mrs., luB Mr. Up van t»DBp mountainside to tlie lonely spot where lie the fallen loaders of their olan tolled frlendi and enemies alike of "Big Robert" Anderson. Anderson. He had died in prison after thrte year* of exile from his people In Anderton't Cove, K, O,, and. here you nee 1 tha funeral party bearing the casket to the grave. There they heard the 4 minister read "Big Robert's" death-bed message of peace and progress, ; : By_NEA service^ hills, there were sinister whisperings about her origin. Jane was dark- yed and swarthy; she was a "fur' riner from out beyond." Thus ostracised, Bill Anderson put Us worldly goods and his woman nto a wagon, hitched up his four mules and started out to establish a new World for himself. They en- ered the mountain-walled cove and settled down, far removed from the whispered scorn ot his own people. Children tame to them there- sons who were lithe and strong like their, father, daughters with limplt eyes and alluring voices like Jane Russell. Isolation had been an obsession obsession with Anderson, but love broko all barriers. His went out and won ,heir women; men heard his daughters daughters sing the mountain songs art stayed to oast their lots with the clan. Ajralnst the Law Even through three and four generations, generations, as the colony grew, there remained some of the bitterness of Bill Anderson's self-enforced exile Tliis sullen resentment manifesto* itself in outright and often desper ate lawlessness. TJieir haven becami a place to be dreaded' and shunned Tlie Anderson chieftains remained supreme, maintaining their powe. by sheer strength and true aim aloni their rifle sights. Even vlolen deaths brought no "interference from outside authorities, for no reports were made ot them until, somehow officers heard that Alonzo, head o the clani had been killed by nephew, "Big Robert." They raidec the cove and sent. him to prison There he died. So the "blood taint" of the An dersons is forgotten now, and la' and order and progress have com to Anderson's Cove. Folks there are going to build their first school, an are wondering who they can get ti teach in it. Why, there's even talk of electing.a mayor. , , *. 0., April 11.- The white flag has been hoisted Over Anderson's Cove, finally allowing allowing 'civilization to come into this last stronghold of the clansmen ot the North Carolina hills. For four generations ttie 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 act as leader of the clan was to direct his people to turn from" their lawless ways and accept the helping hand long offered by the state. ,•• This order, in fact, was the only one "Big 'Robert" ever issued. He had 1 become hereditary chieftain of th&Cove folk by'slaying his Uncle AtonCo in a quarrel over a hound dote He Was arrested for murder and' given a sentence of 20 years, He died ot pneumonia In a prison Camp. ^ • Dead Otant 4 . But the Andersons are' clannish] even in death. "Big Robert" was buried on the mountain top where his klnspeople He. The pallbearers, working in relays, carried the dead giant-he weighed 350 pounds-^-up the' steep pathway, over iho, very spot where Alonzo had |been WJled time years before, to a grave almost beside that of the uncle:- Alonso'a children, who had sworn vengeance on "Big Robert," mourned with the rest at the funeral and listened Intently while the minister read tho exiled leader's death-bee message of peace. Even people from ''over beyond" were allowed to attend attend the rites. Bo in tho grave of "Big Robert" was burled the Ander- feud with civilization. . Married « "Furriuor" The clan was founded' long ago by Bill Andet-son and Jane Russell BUI, of purest mountain 'slock, had chosen & .wife well, but ho wisely For despite her beauty and utter devotion to this rugged man of the Read Telegraph Classified Ads Dall

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 11 Apr 1930, Fri,
  3. Page 23

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