Jefferson City, Missouri 4April1930

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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The | waits thc and who is Coordination I j the knows is and in j road j you DEATH ENDS FEUD WITH CIVILIZATION j have the a good MRS. over MR. During fields barrels Paul Von grand makes Von of have and I for the TJi Hie steep mountainside to the lo nely spot where lie the fallen Icad- 'ers of their clan toiled friends and enemies alike of "Big- Robert" Anderson, Anderson, lie hart died in prison aft er three years of exile from his Icoplc in Anderson's Cove, N. C., a nil here you see the funeral party bearing the casket lo the grave. T here they heard the minister read "Big Robert's death-bed mcs sage of peace and progress. ASHEVILLE, N. C., March.--The , sons went out and won other wo- white /lag has been hoisted over Anderson's Cove, finally allowing 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 Anderson is dead now, and his last official official act as leader of thc clan was to direct his people to turn from aband-| their lawless ways and accept the ' gave np of the Mis- rackets this surgeon of devices ears unsatisfactory has manufacturers gullible any nose, changing struc- lend-I S ac- helping hand long offered by thc state. ·Tilts order, in fact, was the only one "Big Robert" ever issued. He had become hereditary chieftain of the Cove folk by slaying his Uncle Alonzo in a quarrel over a hound dog. He was arrested for murder and given a sentence of 20 years. He died of pneumonia iri a prison camp. Dead Giant But the Andersons are clannish, even in death. "Big Robert'' was buried on the mountain top where his kinspcople lie. The pallbearers, working in relays, carried the dead giant--he weighed 350 pounds--up the steep pathway, over the very spot where Alonzo had been killed three years before, to a grave almost almost beside t h a t of his uncle. Alonzo'.s children, who had sworn men; men heard his daughters sing the mountain '^songs and stayed to cast their lots with the clan. Against thc 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 This sullen resentment manifestec itself in outright and often desperate desperate lawlessness. Their haven became became a place to be dreaded anc shunned. The Anderson chieftains remained remained supreme, maintaining their power power by sheer strength and true ain along their rifle sights. Even vio lent deaths brought no interference from outside authorities, for no re ports were made of them until sqmehow, officers heard that Alon zo, head of the clan, had been kill cd by his nephew, "Big Robert; They raided the cove and sent hin to prison. There he died. So the "blood taint" of the An dcrsons is forgotten now, and law and order and progress have com to Anderson's Cove. Folks there arc going to build their first school, anc are wondering who they can gc to teach it Why, there's even talk of electing a mayor. vengeance on "Big Robert," mourn- prospsc- ! Ulc Anderson's j t i o n - cd with lhe rest at the funeral and listened intently while the minis- i ter read thc exiled leader's death- I bed message of peace . Even peo- ] i pic from "over beyond" were allow- j ! ed to attend thc rites. So in the i "Big: Robert" was buried '· feud with civilisa- ! language.' JMarricd a "Furriner" Thc clan was founded long ago j ^ by Kit Anderson and Jane Russell. \ ^'». of Purest mountain stock, had Thc chosen a wife well, but not wisely. despite her beauty and utter greed, devotion to this rugged man of the part Texas Texas legis- hills, there were sinister whisperings whisperings about her origin. Jane was dark-eyed and swarthy; she was a ; "furriner from out beyond." , j Thus ostracized, Bill Andrescn ' put his worldly goods and his wo- ' man into a wagon, hitched up his four mules and started out to establish establish a new world for himself. NCE. UPON \TIME_ a of that] They entered thc mountain-walled pro-! cove and settled down, far removed frcm the whispered scorn of his broth- wouldn't Texas, ,._ ,, j like thei'r faiher7"daughters"with own people. Children canic to them there-sons there-sons who were lithe and strong Arr. .Ha Earhart, fire, woman 'to fly across the At: intic, served In the dispensary dispensary of a Canadian Canadian hospital, in t h ; World War. S^.e was placed there, she says, because she was one of the few them j limpid eyes arid-alluring voices like i V" 1 ! 0 . wo ? ld not double I Jan; Russell. Isolation had been City j an obsession with Anderson, but [love broke down all -barriers. His t r i n k the sup,' cf medicinal n Mm. t I Berkel by to him In his had up use Is the and [ all and ot terrible ing his to she Mr

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  1. Jefferson City Post-Tribune,
  2. 04 Apr 1930, Fri,
  3. Page 9

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