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Clay that something should be said at this rarUcular time., Ta fcerin. ihcmtH f . la not a mile of turnpike In it, the streets of Manchester, the county eat. not even being macadamized. - Outside of the residents of the county seat and a few big land owners, the people generally are of the j-oortst j-oortst j-oortst class, many of them being squ i .:. on others land, and living In small cabins and huts. Among this class the county school teacher has made but little im pression, and but little attention ! paid to education. The schoolhouses throughout the county are among the poorest buildings in it, and whenever religious services are held outside of the county seat It is in one of these buildings. The town of Manchester has two church buildings,, rather modest edifices, in which the traveling ministers ministers hold service monthly and where Sunday-school Sunday-school Sunday-school is regularly held. - Tne most earnest worker in God's vine y4rd in Clay is the Rev. W. W. Baxter, a Presbyterian missionary, sent, out by an Eastern society. He has been engaged in this work in the Kentucky mountains for three years past, and admits that he has struck a rather tough proposition in 'the county cf feuds, where he has been for a year past. Mr. Baxter during his vear in Clay has devoted most of his time to the poorer classes. He has found wme of them to be densely ignorant, especially especially those living in the hills miles from the county seat. Many of the younger ones, he says, have never ben to town and have never seen a railroad railroad train or other modern agents of travel. Another missionary, a Sunday-school Sunday-school Sunday-school teacher of the hills, .-ays .-ays .-ays that In his travels sver the county this year he has run across two local preachers who could neither read Kr rlta. In conversation with them he learned that they felt themselves called upon to preach Christ's word, and that they get their Ideas of the scripture by having persons read it to them. , - Clay's First legal Hanging. One "of the historloal events of Clay county that is always told by the older residents to the stranger that comes to Manchester is the story of the trial and hanging of Dr. Abner Baker. The trial of Baker, according to these historians, was one of the most memorable held in the early days of the State. Dr. Baker, po the story goes, came of a fine old Tennessee family, fie located in Clay county shortly after it was formed, and held office there for years. He married Into the White family. The crime fr which he was executed was the murder of Daniel Bates, his brother-in-law. brother-in-law. brother-in-law. brother-in-law. brother-in-law. The crime was committed- committed- in 1844. the murderer crushing his victim's brains out and carrying his body to the top of a high mountain overlooking Manchester. It was found several weeks later by a searching party. Owing to the prominence of both murderer and victim, the trial of Baker waa a hard-fought hard-fought hard-fought one, the defendant being represented represented by -Chief -Chief Justice Robertson, of the Court of Appeals. The evidence taken at the trial and the arguments of the attorneys were printed In book fnrm and sold at- at- Its conclusion. Dr. Baker was hanged In 1S4S, on an old tree Just half a mile west of Manchester. The tree 'still stands. Baker was not related to the present family of that name in Clay. . Famous Feudal Gun. In speaking of weapons, the Clay feudists always class them as either 43 by 75 or 45 by So. The first is an ordinary ordinary 43-caliber 43-caliber 43-caliber weapon, the cartridge of which contains seventy-five seventy-five seventy-five grains of powder. The 45 by S3 Is a cartridge of the 45-caIiber 45-caIiber 45-caIiber size, but contains ninety-five ninety-five ninety-five grains of powder, and the leaden bullet has In it a dynamite cap which explodes when the ball strikes, bursting It to pieces. A shot from the latter cartridge means almost certain death, no matter where it strllses, and It is in general use among the feudists. The Philpot family has one of th?s

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 30 Jul 1899, Sun,
  3. Page 9

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