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. guns which has seven killings, to Its credit, so Jt i saidi-Th saidi-Th saidi-Th ws!- ws!- s iitMy ueiuiic to oarnsofu ejuite a noted character of Clay a few years ago. and with it he is said to have Kiuea tnree memorise si, ' J.,' Vn,"re family, another Clay PeoP r the weapon was used by Jim 7"n Td In killing George Baker, the father oiTom. The latest battle in which It figured was the one between the Philpots and Griffins, Griffins, only a week or two ago. During that fight It was in the hands of young Pete Philpot. and. though such testimony testimony was not Introduced at the examining examining trial, it was said in Manchester that Aaron Morris and both the Griffin boys fell before Its deadly fire. The gun Is still in the Philpot family. The Burning Spring. One of the sights of Clay Is the burning burning spring. It Is located nine miles out from Manchester on the old Boonevllle road, up Sexton's creek. The spring acquired acquired its name from the fact that for years before the county ' waa formed natural gas bubbled up through the water and burned to the height of seven or eight feet- feet- This gas still burns, but not so heavily. During the last year or two the owner of the ground on which the spring Is located placed a tight box over one of the springs i and piped the gas some d'stance to a church and scho.lhoue. Both are light, ed and heated by this means.' Nestor of Clay Aristocracy. One of the most Interesting characters characters in Clay is Gen. Theo. T. Garrard. He Is the oldest and most wealthy resident, resident, and has In one way or another been connected with its feudal troubles for the last sixty years. Born in Clay on June T, 1S12, in a cabin within a hundred yards of where his flne old country mansion now stands, he has never been away from It except while In the service of his country in the Mexican war and the war of the rebel lion. The General is a son of Col. Daniel Garrard, who was a son of Gov. James Garrard. . His ancestors came to Kentucky Kentucky in 1TS3 from Virginia, having previously previously entered the large tract of land in Clay on which he now resides, in Stafford county, that State. Shortly after locating in this State the Garrard Garrard s discovered that the portion of land on this tract lying along Goose creek contained flne salt water, and they erected the Goose Creek Salt Works, which for years after, and until until the railroad lines were put in operation operation throughout the State, supplied the people of Kentucky, Northern Tennessee, Tennessee, Western Virginia and of other States with the famcus Goose creek salt. Following the steps of the Gar-rards. Gar-rards. Gar-rards. others of the large land-owners land-owners land-owners of Clay, the White family, for one. established established similar works, and in the early early 40's about fifteen salt furnaces were in operation. Competition and better railroad facilities In other States after the civil war caused all of these to retire retire from business, with the except! n of the Garrard Company. After tLe death- death- of Gov. Garrard, the works was operated by Elisabeth Garrard & Sons. At her death the salt works fell to the portion of Gen. Garrard, and he has continued to. operate it. though on a much smaller scale, now supplying only residents of the counties of Clay and Leslie. The original furnace still stands, and the salt Is manufactured by the crudest sort of means. Though nearly ninety years of age. Gen. Garrard still retains all of his faculties, faculties, and looks after his 3.000 acres of farm and timber land unaided. His home. IV miles from the county-seat, county-seat, county-seat, is of the old-time old-time old-time Southern style of architecture, architecture, and Is furnished with the furniture and fittings of the design of fifty years ago. He lives in practical seclusion ofIate years, because of his age. and has not been outside of his home county for twelve years, and only goes to the county-seat county-seat county-seat about twice a year. Gen. Garrard Is a pleasant conversationalist, conversationalist, and delights to talk of his early life and of his war-time war-time war-time experiences. experiences. He went Into the Mexican war as Captain of a company In the Sixteenth Vnited States regulars, whose Colonel was CoL John W. Tihbats, of

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

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