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r, ''1ake op the feuds of tl the older "tt-&s "tt-&s "tt-&s Corns of righting Stock. f'' flaw aiumM hmll. nmarXl tfUre participants in tne reua witn hiakers. hails from Harlan county. ah connected, so It la said, with that .notorious WUs Howard, of Har- Har- lnno, who several muruers to nis it -in -in Kentucky, met aeatn in tne e of Missouri a few years ago. The ily. of which Bal Howard is the t, has made Clay Its nome for y years and bears a good reputation among those not connected with the feud. Bal' Howard lives ten miles from Manchester on Crane creek. He Is a veteran of the civil war. serving as Cor. poral In the Forty-ninth Forty-ninth Forty-ninth Kentucky regiment regiment for over three years. He moved to Clay shortly after the dose of the war and has since been engaged In the timber and logging business. He Is the father of Wils Howard, Jr.. who was killed by the Bakers from ambush, and of Jim Howard, who Is now under indictment indictment for the murder of George Baker, the father of Tom. Mr. Howard lives in a modest little bouse on Crane creek, but has spent much of his time for the past two years in Manchester and In Harlan county, his old borne, fearing to live in the woods of Clay. His bouse Is a long low structure structure that was originally a log cabin, but which has been added to from 'time to time as his means would permit. The front part of it has recently been framed and remodeled, making it much more, presentable. In meeting with a stranger Mr. Howard Is most affable, desires to conceal nothing from one apparently, but has a determined expression in bis eyes, born of having to dodge the assassin. assassin. His wife Is a fine old lady, past middle age, with a kind word for every- every- one who comes within her home. Through all the feudal war she has remained remained quietly on' the farm and was molested by none ot the factlonists. . The Stranger's Welcome. To the stranger who comes within its gates the people of the little city of Manchester extends a hearty welcome, and he is given the best of everything that they have. He can travel the coun ty over from one end to the other without without fear of insult or injury, unless he brings it on himself, and Is in no fear of being ambushed, as some of the correspondents have- have- stated and inti mated. Ail of the feudal fights nave taken place several miles out In the country, and the crack of a pistol Is rarely heard within the town limits unless unless some country log-roller log-roller log-roller has gotten a little too much moonshine liquor aboard uul fires his pistol Into the air to relieve himself. The stranger would never know, unless he went on a tour of Investigation, that there were any feudal feudal troubles In the county. ' THE STORY OF THE FEUDS IN CLAY COUNTY. Manchester. Ky., July 29. Special The feudal quarrels and battles in the little mountain county of Clay between the Garrard. Baker and White families, which have been . attracting attention all over the country for the past year and a half, had their origin more than halt a century ago. Political and business rivalry has to a great extent been the cause of the trouble, augmented In Its infancy by the high prejudices of two old Virginia families, the Garrards and Whites. Coming to Clay county In the latter part ot the last century they were rivals In the salt business, the mountain mountain Industry, of that time, and also in politics, the former being Democrats Democrats and the latter Republicans. The Bakers are also Democratic In politics. Their rivalry first took a serious turn In 1849. when William Baker killed David David Prewltt, a relative of the Whites. He was bitterly prosecuted ' in : the (Concluded on Fags 8, Section SJ

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

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