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 - V A Mountain Craze. The mania for handling a...
V A Mountain Craze. The mania for handling a weapon develops develops early In the Clay county male. The favorite game around Manchester is "shootln' at the mark." and Is practiced practiced by boys as soon as they have strength enough to lift a gun or handle a revolver. While resting the horses In riding to Manchester -the -the guide dug his toe In the ground near- near- a large tree and shoved aside a pile of leaves. A dosen or more exploded shells were disclosed. A apot on the tree as Urge as the palm of a man's hand was perforated. The guide said that 'some of the boys must hev bin a shootln' at the mark." and added incidentally that some of them "sar-tlnly "sar-tlnly "sar-tlnly needed practice." ' . If these same boys could devote' as much time to a few months' schooling a year as they do to handling guns and listening to stories of murder and bushwhacking bushwhacking they might grow up with far different views of the value and use of a human life. 1 . . " As it Is. the children, as a rule, are Illiterate Illiterate and of use only in the fields to handle the hoe apd follow the plow, growing up to manhood and womanhood womanhood in total Ignorance of things outside outside their mountain haunts. . . ' - ' . . . ..

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 17 Jun 1899, Sat,
  3. Page 3

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