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 - What Judg Lester Says. " The report In full Is...
What Judg Lester Says. " The report In full Is as follows: Office of Inspector and Examiner. Frankfort. Frankfort. Ky.. July 17. To Hon. William O. Bradley. Governor of Kentucky In obedience to your order, made July 20, directing directing me to proceed to Clay county, and as far aa possible ascertain the real condition condition of affairs In that county in respect to lawlessness reported to exist therein. I went to Manchester. Clay county, en tb Xlst but, and remained there until the 25th. mlnriln freelv with all eluwa of people, gathering as fully as possible their views of the situation, and now respect- respect- luny report mat within the last nrteen months a number of homicide have been committed in that county, some of them under the most atrocious circumstances. The first of these was committed April . 1S98, when Wilson Howard and Burch Ssore were killed about ten miles below Manchester, and old man Bat Howard se rtously wounded. Thomas Baker, James Baker, Jesae Barret. Charles Wooten. Wiley Baker and IX Baker were accused of committing these homicides, and were indicted at the October terra of the Clay Circuit Court for murder in the killing of Wilson Howard alone. At the June term, Thomas Baker. James Baker and Wiley Baker were indicted for the murder or Burcn stores, and at once obtained a change of venue in all of these cases to the Knox Circuit Court, where they all are now pending. On the day after Howard and Stores were killed, old man Oeorge Baker, father of Thomas Baker, was killed killed by James HSward. who was indicted for this at the Jan term. 18. of the Clay Circuit Court. The venue In tbia case waa at once changed to the Laurel Circuit Court, where the caee la now pending. The siiuag or ueorge leaser unaouoteaiy grew ut of the killing of Howard and Stores. The next killing waa that of Sheriff W. L. White. June 2. im. by Thomas Baker and D. Baker. This was done some ten or twelve mile from Manchester. It could not have had any connection with the killing of Howard and Store, or George Baker, as neither Whit hlmaelf nor any member of his family was ever charged with participation In the former killings. It is alleged that the trouble or feeling between Sheriff White and the Bakers grew out of White's active efforts to convict convict the - Bakers of house-burning, house-burning, house-burning, for which tbey were then Indicted in the Clay Circuit Court. At tne June term. lxs. or the Clay Circuit Court Thomas Baker and P. Baker were Indicted for the murder of White. This case was also removed to the Knox Circuit Court, where it Is stui penu lnr. The next killing, June W. IS), was that

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 29 Jul 1899, Sat,
  3. Page 2

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