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 - ITEESECIHK WARS There was no foolishness about...
ITEESECIHK WARS There was no foolishness about any of these a ft sirs They were not the simple primitive forays of Bitter Creek Terrors They were regular wars involving altogether altogether many - fcftindredsof men and with a death - roll counting well np into the hundreds They terrorized entire counties put a stop to all business but that of killing killing drove scores of people permanently from their homes held the civil power at bay and required frequent calls upon the military strength of the State in orjder that courts might be hed at all They have cost the State several hundred thousands thousands oi dollars and bave put an almost ineffaceable blot upon its reputation When the lawless spirit in the Kentucky mountains had its beginning and how wouldbe difficult to ssy Thousands of square miles of mountain region witn no settlements larger than mere hamlets with the nearest railroad sometimes more than a hundred miles away with almost no communication with the outside world and with a population shut in by rugzed mountains to its own devices offered a favorable soil for the germination of petty quarrels which soon grew into ugly feuds Large family connections are the rule in the mountains where the boys and girls marry m their teens and - when a feuds - man called his clan to battle they started up like the men of Rhoderiek Dbu from erery bush and stump There were no ceres of business to distract attention from the quarrels Most of the people are fjimers who need to work but little on their hilly patches to raise the little they require leaving them abandant leisure for the serious business of fighting Feuds probably existed belore the war

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  1. San Francisco Chronicle,
  2. 03 Apr 1892, Sun,
  3. Page 12

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