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 - a iraw Bxaixs A law passed about two years ago...
a iraw Bxaixs A law passed about two years ago giving giving the Commonwealth a change of venue in criminal cases has made it possible hereafter to investigate and punish these mountain crimes in conn ties re moved from the local influences which iormerly through fear and corruption paralyzed justice Under the old arrangement tbe leuas so neany nroiTea every ooay - in a county that po one could be lound to take the initiative in enforcing the law even judges being implicated while the offices oi bnenn ana janer ana lown Marshal were conceded as points of vantage to the leaders of factions Coroners were not tolerated at all An unmerited atmosphere of romance has been thrown about these feuds by fanciful writers The plain truth U that they were remarkable only for brutality Most of the killing was done from ambush ambush All sorts of treachery was practiced Open lights rarely occurred unless one side had big odds and the other side couldnt get away Human life simply bad ho value and there were hundreds of men in the mountains ready to accept employment as retainers tor any man who was able to pay them for committing murder and to put up money to protect them afterward Recently in a trial of a murder case brouelK to the Federal Court from that region to this city a ruffiinly mountaineer stated on the witness witness stand that a man hsd offered him 150 to kilt an enimy for him The witness witness haggled over the price the pro posed rktim was an important character he said and he thought the job ought to be worth 25a But the old conditions are fast passing away in the mountains The light of civilization is leaving iewer dark corners lor lurking feuds Railroads run through Bell Breathitt and Rowan counties Tbe mineral land syndicate has invaded every mountain nook There are newspapers iu Breathitt and Harlan and three of them in Bfl The sale of whisky is far - bidden by vote of the people themselves in most ot the counties where feuds raged The law is more respected Breathitt and Rowan are especially peaceable peaceable and the embers of the feud are dying elsewhere The trade of murder is unprofitable unprofitable since the chances of being called to account have so multiplied Mountain rows that would be given little attention if occurring elsewhere are still written up in flaming style as feuds bat in truth the day of the genuine genuine Kentucky feud is gone There are outlaws and murderous quarrels but there is little brospsct of any more long - sustained feuds G E J Louisvillb Ky March 28 1892

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

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