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 - A MURDER IN HARLAN COUNTY. Unprovoked Killing;...
A MURDER IN HARLAN COUNTY. Unprovoked Killing; of a Man Named McCrearjr By the iirittain Brothers. Harlan C. H Ky April 15. (Special.) Again the peace and quiet of Harlan county ha been disturbed by the killing of a man named McCreary by Jame Brittain and his brother, William Brit-tain. Brit-tain. Brit-tain. On last Sunday evening the Brittain boys went to the house of Robert Witt on Martin's Fork and found McCreary there, and asked him to make apologies for something they learned he had said about them, but which was a very trivial affair. Upon McCreary's refusal to apolv gtze James Brittain flrtd the contents of an old army musket into Mt-Creary's Mt-Creary's Mt-Creary's head, almost tearing away his head from hi body. If all report so far received are true, there was no excuse whatever for the killing. The murderers have been arrested arrested and are now in Jail, but If they are as lucky as persons heretofore placed in Jail they will make their escape before before a trial can be had. and if not before.' the trial and conviction, the chances are they will do so afterward. The murdered man was from North Carolina, but had come to this county with one Burton Hensley about one month ago seeking employment. He had been at work in the neighborhood where he met his death. It seems that the people of Martin's Fork are at enmity with the whole outside world. It has nrrt yet been twelve months since old raffi Ous Loeb and his wife were killed within within two miles of where McCreary was slain. About two months ago three men In the Immediate neighborhood engaged In a difficulty, and two were killed outright. outright.

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 16 Apr 1896, Thu,
  3. Page 8

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