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DEATH BY LAW. The Murder of Alia-phare McCoy To Be Expiated. Ellison Mounts To Die To-Day On the Scaffold At FikeTillc. For Almost Forty Tears No Eanging Ha3 Taken Race In Pike County, Though For Generations Blood lias Been TTantoniy Spilled Bj Feudal Outlaws, . And No Assassination By- Fainted Savages Exceeded This Iu It3 Unutterable Atrocity. A Primate Storj or a Xidnkht Eaid ad the Slaughter of a Defenseless fclrl. DEEDS OF KCUTTAIS EASEITTL rikeville, Ky.. Feb. 1 7.-SpeciaL) This morning everything was a quiet in this little mountain city as oould be ex-pected. eon&idering tliat on to-morrow win take pUce the tint lianging that has occurred in tbia county fur perhaps forty years. ' .To-morrow a procession eonsLtiig of tbe guard, iflicers and Ellison Mounts w-il leave the juil of Fike county for the scaffold, which ha been erected about half ' a mile from the jail ' and court-house wherc Ellison Mounts will be executed for the in order of Miss Allaphare McCoy, on the night of January 1, 1SSS. at the humble borne of her father, Randolph McCoy, oa Blackberry creek, about thirty mile from this place. The story of the crimes of the gang of svhiclt Ellison Mount was. a member would fill a volume. The atrocities of the aboriginal savage, with whoa Boone and bis contemporaries contended la these same mountains more than , one hundred years ago, do not surpass the eriu of " Devil Anse Hatfield and Us gang. Frequently tbe public has been lurnished with descriptions of tbe Mo-Coy-IIattlekl feud, and it la not necessary I ere to give a full detail of ail thri, actions of this mountain banditti. It will suffice to give a brief history of the life sod crimes of Ellison Mounts, who is oa xllisox wxnru, to-morrow, according to bis statement. Is going to change a state of sorrow and grief fur one of unending Joy ia tho - Farsdise of God. Oa every afternoon for more than a, week services have been held in the JaiL Rev. J. W. Glover, pastor of the 31. E. church, South, at this place, and Who is also the Jail physician, is standing nobly by tbe condemned uiun, and will accompany him to the scaffold and there will sing a &ong and offer prayer. Tho ether services, consisting of the reading of a portion of the Scripture and perhaps s short discourse by Dr. ulovcr, will be held at tbe jaiL Mounts says be is pre pared to die. Mounts has been ill for several days He to talk to anyone about hid case or. Lis put history, although your correspondent has gained sufficient facts irtia n-liable source to warrant the fol lowing statement cercrraing his. life and erine: A man about ax feet, or perhaps an inch over in height, weighing whoa ia liculth, perhaps 185 pounds; with very icht hair aDd dull gray eyes. Such is fellison Mounts as be appears to a casual observer. othing very striking in his appearance, is the fint decision; but ou closer itt-pectk.a of features you will hod the trait of a very bend plainly discerns bio. A high, narrow forehead jtroniicvn . cheek-bones, broad, vulgar nioutih a nervous, twichioj chin, all marks of character bereft of the finer sessibilitiei. Ellison Mounts is now about twenty- five .years of agt. and is the illegitimate son of tke good Deacon EUL.on ilaUicUI, who was the lirt victim of the fead proper, who -s killed on August election day ia 18(J2. Mounts' early boyhood was spent in the u.ual pursuits of rude, unrully boy, in nsbing. hunting; to v lag about the acijrhburhuod and engaging with boon companions in : Sab- tu.tb-breG.king. petty pilfering,, and all the multifarious pursuits known to the average ungoverued country boy. HU father was a " liard-shelT Baptist preacher. Hi training la book-knrn-jEg" was very limited, llo can read, and write a little, which constitutes Mi ttocl: of education. His education ia sice seems to have been very thorough; cd wbea st the site of seventeen he eiw liia father killed he wa ripe for bloodshed. His fi" participation in murder v-si on tbe niaht folkwiig the death of Ueaoon El'isa listfik.-ld, his father, wbo Lcd frota tue effects of the wonnds received on Auj$ut elect'on day, 1 82, at the tmds of Tslbot, Farmer and - tattle fcatf- McCoy. ' tauediatclj after the fljht ia which Deacon Hatfield receired bis wounds, the three McCoys were, arrested young Randolph McCoy, however, beta? taken for L u'.e Bud" sad, early the next morning, the guurd with the prisoner started fcr Flke-villc, s distance of about tliirty miles. They bad not proceeded very far. when tliey were intercepted by Old Devil Anee" Hatfield, s brother of tbe wouaded ufan.who relieved the guard being accompanied - by Ellison Mounts and about ten others and - took the McCoys back to West Vir ginia, to a place near where" the wounded man bad 1A wen rarnea. utv cxn. nxTrtrux. Wednesday afternoon. Deacon Eatfleld died, and, shortly alter dusk, "Devil Anee." with bis crowd, took the three McCoy boys across to the Kentucky side, tied them to pw-i aw buHbea and there, in Ute darkness of night, brutally murdered them. Mounts confesses that he was in the crowd, and assisted in tbe shooting. ine nest . murder in which. Mounts participated occurred in June. 1po4. It will be remembered that when the McCoy boys were murdered in 1882, laibot MoCty was a man cr souio property, and named. Of - course, an administrator must be appointed, and wno so weii-nued to settle up tiie estate as his brother Calvin ? In or der to do- this work it was necessary to bring some suits, and the' cases were to be tried before a Justice of the Peace on the Tug river, near the scenes of tlie bloody massacree t.f 1"S. The Hatfield g&ng, of which Ellison Mounts was still an active member, formed plan to murder .Randolph McCoy,-the father of the murdered boys, and Calvin, tbe administrator, as they should return from the trial. - By a mistake tliey fired on some innocent and un concerned parties, a) a tray wounding one aud - seriously injuring the other. 1 he most beinous crime of the series. and the one for which Mounts is to bant, is tite murdering in cold blood of defenseless girl. On " Year's niirht of 1888 there were at Randolph McCoys house, besides himself and wife, his son Calvin and Hose Ain't little boy Meivin, ail of whom were in the westerly end of the house, la the other end were Alla phare, Addie and Fanny McCoy, daughters oi uanaoipn, ana young women grown, besides Lttle. Cora, the orphan daughter of Talbot- i . shortly after midnight they were ',( , Ml m m I' i . JhA-yy'r ' I T vl PIKE Vims awakened by IT a gang of Hntflelds, wbo raxieu on old liana r to surrender or tiiey would burn his house over nis head. The iranc wns beaded hv I n-.le Jim Vance, who had hitherto kept out oi tae wouoie ana was gos into it oy a eiioumstance which illustrates the morals of these mountaineers very well. Cnele Jim's sister was the wife of haul Anse. W ith Vance were Cap Hatfield, Jonce Hatlield, Hob Hattield, a younger son of Crip: Elliott Uathelu. son of Ellison: Ellison Mounts, -French Ellis, Tom iii-lespie and Tom Mitchell. ! posted as sentinels up and down 13 road. The other seven attacked Uis J no''- ., ' , I Old Rand 1 made no answer to the J demand to surrender, and an effort was ; made to break in his door. The door was barred. Then the gans aMwcked i re other end, where the giri were, and broke in their uoor. ana j. imped l-ack, lest man should be inside and snoot out. Allaphare, the oldest, girl, went to the door slid told them no maa.was ia there. "Stir a light," ordered Jim Vance, and Allaphare went to tiic fireplace nnd tried build lire. But the coal was out, and there was - neither wood nor match to light a "tire. Allaphare returned to tlie door and told the men why she could make no fire. 'Ihe men jfl&r--it. broke out in a tor-F IV'VY nt ot profanity, and Cap uauieiu ALLArHARC h'cot. swore he would shoot her if she did not at once make a lire in tlte.fii-eplaee. Siie recognized his voi.-e. and said, holding up her hands and bursting into tears: I Cap. 1 can't; I would,' indeed, 1 1 would, if 1 coulu. ' Ynu wouldn't shoot t a woman who never did you any harm, would you ?" . - - What the hell are yon parleying with her for?" yslled Cnele Jinu "God Iter, make no more account of her than vuu would of a man. . Shoot her, her." . - Cp raised his gun, bat Ellison Mounts had his (run already at hi shoulder. An. I Iu. trlwl lWn U allA t.UU I t.t,M ' " v. wiu. . . v. m " in her nighiirow.n. ine nau enwreu juss over the left breast, and she fell hack dead with only a moan. jeno nice. . . Then one of tlie gang, who bad found a bo.-.'1 ot curtain between tlie two houses, brought a hnudlul of it, ert it on hre and threw it into tlie from. By its light tiny could see Unit no man wns concealed in the' room, and they were, tJierefore, safe to put all their lorces cn the other end. - A purt of them had already been encaged ttiere. . Tliey had shot tnc southerly door to pieces, so that a determine! rush would have broken it on, bat a ruh of that sort was what no HatfieM has the coimge to make. . One of tlie gang, however. Draught burning cotton and piled it against the door, but Mrs. McCoy had been, ohaxmioj to COUniEH-JOTJIlXALr the nicrht before and had four gallons of buttermilk in churn. The old man took a tin cup and sitting down near the door dipped milk .on the fire with one hand and held a revolver ready to shnt with tue other. Tlien they tried to fir the root. Tom Mitchell climbed up th. loss, and with one hand over tiie top lo-f held a htazinj? tfir.h against tbe clipboards. The old man saw the hind and, putting his revolver as close to it as possible, shot ail four fingers oflf close to the knu-kle. Cap tells gleefully to this day how lorn " c-r.ed like a baby over the loss of his flnwn - Calvin bad not; been idle all this time. He bad mounted to tbe attic, and, kick-inir oil the gshla board-, and here and there a clapboard from the roof, bbd lened port holes through which he rot fceverul shots at the tranc One ball passed lengthwise through Kiiison Mount's left forearm, soon alter be bad killed Allaphare, but it was from a thirtv-lwo.cUiber rin, and did not make permanent injury. However, - Calvia drove tite gang under the porch ou Ute south aide of bis end of the building and between tbe buildings, and there tbev were secure. Calvin kicked off roof boards and strove to remove a pnrt of the roof of the porch, but in vain. From -their retreat umier the porch the gang kept up a fire on the door, and, at ihe same time, kept, applying torches to the house roof, while one or two others fired the roof sncccssf ully at the end where the girls were, and it, began to get verv warm lor Calvin. While the men were lighting, the old mother of the murdered girl hd takei advantage of a liiil in the shooting to slip out of the door Xafitiii the road to go around where the girls-were. She had heard the other girls scream that Allaphare, had Iseen shot. As she went out the Uoor J once Hatfield tired at a form on the bed. and tbe bullet out tbe quilt over bis own son. This story IB IU1U Vjy UIC m, , Held crowd as one of the jokes of the fe.wl It. vnuld i nave oeen a gooa vi -v one on Jonce, Cap Tic says, if be a killed ihJK own bastard. Mrs. McCoy start- CAtvnt m'cot. ed around to the door of he other part of tite bouse. As she passed the space between tlie houses Jim Vance ordered her back with aa oath and raised his gun wit'i a tluvat to shoot her. I saw it was wrong end to for that," Mrs. McCoy said, when telling of it, and kept on. But be struck me in the side with it and knocked me down. It broke two ril. .Pretty Boon J got oa my hands and knees. . 1 . felt so weak 1 wouldn't get up, and so crawled on. Some one with a pistol pot- before me. 'i'ur the Lord's sake., let me go to my girL 1 said. Uo back, damn you, or I'll kill you.' he said. 'Oh,' I said, "she s dead. For the love of tlie Lord, let me go to her.' and then 1 put out my hand. I could almost touch her feet as she lay there, and X could see her blood where it had run out of the door. Oh, my lioU my God! In her grief In telling of the horrors JAXU- of that night the mother forgets what happened to herself as she put out her hand. The man who stopped her was Jonce Hatfield, and be struck, her a blow with his revolver on the head that drove the hammer to the skull and left her senoelcss.- They supposed she was dead; It was not long after this before the fire drove Calvin from the attic.' lie said to the - old man that, he should strive to- reach a joorn crib about one hundred yards away across Jhe yard to tlie northwest. From tint point he could cover tlie retreat of ol the old man, and both might then cross the fork and reach The wood. With a box of cartridnw In one hand and his rifle in the other Calvin leaped from the door and ran arross' the yard. As he cleared the comet of the house where the gang could see him they opened fire. It was a regular roar, and it roused the old. man to action, and he followed, t aivin was by this time twenty-five yarus away, in the shadow of some trees, and almost safe, but a bullet pierced his brain and be fell dead, unknown even to tJLse who shot him. Tbe gang had spread ont from their fvtreftt nt Ihe WHt nf tlie lir.uu where thev had gone as Calvin came i flown the ladder, and as tlie old man sprang out he saw them before huu, XH. AXD MRS. RANDOLPH X'COT. wniie they. did not notice him. lie leveled a. double-ltnrrelrd shot 'cun at right shoulder, and Jonce fed. Then he saw Toia Mitchell lielore hitn and lired. 1 he sliol piereed Toin s canridge belt and entered tlie flesh of ihe abdomen, but the wounds, ou account of the ttiii-kness of the belt, were of little account. i n ine firing at the old mun tiegan. tt Ian nan tia lA - 1 .1 t , . , " - " " - .r.ll, no couki and escaped un,.,uhea " reached tlie corn crib. - - - "-. c puixKTu viu up ine moun- INB, oa the other side of the fork to JOXCB HATTUU) 1.I BIS WIFK. tlie woods. He was dressed in s'.iirt and drawers only, and it was a very cold Muht. Had he nut heen I HO lev sunn trla .to fir.d some hogs sleeping a-rainst some miy iu an urn nam on the next farm, be would prchahlv have died lrom exposure. He routed tlie hogs out -and got into tue lied they had leffc.. Afu-r the rucu lelt the house ami the firing reaped the girls AUdie and lanny, finding tbe rjof foiling in, ventured to leave tlie house. 1 hey saw the gang just turning a point of the mouu-tain on tbe road to Tug river, iheu they picked up their uuud s:tr, .and, followed by tlie littie orphan Cia, they dragpd Uie body to the edge of tise wood to the southwest of tbe house, and there built a tire and cowered down by it. Their mother had by this time revive a enough to crawl alter them as . - . , 1 . 3

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 18 Feb 1890, Tue,
  3. Page 6

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