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Lynch Law In Kentucky

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Day
14
Month
September
Year
1877
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Public Domain
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[From the Louisville Couricr-Jtnirnal.] Ever since tho hanging at Owenton, Ky., a short time since, of Bichare Shuok, for tlie murder of Parish, Henry and O wen counties liave been agitateo by tho horrible details of cruel murders, brought out by his confession on tie gallows, and in his published statement. The result of thia confession wns the arïest of " King" Jim Simmons, Bob, Joe, and Sam Goodrich, and David Carter, all of whom were implicated,with others, in the commission of numerous murders for tho purposo of robbcry. These men have for the past ten days been on trial before an cxamining court in Newcastle, Henry county, on various charges of robbery and murder. Excitement has run very high among the good pcople of that county, as the fearful details of tho buteheries by King Jim's gang have been made known, and when, last week, David Carter, one of its members, ' ' squcaled " on his thug companions, and tho bones of slaughtered victims wcrë i'oniul at places designated by liim, it Was thought the law would lose its power, and that the outraged people would tako from the officers of the court its prisoners and summarily mete out to them that justice which the tardy court would so long postpone. Galmer judgment prevailed, howcver, and the trials went on, resulting in the committal, on various charges, without bail, of Jim Simmons, leader of the gang, and Bob, Joo, and Sam Goodrich, Carter having been allowed to go freo in oonsideration of the valnable evideiu e he had given ior the Commonwealth. The accused men were remanded to jail, taking occasion, liowever, state that Mr. Carter was a gone gosling. The murders with which the persons were implicatod were those of Pnrish. 'or which Shuck suffored death on the ?allows; a peddler from Jacksonville, in áhelby connty, named Darrüll; Beeler Tames, a son of a member of tho gang, sacrificed by his unfeeling father because ie kuew too much about its affaire, and whoso bones were found where Diek Shuck said they were placed ; and John Oran, a bad fellow enough, who was iirst robbed, and then attempted to be killed with a pistol shot, which only broke his irm, and who was then taken in a skiiï nto Kentueky river, weighted with rooks and sunk in tho raging current, the stream being high at the time. Followng this was a murder on Six-milo creek of Eli üowney, a cousin of Shuck, who was shot in the head by Jack Simmons, son of the King, and robbed of $14.0, and lis sister's pension money. Next comes ;he murder of an Indianian named Galaghar, a fruit-tree peddler, who was irst robbed and then knocked in the ïead with a stone, and his body thrown nto the river. Besides these there were a number of robberies perpetrated by the same gang, but they wero too insignificant to hold a place by the side of the iloody death-roll of those who had met iheir death at the merciless hands of the murderers. Tteir trials went on in peace; great indignation being feit, but no demonstraions against the prisoners were made. 'i was suggested that they had better be sent to jail in this city, but Henry county ïaving a new jail, just completed, it was .hought strong enough to hold them safe, and at the same time protect them agáinst mob violenco. This proved to je an error. This moramg about 1 o'clock the keeper of the Newcastle jail vas awakened from his slumbers by violent kicking at his door. He arose oud opened the door, when he was met }y a body of fifty masked men, who demanded the keys of the jail. He showed some hesitancy in giving them up, but vas induced to do so by the vigilants )resenting arms, and telling him that if he keys were not forthcoming they would use rougb means to secure them. Che jailer gave the men the keys, and ,hey proceeded to enter the jail, where ihey found all the prisoners. Of course no resistance could be offered by Simmons and his fellow-prisoners, and they were hurriedly taken from the jail. In he meantime a crowd of probably tweny-five persons liad gathèred around the ail, in order, if possible, to see what was tho cause of the excitement. The msoners were led out, securely bound, S'ot a word was spoken by the masked men. When tho men starled ' out of town in the direction of the bridge, a crowd of curious persons who had gathered around the jail followed after; but one of the committce came back and warned them not to follow, or they would ■e fired upon. This, of course, deterred ;hem from following. What became of ;he prisoner was plain to be seen at dayLight this morning. On a bridge which crosses a SQiall creck in tho vicinity of Newcastle were four men hanging from she ends of ropos, which wei-e made fast o tho bridge. The excitement in Henry couuty is very high over the affair, but a groat majority of tho people of that county are glad to get rid of the four desporadoes. Other cxecutions will follow if the sevoral desperadoes of that county do not leavo. Nobody attended King Jim's burial save a few negroes, and the bodies of the Goodriehes worc hastily carried away by relativos. In dying old Jim said not a word, chewing his tobáceo as calmly as can be imagined. Sam Goodrich and his brothcr Joe protested innocenco to the last. Bob Goodrich askcd time to pray, but was told he had refused this to his victims, and that the eyo-for-an-eye doctrine would bc meted out to hira. Joe and Bob leave wives and six chiidren oach. Among all grades of society there seems to bo folt somothing like relief or satisfactioii in kuowing that these outlaws no longer live. They are known to have terrorized and disgraced tho State until nlmost everybody, while deploring the manner of their shutting-ofl'.almost rejoiccsintheir riddance. ■ ■ ! An Editor Assaultcd. For somo days past the National Rcpulilican, of this city, has had sevoral Fillusions to the age and physical inflrmities generally of Kenneth Ruynor, Solioitor of tho Troasury Department. To-diiy it had the following: "It has now transpired that Right Hon. Kenneth Raynor, Solicitor of the Treasury, has been enablcd to maintain the perpetual bloom of youth by the constant and generous use of strong plug tobáceo, " For more than a week Raynor has declared that if he ever encountered A. W. Soteldo, managing editor of the paper, there would be blood. Only last week the old man went to the newspaper office, armed with a North Carolina horse-pistoi, to ■Ira or be slniu. To-day, just as the female clerks were departing from the day's work, Raynor met Soteldo on the steps of the treasury, and, with lyiolenl expletives, assaulted him with his fist. The first blow being uuoxpected, the eclitor reoeived it full in tbe moutb, anc the old man got the flrst blood. The assaulted party recovered quickly, aud retorted in kind, but afriend threwhímself in the breach, and, by covering Kaynor's face with his liands, saved him from severe punishment. J3enson, Cliief oí Detectives, then held Raynor to restrainhis inipetuosity, and a newspaper correspondent did likewise to the editor. Meanwhile, Baynor's oaths fllled tho atmosphere. He' called Soteldo the pirate of the press, a blaekmailer, thief, and other epithets more sulphurous thau delicate. Soteldo remained quite cool, and called on the largo crowd which had gathered to bear witness to tbs iudeceut and ribald exhibition the Solicitor of the Treasury was making of himself. Finally l'riends walked oft' with tlie belligerents' in opp'osite directions, and peace

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