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Covington Journal, Covington, Kentucky
Saturday, July 8, 1876
- Pendleton County - Falmouth, Kentucky, July 5, 1876 -
1. The result of the St. Louis deliberation is more cheerfully
acquiesced in by the Democracy of these diggins than the most
sanguine could have anticipated. The ticket is regarded as a
strong one. Now let the congressional lads proceed with the
music, and wring in a bar or two of hard money melody in such
a manner as to leave the discord imperceptible save to the finest
ear. They can do it, or of what account is a lifetime of moral
training for the purpose of surmounting disagreeable and unlooked
2. The Ge-lorious Fourth day was duly celebrated here yesterday,
being decidedly the best Centennial celebration, we have had
for many a year. Addresses, reading declaration, marching and
dancing were the principal features.
3. A pleasing anecdote is related of a kind hearted old lady
of this county, who called on a neighbor of the same sex, who
was in articulo mortis. The benevolent lady asked leave to sing
a few verses composing nature to her dying friend, and on the
granting of the reasonable request, warbled forth with christian
energy, the very consolatory poem, written by the devout poet
of Newstead Abbey! "The assyrian came down like a wolf
on the fold."
- A special dispatch to the Covington-Journal gives a brief
account of a mob that occurred Thursday night, the 29th, at
Lancaster, Kentucky, by which a negro, Floyd Pierce, confined
in jail for the murder of Henry Yeakey, was taken out and hanged.
The dispatch, referring to the mobbing crowd, says that they
entered the town and proceeded directly to the jail, forced
an entrance, and took therefrom Sam Williams, charged with the
murder of Thos. Burns, at Liberty, Casey county, a short time
ago, and also the negro, Floyd Pierce. They took the negro a
short distance from town and hanged him on a tree. It is supposed
that Williams, was set at Liberty. Great indignation is manifested
by the people at this outrage.
- Justice Long Delayed. (Lexington Gazette): General Leslie
Combs has received a check for $5,500, the amount of his judgment
against the Big Sandy Railroad for damages to his property on
Water Street. This has been a long time in litigation, and has
been to the Court of Appeals more than once, we believe, but
has finally been settled. General Combs received congratulations
of his friends with becoming modesty, who rejoice with him at
the fortunate fermination of this vexatious lawsuit.
- Kentucky News:
1. Carrollton Democrat: The nomination of Tilden and Hendricks
gives unbounded satisfaction to the Democracy hereabouts.
2. Vanceburg Kentuckian: A man in this county recently married
his daughter-in-law, she having been the wife of his deceased
son. She has given birth to children by both husbands. Lewis
county will not take a back seat yet.
3. Cynthiana Democrat: On last Wednesday evening a negro man
by the name of Joe Knight, came from Lair’s Station, and
when returning home, walking on the railroad, was attacked and
brutally beaten by some unknown parties. He was found the next
morning and brought to this city, and his wounds dressed, and
although everything possible was done to alleviate his sufferings,
he died on yesterday morning. There is a great mystery surrounding
the attack and the cause of it.
- The Campbell County Democratic Convention at Alexandria, Monday
last nominated H. D. Helm for sheriff. Col. Helm received 33
votes; Mr. White 1. Notwithstanding this emphatic endorsement
of Col. Helm by the Democracy of this county, there is talk
of and independent Democratic candidate against him. Democrats
everywhere ought to understand that this is no time to be fooling
with independent candidates. The supreme contest for Reform
- to be secured only by a change of the Federal administration
of the government - demands of the Democracy that it present
an unbroken front, not only for the great battle to come off
in November next, but in all preliminary contests. We hope the
disaffected Democrats of Campbell will consider these things.
To us - wholly disinterested and outside of the influence of
petty locals squabbles - the opposition in the Democratic party
to Col. Helm seems to be without excuse. Of excellent qualifications,
and unanimously endorsed by the representatives of the party,
fairly selected, he is entitled to the undivided and hearty
support of the Democracy of Campbell.
- Mr. Richard Stowers, one of our oldest and best citizens,
died on Thursday, June 29th, at his late home, near Morgan,
at the advanced age of eighty years. Mr. Stowers was born in
Louden county, Virginia, and came to this country in 1805, when
nine years old, with his father, who settled the homestead at
Morgan Station. Mr. Richard Stowers, wife died about fifty years
ago, leaving four children, one daughter and three sons; only
one of whom is now living, Mr. William Stowers. The death of
Mr. S. Is greatly lamented in the Morgan neighborhood. A funeral
discourse, by Rev. H. B. Taylor, was preached at the late residence
of the deceased, on Friday 1 o’clock, after which his
remains were interred at the Morgan burying ground. - (Falmouth
- Boone County. (Boone County Recorder.)
1. The Hon. Thos. L. Jones is decidedly the choice of some of
the leading Democrats of the county for the next candidate for
2. With the Democrats of this county, the nomination of Tilden
and Hendricks is acceptable, and, as yet, we have heard no dissenting
voice, although Tilden was not the unanimous choice of the Democracy.
3. On the night of the 3d, a fire broke out in Walton and consumed
the Snow Hotel; Norman’s store, Dr. Lowry’s drug
store and residence, Waltz’s shop and residence, the Masonic
hall and other buildings. The origin of the fire and loss to
us at this writing is not known.
- Grant County. (Williamstown Sentinel):
1. Mrs. Mollie Ashcraft, sister of Richard M. Lowe, died on
the 29th of consumption. She was about 25 years of age.
2. A special term of the Criminal Court, held last week and
presided over by Judge O. D. MacManama, for the purpose of bringing
to justice two criminals confined in jail, Lewis Reifter, a
Swede, indicted for the murder of Thomas Lawler, of Crittenden,
was adjudged guilty of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced
to the penitentiary or a term of fifteen years at hard labor.
Anson Burr (colored), indicted for grand larceny, was sentenced
for one year in the penitentiary at hard labor. The sheriff
and posse conveyed the prisoners to Frankfort to-day.
- Recent Deaths:
1. Henry M. Buckner, one of the oldest and most respected citizens
of Kenton county. Some years ago he retired from active business,
which he had pursued successfully, with unsullied reputation,
in Covington and afterwards in Cincinnati. He was 82 years old.
2. Mrs. Hamling, who recently died at the residence of her son,
in Kenton county, was 94 years old.
3. On the 30th, Mrs. Sallie Parker, wife of A. B. Parker, Esq.,
formerly County Clerk of Boone.
4. Mr. Thomas Dempsey, formerly a well known business man of
5. On the 29th, Miss Ellen Coleman.
- Boone County Recorder, July 6: Our usually quiet village was
roused on Friday morning last by a report that a horrible outrage
had been attempted by a negro named Joe Payne, at the time in
the employ of Jacob F. Scott, about one mile west of Union,
upon the person of his employer’s daughter, a young lady
of eighteen or nineteen years old. The report was soon confirmed,
and it was soon known that the villain had escaped in nude condition
to the woods. Armed men were soon hurrying in search through
the fields and woods, but, although the search was kept up till
night and a large scouting force kept out all night under the
command of the Town Marshall, Payne was not found until the
following (Saturday) morning, and then by accident. Thos. L.
Lancaster, accompanied by R. T. German, of Florence, were passing
up the Florence and Walton, or Lexington pike, and, stopping,
at Marion Stephen’s, Lancaster repeated the story of the
attempted outrage and the flight of the negro to Stephens, who
said, "There is a negro now in my barn answering the description."
Lancaster at once captured him and brought him to this place,
arriving here about ten o’clock A. M. Mr. and Mrs. Scott
and other members of their family were on the street at the
time, and at once recognized the prisoner who indeed made no
denial, but had at once answered to his name. The excitement
was at once roused to the highest pitch, and it looked as if
he would be lynched on the spot, but other counsel prevailed
and he was taken charge of by the Marshal and his posse who
removed him to Town Hall, excluding all but the necessary guards,
and at once took proper steps to have the examining trial. Mr.
R. C. Green, County Attorney, was notified, and on his arrival
the court was held by Esqs. H. Banister and M. C. Norman. The
prisoner, made a confession to your correspondent and two other
gentlemen, fully admitting his guilt, waived an examination,
and was held to bail in the sum of one thousand dollars to await
the action of the next term of the Criminal Court. Within a
few minutes after the trial the prisoner was placed in a wagon
and, under the guard of five or six men started to the jail,
at Burlington. On the road there near Jonas Delph’s and
within two miles of the city, the party was overpowered by a
body of disguised men and the prisoner taken from them and shot
to death. The above concise statement of facts was furnished
to us by one among the most reliable citizens of Union. As our
correspondent was not cognizant of what had happened in this
locality after the killing of the negro, we will take up the
thread of narration where he stopped, and detail the remainder
of the particulars. Saturday the news of the above mentioned
affair reached Burlington, as also did the report that the citizens
of Union and vicinity were nearly frantic with excitement over
the attempted outrage, and apprehensions were had that the excitement
would ripen into a mob. Upon Mr. Green’s return from Union
he reported that the negro was to start to jail as soon as possible.
About dusk a gentleman arrived from Union, stating he passed
the prisoner and guards about three miles from town, and that
they were coming on. Still there seemed to prevail a belief
that something would happen; so, after sufficient time for their
arrival had elapsed, Esquire Kendall, accompanied by two or
three others, started out on the Union road to learn the whereabouts
of the band. They traveled on until they reached Jonas Delph’s,
when they became satisfied that something had happened. They
then commenced a close search, and in a few moments they discovered
the body of the negro lying just in the edge of the woods at
the point where the Gunpowder Association has for many years
been held. They immediately returned to town, and, after counseling
with the County Attorney, they returned, and built a rail pen
around the body, and left it to await the inquest, which was
held Sunday. Sunday morning Squire Kendall returned to the place
where he left the body the night before, and found quite a large
crowd of persons, who, through curiosity, had been induced to
congregate at that place. The Squire summoned a jury, and was
just then ready to commence the inquest, when Mr. Riley, the
Marshal of Union and the officer who had the negro in charge,
arrived. Riley was sworn, and stated that when the mob assailed
them, they came out of the woods before and behind them; that
he (Riley) was jerked across the dashboard in the wagon; his
horses took fright, and in the confusion he failed to recognize
any of the mob; knew not how many there were, nor how many there
were, nor how many shots were fired. Dr. J. F. Smith was sworn,
and, upon an examination of the body, found six bullet holes,
two in the back, one in the left breast in the region of the
heart, two in the back of the head and one at the top of the
right ear. There were no other marks of violence on the body.
The VERDICT of the jury was as follows: We, the jury, find,
that the body before us is that of Joseph Paine, (colored),
of Boone county, Kentucky, and that he came to his death by
being shot and murdered by a person or persons unknown to the
jury. M. C. Jackson, Foreman.
Transcribed by Jeannie