ARMED MEN AT A FUNERAL
200 Mourners Follow the Dead Hatfields amd Every Man Had a Gun
Whitesburg, Kentucky March 30,1902
A unique funeral procession was witnessed in Pike County this afternoon. There were over 200 mourners, and
every man carried a Winchester across his shoulder. It was the funeral of the two Hatfields, Thompson and
his son Ephraim, who were killed in the quadruple tragedy of yesterday morning, the other victims being John
Rutherford and Harry Watts.
The Hatfields were buried on the rugged mountainside. The funeral of John Rutherford was conducted at the same
time, and the two processions were in plain view of each other. Not a man in either procession was without a
gun. They walked with bowed heads and were accompanied by their wifes and children.
One man's rifle was accidentally exploded. The mourners stopped, and, placing their weapons to their shoulders,
stood ready to fire. When it was discovered that the shooting was accidental the procession proceeded.
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