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Four Killed Over Election
FOUR KILLED OVER ELECTION
Kentucky Mountaineers Have Desperate Fight-More Trouble Expected
Special to The New York Times
OWINGSVILLE, Ky., November 11, 1905
As a suit of the Democratic victory in Ohio at Tuesday's election, four men were killed
yesterday in a battle between mountaineers at a mill at Beaver Creek, Johnson County,
and another man is dying. The dead are Reuben Morgan, Enoch Bentley, Cameron
Estep, and Charles Prater. The dying man is John Sadler, who started the trouble.
Estep and Sadler had wagered $5 on the Ohio election, and Estep, hearing that the
Democrats were victoriuos, went to the mill to collect the money which had been placed
in the hands of Prater. Prater paid the money, but when Sadler arrived he asked that it
be returned. Estep refused to repay it and Prater drew his pistol. Instantly pistols flashed
in a dozen hands and for twenty minutes shots were fired.
When the firing ceased Prater, Bentley and Morgan were dead. Estep and Sadler were
uninjured. Sadler got a heavy stick and attacked Estep as he attempted to run. Estep drew
a knife, stabbed Sadler four times, and ran.
William Sadler. a brother of John, attracted by the firing, came running to the scene and
the wounded man said Estep had stabbed him. William Saddler rushed in search of Estep,
overtaking him a quarter of a mile away. Estep knelt and begged for life, but Saddler shot
him dead. William Saddler escaped into the mountains.
All the men are widely connected, and another fight is expected between their families.
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