The Washington Post
Eastern Kentucky Anticipating Some Lively Shooting
Mountaineers Armed To Kill
The Noted French-Eversole Trouble Likely to be Renewed and Mountaineers Are
Enraged Over the Attempt to Kill Judge Hall-More Trouble Brewing in Perry and Breathitt
Counties One Murder Already Having Taken Place
Lexington, Kentucky December 12,1894
A message received here tonight shows that the people in Eastern Kentucky are apprehensive of the
reopening of the noted French-Eversole feud. The factions have never ceased to exist. The breaking
up of the circuit court at Hazard, Ky., and the attempt to kill Judge Floyd Hall Monday have served
to further enrage the mountaineers. The murderers of Judge Combs are now at large, having escaped to
the mountains after refusing to go to jail and attempting to kill Judge Hall. One of the leaders of
the Eversole side is Jere South, a large property-owner in Breathitt county. The people of Breathitt
and Perry counties are armed in anticipation of trouble.
Intelligence from Perry and Breathitt counties indicates that another mountain feud is Imminent. One
murder has already taken place, that of Josiah Combs, who was killed by Jesse Fields and Joe Adkins.
Combs was not friendly to the French faction, and when Adkins and Fields sympathizers took up arms in
All Looking for Gore
Last Sunday three members of the French faction left Winchester over the Lexington and Eastern Railroad
for Hazard. They were heavily armed, and after arriving at Jackson, the terminus of the railroad, they
rode on horseback to Hazard, thirty-five miles distant. Whether they took part in the shooting in the
courtroom is not known, except from the fact that one of the Eversoles was shot.
In Jackson county there is a feud brewing between the Days and the Hargises. They are all armed to the
teeth and a bloody battle may be expected at any time. A few days ago one of the factions fired seventy
five shots into a house in Jackson, nut fortunately no one was hurt. Jere South, who owns a great deal
of land in Breathitt, is said to be the leader.
The quiet people of Jackson and Breathitt are in mortal terror of the armed men going about ready to shoot
down any one at the slightest provocation. It is dangerous to carry lanterns at night, as a number of persons
carrying them have been shot at. An attempt was made recently to wreck the pay train on the Lexington and Eastern
road. A switch had been thrown and fastened, but the engineer saw the danger in time. On two other
occasions within the last few months attempts have been made to wreck trains on this road.