October 24, 2013

Underground Saloon Raided in Pulaski County, 1904

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[September 8, 1904] -

SALOON UNDERGROUND

SHERIFF OF PULASKI FERRETED OUT JOINTS OF ILLICIT WHISKY SELLERS.

SOMERSET, Ky., Sept. 7.--The lower end of this county was thrown into a state of excitement today when Sheriff Ben P. Hines and a posse of deputies swooped down on some illicit whisky joints at Williams' Siding and at Cogar, and after capturing some of the persons connected with the business, discovered a hidden underground passage which led into a regular subterranean apartment which several chambers and various passageways leading off in various directions through which the inmates when taken by surprise could make their escape.  After the Sheriff had made the arrests, explored the two joints and taken his departure, the good citizens of that locality turned out en masse, formed themselves into a vigilante committee and made a raid on the buildings where the whisky business had been conducted.  They demolished the buildings and then planted large sticks of dynamite in the underground passages, literally blowing the whole business up by the roots.

When the Sheriff and posse arrived at the scene they found two of the men on the outside and arrested them at once.  They then compelled two of the bystanders to go in front and lead the way to the secret chambers they believed to exist, and found that a beer keg had been employed as an entrance to the underground apartment.  A thorough exploration of the underground chambers was made, but the other occupants had made their escape by means of the longest passageway, which opened out into a creek some distance from the place.  The various passageways that led off from the underground rooms were concealed by means of dirty coffe sacks. [1]




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[September 8, 1904] -

WHAT OFFICERS FOUND.

Underground Passage for the Escape of Illicit Whisky Men.

Somerset, Ky., Sept. 8.-- The people in the lower part of the county were thrown into a state of excitement Wednesday when Sheriff Ben P. Hines and a posse of deputies swooped down on some illicit whisky joints at William's Siding and Cogar.

After capturing two men, alleged to be connected with the business, the officers discovered an underground passage which led into a regular subterranean apartment, with several cambers and passage ways, through which the inmates, when taken by surprise, could escape.

After the arrests the citizens organized a vigilance committee, and with dynamite destroyed the joints.  It is believed that several men escaped through the underground passages, which opened out into a creek some distance from the place.  The passageways were concealed by means of dirty coffee sacks so nearly the color of the earth that they were almost invisible. [2]


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[1] "Saloon Underground." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. September 8, 1904. Page 8. Genealogybank.com.

[2] "What Officers Found." The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, KY. September 8, 1904. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87060190/1904-09-08/ed-1/seq-1/

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