May 17, 2015

Man and Officer Argue, Fall From Moving Train, Rockcastle, 1887


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[December 27, 1887] -


An Officer in Charge of a Prisoner Called Out of the Car and Shot.

MT. VERNON, Ky., Dec. 27. -- Bal Chumley Saturday, in Laurel County, arrested Hugh McHargue, who was charged with the seduction of a young girl at Pine Hill, Ky. He started on the train with him for this place Sunday. When he arrived at Livingston Walter Mullins, one of McHargue's friends, boarded the train against the protestations of his friends. The train had not run far when, nearing a tunnel which opens out on the bridge over Round Stone creek, Mullins entered the car, and slapping Chumley on the shoulder, told him a man wanted to see him out on the platform quick. Chumley went out, carrying his Winchester with him. After reaching the platform, witnesses say that a discussion ensued, and the report of arms aroused all passengers. Mullins was shot through the hand, and Chumley through the foot. Both fell from the moving train off the bridge, a distance of about thirty feet. The train was at once stopped and backed up to the scene. Both men were found dead, Mullins with his neck broken and Chumley with his head all torn to pieces, making it difficult to tell whether he was shot in the head or not, but it is supposed he was, as his brains were found upon the car steps. In the confusion McHargue escaped and his whereabouts is still a mystery. [1]


[December 30, 1887] -

Walter Mullins undertook to rescue Hugh McHargue, charged with seduction, from officer Bal Chumley, on the platform of a moving train near Mt. Vernon. They began to shoot and in the row both Chumley and Mullins fell off and were killed and McHargue made his escape. [2]


[December ?, 1887] -

Bal Chumley and Walter Mullins killed when they fell from a passenger train as it crossed bridge just north of Livingston. Both were found dead in creek bed. [3]


Mrs. Susie Mullins was here to cause an investigation of the killing of Walter Mullins. [3]


Bal Chumley buried at Pine Hill. [3]


[January 1, 1888] -

Bal Chumley and Walter Mullins fell from platform on a moving passenger train at Round Stone bridge. Both were instantly killed. [4]


[November 22, 1889] -

Hugh McHargue, who was shot in a fight with William Bloomer  at this place last Saturday, died at his home near Pine Hill. He never regained consciousness after the ball passed through his brain. Bloomer is not yet out of danger from his knife wound, but will probably recover. Both men were quiet, hard-working citizens, except when drinking, then both were inclined to be noisy. McHargue was about 33 years of age and leaves a wife and two children. He was the young man nominally under arrest, in charge of Walter Mullins and Bob Chumley three years since, when they list their lives at Roundstone bridge by falling, or being shot, from the front end of a passenger coast and falling into the creek 40 feet below. McHargue was on his way to fill a marriage contract, which he was said to have been avoiding; but he afterwards complied with his agreement. In the mysterious double killing at the bridge no definite conclusion as to the cause was ever reached. [5]


[1] "Horrible Tragedy." Repository, Canton, OH. December 27, 1887. Page 5.

[2] Column 2. Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian, Hopkinsville, KY. December 30, 1887. Page 2. LOC.

[3] Excerpts from "December 1887, By J. M." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. September 10, 1915. Page 1. LOC.

[4] Excerpt from "James Maret's Recollections New Year's Day, 1888." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. January 3, 1902. Page 2. LOC.

[5] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 22, 1889. Page 3. LOC.


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