May 14, 2015

Saloon Keeper Fatally Wounds Coal Miner, Rockcastle, 1882

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[July 14, 1882] -

MT. VERNON.

A DRUNKEN COAL-MINER SERIOUSLY SHOT BY A SALOON-KEEPER.

[Special to the Courier-Journal.]

MT. VERNON, July 13. -- A difficulty occurred here this evening, in front of the Newcomb Hotel, between John Burton, a coal-miner from Livingston, and Thomas Moore, a saloon keeper of this place. Burton, who was already outside of considerable liquor, wanted one more drink, which Moore refused to let him have. After indulging in a few sharp words, the parties drew their pistols and began firing, six shots being exchanged. Only one shot took effect, which struck Burton in the chin, making an ugly but not necessarily fatal wound. A crowd of young ladies were standing on the depot platform, only a few steps away, while the firing was going on. Dr. J. J. Brown stood between Moore and Burton during the shooting and had his clothing considerably powder-burned. Fortunately, no outsider was hurt. Moore was arrested. [1]





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[July 14, 1882] -


Shooting Scrape.

[Special Dispatch to The Interior Journal.]

MT. VERNON, July 13th, 7:50 P.M. -- A difficulty occurred in front of the Newcomb Hotel this evening between John Burton, coal miner, and Thomas Moore, saloon-keeper. Six shots were exchanged, one only took effect, which struck Burton in the chin making an ugly but not necessarily fatal wound. The difficulty was over a drink of whisky which Burton wanted and Moore refused to let him have. Moore was arrested.  S.M.B. [2]



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[July 25, 1882] -

Tom. Moore was tried last Friday before Judge McClure on the charge of maliciously shooting and wounding John Burton. The testimony showed that Burton began the difficulty and fired the first two shots. His pistol was discharged by accident the first time, but the second time he fired straight at Moore. Then Moore fired and wounded Burton. Moore was acquitted on the ground that he shot in self defense. A warrant was issued against him for carrying concealed weapons on which he gave bond to the Circuit Court. Barton's wound still confines him to his bed, but it is thought he will recover. [3]




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[August 18, 1882] -

The grand jury have indicted Thomas Moore for manslaughter. Moore, it will be remembered shot John Burton in a difficulty here some weeks ago. Burton has since died of his wounds. Moore has left the county. [4]





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[1] "Mt. Vernon." The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY. July 14, 1882. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[2] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon Department." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 14, 1882. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-07-14/ed-1/seq-2/

[3] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon Department." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 25, 1882. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-07-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[4] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon Department." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 18, 1882. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1882-08-18/ed-1/seq-2/

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2 comments:

Brenda Sexton said...

Is there any reports of John king fighting and killing a man on the train close to Greenwood,McCreary,Ky.I'm not sure of the year but would love more information .john is the grandfather to my stepfather,he does not remember him all he knows is he died in prison.I would like to find out where he is buried now so I can let my stepfather know.Any information will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Brenda contact me at brendasexton22@yahoo.com

Brenda Sexton said...

Can any one help me find out information about John King who killed a man on a train close to Greenwood,Ky. and was sent to prison and later died.He is my step father's grandfather and he would like any information about him and if at all possible where he is buried .He lived at Pine Knot,Ky. at the time of his arrest.
Thank you,

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