Maysville Republican

January 8, 1887


Bloody Rowan Craig Tolliver Violates the Truce and Morehead is Again Terrorized.

 

Craig Tolliver


A telegram from Owingsville says: The peace relations between the warring factions of Rowan county are just now in a very strained condition. Craig Tolliver from whom one of the factions takes its name, and the chief instigator of the devilment done by his party, and on whose voluntary exile from the county rests the treaty of peace arrange by Prosecuting Attorney Caruth, has openly violated his promise to remain away, having been seen in Morehead for several days past. By many of the citizens this is regarded as a sure signal for renewed hostilities and by some as a just cause for such proceedings. It is well known that these factions would not hesitate to shed each other's blood upon the slightest pretext. Since the shooting of Howard Logan by an assassin, the people of Morehead, each feeling that it would be his time to shoot next, have acted with the greatest caution. No one is ever seen on the streets after dark.


Logan, who was wounded from ambush some time ago, intends to leave the county as soon as he recovers sufficiently. The people of Morehead, regardless of past differences , with one accord condemned this cowardly attempt to assassinate Logan, and the party who was strongly suspected of it has since left the place and is said to have located in Covington.


There was a dance at Judge Menix's in Morehead Monday night, with the usual concomitants of pistols, whisky and death. Mason Keeton, a young man of dissipated habits, was killed, and John Rogers, another young man of similar proclivities, narrowly avoided the same fate. It seems to have been some outcropping of that factional strife, which has made Rowan County a synonym for bloodshed. The young men belonged to the rival factions and were both showing attentions to a daughter of the murdered John Martin. Keeton fired the first shot, aiming it at Rogers, but it was followed by a fusillade from the bystanders. It is not known who fired the fatal shot. Rogers is a nephew of Zachary Taylor Young.



Maysville Republican

January 22, 1887


Society in Rowan County


A correspondent of the Louisville Commercial writes from Morehead: This is the present condition of society in this delectable community: So many of the leaders have either left or been killed, and so many of the rank have also fallen out of the factions, that is not likely that there will ever be another outbreak here that will assume the open demeanor the characterized the first demonstration. The factious warfare will continue, but it will be confined to bushwhacking, which is easier, safer, and not so liable to attract the attention of the state militia. In fact, the ambuscade always in favor here, has become the fashion. Since the soldiers were here last year, Dr. Raine, a prominent Tolliverite, died and was buried in Louisville; Mace Keeton, a renegade from the Tollivers, has been murdered; John Day, a friend of Tolliver, was slain by his cousin, Tom Day; Wiley Tolliver, a cousin of Craig, has been cut to death; John Rogers, another Tolliverite, has been seriously wounded, and Howard Logan is yet lying seriously ill with gunshot wounds. This is the list of casualties since Cook Humphrey and Craig Tolliver agreed to quit at Mr. Caruth's suggestion.


Z. T. Young, ex-County Attorney, has moved to Mt. Sterling with his family; his son, Allie Young, has moved to Farmer's Station, seven miles below here; the Ramey's, who were shot in the discharge of their duty as Sheriffs, have been deposed. As the population is decreasing, time promises to effect a lasting compromise, though the coming generation, which is very promising, may knock old time out in the next round.


Maysville Republican

February 19. 1887


THE TROUBLES IN ROWAN

Indictment of Several Parties for Conspiring to Murder Judge Cole and the Youngs.


Courier-Journal Morehead Special


The people of this town and county were thrown into a wild state of excitement Saturday evening when they ascertained that the grand jury had reported true bills against Henry S. Logan, Morgan McClurg and Lou Rayborn, charging them with the crime of confederating and banding themselves together for the purpose of killing Judge A. E. Cole, Colonel Z. T. Young and his son, Allie W. Young, now County Attorney of Rowan. The scheme to murder these was detected just in time to save their lives and in this way: Late Thursday evening a suspicious character was seen lurking around the town and about the depot, whom the Sheriff arrested and placed under guard. He gave his name as James A. Harris, alias Pendlum, and afterward told to his Uncle Hayden Harris of this county the following story.


That he lived in Fleming county and Henry S. Logan had hired him to come here and assist in the killing of these men, promising to furnish four men to help, viz. Morgan McClurg, Lou Rayborn, Mr. Hensley and a Mr. Logan-could not give first names of the latter two-and provide them with guns and ammunition, and pay them for services, $100 each when the job was completed. Henry S. Logan said that Howard Logan would put up the money and would give them more if they required; that he, Howard Logan, had $1,500 to spend in this way, if necessary. He also stated that he had been staying at Henry S. Logan's for about two months, and had conferred with Morgan McClurg and Lou Rayborn, who said that the work could easily be done, and concluded that the best time to do it would be during court, when they would all be here. The plan agreed upon was to shot them from the brush or through the windows of the hotel. If both these plans failed they were to fire the hotel and shoot them as they ran out.


This story was sworn to by Harris. James Pelfrey also testified to the above conspiracy and other circumstances tended to prove the truth of Harris's statement.


Henry S. Logan and Morgan McClurg were arrested last evening and in default of $6,000 bail, were sent to jail. Lou Rayborn has not yet been apprehended. W. H. Logan and brother, sons of Henry S. Logan, were put under bonds to keep the peace.


The five would be assassins were to have met last night at Henry Logan's and complete arrangements, but thanks to the clever detective work of the officers, their murderous plans have been frustrated. A strong guard was placed at the jail last night and instructed by the court to prevent the release of the prisoners by friends or injury by enemies.


Judge Cole and the officers of the court are fearless in the discharge of their duties and resolved to enforce the law at all hazards, even at the sacrifice of their lives. The only hope and safety for Rowan is for her citizens, irrespective of parties, to peaceably submit to the lawful authorities and the executive and the press should stand by and uphold the sworn officers of the law in their attempt to preserve the peace. We confidently hope and predict a peaceable solution of the now unsettled condition of affairs here, but know not what a day or an hour may bring forth.



Maysville Republican

March 26, 1877


In Craig Tolliver's Favor.


(Paducah Standard) Kentucky newspapers have said men things without end about Craig Tolliver, the distinguished desperado from Rowan County, but none of them have had the kindness to speak a good word for him. But he has one good point--he does not spell his name "Taliaferro.," and that one good feature shines like a diamond pin in a soiled shirt.


Maysville Republican

April 16, 1887 Saturday


Still Shooting at Morehead

 


Monday night between the hours of 12 and 1 o'clock, some unknown person or persons fired about fifty pistol shots into the Powers Hotel at Morehead, but no one was injured, says a correspondent of the Lexington Press. One shot penetrated the front of the building and passed directly over Dr. McMillan, who was sleeping in the front room on the second floor, barely missing him and striking the opposite wall. Powers is running the only licensed saloon in town, his license having not yet expired, but it is said that there are several "blind tigers" in full blast. This is the third or fourth time his house has been fired into and it is thought it is being done in order to run him off. The Cary family returned to Morehead about six weeks since, but their old enemies would not let them remain in peace and they have again sought a more congenial clime.



Maysville Daily Republican

June 11, 1887


The Last Tragedy in Rowan


The Flemingsburg Times-Democrat has this version of the killing of the Logan boys. "The Marshal of Morehead, John Mannin, went out to the house of Henry Logan with a warrant for the arrest of William Logan on an indictment for carrying a pistol. When he arrived there, he found William Logan up stairs with his brother Jack Logan. He started up the stairs to make the arrest, after telling them what he wanted, but before he got half way up he was met by a load of buckshot from one of the Logan boys, which lodged in his shoulder, mangling it in a fearful manner. He fell, but managed to crawl away and raise a posse, composed of his two brothers, three of the Tollivers (including Craig) and two others unknown to us. They went to the Logan house that evening, two of them going to the front door and the remainder to the rear, and when those at the front knocked, the two Logans ran out at the back door, shooting as they ran. The posse returned the fire, filling each of them with lead. One of them was shot three times and the other, four times, killing them instantly."


The disgrace of Rowan County


(Lexington Press)


A few days ago this criminal Craig Tolliver was elected Police Judge and has complete mastery of the town. There are many indictments against him for various crimes and yet this "grand old Commonwealth" that Governor Knott speaks of as "a royal diadem on the bosom of the Union" disgraces its pure and undefiled name by allowing a criminal under indictment to hold office and exercise the rights of that office.


Maysville Daily Republican

June 16, 1887


BLOODSHED IN ROWAN


Two more attempts at Murder--Dr. Logan Released From Jail


The disgraceful condition of affairs in Rowan County shows no abatement. On the contrary, the reign of bloodshed seems only about beginning. Closely following upon the murder of the two Logan boys comes the news of the shooting of ex-Deputy Sheriff William Ramey and his son Henry, aged twenty-four years. They were shot from ambush near the county seat, Morehead. It is not known who did the shooting, but it is believed that they were shot by members of the Craig Tolliver gang for refusing to join with them in their bloody work. At last account neither, Ramey nor his son were dead, although their wounds are dangerous.

 

Governor Knott

 


Yesterday morning Governor Knott ordered the release of Dr. H. S. Logan, father of the two boys recently killed by the Tolliver gang, and R. M. McClurg, from the jail at Lexington, where they have been confined for several months past, charged with conspiracy against the lives of Zachary Taylor Young, Judge A. E. Cole and others. The charge is dismissed by this action of the Governor's.


Maysville Republican

June 25, 1887


ZACHARY TAYLOR YOUNG


Rumors of His Arrest at Morehead-Further Particulars From The Tragedy

 


The vigilance committee in Rowan was animated by a feeling of vengeance, which did not apply alone to Craig Tolliver. There always has been good reason for believing Zachary Taylor Young to be at least morally responsible for much of the trouble in Rowan and the outraged citizens have felt that it would be a good thing to have him out of the way. There are various reports concerning the whereabouts of Young, but it is known he has been wanted by the vigilantes. The following is a dispatch which was sent yesterday from Lexington.


"A dispatch just received here says that Zachary Young former County Attorney in Rowan, who has been accused of being at the bottom of all the Rowan County trouble, has been arrested at Morehead this morning, It is believed he will be mobbed, but nothing can (be) learned now. Considering the temper of the people of Rowan, it is not improbable Young will pay for the part he has taken, with his life.


* * *


"Dr. H. S. Logan, who has just been pardoned by Governor Knott, had a part in the last Rowan tragedy, according to a report in the Lexington Press. Here is the account, written at Morehead Wednesday afternoon.


Dr. Logan, who was recently released from the Lexington jail, arrived in this section about Monday last and swore out warrant for the arrest of Craig Tolliver at all hazards. The Sheriff summoned a posse of about seventy-five men and armed them with Winchester rifles. They repaired to the Cottage Hotel, ran by Craig Tolliver, and where he was then located. The Sheriff, after stationing his men demanded of Craig Tolliver that he surrender. Tolliver replied that a thousand men could not take him and his friends and immediately began a red-hot fusillade against the posse. The first fire came near weakening the posse; for although none were killed, they began to make a slight retreat.


Tolliver then cried to his men to come on and they began to advance on the officers. Then a pitched battle took place right near the depot in which upwards of 300 shots were fired, and when the smoke had cleared away it was seen that three of the Tolliver faction had "bit the dust." Jeff Tolliver, Bud Tolliver and Hiram Cooper were found to be the ones who were unfortunate enough to be in front of the fatal bullets. Craig Tolliver, who had by this time become desperate, kept up his advance and when he had reached the railroad track, the posse fired another round, when Craig Tolliver reeled and fell across the railroad track, dead. The dead were then picked up and carried to the depot where they were viewed by a large crowd of persons, all anxious to see the last of them.

 


At 1 o'clock train No. 1 was allowed to pass through and the firing had almost entirely ceased. A number of persons on each side were also badly wounded the worst one being Dr. Brown, who is reported as having received a dangerous wound in the thigh which may yet result fatally. The remainder of the Tolliver faction, as soon as their chieftain had fallen, lost all control of themselves, and began to make their escape, nearly all taking to the country. The posse started in hot pursuit and will probably overtake them before night. The principal one of the refugees is Z. T. Young, who is thought to have gone in the direction of Mt. Sterling or Lexington. Officers at Mt. Sterling and Lexington have been notified to watch all trains and capture the fugitives." (This story has no support in the testimony of Boone Logan, Sheriff Hogge or Z. T. Young).


Maysville Republican

December 15, 1888


In Elliott County, Cal Tolliver, cousin of Craig Tolliver struck David Conley in the head with an ax, producing fatal wounds. Cal was a participant in the Tolliver-Martin feud in Rowan County and was one of the prime factors in the battle of June 22, 1887, when Craig Tolliver and two (sic) of his men were killed.


Maysville Republican

February 15, 1888


PRESERVE ROWAN

Opinion of The Louisville Times on The Subject

 

Soldiers in Morehead at the then County Courthouse during the feud.

 


More than thirty years ago a new county was created just between the bluegrass and the mountains and called Rowan. It was so named in honor of one of the greatest men Kentucky ever produced and for many years, Rowan County jogged along about like her sister counties. Occasionally a man was killed, but it was in a fight and then as now, it was no extraordinary occurrence for a man to be killed in a fight in Kentucky. Time passed and until one Craig Tolliver got possession of Rowan County and he made it might lively for the people living in and about the county seat. Some he killed, others he banished and all he intimidated but a day of reckoning came. The people of Rowan Count were Kentuckians and proved themselves worthy to bear the name by arming themselves assembling together and deliberately dispatching Mr. Tolliver and his band. Since that time there has been comparative security to life and limb in Rowan County. The Scotchman of today takes pride in the fact that his country produced a Fergus McIvor, a Rob Roy, an Angus McAuley, the Englishman is not a worse man because Robin Hood robbed and Percy executed without law centuries ago, nor do Frenchmen blush because of the deeds of DuGuesclin and LeHare. Let Rowan County alone and she will come out all right. There is no more reason to dismember the county than there is to dismember Green, a far bloodier county or Bell or Breathitt. It might be well enough however, to place Rowan in Judge Cooper's judicial circuit.


Maysville Republican

February 16, 1888


DANIEL BOONE LOGAN


How He Became Mixed With the Affairs of Rowan County

 

Boone Logan

 

A newspaper correspondent relates the following bit of history. It is pertinent to relate how Boone Logan became mixed in the affairs of Rowan County. For a wonder, the story has never been told in print. Boone was a law student and endeavored to keep as far aloof as possible from the frequent feuds and riots. The cruel slaughter of the Logans boys, Boone's cousins, is well remembered. A number of the residents walked out to the homestead to take a last look at them. In the crown was Boone Logan. He was deeply moved, but he refrained from uttering a word. Some said it was cold-blooded murder and others argued they had reaped the just penalty for resisting an officer of the law. When Boone returned to town, he was hailed by Craig Tolliver, then in the zenith of his lawless glory.


Craig wanted to know what the people thought about the tragedy. Boone replied that some were of the opinion that it was outrage, while others professed to believe the deed justifiable. "That don't satisfy me," said the cut-throat police judge, arrogating to himself an air of supreme loftiness. "I want to know what you think about it."


Boone hesitated for he knew to express his honest convictions would entail trouble. Craig insisted and finally Logan, summoning all his wavering courage said, "my cordial belief is that it was an atrocious murder." "You do, do you?" Was the only response.


Boone walked away, satisfied that he had engendered an opposition that would be satisfied with nothing short of his life. The next morning he received written notification from Craig Tolliver that if he was found in town after a certain hour that day he would be shot down in his tracks. Logan had no desire to fill such an early grave, so he packed his trunk and left for other parts on the first train that passed. His wife was left behind. He had been absent but a short while when a message came from Tolliver that if Mrs. Logan did not leave Morehead at once, he would hire her out. This last message made Logan furious and he at once began planning to right the insult cast upon him and the disgrace threatened his wife. The armed posse which visited Morehead June 22, last, dealing extermination to the Tolliver faction, was one result of the resolve young Logan made when news reached him that his wife was to be farmed out and that's how Daniel Boone Logan's name is now prominently associated with the Rowan County hostilities.


The investigation of Judge Cole still proceeds at Frankfort. Daniel Boone Logan has been on the stand this week. The Louisville Commercial says:


"Logan said he never saw a conviction where Judge A. E. Cole presided and Taylor Young defended, and he never saw an acquittal when Young prosecuted. John Keeton confessed that Allie and Taylor Young had offered him a barroom rent free for a year, several cases of beer and $100 in money to kill Howard Logan. Keeton swore Judge Cole off the bench because he did not think he could get justice and Cole replied in the presence of the jury that "justice was what he did not want and further that he had repeatedly sworn to lies in that court." The confession of Keeton was taken up by a Notary Public in Covington, named Massil, and attested by D. Ellis Conner.


There is a great deal of interest manifested in the trial and if counsel are of value, Judge Cole will win. He has Judge Alvin Duvall, William Lindsay, Messers Hendricks and Sudduth of Flemingsburg and Colonel Wadsworth of Maysville. Z. T. Young is also here assisting.


Maysville Daily Republican

February 27, 1888


JUDGE COLE

A Much Maligned Man in the Estimation of Hon. W. H. Wadsworth of This City


A special from Frankfort to the Courier-Journal of the 25th says: Almost every seat in the hall of the House of Representatives was occupied this evening to hear Hon. W. H. Wadsworth address the Rowan County Investigating Committee on behalf of Judge Cole. Mr. Wadsworth is a very graceful, if not an artful orator, and he made a very interesting presentation of the facts from his standpoint. He began by saying that the bar of the Fourteenth Judicial District had been surprised to hear charges made against Judge A. E. Cole. The investigation just closing had been full and free, not confining itself to facts within the knowledge of the witnesses. Mr. Wadsworth said he did not think any man could have passed through the ordeal of sitting on the bench of the Rowan Circuit Court with so little blemish upon his official robe as Judge Cole. There was no complaint, because Gov. Bruckner, relying upon the reports of the Adjutant General and Captain MacPherson, saw fit to call the attention of the Legislature to the case. Judge Cole's friends were thankful that the charges had been made in such a form that they could answer. He then quoted from the Governor's message that portion which related to Rowan County affairs. He then maintained that the allegations so specifically made had not been sustained. The reputed faction leader who controlled the Judge of the Rowan Circuit Court had not been discovered. But it was manifest that the man referred to was Zachary Taylor Young. It appeared to Mr. Wadsworth that the people should adduce their proofs or hold their tongues.


Mr. Wadsworth next observed, "if Zachary Taylor Young is the leader in language of that great newspaper (meaning the Courier-Journal) that has sought, through its correspondent to control this investigation, he should be abolished."


Mr. Wadsworth next reverted to a review of the bloody deeds of Rowan, his prime purpose being an apology for Taylor Young, and to show that Young had control of no faction, nor had any Judge at his beck and call. He described the tragedies in their order succinctly, and at times graphically. Occasionally he was quite severe in his references to Boone Logan. If any man, he said, had been active in assisting the committee to find information to cast a reproach upon Judge Cole, that man had been Daniel Boone Logan. He has directed the minds of the committee. If he knew of any evidence he has brought it to light and when a witness was necessary, he procured the witness.


After this, Mr. Wadsworth confined himself more particularly to replying to the charges against Judge Cole, commenting at length upon the insufficiency of testimony. He said that the evidence showed a majority of the men who had served as Jury Commissioners were men without blemish; otherwise he showed that Judge Cole had always done the best he could to uphold the majesty of the law. "Put yourself in his place," he exclaimed facetiously. "How would you like to hold a term of court or two in Rowan County?"


This sally caused general merriment. Frequently after that Mr. Wadsworth spiced his speech with anecdotes and happy illustrations, which greatly relieved his tale of woe and tragedy.


Mr. Wadsworth proceeded to show that with the military in muting and other conditions not favoring, Judge Cole had an almost impossible task to hold court in Rowan. He combated statement after statement made against the Judge and closed by requesting the committee to impeach Mr. Cole, if there was any evidence upon which to base such a transaction.


He was warmly applauded and several stepped forward to congratulate him personally. Boone Logan requested the privilege of a reply, but the committee couldn't see it that way. A report may be looked for next week.


Maysville Daily Republican

March 1, 1888


WILL BE EXONERATED

The Result Expected in the Cole Investigation-Mr. Wadsworth's Efforts


Green R. Keller, editor of the Carlisle Mercury and Clerk of the House at Frankfort, writes to his paper.


I have scrupulously avoided saying anything about a matter that has attracted much attention, as I felt that the end would justify the man whose reputation and very life depended upon the result. I refer to the investigation of Judge Cole's conduct in Rowan County. The testimony and arguments are all closed, and the committee are making up their reports. I have enough information to say that Judge Cole will be exonerated from all blame for the troubles in the county. He will not be whitewashed, but will be honorably acquitted. I could write columns on the subject, and show under what disadvantages he has labored, and how he was compassed about by men whom he had a right to believe wee his friends, and would aid him in the discharge of his duty.


I will cite one case alone and that will give the public an idea of matters. It will be remembered that Governor Knott engaged Major Kinney of Louisville to go to Rowan at one term of Judge Cole's court and assist the Commonwealth's Attorney in the prosecution of the felony cases that were to be tried. Major Kinney is known as one of the ablest prosecuting lawyers in Kentucky, as well as one of the most fearless of men, and he testified that he held a consultation with governor Knott before going to Rowan, and the Governor instructed him "to do all he could to prevent any trials from being had." This but a sample of the many things that was done to hinder Judge Cole in the discharge of his duty. Governor Knott may have had satisfactory reasons for his actions in the matter and I have no doubt could make a very plausible defense, but what could be expected of Judge Cole when the Governor and in fact the whole State Government in conspiracy against him.


Another thing I desire to say. I know most of the committee personally, and I know that several of them went into the investigation with strong prejudices against Judge Cole, and that only their regards for their oaths and the evidence could have influenced them in the matter. Judge Cole had every warm friends to back him in his hour of trial, but none were more potent than Colonel W. H. Wadsworth. He volunteered his services, refused fee, or even the smallest amount for expenses and his closing argument in the case carried with it power and conviction. He made some people interested wish they had never heard of Rowan County. A score of members of the Mason and Fleming Bar came to stand by their Judge, and he has reasons to be proud of their friendship.


It looks now like an effort will be made to abolish Rowan County, but I hope this will not be done. The people who have made that county's name the synonym of that which is disgraceful, are on the go and why good people should now be punished is a procedure I do not endorse. Rowan County will soon be the home of a prosperous people, while those who have been the cause of the trouble will find climes more fitting for their places of abode. Rowan County is not bad, nor are a majority of their citizens, and I hope they will not be punished for the misdeeds of a few-or even many-bad men.


A LEGISLATOR'S OPINION


The Hon. A. P. Gooding, Representative for Mason County was in the city yesterday, fresh from his legislative work at Frankfort. In response to a question relative to the Cole investigation he said to The Republican...


"Several things have taken a different shape from what I expected. For instance, there is no doubt but that the members of the committee entered upon their work prejudiced against Judge Cole. Now, I believe, all of them are favorable to him. Then it was the universal opinion that Zachary Taylor Young was responsible largely for the keeping alive of the factional fights in Rowan. Now it appears, so far as the proof introduced is concerned, that nothing worse can be alleged against Young than that he entered actively in politics in his county and carried things his own way. He was prominent there in many respects. As a lawyer, he appeared on one side of every case tried in the Rowan courts. He antagonized, therefore, a great many people both in his own party and outside of it, so that whoever went to Morehead to investigate matters was certain to meet with people ready to lay upon Young the blame for a great deal of the wrong prevailing there."


Maysville Daily Republican

April 6, 1888


JUDGE COLE DROPPED

The Legislature Too Busy to Consider the Rowan County Report


The Flemingsburg True Blue Democrat says: "Representative Hudson and Senator Huff came up from Frankfort, Saturday night. Mr. Hudson returned to Frankfort, Monday. While at home he talked quite freely about the Tate defalcation and Rowan affairs. He said Rowan would not be abolished. He did not think there would be over fifteen votes in the House and five in the Senate in favor of abolishing Rowan, unless some speeches were made that produce a change Dr. Huff said that only three Senators would vote to abolish Rowan. Mr. Hudson said that he believed that the committee's report, if acted upon at all, would go by the board. Members had been so much taken up with the Treasurer's defalcation that Rowan and Judge Cole had been lost sight of. He did not think that there was much likelihood of the Legislature doing anything in Judge Cole's case. It would probably be dropped."


Maysville Daily Republican

April 13, 1888


EXONERATED

The House of Representatives Adopts a Report Favorable to Judge Cole


The news reached the city yesterday of the adoption by the House of Representatives of the minority report of the Rowan Investigating Committee. The effect is to exonerate Judge Cole. The full report is as follows:


"To the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky: While concurring in the report concerning Rowan county signed by the majority of your Committee, I am forced to disagree as to the charges of official misconduct against the Judge of the Fourteenth Judicial District.


The resolution under which your committee acted directed an investigation of definite and positive charges. In prosecuting our inquiries, the testimony will show that every legal rule of evidence was disregarded in order that the Committee might have the widest possible information as a basis for their conclusions. With this great mass of nearly one thousand pages of testimony, certainly Judge Cole is proven guilty or not guilty. It is not enough to say that he has not been guilty of official (mis)conduct in a legal sense, or that no judge in the Commonwealth could have enforced the law in Rowan county, and then shadow a vindication by statements that, if true, prove the charge we were appointed to investigate.


I call your attention to the report of this Committee respecting Rowan County and submit that, if it is true, the conduct of Judge Cole, unimpeached by a word of testimony, deserves our heartiest praise instead of censure.


In my judgment, the testimony is conclusive that the official conduct of Judge Cole has been impartial and above reproach...CLAUDE THOMAS

 

Return to Home Page