First of 34 Men Charged With Murder in Kentucky Freed on Bond
Harlan, Ky., Aug.22,1931
Ten more indictments in the coal field disorders were returned here today coincident with the first
release on bond of any of the 34 men charged with murder and the filing of a suit charging bribery
and corruption in an effort to put in office a man supported by the striking miners.
Eight men, recently arrested, were indicted on charges of criminal syndicalism and two on charges of
banding and confederating against officers of the law. Joe Cawood, school trustee at Evarts, where
four were killed in a clash last May, was released on $25,000 bond. He had been in jail since May,
indicted under three counts charging murder as a result of the Evarts clash.
State Senator Hiram H. Brock filed an answer to the suit of A. B. Combs of Hazard, whom he defeated
for the thirty-third senatorial district August 1. Combs recently filed suit charging violation of
the corrupt practices act, including theft of ballots, intimidation of voters and other irregularities
to Brock, and named county officials and all Harlan County coal operators in his suit.
Brock's reply asserted Combs, his friends and C.W. Napier, assistant Federal district attorney for the
northern district of Kentucky, had promised pardons, paroles and suspension of sentences in both Federal
and State courts in return for voting and working for Combs. He also charged bribery and asserted Combs
did not file notice of his candidacy within the legal time limit. Formal orders are due to be made Monday.