Terrible and Swift Justice.
--A few days since, Mrs. Heady
, who lives in Union county, Kentucky
, had sold her land and received some eight hundred or a thousand dollars cash.
A day or two after she had received the money.
A traveling stranger called late in the evening and desired to get lodging for the night.
The lady declined, but the stranger insisted, and Mrs. Heady
consented to let him remain over night.
At the usual hour of retiring, the stranger proceeded to bed. Late in the night he was aroused by the lady of the house, who told him that there were three or four per persons trying to break into the house, and she believed they were robbers, who had come there for the purpose of trying to rob her of her money.
The stranger arose, seized his pistol, and told her to go down stairs and open the door, and to get behind the door as she opened it, and he would defend her. Placing himself so that he could see by the light of the door when any one entered — he gave the word — the lady opened the door, and in rushed a man, who had no sooner placed his foot on the door sill than he fell dead by a bullet from the stranger's pistol.
A second man rushed in and fell dead by the second shot.
The third appeared, and was severely wounded by the third shot, and turned and ran off leaving a trace of blood behind him. The men who had been killed were blacked., and when the blackening had been washed off their faces, Mrs. Heady
recognized with horror her own son-in-law as one of the men, and the other was a near neighbor and friend.
It was believed that the wounded man was her own son. We did not learn the names of the parties killed, nor that of the stranger, who providentially appeared to save the old lady, her money, and perhaps her life.-- Owensboro (Kentucky) Monitor