Calhoun Miss Avoids Tar and Feathers in 1897


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 1/26/1897.

Miss McCune of Calhoun

Shows that She is No Novice with a Shooting Iron
Spencer in the Front Again

There is nothing slow about Spencer, Roane county, when it comes to furnishing sensational news.  Last week there were no less than a half dozen very interesting items from there published, and now this week starts off well with another tale of thwarted vigilants.

Miss McCune, from Calhoun has located on the outskirts of Spencer.

She brought her reputation along with her and the good people liked neither her nor her "rep."

There has been talk of calling the dame to account for her actions and then telling her to skip.

The talk finally assumed some more threatening shape and a crowd of men visited her house last Saturday night with the intention of coating the fair dame with tar and then covering her with feathers.

But their intentions were not realized, for when they were assembled outside the house Miss McCune, of Calhoun, pulled a gun and fired into the crowd.

The would be vigilants scattered and ran and the Calhoun nymph now remains in undisputed possession of the fort.