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Schoolcrafts and indians - IN PIONEER TIMES. .Sketches of Indian , West...
IN PIONEER TIMES. .Sketches of Indian , West Virginia MUKDER AND PLUNDEB. Trials of the West Family and Early Settlers In Hacker's Valley— Massacre ol tlie Mack Children Near Clarksburg. In September of. 1787, a party of Indians were discovered in Hie act of •catching some horses on the West Fork above Clarksburg, and a company of men, led by JCol. 'Lowther,' went im- rnfldiatfily in pursuit of them. On the third nigh*:, the Indians and whites iknown to each other, camped not far apart, aniJTn the morning the first, of the latter being discovered by Elias Hughes, the detachment which was accompanying- him, fired upon the camp .and one of tthe savages f°ll. The remainder taking.to flight,, one of them :passed near to where Col; Lowther and the other men-were, and tbn Colonel fired at him as h« ran, the ball entering at his shoulder, perforated him :and he.fsll. The horses, and plunder •which,had been'taken by the savages, fere hVn'collected by the white men, •and they commenced their return "hnfne, in thereorifidence of false security. They had hot proceeded^far when two shots were runexpceterlly fii-fd at them, and JO D "Bonnott fell,- pierced through the body. He died before he reached home. The Indians never thought the whites -sjiistifiable in flying to arms to punish •fhem'for acts merely of rapin°. They :authoriz°d to levy contributions of this •sort.." whenever an occasion served, •^jewing property thus acquired as (to •use their own expression) thn only rent •which they received -for their lands; .and 'if detected secretly exactmg •them their blood paid the penalty, they •were surs to retaliate with tenfold •fury on the n'^st favorable opportunity. Th» murder of these two Indians by Hughes and Lowther was so"n followed by acts of retribution, which are believed to have been, at least imme- •diately, produced by them.' ' On the -5th of December, a Daily of .Indians and one white man (Leonard Schnolcraft) came into the settlement -of Hacker's (Jre°.k, and meeting with •a. daughter of Jesse Hughes, took her •prisoner. Passing on, they came upon »na; and knowing of the 'absence from hom« of Edmund West, jr. he deemed it. advisable t" apprize his wife of danger,' and remove h»r from the house. p or this purpose and accompanied by Mrs. West's Itwo daughters, he went «n. On erit?r,iH8 'the!door,, the tale of destruction which had b°en done there was soon told 'n part. Mrs. West and the lad lay weltering in' their blood, but not yet dead. The sight overpowered, the girls, and Hughes had to carry them off. Seeing that savages had just left them and aware of the danger which would attend any attempt to move out and give the alarm that night, Hughes guarded ^his own house until day, then spread the sorrowful intelligence, and a company was collected.to Jasi-ertain the extent of the mischief and try to find those who were known to be missing. % • Young West was found—standing in the creek about, half a mile from where he had been tomahawked. The brains try. Crossing' the' ri"cr and'ascend- ing the Hocking near to the falls, they came upon the camp of the savages. Th« whites opened,, an unexpected fire, which killed one, and 'wounded another of the Indians, and caused.*he remain- were oozing from bis'heHiT: yetiie survived in extreme- suffering for three days. Old Mr. West was found in the der to fly,'leaving their horses about their camp. Thes« were* caught, brought ba"k and restored to their •owners. In April, a« Samuel Hull was engag ed in ploughing a field for Major Beo jamin Robinsnn, he was discovered, b some Indians, shot,, tomahawked an scalped. The murder 'was first ascer tained by Mrs. Robinson. Surprise that Hull did not come to the house a us"al, to feed tne horses and get hi own dinner, she went to the field fc see what detained him. She found tlv horses some distance from wherfi h' had been recently at work -and going on presently saw Hull lying where b< had been shot. CEMENT INDUSTRY. Favetie Capital Will Establish Large Plant In Grecnbrier County. . The Greenbrier Portland Cement Co, in which Fayette capital is hrgelj interested, is now fully organized anc the stock of" the compiny h being rapidly subscribed. S. r>ixon is president and R.^J. Stegall, of Maconnaic is secretary. The company has pur- , ., ,, ,. • , chased several hundred acres of cement when thrown over the fence, and was . ,-~ ,, , - 0 .' ... . . ,.___.,,....., ,..,_.. I,.... .... land near Fort Spring in Greenbr'er. field where he had been tomahawked. Mrs. West wa? in the hnusp.; she had probably lived but a few minutes after |. Hughes and his'sisters-in-law had left them. The little, girl (Hacker's daughter) was in lied at the house of old Mr. West. She related the histoiy of the transactions at Edmund West's, lr., and said that she went to sleep awakened by the scalping. Ai'ter she had been stabbed, at the suggestion of Schoolcraft and left, she tried to re- cross the fence to the house, but as she was climbing up she again went to sleep and fell back. She then walked into the woods, sheltered herself as well as she could in the top of a fallen tree, and remained there until the cocks crew in the morning. Remembering -that there was no person left alive at the house of her sister, awhile'before day she proceeded To old"Mr. West's. She found no person at home, the fire nearly out, but the hearth wavm, and she laid flown on it. The heat ^produced a sickly feeling, which caused her to get up and fgo to .bed, in which she was f^und. She reco"ered, grew up, and It. is proposed to erect a plant costing ahout $100,000. In view of the growing importance of the-cement industry the following interview-,with Prpf.'Grinsley, of the state university, ?who is making a study of the cemert Jresources of the state, willbe of special interest. "West Virginia abounds in unlimited raw material fit for ;the making of Portland cement," said he. "It. is a surprise to me ;that this industry has not .been,'developed here years ago. Everybody' kno»"s West Virginia a? a cnal, oil and gas state. .We now want to make her known as the greates cement producing- stat" in America We have, thejmaterial here and all tha is needed is development. There isonlj one plantjn the"state—at Rowlesburg was married, gave birth to ten child- where'a 1*000 barrel plant is in opera ren, and died, as was believed, of an t i 0 n. The growth of the cement indus : affection of the head, occasioned by i ry ;„ this country since 1901 has been the wound she received that ,night. phenomenal. The increase last year Hughes' daughter was ransomed by |- wa = 9,000,000 barrels nearly as mucl her father the .next year, and is yet as the total output, in 1901. , The out- E. West, Sr. carrying some [fodder to the stable,!- and taking him likewise .a .captive, earned him to where Hughes' daughter had been left in -charge of some of thefp~paTty. H°re •the old gentleman'fell upon his knees and expressedTa fen-ent wish that the.v •would not [deal,harshly by him. His petition was answ°red by a stroke ot a tomahawk, and he fell dead They then ^went to the house of Edmund West, Jr., where were Mrs. West and her rister a girl of el°ven •years and a daughter of John Hatnher, -and a" lad of twelve, thejhrother of West forcing open the door, School- •eraft and two of the savpges entered; •and one of them immed ately toma- hawked'Mrs. 'West. The boy was taking some corn from under the bed. living ^in sight of those savage enormities. (1SS1) Indians abnnt August 1789, came to the house of Johr^Mack on a branch of Hacker's creek. He being from home, they killed all who were at the house. Tsvo of . the children, »>ho had been sent into the woods to huntjcattails returning, saw he'- sjster lying in the yard scalped, 'and directly fled and ga«e. the alarm. In the ^morning some men assembled 'and "entjto -ascertain the extent of the mischief. The house was no longer to be seen—a heap'of ashes was all thatjreniained of it. The little girl who had been scalped in the yard was mu"h burned, aficTrhnse who had been murdered in'the house, were consumed with it. Mrs. Mack had been taken some distance from the house, tomahawked, scalped, anrl stripped naked. She was yet alive, and as the men approached, a sens» "f her situation induced her to exert her feeble, strength in .drawing leaves around her so as to conceal her nakedness. The men wrapped their hunting He was drawn ouc by the 'feet and shirts about ller ' and ran '> p d her to a • neighboring house. She lived a fe\v days, gave birth to a child "nd died. Some time after the murder of the Mack family, John Sims, living on a aimed at 'her a blow.'*She tried toi b " arich of Gnatty*'creek, seeing his "the tomahawk sunk twice in his forehead, directly above each ^eye. The •girl was standing behind the doo>-. 'One of the savages approached and put in the United States has increased from 13.000,000 in 1901, to 54,600,000 barrels in 19H6. Pennsylvania leads in the cement production. Th" demand for cement in place of brick or stone as a building material is constantly increasing. The material known as re-enforced concrete is made largely from cement, the |<'ortlsnd cement being re-enforced with gravel and sand, which makes its .crushing power well nigh irresistible. The Baltimore fire and the San Francisco disaster demonstrated the comparative jnde- structibilityjof this durable material in contrast to brink and stone. A few years ago the use of foundations and lighthouses and other submerged structures, and its use for superstructure! purposes was considered ; problematical if not doubtful. Today such buildings as the great Engel block in Cincinnati and several new lire proof structures in Baltimore, show the wisdom of using re-enforced concrete for walls and ceilings where a real (ire proof building is desired. Portland cement is a mixture of shale and clay of which unlimited quantities are to be found in this state. The manufacture of ce-| usual. mentlfrom these raw materials neces-j tried sitates their ^being burnt at a very j high temperature. The fuel for this he -evade it; hut it-struck on the side nf 'her neck, though not viith sufficient •horses come running up much affright-! burning process is rig-ht;at hand. The j Then ed, was led to believe that the Indians force to knock her down. She fell I hatl been trying to eatnh them. In a 'however, and lay as ;if killed. Think- i ^'" minutes the clogs hegan to bark ing their work of death accomplished ; here, milk, they took butter and t'rom a press some bread, and placed it on the table, and ^then deliberately sat <liwn to eat; the litHe girl observing all that passed in silence. When they 'had satisfied their hunger, they a^ose, •scalped the woman and boy; plunderer! the house—even emptying the feathers -•to carry off the ticking—and departed, -dragging the liltle girl by the hair, forty or fifty yards from the house. . 'Then they threw her over the fence and scalped her; but, as she evinced •symptoms of life,*Schoolcraft observed "that is not enough,'''when immediately one of the savages thrust.'a knife into her side and they Isft. her. Fortunately the point of the knife came •in contact with a rib and did not injure her much. .' Old M's. West and her two daughters, who were alone- .when the old gentleman was taken, became uneasy that he did not return; and f»aring that he had fallen into the hands of the snvages (as they could not otherwise account for his absence (th°y left the house and went to Alexander West, •who wns then on a hunting expedition -with his brother Edmund. They told of the absence of oW Mr. 'West, and their fears o' liis-Tn'e; and as. there! furiously in the corn field adjoining and he became satisfied the savages were approaching. Knowing that he could offer no effectual resistance, if they should attack his house, he contrived an artifice, to deter them from apnroaching. and walking Taking down his gun around the house backward and forward and as if speaking tn men in it, called out, ''Be watchful ! They will soon be here, and as soon as you see them, draw 'a fino bead." Mrs. Sims in a coarse tone of voice and with feigned resolution, answered as she had been advised, "Nev er fear.' ' Let them once show their yellow hides, and we'll pepp»r them.' He would then retire into th» house, change his garments, the better to support, the deceptio and again go forth to watch and give directions to those within. He pursued this plan until night, when he withdrew »>ith his family to a .place of safety. The Indi- ins had actually been in the cornfield, and nea 11 -enough to have shot Sims— the place'where they had been sitting being plainly discernible next morning. Sims' artifice no doubt drove them off, and as they were re'reaHng f .hcy lired the house of .Tethro Thompson oi> Lost Creek.• In IhcTgprfng nf POO, the neighbor- i would the^cement .and the fuel | ctl . are to be found on the main lines of j mto the B. & 0. in this state, within 100 n the material for miles of Atlantic ocean tidewater. The nearness of all this material to the great cities of Pittsburg, Cincinnati, i Cleveland,. Buffalo, Columbus, Balti- with .more, New York and ... .1 both other large and; ,, le growing centers of population, would i glance make a ready and constant market for this new product.' was no man here, they went over to .Jesso HuKhos,'who was himself un- •eaay thnt his daughter did not come home. Upon hearing that West, tori, .wns missing, ho did hot doubt-that both hud fallen into the hnnds-of-Indi- hood of Clarksburg "was again ' l:y Indians in search of plunder and who .stole jind, carried off several liorecs. "They wore discovered and pursued to the Ohio rji'or, when the. pursuers, being .reinfovcfd, determined ,to follow tlrem over to the Indian conn- FARMERS HAND BOOK. Spcretary Garvin, of the board of agriculture, will have some new and is volume dealing resources of the state. This volume is intended for distribution at the Jamestown exposition and will contain a fund of information for those who. are interested in agricultural pursuits. In th« book will be a series of maps showing among other things the districts for 'commercial orchards, districts .for culturo, districts known to be good commercial regions, but as yet undeveloped, etc. On one plate there will be four maps showing j counties producing 80 per cent of the ' corn, 94 per cent of the tobacco, 91 per cent of the rye, i wheat, etc. ! per cent of the NEW TRAIN SERVICE. It is announced that, within a few days the. Virginian Ry. Co. will inuiig- urate.'a freight and passenger service Between. Norfolk and Vjioria, 'V«., dis- " leaving his employer lie latter of his look question. "Mr. private his was plucky struggle as nicfl explained he was pretended Innocence That's matter. strain weeks' damned no | the laid It WISH of thk; oC a to lit If the )ut ht lo le he eye searched keen put to place game Imal, malting discovered business hours After he 10 lie )nrn. n He asy. usual, tho All lie | In j j (lie j there. about of ^ about !."> miio«. This.h the] kat section of, the (former) Tidewater ,{y. to be completed ami put jp'opor-. ation. lied In der '

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  1. The Raleigh Herald,
  2. 20 Jun 1907, Thu,
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