C-J 3-13-1898 GRC 6

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C-J 3-13-1898 GRC 6 - instead of a pen. It Is related of him that his...
instead of a pen. It Is related of him that his habits were rather convlval. and that this accounted for his shaky signature at the close of court week. It was in Clarksville that Gen. Clark lost his leg. A - hunting party from Kentucky had visited him, and. after leaving him alone In his cabin, he fell into . an open grate log tire. His leg was so badly burned that erysipelas set in. No anaesthetics were used in those days, and while the doctor was cutting off his leg a ttfer and drummer made martial music around his cabin. While Gen. Clark probably drank too many apple toddles for his own good, he-did he-did he-did not drink alone. Among his bills forwarded to the Virginia Legislature for payments made In 1778 were thee Items: -Treat -Treat at rendexvous 313.20." "Treat to CapU Helm s company, $8.20;" another treat ten days later to same company. 3&.60; another treat to Capt. Bowman's company. 35. He treated often, but never retreated once. Many stories are told of his lonely life at Clarksville. It is said he never married married because his first love, a beautiful Spanish lady, whom he met at 8U Louis, rejected htm and entered a convent to become a H later at New Orleans. His life was also made sad while living her by reason of the treatment he received received from Virginia in not paying htm for his great work of conquest. He tried to drown this sorrow In many ways. Sometimes at night he had a number of fiddlers play muslo for him to keep him from thinking of his troubles. He lived like a King among his old soldiers. Thomas Connolly was th fifer for his regiment, and he was probably the man that made the muslo. The accident by which he lost his leg happened in 1809, and Gen. Clark was soon afterward removed to Locust Grove, above this city, where he died February 13, 1818, at th house of his sister, Mrs. William Croghan. He is buried In Cave Hill, his monument costing costing about $100. In the County Clerk's office at Jeffersonvllle Jeffersonvllle It is recorded that the first slave brought into Clark's grant was "York." a "bond servant," in th Shelby family. In 1806. This family was related to Gov. Shelby, of Kentucky. Thla was the first negro that came to live in what is now the State of Indiana. Had Virginia asserted asserted her claim to Clark's grant thla strip might have been a slave State. Th great Indian trail to the North and Northeast started at Clarkville. The records in the Auditor's office tell of early "cart roads," "half-way "half-way "half-way houses." the "dwelling law." etc., but all of thla la another, story. . ' ; Indiana Honors Oen. Clark. . Indiana has not forgotten George Rogers Clark, who did so much for that State and his country. At Indianapolis there Is a fin monument by Artist j. H, Mahony, , representing Clark at th supreme moment when all of th fire, ,

Clipped from The Courier-Journal13 Mar 1898, SunPage 20

The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky)13 Mar 1898, SunPage 20
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