VanBibbers Rock

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Irom and E Y , great of a the of always who off after man, and by outside a be- anything com- be me, busi- for is for to into Tbrilllnx EHCftpe From Indinus. Just below Kanawha falls, in West Virginia, writes a correspondent of the Louisville Courier Journal, is an overhauling rock of immense size jutting about one hundred feet over the seething whirlpool, and about the same height above. This was once the scene of a remarkable tare. The Indians were in hot pursuit VanBibber, a settler and man of distinction in those early times. He was hard pressed aud all access to tbe river below and being cutoff, he was driven to this rock, wbich wroved to be the jumping-off place for him. He stood on tbe rock, full view *»fthe enemy above and below, who yelled like demons at the certainty his speedy capture. He stood up boldly, and with his rifle he kept them at he stood there be looked across the saw his friends--his wife with her babe her arms, all helpless to render assistance. They stood as if petrified with terror amuzement. She cried at the top of her voice : ''Leap into the river and meet Laying her babe on the grass, she seized oars aud sprang into tbe skiff alone. neared the middle of the river, her saw the Indians coming full force and \ yelling like demons. "Wife, w i f e ! screamed, "I'm coming, drop down a little ; lower!" With this he sprang from his and descended like an arrow into the feet foremost. Tbe wife rested on her a moment to see him rise to the surface, little canoe floating like a cork, bobbing about on the boiling flood. It was an ; moment; it seemed an age to her; Le *ver rise ? her earnest gaze seemed penfttrite tbe depths of tbe water, and darted her boat farther down the stream. He rose near her; in a moment tbe was alongside of him, and sbe helped to scramble into it amid a shower of . and shot that the baffled Indians poured into them. The daring wife did not word: her husband was more dead alive and all depended on her strength being maintained till they could reach the bank. This they did just where sbe started, rigbt where the babe was still crowing and laughing. The men pulled skiff high up on tbe sand, and the .siowiy arose and helped to lift Van to his feet. He could not walk, but laid him down by bis babe, and then, seating herself, sbe'wept wildly, just as other woman would bare done under i circumstances. Tbe babe i» now a grand' father, and that rock is called "\ an Bibber's Rock" to this day. «

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  1. Delaware County Daily Times,
  2. 07 Jan 1881, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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