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Vol. XIII. Cooperstown, N.Y., Dec. 4, 1826. No. 662.
There have been many conjectures respecting the origin of the aborigines of our country. The remains of former civilization, which are found scattered through the continent, cannot be accounted for, unless we suppose them to have exterminated the race by whom they were reared -- and this we cannot; as the desultory warfare of the savages, could never have overcome a nation capable of rearing such citadels of defence. If we suppose them to be the descendants of "the ten tribes who were carried away beyond Babylon," all is accounted for satisfactorily: they remain to this day, the monuments of the Almighty's wrath for their rebellion -- a warning to all nations. That they are so is rendered probable by the following article from the Christian magazine; and still more so by the work of Dr. Boudinot on the subject. --
Vol. XIV. Cooperstown, N.Y., July 23, 1827. No. 695.
A late Missouri paper contains a letter from Mr. Wetmore, an American officer at Council Bluffs, relating the incidents attending the attempts of Mr. Dougherty, the agent of Indian affairs, to save a female prisoner, from being sacrificed by the Pawnee Indians, according to their custom. Mr. Dougherty, two or three officers and an escort, from the garrison, left that Bluffs (Fort Atkinson) on the 5th of April last, and reached the grand Pawnee village in five days. They were told that the captive had been some time fattening for the sacrifice, and that the execution was to take place the next day, the fuel and all the materials being prepared. -- The captive was a Paduca woman, who had been captured by a war party two or three months before. The chiefs and warriors met in council, and no argument or persuasion was spared by Mr. Dougherty to obtain the release of the intended victim. The principal men of the tribe seemed disposed to give her up to the Americans, but the women and children and a few men were clamorous for the sacrifice. The medicine man, or chief juggler, appeared among them, and after some flourishes, said he could arrange the medicine as to secure plenty of Buffalo and corn without a burnt offering. The captive was then led into the council lodge with evident marks of distress and audible expressions of grief, but after she was apprised of the interposition in her favor, her face was brightened with a smile. No one present could speak her language, and all communication with her was by signs. -- The next day she was delivered to the Americans, who placed her on a horse and started for the Bluffs. They had not proceeded far, when two Indians who had determined to kill the woman, sprang from their concealment, and one of them let fly an arrow at her which passed through her buffalo robe, and inflicted a mortal wound in her side. A scuffle ensued, during which some disaffected Indians came up, bore off the captive, and threw her down on the ground, still alive. Two hundred warriors from the village immediately assembled around her, that they might dip their weapons in her blood. After her death, the Americans proceeded homeward.
Vol. XVII. Cooperstown (N.Y.), Monday. January 31, 1831. No. 879.
THE DARK DAY.
Messrs. Editors -- The account of the dark day in Quebec, which was given it a late Evening Post, has brought so freshly to my recollection a similar occurance, that I feel disposed to give a little sketch of a day, which I think, in darkness and gloom, far exceeded the one so recently witnessed in Quebec. I think it was the 13th of April, 1780, the spring had previously been uncommonly pleasant, and the husbandman were all busily employed in planting; the active housewife was early stiring, that a plentiful breakfast might be seasonably prepared; and the members of every family felt the invigorating influence of the vernal season. But the morning was gloomy, a bright brassy belt encompassed the horizon, while all above was dark and dismal; when the sun arose, the singularity of its appearance attracted the attention of all. It had at first the appearance of emerging from an eclipse -- then its upper ridge was obscured by the cloud above, and it presented the appearance of the middle of the circle or rather a long square; and in a short time it was lost in darkness -- not a ray was to be seen, and the bright bolt had disappeared.
Vol. XVIII. Cooperstown, N.Y., Monday, March 16, 1831. No. 894.
Singular Developments -- Trouble in the antimasonic party -- A rather curious and highly interesting account of certain matters has lately appeared from the pen of W. W. Phelps, editor of the Ontario Phoenix, an antimasonic paper published in Canandaigua. He states that while he was lately at Palmyra, whither he had gone for the important purpose of comparing the "Book of Mormon" with the Bible to find out the truth and investigate the matter for the public good, certain persons, members of the church and pretended antimasons, living at Canandaigua, caused him to be arrested for a debt and put him in jail, where he will have to stay thirty days, though his family are sick at home.
Vol. XVIII. Cooperstown, N.Y., June 20, 1831. No. 899.
Latest from the Mormonites. -- The following is from the Western Courier of May 26th, published at Ravenna, Portage county, Ohio: -- "We understand that a new arrivak of Mormonites has taken place -- some two hundred men, women and children have lately landed in Geauga county, their holy land, from New York. They have commenced a new settlement in the township of Thompson, near the line of Ashtabula county, thus extending the holy land further east than the limits originally fixed. -- They have full faith in the Mormon doctrine, having as they say, worked a miracle in clearing a passage through the ice at Buffalo, by which they sailed several days sooner than otherwise.
Vol. XVIII. Cooperstown, N.Y., August 22, 1831. No. 908.
W. W. Phelps, late editor of the Ontario Phoenix, an anti-masonic paper, has embraced the Mormon faith, and has been ordained as an elder, and been commissioned to preach.
Vol. XVIII. Cooperstown, N.Y., Monday, October 3, 1831. No. 914.
St. Louis, Missouri, Sept. 6.
Vol. XVIII. Cooperstown, N.Y., October 17, 1831. No. 916.
The Mormonites have sent a missionary to Illinois. From the accounts received of his first sermon, he is not likely to make many converts.,
Vol. XLII. Cooperstown, N.Y., February 2, 1850. Whole No. 24.
DIED. -- In Hartwick, on the 6th ult., Zeviah, wife of Capt. Jerome Clark, in the 67th year of her age. The deceased, in all the relations of a wife and mother, performed her duties well, and has gone to her final account with the most affectionate remembrances of her husband and children and the respect of all her acquaintances and friends. -- Com.
Vol. XLII. Cooperstown, N.Y., May 25, 1850. Whole No. 42.
DIED. -- In Cherry Valley, on the 16th inst., Capt. JEROME CLARK, aged 95 years. Capt. Clark entered the service of his country at the breaking out of the Revolutionary War, and participated in some of the most sanguinary battles. He served under Gen. Putnam at the battle of Bunker Hill, helped demolish the statue of George the Third, in the city of New York, and participated in the battle of White Plains. After the close of the war, he returned to the peaceful occupations of civil life and was among the first settlers of this village. He afterwards removed to Cherry Valley, where he died. In 1841 there were but nine survivors of the Battle of Bunker Hill, of which Mr. Clark was one. He therefore was one of the last, if not the very last, of that Patriot band. He was born at Lebanon, Connecticut.