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I loved him living, and unspeakable as i^ my grief
over his death, I should rather see him wrapped in his
shroud than to have him alive again and enjoying
place and j)rominence at the expense of bartered
manhood. I'leing dead, he yet speaketh. Human as
he was, compassed with customar}- infirmities as he
was, he yet had a heart as warm as a summer sea and
a transparent sim])licity of nature like that of a child.
O my dear, dear friend ! Shall I ever look upon his
like again? E. E. Hoss.

I'^rom the Nashz-illc Banner:

"Lawxer, statesman, patriot, orator, able and fear-
less leader, editor, friend, gentleman, was lulward
Ward Carmack, who met such a tragic and sudden
death on the streets of Nashville Monday afternoon.
The State, the nation, mourn the loss of one of their
ablest sons; the widowed wife and fatherless boy arc
grief-stricken over the death of a faithful husband
and considerate, kind father; his ]icrsonal friends are
bowed down over the death of one who was faithful;
the cause he represented feels keenly tiie loss of a
fearless leader ; the entire coimtry is shocked over the
sad tragedy which tO(jk from life into death a man."
Senator C'armack's tribute to the South:



244 Historic Sumnkr Countv, 'J'lxx.

"The Sdiuli is a land tlial has k'lown -orrows; it
is a land thai has Iji-oki-n ihe ashen crn-t and moist-
ened it with its tc-ar^: a land scarred ap.d riven l»\ the
plowshare of war and billowed willi the L'lave-. (tf lur
dead; hut a land of lei^end, a land of >onL;'. a land of
hallowed and heroic memories. To that land every
droj) of my blood, every fiber of my" bein.l,^ ewry
pulsation of my heart is eonseerate'i forever. 1 \\a-
born of her womb; 1 wa^ nurture 1 at her breast, and
when my la^t hoar ^hall e<>nie. 1 pray (nn\ I ma}' be
pillowed upon her bosi an and rocked lo sleep within
her tender and encircling;' arni-~."

JOII.N C'ARK.

John Carr, "Lncle Jackie," a-^ he \\a^ fanu'liarly
calletl. wa> born near Ranisliouse's Mill, in Squill
Carolina. Sei)tcmber ,^, 177o, While he was an in fain
his father moved with hi- family to Ibm^tonV l-'ort.
on llii^ -Moccasin Creek, about twenty miles l)elo\v
Abint:^don. \ a. llis frilher died in 1/82, leavinii;' a
widow and eit^ht children. In. 1784 the widow
and her children, the el'lest son i)eint^ niarried. set
out for the Cumberland couiury. and arrived ir.
Sumner County the next year, locatiui^ at Aran>kerV
Station. 'Jhe ne.xt year they removed to llamillon',-
Station, on I)rak-e"> Creek, a sh!_)rt di>tance abo\e
Shackcl Island. As a boy and as a younii' man, John
Carr partici])ated in the Indian wars and wa> a brave
and fearless soldier, lie was a devout Christian, a
member of the .Methodist I'.pi.^copal Church, a t^ood
citizen, a kind nei,i.;hbor and a true fricnil. lie wa-
the author ni a very inierestini;' little volume, now very
scarce, "b'arly 'lime- in Middle Tennessee." lie mar-
ried Miss Cai^'e. Many of ihe descendants of Mr.
Carr and of his brothers are still- livini^' in Sumner
County and elsewhere, "l.'ncle Jackie's" home was
four nn'le.s ea>t of (i.allatin. where he <lied in 18.^/.
Mis ye)un:L;er brother, William, who was burn on Janu-
ar\ J'^ 177<>. at 1 Ion-ion's i-\>rt. X'inrinia, and tlied in



SO.MK SUMN'F.R COUNTIAXS 245

Cannon Count \', Tennessee, on December 12, 1X3'''.
fought in llie Indian wars and in the War of 1X12.
lie was a local .Melho(li>t preacher, and for many
3ears had liis home on Goose Creek, near 1 lartsville.

ISAAC CI.ARK.

The hrst hook of a literary character pnhlishefl in
Naslu'ilk- or in Middle Tennessee was "Clark's Miscel-
lany," a small \-olume of j^rose and verse, ])ublished by
Bradford in 1X12. lis author was Isaac Clark, a citi-
zen of Sumner County. 1 le was a lawyer and was a
candidate lor Congress about 1X10, but was defeated.

A.\I)KI".W T. l)0.\i:i.SOX.

A. J. Donelson was born in Sumner County, Auc^u^f
25, 1799, son of Samuel Donelson. His elder l)rother.
John, served in the Creek war under Jackson and died
soon after its close. His younger brother. Daniel L.,
Avas a r>ri<4adier Cleneral and died in the Confederate
service. Their father, Samuel Donelson, died while
they w ere (juite \-oun,i^'. Their mother, the only daui;h-
tcr of Cleneral Daniel Smith, after the death of her
husband, married James Sanders of vSumner County.
Upon this second marria.c;"e, Andrew Jackson Donelson
M^as ad(jpled b\- Andrew Jackson, with whom he re-
mained mnil he entered Cumberland Collet^e. In IXIT)
he was appointed in the first class at West I'oint, from
which he j^raduated tliree years later. He was then
commissioned in the engineers' ccn^ps, ami was aj)-
pointcd on the stall' of Ceneral Jackson, where he
served until alti'r the close of the Florida campaii^n,
when he resij;"ned. 1 ie then entered 'i'rausylvania
I'niversity to study law. In 1X2.? he bei.;an i)raciice
at Xashville with Mr. iHnican. but Mum abandoned the
law and became a farmer. About that time he m.arried
Emil}-, the yiMuii^est dauL;htcr of Cai'tain loim Donel-
son, by whom he had four chil hen — A. J., who died
while a lieutenant of Cnited Slate> en.ij-ineers ; l-'mily.
\\ ho m;irrie<l Ceneral lohn .\. W'ilco.x, who wa^ a



246 Historic Sumni.r County, Tenx.

member of Congress from ]\rississippi ; Capt. John S.,
who was killed at the battle of Chickamaupj^a, and
Rachel ]., who married General William B. Knox.

\\'hen Andrew Jackson was elected President he
appointed Mr. Donelson his private secretary, ^frs.




Hon. Andrew Jackson Donelson

Donelson doing' the honors of the White 1I(H1.-c. Tn
1S30 she died, and in IS-ll he married Mrs. E. A.
Rand(.)l|)h. daughter of James G. Martin. 1-^rom lh'''>
union he had eight children — Daniel S.. who was a
pronn'ncnt Confederate and was murdered in ^remj'h!-
in 1864; ^Martin, a planter in Misslssipjii. a< wa-' aN>
liis third son, W. A., near the ITennilage; (."allKriiu-.



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who died in 1(S68: Captain \'inet Donelson, who was
a mcrcliant in Xashville ; Lewis R., who resided in
lyjcnii^his ; Rosa E.. and .\n(h-ew J.

In 1844 ^Tr. Dunclson was appointed charcjc
d'atl'aires to the repubh'c of Texas, and secured its
annexation to the L'nited States, lie was after.vards
appointed Minister to Prussia. At the same time lie
represented his country at the court of German}-. lie
was afterwards transferred entirely to Germany, in
which position he continued luitil the German mission
was aljohshed. He was a delegate to the Southern
Convention at Xashville in 1S50. In April, 1851. he
became the editor of the JJ'asIiiiigton Union. In 1856
he was nominated for \''icc President on the ticket with
Filmore. Me died at his home in ^Memphis, June 26,
1871.

CAPTAIX II. c. ]:llis.

Captain H. C. Ellis was born in Sumner County,
near Fountain Head, in 18l8. He was related to the
Gwin family, from which Senator \\'illiam Gwin was
descended. In 184vS he removed to Hartsville, where
he enj^agcd in n.KTchandising until the beginning of
the Civil War, when he entered the Confederate army
as Ca])tain of a company in the Ninth Tennessee Regi-
ment of Cavalry under General John H. ?krorgan, witli
whom he served, and was captured on }*Iorgan's Ohio
raid, ami was in prison with the officers of Morgan's
command at Columbus, Ohio. From Columbus he
was sent to I^'ort Delaware, where he was held prisoner
until exchanged in 1864, when he rejoined his com-
mand and served until paroled in North Carolina after
the surrender of General Lee. As a citizen he was
public spirited and was foremost in every enterprise
for the good of his town and comUy. He was suc-
cessful in business and accumuhued a consideralile
fortune, and was at his death one of the wealthiest
men in TnuKdale County.



248 Historic SumnilR Couxtv, Ti:.\x.

Captain I'.llis ni;irrioil Miss Josephine Towson, with
whom he h'vcd owr halt a century, and to whom he
clun,i;' wiili a l;cauliful devotion until the last ra}- ni
reason was i^one. Mrs. Ellis survives her Inishand
and spends much of her time in travel and in visitiniij;'
her many friends and relatives, ever keepini^ in mind
the sacredmeiuorv of her honored and noble husband.
Captain Ellis was one of the founders of the first bank
in llartsville, and was its ])resident from its orj^aniza-
tion in 18S4 to his death, (October 17, \'J03. Captain
Ellis left no children.

WH.I.I.VM s. FUI/ro.V.

W. S. I-'ulton was born in Cecil Count}-, Maryland,
June 2. 17*>3: received a classical education, and in
1815 mo\'ed to Sutuner Count w where his father.
David Eulton. enq'a^ed in banldn^-. Me read law in
tlie office of I'elix Crundy in Xashville and commenced
])racticino- iu 1817. In June, 1820, he moved to Mor-
ence, Ala., and the next year was elected Jud^e of
the County Court, ife served in the War of 1812.
In Jamiary. 1818, he became the i)rivate secretary of
Andrew jacdcson and served in thai capacity during'
the Seminole cam])ai,L;n. In 1823 lie married .Matilda
F. Noland of I'lorence, Ala. b'rom AIa>-. 182*), to
IMarcli. 18.i3, he acted as Secretary (jf the 'rerrit(jry of
Arkansas, and on the *.'th ui March. 18v)3, was aj)-
pointed On-ernor of the 'ferritory. ni which office he
continued until the ailmission of .Arkansas as a State,
in 1836, when he was electee 1 to the Cnited States
Senate, serving- until 1844. lie die.l Auij^n.^t 13, 184-i.

(•■i:oR(;i: s. (■..\im-:s.

Cieorg-e S. Caines was a youuL^er brother of General
Ediuund Eendlclon ( "laincs of tin- Cnited .States arniy.
He was born in \irginia. in ]7')4 he came to I en-
nes>ee and located in (iallatin, where he roideil until
1804. whcTi he went to .\labama. havinti- l)een api^ointe 1
assistant fact(tr fur the Choctaw Indians at .^t. .*>ie-



SoMi: Su.m.\i:k Couxtiaxs 249

])hcns. then the capital nf the Territriry of .\lal)ania.
Ill 1807 lie was made jirincipal tact(jr. It was from
letters from Mr. (uaincs that (leiier.al Jackson and
Governor W'ilHe lilount first received the information
of the massacre at l-'ort Afiir.s in the atitrntin of 1813.
When Aaron lUirr was arrested and sent n[) to St.
Stej^hens l)y Captain (alterward> (General (jaine> ), Mr.
Gaines was sick. lUirr i^rescril)ed for him and was
otherwise exceediiiLi'ly kind to the invalid, and the two
became very nutch attached lo cadi otiier. He con-
tinued to hold *he ])osition of Indian ag'cnt for many
years. l)nt late/^m life made his liomc in Mobile. lie
was a man of !ii:j;h intellii^ence, "food education, sterl-
ing honesty, and was without fear. Tie was honored
and respected by all who knew him. It was at Mr.
Gaines' 'snjLj'^otion that the colony of distinguished
French refugees, officers and soldiers under Xapoleon
selected the site at \\ bite lilult for the location of tb.eir
colony and the town of r)emo])olis.

jri)i;i-: loi-: c cru.i).
Joseph Conn (_"iu:ld was brirn in Stewart (now Hous-
ton) County December 14. 1802. In 1810 his father
removed with his family to .Sumner County and" set-
tled near the headwaters of lUedsoe's Creek, where
both he and his wife died a few years later, leaving
two sons, the elder of which. James Guild, became a
noted physician in '^uscalo(*^a, Ala., and the >ubject
of this sketch, who in 1821 began the study of law in
tiie office of Foster Ov: Drown, in X;ishville. In 1822
he began the practice of law in Galiatin. In 18.>(', be
enlisted for the Senn'nolc war, and was commi^^ioned
Lieutenant Colonel of the reL;iment. of which William
Trousdale was Colonel, and vi^rvcl with signal gal-
lantry. In 18.^2 be wa-^ an elector (m the l)emocratic
ticket, fn 18,^*^ he was elected Cb.ancellor for the
Seventh divi-ion and served until the breaking- out of
the Civil War. Soon after ihe clo-c of iJu" war be
renuwed to .\"a>hville. where. \n lS/0. be was i-lccldl



250 Historic Sumner County, Tenn.

Judge of the Law Court, serving until 1877. In 1878
lie published his "Old Times in Tennessee." an octavo
volume rei)lctc with interest. He served three terms
in the St;ite House of Representatives and one term
ill the Slate Senate. He died in Xashville on January





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8, 1883. On December 19, 182r>. Jn-lge Gnild married
Catherine I'.lackmore. a daughter of Major George H-
Blackmore. a pioneer of Stunner County. They had.
five children: George Vk Guild, a lawyer, \\hu now
resides on Woodland street, Nashville; IJettie, wb''*
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T. L. Dodd ; Kitty, who married Joliii M. McKce.
Tlic second son was Walter j. Guild.

COLOXF.L SAMUI-.L GWIX.

Samuel Gwin was a brother of Senator Gwin. He
also locaterl in Mississippi, where he became prominent,
though less so than his brother, and less is known of
him. The following letter, copied from "Claiborne's
History of ^lississippi,"' will give some idea of Colonel
Gwin :

"Wasiiixgtox, October 14, 1831.

"Hon. George Foitidexler, United States Senator:

"Sir — ^\y recent appointment. Register of the Land
Ofiice at Mount Salus, makes it my duty to explain to
you why I sought the position, and to say something of
my antecedents. I am a native of Tennessee; was a
volunteer under Jackson in his Indian campaigns;
was in Coffee's brigade in the assault and capture of
Pensacola in 1814, and in all the engagements with the
British below New Orleans. I lost my health by long
l)rotracted exposure, and to this day am a habitual
sufferer. In 1829 the Postmaster General was good
enough to give me a clerkship in his department, >ince
which time I have never been absent from my ])ost.
Aly beloved wife is now threatened with consum])tiou.
and 1 am advised that the only hope for her is to take
her to a warmer climate. Under this advice, and with
this hojK", and for the ha])pincss of a young family. 1
submitted the case to the President, and, with the noble
sympathies of his nature, he conferred on mc the
Mount Salus appointment.

"I do not ajiprehend that anyone will doubt my
qualiiicalions or character, but 1 fear my non-resiiknce
may be considered an objection. For this T must ask
indulgence. 1 have never resided in Missi-'-.-^ippi, but
have she(l my blood on her soil in her delen-^e, as tiie
records of our battles will attest.



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fllSTOKIC SU-M-M.R COUXTV, TlIN X.



"My vcncraMc falht-r and liis six hroilicrs were x^l-
dier.v oi the l\cvi>Iiiiicin. l\c>j)oeitn!ly, y(")ur ohodicnt
scivaiu, Sam"i. Gwix."

Senator IVmnlextcr bitterly relented the aj:>i)oint-
mciil of Colonel (iwin, and I'r. im that time on made
vigorous war <>n I're-ident Jackson. He siiccecd.cd in
tlie Senate in having" the ii'invination of Colonel ( Avin
rejected, ami lie was appointed t«j tiic new Land Oftiec
at Choccliutna. a more profitable position. The ("iwins
succeeded in defeaiincj;' Senator iViinde-aer lor re-elec-
tion. The canva<- n-.-ulted in a dnel between JuIl^c
Isaac Caldwell. Pcindexier's law partner, and Co!<:>nel
Gwin. ]'.oth parties fell. Caldwell exi)ired in two
hour:;. Cwin was shot through the lungs and sur-
vived alioui a >ear.

WILLIAM M. OWIX.

William M. ( i-win wa< a nati\e of Sumner C"unty.
born near the ]M-e>ent town of I'ountain Lead, on (^ct'-
])er ^'. L'^Ur Ili> frtther. J'iev. J;ime^ (iwin. \\a- a ilis-
tingui>hed .Meil'H i li<t mi!ii>ter. who remind from
North Candina in IJ'-'O He was a man of pronouncedi
ability: a soldier in the \\';ir for Independence: helped
to defend the fr(r,itier ag.-'in-t the attack- ><\ th.e In-
dians: a friend of .\ndrew Jack<on. and his chief cliaii-
lain in hi> Loui-iana expediti'U. lie was in tlie fiLjlit
at llor>e-hoe llen-l. at ( "anex- boi-lc. in .\ii\-ember.
17'LL at Xickojaek in i7'M. anil at Xew Orleans in
1815. When he llr-l came to Sumner C"ounty he
stopped one war at llamilti'n Station. '"I'.ut the wick-
edness of the j'lace wa> such that he determi):ei to
build a cabin in the wool-, and irn-t in Lmd fi 'T pro-
t>.cti')n. and did. -o according!}, a.nd \\as pre>er\e! i)y
n most indul-ent C,.id from the mei;cile>s savage-."
lie was a per->'ii:ii friend i>\ I'.i>!ii'p McKendree. and
for him nanu^d hi- -on. William .McKi.ii.lree (Iwin.

William ?\!. i iw iiL .aftei' rtceivir.g a e!a - ical e iuca-
lion. (|'.'.a!i!ied liiiii-elf in ( i:i;!:ilin for tile practice ^^i
law . Iv.it abanli-ned it almot before b(.ginning il- ]'i'ac-



Some Sumxcr Cou.ntiaxs 253

tice. He tlu-ii tunic- 1 lii> allcntion to mcdiciiic. rin.l in
182S took bis de-rcc al 'J"ran>ylvania rniverMly. He
soon after\vanl< rcmovetl t.» Clinton. Mississij)])!. where
he soon had an extensive j.raotice. In 1K33 he retned
from practice on heini;- appointed by IM'e.M.lent Jack-



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son rnitcd States Mar.luil l..r tlie l^i^lricl -i ^H-i-
sipi)i; xva. re-ai>p..nued bv Narl'-nren. When 1 resi-
dent Harrison went into ..iiicf Dr. i.wni re.M-neu.

Dr. (Iwin was elected to L.-n-re^ - ni b^41 and
served one term, decbnin- ren-Mvnnaliun. iVevious to
iiis election he exlen>ively >i)eculatcd m lamK. and
ha<l amassed a lar-e f-'riune. miuh ot wlncii was dis-



254 Historic Sumxf.r County, Tkxn.

sipated dnrin.Gf his term of ofticc. lie is said to have
spent S75,000 a year durinj^ his term in Conc^ress in
hig^h hvini^ and entcrtainint^. Tradition has it that on
the occasion when Cicncral Jackson was in fmancial
distress his friend Gwin ol'fcred to buy the [ierniitaf4:c,
which he proi>oscd to i)resent to his father for a resi-
dence. In 1843 he was defeated for the United States
Senate, and the same year removed to New Orleans
to superintend tlie con.struction of the custom-house.
He laid the foundation of the building, and proceeded
with tlie work until CTcncral Tyler was elected ]'re-i-
dent, when he resij^ned and set out for California,
where he arrived on June 4, 1849. The establishment
of a State Government was the absorbing topic, and
j\Ir. Gwin inimeth'ately entered into the discussion. He
was elected to the convention which met at IMonterey
in September to frame a Constitution.

The llrst Legislature met in the ensuing December,
and elected John C. Fremont and \\'illiam M. Gwin
United States Senators. He was said to have been
the first to pro])ose a railroad to connect the Atlantic
and the Pacilk. in 1853 he introduced a bill in the
Senate ajjpropriating 5^200,000 for the .survey of a
transcontinental railway. On January 18, 1858. he re-
ported a bill for the construction of the Pacific road.
but owing to the agitation of other questions no action
was taken. He served two terms in the Senate, and
closed his political career, which had been a useful
one, on }* larch 5. 1861. He acted as intermediary be-
tween Secretary Seward and the Commissioners of the
Confederate Congress, to confer with the incoming
administration on terms of peace and reconciliation. In
1863 ]\lr. Gwin was in Paris, and while there, on ilic
invitation of the Mini-ter of Foreign AiVairs, drew .!]>
a plan for the cclonizatirm of the Xorthern States oi
I\rexico from the Slates of the American Union. l>'f
two years the intrigueing continued, but nothing came
of it. Hr. ( Iwin was a strong symiiathizer of the Con-
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SOMI£ Su.MXLK COL'XTIAXS 255

service to tlic cause while in Europe. After the close
of the war he returned to California and engaged in
agricultural jnirsuits. lie died in New York on Sej^-
tcnibcr 3, 1885.

Wir.LlAM HALL, SRVEXTII GGVILR.XOU.

In the June number of the Sotitliwcstcni Monthly.
published in Xa>hville in 1856. now very scarce, and
accessil)]e to but few readers, was jniblished "IIair>
Narrative, " from which 1 take the following:

"I was born in Surry County, Xorth Carolina, in ilu-
year 1775. and my father sold his possessions in Xnrtii
Carolina in 177*>, and started for Kentucky. He canu-
on to Xew River, in \irginia. and purchased a tract
of land and remained there to 1785. lie did this in
consequence of the times being so perilous and trou-
blesome that he could not then get thrcmgh the wiMcr-
ness with his family. He sold his plantation there in
the fall of 1785 and moved to Sunnier C'.)unty. whivii
was made a county that year, arriving here <>n the J'".;"i
of Xovember, 1785. He settled near I'ledsoe's !-ici<.
on the spot v.here I am at present residing. I-eavi;!-.,
his family at liledsoe's J-'ort. he came out during lb it
v> inter, put up buildings and moved his family t'.> liit
place. In the spring of 1786 the Jiiilians came aid
stole all his horses, twelve or fifteen in number. I It-
then moved his family back to the fort, aiui continue' I
tliere until the next fall. He then returned and livci
here until in the summer of 1787. the Imlian war hav-
ing broken out during the summer of that year. Aiv
brother James was killed on the oil of June, in \7s7 . at
this place, being the first white person killed in tlii^
section after the war broke out. The circnm.-tance->
are these :

"James and myself went to a field at ^Fr. Gibson'-^,
about a (|uarter of a mile from my i.ithcr's house-.
we having i)ut our horses up there, r.nd the Indian>.
fifteen in number, had aml)U>caded the road, ten bin-



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bc-hiiul sonic l(>m> (^n tin.- r<)a;l>. and five, about fif'r
yards further u]) in a irfcin]*. ai the '^-dp in the i)a>turo
fence. The ten huliap.> heliind the loi.( let u> w-a.'is then'
— I supjxise becau>e we were boys, pirobably inteuflin,:.;
to f|^uietly tomahawk us. T.ut alter we ]iasve(l the ten
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their f;uns in their left. I was n<.it n^iicini;- them, and
my brother was close liehind me. A> 1 turned to speik
to him al.)out some corn with which to catch the h-ir-e^,
as we were near the fence. T saw the whole ten heni-
ming^ us in. The case looked so ho|)eless that J ne\er
dreamed (..f re^i^tance. and had Cduchided at (_)nce to



SoMi-: Sr.MxiiR Couxtiaxs 257

surrt'iider. lliil llic next thini;' i saw two of thcin
struck my brother as lie tui'iied around, each .striking
their tomahawks into his l)rain one on each side of the
forehead, instantly seeins^ the case was hopeless, i
soiii^hl to docile the ten. when up rose the other tive
from the treetup. and as 1 lied i)ast them, I was so near
to them that xmie of them raised their tomahawks lo
strike me down, nasliinc;' into the thick canebrake,
close by which the road ran, two of them rushed after
me. iJeiniL^ about thirteen years of as^c, and. of course,
slimmer than tli(.-\- were, and withal very active. 1 soon
found that. unencnml)ered with a i^un or anything' else,
I could make my way through the thick cane faster
than they could. Idie first misstep that befell me. a
grai)evine cauL;ht me by the neck, threw me over back-
wards, and took off my hat; but, recoN'erini;' m\self,
I still lied onward, ,Qaining- on them at every jump.
I feared, at last, that they would cut me off at '.he
point of a ridj^e wdiich 1 had to cross to get to my fa-
ther's houses, since the thick cane terminated a little
distance below, and 1 should there be compelled to leave
it. Watching- one fellow, wdio was running along the
hillside where tiie cane was thickest, as Heaven or-
dered it, a large tree had fallen right in his i)ath. crush-
ing the cane about in all directions, and forming an
insurmountable obstacle, thus com})clling him to go
around at one end or the other. FortunatcI\'. he took
down towards me to get aroinid the top. and by the
time lie had got to the end of it, I had already passed
it, and consequently I had thcni the whole tree behind
me. They, however, ran me to within 100 yards of
the house, 'ihcy killed an<l scalped my i^^or brother,
and then lied.,-' A> I got to the house half a dozen
young men and as many young women were coming'
on a visit to my father's. The young'' men were all
armed, and they at once ium])ed ott their horses and
ran back with me to where my brother was l\ing. and


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