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S (9un**ir to it BchmiUbach A Co.,)
m nrourm and vealeiw
fl jjf fORDOS ASP D0U&T10
I urns and Lim firancf/
or', mkbi.Kts am whiskies,
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yy f?.tL Miiik.i,
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JUaal4cftro? o! portable, ?t*tff>r?r7. marine
Wkn, i"7 r,!lu,'il'V u"^- rt"k door*
ihutitfl ."lifct Iron work.
?w/uJluud NiiicM. tor IiiforraaUoc
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M hihI /or naif nt ,
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I Vnliillromi fVotl, Ilnletl liny, Straw 4c,
H South litrwt, Near Mitrkft .Street Vrldgo,
flllw; ihr bWiwt market price tor wheat, corn
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H cflif: iltf Main Ptm-t, Wheeling, W. Va. no2t
Offlei* with Tuylor A Uarr,
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Justice of tho Peace, Notary Public anil
General Business Agent.
Omrr.?No, 35 Eleventh street, lower end
Second Ward Market House, up staim. jail
Q o. SMITH, "
Real Estate, Iloml & Stock Broker.
ii|?i?l attention given to collecting rcnta aud the
tcnemlnunagi-nient of Real Estate.
I.'.'" Main -trri't. tVltrcHng. W. Vn.
Loani negotiated, stock* bought Mid sold, merthun'y
Alii m^n'ifiiittiri'KlHfiksojK'noil.exiunlnwl
fcti'lcWd. folates H-'ltlftl, notes, Uwk account*
f rv'iiu coVin icV llon.'os runted and leased
Collection* promptly remitted. Advances made
All budne* citrrwiwui'lt'tice con fldeutlally attended
to. Vu'l (or cln'iilnr to references. 1318 Market
itrwt, (Cmwle'* Block.) over City Bunk, Wheeling
V Va. iafi
111' llltS. Jl'LVK .M'EKN.
Drawing and Healing Salve
Price 2<*j and 50 ccntR per Box.
Tho Drawing and Healing Salve
enrc* carbuncles, talons and assesses, without tht
aid of the knife.
Tim nriuvhic ami UpRliiicr Salve
cnwcutt. bums mid flc*b wound*.
The Drawing ami Healing Salve
curt?erysli>cliu>ttml ringworm*.
The Drawing and llcallng Salve
cure* pile* auA polxoucd flcoh.
I'lie Droving and Healing Salve
curaa, Inftuned joints, clillblttinB and Iroei
Jlrs. J nlyo Myers' Rheumatic Cure
Z<? certain can* for rhtfumatlan, neuralgia, weal
barka, upmins, utiUnm of the Joint*, aerero achetcuiuiu,
I'rlt-v 81 in't bottle. Trial bottlo U
ccnu. Fornle.wholeaaloand retfil.by _
tnhll-ruw Cor. Frl.lcc and M. In St*.. K'hiiHng.
Ity l)a. FXAZiin'ft M utile Ointment. Cure* ai
Ul-y m*ck\ |tl?i?k Ileadh or (Jruba, Blotch'
?aml uti|itloiu> on the free, leaving the akin clear
healthy ami beautiful. Aim enrw Itch, Ilarber'i
lu-h, Silt Khi'tini, Tetter, Ringworm, Scald Head.
< tupjkii IUixIk, sore Nl]>i>les, isoru Llpa, old, obntl
a?te t'Uvn- and Sorca, Ac.
KUiu Dixoasc.
F. Drake. Kj*| . Cleveland, Ohio, fulTercd beyom
til !pN-rlj>tloii from a ?kln dl.?eaM! which appeatci
on hi* hand*, head and f ?ce, ami nearly deatroyet
hUrvi-t Til., tlliwt inn.fill fliiMiirlmt full I'll In III'll
Mm an<l nftor nil hml foiled ho umhI Pr. Fnuler
??Klc Ointment mid wits cured by a (ew appllca
"The firvt and only positive euro for skin dli
ever discovered.
iwil by mall an mclpt ol price, Flliy Cents.
m:\ltY A ? <>.. Solo I'rmjr'a. 1
'?- V?vy Street, New York City.
For Bllt.'d, Bleeding. lu lling or Ulcerated nlei
?r.Wini?n;'> Indian Ille Ointment In anureeurt
ftire II ?o. I'T mall. For ?ale by Logan 4 Co.. drug
li?U, Wheeling. delfrrow
A Sure Cure Pound nt Last! N<
Ono Need Suffer!
A mm Cure tor Wind. Bleeding. Itching and U'
wrajed pile* ha* been discovered oy Dr. tt llllan
w IndUu remedy,) called l?r. v\tlllam'? India
vintDinuL a rtngk' box baa cured the won
Tronic raawi of 'i't or :w year* standing. No on
?fwl MiffiT live minutes alter applying this wot
dtrftil soothing medicine. Lotions. instrument
naelec'uarlcs do more harm than Rood. Wl
^a?r? oiiitwetit atoorta the tumor*, allay* the it
JeiiHi Itching, unutlcularly at night after gettln
*?nn in bed.) mts as h |H)ultlec, rivca limtiuit an
Palnli* relief, ami l?. prepared only for 111c*, ltd
m? of the privato parts, ami for nothing elao.
Rflut wl.lll ft,., I U C.,rti..lM.rrv ,.f ('!.V,
Und. ?ayi about Hr. William'* Indian HI? Oin
??"V HVM UM?1 ?vri* of lfle Curva, nud
Monl* me ttWirc to wy that 1 Intro never four
anything yhlrh rhvc ? < h Immediate and perm
J ij*. i WHItour* Indian Ointment.
H-tld by tacnn A fa, ltrlduo Corner, Wlieclln
SML?*1111 l*ru8K?t*. i.r mailed on iccolpt ol itrlc
11 ft 11 Ks KY * intip'r*..
r,? < wir,.,,t y?u- y?rfc i }tv,
(Formerly of List, Davenport & Parks.)
General Commission,
(Member Chicago Board of Trade.)
Itann 8, No. 141 La Salle street,
j*n cnioAQQ
B. lUVBKrOKT, C. B. EliGI.rxTOS,
General. Of D. Ifeglcston it Son, Sped*
Darters la Oralu, Flour, Seeds, Provisions, Che
and Dried Fruits. ?
ft nt? QT.. cmnAOr
Hske New Bich Dlood. and will completely chai
the blood in tho ?uure intern In three mont
Any person who will uke one pill etch night ft
one to twelve weeks may bo restored towuna heal
II such ft thins bo powlblo.
4 00..
Boston, Mm., fonnerly Banjor, M
The 0,000,000 Children
lu the United Statu*
Who Hulftr l?*ln.
Who Frvt And Cry,
Who Hiivo Mi .Fnwi,
Who llavt lUd llrcalh)
BliouW Cm Lang Win's Worm Sjrnp
The Child Who*# Hlwp I* lMMnriwd,
The Child Who Wake* III Terror,
Tim Child Wh??e Ajipct te IjVondoM,
Th? Uliilil Whim* AhtaujjVirti*
~~ Th? Oilid Who iWNot'ThrH*
The Chilli Who U Kninclated,
The Child With Internal Irritation,
The Child Wltli Sallow Complexion,
Should Vid Lnughliii't Worm Syrup
No DImmum 8ii bangerou* Aa Wonna.
No Child la Free From Them.
They Cauae DImm* Thetiinelvet.
They Agumviue other Complaints.
Tko Child'# Cure When Tectlikf I
BorrxMN tiik Cltrua; Ai.t.ayn Taik; Hkihtm
CfJllNoHl'MMKH l'n ill'I. AI ST, Dv* KS1KUV,
UlAEHllKA, Pl.ATtll.ltNCK, CoLIC, Kit'.
Mother* will And It very valuable: the child will
hw villrw<l,titt inloitwnlle tlrrp.niul wukr \ijtchrrr*
I Jul, hnitpu,< '?'/ffltna nunjortnttr, We kumrnntc?
i Mrh 1mm tie, ?ml will rrfiitid iht'Prlr^oft'verroM
not doliiK it* represented. Hold ?y nil drufglata.
! v Prico 25c. per Bottle, j
LAUGHLIN BROS. &, CO., Proprietor*,
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lfifuy (IL
CURES! ? ? [1
IWaiue It act* on the LITER, DOWELS B
auJ KID.N'L'VH at tfio name (Imr.
Beoatuo It clcangcn the Bysicni of lhopol*on- H
oun huaon that derolopo la Kidney and Url- H
naryDlioaio?,BiUou3ncea,JauncUco, Con*U- R
p:tlon. PUm, or tn EhoumatUn, KouraljU, BB
liorrou i)l*ordow and Female Complaint*. Bm
Enwno R Stork, of Junction Cltr. ICanwif, W
*.iy?, luJncr-Wortmircti inni niter rrgular l'hj* Ifl
Ictana out been trying for wur >sar*. Ij?
Mr*. JOEn Aninll.ot Waalitneton, Ohio, ?y? M
her l>or wis trlrrii uptc dlo uy lour Dromlncnt |J
iSlner 'Wort* tiU( w,u arurv,ttnt4 cUml * B
U. II. ik Gootftrln, an editor In Chardon. Oblo. U
Myn nc wai nut eiixs ted to Utc, below Lloatou K
beyond boUnf, Wit Kldner-Wort cured Dim. H
Anna f. Jarrelt of South Salem, K. Y., ?ny? U
thattoven *iar???ufTurlnff from fcldney trouble* n
r.mi other rntiijdlujtluiu wucoded ly tlio uwutH
U Kidney Wort. fcjjj
H JohnHiAwren-N?of J.vl?on, Tcnn., rr.ffcred H
(H tor yMrttrom liver niul kidney truubleg at id BE
[J after taklnv "Uuwiu of other uvilldncs." CJ
BH Kidney-Wort mad j aim well.
#S ltlrha-1 Coto 01 Montgomery Center, Vt, E?
EH mtlfrriHl eightyeafiwith kidney dllUrulty and
n was uiiaUn tfl( Work. JkJdui'jr.V? ort taUo Mm H
fl Constipation an? Piles.
fag -C3rlt Input up In Dry Ttjttablo Torm In
H tin can*, onopariit^coi whir. riaUiah.t quart* K9
!l of mnllclfto. AJfClh Llqclit Form, very Con- In
ye cmtmteU, for ttUwo tUat caaoot rtwdJ/ pro- PJM
B tjr It ad* tellh tijual c?xltncj in either form. Hi
fel asr it ATTn'E diutgoists. mien, C't.OO LJ
Bj WELLS, UlClUIlDSON&Co., I'ropN, Ej
Cj (Will ?ead thodry poti.ni J.) W B&UOTOX, *T. H
Pimples en-'. Faca Grabs.
Blotches, Soils, InaoTS, 'Settor,
Humors, Colt r.houm.
tlcald Head, Sore:, Hcrcarial
Lisoascs, Female Weakness
a ad Irregularities, Dirrincsn.
Loss of Appa.ite, Juandico,
Alfoctlons ot the Liver, Indigestion,
Billonsnoss, Dyspepsia
and General Dobility.
A COUW8 of ItunWk plnod I ttm will tMWfr the
mm I H, pncj) I) Ml l| u IJjb J?'f ru JJWI 1'u/jW/ un
c<uih. Snldliy innliunc ilealn, ovcry li?re.
Ui'ccuum tn clctcn Un^iut; ? l'utcr. {im
foster, mm h & t o, w?, eu?3o, r;.y.
l.ogan & Co., Wholesale ami lt*;i*ni A^uiit
l.ecliiig. jtt26-M\vr.iEow
l? n positive ami effectual timedy for all Nervo
l>1m'rmw In every Mane of lift'- yontiK or old. nut
or teumto: sw.h ?? itnpatenev Priwirnllan, Uw?
J -ttrutiKtti, I.a* of luil/tv, lkhcilYC Memory. Jj
1 paired iirtlu Power, ami dlmuw* fp^rn which i
1 .i naiural wnMe of Ufa i?prl>?K- allof which duin
p ail to undermine he whole system. Kvery orsi
k 'H weakened, every power ) <?tratecl, ami nun
t *orn,H?n disease tire ^euem ten w lifi h.ft norcficckc
wive the um> to an early death. It ivjiivlnnte* a
*nd relnvlijonins youth l!m h package contai
sufficient f..r two week*' treatment. Write for mi
phlnt. which will he cent free, tilth full parllcti'a
Bold hy nil UmniiXts at M> cents a iweltnce,
twelve package* ft >r $" CO. W n he sent free hy mi
i on receipt of money, bv gtldui.-inK
A cure k J?r??teed. , , J*u(fi})o# N. Y
LOO An Si CO., Wholesale and Ketall Awn
- * l celing. towRr
0 without Medicines.
Patented October 1 ft J s:-\ '/.no box
1 >*o. 1 will cure any uw In I. "ir rtuvs or 1ms.
No. a wl l cure the most ooaUuuio ciu>e, i;<
; m iltcr of how lontj utandlnff.
, >'o naufieom doses of cubeos. copabli or oil o
, Mndititvood. fftar nrocertain loproducody?j>o
.. kl;i hy destroying tlio eoattntp of tho Btomncb
. Price. $i 50. Sold by nil ?lr-: relst-?. or nutllrx
, on receipt orprlee, Forii.r.herp"r:ieul r,
! semi fur circular. I'. 0. fox i.ry
J V Al.LAN CO.. n .fotrn "' -eef- N>"" Vorfc
' A ? ,? fi tL. ll fti.i i.JI
A r;ctlm ?f yoiltbfu iroprodctu > catiritin JCtem
* tare Decay, tfcrrocr U -t JJnrliocd, rt
haTing trl?d la voir atwy rrnucfr, ha? ii;
* eotrn <1 a wmple nro. ^JiiA J;- Y iil ? ttf IIU!
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V.?wfit*# ' Mfiti", Cir.-tt
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mp *W&3 ?v<UmcJpnftli it */?** < f > >*2^
wttUUo knit a Kn?tvarietyo( t*n?Y work torn
? 09., Wi Wuttagtou Ittwt, B?ura. Mt?
" EEkfc
An Extract from "Indian ITiri of (hi
Ohio" by llu Maxwell.
FurnUheU for tht inwlliftnctr by tho Author.
But, wbllo tho whole family of Wetae
was a rampart of defense, and each individual
was tried in tho fiery ordeal 01
those troubled times, and found not want
ing in generous hospitality to friends and
undying hatred to enemies, yet, of all thai
name, Louis Wetzel stands out pre-eminent
a Hector among his brothers.
It has been truly said that fighting Indians
was his profession. It was the aim ol
his life. All his training, study and con*
centration were devoted to tho perfecting
of this one fcole art; and when this could be
no longer employed, when the battle of the
Fallen Timbers had shattered forever the
strength of tho North Western Confederacy
and the Indian wars were over, ho became
allinwl ami mnlonnlifttv awl llfn aoolniul n
burden. But, even then, ho was by no
means inactive; for, it is said that on one
occasion lie set out to travel two thousand
miles in order to takg revenge on a Spaniard
who had insulted him.
Foster says that Louis Wetzel was five
feet ten inches tall, strongly built and of a
dark complexion, with eyes "piercing as
the dagger's jwint." His hair was black an
a raven and readied nearly to the ground,
being fully five feet in length.
In tho summer of 1374, when Wetzel was
fourteen years of age, ho first came into
notico as an Indian combatant, lie and
his younger brother, Jacob, were some
distance from tho house when they were
discovered by a gang of prowling savnges.
The first intimation tho boys had of the
presence of Indians was tho muzzle of a
- gun pointing around the corn-crib. The
I next instant tho gun was discharged, the
oau, striking ixswis in mo breast, carried
away n part of the breast-hone, and ao disabled
him that ho could not escape, lie
and his brother was thereupon captured.
Tho Iudians at once retreated with their
prisoners, and crosflsing the Ohio near
Wheeling, hastened forward toward their
towns on the Muskingum. Tho captives
weretied the first night. Tho second night
they reached McMahon's Creek, at the
Big Liek, when they again encamped.
They now omitted to tie the boys; as, being
far from tho settlement, they would not
tn* apt to attempt on escape, fhu savage*
fell to thteir night's rations, and having
gorged i heir maw in a very imprudent
hi nnnr, thing tlicms'lvis on the ground
and were soon snoring.
Lewis moved unconcernedly about the
fire, seeming to rebuild it, but only to tes?
the soundness of the Indians' sleep. Finding
that they did not stir, ho aroused Jamul
n l'isfx'red to him to get up and
go home. Jacob was afraid to make the
venture, nut Lewis tinally got him started
They had proct e 'ed aoout one hundred
yards when Lewir observed that they could
no* w?*ll without somothingon their
feet lie wont buck to camp ami got tlu-m
eui-h a pair of moccasins. Then, i omt m
tieruiu that his father's rijlo was in camp,
ho returned nnd brought it oil'. Continuing
their retreat, they soon heard the Indians
in pursuit. The boys stepped to one
side while tho Indians passed on and then
followed in tho rear. They were heard
coming back, when the boys again dodged
to one side. In a few minutes two other
Indluns followud on horseback. By the
j Mime device they were avoided. Tho next
day the hoys reached the Ohio opposite
. ?> iiveiing, una uunng iu w?u ieav savages
might be lurking near, they built a raft on
which they crossed the river, aud Boon,
reached their home.
The next recorded adventure of Lewis
Wetzel was in 178-', when he was 22 years
..t nu... :...
"I ugl'. Jill' I1IIIU t-.\Jli;<Ul.U>|l liltMoravian
Indians, led by Col. Crawford,
hud been defeated and well nigh cut to
pieces by the allied Indians, the Slmwnecs,
from Mud River, tho II(irons from Sandusky,
tho Deluwures from Tymochtee,
with "various other tribes,aided by a squadron
of British cavalry from Detroit.
Among those who had fled for their liven
ami who Yw\ been ro fortunate as to reach
the settlements,'was a man named Thomas
Millrt. IIo had ridden his horse so hard
that it gave out and he wo# obliged to
leave it at Indian Spring, about nine miles
from Wheeling, ami proceed on foot. Me
went to Van Metre's tort, and prevailed on
Wetzel to go bark with him for the horse.
Wetzel admonished him of the danger,
telling him that the Indians would probably
follow fugitives to tho edge of the
settlements, and to return for the horse
would be exceedingly dangerous. However
Mills did not like to lose his hoire, and
was determined to go, Wetzel accompanying
him, and they proceeded without
molestation to the place where the auimal
, had been left.
As they approached the spring they dis,
covered the horn* tied to a tree. Wetzel
took in tho situation at a glancc, and called
to Mills, who was coming up to unfasten
the horse, to stop, as there was danger.
Mills went on, and the instantaneouscmck
of a dozen rifles verified Wetzel's suspicions.
A large body of savages rose from
their ambush. Mills, who had been shot
E in the heel, was overtaken and tomahawku?
fd. Wetzel singled out his man, took deli*
liberate aim, fired, and an Indian was in
ot ( tcmitv. ll? wUgpUh! around and took
Si flight. Four Indians threw down theft
i.i uuus and drawing their tomahawks started
" hot pursuit, certain of soon overtaking
Jl, him.
bp iiy long practice Wetzel had learned to
load his gun while running at full speed,
jv' <nd now ho was to realize the advantage ol
or his art. By tho time he had run half <i
111 mile his gun was loaded, and suddenlj
w heeling ubout he shot the foremost sav.
?go in his tracks. Again taking to flight,
!* ho loaded as ho ran. Another half milt
- was gone over, and as he again turned tr
tire the front Indian was so near that the
i unit could not be brought to bear on htm.
At tin? the savage seized the gun and a des
( perate tight ensued. Tho Indian tiled tc
wrench it from Wetzel's hands and Wetze
tried to get the Indian in front of it so thai
1 lie could shoot him. A ferocious pltingi
f of tho savage threw "Wetzel to his knees
but instantly regaining his ft*efc*ho thrus
j the muzzle of the gun against his antngo
i nist's neck and fired. This finished a seconc
pursuer, and tho scout hurried off to eseap<
? the two remaning foos who were almoBt or
His ritlo was soon loaded. He stopper
I till hit) pureuers should come in range. Bu
they bad taken the hint, and were shy o
> exposing themselves. Every time he woub
turn, they would spring behind trees, til
\t no tooK tne advantage 01 an open Biretcn o
>. woods and turning shot ono of them, win
had taken shelter behind a tree too smal
? to shisM him. The remaining savago be
came discouraged and gave up the chaw
n exclaiming, "A'o catch dot man, him gu
a aluay? loaded."
ri LOl'I8 WKTZEt/s IX)Nr. HUNT.
3 The next recorded campaign of Welti
s*. was in 17$0, when be was 20 years of sgi
3. During this year the Indians had bee
pillaging and marauding through the setth
inonis about Wheeling, and especially i
? the Short Creek community, and had mu
ft dored a man at Mingo Bottom. An invi
sion of the Indian country was strongl
IS urged, and a subscription of $100 wi
rawed and was offered to tlio man wli
'?& would bring in the first Indian scalp.
3*1 A force of twenty men was nt on<
TV raised, and headed by Maj. MeXfahnn, i
Beech Bottom, crossed the Ohio on the 51
A ?( imil nmlinil (nru-arfl thrnnirh ll
l">? lnilinn country. Lewis Wetael waa ono
Sji the parly. ibey advanced by torn
it marcitra to tho Muakinelim. Ilere a hn
htcb Waa tnaile; acouta explored tho countnrm
Sm rcconnoirted the enemy, whom they torn
in a large encampment. They Batisfr
themselves that the Indium were tar mora
numeroua than the whites, and returning
' to headquarter!, reported.
A council wu called to dotermlno what
- ahouid be done. All who wished had a
Voice in deciding. The result was tbat an
, immediate retreat to Wheeling wu detlrrnined
upon. Wetzel sat on a log a littlo
remote from the conference, and seemed to
pay no attention to what was doing. As
soon us it was settled that they should re1
treat, the men shouldered their equipage
and begun to move off. Wetsel showed uo
[ dispoelilon to Join Ibem, but sat sullen on
tiie log, his ritle resting acrow bis knees.
' Noticingthis,thecointtianderasked whether
I be was not going back. He gruffly ansi
wered that he iiuil come out to tight Indians,
and now that they were found, lie
' did not projuse to leave them and go
sneaking back: with bis Angela in liia
' mouth like a fool. Tho arguing and pur[
suasion of the party waa in vain, lie wna
. unbending in liisdeloriuinatiun to remain.
He tolii tliem to go and lie would come
: when ho got ready. Finding their eni
deavore availed nothing with the resoiuto
i man, they marched off, leaving him silting
sullen on tho log; and, as they looked
back till theyloet sight of liiiu in tliedlsiiinre,
tliey tliouiiht that they hud seun
Lewis Wetzel tor the last time.
lie woe, indeed, in a perilous situation,
and one of greut nnd impending danger.
It wns altogether probable that the enemy's
spies were at that moment watching the
movemeuts of the expedition, and should
iiu oe uiacovereu uius separaieu irorn iiih
compauioris his escape, if made at ail,
would bo due to the fact that ho wua Lewis
As soon oa his comrades had all disappeared
in the forest, he buckled his blanket
about him, shouldered his rifle and set
olTin an opposite direction. Ho knew the
danger and wus well prepared to meet iL
lie kept a sharp lookout in all directions
for Indians. It was his hope that he
might And a small gang, and l>y tracking
them to their lair, fall on them while they
slept. He studiously avoided the principal
paths and the larger streams, keeping
on the hardest grouuu or in the desert
woods he could find. All day till night
that solitary man strolled through the
forests, filled by the enemv and beset with
manifold and unseen dangers. Yot he ,
met no foe. The gun went down and night
abruptly closed over the wilderness. It
was dark, chilly and threatened rain.
When he could no longer see to travel he
halted for the night To build a tire in the
very miiUt of his enemies would Imve been
almost certain destruction, as the light !
would lead them directly to the spot. However,
hy an ingenious contrivance he succeeded
in getting warm with little risk. lit11ik*
? winn 11 nit in tint tmmnil iniulo n fliii*
of bin k. and in tho pit placed a few burning
coals; then, sitting on tho ground, encircling
tho furnace with hid legH and '
covering himself entirely with his blanket,
lie was soon in a temperature, equal, as he (
expressed it, "to that of a stove room."
After he was thoroughly warm he lay
down and slept soundly till near daybreak,
and the first light of the dawn ho wu*
again upon tho search of Indians. On and
ou through tho woods he roamed during
the greater part of the day. Toward evening
lie found a trail, and "following it a feumiles
he came upon a tenant!?** camp, lit*
went to it, and found a kettle and two
blankets, lie conjecturo them to belong to
two Indians absent on their day's hunt.
Accordingly he hid near tho camp and
waited for turther discovery to develop further
About dusk an Indian came in, with with
a load of ganio Ia*hed to his hack. He
built tho lire and commenced catering
about supper, In a short time another
came in, and tho two devoured their supper,
and settled down, as Wetzel thought, i
for tho night. They seemed two jolly, guodf?ii?..?
i'IMM* ?..ii-rwi ?
muuiuuh itiiunn. xiicj uiuvv.ii uuu ouup:
and routed und yelled for two or three
hours. All this time the daring scout wo*
within ft few steps of them, nnd was matnr- i
ing plana that were to end their hilarity i
forever. i
About JO o'clock one of tho Indian# i
wrapped himself in his blanket, took hte
gun in one hand and a chump of tire in the i
other, and left the camp. Wetzel supposed ?
that he had gone to watch a deer lick, aud i
Would be back within a few hours.
lie waited for the Indian's coming till i
the twittering of the birds admonished i
him thut day was at hand. This was a <
grievous disappointment to the scout He j
had formed his plans to attack tho Indians
white aslpitn. and lias considered :
them wife. Nevertheless he determined to i
save one of them anyhow. So, noiselessly i
crawling to the side of unconscious sleep- <
er, lie plunged his bowie-knife to the lulf
in the poor fellows's breast The Indian
gave a quick jerk, a convulsive quiver, ami :
was dead. Willi the scalp he set out for |
home, which he reached only one day later
than his companions. He claimed and
received the $100 reward.
There is a cavern in the Creek Ilill, not
fur from Wheeling, and of this cave there (
is a well founded tradition. Ii is said that* i
an I mlian was in the habit of concealing
himself there, and by imitating the call of ,
a wild turkey, had, it was thought, on two i
occasions, allured persons to destruction. 1
This turkey call was a favorite device of
the .Indians along the borders to decoy
persons into their power. The call is so |
easily counterfeited, that to distinguish the
true from the false was nearly impossible.
Wetzel,s suspicions had been aroused
and he believed the cave was the Indian's
hiding place. If so, he determined to
oiler him some inducements to quit gob- ,
bling. He knew the exact location of the 1
cavern, and before day slyly proceeded to
a spot from which ho could command its
onlrnncn Klinrttv nff??r (iuvlitrhf ho oum'.wt
an armed and painted warrior crawl forth
from tho den. Straightening himself and
stretching out his long neck, he gave the
loud and shrill cry, "Chug-a-lug, chug-alug,
chug-a-lug, chug " Relieved of this
much of it, tho savago sank back from
view. Wetzel leveled his rifle and waited
for a repetition of the trick. Presently the
; swarthy wretch slowly raised himself,
peeped about and was expanding himself
for another effort, when thokeen crock of
, Wetzel's rifle startled the morning air, and
f the brains of the savngo were spattered
i about the mouth of tho cave.
, In 1787. John Wetzel, father of Lewis,
t whs killed by Indians at or near the mouth
of Cuptinn. He was returning with some
1 of his neighbors from Middle Island Creek,
. when an Indian on the bank called to
them to come to shore. Not complying,
) several Indians rose from ambush urn!
1 tired into the canoe Welzel was mortally
I wounded; but ordering his companions to
? lie down in the bottom of tho boat he
, rowed them out of danger. He was cart
ried to linker's Station, and died. It "if
said that his grave may yet bo seen, marked
1 by a stone on which is the inscription, "J.
? W , 1787."
i At this time Lewis was twenty-seven
years of age * From that time ho was an
? Mr. Knight My* he vriu twnty-thrae yonni of
, age; but, nccoriltag to Withers (tho highest authorI
ivy tin lUu ftubjed), thUU lucorrecL
\ uncompromising Indian hater.' Ail his
' energies and ingenuities were devoted to
I that oho deep-rooted determination?re]
venge, first, last and forever. Terribly did
II its execution fall upon the lied Man s de*
" voted head.
for seven years longer the war con tin-1
" ued, and Lewis Wetzel, in common with
his brothers, but superior to them, was
everintho front rank. It is doubtful if
there was a man on the Ohio from Fort I
I'itt to Ixmisville, who did more by indi*
vidual exertion to drive bsck the savage, i
n than was done by Lewis Wetzel. Simon
* Hvnton, chief ol the "Bloody Kentuckin
ans," is about the only one to dispute the
r* laurels with Wetjtel. Jt has been computed
that no fewer than one hundred Indians
y lost their lives at tho bands of the Wetzel
18 brothers.
re Lewis Wetzel had a peculiar custom of
of taking an extensive ramble through the
ill Indian country every fall.' Nothing was
le allowed to interfere with this. Such an ex*
of pedition was always one of peril, and was
?d aeldom made without encontering Indians,
lit One autumn (in what year unknown) he
id set out alone (or his hunt. He proceeded
id to the Muskingum without meeting any
ed adventure, But, while traveling late one
night he came tn tlew oi * Are. Be cantlouiljr
approached, and saw that It w?a the
camp of four Indiana,all of whom appeared
to b? asleep. He pauaed to consider. There
were four ol them. They were aaleep. He
waa alone. He resolved to assail them, and
take Die chance* The (eailera hunter crept
forward, rifle in hand, knife and tomahawk
in his belt. The cuinp Ore had burnt low,
and through the glimmering, fitful gleam
lie moved aa silent us hit own ahadow.
Carefully leaning Ilia gun against a tree,
where It would bo ready for an emergency,
he drew Me tomahawk.
The dark faces of the sleepers wen turned
up toward the dark sky, and the herald
of death stood over litem. A terrific blow
cleft the skull of one of tlieiu. Quick as
thought another was laid in the dreamless
sleep of death. The other two awoke.
They sprang to their leet. They looked
around iu bewilderment. A third blow
from tho reeking hatchet felled another
dead to the earth. Tho only survivor became
ulurtnrd and darted oir Into the
thicket Wetzel followed, yelling like a
hvena, thi nking, perhaps, like Gideon, that i
u oocouia not get him uny other way, ho i
would scare him to death. But the Indian I
got away, and WetH, having soulpud the '
dead, returned to Wheeling. Being united
what Huceesa he had met with, he replied <
that he hud "treed tour Indians, but one I
got away. ?
imui WETZEL "THKfiD" BY ttX ISDIASi. j
On one occasion Wetzel was scouting (
about iu the vicinity of Wheeling when ,
night came on. Being some distance from j
any dwelling, ho took shelter in an old j
waste cabin standing on the river bottom. t
He gathered a few clapboards, and laying j
them across the joists made himself a bunk
for the night, and ho was beginning to doae ,,
when he heard footsteps upproaching. In H
a few moments six big lusty Indians saun- y
tered in ami struck up a fire. Wetzel drew v
his knife, prepared to leap upon them. If t
they (should for a moment suspicion thut j
anything was on the shelf, nothing could fl
prevent his discovery, lie lay perfectly ?
still, determined, if discovered, to tumble j(
down, and, 1 ke Boone in the tobacco house, 0
briny the whole loft with him, and then iu r
the confusion attempt an escajH*. a
Tho IndiaiiN spitted their meat, eat their j
supiKTB, smoked their nipes and floored
themselves for a night's sleep. As soon as a
they were all snoriHg, the scout evacuated j,
liis couch, nolselesxly glided apaBtthe out- a
rtrvtehed knaves and left the building. u
Wetzel was like Sogston, he never left a ?
battle field without leaving something to v
show thut ho hud been there, lie wulked
it few steps from the door, and hid himself. s,
He was waiting for tho morning. At day- j,
light he expected to give the Indians some tl
advice. ,,
Th? mnrnl.,,. ?1 ?
, ? uwt imiTi iHJitii: mustering
about in the house, one of tho In- 0
Jiuns stepped through the doorway, and ..
stretching up hU uims and opening hin ?.
big mouth, devoted his whole resources to
one soul-atirriug vavvn. It was life last. The "
ball from W etssei b rifle had found its wav
to vita la, anil ho fell, heating the green >
sod in the paroxymis of death. Before "
those in the cabin could recover enough v
from their alarm to look out, the scout was i,
f.ir off in tlie forest.
In the year 1789 (Jeneral llarnmr had
command of the Indianaffairsof the Xorth 1
)\ est. He built a fort at th? mouth of the ?'
Muskingum, where Marietta now stands, I;
It was his wish to adjust the difficulty with l>
the Indians without the further shedding ^
ui i/iuou, ii ic couia oc done. ti
Accordingly, ho Kent a flic of truce ?
among the various tribes, inviting them to r'
come to the fort. At the twine time he I
published a proclamation declaring the wai
suspended till the utility of concluding u
general peace could be investigated. The
Indian# were always ready for anything of H
the kind; for, in the aggregate treaties were 81
to their advantage. Therefore, in accept- l'
unco of the oiler a litrge number of them 0
gathered in from various parts of the conntry,
and pitched a general encampment on
the Muskingum, a few miles above Ma- Sl
rielht tl
Treaties with the Indians had grown bo 11
common, and were so universally disregard- ^
'd and broken, that to make new ones 0
iectued a mere farce The Indians were 81
nut ulirnva In l.lnm.. f..? tl.? f?l._ u
IV iiMiiia mi mu ? lUiituuu 011lie :
treaties, but they generally were; and be 1
this us it may. the pence was always of wfiort 0
duration, and conducive to no ultimate c
,jood. l'
So. when Gen. Harmar published his ?
proclamation, declaring the war suspended b
for the time, many persons openly avowed 0
their disapprobation of the measure, and e
declared themselves not hound by it 11
A tnong tliein were Lewis Wetzel and Veach 11
Dickerson. They publicly announced their 8
intention of lighting the Indians in des- Sl
pite of Gen. Hurmar and his proclamation. n
Accordingly they set out for the front,
where the General was busily engaged in <1
threatening, blarneying ami haranguing v
the perfidious savage# to another peace. J
As the Indian caiup was some distance
from the fort, and as they would bo almost J"
constantly passing back and forth between *
the two places, it occurred to Wetzel and 8
Iiis companion that the most effective mode 11
uf attack would be to waylay the path be- 8
tween the two places." This they did. v
They sought Jout a suitable place and set 11
themselves in ambush. 1
Presently a big burly Indian, who was 1
known by the name of Geonio Washington, 1
came down the path at full gallop. They 1
called on him to halt. He did not comply?probably
did not hear them on ac- '
count of the clatter of his horse's feet. *
When he was apast them they decided to *
(five him a shot anyhow. They fired, but '
e did not fall. He rode on and reached *
the fort, where he gave the alarm. He had 1
oeeu snot tnrougu and through, and died ?
of his wounds that night. ?
As soon us it was known tlmt an Indian
had been killed, tho chiefs and warriors bocame
excited, anil the consequences must ?
have b?;en serious, hud not General llarmar 1
assured them that tho dastardly deed was u
done without his knowledge, and against i
his orders, and that he would willingly (
punish the guilty parties, if he could get t
them in his power. Thin allayed the storm 1
of vengeance in tho Indian camp. \
A rumor was soon circulated that the ?
shooting had been done by Lewis SVetzel. 1
This reaching the ears of Uen. llumur, ho t
was highly incensed, partly that the shame- \
ful affair had occurred in a time of truce, y
but more that it had been done in rebel- J
lion against his authority, by one of the \
border men?a class of people tor whom he i
never entertained much love, but whom j
he was finally compelled to respect. I
He sent a company of men under Capt. <
Kingsbury to Mingo Bottom with orders to ]
take Welnel dead or alive. There was an \
impossibility to Kingsbury's obeying this i
order, and ho was speedily convinced of it. i
He might as well have attempted to drag *
?'icsar from his throne, as to take Lewis (
Wetzel from the people of tho Wheeling {
Border. Ho was their idol, as it wen/; 1
and, there was scarcely a man among theni j
who would not have shod blood, if neces- i
sary, rather, than sec him given up to he
punished for shooting an Indian, even in j
I time ol truce. <
1 A company ol the border men collected i
j and set un ambuscade, intending to mas- j
sacre King*bury and his men. Major ;
I McMahan intervened, persuadinp the men i
to desist, till he could see Kingsbury and i
'endeavor to induce him to return. Tills <
J was done, and what might have been a (
catastrophe was avoided.
General llanner was informed that if he :
persisted in lib* efforts to capture Wetzel
the whole country would be upon him, i
and he would have his hands full. With
this, the matter was dropped for the
Whether Harrow really Intended to
hang Wetzel (as ho threatened), haa been
questioned; but ho was surely in earnest
about his arrest. This may have been in
part affected to appease the fury of the Indians,
and allow the negotiating treaty to
bo concluded.
Wetnel, thinking that the worst was now
over, und that no more attempts would bo
made to molo>t hitn, shortly after, nnd
while General Uariuar was still at Marietta,
got into a canoe and started down the
Ohio for Kentucky It was one of bis
characteristics never to remain long in one
' place. He was lmost constantly moving
about between Pittsburgh and Louisville.
' The greater part of this distance was wild
> forests, filled with beasta and Indians, yet
he roamed tack and forth, heedleaa si tl
danger that aurrouoded him. Wherev<
he went he wai an honored gueat and ft
himself at home He wia a general favo
lte, and waa tlie pride of the border.
He proceeded down the Ohio with hi
canoe, and atopped for the nlabt with
friend named Oarr. This man lived on a
inland not far (rum tbo fort By aoine ut
known means, Qen. Hurrnar discovert'
tlmt WeUel wus on the island, and he di
termined to tube lilm, probably tbinbln
thereby to alone for Ms previous failur
and have revenue on the tuan who had a
vountlngiy detiod Ilia authority. Tim
night he aent a squad of aoldiers to th
ialand. They noiaele?ty surrounded Carr'
house, and breaking in, soiled Wet?
while asleep. and binding him hand am
foot hurried him off to Oen. Harainr'
headquarter*. There he waa loaded will
letlen and cbaina, and placod in clone con
For a short timo ho endured thla Igno
tniny without murmur, but it soon vret
too Intolerable to bo longer borne by i
nan of such restless and unfettered apirita
lie wsut to Gen. Uarinar and requested i
flail. When the General went, Wetw
tulil him that he had shot the Indian, bu
Jid not want to be hung, as that would bi
Loo confining, and would l>o attended witl
jomething of disgrace, lie then asked a
i favor that Gen. JJarmur would dellve
tim up to the Indians, whero he mlgh
iie like a man. He said that the Indium
night form in a hollow ring, und place bin
n the center. The Indians armed witli
cnives and tomahawks, and him with ti
omahawk. Then let him and them tight
t out the best way they could.
The General looked at him a moment in
ningled wonder and admiration, for hi
aw that Wetsol meant what ho Bald,' and
rould willingly fight the whole Northwestern
Confederacy of Indians rathei
han remain in manacles and hobbles, conInded
in a smothery room. "I am an ofieer
appointed by the law," said llarmar,
und I must be uoverned by tlio law. The
?v does not authorize me to make such a
ompromise; therefore, I cannot grant your
i?quest" The General then took his leave,
ml the restless man whs left chained
own to the lloor of his cell.
He endured it a few days .longer, and
gain sent for General llarmar. nnd tn?l
Tin that ho was used to a life of trecdotn,
lid could not live much longer in confine*
lent? that if he were not unchained and
Uowed some room to walk about in, he
routd he dead in a few days,
Tho General, probably ashamed of himelf,
ordered Wetzel unbound, ail but hi*
audcuifr; and allowed hiui to walk about
lie ground# under tho keepiug of a strong
No sooner had Wetzel gotten into the
pen air than he began to dance and run
bout in a gleeful manner, playing and
intaluing hi*guards, lie would start off
8 though trying to escape, and when the
uitrtltf started iu pursuit, ho would turn,
i-alk back, teasing and laughing at them,
so sooner would they become settled than
not her dash in the direction of the woods
tould induce thein to follow, thinking that
io was surely trying to escape, lie would
top and leisurely walk hack. Thus he
mioytfd and worried them till they reused
to pay any more attention to him.
le continued the sport, and it was begintig
to grow monotonous, when he suddeny
started at full speed for the woods. His
uard* did not notice this change in his
ictics till he had well nigh reached the
fiicket. They then caught up their guns
nu nreu ui mm. ah missed, and be
cached the woods. A motley pack ol
ndiaus and llarmar's myrmauons were
owling at his heels.
lie knew the country well and could he
lavo gotten free from his manacles he
rould have groat advantage of hit* purtiers.
As it was ho got' out of sight of
liera and ran into'itbe densest forefct he
ould And. He concealed himself under a
?g and awaited results.
As soon as Harniar knew of his flight he
ct nearly all the soldiers and Indians of
bo fort and camp upon his track. They
raveled the woods in every direction, and
e could hear them yelling and bellowing
11 all sides. Nor, was thin all. lie had
carcely become settled in his concealment
'hen two Indians made their appearance,
'hey were following his trail. They stood
n llin I.H. nfA<- I.!.,, Tin I.......1 .1. * I ..
.. "?>- "IUI, ???, liCttfit Ult'lII, UUl
ould not seo them. They talked of how
hey would drag him buck to camp, lie
xpected notlilug but discovery. Had he
ecu unbouud he would have made hit*
wn terms with the Indiana. But he wus
ntirely defenseless, and could only wait
nd hope, The Indians moved on. lie
gain breathed free. His pursuers were
uverol times in sight,and he could see them
couring the thicket, frequently passing
ear him.
As darkness came og, the woods became
uiet, and ho resumed his flight But,
-hi1 re to go was Ujo question. lie did not
pply for assistance to any person on the
Miio sido of the river, for ho knew not
whether they would bo friunds or enemies.
ia had plenty of friends on the Virginia
ide, but to cross the river, bound and
ii/iiku, ?jia vuu uiuicuiiv. nuwasa gooa
witnmer but was afraid to ri??k the wjler
rithout tho use of bU bauds. IIo was
ware that guards would bo placed at every
mint where he might obtain a canoe, and
fierefore lie carefully avoided such places,
iy a circuitous route he reached tho Ohio
hreo or four miles below the fort.
On the opposite shore he hud a friend
mined Wide man, in whom lie could conIde.
When ho reached the river he oberved
his friend ttahlng on tho other bank,
'earing to call, lest he should alarm hit*
memies, who might be, he knew not how
icar?he attracted Wiseman's attention by
plashing tho water and waving his hat.
lis friend caino to his rescue, and carried
lim across the river. By the aid of a lile
tnd hammer the handcuffs were removed.
lie remained that night with Wiseman,
ind the next morning, having been sup.
ied with a canoe, gun and ammunition, he
igain pushed off for Kentucky. He went
whore at Point Pleasant to see some friends
Captain Kinsbury was then stationed
here, of which f.ict Wetzel was ignorant.
Ie remained in the town a few days, and
vhile leisurely walking along the street he
net Kinsbury. Both were much surprised,
kinsbury had not heart! of Wetzel's
scape, and thought him with Hnrmar, till
)y meeting him he learnt better. Each
topped short and stood eyeing the other.
tf.,h W f-.- ?? ?
'vimv.. .W, n<?uu imiv. ? I'liCi WHO
vailing for Kinsbury to make the first
nove. Kinsbury had no intention of doing
t. He was afraid of Wetzel. After both
lad stood at bay for sometime, Kinsbury
xelaimed, "Get out of my night, you
Indian killer!" Wetsel seconded the mo
Ion and sided off, cautiously watMngthat
10 atlvantuge whs taken, and thinking it
mprudent to long remain at that Mace, he
let forward in hi* canoo for Kentucky,
)nce there he felt safe from the clutches ol
Jen. ilurmar and his radians, lie had
riends all over the country. "With them
le spent his tunc hunting, scouting, run'
ling and wrestling.
For some time thincs went well. Gen
'farmnr removed to Fort Washington (Cin
nnnuti), and learning that Wetzel was ir
ihe country, bo offered a large reward foi
his arrest and delivery at Fort Washington
S'ot one of the soldiers was willing to make
.lie attempt. Some wore too generous, ani
some too cowardly. It would havo beet
worth as much as their lives to have openlj
ittempted to take him from the midst of th"<
Kentuckians. However, some wcro in
[luenced by other motiv? s than fear.
At Ma.vsville and Washington Wctze
made his headquarter*, and was there whei
IIarinarissued his priHamatiou offering!
reward for hisarrcst. Wetzel was a truste<
Iriend and special favorite of almost ever
man In Kentucky, and it would not be sal
for a small party to attempt to drag him of
While Ilarmar was at Fort Wushingto
bickering and powwowing with the Indiam
Wetzel attended a shooting match at Mayi
ville. That evening after tiio sport m
over, be sat in a tavern joking with h
Memu. l.iuilt- Lawier, ot thu U. b. A
wm then jiaswina down the Ohio with
convoy o( aoldlerc; and pattinic to bIioi
nml HtrolUntt through the town bo ?a
Wetzel at the tavern. Returning to h
bouts ho brought nn a squad ot soldier
seized Wetzel and hurried him off to tl
Imais, and shortly alter delivered him I
wrrzr.1. rrr on tbial for nu Lira.
Iho hardy acout won ugaia loaded wil
i* chains (id thrown Into prison. Harmi
ir eonsidered hli victim ufi sow, and mud
It preparations for bis trial, the result I
r- ?hu h be hesitated not to lay would b
condemnation and execution..
L liut lie * us getting into dangerously doe
is water. 'Although be knew It not, he wa
u really In wore danger oi oxecuuuu turn
n Wetsel. lie had foryotten tbat the belte
i. part of valor waa discretion, particular),
d when trampling on the wishes of the iron
>- tier men of Kentucky.
g The newt spread up and down the whol
e country: Lewis Weiicl Has uuder uirai
0 uud wus likely to hang for tlio crinn- r,
1 ahootlug an Indian 1 "A pn>liv paastlili,
e aaid tbey, "hung a man for killing an It
s dlan, when tbey are kdlingsouie lour uui
1 every day I"
1 Petitions for Weticl'a pardon camo li
a from all parts of the country, and signed b'
!i all conditions of society. To these llui
- mar paid no attention. When this wui
known the bordernien were mora furiou
> than ever, and aflalni began to assume I
p foreboding ap|>earancc.
t Meanwhile the trial camo on, and thi
i. condemnation of the prisoner was grntv
i ing more certain, when a scout, who hoi
1 been sent into Kentucky by ilarmnr ti
t note the drift of affairs there, tame inu
8 Fort Washington and Informed the Gen
i eral tbat the wbolo country was rising ir
a arms, aud nothing but a speedy release o
r Wetiel could save the garrison from mas
t micro.
i liarmsr now saw that ho had gono toe
i fur, mnd that something must bo dono ti
i appeaso the wrath of the 'Kerituckians,
i who would make short work, if driven t(j
; extremes.
Judge Lyman was informed of tho crltical
state of attain, nud stepped in as ti
i mediator between the parties. l!e issued
, a writ of fiabea* corpttt in the case. John
Cluwson and other hunten from the settlements
went Wetzel's security for his good
beliavior, and ho wus set at liberty, probably
as much to the relief of liarinar as to
Ho was carried liko a victorious Roman
General back to Columbia by the triumphant
populace, and whs made a representative
of the fact that 4,tho people always
Wetzel remained in Kentucky a short
time and then returned to Wheeling. Not
long after, a friend of his from Duukard's
creek invited him homo with him.
The invitation, us a matter of course with
Wetzel, wus accepted, He set out with the
friend, a young man, and they leisurely
proceeded through'the woods, hunting and
enjoying themselves as they went. Nothing
of note occurred during the Journey,
and they reached Dunkard's creek in safety.
But, when they reached the spot where
hud stood the house of the young man,
nothing wus to be seen but a heap of allies!
Indians had been at work. Wetzjl carefully
examined the premises, and the trail
by which tho savages had retreated, and
found that the marauding party consisted
of four Indians (or, as was afterwards ascertained,
of three Indians and one rene
guuu wiiiiu iuuu;. u was mho ouserved
Unit they bad one prisoner ^ Thin was a
young lady, the atllanced of Wetzel's friend.
At this discover}' nothing could repress the
young man front immediate pursuit, lie
would listen to no plans of sending for more
force, lie placed himself uuder the guidance
of Wetzel, and Ret forward upon the
trail. This they ardently followed for
several miles, when it suddenly disappeared.
The Indians had either discovered the
pursuit, or in anticipation of it, had obliterated
their trail. Wetz.d had satislied
himself that tljey were striking fur a certain
poiut ou the Ohio, and if it. should
prove that he was correct, it mattered little
whether they left the trail or not. He set
otT in a right line for that point, hoping to
head thorn there.
The two men hurried on over hill and
dale, following deer paths, which are always
the shortest route between two points,
since the sagacity of these animals teaches
them to cross knolls rather than'follow the
meanderings of mountain streams.
iMgui came on uui the men halted not,
except lon? enough to eat a bite of supper.
They traveled by tho starlight till a late
hour, when the sky wus overcast with
clouds and it became so dark tliat they
wore obliged to halt till morning.
At tho first dawning of tho day they
were up and advancing. For an hour or
two they traveled along a ridge and at its
termination found themselves in a deep
and quiet valley, which hud not the uppeuranceof
having ever before invaded bv
human feet. But upon a close examination
the trail of the Indians and their
prisoner was discovered. A small shoe
print, with nnils in tho heel, wus recognized
by the young man us being that of
bwn/llanced and tie became almost ungovernable
in his determination to rush
uhead; but what by reasoning aud what by
threatening, Wetzel retrained him. The
discovery of the trail iu this placo was un.itfni'i'tfil
im it.hml nr?t ??..?>.? ?~..t?. ?
, ">'V MWVH WUMjUUlUri'U
that the Indiana would retreat by that
route. Nevertheless, Wetael and his
friend pressed forward with more ardor
that ever.
They now had little difficulty in following.
They crossed hills and valleys, vales
and dells, and occasionally found where the
savages had taken to the beds of h1 reams,
thinking thereby to elude pursuit. Hut
that device was too common, and did them
no good nt all. They could not throw Wetzel
from their trail in that manner. late in
(he afternoon the scout came in sight oi
the Ohio at the mouth of Ciiptino. Ou the
other shore they saw the Indian camp.
Waiting till it was dark, they listened
their guns and equipage to a slim of wood,
and swam across the Ohio, towing the slal
after them. When they had spie I out the
Indian camp and noted the position of the
prisoner, .Wetzel deemed it advisable tu
wait till day before making an attack. This
the young man strenuously opposed, lie
saw his betrothed in tho possession of eavmum
nnil u'nli nlmtwf ?'
?, ...... uuumx n iui uuxu'iy.
lie could not see the policy in remaining
! idle till morning. lie hud vcngence in store
for the red wretches, and he wanted to
"give it to them now and lw done with the
fuss." Wetzel commanded him to be cool, 01
uo hack home, for there was no necessity
for being ho rampant. With thnt he submitted
to Wetzel's pUn, and they sat down
in sight of the Indian camp and awaited
' the day.
As soon as the dawn began to appear,
the savages?three Indians und one white
mau?anise and stood moping around the
1 tire. Wetzel told his friend to draw a fim
; bead on the white man, and himsell
would let drive at one of the Indians,
, Both lired at the same instant. Two ?av
ages fell. Wetzel ami his friend rushed
forward, yelling, shrieking and gesticula
ting. The two remaining Indians darted
; oir into the woods without iruns.
; The young man hurried forward and re'
leased the captive. With him, this done
; all done. He Bcemed to have forgotten
that there were two savages left?at least,
lie made no move toward assisting Wetz<-1
1 who was running in pursuit of the fugitives,
loading as ho ran. This ungratelul
and cowardly conduct on his part cutm
; well nigh being fatal to NVfrel, who wm
' now some distance away ami in critical cir
stances. lie had lost sight of the Indians
and believing them hidden behind trees
' ho discharged his gun at random to druv
. them from their coverts. This scheme wai
' rather more successful than he wished; for
as soon as he fired, tho two savages sprain
? up a few stejw from him, and, instead u
retreating as he had expveted, tin y mad<
at him with uplifted tomahawks, yelling it
. a terri^e manner, and ordering liiin to luj
down his arum and surrender. Bur, I^ewi
Wetzel wus not in tl*? nf ??
'[ ing, and Instead ol complying with tiu-i
* demand, he took to his heels and com
<\ tneucwl loading hU gun They put lortl
r their utmost exertions to tuko him an*
'' thought that they were about to succecd
? when he suddenly wheeled and shot ouo c
them dead. The remaining Indian wn
J now closing in on him. apparently Ct-rUii
J of Retting the scalp, for which ho and hi
nation had longed nud pined through *
' many hopeless year?. But Weteol was nc
J yet ready to part with it; and, kept leaj
/" ing and dodging from tree to tree, his ion
, black hair flyiivg In the wind, till hi* gu
was again loaded, and turning, killed til
|j last savage and was maiiter of the field.
t0 wrrm is trovolk with the spaxiarh
For years Wetiel had desired to vlalt ti
far south, and about this time (1700) wi
ih gratified. He took psasa^e on a U
ir bound (or New Orleans, and nothing mot *'
le waa beard of him lor months. At li it
ji news camo that bo bad been takra
? by the Span lards, and wo? in prison at Ntw
Orleans. Nothing was known of the cam?
p of his confinement. It was charged by i ha
I nufhor{ti?"?ffiMthelmdi?*inwl<'nun- .%
ii terfelt money, but bia innocenca of that wsa
r soon established. Then U was claimed jj
y that be had disturbed the peace and privatt M
relations of a Spauish family.
i**5 tuat tut u limy, lit* ?an kept In closa
0 contlncment aud inmted with great rigor _
for two years. We Imvo no account ot lu W
ii ho passed tho time or what his exact con*
" ditiou was, but he must have nutlVrcd, for - VI
i* those who saw him afterward way that bis
a personal appearance was tuuch changed
after his release.
n lis would nrobably have (lira in prison . 5j*
y had not the united States intcrferred and T-..1
procurred his manumission. lie wascaN
h ried to Philadelphia and thence made his
way to Wheoilng.
Ho remained at Wheeling but a short
time, and again li-u fur .New Orleans, vow.
ingvengeauceon the Spaniard, whom be be1
lieved had been the cause Of his imprison- %
' ment. Months and months passed and no
' tidings camo of him, till one day he ieis- ' j
urely sauntered into Wheeling. Where ho ;
| hud been and what ho had been doing are
1 Itnlfnmvn ?..W ? *?
" nwuiu IVII liUUI|J)J[< XIO
luuHt have been About thirty*Uve year* of
aireatthistime. He was in th?? v??rv pr'nm ,
( of life, but liis work was about over. The
Iddiuntt WvtM depaitiug toward u?o ittnu oi >'}
; tho setting auu, unif with that hi* labor ' ti
was iiuishcd. The battle of the Fallen ' : Vi
I'imbers had crushed and torn asunder the *??
formidable confederation of tho Six Na- ?|9
ti jus, and the Ions scries of wars was drawing
to a close, Still he was not altogether * ,v
inactive, lie roamed the woods as much.
?"> ever, lie went on hunting expeditions 'jk
far into Ohio. During one of thtse, he was
carelessly strolling along one morning,
when he discovert d an Indian with gun
leveled on him,in thefactof shooting. Quirk
as thought, Wetzel sprang behind a tn
I'ho Indian did tifcuw .s?i. uracil aioud sun,
waiting for the other to mako a move. To peep
out was exceedingly dangerous,
they stood in strained suspense, watching
and waiting, till it begin to grow wcarP
some. Wetzel, not liking tho idea of remaining
there all day, determined to bring
matters to ua issue, lie placed his bvarskin
cap on the end of his ramrod, and - ;i
with slow, hesitating and uncertain move- .
incuts, he jmked it around tho tree, as
though ho were peeping with the extrcm- vSi
est caution. This tooled the Indiao, and
he blazed away at the cap, tearing a holo ^
iu it, but nothing more, liisguu was now ,
empty. Wetzel rushed forward. Thesurprised
and frightened Indian now turned
to run, but it was too late. The ball Irotn
Wetzel's rifle pierced him through and
through, and springing high into the air.
ho stretched out dead and led to U.e
ground with a thud.
Wetzel once accompanied John Madi- .
son. brother to Prcsideut Madison, on an
. xploring tour on tho Little Kuiuiwha.
They came to an Indian camp, which being
teuauilcKs, each tonic a blanket m.d
rode on. Shortly after, while crossing tl.o
Little Kanawha they came to an Indian
camp, which being ternintless, each took a
blanket and rode on. Shortly after, white
recrossing tho Little lCanawiia, thev were
tired upon by a party of Iudiaus. Madison
wus killed, but Wetzel, as a matter ol
course, escaped.
Jn 1803 Lewis and Ciarke were making
preparatioi 8 for their famous expedition
across the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific.
The fame of Weiz-l had reached there, aud 4
they were desirous of his company. They
sent a messenger to him, and after much
hesitating he consented to go. He accompanied
them three months, then deserting-, '$8
he returned home. In this his inferiority
?or at least his dissimilitude?to McCiolaud,
with whom he has been compared, is
visible. However, he and M'Cleland were
not the same sort of men. Wetzel was a
Pope and M'Cleland was a Drydt-n. Wetzel
was daring, but reserved; M'Cleland
was <laring, but fiery and impetuous. II
Wetzel went to New Orleans to take re
venge on u Spaniard, M'Cleland went far
into the unknown wilds of Dakotah to demand
satisfaction of an Indian trader By
a strange coincidence?not very strange
either?M'Cleland was ono of Clarke's and
Lewis'company, from which Wetzel deserted.
This man, like Wetzel, hud been
in au hundred fierce hand to hand encounters
with the Indians, and now, that the Indian
wars were over, like Wetzel he was
out of employment. Hut, unlike Wetzel, j
he did not desert, but fctood by his Wends
in every phase of fortune, from the luxuries
of summer to the famine of winter, when ,
I no carcass ot a starved wolf was a feast.
In this M'Cleland is visible as a more adventurous,
a more persevering and a more
perfect man than Wetzel.
What remains of Wetzel is easily told.
He still yearned for the sunny South, and
a third time Ret out for that land and never
returned, lie made his homo with a friend
; near Natchez during this visit. Mefntyro
saw him there in .April, 1808, and Wetzel
said then that it was his intention to return
to Wheeling tho following summer. ?<&
But, alas! his journey wan to that mysteri:
oub realm from which no traveler returns.
, At the time oi his death he was about
I Several able writer*, eminent among
whom is Delias*, have thoroughly exi
plored and searched out the incidents of
; his life, and the result is lie now appears in
a much more favorable light than was
formerly thrown around him. lie was by
! no means ? beast or savage lie possessed
, many of those higher and nobler qualities
i which are too frequently wanting in peri
sons of higher elevation iu society tnaa
i Low is Wetzel.
ttvxuliitr llio Kecrction*.
In our endeavor* tt> preserve health it fs of
. the utmost importance that we keep tho secretory
system in perfect condition. The
well known remedy Kidney-Wort, bus ?pe,
ciflc action on the kidneys, fiver and bowels.
U?e it instead of dosing with vile hitters or
' drastic pills. It is purely vegetable, And is
1 prompt but mild in action. It is prepared In
hoth dry and liquid form and sold hy druggists
everywhere?lirndiny KtujU. mwfaw
Onk uukdubu dom..\kh reward for a belter
remedy. Williams1 Indian I'ilo Ointment is
n nn? nipp f(?r I'll** tv?w
r furniture, carpets, ac.
l| X'
I Wo hMre the Ifirsw' itirl roost Mi"Ct>trcJclnorr
line ever brought u> Centra Wheeling, coukhtlu* of
I Fine' Gtiamfier ami Parlor Suits,
)t And ft Incline of
CariM-ln, Oil Clollw and Window Shadw,
u Whleli will ?c 1 ?i low n* good* of llko quuMty
,, ?,n )?t )h ui'hl'? >hf w*>k t Chi- nod tee u* aid
get our price* mid you wl 1?u> of.ua.
to prnmptly and eintfal'r r tended V\ day or nlghti
aa Td?k?uuue No 09. c?ra*tt?wcnd ut nil hour*.
?? Ifi tor. Jtuk?f?iS

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