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HOW BEECH TREES SAVED THE IMS
OF THE SHAWNEES. - ?- a. : - ...... . J LEGEND OF RED MEN'S BATTLE NEAR RAVENS-! WOOD. ! HEAVEN'S BOLTS SPARED WHITE MOTS FRIEND?FOREST MONARCHS UNTOUCH ED BY STORMS, STILL STAND. Among the papers in the desk of the l>te W. T. Heaton, in the inter nal revenue office, at Parkersburg, In son, George D. Heaton, found *he following story of the legend of Ahe beech trees, which is believed to "have been Mr. Heaton's last literary effort. It is a pretty little story, amply told, as were all of Mr. Hea-< ton's stories, and is in a style that leaves no doubt as to the authorship. The story was but recently written, and evidently was inspired by the recent celebration commemorating? the battle of Point Pleasant. This is a story telling why the lightning never strikes the beech ; tree, told by a lineal descendant of Cornstalk, the noted Indian sachem,1 the terror of whose name long held i in check the aggressions of the whites ? in the valley of the Ohio, and a j monument to whose memory stands at Point Pleasant, marking at once 1 the resting place of the last of the ? Shawnces and the ground where the > last stand was made by the Red Man : for the possession of his -hunting grounds east of the Beautiful River. | One summer in the years long ago! the Hurons, a warlike tribe belong ing to the six nations, resolved to take possession of the land Ijptween' the two Kanawhas belonging to the ? Shawnees, which great tribe had re-1 fused to join the mighty confedera tion that with prophetic instint had been formed for mutual protection ? against a mighty foe rhat the medi cine men had said would soon be up on them. The Shawnees, brave and powerful as they were, heard of the threatened invasion of the still more numerous and powerful Hurons with great alarm, and at once began to east about for some means of defense. Their runners soon apprised them that the dreaded. Hurons had indeed begun their march to the south, an advance scouting party having al ready crossed the Ohio at W heeling. The largest and central village of the Shawnees was in those years sit uated in a magnificent stretch of for est located near where the town of Ravenswood now stands, and near the center of which waved a magnifi cent grove of beeches. 4 One night while the medicine men and the prophets were praying for deliverance, from their inveterate enemies and beseeching the Great spirit to save them from destruction, for to fight as they might they knew it was a war of extermination for possession of their homes and hunting grounds by the Northern foe, there appeared a bright star over the grove of beechs and a voice was heard saying: "Fly to the beeches; fly to the beeches, and you will be saved." GIRL ROUTED "NIGHT RIDERS" DAUGHTER WAITED UNTIL THEY BROKE DOOR AND FIRED. A slender young girl, with steady nerve and the bravery of a soldier, opened fire with a double-barreled >hotgun and put to flight forty mask ed night riders when they crushed down the door of her Cither's house last Friday night, in Mason county, Kentucky. The mob ap]>eared at the home of Geo. Kreitz, evidently with the in tention of whipping him, and when entrance was refused, the door was knocked in with an ax and crowbar. Kreitz" s young daughter, stood ready with a loaded shotgun, and turned loose both barrels. The masked men fled precipitately, one man being caught in a wire fence and losing his hat and part of his trousers. Kreitz recognized sev eral riders, and is in conference to day with the officers at Mavsville. Several arrests are expected. Obeying tbe spirit voice, when the morning came the whole tribe took up their abode under the sheltering beeches, and waited, though still with anxiety, the coming of the Hu rons, whose numbers were in those days as the leaves of the forest. They reached the great woods and soon began the attack. The Shaw nces defended their homes and the graves of their ancestors bravely, but overpowering number would have an nihilated the tribe of the south, when an extraordinary visitatians av ed them. A great storm came from the West, the like of which had nev er been seen before and the story of which yet lingers in the legends of the valley. The thunder rolled and the lightning's incessant flash struck terror to the hearts of the invaders. Gigantic monarchs of the forest were 1 shivered to splinters by the bolts j from the forge of heaven, other trees were struck dowd and falling amid the ranks of the Hurons killed great numbers of them. The survivors fled in terror and never appeared again on shores of the Ohio or its tributaries. Over the Shawnees waved the pro tecting branches of the great beeches, all of them untouched by the light ning's fury and the thunderbolt's wrath. The covenant there made with the Red Men of the south was never broken and no beech tree was ever aferwards visited by the lightning s bolt, and thus it is the l>eech is sac red to the Indians to this day, and ; under its protecting branches in the , years after the dark day at Ravens wood was held the tribal dance and the carnivals of the chase. The white man of the valleys has come to know of the protecting power of the spread 1 ing beech, building his home near them, while the pioneer of the moun tains always builds his log cabin un- j der a beech, even though it be other wise a most rough and uninviting sjx>t. It was a covenant with the red man that extends to the white ; man, and instinctively the beech is rtvered by those who do not even know of its strange eventful history. This observation is borne out by the fact that the grove of beeches that protected the Shawnees so many vears ago, still stands at Ravens wood, though the mighty trunks of the other part of the forest have long since disappeared before the destruct ive hand of man. W ould that the Great Spirit had so blessed and pro tected the other trees and forests of these valleys, for the insatiable ava rice of man is pursuing them with a vengeance that foretells their disap pearance forever from the face of the earth. Before appearing at the Kreitz home, the riders had gone to the farm of a neighbor, Benjamin Long necker, and shot through the win dows, several bullets narrowly miss ing members of the familv. Longnecxer is wealthy and prom inent. He and Kreitz had sold their tobacco crops to independent buyers, and had refused to enter the pool of the Bur ey Tobacco society. HELP YOUR OWN TOWN. I f you are a kicker and see the ; shadows of failure in everything that is proposed to help the town, for heaven's sake go into some secluded canyon and kick your own shadow on the clay bank, and give the men who are working to build up the town a chance. One long-faced, hollow-eyed, whining, carping chron ic kicker can do more to keep awav j business and capital from a town than all the drouths, short crops, chinch bugs, cyclones and blizzards combined. Register J1.00 a year. STAKED AN ISLAND. A Fateful Jack Pot That Was Lost b Pisrre Bottineau. At one of the most interesting games of poker ever played in Min neapolis Nicollet island was put in the jack pot by a man who thought he understood the game, but found there were others who understood it better. In 1846 Pierre Bottineau i took up a claim on the spot where H' A year later j 8 horse and cow, which he drove away into the wil derness, never dreaming that the' T^ould m a few years -be the site of niTLf7', f?T a 6mail gum he: purchased a W portion of what j is now the business part of Min-1 neapdis and put up a log cabin in ' a little mound m the center of Kic olJct island. Half a dozen of the old settlers, Bottineau among them, had a little poker club. One evening the stakes kept growing larger and larger un^ til every jack pot contained a small fortune. Mr. Bottineau had been 1 losing heavily, but at last be was dealt a hand upon which he hoped to regam his losses and win some thing besides. He was given four ; queens and, drawing one card, se cured an ace, leaving four kings ns the only hand by which he could be ! beaten. He thought he saw one of the players discard a king, and he ' considered his hand invincible and played it accordingly. Soon all but: Bottineau and the man opposite: him dropped their cards and retired to watch the game. The table was heaped with inonev and the per sonal belongings of "the two men. The flickering light of the candle , shone dimly on the flushed faces as : ; they watched each other warily out ; of the corners of their eves. All of Bottineau'? possessions "lav <m the ; table, and it was his bet He looked ' at his hand carefully and then said , that all he bad left was Nicollet is K WTh'ch, *'e wou'd ^et against *.00. The bet was called, and Bot Itmeau laid down his four queens , with a smile of triumph. Amid a dead silence his opponent laid on the table, face up. four kings and a fr?-V\ ,was so st'" you could have ; heard them breathe. Then Bot tineau called for writing materials ; and made out a deed to the island. From that day he never touched a j card or countenanced gambling in ! any form. ? After drifting around the coun try he went to Red Lake Falls and took up a claim and remained there until the time of his death. He was employed as a guide and scout and was one of the principal mem 1 bers of the Siblev expedition. He j knew even- foot of the northwest | country, having traversed it ever since he was ten vears old, when he guided Lord Selkirk's colonists from old Fort Garry. When he died the last of the old time Cana dian voyagers and guides, who were such an important factor in the up-1 building of the northwest, passed I away.?Exchange. The Genesis of th? Cr?vat Cravats date from the incursion I of the Croats into French territory . during the Thirty Years' war. The ; French termed these invaders "Cra rates," and a freak of fashion made ! their somewhat clumsv neckwear' i popular about 1C36. The fancv must' have spread very rapidlv, for we find lace cravats with broad ends hanging in front replacing the wide ?' collars of the cavaliers durin"- the earlier stages of the civil war in F-ngland. Charles II. made white ; cravats a part of the uniform of his life and dragoon guards. The oalmv period of the cravat was earlv in the eighteenth centnry, when these ar ticles were made <rt the very finest lace and were so expensive that oven the richest of fashionable yoaii" men could not afford to have mere than two of them in their ward robes.?London Standard. Sausage. Sausage has even from verv eariv ? times been a popular table delicacv. Aristophanes was familiar with i"t.1 and in Roman days the sausases of Lucania were in high esteem. "Tliev were made from pork and the nuts of the stone pine, flavored with I bay leaves and other things more familiar. Bologna was celebrated for its sausages long before the German sausage had even thought1 of invading the rest of the world. I and until quite latelv it was com ??nIy called in England a "po Explaining It. We were moving a 4,000 pound ' safe from one office to another . fays a writer in the Saturday Even-1 ing Post. George, the negro jani tor, with a 4 by 4 pine stick was pinching the safe along. The boss man said, "George, why don't you pick that safe up and carrv it"in-| Steaof,? monkeying with that scantling?" George replied: '-Boss, I hain't feelm very piclrish dis mawnin', *nh. Fs feelia' a leetle duplicate." 1 MENACE OF ICEBERGS. One Danger of 8ca Against Which Wireless I, of Ltelo Avail. The fear of icebergs has been partly removed in recent veara bv wireless telegraphy, but their pre^ ence on the seas is still menacin" enough to cause anxietv. The government every summer ana lall makes out an iceberg guide. When some ship reports an iceberc ln ? ?rtdn latitude and longitude a little red dot is placed on the ice- I berg chart It is drifting in a southerly di rection, and allowances are inade lor so many miles of advance even twenty-four hours. So the red dot1 is moved slowly forward. But ad- 1 verse winds, seas and currents mav i change the course of the berg, and this sort of reckoning may prove ? all wrong. Later another ship reports the same or another iceberg in a differ ent place says Harper's Weekly. I More red dots appear on the chart, j and as the season advances the dan ger points increase. These charts are issued as warnings to mariners. ' j-hips sailing in certain northern latitudes must study the location of the icebergs, and for the sake of safety the captains provide them selves with duplicates of the charts. 1 Icebergs are dangerous obstruc-: tions to navigation on clear, dark nights as well as in times of fo" They- carry no lights, and thev can not be detected in the dark" until close upon a ship. Experienced sea captains possess a certain instinct for detecting the presence of icebergs. Some cap -ains claim that they can smell an iceberg miles away. Something in the atmosphere warns them of the danger, and they double the watch and reduce speed until out of the danger zone. Then, again, when near an iceberg the air grows sud denly cold and chilly, and some times there is a drop of several de grees in the temperature. llanv unaccounted disappear ances of ships and steamers are at tributed to collisions with icebergs, ships and all on board going to the j bottom without so much as a rem nant left to tell the tale. Bidding In a Bride. While some furniture was bein- ' sold at auction at Orkellyunga, in Sweden, a curious incidentoccurred. j A young girl pushed her way through the crowd until she was 1 quite close to the auctioneer, so close indeed that she somewhat im peded him when he desired to make effective gestures. Being a man of j humor, he resolved to get rid of her j m a novel manner, and therefore, taking her by the arm, he shouted: j j Here, now, is an excellent bargain ; ?a young girl, aged nineteen, very pretty and well educated! What j am I offered? Come: we'll start it ? at 3,000 crowns!" At once there j ! was brisk bidding, which continued i until an elderly bachelor farmer of- I fered 10,000 crowns. The auction- : eer tried to get a higher bidder ? than this, but failed, and so he de- i clared the farmer to be the pur- 1 chaser of the girl. All those pres- ! ent thought that it was a good joke, ' but it was more than that, for a few days later the farmer and the ' girl were married in the presence of i the mayor, and before the ceremony ; the farmer presented the vounj ! woman, an orphan, with 10,000 j crowns, the exact amount which he ! was willing to pay for her at auc tion. Victim of a Soft Heart. The prison visitor looked at the ! occupant of cell 40 through eves J that were dim with tears and passed j a few more fragrant blossoms be i tween the iron bars. "Yon poor lirfortunate!" she ex I claimed. -.So y.i i were brought to j j tins through sympathy for another, j Tell me all .'irnut it. Perhaps some- i ! thing can be done to set vou free." ! "^'ell, mum, 'twas this wav " ex- ! claimed the convict. "When me an' | mate cracked the crib we found the bank watchman asleep, an' we tied an' gagged him. It was him ' as arterward identified me." "les/and the sympathy for an : other ?" asked the visitor. It was fer him, mum. JIv mate 1 wanted tor stick a knife in him. If j I hedn't been a fool an' done it I wouldn't be here a-talkin' ter vou now."?Boston Traveler. His Luggage. An Aberdonian went to spend a few days in London with his son, who had done exceptionally well in the great metropolis. After their j first greetings at King's Cross sta Inon the young fellow remarked: "Feythcr, you are not lookin* weel. Is there anything the matter?" The ! old man replied, "Aye, lad, I have I had quite an accident." "What was that, feyther?" "Hon," he siid, "on this journey frae bonsie Scotland I lost mv luceace." **Dea dear! That's too lad. 'Oo did it happenP' "Aweel"' replied the Aberdonian.. "the cork cam' oot." RRE ISLAND. About the Worst Section of the At lantic Coast For Wrecks. Xo other section of the Atlantic coast line, not even the shores of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Block island, can offer a record of disas ter surpassing the roli of shipwreck and death which is inscribed on the shifting sand dunes of Fire is land. For the last 250 years vessels have been going ashore on the beach, and every now and then you come, upon their bones; rearing up. frauntly out of the sand. Of ?wrse the great majority of the wrecks have gone the way of all things earthly. But the sight of half a I dozen huge timbers projecting from the face of a dune, making an ideal shelter for a brief rest, suggests reminiscences of a tragedv of the past. Occasionally, too, the waves wash up some odd relic that the sands have been toving with for generations, and the old inhab itants of the coast, standing at their cabin doors, with shaded eyes, will point up and down the.dreazy per spective to the places where ships and steamers and any number of other gallant craft came to grief on the sands. There are a peculiar charm and attraction about Fire island beach that are only to be accounted for by its desolation and the grim events connected with its historv. This does not apply to the settlement clustered about the lighthouse and the observation towers, but to the long stretches, monotonous in their apparent sameness, that run east ward toward the sheltered waters of Shinnecock bay. It is almost unbe lievable that such a barren, primi fare landscape can be found within fcfty miles of New York citv. At certain seasons of the vear \ou can walk for hours and never see a human being. The onlv noises that break in on the solitude are the twittering calls of the sand pipers that flit overhead. At dis tant intervals faintlv marked trails lead up the lows and bluffs inshore, tending toward the huts of lonelv toymen, tucked away in the shelter of the dunes, scantily clad in dune grass and underbrush; otherwise, save for the wreckage that clogs the bcach, you would not be aware that hum an beings existed any where. The sand covers even-thin", obliterating footprints as fast as they are made. All the flotsam and jetsam of the sea come to Fire island. Bits of woodwork, parts of small boats, hatches, spars, balks of timber, wa ter casks and chicken coops, bits of all sizes, from a matchbox to a derelict's shattered hull, are washed over the outer bar. If the ghosts of all the ships whose bones have been bleached on Fire island sands could be mustered they would tell the country's maritime historv in chronological order. Bluff nosed Dutchmen out of Amsterdam, stout English ships from Hull and Plymouth town, rangy Frenchmen, "stately Span iards, like the last victim of the beach, and many a goodlv Yankee crew have listened to the thunder of the breakers and seen the white sand through the spray, stretching lor miles beyond their ken, bare of human soul. But that was in the days before the establishment of the life saving service. Many a storied ship has met her fate on Fire island beach. Mer chantman and privateer, frigate and slaver, coaster^ fishing schoon er, yacht and liner have pounded themselves apart on the treacher ous bar that scarcely shows be neath the gentle swell on a pleasant day. A rapacious destrover, Fire island.?Xew York Post. Day*ey Mayme's Social Plant. Daysey Mayme Appleton will en tertain out of town company for the next two weeks and lias issued the following cards and sent them to her friends: "I will have two girl guests from out of town for the next two weeks. What are vou willing to do for them? I gave a - (blank filled out by dinner, dance, party, tea, luncheon, etc.) when you had companv." "Unless they come up to the scratch," says Daysey Mayme as she licked the stamps, "I shall have to announce to my guests that I am in mourning and can't do anything for them be yond taking them for walks and to prayer meeting."?Atchison Globe. Fullcash (waking with a start in the middle of the night and hearing sounds in his bedroom) ? Who's there? Speak! Who's there? Hoarse whisper from the dark ness: 'Tor goodness' sake, hush! There's a _ burglar just gone down stairs. I'm a policeman, and if ????keeP qu'ct and not strike a light Fll nab him in two twos." Fullcash obeys, and the whisper downstairs and out of the back door with his booty.?New York Jour Sikea' Way. er, whose name THE STEALTHY TIGER. When He Move* Quietly Death Dees Not Seem More Silent. I have seen a tiger, sitting up a. hundred yards from me in the sun light washing his face like a cat, more a couple of steps into the j shade and fade away like the Chesh ire cat in "Alice In Wonderland." But what is more extraordinary is that he can "move without some dry leaf or stalk crackling to be tray" him. Often in a beat in the' 1 middle of the hot season the inex perienced sportsman's heart is in his mouth as he hear*- the crushing of c dead leaf, the slow, stealthy tread of what seems some- heavy animal, but it is only "moa," the peacock, the first to move ahead of ; the beaters. Then after a period'of strained watching, when the eye can apd does detect the move of the tiniest bird, the quiver of & leaf, suddenly without a sound the great beast stands before vou. He does not always care to move qniet ly, but when he does death is not more silent The question of how a white or otherwise abnormally marked tiger can take its prev is simplified by the fact that, as a general ruJe, the tiger kills at night or at dawn or dusk and that it is only the cattle j killing tiger that takes his lordly toll of the village cattle by day. Again that wonderful voice, the most mournful sound in captivity "which literally hushes the jungle and fills the twilight with horror,"' is a powerful aid to him in his hunting. Often as 1 have heard it* the memoir of one occasion is as vivid as the^jnoment when it held' me spellbound. I was stalk in sambhur in the evening in a glade in the forest when suddenly, from not fifty yards above me. rang out a long, low, penetrating moan, which seemed- to fill the jungle with a terrifying thrill and for a. moment made the heart stand still. The native shikari, who, in spite of Mowgli's contempt, may know something of jungle ways, believes that the deer, hearing the timer's voice and unable from the rever berating nature of the sound to lo cate the position of their enemv, stand or lie still and so give him ,the chance of stalking his prey. There is probably some truth in .this, for unless you are following the tiger and have seen him it is al most impossible from the sounds alone to tell with any certainty where he is.?Algernon" Durand in London Times. Wasting Valuable Time. An old farmer died in a little vil lage in the neighborhood of Paris. : His fortune, the fruit of years of patient toil, was invested in a nice compact little farm. A nephew of tne departed, believing himself to he heir, called a few days later on the lawyer and before saving a word about the succession thought it only right and proper to shed a few i tears. "Poor uncle!'' he murmured. "So. kind, so affectionate?to think that 1 shall never see him again!" The notary allowed the young; man to give full vent to his sorrow ful emotions, after which he quiet . ly observed: I 'I suppose you are aware that: ; your uncle has left you nothin"?" "What!" exclaimed the nephew, suddenly changing his tone. "I'm 1 not down in the will? Then why on earth did you let me stand weeping there and making a fool of myself for a good half hour?" I'aris Journal. Scotch Craft. A drunken man was once lod<*edV in tiie cell of a Scotch country po lice station, when he made a tre i mendous noise by kicking the cell door with his heavy "hobnailed boots. The constable who had charge of i the police station, going to the cell door, opened it a little and said: -ve micht P;t off Ver buits and I'll gie them a bit rub, so that yell be respectable like when ve come up afore the bailie the morn" The prisoner, flattered at the re quest. at once complied and saw his mistake only when the constable ; shut the door upon him, savin" coolly: " ? ^ e can kick awa noo, mv man [ as lang as ye like." New York'* First Ferry. The first ferry by means of (vlnch the dwellers on the other ?ide of the East river visited their brethren in Manhattan was a square ended scow rigged -with mast and sails. The fare charged for a horse was 1 shilling, and a wagon cost 5. This ferry was in operation in 1735 and three-quarters of a cental passed before it was improved upon. The improvement consisted of a horse boat, a twin boat with a wheel m the center, propelled by a hori zontal treadmill worked by horses. This was an eight horsepower boat, which crossed the river in from twelve to twenty minutes. Then came the first steam ferryboat in Id* v.