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Ors. Turner, Parks & Hughes
Everything by Electricity
Telephone 144.
Drs. Turner, Parks & Hughs
Everything by Electricity
Telephone 144.
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Hnlon City Commrn)l. uWIhel 1890. )r .,.,.
West Tenniiie courief, eutlUbd 1W7. ( ConsoUctated September 1, 187.
VOL. 16, NO. 17
Three Dottles for $2.50
Sis Bottles for $5.00
Or One Bottle for $1.00
g Cor,
Phone 223
Is now open with a full line of
Geo. Delker Buggies,
Surreys, Stanhopes
and Road Wagons.
; B; ' ' ' '! Also a full line of Up-to-date :
Harness, Whips, Lap Robes
' '..'
Come in whether you want to buy or not. We welcome visitors just
as cordially as we do customers.
(SiErO. S. NASM,
rhone 92. .. , Successor to B. F. Beckham, , Union Citv.
the wide-set eyes and lived in the
village near the home of his father.
For many moons the trf be had been
at peace with all the world, and the
blue smoke from the village fire
sides floated tranquilly in the even
ing air, and when the moon and
stars came out they looked upon
a scene serene. Little children
played about the wigwam door of
Tishomingo, or listened to stories
of war and the chase told bj' their
father in the evening hours.
from which little jets of lurid flame
belched forth, emitting fine parti
cles of stifling lava, so that the
warriors had to fall upon their
faces in order to breathe without
complete suffocation.
Not a leaf stirred. All was still
as death. Even the birds in the
branches of the trees sat as though
chained to the spot. A buzzard
ceased its circling in the air and
6tood poised as if dead in its aerial
flight. Motion and time and sound
Meantime Talequah was in his i seemed to stop and lose all power,
Many, many years ago, before
the great grandfathers of many of
us were born, and when the late
Mississippi valley was a vast wil
derness of cane, cotton wood, oak
I and cypress brakes, tapered up
t from the marshv soil in gracefu
4 pi;oportions, like dismal sentinels
" I the lonely solitude, and when
ie deer, the bear, the panther and
ner animals of a semi tropic
ine existed in abundance in the
d freedom of their forest homes',
. fre dwelt, near where lieelfoot
.ju&ke is situated, an Indian chief
of the name of Montockaquah.
It is said that he possessed 'great
wisdom, and dispensed a sort of
rude justice in the management of
his affairs that caused his people
to reverence him in a way that
none of his predecessors had en
joyed. He was always at the head
of all important councils, and as a
warrior he was invincible, no op
posing foe ever having been able
to cope with his" cunning in the
" planning of battles or in his deep
laid schemes of attack. He had
twn sons Tfthleotmh and TJsho
nnrigo. Of these twos sons the
chief was very proud, for in their
very childhood "they gave great
promise of . their future prowess
as hunters of game and warriors
bold. '
At an early age they were taught
the use of the bow and arrow, and
in all the games and sports of In
dian life node excelled them. The
Void chief watched them grow to
ibo6d with the greatest inter-
and to him they were ever
iects of the deenest solicitude.
je he realized that the time was
;UUl ini icuiuvcu uum u UJUni
pass to the bappy hunting grounds
;whither bis fathers before him had
J gone, and that the mantle of his
authority must fall upon them, so
he taught them many useful things
and filled their heads with knowl
edge far beyond their years.
. Th? youths were inseparable and
v i
the bond of affection that subsisted
between them was beautiful in the
sight of the doting father and was
the talk of the whole tribe. "But
suddenly, one day, when the two
brothers had reached the age of
20 years, a cloud arose between
them. A discord broke harsh and
rasping in the music of their lives
Tbey both loved a maiden of an
other tribe, and both could not
take her to wife, even had they
so desired. ,
The maiden was very neat and
round and pretty. Her eyes were
soft and bright, the eyes of a little
wild animal who is gentle and
trusting and not afraid. She looked
upon both the braves with favor,
but her simple, forest grown heart
was pure, like the notes of the lark
which danced in the sunlight near
her wigwam door. The arts of
coquetry and the wiles of her
tutored sisters of the paleface race
were unknown to her, and when
she spoke her soul was in her eyes
and deceit had no place in w'hich
to abide.
But her heart was Tishomingo's,
and that made the heart of Tahle
quah heavy like the leaden bullet
that the white man shot from his
gun with the voice of the thunder.
Tahlequah's love for his brother
now turned to hate, and he could
no longer bear to dwell in the same
tribe, for the light had gone out
and the darkness had set in, thick
and cold and damp. So he went
away one night when the moon
was above the treetops. He crossed
the Mississippi at New Madrid, and
back several miles from that point
he fpund a cordial welcome in an
other tribe.
The old chief was greatly grieved
at the departure of this much
loved son, in whom his hopes were
centered, but he bore his sorrow
with the stolid silence of his taci'
turn race. , But the seal of melan
choly was on his wrinkled brow
and the lines about his mouth grew
deeper and deeper and, were never
lighted by a smile.
Tishomingo wed the maiden with
new home. He had grown great
with his adopted people. He stood
high in popular esteem, for his
prowess in war and his skill in the
chase were wonderful, indeed. In
woodcraft he had not an equal in
any of the neighboring tribes, and
none was so accurate with the bow
or so swift of foot. The speed of
the wild deer was his, and he had
the cunning of the fox and the
scent of , the hound. About the
council fire, too, when the peace
and a little branch near by ceased
its flowing and stood still in the
awful silence.
Then the earth began to tremble
and trees waved like thistles in a
breeze while a deep rumbling noise
that seemed to come from under
neath the earth's surface was heard,
and the poor red savages were
tilled with a terror that was pitia
ble, for they thought it was the
voice of an outraged God, speak
ing in the darkness of approach-
last all was quiet and once again
order came out of chaos, a beauti
ful lake of broad expanse arose,
where the land had sunk, and they
called it "lieelfoot."
Such is the legend of this beauti
ful lake of sunny Tennessee. It
must be true, for an old Indian
said that the Great Spirit spoke to
him in a dream and revealed his
purpose of destruction, warning
him to flee for his life and not to
make known the secret to a single
soul on the penalty of instant
death and to be cut off from the
pleasures of the "bappy hunting
ground." The old Indian obeyed
the injunction and hence escaped
the awful catastrophe. By tradi
tion the story comes to us and
skeptical indeed must be the one
who doubts, for a single moment,
its authenti&ty. But there are
always "doubting Thomases" and
always will be until the end of
Get vour lunch at Dahnke's. j
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One of Union City's liandsome new homes, residence and property of Mr. John A Wheeler. Photo by Wallace
pipe was smoked, old men grown
gray in wisdom barkened to his
One night when a storm cloud
was rising when the sun had set a
symbol of war was received by the
tribe of Tishomingo. It came from
the tribe of Tahlequah, and the
messenger sped away on the wings
of the wind.
All was now in preparation for
war. Ibe tollowing day rwt one,
the war paint was brought forth
and made hideous the red faces of
the valiant braves.
The day arrived and the two con
tending forces stood each upon a
gentle rise of ground, nearingeach
other with war like fronts.
Just before the mad rush of bat
tie was made a darkness fell upon
the earth not the darkness of
night, but the dull, leaden gloom
that comes just before a storm.
But not a cloud was visible. The
sun shone like a disc of burnished
brass, and the atmosphere was
heavy and oppressive and filled
with the odor of sulphur. Here
and there little cones of sand rose
up from eight to ten feet in height,
ing death.
When the earth began to sink
ami rip open, and into the j'awn
ing cavern, the trees went down
into the blackness of the bowels
of the earth, the universe seemed
to gasp like a thing in pain. All
the forces of nature seemed to be
at war, latent as well as active.
Tljp very silence of dormant forces
appeared to evince the power of
omnipotence and the weakness of
man in the hour of distress, des
pile the arrogance of his conceit,
and the vainglory of his boasted
Streams reversed their courses,
and ran upstream, and the whole
landscape reeled and rocked like a
drunken man, or a ship in a storm.
For miles around the surface of
the earth sank down and down,
lower and lower, until everything
contained upon it disappeared from
sight, including the two contending
tribes of Indians. Tradition says
that the cause of this great con
vulsion of nature was the anger of
the "Great Spirit," who was moved
to wrath at the deadly feud be
tween the two brothers. When at
Wheeler's Romance.
The death of Gen. Joe Wheeler,
the ex-Confederate veteran, has re
called to the rninds of a number of
New Orleans people the romantic
story of his couruhip. says the New
York. Tribune.
It was in the early years of the
war. Gen. Wheeler had been har
rying the Federal troops a ar Chat
tanooga and had managed to rut
off their supplies. During a part
of this campaign he made his home
on the Jones estate, in Northern
Alabama. There he met Mrs. Ella
Sherrod, the daughter of Col. Jones,
a well-known steatnboatman of an
te oeiium days. Uol. Jones was
away at the war. Mrs. Sherrod's
husband bad died, and she was left
alone on the plantation with ber
crippled son and an invalid mother.
Gen. Wheeler fell deeply in love
and often slipped away from his
command to spend a tew hours
with Mrs. Sberrod. although the
trips were made at the risk of his
Finally the Federal troops burned
every building on the plantation,
and Mrs. Sherrod carried ber moth
er from the burning house at mid
night. Gen. Wheeler drove the
Federal troops completely out of
the neighborhood. At the close of
the war Mrs. Sherrod consented to
become Mrs. Wheeler.
The benefits that flow from a
yearly exhibition of the best live
stock, farm, horticultural and me
chanical products of a State and
its natural resources, and from the
commingling of the farmers to
compare the results of their labors
and interchange views, are so gen
erally recognizod that there is no
need to dwell on an acknowledged
fact. Nor is it necessary that at
tention be called to the diffusion
of prosperity among all forma of
industry wherever agriculture
The State Fair manifests its val
ue, first upon live stock, then upon
the farm itself, in increased fertil
ity and the employment of more
scientific and economical methods,
and finally upon all the varied
business interests to which agri
culture contributes so largely.
Farming is progressivelyros
perous, profit being made without
it i i it j ; v
exnausting me capital tne iarmj
only where live stock growing is
made a prominent feature. Live
stock growing as experience has
proven wherever it has been tried
cannot be successfully practiced
without a State Fair.
A State Fair is strictly eeuca
tional. The work of the agricul
tural colleges and experiment sta
tions is most valuable, but their
sphere of influence is naturally
limited to the students in attend
ance and the chance visitor, The
State Fair is the school of the pec-'
pie, where practical demonstration
is made of what is best among the
various classes of products; it
shows bow to attain the best, and
proves conclusively that the best
is the most profitable.
That Tennessee is to have a State
Fair complete in all departments
is generally known, and it is the
object of this article to acquaint
the general public with the magni
tude and completeness of the
After the failure of a number of
different organizations to secure
for Tennessee a State Fair, the
Retail Merchants' Association of
Nashville, a live, up to date body
of business men, realizing the'
great importance of such an Insti
tution to the State and feeling that
Nashville, the industrial and geo
graphical center of the State, was
the proper location for a State
Fair, decided to secure, independ
ent of any State aid, such an institution.
With this idea in view, they have
purchased a beautiful tract of land
known as Cumberland Park, splen
didly situated and highly improved
with building, etc., suitable for
the purpose desired.
Cumberland Park is situated be
tween three of the great railroad
systems of Nashville, which have
unloading platforms a few yards
from the 'grounds, is touched on
two sides by the city electric lines,
and is but a few minutes' drive
from the busines center of the city.
To the many improvements already
contained in Cumberland Park wiil
be added, as the means are ac-
Conttnued on fifth page.
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