AND INDIANS' ADVOCATE
Wednesday April 22, 1829
Vol. II, no. 6
Page 3, col. 1a-1b
A Cherokee correspondent, whose communication in this day inserted, informs us, that a few days ago in Hickory Log District, a young man by the name of (6 Cherokee letters) Tau-ne-qua-li-ski, was so severely burnt while in a state of intoxication, that he survived but three days, and then died a victim to the worst of all evils, INTEMPERANCE. Here is another voice to those who indulge themselves in the use of ardent spirits, and to those who ardently desire to encourage, by personal exertions, the cause of temperance in this nation.- Our correspondent observes, very justly, too, that "Whiskey is a great evil, and is the immediate cause of all our murders and accidents. What can be done to stop its progress? Our own citizens have distilleries, and those who will drink have the opportunity of gratifying their desire at their doors. Would it not better our condition in the respect, if this one means of procuring whiskey was taken away? I do not think whiskey would be as plenty as it is now, if it could be obtained only among the whites. There are three things which go very much against our prosperity, and which produce evil forebodings-viz: Intemperance, our difficulties with the state of Georgia, and the present system of emigration."
We have full reason to believe that many individuals of this nation deplore
the present state of things, and would gladly contribute a little, by their
example, to the cause of temperance. We give it as our opinion therefore,
that the establishment of such a society as recommended by Philanthropist is
highly practicable, and ought to be attempted. We beg our readers, our
christian readers in particular to consider, whether it is not high time for
them to bestir themselves. The best interests of the citizens of this
nation are at stake. What is to prevent our children from becoming sots,
if we are indifferent on this all important subject, yea, lay the snare with
our own hands.
We recorded in our last a very worthy act of a neighbor of ours; that of dispensing with whiskey at his log-rolling. We did not know then that any other person had done the same though we were confident that the example would be followed by some., We have since understood from a correspondent, that Mr. George Hicks also did the same commendable act. This is right--the Hydra must be subdued by degrees-he must lose one head after another. Let others do what these two individuals have done, and very soon one useless and mischievous custom will be abolished.