NEW ECHOTA, MAY 24, 1834
The exceeding irregularity of the mails here if it is not soon remedied will cease to be useful and become a standing evil to the country. Last Monday week 12th instant, three mails were due us, when we received piles of our exchange papers some old and some of recent dates, to wit: 3 New York Observers: 3 Ohio Observers: 3 Charleston Observers: 6 of N. Y. Journal of Commerce: 6 of N. Y. Advertiser: 6 of the American: and 18 of Poulson's Philadelphia Advertiser: and of all others three weeks papers.
The mail from Georgia via. Lawrenceville to this place which brings all our important news, we are glad to inform our readers will be hereafter transported by Mr. Thompson, and we have some reasons to hope, that this gentleman will endeavor to perform his duty.
The settlers of the Cherokee country, from the lottery state, or those who have obtained cheap lands and gold mines, without paying the Cherokees for this property, in Hickory Log District, (called now by the Georgians) Cherokee County, made considerable attempts to declare war against the Cherokees on week before last, but finally no lives were lost-no razor straps from the Indians backs were carved, as was the fact at the Horse Shoe Battle with the Creeks, by way of the trophies of war. However, some cause gave rise to this attempt on the part of the whites, of which we have unceasingly counselled the Cherokees never to create, for the pretext of our oppressors to exterminate us. It appears, two Indians from Notley, on the North Carolina side of the Nation, were strolling among the Indians, near the Court-House, for several days, who were suspected of having no honest motives for their visit, at this season of the year. A rifle gun was missing at the Indians' house with whom they had put up, where they had left before light. They proceeded to the Court House, and meeting Doctor Burns in the road, the Indian with his stolen gun, came near taking the life of the above named gentleman, by shooting at his head; but fortunately, the ball struck his head so as not to fracture the skull, and endanger life. These Indians retreated and returned the rifle to the owner, and left. The brave yeomanry of Governor Lumpkin's sent as express to him, with the hat of Dr. Burns, which was shot, and in course, of wars and rumors of wars, with a call on his Excellency for muskets and ball, 'c. The Governor received the hat with the Indian's shot, but rather humorously (we suppose he is a Christian) decided that it could not be the general disposition of the Indians as he had received letters from Washington, stating that the President would soon make a treaty for the removal of the Cherokees. In the meantime, the lottery gentlemen marched against the Indian who owned the gun with which Dr. Burns was shot, charged as an aider and abettor in the war, whom the found working in his field. One of the company drew a gun on this Indian, and ordered him to surrender; the Indian being near, took a running start under the gun, and gave the white man a severe fall. The company drew their knives and butchered him in a barbarous manner, but is likely to recover. The return express brought no declaration of war from the chartered state, a company of Indians and whites were on pursuit of the principals.