Cherokee Phoenix


Published December, 16, 1829

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Three eruptions have lately been made into the nation by parties of whites from Georgia, which we will denominate savage hostilities. After many false alarms have been given of Indian hostilities and Indian wars, what will the public think of the following, for the truth of which we stand pledged. A party of whitemen(sic) eight in number, well armed with guns, in the dead of night, a few days since, came into Hightower, and forcibly entering a house, kidnapped three negroes; two of whom were free, and made their escape into Georgia. Another party, also well armed, came over to arrest 'thirteen Cherokee Indians,' for punishing a notorious thief. We refer our readers to the letter of George Saunders, and the affidavit of the thief, published in our last. At the same time another party from Habersham County, fifteen in number, we believe, entered another part of the nation, with hostile intentions. After killing a hog, and robbing the Indians, and doing other insufferable acts, some of the Cherokees showed signs of resistance, ' demanded of the savage invaders, that they should make remuneration for the hog they had killed, and for other mischief they had done. They not being disposed to accede to this very reasonable demand, the Cherokees forcibly took one of their guns-after which they escaped into Georgia. This band of robbers will in all probability, following the example of Stansel, have warrants issued against those Cherokees who have had the hardihood to stop their inequitous (sic) proceedings. It was owing to the absence of the editor that the above facts were not last week communicated to the public- we now make them known without comment.