Cherokee Phoenix


Published March, 31, 1830

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When we committed to the public plain statement of facts respecting the late murder of Chuwaye (n.b.) by the intruders, we were perfectly aware that our enemies would endeavor to benefit their cause by publishing false accounts of the circumstances connected with it. We have accordingly noticed in the neighboring journals, statements of INDIAN DEPREDATIONS, and some, have even gone so far as to congratulate the people of Georgia, that the 'northern fanatics' have instigated the Cherokees to commit outrages on the peaceable citizens of that state, thereby giving occasion, as we suppose, for the butchery of the entire race. This is consistent--having, heretofore created false alarms, by sounding their war trumpets, and by agitating the martial ardor of their chivalric readers, the late affair is eagerly seized by them to retrieve their shattered credit. This however is a hopeless task. Like the man and the wolf in the fable, they may cry Indian depredation! Indian depredation!! having more than once deceived the public, they can never be believed.

We have seen published by those who are endeavoring to misrepresent the true state of the case, a letter written to the editor of the Athenian, by one who says he was present and witnessed the transactions, and was of course accessary to the vile murder. This he is not disposed to conceal. As however killing one Indian, and he bound and helpless, was not an act sufficient to crown the perpetrations with laurels of bravery, this lying letter writer, to prove that they were brave, says they wounded fifteen or twenty Indians, and some, he feared, mortally. See how a deliberate lie can be told.

When we charged on the house, we found ten or twelve Indians in and about it, five or six of whom made their escape the balance we made prisoners, without much resistance on their part. The Chief of the party (Chewaya) was beaten to death; the balance, as well neutral as active, amounting to fifteen or twenty, were severely wounded, and some I fear mortally.

When they charged on the house, they found ten or twelve Indians. Of these, five or six made their escape, and the rest they made prisoners. Where were the fifteen or twenty? In his imagination, where he with Quixote-like bravery fought them, severely wounding them, and some mortally. Who can withhold his tribute to this chivalrous act?

This modern Quixote further observes: 'The object of the party was to take the Indians and bring them to justice.' Well, if that was their object, and they had the fifteen or twenty so completely in their power as to wound them, why did they not take them to justice? The truth is, they had none to take, but those they actually did take, three in number--these indeed they wounded severely after they were bound. If the writer meant that they intended to take the whole party who were concerned in removing the intruders, we have only to say, they would not have accomplished their object to this day.- Wretched must be the cause indeed which requires such vile falsehoods to support it.

n.b. The Indian Chief Chuwaye is spelled two ways in the article.