New Echota: June 5, 1830
We neglected to notice in our last the arrival of the detachment of the United States' troops, which the President has ordered to this nation for the removal of the intruders. From the last accounts they were stationed near Scudders' on the Hightower River about 20 or 30 miles from the Gold mines. They have done nothing efficient as yet, that we know of. We understand the agent is with them.
Under our Congressional head, it will be seen that the Indian Question is under a course of warm discussion in the House of Representatives. In our next we shall probably be able to give the result of the debate. We have no expectation that the decision will be in favor of the treaties and the Indians. We should however, rejoice to be disappointed.
In our last we gave some account of a disgraceful attempt of four white men to rob a Creek Indian, by the name of Hog.- Since then a report has reached us that the same men, or others of the same character, soon after their failure, actually robbed this poor Indian, after knocking him down and stabbing him with a knife. The Hog is represented to be, by those best acquainted with him, one of the most inoffensive men. He is a small and weakly man.- Now as an Indian cannot be a competent witness in Georgia according to the law of the state now said to be in operation, such acts must go unpunished.
The following is a copy of a note addressed to a gentleman of this nation; by a citizen of Georgia. It confirms the statement we made two weeks ago, that a number of the citizens of the adjoining counties were ready to fall upon the Cherokees with false accounts and forged notes.
May 20, 1830
I just drop you a line in haste to inform you that I understand that a number of persons have been forging notes on Indians living on this side of the Hightower, calculating that on the first of the laws of Georgia will be extended thro' (sic) the nation.
This hint I give you that the persons who are innocent may not be taken at a surprise.
Yours with great respect.
We believe, says the Chautauga Phoenix, the Indians [Cherokees] and the whites are both to be blamed. In the first place, the whites should not have interfered with the rights nor intruded upon the lands of the Indians; and, in the next place the Indians deserved severe chastisement, for the cruelty manifested to the intruders; and lastly, the whites should have taken a legal course to obtain redress.
Can the editor of the Chautauga Phoenix point to a single act of the Cherokees towards the Intruders which was cruel, and deserved severe chastisement?
Ed Cher. Phoenix.