Cherokee Phoenix

From the Independent Citizen

Published September, 28, 1833

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From the Independent Citizen


We have been favored with the perusal of a letter from the Arkansas territory, (Cherokee country) bearing date June 25, which states that a great mount of rain had fallen there during the latter part of May. The writer says that it commenced about the middle of May, and continued to rain for two weeks, almost without intermission-raising the Arkansas River to such a height as has never been seen by the oldest settlers in that section of country The writer states that, so destructive has been this flood, nearly all the people who lived upon the river have been ruined. Several buildings, on each side of the river, are said to have been swept away; and on the bottoms, near several of the creeks, every house has been washed away, Cantonment Gibson was almost overflowed; and all the fork of the Canadian was inundated. At the latter place, a large amount of stock, of almost every kind, was washed away; and it is said, that so powerful was the force of the water, the course of the river at Fort Smith was changed entirely-making its way through the farm of Mr. Alexander, and carrying before it almost his whole property.- Mr. John Rogers is said to have lost 1700 bushels of salt; and his works are destroyed. Mr. Webber is said to have lost in stock 'c. at least $3,000, besides a small black boy, who was drowned.

We would have noticed this letter last week, but were not sufficiently at leisure.