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1. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Hartford, December 23. Yesterday morning about ten o’clock, one of the large new buildings belonging to the proprietors of the Hartford Woollen Manufactory was discovered to be on fire, but by the exertion of the citizens was soon extinguished; and we are happy to add, that very little damage was done. It appears the fire was communicated from a stove to the floor over which it stood, and was not perceived till a hole was burnt through the floor and let the stove into the cellar. It is hoped that this accident may prove a useful lesson to those who make use of stoves.

2. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Hartford, December 30. On Friday last was committed to goal in Middletown, for murder, Toby, an Indian man, who for some time past has resided in East-Hartford. The circumstances so far as we have been able to learn, are, that on Wednesday last, Toby and his wife, together with an Indian who was on a visit to them from Providence, went to a tavern in East-Hartford, to keep Christmas; on their return next day the visiting Indian and Toby’s squaw being a head of Toby (all of whom it is said were intoxicated) went into a barn, where on Toby’s coming he found them clasped in each others arms. He immediately killed the Indian with a pitchfork, and so wounded his squaw that there is little prospect of her recovery.

3. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Litchfield, December 18. Wednesday last a child of Mr. James Wickwire of this town aged six years, was unfortunately drowned, in attempting to cross the Great Pond on the ice. A son of Mr. Judson Gitteau, 10 years old, was in company with the deceased, and fell through at the same instant: He was taken up apparently dead, but by proper means happily restored. The lads were in the water three quarters of an hour; the latter supporting himself by the edge of the ice and after some time by a rail; and the deceased, till exhausted, by clinging to his companion. Mrs. Wickwire was present, on shore, when her son disappeared, without being able to relieve him.

4. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Windham, January 4. The Collector of state taxes, for the town of Windham, on Monday last settled with the Treasurer the full amount of his rate bill of the penny halfpenny tax, granted by the general assembly in May last; for which, as it was the first town which had settled the above tax, he received the particular thanks of the treasurer. A pleasing instance of the public spirit and prosperity of the people, and of the faithfulness and punctuality of public officers.

5. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Mr. Pinckney, an American Ambassador, has made the following requisitions to the British court, which, it is said, has been agreed to; That the western posts should be delivered up to the United States: - That the British shall not supply the Indians, who are hostile to the Americans, with goods or ammunition: That American seamen shall not be subject to impress into the British service; and that American vessels, on the high seas, shall not be molested by British cruisers. It was further reported, that an embassy had been appointed by
the British court to be sent to America, for the purpose of adjusting with congress some points relative to a commercial treaty.

6. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Windham, January 4. Married, on Thursday evening, Mr. Timothy Warren, merchant, to Miss Nancy Pool.

7. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Windham, January 4. Died, at Hopkinton, (Massachusetts) Miss Hannah Fitch, daughter of the late Rev. Elijah Fitch, aged 22.

8. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Daniel Crocker, & Co. Pay Cash for Corn, and half Cash for Barley at their store in Mansfield. They want to engage a quantity of yard wide brown Tow Cloth, to be delivered by the 1st of April next. All those who have accounts open with said company, are desired to call on them for settlement. Mansfield, 2d Jan. 1794.

9. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: All those people indebted to the subscriber before the first of December, 1793, are desired to make payment for the same by the first of February next (without fail) either in produce or money. Peter Webb. Jan. 2, 1794.

10. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Good Soal-Leather to be sold by John Moulton; who wants an apprentice to the tanning, currying, and shoemaking business. Jan. 2, 1794.

11. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: To be sold at public vendue, for civil-list orders or hard money, at the public sign-posts in Ashford, as the law directs, so much of the real estate of the following persons, resident and non-resident proprietors of the town of Ashford, as will pay their state taxes in the hands of the subscriber to collect, on the list 1791, with the lawful charges arising thereon. The sales to be as follows, viz. Seth Clap, Nehemiah Dodge, Joel Dean, Benjamin Horton, Thomas Lyon, Samuel Sumner, Reuben Spalding, and Marah Skinner, at the signpost in Eastford society, on the 17th day of February next. Also, John Brown, John Ellis, Marah Ingols, Heirs of Stephen Johnson, Robert Morey, Jun., Jerob Preston, Edward Sumner, William Sumner, James Trecotheck, Calven Bullard, and Bread’s heirs, at the sign-post in the first society in said Ashford, on the 18th day of February next. The sales to begin at one o’clock in the afternoon on each of said days. Joel Ward, Collector. Ashford, December 26, 1793.

12. WH Sat Jan. 11, 1794: Knoxville, November 21.
On Sunday the 27th of October an indian was killed in a field in Jones’s cove, on the east-fork of Little Pigeon, by a party of Capt. Jacob’s company, who were on duty for the protection of the frontiers of Jefferson. On the evening of the next day another Indian was wounded, near the same place, by a party of Capt. Job’s command. The same day several houses and stacks of grain were burned, and ten horses stolen by Indians, in that neighborhood. On Monday the 28th of October a party of Indians, consisting of 20, ambuscaded Mr. Galley’s station, 15 miles from this place, fired on and killed William Cunningham, as he was passing, on horse, a road near the station. The people of the station gave immediate pursuit, but could not come up with the Indians; they took eight blankets and watchcoats, four pair of moccasins, one gun and shot pouch, 3 hatchets, and eight bags of parched corn meal, which the Indians in their precipitate retreat had left behind.
General Sevier, mentioned in our last as having crossed the Tennessee, in pursuit of a large party of indians that killed Cavet’s family, and committed many other depredations on the frontiers on the 25th of September, returned to this place on the 24th of October, after having been seventeen days in the nation and penetrated quite through it to the Creek country, with the loss only of three men killed and three wounded. On his attempting to pass High-town-river, his advance led by Capt. Evans, of the Knox mounted infantry, was warmly opposed by a large body of Creeks and Cherokees, who were strongly posted for the purpose, when a smart action ensued, in which Capt. Evans and Lieut. M’Clellan, distinguished themselves in a very particular manner by their bravery. In a few minutes the indians gave way on all quarters leaving behind them several of their dead on the field, all their baggage, and sundry arms. They were also seen to carry off many wounded during the engagement. After this action the Indians abandoned their towns as the General approached, which were destroyed, together with the provisions found in them. Success has ever crowned the arms of this experienced and valuable officer.

13. WH Sat Jan. 11, 1794: Boston, January 4. A letter from a gentleman at Fayetteville, (N.C.) to the Editor, dated Dec. 9, 1793 ; informs “Of news we have none, except that a disorder, resembling the malady in Philadelphia, has infested this devoted place, which has carried off one ninth of its inhabitants.

14. WH Sat Jan. 11, 1794: Windham, January 11. The Commissioners appointed to sell the lands belonging to this state, lying west of the state of Pennsylvania met the week past at Hartford on the business of their appointment. We are informed, they had sundry offers, and a further prospect of others. They have adjourned to the 13th of May next.

15. WH Sat Jan. 11, 1794: On Thursday, about 4 o’clock P.M. departed this life, the Rev. Stephen White, pastor of the first church in Windham, in the 76th year of his age; having just completed the 53d year of his ministry. Of this truly good man, it may be said with propriety, that he was gathered as a stock of corn fully ripe. He sustained through life a character remarkably inoffensive, and though
possessed of a clear head and vigorous understanding, yet he carefully avoided contentions and disputes, preferring a regular and solemn attention to the common duties of his office, to the reputation of being a polemic writer. His attention to his pastoral charge was unremitted, except when sickness prevented. His sermons were uncommonly rational and sound; and the whole tenor of his life so exemplary, that ___ was a constant admonition to the vicious to reform. He has left a widow, a number of children, and many other connections to lament their loss. The funeral will be attended on Sunday at 12 o’clock.

16. WH Sat Jan. 11, 1794: To Be Sold. A convenient Dwelling-House, Barn, and Blacksmith’s Shop, together with a trip-hammer, and about four acres of Land. Also, one third of an Iron-works, if best suits the purchaser. Said works are in good repair, and may be had on reasonable terms. For further particulars, enquire of the subscriber on the premises. Ephraim Gurley. Mansfild, (North Parish) Jan. 8, 1794.

17. WH Sat Jan. 11, 1794: The meeting of the Windham Literary Society, is adjourned to the second Monday of January instant; then to meet at the house of Maj. John Ripley, at six o’clock P.M.

18. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: Cincinnati, November 16. In the twilight of Saturday evening the 19th ult, a party of about forty or fifty Indians made an attack upon White’s station, ten miles north of this place, at the moment they were discovered, two men, a woman, and three children, were outside the station, one of the men and two of the children were killed, the others could not gain their cabins but flew to some other on the opposite bank of Mill-Creek about eighty yards distant. The Indians ran instantly into the station, which was only secured by a rail fence,
between two ranges of cabins several paces apart, two of these cabins were evacuated, and only two men left to defend the whole station; they both fired, at each shot an Indian fell, the others picked up the dead bodies, and in great trepidation retreated, one of the men fired a second time as they were going off, and wounded another. Two dead have been since found at no great distance, and a rifle gun of considerable value beside one of them, which was probably him who was wounded in the retreat. It is conjectured they hastened back to their settlements, as none have since been discovered on our frontier.

19. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: On Thursday the 9th inst. Col. Moses Cleavland, having occasion to pass Connecticut River on the ice, and being suspicious there was danger, engaged Mr. Van Zants, of Chatham, a person who had long been employed as a ferryman and pilot, to conduct him across. About 4 o’clock in the afternoon they sat out, but had not proceeded more than thirty rods, when the ice began to break thro’ in several places; however, supposing the danger of returning as great as to proceed, they still continued on, shifting their course as often as they tho’t prudent, tho’ they found the ice in every direction to be exceeding rotten. When they were within twelve rods of the Western side of the river, Mr. Van Zants, being about four feet in advance of Col. Cleavland, suddenly fell through the ice, but having a pole in his hand, he supported himself above water for a considerable time. The people on the shore, alarmed at their situation, immediately used every possible exertion for their relief, and by means of some boards, which they slid towards them, got so near as to throw a rope within reach of Mr. Van Zants, upon which he quitted his hold of the pole, and made a feeble effort to catch the rope, but he was so chilled with the water, and his strength so far exhausted, that he failed in the attempt, and immediately sunk to the bottom; a boat was got to the place in a few minutes, he was drew out of the water, carried on shire, and every means used to restore life, but to no effect; his soul had fled to the world of spirits. Col. Cleavland still remained in a most critical situation, being frequently obliged to change his position, ice bending under him to such a degree,
as sometimes to bring the water over the shoes of his boots; finally, however, after being about an hour in this perilous condition, by the assistance of the people, and his own exertions, he got safe to shore.

20. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: From a Correspondent. One day last week. Col. Moses Cleavland, in the laudable pursuit of his business, and to the no small risque of life and limbs, crossed Connecticut River on a pine board and rotten ice, in pursuit of the desired object, and to his and her very great satisfaction, enjoyed an agreeable evening. E.P.

21. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: Died suddenly, as he was sitting in his chair, at Ashford, on Saturday, 23th December, Mr. James Dyer, aged about 60 years. He has left a wife and several small children. It is remarkable that this is the third sudden death which has happened in the same room.

22. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: Died at Lebanon, suddenly, Mr. Nathaniel Hyde, aged 84 years

23. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: At a meeting of the commissioned and staff officers of the 5th regiment of the 5th brigade of militia, in Connecticut, holden at Mr. Dan Storr’s in Mansfield, 7th January, 1794. Zenas Howes, Chairman. Daniel Crocker, Clerk. The meeting proceeded to take into consideration the present mode of appointing field officers, expressed their dissatisfaction, and voted very
unanimously to adopt the method proposed by the officers of the 8th brigade, in petitioning the next General Assembly of this state, that the field, commissioned, and staff officers of each regiment, have the right in future, of nominating field-officers to fill up such vacancies as may take place. Agreeably to the instructions of said meeting, we the subscribers, take this method to signify to the officers of the other regiments in this brigade, that it is the desire of the officers of the 5th regiment, that they take this matter into consideration, and if they agree with them in opinion, it is tho’t best to confer by committee, that there may be a uniformity of procedure; and would propose to wait on such c9ommittee, or committees as shall be appointed, at such time and place as shall be most convenient, public notice being given. Zenas Howe, Daniel Crocker, Elijah Simon, Committee.

24. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: A meeting of the brethren of Moriah Lodge, is ordered at Pomfret, on the 29th day of January inst. at 10 o’clock A.M. A punctual attendance is requested. Per order of the worshipful master, Lemuel Grosvenor, Sec’ry. Pomfret, Jan. 14, 1794.

25. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: To Be Sold. A very good Farm, of about one hundred and seventy acres of land, in Coventry, county of Tolland, bounded on the river Willimantic, about one mile north of Gersham Brigham’s tavern, and twenty miles from Hartford. The terms may be known, by applying to Evan Malbone, of Pomfret. January 18, 1794.

26. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: To be sold at Public Vendue, for hard money, as the ___ directs, at the public sign-post in the 2d society in Ashford, on the 3d day of March next, so much of the real estate of the heirs of Samuel Knox, late of Ashford, deceased, particularly the land of the said Knox willed to his daughter Sarah, and her heirs, as will pay the town taxes in the hands of the subscriber to collect, against said estate, together with the lawful charges arising thereon. Joel Ward, Collector. Ashford, January 13th, 1794.

27. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: Origin of Scalping, from Pennant’s history of America. The inhabitants of the New World (Mr. Pennant observes) do not consist of the offspring of a single nation: different people, at several periods arrived there; and it is impossible to say, that any one is now to be found on the original spot of its colonization. It is impossible with the lights which we have so recently received, to admit that America could receive its inhabitants (at least the bulk of them) from any other place than Eastern Asia. A few proofs may be added, taken from customs or dresses common to the inhabitants of both worlds: some have been long extinct in the old, others remain in both in full force. The Custom of Scalping was a barbarism in use with the Scythians, who carried about them, at all times this savage mark of triumph; they cut a circle round the neck and striped off the skin, as they would that of an ox. A little image found among the Kalmucs of a Sattarian deity, mounted on a horse, and sitting on a human skin with Scalps pendent from the breast, fully illustrates the custom of the Scythian progenitors as described by the Greek historian. This usage, as we well know by horrid experience, is continued to this day in America. The ferocity of the Scythians to their prisoners extended to the remotest part of Asia. The Kamtscharkans, even at the time of their discovery by the Russians, put their prisoners to death by the most lingering and excruciating inventions; a practice in full force to this very day among the
aboriginal Americans. A race of the Scythians were styled Actropophagi, from their feeding on human flesh. The people of Nootka-Sound still make a repast on their fellow creatures; but what is more wonderful, the savage allies of the British army have been known to throw the mangled limbs of the French prisoners into the horrible cauldron, and devour them with the same relish as those of a quadroped. The Scythians were said for a certain time annually to transform themselves into wolves and again to resume the human shape. The new discovered Americans about Nootka-Sound, at this time, disguise themselves in dresses made of the skins of wolves and other wild beasts, and wear even the heads fitted to their own. These habits they use in the chase, to circumvent the animals of the field. But would not ignorance or superstition ascribe to a supernatural metamorphosis these temporary expedients to deceive the brute creation? In their marches, the Kamcschtakans never went a breast but followed one another in the same track. The same custom is exactly observed by the Americans. The Tongusi the most numerous nation in Siberia, prick their faces with small puncturers with a needle in various shapes, they rub into them charcoal, so that the marks become indelible. This custom is still observed in several parts of America. The Indianson the back of Hudson’s Bay, to this day perform the operation in the same manner, and puncture the skin into various figures as the natives of New-Zealand do at present, and as the ancient Britons did with the herb glastum, or woad: and the Virginians, on the first discovery of that country by the English.

28. WH Sat Jan. 25, 1794: By a statement of the Orphan Committee in Philadelphia, it appears that 194 children had come under their care, of whom 32 are delivered to surviving friends, 19 are dead, and 93 remain under the committee’s care of whom 38 are sucking infants.

29. WH Sat Jan. 25, 1794: Boston, Jan. 16. We are told that the following melancholy event took place on Tuesday: A son of Mr. Cox; the celebrated Architect, in viewing a wild Panther, which a shewman had in his possession, in Medford, was suddenly seized by the voracious animal, and his head and face torn in so shocking a manner, that his death would be a consolation to his desponding relatives. The strength of the animal was so great, that five persons could hardly disengage his teeth and claws from the unhappy victim of its rage. It is hoped the legislature will provide by law for the security of the lives of people, that if persons will endeavour to obtain money, by the shew of wild beasts, that they be properly confined in cages.

30. WH Sat Jan. 25, 1794: Providence, January 18. Tuesday Mr. John Greene, late Mate of the Sloop Sally of this Port, arrived in Town from St. Eustatia, last from New York. He informs that in a violent gale on the 22d of October, while lying to, the slop shipped a sea, which washed overboard one of the hands (Joseph Cory of Portsmouth, R.I.) who was lost; that they then attempted to scud, by putting the vessel before the Wind; that they soon shipped another sea, which washed overboard another hand (Joseph Cooke, also of Portsmouth) who was likewise lost; that about 2 o’clock the next morning, another sea swept the decks of every person on board, being the Master, Obed Seamans, the Mate, John Greene, and Thomas Holmes all of this town, also a black man named Simon Budsong, of Warwick. Mr. Greene got on board again by a rope, but saw neither of the persons afterwards. He remained on board until the 26th when he was taken off by Capt. Hill, in the brig Harriot, of

31. WH Sat Jan. 25, 1794: Deaths.
At Windsor, the Rev. David S. Rowland, aged 74 years.
At New Haven, Mrs. Lydia Burr, relict of Andrew Burr, Esq. aged 64.
Miss Mary Mix, daughter of the late Mr. David Mix, aged 15
At Southold, Long Island, the Rev. Elam Potter, of Enfield, in this state.

32. WH Sat Jan. 25, 1794: The inhabitants of the first society in Windham, are notified, that their annual meeting stands adjourned to Monday next, for the purpose of procuring a supply of the pulpit in said society. Jan. 24, 1794.

33. WH Sat Jan. 25, 1794: Public notice is hereby given, that the judge of probate, for the district of Windham hath allowed the term of six months from the date hereof for a settlement of the estate of Mr. Amos Utley, late of Hampton, deceased. All persons who have claims against said estate, are desired to exhibit them within the time affixed, or they will forever hereafter be debarred a recovery therein. Amos Utley, Adm’r. Hampton, Jan 17, 1794.

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