News from The Standard and Express

The Standard and Express
Cartersville, Georgia
May 16, 1872, page 1
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Cherokee County Sketches.

[Another article on the Indians of Cherokee county.  The following excerpt concerns a massacre in Cass County.]

The Indians in a few instances, committed the most horrible murders.  We remember the case of Tooth-Pick, who murdered a whole family of whites in Cass County, in a most shocking manner.  We cannot now recall the names of the unfortunate victims, but we remember that he confessed, or it was proved that he killed the father and mother, set the house on fire and threw the children into the flames!  It was said one of the little boys clung to his sleeve until it was torn off, and the poor little fellow was thrown into the fire!  What a demon incarnate that Indian must have been!  In arresting him he was shot in the arm, and there being no secure jail at Cassville, he was carried to Canton for safe keeping, and after a few days it became necessary to amputate the wounded limb.  Our father was called on to perform the operation.  He said that Tooth-Pick seemed perfectly indifferent while it was going on, and never moved a muscle.  He was tried, condemned, taken back to Cassville and hanged. [Article continues with a description of the removal of the Indians from the region in the spring of 1838.]


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