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News Outlook August 19, 2021 7 ' OPINIONS The opinion page does not reflect the views of the KyNewsGroup. Heaven Is A Lot Like Kentucky By Charles Mattox “What has happened say is the away) But cry There’s ordinary Somehow to find And as to make my To the to Excerpted from the of the song, ‘Ordinary The song was written Simon Le Bon, Warren Cuccurullo, Nick Rhodes and John Taylor, as mem- bers of the musical group, Duran Duran. The song was in 1992 and is about the timeless emotion of coping with the loss of ones. Le Bon had been evasive about the inspiration for the but revealed its true source as part of an interview in 2004. "( was the flag white and when he went in (to Station) he of at him. He them if they all the so he them. rendered... I him of (Iohn) and fle- to get Interview with Sarah Girty Munger, in Flemingsburg, Munger a daughter of Simon Girty; the interview is located in volume 205 page 200 of the Drap er Manuscripts. “We lune 22, 1780 by fiz— was the time we and we had the with two and us at of the if him him. . . It was The Land of Witt pared So CHILDREN OF THE WIND" Excerpted from the interview with Wilson of Woodford County, and which is contained in Rev. John Shane’s 1841 manu- scripts. Neither she, nor Shane provide Mrs. Wilson’s first name. The interview is located in The Draper Manuscripts and later published in Vol. 16 of the Frlson Club Historical Journal 1941-42. “The one and are at But it It and and If you are of you you too From Pulitzer writer Ernest Hemingway, from chapter 34 of his semi-autobio graphical novel: “A Farewell to Arms”. There were about 450 survi- vors of the attacks on Ruddle’s and Martin’s Stations, and they were herded north in small and large groups of prisoners: The 150 or so prisoners from Mar- tin’s Station, taken the day after Ruddle’s, were traveling under the protection of Colonel Henry Bird and the soldiers of the Royal 8th Regiment of His Majesty’s Royal British Army. The British could offer little protection for the Ruddle’s prisoners, and many, likelZ-year—old Stephen Ruddle and his six-year-old brother, Abra- ham, had been separated from their families, and were carted off by various groups of the British- allied Native American warriors. The stragglers were clubbed and left where they fell. Many of those who met such a fate were the elderly and the young. Bird and approximately 100 British soldiers of The Royal 8th had joined over 800 Native Ameri- can warriors during the attacks and Bird could do little to restrain the warriors in their lust for ven- geance upon the Kentuckians. Stephen Ruddle was a very brave boy and had successfully evaded detection on several oc- casions on their deadly march north when he had carried sages from his father, Isaac Ruddle, the commander of Ruddle’s Station, (located just south of present-day Cynthiana, Ky), to other men and families in the prisoner contingent He could have likely escaped but chose to stay with his family. When a warrior struck his mother in the head with a toma- hawk for some imagined slight, Stephen had intervened and placed himself between the two. Though the action could have gone hornny bad, it was per- ceived as an act of bravery and he and his mother were spared. His mother’s wound deep and painful, and so he again snuck into the woods looking for ginseng roots and other herbs he knew had medicinal qualities. When he was caught away from the group, he could have been harmed, but the Shawnee war- rior who found him took another course of action. He and his war- rior friends separated Stephen and his little brother Abraham fiom their family and the other prisoners and led them away from the main group. A third brother, a mere infant not even a year old, had been snatched from his mother's arms when the fort sur- rendered and the baby jerked from their mother's arms and thrown into a bonfire. Many of the warriors were fragmenting away from Colonel Bird’s main force and making their way back to their home vil- lages and Stephen and Abraham Ruddle were with one of these groups. When the boys’ group came to a high bluff overlooking the Scioto River near the Shaw- nee village of Chalagawtha (Chilli cothe) most of the group took a hidden path to the river below, but several warriors stayed on the bhlff, high above, with the two white children. It was explained to Stephen that he had acted bravely and was a strong boy, now they would find out if his six-year-old brother, Abraham was brave and strong too. Stephen was led to a log, which jutted out abtve the river and Abraham was left several feet away. They wee told the warriors below would jrdge them as they made their war to the village be- low. A white renegade among them spoke English to Stephen. “1 have been where you are right now,” he said. “Right now, you and your brother have no home. You have no family You have no past and you have no fu- ture. You are simply Children of the Wind. You can change that, here and now. Or you can die.” Stephen was confused as he was eased out onto the,,log,,dozens of feet above the water of the Scioto River, as the howls and shouts of excitement echoed up from the river from the dozens of warriors who stood watching. “How do you expect us to get down there?” he asked the ren- egade white warrior who was an obvious leader. The renegade and other war- riors standing near the two boys laughed a deep and genuine laugh. Then the renegade pointed to little Abraham, and the warrior ‘The Land of Whispered Sorrows’ by Charles Mattox, a book of the Native American and early Pioneer history of QW‘S northeast Kentucky, is now available from the author for $30 per copy. The 148-page book contains numerous photos; a Native American projectile point identification guide and several chapters devoted to the conflict between Native Americans and Pioneers in the 17703 and 17803 with particular attention and focus on the events leading up to and involving the battle of Lower Blue Licks, August 1782. Send payment to: nearest him shoved him over the edge of the bluff. Abraham fell several feet, hit the bank, bounced, fell again, bounced again, fell again and landed on the river’s edge. He got to his feet, winced, bent to his knees and then straightened slightly, in defiant posture, without ever crying out. The roar from the warriors was near deafening and all eyes now turned to Stephen. Stephen turned in a defensive posture to those nearest him as he stepped farther onto the log. “Oh, don’t worry, we won’t push you,” his interpreter said. “You are going to jump volun- tarily, and it would probably be a good idea if you made it to the other side of the river without any warrior being able to catch you, once you’re in the water.” The warrior touched his scalp ing knife in his beaded waistband with one hand, and motioned Ste- phen to step out further onto the log with his other. But Stephen noticed the look on the white ren- egade’s face. It wasn’t laced in an- ger or hatred like the expressions of many warriors he‘d seen. Ste phen was convinced it was a look of reassurance and hope. It turned out to be a long way down, and the river was wide, but Stephen survived the fall and made it to the other side of the river without a warrior coming close to him Abraham was on the other side of the river waiting on him when he emerged and the two embraced. Several of the village elders had arrived on the scene and ap peared to take pleasure in the activity. When the renegade leader of the small group of warriors was asked his assessment of the boys, the warrior said the youngest, Abraham, had floated through the air like a Black Hawk before sbiking the ground, and the older boy, Stephen, had swam between the warriors like a slippery, Big Fish, after his jump. ' Days later Abraham Ruddle, or as the Shawnee would call him, Mkate'kwaawithi, (Black Hawk), and Stephen Ruddle, or Sinna- matha, (Big Fish), were formally adopted into the Shawnee Tribe and thus they were no longer numbered among the Children of the Wind. Now they were Children of the Wolf. They would remain so for 15 more years, and would eventually become totally assimilated with the Children of the Wolf, Children of the Loon, Children of the Deer, and the Shawnee tribal members who made up the other 10 clans among the five major sects of the Shawnee Nation. We will learn more about their life and the people they lived with in future columns, if the Good Lord is will- ing, dear reader. “PUBLIC AUCTION” Sale Conducted by Fleming County Real Estate and Auction Service Principal Broker: Anthony Marshall Principal Auctioneer — Sales Associate — David W. Johnson 606-782-1706 606-782—4568 Saturday, August 28, 2021 10:00 am. 2.02 Acres of Premium Real Estate 3 Phase Electric, Water, Sewer, Gas Approximately 7 miles North of Morehead of KY Hwy 32 Signs will be Posted REAL ESTATE TERMS: 10% down day of sale. Balance with deed within 30 days after the Auction. All announcements made day of sale take precedence over advertisements. OWNERS: Dale Mabry, Sr., Dale Mabry Tonya Gaye Mabry Not Responsible for Accidents ll! Pigeon Forge V Consignment Auction August21, 2021 NOTICE NEW LOCATION Samuel Adel Girod Residence 114 Crouch Road, Owingsville, KY 40360 3% Buyer Premium Take l-64 to Exit 121 South 1 1/2 miles to highway 965, then turn right 2 miles to Blevins Valley Road, then turn left 1/2 mile to the auction site on Crouch Road. Taking all types of good quality consignments up until 8:00 AM sale day. Livestock, lots of poultry, new & used tack, tools, new & used furniture, farm equipment and household items. Poultry sells with cage. Breakfast sandwiches and lunch will be available as well as Amish baked goods. Charles Mattox 884 Hall Road Flemingsburg, Kentucky 41041 Free shipping . Commission rates: 20% up to $300. 15% $301 & up with $300 cap. Minimum Commission: $1.00I$25.00. No sale fee may apply on bigger items. Cash or check day of sale with proper ID. Questions: Contact Samuel 606-674-8538 or Reuben 606- 336-6373. Leave a Message and Call back number. Lovmg and Learning Owingsvtlle BaptiSt Church Daycare 92 COYIGS'treet Auction committee has the right to turn down any items of little or no value. Statements made day of sale and take proceeds over any printed matter. Sale Conducted By: LISA ROGERS REALTY Bobby Rogers Principal Auctioneer L.W. Patton - Auctioneer Vernon Stamper Auctioneer 1261 West Highway 80 Owingsville, KY 40360 (606)674-2699 Lisa Rogers Principal Broker jg, .»~. ~.,-. why will l