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Beyond Penn's Treaty

A Mission to the Indians from the Indian Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting to Fort Wayne, in 1804

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of the name of the latter, we were informed
that many years ago, a white man and a negro
who were hunting together, accidentally fell in
with an Indian upon this ridge who was armed;
both the negro and the Indian betook them-
selves to trees, presented their guns at each
other, and fired at the same moment, and both
fell dead. Thier images are cut upon the trees
behind which they fell, as a memento of the
circumstance. The ridge has ever since been
called the Negro Mountain.

Deer and turkies are numerous upon these
mountains. The hunters have in many places
erected seats, as heretofore described, for the pur-
pose of shooting deer.

Over the greater part of our journey to-day
we have found snow two feet in depth. A tolera-
ble track is however beaten for us by a descrip-
tion of pedlars, who pass by the name of Packers.
These people carry on a considerable trade be-
tween the Redstone

settlements and Winchester,
in Virginia, as also with several other villages
in the western part of that State.

They take with them upon horses, bags of
flax, which article they purchase at Redstone

a low price; this they dispose of at an advance,
and in return carry salt, for which they are well
paid at Redstone. It is not unusual to meet a
Packer, having under his direction half a dozen
loaded horses. These animals on meeting travel-
lers, do not turn aside from the beaten path. We