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Just Waiting for June 1, 1830

From The Cherokee Phoenix
New Echota, Ga.
May 1830

Many of the people of Georgia are just waiting for the first day of June, to begin a work upon the Cherokees. Their first onset will be on the leading men, supposing that if they are ousted, others will of course follow. Having this object in view, plans are already matured to break up a number of individuals in the nation. We understand there are false notes and false accounts made up, to the amount of several thousand dollars, against Messrs. Ross, Ridge, Vann–and that some time in June, the Sheriff of Carroll county will make his descent on these men. If we know any thing of the feelings of these Cherokees, we believe they would first see their property go by piecemeals, before they would run to the western country for shelter.

The intruders are not yet removed, and we know not when they will be, if they are ever to be removed. The number of gold diggers is accumulating daily, and it is said they speak rather lightly of the troops. It is estimated that not less than ten thousand dollars worth of Gold is dug every day by these men. This is undoubtedly a moderate estimate. What is then the whole amount which has been carried away by the permission of the Government? We say permission, for we can conceive no way why they should have continued so long in their unlawful occupation, without being In the least molested. If they dig $10,000 a day, and supposing they have been employed 150 days, the sum of one million five hundred thousand dollars has been taken away from the poor starving and naked Cherokees ! So much for government honesty, fair dealing, and justice. If humanity to the Indians (to which many hypocritically lay claim) is the order of the day, let the sum be returned to these "poor devils," to save them from starvation and nakedness.

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