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Sheriff Rapes Woman at New Echota, 1833

From The Cherokee Phoenix
New Echota
July 27, 1833


About the first of this month, near this place, Mr. Dukes, the Sheriff of Coweta county, came to this place, and took lodgings at a tavern of Wm. Tarvin. Next day he proceeded on his journey to look for a lot of land that he had drawn. On his way, he called at a house where Mrs. Oosunaley and Mrs. Foster, both married women resided, and called for a drink of water. He alighted, and finding them alone, attempted the monstrous crime of rape on the person of Mrs. Oosunaley, who being in a delicate condition, Mrs. Foster laid hold of him; a second attempt was likewise defeated by the latter. Duke, finding his attempt frustrated, took from his coat a pocket book, and offered his injured hosts satisfaction. They attempted to destroy his pocket book and contents, but failed. Duke held in his hand a heavy horsewhip, which he used on these poor women with all his force, until Algiers itself would sicken at the stripes he inflicted. Mrs. Oosunaley presented herself to the magistrate for redress, and exhibited her wounds. But he being a proselyte of the new school, told her he was not the person to relieve her, and that no Indian testimony could be received. The honorable Sheriff has been here since, but no justice for the much abused females.

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