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330 Ohio Arch

330         Ohio Arch. and His. Society Publications.


"Wayne's Expedition against the Indians." The awards were made to

Irma Shupe, Robert Cowden and Wilbur Conover as first, second and

third respectively. The one by Miss Shupe was published in the Dayton

Daily Journal of May 5th.  It is a most scholarly and comprehensive ac-

count of that dramatic, dashing campaign by the intrepid Wayne. No

campaign in early American history is more thrilling in its character, or

more potent in its results. It was really the last campaign of the American

Revolution, occurring on Ohio soil, as the first campaign, that of Dun-

more in 1774, also took place mainly on Ohio soil. Miss Shupe's narra-

tive has the historic flavor. It could have hardly been better told in the

same limitation of space. The standard histories, especially those used in

our schools, are woefully deficient in the proper recital or even recognition

of the events in the Northwest preliminary to and cotemporaneous with

the American Revolution. The Daughters and Sons of the American

Revolution in Ohio can engage in no better work than the encouragement

of our children to study early Ohio history.






The Western Christian Advocate, published in Cincinnati, in its num-

ber for April 1, last, has an extended and carefully written article by Mrs.

Mary McArthur Tuttle on the "Homes of Ohio's Early Governors." Of

the sad fated St. Clair, Mrs. Tuttle says:

"It is a strange fact that a log-cabin or house, if so it might be called,

away off in the Alleghany Mountains, 'on the summit of Chestnut Ridge,'

should have been the final home from which the gallant St. Clair, Ohio's

Territorial Governor, met his last enemy, death. There he had gone to

live with a widowed daughter in 1802, and there he spent the remainder

of his days. In 1813 the Legislature of Pennsylvania granted him an an-

nuity of $400; but what was four hundred dollars to his restless, de-

jected mind? Alas, that his claims were recognized by Congress only a

short time before his death, which occurred in 1818. A pension of $60

a month, and $2,000 to discharge his claims, must have sounded like a

wild dream to his worn-out spirit. His Scotch origin; his University ed-

ucation; his association with the British Army, when with Wolfe at the

storming of Quebec and elsewhere he had gained large experience; his

Revolutionary distinction at Trenton and Princeton; his presidency of

the Continental Congress of 1785; and his appointment by Congress, in

1787, to the governorship of the Territory, naturally led Arthur St. Clair

to believe that no such destiny as abject poverty and death in a lone cabin

in the Alleghanies, when at the age of eighty-four, would await him. But

as early as 1802-3, he had been named out in Ohio, 'an irascible old vet-

eran,' a Federalist, an aristocrat - a man whom the plain people no

longer desired to have rule over them."