Ohio History Journal

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The Black Hand

The Black Hand.                  449


doubtless be a matter of regret to everyone that the railroad

has recently changed the name of the station, and the brakeman

no longer calls out Black Hand, but Toboso. It is to be hoped

that commercial as well as historic interest will induce the new

electric line to perpetuate the name of Black Hand.

In a beautiful introduction to her legend, among other

things, Mrs. Gebhart says: "The Indian legend pertaining to this

relic of a prehistoric race was told me by Colonel Robert David-

son, who settled in Newark in 1808. There were many Indians

there at that time, and from them he doubtless heard it. They

lingered long in the vicinity. I remember being carried in his

arms, probably about 1835, to see the party who had erected

their wigwams and camped in the public square at Newark. I

remember with especial distinctness, one squaw who carried a

papoose, Indian fashion, on her back.  Its black bead-like

eyes seemed to view me as curiously as I on my part viewed it

from that coign of vantage a father's protecting arm."

Hon. Alfred Kelly was one of the canal commissioners under

whose supervision the canals of Ohio were made. He probably

heard the legend while engaged in this work. His rendering

has never been published. A manuscript copy is in the pos-

session of his daughter, Mrs. Francis Collins, of Columbus, who

has kindly consented to its publication here.





Some time during the fifties, articles appeared from time to

time under the nom-de-plume of "Black Hand."  These were

devoted to a history of the "boys and girls of 1826." They were

pleasing and readable, and were very lavish in extolling the at-

tractive traits of character that adorned the developing woman-

hood and manhood of that period.

At the conclusion of his article he asks the question, "Who

put that hand on the rock ?" or who painted the hand on the rock?

- for it had the appearance of having been painted.

Vol. XIII-29.