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History class secondly source 1

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History class secondly source 1 Illinois Genealogy Trails PRESENTS EAST ST. LOUIS GAZETTE, JUNE 28, 1866 CAHOKIA From the St. Louis Evening News The ancient city of Cahokia was a stirring Indian trading post and Jesuit Missionary station, long years before Pain Court or Short Bread , now known as St. Louis , was founded. In its old age, with eyes half shut, Cahokia reposed dreamily about opposite the present Workhouse, and seems as distant from us geographically, as its ancient fame does historically in point of time. New Orleans seems as near to us of the present generation as Cahokia. It is curious to reflect at this point of time, that St. Louis once stood in imminent danger of capture from a force led by a Cahokian. In the year, 1780, Dominique Ducherme , a resident of Cahokia, made an attack on St.Louis with a large party of Indians. After killing as many as appeased his wrath, he withdrew his warriors and abandoned the massacre. It is said that anger turned into sorrow when Ducherme and his Indians saw many of their old friends dead. The cause of Ducherme's attack was retaliation for the capture of his shallop, loaded with goods, on the Missouri river, by a party of Spanish soldiers from St. Louis. Another curious historical fact is, that people were hung and shot in Cahokia for witchcraft, as late as 1790. An African slave, named Morean , was hung for this crime on a tree not far south of the village an another, named Emannuel wa shot. But the halcyon days in which witches and warriors flourished in Cahokia have long since passed away and the "herioc" old Indiana traders and pioneers, such as Joseph Trotier, Julien Dabuque, William Arundel, John Hays, Charles Gratiot and Louis Pencinneau, have long been slumbering in their graves. Although the great men are gone and its pristine glory departed, yet the venerable old village of Cahokia, in its modern phase, has a respectable appearance, as we were agreeably satisfied on a recent visit. Taking the ferry boat, early in the morning, we landed at East St. Louis, where,
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