By Otto A. Rothert
Exceedingly infrequent and valued by means of publication creditors, Otto A. Rothert’s riveting saga of the outlaws and scoundrels of Cave-in-Rock chronicles the adventures of an audacious forged of river pirates and highwaymen who operated in and round the recognized Ohio River cavern from 1795 via 1820 (adventures featured in Disney’s Davy Crockett and the movie How the West was once Won). as soon as carrying the engaging signal "Liquor Vault and condo for Entertainment," this gorgeous cavern place decoyed the unsuspecting via delivering a venue for nutrition, drink, and rest.Compellingly vigorous, The Outlaws of Cave-in-Rock is still the paintings of a student, a historian who records his findings and leaves a close bibliographical path. proposing many eyewitness debts, Rothert offers the lore and legend of the colourful villains of Cave-in-Rock. consistently preserving the variation among tales he tells with ancient authority and those who are natural hypothesis, Rothert offers either a desirable narrative and a useful nearby historical past.
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They were arch-criminals among criminals, apparently loving murder for its own sake. There was a time when the whole of Kentucky and Tennessee was terrorized at the possibility of their appearance at any hour in any locality. Samuel Mason (or Meason) the Wilsons, and others, measured up more nearly to the standard of true highwaymen and pirates. " The stories of James Ford show that his real classification must forever remain largely a mystery. Any history of these outlaws would doubtless be looked upon as wild fiction unless the statements were carefully verified by court records and contemporary newspaper notices, and the records of early writers who gathered the facts regarding them when these facts were told by men and women who lived at the time the atrocities were committed.
Thus, when the Masons, the Harpes, and other early outlaws held forth there, it was still in the Indians' territory. From a geological standpoint, the Cave is evidently nothing more than a prosaic hole in a limestone bluff. In neither the main cave nor the crevices above are there any stalactites or stalagmites, but an incrustation resembling such a formation occurs here and there on the walls. In 1818, Henry R. " In a Report published in 1866, A. H. Worthen, director of the Geological Survey of Illinois, states that "the limestone (St.
ALLISON Page 7 Contents Illustrations 9 Foreword by Robert A. Clark 11 The Purpose of this Narrative 13 The Lair of the Outlaws 17 Piracy and Rough Life on the River 37 The HarpesA Terrible Frontier Story 55 The HarpesRenewal of the Terror 83 The HarpesBig Harpe's Ride to Death 107 The HarpesMysteries and Fate of Survivors 139 MasonSoldier, Pirate, Highwayman 157 MasonOn the Natchez Trace 179 MasonTrapped and Tried 207 Mason and HarpeDouble-Cross and Double Death 241 Coiners at the Cave 267 The Ford's Ferry Mystery 283 Paying the Penalty 307 The Cave in Fiction 321 BibliographyManuscript Sources 335 BibliographyPrinted Sources 336 Index 347 Page 9 Illustrations Cave-in-Rock From an original oil painting by J.