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THE FAMOUS CIRCULAR HUNT OF 1823.
him to carry the hatchet. Mr. Butler shot one and
he fell; his brother sprang to the wolf, straddled him and
struck him between the ears three blows, but in the excitement,
with the edge, instead of the head of the hatchet. The
wolf escaped from him until Leverett could shoot him
again. Three marks of the edge of the hatchet were seen
between the ears of the wolf when brought to the center, and
soon after the skin was dressed with the hair on, and used as a
saddle cloth by General Augustine Munson. After it
was announced that there was no more game to be killed, we
marched to the center. Perfect order was observed, not a
single person appeared to be disguised by intoxicating liquor,
thus evincing that the order to take an ardent spirits to the
hunt had been obeyed. No serious casualty occurred during
the day, and the highest cheerful glee prevailed. The game
had been brought along as it was killed, and such a sight had
never been seen in Licking County, and never will be again as
was presented to our view. There was the large black bear,
three wolves, forty-nine deer, sixty or seventy turkeys, and one
owl spread on the ground. The next thing was to prepare
the spoils for distribution. The bear and deer were
skinned and cut up into pieces weighing about four pounds each.
The number of pieces was ascertained , and it was found there
were only one-third enough to give each man a piece. The
men were formed into three companies, and they cast lots which
company should have the spoils. All appeared satisfied
with this arrangement, and at sunset the company dispersed.
It was the good luck of General Augustine Munson to draw
the bear skin, and he displayed it proudly as the greatest
trophy of the day's hunt. The General was one of Licking
County's early, energetic, ambitious enterprising, patriotic
Pioneers, and useful citizens, and lived to the age of nearly
eighty-five years, dying at his residence in Granville Township,
Squirrel hunts were
also indulged in to a large extent in early times both as an
amusement and as the only means of protecting the corn crops.
The little destructive creatures sometimes became very numerous,
and in some years were really one of man's most formidable
enemies, so that it was indispensable that they should be
checked in their depredations; and this could be most
effectually done by the combined efforts of the people.
The time and place of meeting having been agreed upon before,
squirrel-hunters met, divided themselves into two companies,
elected a captain for each company and then proceeded to their
day's work. On coming together in the evening and
reporting the results of their hunt, it was no unusual thing to
find the number of squirrels killed that day by the two
companies to number many hundreds, and not unfrequently,
running even into the thousands.
A MEMORABLE YEAR.
The year 1825 was
exceptionally prolific of events of special and general interest
in Licking County. Some of these are here described in the
order of their occurrence - they were, first, the celebrated
Burlington store which took place on the 18th of May - second,
the famous celebration of the 4th of July, at the "Licking
Summit," when and where the first shovel-full of earth was
thrown out, by Governor De Witt Clinton, of New York, in
the construction of the Lake Erie and Ohio Canal - third, the
great Camp Meeting held late in September on the borders of the
Flint Ridge in Franklin Township - fourth, the rather farcical
performance and abortive attempt to hang Peter Diamond
sometime in Order - and lastly, the great horse-racing carnival
at Newark, early in November or late in the preceding month.
THE GREAT STORM.
THE LICKING SUMMIT CELEBRATION.
CAMP MEETING OF 1825.
THE HANGING - AND YET NOT HANGING - OF PETER DIAMOND
HORSE-RACING OF 1825.
The horse-racing of
1825 was also an event of no small magnitude, in the estimation
of many. The race-course was bounded on
THE PATRIOTISM OF LICKING COUNTY.
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