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Suggestions to Visitors.
VISITORS are reminded that the precincts of the City of Auburn, now waving with yellow corn, smiling with thrifty villages, and teeming with pale inhabitants, are consecrated with the name of the native proprietors. The Cayugas are now gone; yet a century ago they were here with their bows and arrows, chasing the fleet deer, angling in our lakes and rivers, offering sacrifices to the Great Spirit, and deliberating in the solemn councils of their chiefs. They are gone; yet a century ago their humble cabins were the only buildings reared, and their festive songs the only anthems heard within the borders of the county. They are gone;
yet a century ago they were proprietors, in possession of this delightful grove, which the Great Spirit permitted them to occupy in all its primitive beauty and sublimity. They remained here with title undisputed, and possession undisturbed until advancing columns of civilization. pushed them from their hurting grounds, and ultimately denied them the right to the land of
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their birth, and the soil that entombed the bones of their fathers.
They were untaught in the sciences, but profoundly wise in the philosophy of nature. They were unacquainted with the arts and artifices of civilization. They were unused to guile, until men with paler faces taught them deceit. Although descendants of the Patriarchs, the bronze upon their faces. was assigned as evidence of their incapacity to hold land by the long acknowledged right of possession. They were accused of their misfortunes, as if they were crimes against society, for which there were penalties. After perceiving the policy of their invaders, and being defrauded in their commerce with men pretending to Civilization and Christianity, they became jealous of their rights. If they indulged the spirit of revenge, it was for real or fancied injuries. If they resisted colonization, it was because they apprehended the consequences to them of that enterprize, which has driven them from river to river, and from forest to forest, until the noble race that boasted a Logan, and an Alvaretta, have been nearly exterminated.
But their name is here to perpetuate the recollection of a people whose history, as far as it is known, is fraught with exceeding interest. And so long as there shall remain any vestiges
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of their occupancy of the country we inhabit, it will be difficult to repress emotions of poignant sorrow and regret at the wrongs which they have been doomed to suffer. It is therefore gratifying to know that an era of anxious concern for the "children of the forest," has succeeded a century full of efforts for their extermination, and that their works upon our hills, which once attracted little or no attention, are now beheld with solemn interest, and carefully preserved as precious relics of American antiquity.
The influence of the general change of public sentiment in this respect has been such upon the inhabitants of Auburn, as to occasion the desire that the antiquated relics upon this eminence might be protected, and the grounds adjacent devoted to some sacred purpose. A Cemetery being needed, they were at length procured, and dedicated to the purposes of Christian burial.