The late 1700s saw the evolution of the United States from a colony to an independent country. Native Americans played a critical role in that process. Many historically documented events speak of George Washington meeting key Indian leaders like Red Jacket, Cornplanter the Seneca warrior chief, and his brother Handsome Lake, each having great respect for the other. The six nations of the Seneca were instrumental in developing the Ohio area, and many treaty negotiations were held in Sandusky and Dayton, Ohio, to layout agreements between the two powerhouses. The Shawnee Indians were part of that great nation and thrived on the border areas of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. We are all aware of the unfortunate outcome of the negotiations between the white settlers and our native Americans. Greed for the riches of the Indians oftentimes seemed to be a driving force behind some of these so-called honest debates.
We find Douglas Stacy on a journey to locate Indian artifacts for the Bronze Lantern Oddities and Cutlery Emporium in the area where a treasure from this time in history is known to exist. A lost treasure, one that could make a man extraordinarily wealthy but solve a centuries-old mystery surrounding the legend of the “Shawnee Silver Mines of Ohio.” Uniquely, Mr. Stacy’s trip had nothing to do with this lost treasure, but he would find something far more valuable in his quest.
Tales from the Tang Stamp is a work of fiction by David L. Anthony (who has written for Knife World and KNIFE Magazine). It follows the exploits of turn of the (20th) century cutlery salesman Douglas Stacy. This is the 3rd episode. It actually came out a little while back, but I ran into Ryan Daniels this weekend (owner/Founder of Daniels Family Knife Brands) at the Pigeon Forge show, and he mentioned that I missed it when it first ran. I introduced it to KNIFE readers in our January issue.
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