It has long been a controversial question; whether any of the North American tribes of Indians were actually Cannibals?  But now, it appears to be confirmed that one, at least, among them, are justly entitled to that description - - The Winnebagoes, we are told (& from a source that cannot well be questioned) are so addicted to the eating of human flesh, that no traders will venture among them, thro' fear of being killed for the sake of their carcases.  This brings to the writer's mind a story that was told him at Vincennes, upwards of twenty years ago, by a lady bred and born in the place, possessing strong talents and a correct mind.  She said, that while a girl of 12 or 13 years, hearing a party of savages (the nation to which they belonged not now recollected) had arrived on the opposite bank of the Wabash, with some Indian prisoners whom they had surprised or taken in battle, curiosity prompted her and some companions to cross the river.  On their arrival they found the prisoners had been killed, and their limbs put into kettles over the fire.  They waited for the result -- when the flesh being sufficiently boiled, and the broth, of course, sufficiently strong, the savages devoured the former and sipped the latter with evident satisfaction.

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How to cite this article:  "Communication: Cannibals," Western Spy (Vincennes, Indiana Territory), 8 Feb. 1812, p. 3, available at