The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 114
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afforded he was placed by his older brother in the store of a Mr.
Sheffy to clerk. He was not satisfied there, and went to the
tribe of Cherokee Indians, whose lands were just across the Hols-
ton River, and but a few miles distant. With them he remained
for nearly two years, fishing, hunting, participating in their ball
games and other amusements. His adventurous and ardent nature
rejoiced in the wild freedom of the forest and in the companion-
ship of the Cherokees, whose language he learned to speak fluently.
The Indians made him a sub-chief and named him Co-lon-neh,'
the raven. He lived in the home of Oo-loo-tee-kah, known by
Americans as John Jolly, who became the principal chief of the
western fragment of the Cherokees after their removal by treaty
west of the Mississippi River. Thus early he heeded the "call of
the wild" by disregarding the authority of his older brother, and
evinced that impatience of control that marked all his future life.
After leaving the Cherokees he was for a short time a student
in the academy at Maryville, until the declaration of war with
England, when he enlisted as a private soldier in his twentieth
year, and was commissioned as an ensign by President Madison.
His Personal Appearance.-Joseph Guild of Gallatin, Tennes-
see, states in his Old Times in, Tennessee that Houston was six
feet six inches high. Guild greatly admired Houston and some
allowance must be made for his error, for Houston's height in
his prime of life was six feet two inches; he once told me so, and
though men shrink in stature when old he could never have been
so tall as Mr. Guild describes him. I will describe him as I re-
member him, though it is difficult to write a picture of any one.
His bearing was always dignified and erect; his form indicated
great strength and activity; his face and head were large and sym-
metrical; his voice deep toned, manly and firm; his speech whether
in conversation or addressing an audience deliberate and distinct;
and his eyes large and deep blue.
He was a little eccentric in his dress, was occasionally seen with
a vest made of leopard's skin, and wore in all seasons a soft,
broad brimmed, fur hat. In winter he sometimes wore a Mexican
'The Cherokee word "'Co-lon-neh" is properly Ka-la-nu, signifying
"raven," a common Cherokee word and hereditary personal name.--
F. W. HODGE.
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