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r RACHEt CUNNINGHAM. 3p jltogeiher, without a trace-step of the route they had taken being known. On the following day a Proclamation was issued by ihe Wernor, offering a large reward for their apprehension. They had crossed the country in various directions, and by bye-roads had successfully eluded pursuit, although par- ties in active chase were dispatched, and pressing forward through all parts to gain a scent, if possible, of the course they might have chosen, till however, at length their luck forsook them. They had passed the night at a tavern, the keeper, or landlord of which, happened also to be a post. master, rhey regaled themselves and enjoyed their supper and wine there, in seeminirly high spirits and jollity; yet mine hoai, for some cause or other conceived, that he discovered a some- thing sinzularly sirange in their manners. They retired to bed, l>r<'aklasied there the next morning, paid iheir bill, and departed, the mail arrived at the tavern with Governor Kent's Proclamation, describing the person of Van Swear- ingen and that of his paramour and accomplice in the murder of his wile. Suspicion was at once directed towards them, and the |K>st-raaster, collecting a few neii;hliours, set oH in- stantly ill pursuit and overlook them near the red-river, in Kentucky County. On being approached and ordered to surrender, he (the Sheriff.) drew and discharged a brace of pistols at the party, as also, the same did Rachel, swearing vehemently at rhe lime, that she would not be taken alive, and defending her.self in desperate resistance with the bull- ends of her pistols lo the very last eilremily against their n.ssailanls, till at length quite exhausted and overpowered by numbers only, or she. Rachel, would not have yielded, they were both taken, secured, and brought back prisoners to Alleghany County, to await the decree of justice and punish- ment of the law by and in exr>iation of their hideous offences and horrible crimes of matchless atrocity under the hands of the comrntm executioner. Her conduct, while on trial, was most vehemently out- rageous after sentence, in jail her imprecations and threats of vengeance to all around her were truly terrific .' and al