- Feb 2019
- Pennsylvania, US
Yet again is a cherry tree somehow central in a story of American honesty (though unlike George's, Simon's story is most likely true).Simon Girty is a larger than life character, when he was imprisoned in the block house in Fort Pitt for treason, he escaped that night, slept in a cherry tree in the middle of town and then came back to the gates the next morning saying that "if I were really guilty, would I have come back?", they released him.
Reading some about Simon Girty has revealed some ritualistic torture methods used by the Lenape that I hadn't been aware of (I always thought of the Lenape as rather too nice to repeatedly stick red, hot gun barrels into a person prior to burning him at the stake).