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The early settlers of the county, for several years after they built their cabins, had neither postal nor mill facilities, and were compelled to travel from 25 to 50 miles in order to reach a post-office, or to get their meal. Their usual way of sending or receiving tidings from their friends and the news of the great world, which lay towards the east and south Of them, was generally by the mouth of the stranger coming- in, or by the settler who journeyed back to his old home, in.  Kentuckv or Virginia.  Postage at that time was very high, and if the old settler sent or received two or three letters during the year, he considered himself fortunate.  His every-day life in the wilds Of the new country to which lie had come to better his condition, was so much of a sameness that lie, had, indeed, but little to communicate. His wants were few, and these were generally, supplied by his rod and his gun, the latter being indispensable weapon of defense, as well as necessary to the support and maintenance of himself and family.  No wonder that the pioneer loved his "old flint lock" and his faithful dog, whose honest bark would so often-
"Bay deep-mouth'd welcome as he drew near home."