Kidnap victim takes plunge

Tecumseh, the cigar store Indian who has been a fixture out front and even on top of the old Golden North Hotel for the past few years, was kidnaped for a third time around June 10.
He turned up on Friday the 13th as a hand on the Kirmse's Clock on the east hillside. The wooden statue was hung from a rope, appearing as a minute hand at the 10-minute mark.
Owner Dennis Corrington said he wrote up a missing person's report a couple days earlier when the statue went missing from its latest shackles on the boardwalk entrance outside Golden North Gifts:
MISSING: Native American male, 5'6", about 120 pounds, silent, doesn't smile, cracked facial features from being in the sun a lot, has quit smoking but still carries cigars just in case he wants to have one, as a temptation.
Corrington said it had been kidnapped twice before – in 2004 and 2006 – so he then put it on top of the hotel. When the Historic District Commission questioned the move, Corrington told them it was just two feet west of where it was permitted to be. "It said nothing about height."
He brought it down this summer to be back outside the gift shop, and it lasted about a month before it was kidnapped again.
"I figure they had to be male, more than one, probably climbers, and alcohol was involved," Corrington said. "Maybe they used a 4-wheeler to get it up the access road and then hoist it up there."
The statue was first spotted on the 13th – someone even thought it was a real body (see blotter). But it disappeared on June 18.
It was spotted at 7:30 a.m., but then went missing about 10 a.m.
Tecumseh may have met his final demise.
"The word I got back was it was at the bottom of the rock pile," Corrington said. "The knot was untied, or maybe it was a suicide dive? To be continued..."
Corrington said he did "send a letter to Tecumseh's younger son who may take his dad's place...with a few more shackles." –Photo and story by Jeff Brady

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