Massacres of the Mountains: A History of the Indian Wars of the Far West

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Harper & brothers, 1886 - Indians of North America - 784 pages
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The account of the Modoc War, written in the sentimental hyperbole of the age, is remarkably similar to the voice of Alfred Meacham, author of "Wigwam And Warpath," and others, with his praises of "Winema" (Toby Riddle), and is at such variance in fact and particularly with attributions of certain characters, that I can't recommend it.
Scarface Charley, for example, never denounced Captain Jack, nor did he ever join with Hooker Jim, who led the massacre of the settlers. Given that Toby Riddle's son Jeff also made disparaging remarks about Scarface that disagree with those made by Quinn in "Hell With the Fire Out" and Murray in "The Modocs and Their War", and others, I would chalk this account up to Riddle's faulty and biased memories of the conflict.

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Page 584 - States, to admit amongst them ; and the United States now solemnly agrees that no persons except those herein designated and authorized so to do, and except such officers, agents, and employc's of the government as may be authorized to enter upon Indian reservations in discharge of duties enjoined by law, shall ever be permitted to pass over, settle upon, or reside in the territory described in this article...
Page 584 - ... set apart for the absolute and undisturbed use and occupation of the Indians herein named, and for such other friendly tribes or individual Indians, as from time to time they may be willing, with the consent of the United States, to admit among them...
Page 446 - We must act with vindictive earnestness against the Sioux, even to their extermination, men, women, and children.
Page 9 - Their relation to the United States resembles that of a ward to his guardian. They look to our government for protection; rely upon its kindness and its power; appeal to it for relief to their wants; and address the president as their great father.
Page 9 - ... it may well be doubted whether those tribes which reside within the acknowledged boundaries of the United States can, with strict accuracy, be denominated foreign nations. They may, more correctly, perhaps, be denominated domestic dependent nations.
Page 301 - God might lay the axe to the root of the tree, and every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit might be hewn down.
Page 288 - Martial law is hereby declared to exist in this Territory from and after the publication of this proclamation ; and no person shall be allowed to pass or repass into, or through, or from, this Territory without a permit from the proper officer.
Page 9 - They may, more correctly, perhaps, be denominated domestic dependent nations. They occupy a territory to which we assert a title independent of their will, which must take effect in point of possession when their right of possession ceases. Meanwhile they are in a state of pupilage. Their relation to the United States resembles that of a ward to his guardian.
Page 281 - Verily thus saith the Lord concerning the wars that will shortly come to pass, beginning at the rebellion of South Carolina, which will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls.
Page 282 - ... and vivid lightning also, shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath, and indignation and chastening hand of an Almighty God, until the...

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