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About The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891 | View Entire Issue (July 12, 1890)
and gray, hastened from his home and rode down the
valley. He had heard of the arrest of his son and,
like his friends among the Indians, probably knew the
cause. He held the action an outrage, but he did not
ride forth to rescue the young man. He knew the
temper of the Indians. They were bent upon blood
shed. They were rising to surround and massacre the
officers and liberate their friend. But the cool headed
white man left his son to his fate, without a parting
word, and devoted his best energy to the fiery tem
pered Indians. He checked their preparations for
murder and sent them home. The sheriff's posse did
not know their danger. The unselfish father never
received credit for the noble deed of that day.
Young Joe Craig was arraigned for murder. He
admitted that he had pursued, captured and killed a
horse thief. He had proceeded in accordance with the
laws of his tribe. Tho judge held that an Indian had
the right to deal with the members of his tribe accord-.
ing to the laws of the tribe.
Tho young man followed the Indian who stole my
horse and made him prisoner. He compelled him to
return within the border of the reservation and then,
with tho strength of a giant and the heartlessness of a
fiend, ho grasped him by the hair, pulled him from his
horse and cut his throat from ear to ear. He kicked
the dying wretch from tho trail and rode to his home
without a visible pang of conscience.
CIEUTEN ANT SETON KARR, who left Victoria two
months ago for the purpose of exploring a route
across the mountains from Chilkat,, Alaska, to
the Altsehk river, has returned to the capital of
British Columbia. The expedition has been a great
success, everything being carried out which it was in
tended to accomplish, with less delay and in shorter
space of time than had been anticipated, and without
meeting with any difficulties. Lieutenant Karr states
that. the geographical results of his journey exceeded
his expectations. The Chilkat Indians did not inter
fere with the party, being assured that trade was not
one of the objects contemplated. From Klowan, the
last Indian camp, thirty miles up the Chilkat river,
the lieutenant ascended in the first instance on foot,
and subsequently as far as the Klaheena, or Wellesey,
river, and thence partly by canoe and partly with
sledges as far as the boundary line between Alaska
and British Columbia, which was marked approxi
mately. The ascent was continued to the Marble gla
cier. Thence to the timber line provisions had to be
packed. Fourteen miles beyond the last ascent of the
new pass a creek was struck running into the Altsehk.
The latter is reported as a strong river running from
the west, with a slow current. Another branch comes
from the north. Below the forks is a canyon, and be
low the canyon the river is excessively rapid.
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