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LATEST F.ROM THE ARMY.
Ft. Waskopam, June 4, '48.
Sir. An apportunity is offered mc, by the politeness
of Col. Boone, to drop you a few lines. All is quiet
here. On the 2Uh ult. 1 received a letter from our wor
thy friend, II. A. G. Lee, Sup. Int. Indian Affairs, da
ted, Ft. Waters, May 1G, which contains all the infor
mation I have relative to the movements of our forces
above; and although you may have learned, ere this,
the purport ofthe contents of the letter I have in my
possession, yet I will give you some extracts from it,
which are as follows:
"We all arrived safely at this place on the 13th.
The Nez Perces were here awaiting my arrival they
are still here, but most or Ihem will leave to-day. I
have talked with them several times many if them
join us in the war. They came to this agreement last
night, and held a war dance saying nothing could slop
them now. The Spokans came lo see us vilh a let
ter from Rev. Mr. Eels, (who, with f lis family and as
sociates, are all well.) They are holding themselves in
readiness to assist us, by culling off Teloukaifs re
treat to the mountains. He is on the Peluse river, and
lias been forbid to go further towards their country.
"The Nez Perces say they can find liim. I sent for
Tawatoe, (young chief,) and he came, with other Cay
uses, lo see me. Serpent Jaunc was also present.
I spoke plainly and sternly to them scolding them
for their former course towards us, and told them there
were three things that we required, and these .must re
done before there could be any peace: 1st, The Mur
derers .must all be punished 2d, All the property ta
ken from the whiles must be relumed 3d, All the pro
perty destroyed must be paid for thai this was all we
ever asked, and the least that we would ever lake as
" Waleptauleek is a prisoner here he has returned
a quantity of goods, a few cattle, and offered a few poor
horses which have not yet been received, lie is great
ly behind yet, but I don't see that we can effect any
thing farther at present by retaining him prisoner. I
think the Indians all understand us now.
"I have delivered up the command ot the Regiment
to Col. Waters, according to my first determination on
accepting the appointment, and have consente d lo act
as Lt. Colonel for the present. We move to-morrow
in line of march."
It was rumored here yesterday that the murderers,
on the approach of our army, made their escape, leav
ing their wives, children and properly to take care of
themselves. It is also rumored that the principle part
or the army uill be down here in a few days, on their
way to the Valley. These two items are gathered from
the Flathead missionary who is on his way to your
City, where I expect to be in a week or two. It was
my intention to have been there at the election, but
could not get away. The next will be an important
session, and I hope the right kind of legislators have
The wagons from Ft. Waters arrived here on the
2ilh ult., and left on the SGlh, bearing with them forty
harrels of lour, and three of salt leaving us a little
over two barrels of flour, and unless a supply readies
us in three days, we shall be out of the "staff of life."
Yours, with respect, J. F.
Geo. L. Curry, Esq.
Clackamas Circuit Court. A special term of this
court commences in this city on Monday next.
OREGON FREE PRESS
Geo. L. Curry, Editor and Proprietor.
OREGON CITY, SATURDAY JUNE 10, 1848.
Election Returns. The subjoined shows the result
of the election on Monday last, as far as we have re
ceived Die returns:
Clackamas Whole number of votes polled, 3'3.
Representatives A. L. Lovejoy, 167. Geo. L. Curry, ,
1G0. J. S. Snook, 146. Tu. M. McCarver, 128. J. R.
Rohl), 100. J. P. Rogers, 06. Sheriff Holmes, 185.
llrown, 137. Coroner Teves, 173. Comfort, 88. Jus
tices of the Peace Wair, 280. Smith, 82. Gruell, 85.
Larkins,77. Prohibit, 238. Regulate, 37.
Yamhill. Representatives Win. J. Martin, 145.
A. J. Hemhree, 112. L. A. Rice, (H. Gilmore, 75.
C. M. Walker, 74. Smith, 39. Sheriff Raker, 168.
Meneck, 23. Coroner G. S. Nelson, 51. C. M. John
son, 35. Cooper, 21. Prohibit, 5. Regulate, 13i.
Vancouver. Representative A. Lee Lewis, 40.
Sheriff VVm. Ryan, 39. Coroner I). Harvev, 39.
Justice Gibbon, 38. Prohibit, 29. Regulate, 22.
Tualatv. Portland and the eastern precinct are the
only precincts we have correct returns from: Represen
tatives Ralph Wilcox, 64. S. R. Thurston, 52. P. II.
Burnett, 55. David Hill, 22. Sheriff H. E. Wiley, 74.
Treasurer Chambers, 58. Coroner Hugh Rurns, 38,
(polled at the eastern precinct only.) Prohibit, 43.
We have returns but from one precinct in Cliampoeg
county, which are favorable to the election of Messrs.
Gains, Newell, Hailey and Porleus, as representatives.
The three precincts lo hear from however, may defeat
the latter named gentleman. There is no doubt but
that Messrs. Wilcox, Thurston and Rumelt are elected
representatives from Taulaty county.
The vote upon Ihe amendments to the 'Organic Law'
we shall publish as soon as we can ascertain it like
wise the returns from other counties as they come in.
Puni.ic Meeting. 'Ac have been requested to state
that a public meeting will be held at Ihe City Hotel
this evening, for the purpose of making arrangements
for the celebration of the approaching anniversary of
Return of the Army. We have heard that the Gov
ernor has despatched orders for the return ofthe hives,
provided the situation of affairs in the upper country
will allow of it. In case of the disbandment of the
army, a sufficient number of men will be retained in
service to garrison I-oris Waters and l.ee, and to form
a company to go meet the Immigrants, for what pur
pose, we do not know. These are merely "on dits"
wo cannot vjuch for their truth. Are there, not provi
sions of law for the copying and filing of all executive
documents? The people occasionally might like lo in
spect such papers, and it were well that they should
be preserved somewhere.
News from the Arm-y. Our correspondent "J. F.,"
in his excellent letter, has given the latest intelligence
from the army. The Flathead Missionary he speaks
of, Father Josettc, reached here last evening. He
brings us information, as reported, which he obtained f
through Indians, that the troops, a few days after leav
ing Ft. Waters, fell in with a party of the murderers,
who lied, leaving their women and properly in posses
sion of our forces. II is judged that the army will re
turn lo (lie valley before harvest lime.