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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1863
([1863])

New Mexico superintendency,   pp. 424-427 PDF (1.8 MB)


Page 424

424               NEW   MEXICO SUPERINTENDENCY. 
a village of Arapahoes camped oq the Platte river, fourteen miles below Den-
ver, in search of my property. 
I found with the Indians a white man nAmed Noith, who acted as interpreter
for me. The Indians owned that they had killed three of my cattle, and that
they had stolen one horse, which they produced, but I found it was not mine.
As they owned it Was stolen, I brought it into the city, and will advertise
it for 
the owner. 
- They refer to -other bands of their tribe yet on Box Elder or Coal creek.
The 
Indians seemed very indifferent, and referred me from lodge to lodge in search
of the thieves and stolen property. 
I found the hide of one of my cattle in the village. Mr. North thought it
possible that my horses were with the band on Box Elder; that there are a
large 
number-about one hundred lodges---of them in several small bands, and it
was 
difficult to tell where they might be.          , 
He further told me that the Indians had stolen the quartermaster's horse
at 
Fort Lyon, and if the governor would send soldiers there they could get him.
Dan Waxen, an Indian who speaks English, also told me this. Mr. North also
told me, and reported it to Mr. Sprague, who went with me to the village,
that 
he wanted me to request the governor not to allow any ammunition to be issued
to the Indians, for the different tribes were going to unite and make an
attack 
on the whites as soon as they can get ammunition. He mentioned the names
of 
three tribes, but I own I now only remember the names of two, Arapahoes and
Kiowas; Mr. Sprague may remember the other. 
North passed my ranch last summer in company with the Indians, and told 
my ranch-men then that if they did nqt make a treaty they would go to war
with the whites. 
I now ask an escort to go with me after my horses and other property in their
hands, as I cannot get them if I go aldne. 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
J. P. VAN WORNER. 
JOHN EVANS, 
Gov. Colorado Territory, and SuP't of Indian Afairs. 
NEW MEXICO SUPERINTENDENCY. 
No. 5. 
0PFORT SUMNRR, October 10, 1863. 
SIR: With sincere satisfaction I again announce to you the continued good
conduct, peacefulness and improvement of the Mescalero Apaches under my 
charge at this post. 
The circumstances under which my agency ever these savages commenced 
were of a character to raise grave doubts in my mind whether any satisfactory
or lasting peace could be effected with them, but these doubts are rapidly
van- 
ishing, and matters are assuming an appearance which give me strong hopes
of 
permanent success. 
In the month of October, 1862, I received an order from the superintendent,
J. L. Collins, esq., to visit the Mescalero Apache country and assemble those
Indians, with a view of making a treaty with them. While journeying on 
that mission, a company 'of New 41exican cavalry volunteers, under the com-
mand of Captain Graydon, met one of the principal chiefs, (Manuelito,) who
was 
en route for Santa FP6, with a party of his warriors, for the purpose of
treating 
with the authorities. Captain Graydon entered into an understanding with
the 
Indians, and furnished them with supplies of provisions for the journey;
but 


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