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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1855

[Indians of the territory of Utah],   pp. 195-206 PDF (5.2 MB)

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named Tintiek. Immediately after my return, I commenced an in- 
vestigation of the matter. I proceeded with my interpreter to the In- 
dian camp, consisting of forty lodges, which 'they had located in a 
well enclosed field, containing some four hundred acres of grain and 
grass. I held a talk with Tintick, and also with Tabby and Sanpitch, 
who are chiefs of the same tribe. I learned from them that the report 
was correct, and also that they charged the commission of the deed 
upon a white man named Chester Snyder. Tintick was very IIeal ," 
and complained much at the loss of his animals, and demanded pay 
of me as remuneration for the same, and I soon learned that the same 
bad feeling reigned throughout the entire camp. As soon as circum- 
stances would admit, I had an interview with Snyder, and informed 
him of the charge preferred against him by the chief. Snyder pro- 
tested his innocence, and satisfied me by the most convincing proof 
that he was innocent, as lie was at the time absent from the city when 
the animals were killed; and, furthermore, none of the Indians could 
identify Snyder as the uman who committed the act. That the animals 
were dead admits of no doubt, as Tintick took me to the place where 
the animals were, and I saw for myself. I told the chiefs that I 
would endeavor to discover who killed the animals, and have the indi- 
vidual punished, and him paid. I then requested the civil officers of 
the city of Provo to assist me in bringing the perpetrator to justiee, 
who promptly rendered all the assistance in their power ; but our ef- 
forts proved of no avail. Before I succeeded in settling the diffilculty,
there were killed five head of cattle and one horse, belonging to 
the citizens of this city, which I have reason to believe was done by 
the Indians. They had also turned their horses into fields, destroy- 
ing a large amount of grain which had hitherto escaped the ravages of 
grasshoppers.  I remonstrated with them  on the course they were 
pursuing, and informed the chiefs that unless their men would cease 
their depredations, I would not pay for the animals .which they had 
lost, and would most assuredly punish the offenders. They then 
agreed, if I would pay for the animals, that they would immediately 
move their camp out of the enclosed fields, and would not encroach 
upon the property of the settlers for the future. I accordingly paid 
them, which will be seen by reference to voucher No. 6, and they 
left the field forthwith, and peace was restored. After this, many of 
the Indians came to my office daily, begginc for flour. I distributed 
a few presents to the chiefs of flour, shirts, and tobacco, (see voucher
No. 6,)with which they were well pleased. The chiefs complained 
to me that they could not catch their usual supply of fish, in conse- 
quence of some of the citizens using seins and nets to their disadvan- 
tage. I immediately issued notices to the companies then fishing in 
Utah lake and Provo river to cease their operations during the stay 
of the Indians, which was immediately complied with. The Indians 
then attempted to take the fish in their usual way, that of trapping, 
shooting with bow and arrows, &C., but in consequence of the high 
stage of the water in the river, which always occurs at this season of 
the year, they were enabled to catch but very few. At the instance 
of some of the chiefs I requested one of the fishing companies to fish 
for them, which request the company immediately complied with, 

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