United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1879
Reports of agents in Washington territory, pp. 140-159 PDF (11.7 MB)
158 REPORTS OF AGENTS IN WASHINGTON TERRITORY. was received from the honorable Commissioner to send Moses and party to Washing- ton for a council. This order I communicated to the authorities at Yakama. They agreed they would not disturb or arrest him. I released him to return to his people and make arrange- ments to go to Washington, with a promise that he would return within four weeks, or sooner if needed, to start to Washington. I sent for him after he had been away ten days. He gave the messenger a promise to be at the ferry on the Yakama River in four days; he wished me to make arrangements for him to cross. I took the oppor- tunity to meet him at the appointed time and place, to keep him from being harmed by the whites. I arrived at the ferry (30 miles from here) before Moses and his party, and found the sberiff with a posse of men that were guarding every crossing on the river for "20 miles or more, with a sworn determination to take him, dead or alive. I returned to Yakama City and remained until next morning, when Moses was brought to Yakama by the sheriff; court was called; Moses was arraigned ; the prosecution gave notice they were not ready for trial; the court adjourned twenty-four hours. At the second calling of the court the prosecution claimed not ready, and asked an adjoutn- ment of eight days. It was clear to my mind that the plan was to prevent him from going to Washington as ordered, and to confine him in jail until the October court. I proposed to waive the examination and enter bail for his appearance at said court, which was accepted. I brought him to the agency and in a few days started him for Washington. The vexed question is now settled. THE PIUTE AND BANNACK INDIANS IN- came to this agency on the 2d of February, 1879, numbering 543. They were brought by the military, Captain Winters in command of two companies of cavalry from Camp Harney, at an expense (as the captain informed me) of about $50,000. They came to this agency without my having any official notice of their coming, and of course no ar- rangements for giving them rations. I received them and receipted for them on the I0th of February, and moved them from the lower part of the reservation to within six miles of the station. We built a house 150 feet long for them before they were re- ceived, when they were sheltered from the storm, which began the night after they were moved; the storm continued a week; snow was three feet deep. They were in a very destitute condition. Money was received from the department, articles most needed were purchased and issued, which has made them comfortable. When the weather became warm I said to the able-bodied men they must go to work. They said that was not what they came for. They refused at first to work. I said to them kindly, but firmly, if they did not work I should not feed them. I ordered them to meet me next morning; they came, were furnished with tools and put to grubbing. They cleared more than 100 acres of land and helped to make two miles of post and board fence. They had no teams or tools. With the help of the department teams, they doing what they could, the land cleared was put into wheat, corn, potatoes, and other vegetables. The wheat has yieldta a harvest of 926 bushels; the vegetables are not gathered. They cut 75 cords of wood for the agency, and manifest a willing- ness to do what they are told, and will; if they are encouraged and kept at work, do much toward supporting themselves. SCHOOLS. Sixty of their children were gathered into a day-school, seven miles from the station on the 1st of April, and continued until the 30th of June. George Waters and Sarah Winnemucca were employed in teaching them ; their attendance was uniform, and they improved rapidly. Our boarding-school at the station, the latter part of the year, did not do as well as was desired. A change for the better is confidently ex- pected when the schools reopen. MILLS. The grist-mill was incapable of doing the work. We have put on un addition, pur- chased a new run of stones, a smatter, with belting and the needed fixtures. The mill is now in excellent order, having two run of stones. The whole expense does not ex- ceed $800. The water saw-mill is out of repair and needs a thorough overhauling. The steam saw-mill, plainer, shingle-machine, and turning lathe are in good condition. The agency buildings are all in good repair. STOCK. The stock of the agency is in fine condition, constantly increasing in numbers and value.
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