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Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925 / Personal recollections and observations of General Nelson A. Miles embracing a brief view of the Civil War, or, From New England to the Golden Gate: and the story of his Indian campaigns, with comments on the exploration, development and progress of our great western empire
(1896)

Chapter XXXV. The Apache and the soldier,   pp. 445-449 PDF (2.2 MB)


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PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF
At another time during Indian hostilities lie captured an unfortunate wNite
man and buried him, all but his head, in close proximity to a large blaclk
ant hill such as are found in that country, sometimes two feet high and
from one to three feet
in diamneter. The 11-
happy victim lived f'es
two days, suffering the
uiost excruciating tor-
ture while the   ants
slowly ate away the flesh
from his head.
  Another i n c i d e n t
showing the heartless-
ness of this people was
related to me by one
personally cognizant of
the facts, and of un-
d o u b t e d trustworthi-
ness.  A renegade, or
outlaw Indian, had coin-
mitted several murders
A I   L__-- - 41 -,-- -
                                                  ACCE  11U vvaS Wa1lUu TO
all-
                                                  swer for his numerous
crimes, but the official at the agency had found it impossible to arrest
him,
as he rarely appeared there, and kept himself concealed in some safe moun-
tain retreat. Seeing no other way of securing the criniminal the officer
in
charge called up a dissolute Indiami, a cousin of the outlaw, and told hinm
that
if he would go out into the miountains and bring in the culprit alive, or
if
-that was impossible, a proof of his death, he would give hini a certain
horse,
-which was pointed out to him. One morning not long afterward, the officer
-was in his quarters seated at the breakfast table,, when this Indian appeared
before him carrying a sack over his shoulder. He advanced to where the
officer was sitting and remarked with much apparent satisfaction that he
had coiie for the horse, at the same time shaking the head of his relative
from the sack to the floor at the officer's feet; and the lindian received
his
fat gray horse.
   A short time after this, as the officer was going about the agency, the
same Indiani motioned to him to coiie round the corner of the agency
building that lie might speak to hiimi in private. The officer naturally
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