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

[Indians of Washington and Oregon territories],   pp. 192-195 PDF (1.5 MB)

Page 194

I have appointed B. T. Shaw, who has been for some time connected 
with the Indian Department in this territory, special Indian agent, 
in place of Mr. Lolen, who at the time of his death had been as- 
signed to the Yakima agency, and submit the same to the approval 
of the department. Mr. Shaw left two days since to join Major 
Mr. Crosbie, of Governor Stevens' party, under instructions of the 
governor, of which the department, I believe, is advised, has just ar- 
rived from Fort Benton, and will return on Monday, to take charge 
of the camp and the Indian goods and supplies in the Spokane 
country.                Very respectfully, 
Acting Suj't Indian  fairs, TVashingtom Territory. 
Commissioner Indian Jffairs, Washington. 
No. 98. 
DALLES, October 3, 1855. 
DEAR SIR: There can no longer be any doubt as to the hostile 
intention of the Yakimas and Clickatats, nor can there be of Agent 
Bolen's death, and that he was killed by direction of Camaekin. He 
was shot by the son of Showahway, and then, by the aid of three oth- 
ers, seized and his throat cut. They then shot his horse and made a 
fire over both and burned them up. Word was then conveyed to all 
the surrounding bands, informing them of what had been done and 
requesting them to unite with them in hostilities against the whites, 
and if they declined such invitation they would be treated as ene- 
mies, and their children made slaves of. This invitation has been 
generally declined, but individufal members of the several bands have 
joined them. This information I received this morning from the chief 
of the Wacoes, and I feel quite satisfied of its correctness. The Clicka-
tats, he tells me, are divided-the greater portion of those recently 
returned from the Umpqua and Willamette valley having joined the 
Yakimas, whilst a majority of those heretofore residing in the country 
have declined to do so. 
Reports are in circulation going to show an unfriendly feeling on 
the part of the Deshoot bands of Indians, as also those of the Walla 
Wallas and Cayuses, but as yet it lacks confirmation. I think we 
will be able to keep them quiet. 
An Indian by the name of Turn E Tas, who was recently arrested 
and placed in the guard-house at Fort Vancouver, is represented as 
being acting in concert with Camaekin and Skloom, a band over which 
he acts as chief, and only awaiting his return to unite with the disaf- 
fected or war party. It would be well to keep him in custody. 
Major Haller with his command of 100 is on the eve of marching, 
having crossed the river last evening. He will, I think, remain till 

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