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To-day we issue the first number of
our enlarged sheet. When we com
menced the publication of The Teller
we promised to enlarge so soon as the
eonditiou of things in the country would
warrant us to do so. The Teller has
managed,' to keep out of debt, has paid
its expenses by means of its patronage,
but the publishers have made nothing,
tare their personal living. In circula
tion it has slowly but steadily increased,
which has been evidence to us that its
policy has been acceptable to the people.
Its advertising patronage has not been
Commensurate with the business of the
'place. In fact our dealers have not
been up to the standard of other places
in the matter of publishing their wares.
Nor did they until recently seem to
drink in tho importance of advertising
m a means of extensive trade, and that
is a reason why some of the merchants
ot the lower towns have b'en able to
aacure advantages. A little time and a
little more competition from surround
ing traders who do advertise liber
ally, has had the effect to apprise our
dealers of their mistaken notions about
the value of advertising in their local
paper. They now think that Printer's
ink judiciously employed is their best
fertilizer and will the sooner bring them
Oty the road to fortunes. Having now
more space we haVe reduced some what
our rate* of advertisiug to meet the con
dition of all who wish to support a local
piper. We will be to about doublo the
expeoie each and every week, in mak
ing up our paper, and trust that a gen
erous and appreciative public will duly
eoneider the advantages which we offer
to the people here and to the country at
large, and promptly come forward with
auch patronage as our increased efforts
•oem to them to merit. Our remote
new from the great news centers often
renders it difficult to obtain the news
material of whioh to make up the best
rlaw of news reading matter, but sneh
..s we deem of the most importance to
this publie that comes within our reach,
w# shall always endeavor to giro either
'oodeosed or in extenso, and thus seek
.0 make The Teller a valuable paper
'or home reading in every fumily and
workshop, as well as valuable to send to
rienda abroad for information, in regard
o the superior advantages of this coun
try for settlement. It will maiutain its
eomplato indépendance upon all political
vr other questions offiicting the public,
.nd in its editorials will ever reflect the
»pinions of its editor untrammelled by
>ht dogmas or ediota of any sect or par
y. Its columns will ever be open to
lie views of correspondents concisely
md oonrteoualy expensed, upon any and
>11 questions of publie importance. It
trill be a newspaper for the public, and
vi||, rely upon the public in the ordinary
anj legitimate meaner of subscriptions
and advertising and job work for its
fall support. "We tru«t its friends every
where .will not hesitate to aid us in
•vary proper manner in enlarging our
patronage, and making The Teller
not only a power in, buta blessing to the
Hope Kate not Similar.
"On Friday we noticed three yoke of
eattlo attaohed to a wagon, on the cover
oftha wagon was 'To the Palouso
country or butt.' "— IF. Times.
This reminds us of the emigrant wag
on crossing the plains, years ago* which
hvi painted upon its overiog ' .Pikes
Peak or bast" A few days after
wards the same wagon was found
on the plains wracked, its team stolen
and its owners and attaches all mur
dered by the redskins.
Tataeaara. —Some things wets Intimated
sad other things looked ominous of* tele
graph line leading to Lewiston, ns we went
up street the other evening. Thn parties
Interested are more retieeot then wise in
this matter.
Beginning of the Net Perce Hostilities.
Mr. Fdaho. I. T. Dee. 22od, 1878.
Maj. Hancock. Commanding
at Camp Howard, near Mount v
I Idaho. )
Dear Sir :—
In compliance with yonr request, »»king
for sneb information ss I possess relative
to the early scenes of the late Indian war.
and what in my opinion was the immediate
cause of the tame, I submit the following:
I have resided in what it now known as
North Idaho, since July, 1861, and am con'
srqnently familiar with tbs scenes sur
rounding what is in fact the early settle
meut of this country by the whites. It it
true that long prior to that time a few Mis
sionaries lived bera for the purpose of civ
ilizing and christianising the Indian. How
well they have succeeded late events have
The discovery of gold at'Oro Finn in
the Fall of 1860, attracted a large inii
gration of minera and traders to that
place. During the following Summer
and subsequently, other mining camps
were discovered, all of which havo been
worked more or less up to the present
time. These camps may justly be term
ed, thn key that unlocked this country
to civilized men, for tho first who came
to any considerable number, wore'at
tracted hither by tho reputed richness
of the same. Many however, when
here, after laboring to their satisfaction
in the golden fields, turned their atten
tion to agricultural pursuits, and built
for themselves permanent and happy j
homes, or what would have been, had
it not been for the treachery of the In
dian, who laid waste some homes and
made the sceno, the untimely gravo of
tho inmates.
From the timo of the settlement of
this country np to the Nez Perce out
break, the whites and Indians have
with a few isolated exceptions lived up
on amicable terms.
In August 1875, Samuel Benedict!
who then resided with his family at the
mouth of White Bird creek, killed an
Indian, under tho following circumstan
ces: Late at night, several drunken In
dians came to his house and demanded
admission; and upon being refused, com
menced smashing in the wiudows and
bre iking in the door, in the mean time
.his wile with her children, under cover
of darkness eeoipoil through a back
window, waded White Bird creek and
went to a neighbors house. Benedict,
in defense of his pro t cr'y, and w.iat lie
no doubt believed to be the life of him
self and family, fired and killed an In
dian and wounded one or two others, I
afterwards had a conversation with some
of the Sainton river Indians in relation
to the matter, and they said that Bene
diet was right, and that they did not
blame him for the act. Something like
a year or tnoro prior to this occurrence,
Larry Ott, who lived on the South side
of Sainton river, hud a difficulty with an
Indiun, whioh terminated in the death
of tho latter. The facts as I have been
iuformed,relative to the matter are these:
Ott was living upon and cultivating n
piece of laud that the Indian wanted;
and while engaged at work in his gar
den, the Indian came and struck him a
severe blow on the herd with a rock,
and was about to repeat the blow when
Ott shot aud killed him. The Graud
Jay impanelled upon the part ol the
Ut ited States, had, (as I have been in
formed by one of their number.) the
killing of this Indian by Ott, under in
vestigation, and were unable to find suf
fiaient evidence of guilt to justify them
in bringing in a bill of iudictmeot
against hitu. Since which time Ott has
continued to reside in this country,
traveling from place to place, and fre
quently meeting Indians when a'l aluue,
far from any settlement, and they never
have shown any disposition to molest, or
any indication of harboring a spirit of
revenge against him. Aud nutwith
stundiog the false reports that were sent
abroad to the effect that he was among
the first victems of the late massacre, he
is still alive, and a living contradiction of
the report whioh was sent broad east,
that the killing of this Indian by him
was the causa of the lata out-break.
The commencement of which as near as
I can ascertain, waa late in the after
noon of Wednesday, June 13tb, by the
killing of. Richard Devine an old man
who lived alone on Salmon river, about
12 miles above Slate creek; the noxton
the line of the bloody march were Henry
J Elfen, Robert Blend and Henry Beck
rotre, which took place between the I
hours of six and seven o'clock on the
following morning, after which the
blood stained villians, mounted tbe j
horses the murdered men had been
working in the field, and with tho fine J
guns they had captured rode off down !
the river. Their next victual was |
Samuel Benedict who was outjiunting j
hiS cows and near the road when 'he In
dians came along shot and wounded j
him, he craweld upon his horse ard sue
needed in reaching his home and did
not receive his quietus until later in the
afternoon of the same day. There were
but three Indians engagetf in the killing
ol Devine, Elfers, Bland and Beckroge,
and in the wounding of Benedict t wo of
whom were Salmon rivor Iudiurm named 1
Mox-Mox and Wall i-tits and the other
was a strange Indian, name unknown,
supposed to belong to Joseph's band. 1 j
got this information from Charles F. j
Cone; a resident of Slate creek who met
the said three Indians a short distance
below thnt place, ns they were coining
from the seenos of the first murdering,
ho recognized the Worses that they were
riding ns those of Elfers. A few days
afer Perry's fight with the Indians on
White Bird, and while the people at
Slate creek were forted up Mox Mox re
turned, to that place, and upon being
asked why they had killed Eiters and
the other citizens, said that they did it
to get their guns. Thus showing that
it waa neither hatred or revenge. So
far as these men were concerned, that
instigated them to commit the act. Af
ter the three Indians bad wounded
Benedict they left him and come up to
Camas Prairie where a large band of
Indians were camped, and it is said that
some 17 or more joined them aud all
immediately returned to Salmon river,
this was in tho afternoon of the 14th. on
their way they shot and wounded J. J.
Manuel and little girl, killed James
Baker, a man 74 years old, and up m
arriving at Benedict's place, they dis
covered him attempting to escape across
White Bird creek, when they shot and
he full dead in thn water, floated down
the creek a short distance and lodged
against a rock, at the same time they
killed a Frenchman named Bubon. Ou
tho following day, if [ am not mistaken
a* to the dite, they killed Mrs. Manuel
Osborn, Mason and a Frenchman whose
name I do not n >w r 'member, and Mrs.
O.-born and Mrs. Walsh fell into the
hands of the Indians, and received treat
ment that to them was but little better
than death. Tho first information id
the out break was received ut Mt. I laho
in the afternoon of tho 1 Hi. Lew Day
was ii#lnediat'dy sent with n dispatch to
Fort Lapwai for assistance. He had
proceeded on his way about 25 miles
when lie was overtaken and fired upon
by some Indians, from whom he m«<'e I
his escape with a slight wound in the
shoulder, finding rhat it would he im
possible for him to get to Lapwai. he at
tempted to return, comiug by way of the
Cottonwood [louse, kept by B. B. N r
ton. At which plaie he found B. B.
Norton, Mrs. Norton. Hill Norton. Miss
Linn Bowers, John Chamberlain and
wife and two ch 1 Iren and Joseph Moore.
Who were informed of what had occur
ed, immediately made preporafions to go
to Mt. Idaho, distant about 18 miles.
Mr. Chamberlain, wife and twouhildren.
Mrs. Norton, Hill, Miss Bowers and
Lew Day got into a wagon and all
hands started at ubout 10 o'clock at
night, Norton and Monro being anoint
ed on horses. They had gone about 10 |
miles when tho Indians came up in their ;
rear and commenced yelling and firing i
at them, they put their horses to the !
fullest speed, but still the Indians kept j
in range and continued to fire. Soon
Norton and Moore were both wounded |
and they abandoued their boises which
had also been shot, aud got into the
wagon and continued their race for life,
their team horses however, were soon
shot down, and thus nppearantly. they
were left to the mercy of the Indians,
when their horses were shot down Miss
Bowers and little Hill Norton got out of
the wagon and made their escape un
harmed. Mr. Chamberlain, wife aud
twochihlren got out attempted to escape,
but had gone but a short distance when
they were discovered by the incarnate
fiends. Chamberlain and his little boy
were killed, the boy was killed according
to tba statement of the mother by hav
ing its head placed between the kneea
of a powerful Indian and crushed to
death; the other child was taken from
its mother, a piece of its tongue cut out,
a knife run entirely through its neck
and thus it was left alone on the prairie
to die, while the heart stricken mother
was taken and used to satify the lust of
her hell-horn raptors, and when this
was occomplisbed, they took their hands
and lacerated her womb and the poor
woman was left heart broken and bleed
on the prairie. Norton, Lew Day, Joe
Moore and Mrs. Norton who were left
in the wagon crawled out woutided. and
lay behiud the dead horses for protec
tion against the deadly missels that were
still flying thick and fast, one of which
struck Nortou and killed him on the
spot. Moore was shot through the hips,
Day through the shoulder and leg, aud
Mrs. Norton through the lower part of
both legs. Tho ludians kept up u des
ultory firing untill about day light,
when for some unaccountable reason
they went away. Miss Bowers having
reached Sit. Idaho, the alarm was given,
and two or three young men started for
the bloody scene, arriving in the vicini
ty they found Mrs. Chamberlain who
had just been abandoned by the Indians
also the wounded child lying in the
grass. At the wagon they found Mrs.
Norton, Mr. Moore and Mr. Day still
alive, all of whom were put in the wagon
and brought to Mt. Idah>. Day died
on the following afternoon; Moore lin
gered for about- six weeks and died.
Mrs. Norton got well, also Mrs. Cham
berlain and ctyId.
lu couelusion I will say, that in my
opinion, the immedintec and only cause
of this out-hreak, was the abortive
attempt to put these Indians on the res
Very respectfully yours,
J. W. Poe.
The above statement has been sub
mitted to me by Mr. J. W. P.:e. His
statement of the murders and outrage
ous treatment of our citizens; and the
circumstances under which thay were
committed I believe to he substantially
true; and I fully concur with him in
the belief that the immediate cause of
the war. w is the uttoui; t to force the"o
Indians upon the reservation with a
force inadequate to the emergency.
Geo. M. Shearer.
Maj 2nd. Beg't. Idaho Vol's.
Reverses of Emigration.
W*na. April fith.
Early in tlie Spring of ilie pre nil tear,
two hroihi-rs look up hint! claims on the
South «MeofR-il Bird canon, Nez I'eri-r t'o ,
Wli,i Prei-ioo'. They a' om-p p r(K e.ir<1
to erect it house upon the dividing line nf
their claims. Feeling rule ami isolated
troni danger, they ohnenteil Iherri-. lves for
a fetv weeks in the limber, catting rut's
and house togs, hut on returning to their
clsirtis, they touuil tho couplet of « poet
verified :
"Ti- oror that from childhood* hour
1 have Aeon ujy f indest hopes decay.**
But if I hat caught that prairie flower,
I would turn his steps some other way.
The house they hod built whs demolish
ed und scattered nhoul the prairie. Some
trained rattle stood Lut» »lion distance,
modest but silent spectators, at once »
wert ing and a protest to any further inva
sion upon » h< ir master's ranee. But the
boys ol York were not so easily intimidat
ed. when last seen, they were dinting the
skeleton frame of a more commodious and
stihstnntU! building. Two young married
m--n J. Lambert and J. A. . Latbrup front
York State made locations in Waha Pre
cinct last week. They botight the Redfidd
ranch, consideration thr.-e ibou*aod($3000)
dollar». They also took up two preemp
tions and one timber claim joining the Red
field place. I. Brtdshuw and other New
Yorker has taken a timber claim joining
the Jack Olliver ranch. F W. GodaTd
of R icbester New York, is now gett ing out
j logs to erect a cabin on a pr»-*mption
I claim that lie has just taken tip joining the
I Dave J dtnson r*nch on the north side.
Jack Oiliver, the Michegan Yankee is still
! swearing about hi» kit'led horse and when
: last seen *u working ont bi< takes on the
f county road. Walter Fee has just finished
. sowing bis 80 acre lot and is now breaking
j sod on hia pre-emption. The Cuderwond
j A St.vens ranch is looking well. They
have eighty acres ol wheat in and are now
turning sod for their oat crops. Every
thing about this part of the country is
! animation. Everybody is busy. The
I fields are dotted with the moriug of plows
j au harrows and those not bn*v in the
j fields are hauling or cuttii.g timber for rab
in and fencing purposes, J. A. Glass is
making preparation to meet his fire daugh
ters at K-ltnu oo their arrival from the
east. He bas not seen them for aizteen
years. They are coming to live with
him on bis homestead. C, B. B.
Whole*»]» and Itetail Dealer la
A (à mernl Assortment
Ciroceriea, Crockery,
Cutlery, Tobacco
Minen' Good»
Etc., Etc.,
Lewiston I. T. Jen., lSih. 1878
Denier in general
Fir ward lug and CoMiblikloH.
Cumtantly on band the most complete »teilt of I
B fing agent foh many of thïI
ties of goods that I offer fur sal«, i»t*
uther lines having been bought at the
Lowest Cash Price,
From first band in SAN FRANCISCO aud
I Am Prepared To
To Bayers.
1 rains and suitable farm pro
luce, taken at tho highest market price.
26 tf
ied together for the purpose of executing »
nil oorts of Casting nnd Mnchine work. Mr.
Contes was formerly in the O. S. N. Co.*« ma
chine shop, at Tb« Dulles, and foreman <>t ihe
Willamo to Iron works, at Portland, Ogn.j
whi'o Mr. Troup is wo l kn* wn «8 an engineer
an i machinist, having fitted up msiny of the
fastes? steamers on the 0 'iHst. They are pre
pared to till at short notice all orders f>*r
Saw Mill Work,
Repair of Agricultural Machinery
And any business that properly belongs within
the range of a well regulated foundry. Also
mow A\l> BRASS IOI\DKi 8
Manufacture Station« *y I'n^ines end Boilers,
t aw Mills, fïrist. Mills, Quarts, Mining
«roi Agricultural Machinery.
Repairing Marti lurry and uniter»
executed with Neatness and IDispatch.
Agents f«r l!«r»ker*s Sten m nnd Hand Dumps,
the cheapen! md best In use. Alio
agent? f«*r & Parker's
Celebrated Water Wheel,
Cheaper than nnv other Wheel in use»
have put in a
of tool« *md
mach n
*ry by which
1 hey
will bo en ubted to
any nee le
ir« to
er- in the be
t ht\
©. ami
at shvrt no*
'atrnni/.e h«
»K- it
nnd keep
your in
■ nev in »he cm
un t ry
/•är 01 . 1 ) Ml-vr.lL Hour; ht -TJ*
W». Coatks.
2fi tf W II. Tkot p.
B R E W E « Y
Call and see them.
1- tf
J havp moved to North fide or Montgomery,
Mrcct, 2 doors East of J. P. V limer*» »sl
tho.e who favor u. with a call will find that*,
supply only the best article of meat», and »11
kind» of sauanges at a REASON ABLE PRICK.
J. K I,ri.rr.n,
C. L Wilmahs,
Proprit tor».
A t the old stand formerly kept
by 11. Crites, on the north eide of E Street*
OM and new Patrons
will find the management
'SNst 8« Cmutk

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