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THE ARIZONA REPUBLICAN: SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 13, 1896.
GAVE OF DEAD MEN'S BONES Desolate, Grewsome Spot Near . the Four Peaks. The Remains of Human Bodls Left to Mark the Scene of a Desperate Battle between the Apachts and WhiteMen. A short distance west of the Four Peaks is a canyon surrounded by tow ering, precipitous cliffs. It is a wild uncanny spot and seldom do the foot steps of the hunter or prospector ven ture into the dark and gloomy depths of this seam in the mountains. This wild region has been the scene of many conflicts in the days when Ari zona's fair name was blotted by the barbarous and cruel deeds of the mer ciless Apaches. In the canyon, through which flows a nameless stream, is a cave cave in name only, for the action of the stream when swollen by the melting snows from the Four Peaks has undermined the cliff, creating a large cavern. Once in awhile a daring adventurer winds his way into this wildly pictur esque and solitary region. The de clivity in the cliff is noted and the ad venturer scrambles blindly over the huge boulders that are strewnin front of the cave, totally unaware of what is before him. Reaching the mouth of the opening the climber recoils in horror and the first impulse is to flee from the place. Scattered thickly over the rocky floor of the cavern are innumerable bones, with here and there a skull. In this desolate spot a feeling of fear overcomes the adven turer, for in that chamber of death the rippling of the stream and the sough ing of the winds do not penetrate; complete silence 'holds dominion over the gruesome spot Propped against the wall of the cav ern rests a human skeleton, which sits undisturbed by the wild animals that abound in that region, or by relic seek ers. "Hundreds of cartridge shells and Get Your Christmas Gifts Free two ounce bag, coupons inside each four ounce bag of Blackwell's Durham. Buy a bag of this celebrated tobacco sg and read the coupon- which gives a list of val uable presents and how to get them. Many thousand dollars worth cf valuable articles suitable for Christmas gifts for the young and old, are to be given to smokers of Blackwell's Genuine Durham To bacco. You will find one coupon inside each and two Blackwell's i Genuine 1 V. Tobacco y broken arrows may be found in the neighborhood. The picture tells of some fearful conflict years ago, and the whitened bones, guarded by the human skeleton, will probably remain for years to come, mute evidence of carnage and bloodshed. In '72 the Fifth cavalry was organ ized by General Crook at Fort Grant for the purpose of either subduing or exterminating Masse's. murderous band of Apaches along the San Pedro river. The Indians wire terrorizin the entire country by their deeds of violence and Crook had been puttng forth his best efforts to bring the cut throats under restraint through the powder and ball remedy. General Howard, on the other hand, was en deavoring to secure peace by treaty but the savages showed their contempt for peace by continuing to murder and pillage. Generals Crook and How ard had a conference, in which the for mer was for declaring war and the lat ter for a peaceful settlement with the Apaches. Shortly after the conference the re port was received that one of the gov ernment employes at the agency had been killed. General Crook immedi ately ordered out the troops in de tachments to take the trail-of the In dians. One of the detachments of forty men was in command of Major Brown. With his detachment were assigned two Mexican scouts. These men were versed in the Apache lan guage and their mode of warfare. They had been stolen from their par ents in Mexico when children and for sixteen years lived with the Apach es. They finally escaped from the In dians and entered the employ of the government as scouts, their knowl edge proving of valuable assistance to the troops in several instances. With Major Brown's detachment was detailed Hospital Steward Phil Sheridan, who was to serve in the ca pacity of acting physician. The de tachment "had been out only a short time when the lynx-eyed scouts discov ered the trail, which was persistently followed to a place in the mountains now known as Globe. Here the troops camped for a day and dined for the first time in several days on beef, the Indians having run a bunch of cattle into the hills, and the troopers could not resist a tempting repast of fresh meat. In the meantime the Indians had proceeded toward Tonto Basin, where, becoming aware that the troops were on the trail, the band divided. The detachment again went into camp at Grape Vine Springs for two days and the scouts were sent out to reconnoit er, on the night of the second day. They returned shortly and reported that the Apaches' signal fires were burning on the Mazatal range close by. The following morning the de tachment made preparations for pur suit and in order to make rapid pro gress the pack train was left behind with a guard. The scouts quickly found the trail of the Indians, which led down a canyon There was evidence that the Apaches were near at hand and the scouts soon learned that they were hiding in a cave in the canyon. The trail" led directly to the mouth of the cave, and the sol diers were ordered forward on the double quick. They were armed with the regulation cavalry carbines, while the Indians had bows and arrows there being only two guns in their party. The Indians were soon hem med in completely, for the soldiers formed an alignment directly in front of the cavern and the savages could i der. not escape except by breaking through the line. As the soldiers took their positions the Indians turned loose a shower of arrows. They were am bushed behind large boulders in front of the cave, the squaws and children having taken refuge insi.de. The white soldiers were in the open and in plain view of the Indians. The shower of arrows was answered by a volley of bullets that rattled against the rocks. The tight was be gun and as often as a soldier dropped pierced by an arrow a yell of pain from behind the boulders told that equal damage had been done to the Indians. The fight had been in progress for over two hours when the Indians yelled for quarter. The Mexican scouts interpreted the remarks and the firing ceased. While Major Brown, through one of the interpreters, was denoting the terms of the surrender, one of the Indians fired an arrow and a trooper dropped dead in his tracks. The treacherous act was revenged by a deadly volley in return and hostilities were resumed with renewed vigor. As fast as a warrior fell a squaw would pick up his bow and quiver of arrows and take his place. One Indian isolated from the others was doing considerable mischief to the troopers, as he was at a more advan tageous point. He wore a soldier's cap, which he would raise on a stick until it showed above the rock behind which he was hidden, and when a vol ley was fired at it, he would send an arrow in return. The noise of the conflict attracted the attention of a party of white men and Maricopa Indians of Fort McDow ell. The friendly Indians joined the troopers in- the effort to dislodge the Apaches. The new arrivals devoted most of the time to exchanging arrows with the Apache with the soldier's cap. By a clever ruse the. Apache succeeded in killing one of the Maricopa Indians and tne others, picking up the body of their companion, retired to a safe spot and would not return to the conflict. Becoming weary of the persistency of the solitary Apache the troopers di rected thier fire in his direction. To remain in his position meant inevit able death, so the Apache rose from his place of concealment and made a dash through the lines, discharging his last arrow with deadly effect as he ran. A volley was fired at the fleeing Indian. With a blood curdling scream he jumped in the air and, turning a complete somersault, fell to the earth pierced by a score of bullets.. A Dutch trooper rushed up to the Indian and was attempting to pull off a beautiful pair of moccasins worn by the Indian when the supposed corpse raised to a sitting posture and made a feeble effort to resist. The Dutchman club bed his gun and let it fall with a thud on the unprotected head of the savage. It was seemingly a cruel deed but hu mane compared with the methods of torture practiced by the Apaches. As the sun was slowly sinking in the western sky the firing became de sultory and at last ceased entirely. Armed with only bows and arrows the Indians could not cope with the rain of lead poured in upon them all day. The squaws fought and tell with the stoicism of their race, dying without a murmur beside the lifeless bodies of the braves. From behind the rampart of boulders the suppressed groans of the wounded couid be heard by the troopers and when they dashed over the fortifica tions a horrible sight met their- gaze. The dead and dying were wallowing in their own blood. The rigid forms of a squaw held a bow in her stiffened hand and a pappoose also dead, was pressed closely to her bosom. In her dying struggles the mother's instinct to protect her offspring was upper most. Inside the cavern the form of a pow erful Indian was outstretched with five dead bodies lying across his body. One of the Mexican scouts intently ex amined the undermost Indian for a second, then his face lit up with a cun ning and cruel smile. He deliberate ly pulled a revolver from its holster and fired a ball straight through the heart of the prostrate Indian. A yell that stilled the blood in the veins of those present and which ech oed and re-echoed against the walls of the canyon followed the shot; the Indian rose, rolled the five dead bodies from him and with a convulsive shud died. Fifty-eight Indians were slain in the conflict and their dead bodies were left to provide a repast for the wild animals that scented blood. Thus ended a chapter in the history of Arizona, and its pages record the true story of the chamber of death. TREMAINE. GARDEN m RESTAURANT THE OLDEST N THE CITY. Enjoys tbe best standing with tradesmen. Buys everything at P't cast) price and gives THE BEM I" 25o MEA.L,. Tuck, Hing 8c Co. 22 and 24 Washington St. , ttaet of Jacobs & Co. Private rooms for families. Tijkets, $4.50; Sinele meals. 25c. METROPOLITAN The Metropolitan, No. 396 North First avenne. north of VanBuren street, has chanped hands and is prepared 10 give board and lodging oy trie montn, Mrs, A. P. 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