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reported specially fob the herald by
A Fearful Massacre at White River
Meeker and Employees ail
Rawlins, (Wy.J October 13.—Mr. Emil
Webber and George Fahr, two couriers, have
just arrived from what was a few' days ago
the White River Agency. From them we
learn the following particu'ars :
General Merritt advanced upon the Agency
on the 11th inst. On his way he found many
dead bodies. Among others he found the
bodies of Carl Goldstein, an Israelite, who
left here with government supplies for the
Utes at the White River Agency. He was
found in a gulch six miles this side of the
Agency/ He was shot twice through the
shoulder and was about two miles from his
wagons. A teamster named Julius Moore,
formerly from Bainbridge, Mass., who was
with him when he left here, was found about
one hundred yards from Goldstein. There
were two bullet boles in bis breast, and his
body was backed and mutilated with a knife
or hatchet. As the command advanced
through the caDyon they came to an old coal
mine, and in it was found the body of an
Agency employee named Dresser. He had
evidently been wounded and crawled in the
mine to die. His coat was folded up and
placed under his head for a pillow. Beside
him lay a Winchester rifle containing eight
cartridges. In one of his pockets a letter was
found, which as near as the courier could re
member, was as follows :
White River, September 29 — 1 o'clock p.
m .—Major Thornburg: I will come with
Chief Douglass aud another chief and meet
you to-morrow. Everything quiet here, and
Douglass is flying the United States flag. We
have been on guard three nights aud will be
to night, not that we expect any trouble, but
because there might be. Did you have any
trouble coming through the canyon ?
(.Signed} MEEKER, U. S. Indian Agent
On entering the Agency a scene of quiet
desolation presented itself. All the buildings
except one w ere burned to the ground and
not a living thing in sight except the com
mand. The Iudians had taken everything
except flour and decamped. The women and
children were missing, and nothing whatever
could be found to indicate what had become
of them. They have either been murdered
and burned or else taken away as hostages.
Their dreadful and unmentionable fate calls
forth the most profound sympathy. The
dead body of Father Meeker was found about
one hundred yards from his house lying on
his back and shot through the head. The left
side of his head was mashed in with some
blunt instrument, a piece of barrel stave was
driven into his mouth, and one of his hands
and arms were badly burned.
The dead body of Mr. W. H. Post, Father
Meeker's assistant, was found between the
buildings and the river with a bullet hole
through the left ear and one under the ear ;
he, as well as Father Meeker, was stripped
nearly naked. Another employee named
Eaton was found dead ; he was stripped
naked and had a bundle of paper bags in his
arms ; his face was badly eaten by wolves,
and a bullet hole was inhisleft breast. Frank !
Dresser, a brother to the one found in the
coal mine, was found badly burned. He
bad, without doubt, beeir killed instantly, as
a bullet had passed through his heart. The
bodies of Eaton, Thompson, Price and
Kiidge and other employees not named, were
also found. Kridge was found two miles this
side of the Agency, naked, and a bullet hole
throv.gh his head. In the position occupied
by the Indians during Thornburg's battle in
a breast-work made of stone, was found the
dead body of an unknown white man dressed
in buckskin. He was sitting on his knees
and had his gun in position to fire ; he was
shot through the forehead. From this it ap
pears the Indians are not alone in their hellish
w T ork. The supposition is the Indians have
gone south to join the southern Utes, and the
impression among the officers of Merritt's
command is that the Indians who fought
Thornburg numbered at least 700.
Rawlins, October 13.—Lieuts. Bourke and
Schuyler arrived here this morning, and at
last an authentic report is had of the doings
of Gen. Merritt and command since their
march to the front. On the afternoon of the
day on which he reached Gapt. Payne's camp
he bad a fight with the Indians. He had to
move his camp about a mile from Payne's
old position that night on account of the fear
ful stench created by the dead animals. Mer
ritt moved upon the agency and reached
there Saturday. The Indians are retreating
southward and it is expected that in small
bands they will drop into the various Ute
agencies and thus covering themselves up it
will never be known as to who were the war
riors who opened the battle on Thornburg.
The dismounted companies and the wounded
will be here in seven days.
Bear Riyeb via Rawlins, Oct 13.— Indian
repo r ts, brought in from the agency by Los
Pinos Utes, say that 37 Indians were killed
during the fight of the 29th of September and
the siege until October 5th, the date of Gen.
Merritt's arrival.
A Clean Republican Sweep in
Poster Elected by 25,000
Both Branches of the Legisla
ture Claimed by the Re
Iowa in the Conquering Republican
Twenty Thousand Majority Over
Democrats and Greenbackers.
Cincinnati, October 14—8 p. m.—A dozen
precincts, with one exception, show Repub
lican gains.
Columbus, October 14—8:30 p. m.—The
returns are coming in slowly. Twenty-five
precincts, chiefly from the northern section
of the State, show a Republican gain of 300
over the vote for Secretary of State in 1878.
Columbus, October 14.-The election passed
off quietly. An unusually large vote was
polled, and at most precincts immense num
bers of vest pocket tickets were voted. The
Nationals, in some of their strongholds,
abandoned their ticket, and while those who
had formerly been Republicans voted for
Foster, those who had affiliated with the
Democrats voted for Ewing. C. M. Daven
port, who claims to belong in Cincinnati, was
arrested charged with repeating. It will pro
bably be quite late before the result on the
State ticket can be known, and reliable figures
of the Legislature need not be expected to
Columbus, October 14.—The weather was
very fine throughout the State. The indica
tions are that the heaviest vote ever known
has been polled. The statements of losses
and gains will be based upon the vote for
Secretary of State in 1878, when the Repub
licans carried the State by 3,000 majority.
9:30 p. m.—Scattering returns for Gover
nor from 75 precincts show a net Republican
gain of 1,245.
Columbus, October 14—So far the aver
age Republican gains are 15 to a precinct.
This indicates 30,000 for Foster.
Columbus, October 14—11:20 p. m.—The
returns received up to this hour from 320
precincts show net Republican gains of 5,
Columbus, October 15.—The chairman of
the Democratic Executive Committee con
cedes the election of the entire Republican
State ticket, but claims that sufficient returns
have not been received to determine the com
plexion of the next Legislature and thinks
that later returns will show large Democratic
gains in several counties of the State.
The chairman of the Republican Executive
Committee claims the election of Foster by
25,000 majority, and thinks that the Repub
licans will elect a majority of the members
of the General Assembly.
1:40 a. m.—At this hour we have returns
of the vote for Governor from over one-fourth
of the State, which show Republican gains
of 7,400, and indicate the Republican major
ity in the State of not less than 25,000. Defi
nite returns of the result on members of the
Legislature have not been received, and the
Legislature is claimed by both parties, with
the chances in favor of the Republicans.
Columbus, October, 15.-2:10 a. m.—The
Democratic State Committee concede the
election to Foster, but claim the Legislature.
The Chairman of the Republican Committee
claims the election of 23 out of 35 Senators,
and 70 out of 114 Representatives.
Toledo, Ohio, 15.—Returns from the city
and county come in slowly. At this hour
only two townships and four wards heard
from. A large portion of the national vote
was probably cast for Ewing, which will
render the vote for Governor close. The
Republican county ticket, including 2 Re
presentatives, and Walbridge, Republican, for
Senator, will have five hundred majority. In
Lucas county Foster gains 800
publican vote of last year. The above is
from Republican sources. The returns are
too meagre to afford a definite statement of
the result.
Columbus, October 15.—The returns from
twenty-five precincts in Franklin county,
show a net Republican gain of 1,800.
on the Re- I
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Des Moines, October 14.—The day has
been fine and the contest exciting. The vote
is large and the result will not be ascertained
fully until a late hour.
Des Moines, October 14.—The returns so
far indicate that Gear's majority in the county
will be 700.
Des Moines, October 14—11:30 p. m.—At
this hour the returns received by the Repub
lican State Committee and by the State Regis
ter , indicate that the Republican majority on
the State ticket over both the Democratic and
Greenback tickets will be at least 20,000. Mr.
Runnels, chairman of the Republican State
Committee, estimates that it will be 25,000.
This will be a gain of 27,000 over two years
ago and 1,600 over last year.
In the 5th Congressional district, Thomp
son (Rep.; is undoubtedly elected over Cal
houn, (Fusion.)
The Legislature returns indicate that the
Republicans will have a majority on joint
ballot of sixty-five.
Davenpobt, October 15—1:20 a. m.— The
Republican State ticket has about 400 plural
ity m the city and about 1,000 in the county.
The Prohibition and Greenbock vote was
light. The Republicans elect the Legislative
and county tickets.
Dubuque, October 15.—The latest returns
from the county indicate that the entire Dem
ocratic ticket is elected over the combined op
position of the Republicans and Greenback
ers. The Democratic State ticket has prob
ably a majority of 1,500 in the county. Tbe
Greenback vote throughout the State has
greatly fallen off. In some precincts in this
county, where they expected large gains, they
have but five or six votes.
Chicago, October 15.—2 a. m.—Seventy
seven Iowa polls give Gear, 12,700; Trimble,
6,686; Campbell, 3,810.
Red Oak, October 15.—It is estimated that
Montgomery county gives Gear from 1,200
to 1,500 out of a total vote of 2,300.
Northwood, October 15.—Worth county
gives Gear 1,000 majority.
Waterloo, October 15.—Later returns
show large Republican gains. The Repub
lican majority on the State ticket in Black
Hawk county will probably be 1,000.
Keokuk, October 15.—The vote on the
State ticket in Lee county is very close, with
probably a small Republican majority.
Cherokee, October 15.—Cherokee county
gives Gear 450 majority.
Nevada, October 15.—There are large Re
publican gains all over Storey county.
Des Moines, Oct. 14—midnight.—Hon. J.
B. Grinnell, Independent candidate for the
Legislature, telegraphs to the State Register
that the Republican State and Congressional
ticket has 800 majority in Powerschick
Ex-Congressman Cummings telegraphs that
the Republicans have regained Madison
county and elected the entire county ticket.
The total vote cast in the city of Des
Moines is 3450, over 800 votes less than the
enrollment on the registry list. Gov. Gear
and the Republican State ticket have a ma
jority in the city of 525—a Republican gain
of 380.
The Register's resturns and estimates make
the Republican gains in Polk county of be
tween 900 and 1,000, a Republican gain
over two years ago on Governor of 1,164
and over last year of 887.
Council Bluffs, October, 15.—The Demo
cratic majority on the State ticket in this city
is 37. The result in the county is doubtful.
Moralizing: or New York Papers—Its Ef
fects—The "World's' 1 Theory of the
New York, October 15. —The Herald says
of the Republican triumph in Ohio : Besides
disposing of several prominent Ohio states
men it will inspire courage and hope in the
Republican party throughout the United
States. Besides it improves Tilden's chances
of a nomination, but not of election. It ateo
strengthens Sherman in the Republican con
The Times says : It should be remembered
that it may have the effect of frightening
back into the ranks numerous Democratic
bolters, who may be disposed to forget their
personal grievances in the hour of party peril.
It is certain that the defeat in Ohio w ill only
nerve to more desperate efforts the managers
of the Tilden campaign in New York. They
can point to the vote of Ohio as the result of
the rejection of tl*c ; r candidate (Bishop) and
can claim that had their advice been taken
the result would have been different.
The If orld says : Ohio is still a doubtful
State, and adds : Ewing has been beaten, as
he elected to be, when at the outset of his
canvass he deliberately abandoned the strong
ground of outright Democratic protest against
the vetoes of Hayes and undertook to counter
with his own financial theories, stalwart facts
of a magnificent harvest in the West, of the
unparalleled crops at the South, and of the
inflowing tide of gold from Europe.
Strong; for Cornell.
New York, * October 11. —The Times'
Washington special says: Secretary Evarts
returned from New York to-day. He enter
I Jh^entir^^enuhliV 6 °^Hp > hpld I
■-** Republican ticket. He held 8eT - I
eral conferences with Cornell and Arthur,
and he says he is sufficiently informed to as
sert positively that no bargain has been made
between the Republicans and Tammany.
All that the Republicans have done, said Ev
arts, is to take advantage of the division in
the Democracy caused by the candidature of
Kelly. Evarts will speak in New York with
in a few days.
Quincy Monument.
Boston, October 11.—The statue of Josiah
Quincy, second Mayor of this city, was un
veiled to-day. The exercises took place in
the Council chamber, owing to the inclement
Embezzler Indicted.
Boston, October 11.—The grand jury has
indicted Charles Demond for embezzling
$29,000, the property of the Massachusetts
Home Missionary Society.
Accepts the Nomination.
Boston, October 13 —John Quincy Adams
has accepted the Democratic nomination for
The Utes strongly Posted——Fighting
Going on.
Rawlins, (Wy.,) October 11. —Rumors
are current here to-hight and are authenti-
cated by information obtained direct from
General Merritt's command through a citizen
named Duffy, who left the command on
Thursday morning, that ever since General
Merritt reached Captain Payne's camp he has
been fighting the Indians. The savages seem
determined to keep the troops from reaching
the Agency, and have fortified themselves in
a commanding position. They have con-
structed a line of fortifications out of rocks
and are continually at work strengthening
theif position, and to dislodge them will re-
quire additional force. Col. Brackett, of the
3d cavalry, with a detachment of six com-
panies of cavalry and two of infantry, will
leave for the front on Monday. Horses to
remount the dismounted men of Captain
Payne's command will be sent forward to-
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Orders From Gen. Sherman.
Washington, October 13.—Secretary
Schurz immediately upon receiving the dis
patch statiog that the hostile Utes had retired
through the influence of Ouray, called at the
War Department and consulted with General
Sherman upon the subject. The latter at
once sent the following telegrams :
To General £heridan :
Headquartets of Army, Washington,
October 12.—The Honorable Secretary of the
Interior has this morning called with a dis
patch conveying a proposition for peace,
which is communicated for your own infor
mation, and which should go for what it is
worth, to Generals Crook and Merritt. The
latter is on the spot and c ar. tell if the hos
tiles have ceased fighting. If so, General
Merritt is to go in even to the Agency to ascer
tain the actual condition of facts. All Ind
ians who oppose must be cleared out of the
way if they resist. If they surrender their
arms and ponies they should be held as pris
oners, to be disposed of by superior orders.
The Secretary of the Interior will send a
special agent at once to Ouray, who is be
lieved to be honest and our friend. He may
prevent the southern Utes from being in
volved, and the Interior Department can be
friend him afterward by showing favor to
some of his special friends, but the murder
ers of the Agent and employees must be pun
ished, as also those who fought and killed
Major Thornburg and his men. Please ac
knowledge receipt.
(Signed) W. T. SHERMAN, General.
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The Ute Troubles.
New York, October 13 —The Herald , dis
cussing the Ute affairs, says : They have at
tacked our people and not only murdered in
dividuals but made war against the United
States. They appear to have done so with
out provocation, hut even if they had suffer
ed wrong their treaty with the United States
bound them to peaceable remedies. It will
not do now to say that after all they are still
entitled to former treaty rights. They have
deliberately forfeited these. The govern
ment may, if it chooses, re-settle them on
their reservation ; it may reinstate them in
their former and forfeited rights, but it need
not do so, and in our judgment it ought not
to do so.
The Times thinks that the unanimity with
which Colorado has decided a general war
imminent and that the yeomanry of the coun
try could put it down, is a peculiar feature of
the Ute war business. It says : It has never
been told why the military authorities found
it necessary to send scouts into the reserva
tion to warn the scattered prospectors of
their danger, and when straggling: parties of
these enterprising people broke cover and ran
out in all directions, very much as rabbits
run out of a burning forest, it was generally
supposed they were fugitive missionaries.
The Times mockingly concludes : It is man
ifestly the duty of Congress to see that the
Indians are exterminated with all possible
Tiie Ute Troubles.
I Washington, October 13.—In reply to a
! telegram from Indian Agent Stanley, the
Secretary of the Interior sent the following :
Dep't of the Interior, Oct. 13.
Stanley , Agent, Los Pinos Agency :
Your dispatch received. Tell Ouray that
his efforts are highly appreciated by tbe gov
ernment. In view of the attack made upon
the troops and the massacre of the agent and
employees, the troops will have to proceed to
White River Agency. Ouray shall endeavor
to prevent aDy resistance to this movement.
The troops are now in great force, and resist
ance would result only in great disaster to
the Indians. The hostiles will have to sur
I render and tùrow themselves upon the mercy I t0
I of the g0Tel . nment . The guilty parties must I
be identified and delivered up. We shall see
that no injustice is done any one. The
peaceable Indians will be protected. Ouray's
recommendation for mercy in individual
cases will be respected as far as the general
terest may permit. Special agents are being
dispatched to Los Pinos with further instruc
(Signed.) SCHURZ, Secretary.
Regarding; Indian Treaties.
New York, October 13. —The Times' cor
respondent traveling with Secretary Schurz,
says the latter informed the Indians at a
council in the Indian Territory that sooner or
later the government would huve to break the
treaties in which it had guaranteed to the
Indians possession of their lands. Also, that
Schurz will propose in his next report a law
enabling Indians to obtain complete title to
individual lands by long occupancy and then
dispose of them at will.
— I io»-»»
Indicted for Murder.
New Haven, Conn., October 14.—Rev.
H. H. Hayden has been indicted for the mur
der of Mary Stanlard.
Burial of the Remains of Affen t Meeker
and other Victims— Hostiles Gone
'• South.
Chicago, October 14. —Col. Merritt tele
graphs to military headquarters, under date
of October 11th, substantially as follows :
"This morniog I moved down the river to a
point near White River Agency. Cavalry
have been out all day in different directions
looking for Indians and all report that the
trails lead southerly to Grand river. I have
little doubt that the Indians have gone to the
Uncompagna Agency. 1 expect Gilbert and
Henry to-morrow and'we will then move to
ward Grand river, leaving a guard behind. I
have buried seven bodies, including Agent
Meeker, and three on the road. I am entirely
in doubt respecting the force the hostiles can
muster. It is clearly ascertained that all the
Uinta Indians joined the Utes before the
the Thornburg fight. If the orders are to go to
the southern Agency and fight I shall be glad
to carry them out, hut hope instructions will
not be delayed."
Col. Merritt regrets exceedingly the great
amount of military supplies sold these Ind
ians by ranchmen.
Dispatch from tbe Los Pinos Agent.
Washington, October 13.—The following
is the communication from Agent Stanley
which led to the action taken by General
Sherman and Secretary Schurz :
Los Pinos Agency.
To the Commissioner of Indian Affairs ,
Washington :
Employe Brady and escort of Indians have
just arrived from White river. The Utes
recognized and obeyed Ouray's order, with
drew and will fight no more unless forced to
do so. If the soldiers are now stopped, the
trouble can be stopped by a peace commis
sion to investigate the offenses and let the
blame rest where it may. This will save life,
expense and distress if it can be accom
Later— 1:30 p. m.—A runner has just ar
rived from the Southern Ute Agency with a
letter from the Agent A general council
was held. The Utes will obey Ouray's re
quest. They will stay at home and take no
part in the White river trouble, and request
Ouray to inform them of their decision.
(Signed-) STANLEY, Agent.
I concur in the above.
OURAY, Head Clii?f of the Utes.
Georgia Nearly as Bad Oil as Mississippi.
Atlanta, October 10.—The Judge of
Baldwin county and a delegation of citizens
reached here this morning to ask the Gover
nor for a military force to suppress the Geor
gia Tigers, a desperate organization who hold
possession of half the county and defy ar
rest. They killed two men on Tuesday and
burned several houses. They have killed in
the past three years twenty men and women,
mostly negroes. The Governor sent one of
his staff and a number of detectives down,
and will send the military if needed. Mem
bers of the Legislature in adjoining counties
have been telegraphed by their families and
gone home. The feeling here is intense.
The scene of disorder is only one day's ride
from here.
A Wisconsin Trttffedy.
Milwaukee, October 11.—Judge Henry
Hayden, of the Wood county court, a politi
cian well known throughout the State, and
candidate for Attorney General on the Green
back ticket two years ago, was shot and
killed at Centralis, Wis., last Thursday by
W. H. Cochrane, cashier of the First Na
tional Bank. The affair grew out of alleged
intimacy on the part of Hayden with Coch
rane's wife, the scandal being one of long
standing. Cochrane had separated from his
wife some time ago, although no divorce had
been obtained. The weapon used was a
shotgun loaded with five buckshot, the entire
charge penetrating the right side of the vic
tim, killing him instantly. No words passed
between them, so it is supposed the killing
was premeditated.
General Thomas' Monument.
New York, October 11.—The Herald's
Washington special says : It is proposed to
make the occasion of the unveiling of the
statue of General Thomas in this city a na
tional affair. Invitations have been extended
I t0 G° yernor8 States to be present
I Wllh ,heir slaffs > il is ""Mently expected
that Grant will be here. The personal friend
ship of Sherman will he exerted to induce
Grant to accompany him to Washington. It
is also proposed to have the West Point and
Annapolis Cadets participate in the exercises.
Tbe Adrian Disaster—Yerdict of tbe
Detroit, October 13. —The coroner 's jury,
which held an inquest to determine the cause
of the falling of the grand stand at the
Adiian fair grounds, by which 15 lives were
lost end 270 injured, rendered a verdict late
Saturday night to the effect that tbe owner of
the stand, the architect and carpenters who
built the stand were guilty of criminal negli
gence. All were arrested yesterday on a
charge of manslaughter. They pleaded not
guilty and were released on $3,000 bail. The
examination takes place on tbe 22d inst.
Municipal Election.
Newark, N. J., October 14.—The city
election to-day gives nearly 2,500 majority
for Fielder (dem.) over Macknet (rep.) for

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