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bkpohted specially fob the herald by WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY. A FIERCE FIGHT. Full Particulars of Thornburg's Engagement. The Command Suffers Severely in Killed and Wounded. The Heroic Conduct of Officers and M elf. Cheyenne, October 8.—A courier from the front brings the following from an officer with Payne's command : Battle Field, Milk River, Col.,) October 3d, 1879, G p. m. / A courier will leave some time to-night with dispatches, if possible. The Indians still surround us, and pour in an effective fire from the commanding bluffs, at a distance of .700 or 000 yards, having a cross-fire upon our position, which was chosen hastily on the first day of the fight. All of our horses, and all but twelve mules, have been killed. We sheltered them as best we could with the wagons, but to no purpose. Captain Dodge and Lieut. Hughes, with company D, 9th cavalry, came to our rescue yesterday morn ing at daybreak, after a forced night's march of 37 miles, from Bear River. Cheer upon cheer rent the air from our trenches when it was ascertained who were coming. A lull in the firing enabled them to come in, and they sheltered their horses as well as possible, tak ing to the fortifications quickly, when the at tack redoubled its fury. Had the heights been accessible Capt. Dodge would have charged them with his company', while we covered him from our rifle pits, but this be ing utterly impossibe, the ascent being nearly perpendicular, all we could do during the day was to keep a good look out from the loop-hole, and return the fire when any 7 In dian bhowed his head. This, however, was a very rare occurrence, as the Indians have rifle-pits and loop-holes. Before dark every horse but three of Capt. Dodge's command was shot down. A very fortunate thing for us is that the Indians have left us unmolest ed at night, with the exception of an occas ional shot to moke us scatter our pits. We have been able, at great risk, to haul off our dead animals every 7 night, otherwise the stench would be intolerable. A sally is made every night for water a distance of 200 yards from our intrenchments. Night before last, private Erzer, of company F, was shot in the face while out with a party after water. The Indians were only a few yards away, and were driven off by a volley from the guard aud trenches. Captain Dodge brought us the cheering news that our dispatches had reached Bear River safely, and would un doubtedly reach Rawlins. We have been counting the hours which it will probably take for relief to reach us. We all agree that Gen. Merritt, from Ft. Russel, with the com panies of the fifth cavalry there, and all oth er available troops, will be ordered to our rescue, as they will all be needed to finish the campaign. if The field of battle was admirably chosen for defense by r the Indians, and had it not been for Major Thornburg's advance guard, commanded by Lieut. Cherry, discovering the ambuscade, the entire command would have been annihilated. He saw a small party of Indians disappear over the hill half a mile in front and at once divided his party to re connoitre, and only discovered them when he had flanked their position by about 200 yards Cherry rode back at full speed with two or three men who were with him, and notified Maj. Thornburg, who had already begun the descent into the deep ravine which was in tended to engulf the command. The Indians were dismounted and lying down along the crest of a high, steep ridge, not a hundred yards from the point where the deadly as sault would have been commenced. The two companies were withdrawn a short distance, dismounted and deployed on a line of battle, with orders to await the attack of the Indians Lieut. Cherry was here ordered by Thorn burg to take a detachment of fifteen picked men and make a reconnoitre, and communicate if possible with the Indians, as it was thought that they only desired to oppose his approach to their agency, and would parley or have a big talk if they could be communi cated with. Cherry moved out at a gallop, with his men, from the right fiank, aud no ticed a like movement of about 20 Indians from the left of the Indians' position. He approached to within 200 yards of the In dians and took off his hut and waved it, but the response wa9 a shot fired at hitr, wound ing a man of his party and killing his horse. This was the first shot, and was instantly followed by a volley from the Indians. The work had now begun in real earnest, and seeing the advantage of the position he then held Cherry dismounted his detachment and deployed them along the cre9t of the hill to prevent the Indians from flanking his posi tion or to cover the retreat if found neces sary to retire upon the wagon train which was then coming up slowly, guarded by Lieut. Paddock with Co. D. of the 5th cavalry. Orders were sent to park th? wagons and cover them with the company that was guarding them. The two companies iu advance were Capt. Payne with Co F of the 7th cavalry and Capt. Lawson with Co. F. of the 3d cavalry, which were dismounted and deployed as skirmishers, Capt. Payne on the left and Capt. Lawson on the right. From Cherry's position he could see that the Indians were trying to cut him off from the wagons and at once sent word to Thorn burg, who then withdrew the line slowly, keeping the Indians in check until opposite the point which his men held, when seeing that the Indians were concentrating to cut oft his retreat, Capt. Payne with Co. F of the 5th cavalry was ordered to charge the hill which he did in gallant style, his horse be ing shot from under him and several of his men wounded. The Indians having been driven from this point, the company was rallied on the wagon train. Mujor Thornburg then gave orders to Cherry to hold his position and cover Capt Lawson's retreat, who was ordered to fall back slowly. Cherry called for volunteers of twenty men, who responded promptly and tought with desperation. Their names will be given in a later dispatch, as nearly every man was wounded before he reached camp, and two men killed. Cherry brought every wounded man in with him. Capt. Lawson, the brave old veteraD, displayed the greatest coolness and courage during this retreat, sending up ammunition to Cherry's men when once they were nearly without it. Major Thornburg started back to the wagon traiu after giving final orders to Capt. Payne to charge the hill and Capt. Lawson and Lieut. Cherry to cover the retreat. He must have been shot badly when barely half way there, as his body was seen by one of Capt. Lawson's men, life extin ct and lyngon his face. Capt. Payne, then in command, at once set about having the wounded horses shot for breastworks,;disraantling the wagons of boxes, bundles of bedding, corn and flour sacks, which were quickly piled up for forti fications. Picks and shovels were used vig orously for digging entrenchments. Mean time a galling tire was concentrated upon the command from all the surrounding bluffs which commanded the position. Not an In dian could be seen ; but the incessant crack of their Sharp and Winchester rifles dealt f arful destruction among the horses and men. The moans of the dying and the ago nizing cries of the wounded told what fear ful havoc was being made among the de termined and desperate command, every man bound to sell his life as dearly as possible. About this time a great danger was ap proaching at a frightfully rapid space. Tne red devils, at the beginning of the fight, had set fire to the dry grass and sage brush to the windward of our position, and it now came sweeping down toward us, the flames leaping high into the air, aud dense volumes of smoke rolled on to engulf us. It was a sight to make the stoutest heart quail, and the fiends were waiting ready to give us a volley as soon as we were driven from our shelter. Now it reaches the flank,and blouses and empty sacks are freely used to extinguish the flames. Some of the wagons are set on fire, which requires all the force possible to smother it. No water can be obtained, and the smoke is suffocating ; but the fire passes and we still hold our position. Meantime a constant fire is poured upon us, Capt. Payne being wounded for the second time, aud First Sergeant Dolan of F Company, killed instantly ; McKinstry and McKee killed and many others wounded. Our greatest danger now is past. The men have mostly covered themselves, but the poor horses and mules are constantly falling about us. Just about sundown a charge was attempted but repulsed, the Indians trying to drive off some of our horses which had broken loose. The attack ceased at dark, and soon every man was at work enlarging the trenches, hauling out the dead horses, caring for the wounded and burying the dead. At daylight the attack was resumed and the firing of sharpshooters has been kept up every day since, and occasionally at night sending us to our pits in a hurry. This is the fifth day of our siege, but we are determined to hold out, if it takes a month for the succor to reach us, but we are confident that Gen. Merritt, whose name is upon the lips of every one, is on the road to rescue us. The names of the killed and wounded are as follows : killed. J., in Major Thornburg, 4th Infantry ; first Ser. géant John Dolan, privates John Burns, Mi chael Fiertno, Samuel McKee, A. D. Miller, company F, 5th cavalry ; Thos. Money, M. Lynch, Charles Wright, company D, 5th cavalry ; Dominick Cuff, company E, 3d cavalry, and wagon master McKinstry and teamster McGuire. WOUNDED. Capt. Payne, 5th cavalry, slight wound in the arm and side ; Lt. Paddock, 3d cavalry, flesh wound in the hip ; Dr. Grimes, flesh wound in the shoulder. Co. F, 5th cavalry, Sergeant John Merrill, trumpeter Fred Sulchiff, trumpeter John Mc Donald ; Privates J. T. Gibbs, John Hoaxly, Emit Kursman, Eugene Patterson, Frank Simmons, Eugeue Schickedenz, Wm. Esser, G. Steiger. Co. D, 3d cavalry, Privates Nicholas Hee ney, T Lynch, Fred Bernhard, E Muller. Co. E, 3d cavalry, Sergeant Jas. Mont gomery, Sergeant Alleq Lupton ; Corporals C F Echwurzel, and Frank Hunter ; Privates JasConwuy, J Crowley, W H Clark, Or lando Durand, T Ferguson, T Lewis, Ed ward Lavelle, W Mitchell, Jno Mahoney, Jos Patterson, Wm Schubert, Thos Mc Namara, Marcus Hanson, Jos Budkay, and John Donovan. Teamsters Thos Cain and Nelson, and guide Lowry. With the exception of guide Lowry, the wounds of the above named men are not serious ; his is probably fatal. Total killed, 12 ; total wounded, 43. Later— October 4, 8 p. m.—No courier could be gotten off last night owing to the constant firing of the Indians into camp. The moon came up an hour after dark and a vol ley was poured in at once. Our party which went after water was unmolested, and we had our little stockade all cleared for action before the firing was resumed. As I write this dispatch the bullets are whistling over the top of the trench, and they often strike the grain sacks a few inches above our heads, but we are deep enough to make it quite safe. Later— October 5, 6 a. m.— Hurrah! hur rah ! Merritt has come, and the surrounding hills resound with the cheers of welcome. The courier goes out at once. Racing Event. New York, October 9.—At Jerome Park the mile and one furloDg for maiden three year-olds was won by Harlequin, Regnot, 2d, Pawnee 3d. Time, 2:01 J. in of Newmamet Race. London, October 9.—The maiden plate for two-year-olds at Newmarket was won by Sandford's Mirth, Mariner 2d, Goodey Two Shoes 3d. the that cut the hill be his this to fall of and it. his at a THE MICHIGAN RAILROAD HORROR. Frightful Accident on the Michigan Cen tral-Many Killed and Wounded. Detroit, October 10.—A serieus and pain ful accident occurred on the Michigan Cen tral Railroad, a short distance east of Junc tion, about one o'clock this morning. The Pacific express train, bound west, which left Detroit forty minutes late, collided with a switch engine on the main track at that place, telescoping the baggage and express cars and piling the remaining coaches, eleven in num ber, on top of the others. The first coach was filled with emigrants, most of whom are killed or seriously injured. Many occupants of the other coaches are also killed or in jured. It is supposed that there are about twenty or thirty wounded. The majority of the number is thought to be emigrants and second class passengers. Physicians and sur geons were at once summoned from Jackson to the scene of the disaster, and a special train carrying physicians left Detroit at 5 a. m. A large force of employes of the rail road company, together with a large number of citizens of Jackson, are on the ground engaged in the work of extricating bodies from the wreck. Railroad officials and sur geons are busily at work among the wounded doing everything in their power to alleviate their sufferings. Detroit, October 10.—Up to noon eighteen dead bodies had been taken from the wreck of the express train, ten of whom, taken from the express car, have not yet been iden tified. The killed are : Milton Filbert, en gineer of the express train ; C. B. Smith, Jackson, fireman express train ; John Rice, wife and daughter, Philadelphia; Mrs. Gar land and ten-year-old daughter, Philadelphia ; Louis Mongeon, Buckingham, Canada ; and an infant daughter of Mrs. Geo. A. Jones, of Chotado, Penn. The following is a list of the wounded as far as can be ascertained : Mr. D. Carlisle, express messenger, De troit, collar bone broken. A. A. Bennett, baggage man, Detroit, badly cut and bruised. Wm. Buggy, Troy, Vt., right leg and thigh crushed. Daniel Finn, Chicago, head cut and bruised. S. M. Sparlin, Philadelphia, cut on head and hurt internally. Arthur Rogers, Philadelphia, cut and bruised ; not dangerous. Reuben Carter, Gardner, 111., hands cut and left thigh broken. G. A. Cunningham, Janesville, Wis., left arm broken in two places. Hoer, Misdass, Canada, cut and bruised. E. J. Parnell, St. Catherines, Canada, se vere contusion on face and head. Pulwas Maisonneuve, Buckingham, Can ada, cut iu head and leg. Delbert M. Benjamin, Jersey Heights, N. J., hip and lungs slightly hurt. Wm. Brunny, Galt, Ont., bruised. Mrs. A. M. Steele, Detroit, leg sprained and body bruised. a to of Mrs. Thomas Clement, Lockport, N. Y., arm and head badly cut, and severely bruised in back and head. Mrs. R. B. Hart, Clinton, Iowa, head cut severely. Robert Neill, Trenton, Canada, injured in back and body. Leopold Hoffman, Randolph, Mass., cut in head and face. Mrs. Geo. A. Jones, Chotado, Penn., cut on the hand, bruised on the head, and left leg broken. Mrs. E. J. Parnell, St. Catherines, Canada severely injured on head and knee. Mrs. J. F. Parnell, Toronto, head cut. John Jeffreys, Newark, head crushed; probably fatal. Willie Rice, aged 4 years, Philadelphia, leg broken and face cut ; recovery doubtful. His father, mother and sister were all killed. Mrs. Laura A. Finley, Walworth, N. Y., bruised about the head and face. Mrs. T. J. Warren, Ganges, Mich., bruised about the back and shoulders. Henry Burrows, New Foundland, Penn., cut on the head. S. M. Sparklin, of Philadelphia, thinks his wife and children, aged 4 and 6, are among the dead, but their bodies have not been found. The engineer and fireman of the ex press train were literally tom to pieces, but the engineer and fireman of the switch en gine escaped injuries by jumping from the engine. The train was made up of seven Wagner sleepers, four passenger coaches, and mail and baggage cars. The tender of the express engine was telescoped into the bag gage car about half its length. This in turn forced its way into the mail car, and these crowded the first passenger coach to the right on to an embankment and crashed back through the two following. The pas sengers in the first coach were comparatively unharmed, the harvest of death being reaped in the second and third coaches. The fourth coach escaped with slight damage, and none of the Wagner coaches were injured. As near as can be ascertained, the accident was caused by the switchman having charge of making up of a freight train at Junction oc cupying the main track with the switch en gine and caboose, understanding that the Pa cific express |was considerably behind time. The express train, however, had made up nearly all lost time. Labor strike. Buffalo, October 9.— The freight hands at the large transfer house of the Lake Shore & New York Central roads, at East Buffalo, struck for higher wages to-day. Consider able excitement prevails. & an WEST SIDE NOTES. a Gleanings by the Herald Traveling Man. On a narrow plateau overlooking the Hell Gate river, stands the town of Missoula. It is a charming spot commanding a far-reach ing view of the valley, which is hedged in by rugged mountains mantled in the dark green of pine forests. Though far removed from the present cen ters of Montana trade, it is one of the earliest settled sections of the Territory. The wild beauty of the surrounding country, the rich ness of the soil coupled with a mild, delight ful climate, attracted the attention of the rude frontiersmen of that day, who were glad to exchange the wandering life of the hunter, with its attendant hardships, for the more quiet comforts of a settler's home. With the exception of the fur companies the first firm to bring a stock of goods to Montana was Worden & Higgins, of this place. Having, after much hesitation, de cided to engage in business here, Mr. Worden, in the spring of 1861, proceeded to Fort Ben ton, and with several companions embarked in a mackinaw for St. Louis. The long ride of 2700 miles through a country inhabited by hostile Indians was fraught with constant danger, but after many vicissitudes the party arrived safely at their destination. The goods were purchased and loaded on a steamer which fortunately was about starting for "the upper country." All went well till the vicin ity of Poplar river was reached, when the boat took fire. All efforts to extinguish the flames proved unavailing. There was a large quantity of powder in the cargo which, ex ploding, completed the work of destruction. A long tramp, to the danger of which was added suffering from hunger and insufficient clothing, brought the party back to Ft. Ben ton. This blow to an enterprise which at best was of doubtful success would have dis couraged men of less stamina of character, but with the grit aud determination which characterize the western man, they deter mined to try again, and early the following season proceeded to Portland, Oregon, where another assortment of goods was purchased which was brought by pack trains across the mountains and safely deposited in the rude cabin which constituted their store. This was the first pack train to cross that trail. The venture proved a profitable one. The Mullan road was soon after opened. Trains and travelers were constantly passing back and forth between the new found gold fields of Montana and the Pacific coast, and a thriv ing trade was soou established. N. and Y., cut in in ln 18G2 the county of Missoula was organ ized as a part of Washington Territory, with Missoula as the county seat. Two years later a saw mill was erected, and in I860 the amount of grain produced was sufficient to warrant the erection of a large flouring mill which has been in constant operation ever since. The town at present is a thrifty place doing a large amount of business, which is evinced by the substantial blocks of brick and stone occupied by the principal business houses as well as by the spacious, tasty dwel lings which ornament the shady streets. Worden & Co. are still among the promin ent business men, having a large store filled with a fine stock of general merchandise. The rear portion of the building is occupied by the Miissoula National Bank, of which Mr. C. P. Higgins is President—a gentleman well fitted by his business capacity and long acquaintance with the country and people to successfully discharge the responsible duties of the office. Eddy, Hammond & Co. occupy a fine brick block and carry a very large assortment of groceries, clothing, dry goods, fancy articles and notions. They have grown up with the town and being active business men, will al ways command a large trade. Caplice, Smith & Co., who have business houses in many towns of the Territory, are represent ed here, the house being in charge of Mr. Murphy, a gentleman well known in Mon tana. Mr. D. J. Welch has a fine store building in which he carries a splendid stock of gro ceries and general merchandise. He has re cently opened a branch establishment at Glendale which is just literally running over with merchandise of every conceivable kind, which he proposes to sell at figures that are sure to command a large amount of busi ness. The branch house is in charge of Mr. John G. Hammer, formerly the popular traveling salesman of Greenhood, Bohm & Co., Helena. Mr. J. P. Reinhart, whose store adjoins Worden & Co., represents the hardware busi ness, having a fine assortment of stoves, locks, bolts, screws, cutlery, etc ; in fact, everything pertaining to this line of business. Blacksmithing is represented by Dechamps & Buckingham ; Carpenters and builders by Wm. Saterwaite and Wm. Sparenburg. There are two livery stables owned respec tively by Daniel Woodman, Sheriff of the county, and Messrs. Osborne &*Mahone. Mr. P. M. Dickinson, the popular Post master, is prepared (on short notice) to sell an unlimited quantity of reading matter, school books, stationery, notions, cutlery and firearms. The Kennedy House is a first-class hotel, the proprietors sparing no trouble to mak : their guests both comfortable and happy. The best evidence that the bouse is a good one is that it is invariably full, sometimes to overflowing. at so. his in e J. S. Leiser has a fine assortment ofj no tions, confectionery and fruit. The saw mill on Rattlesnake creek, form erly the property of R. Lattimer, has recently been purchased by Long & Bancroft of this place. The mill, which has a planer attach ed, will start up soon and will supply that section with lumber rough or dressed, as the purchaser desires. Messrs. Eddy & Hammond are erecting an elegant brick residence which will be com pleted this fall. Three miles away is Fort Missoula which is garrisoned by a portion of the Third Infantry under command of Col. Gibson. The Post is pleasantly located on the Bitter Root river, but as it is not yet completed the buildings strike one as being badly scattered. A large amount of money is annually expended by the garrison, the greater portion of which finds its way into the pockets of the mer chants and farmers, and is no small addition to their revenues. F. M. WILSON. LATEST FROH GEN. CROOK. Indian Wars Caused by Acts of Lawless Whites. New York, October 10. —The Tribune prints a letter from Gen. Crook in which he says : The Indians have no redress against lawless whites, even when their agents are honest and the Interior Department appro priations sufficient. Under a posse comitatus act the military arm of the Government is paralyzed. Whites seize Indian property and the owner has only a shadowy hope of its recovery in the courts. As affairs are now the Indian has no encouragement to be thrifty. When his horses and cattle are big enough to be of service they are driven off in herds by white renegades ; when his wheat, corn and vegetables are almost ready for market his reservation is changed. Were we to treat some of our foreign emigrants in such a man ner it would not take long to turn them into prowling vagabonds, living by robbery and assassination. The Tribune contends that the nation has been engaged for years in systematic lying, cheating, thieving and homicide towards the Indians. It but echoes the sentiment of all just and thoughtful Americans when it places the responsibility upon the ignorance, preju dice and criminal negligence of our national law makers. to is THE COLORADO ELECTION. Tbe Republicans Prevail jority. by 5,000 Ma Denyer, October 8. —The election to-day was for a Supreme Judge and county officers. The day passed very quietly and not more than a half vote was polled. The returns come in slowly, but the indications are that the Republicans have carried everything. Ex-Governor Routt, Chairman of the Re publican State Committee, estimates the ma jority for Beck, for Supreme Judge, at nearly 5,000, a gain of 2,000 over last year's vote. In Arrapahoe county the Republicans have elected every man, as also in Gilpin, Weld and Larimer. In Las Animas the Democrats fall behind last year's vote about 200. There was little interest in the contest, as the State ticket contained but one name, that of Beck. EXPRESS ROBBERY. A Railway Train Waylaid and $50,000 Taken. Kansas City, October 8.— The Chicago & Alton train, which leaves this city at 6:40 p. m., was robbed of its express money at Glen dale, fifteen miles east of this city. The train was stopped by about twenty masked men, who kept up a continual firing while the mes senger's safe was robbed. The messenger was knocked down, but not seriously hurt. It is estimated that $50,000 was taken. The agent at Glendale is missing. Decision Regarding tbe Publication of Mineral Notices. New York, October 10 — A Washington special says : The Acting Commissioner of the Land Office has informed the district land officials at Deadwood that all mineral notices must be continuous. If published in the daily papers, sixty-one consecutive daily pub lications are required. If any omissions oc cur the publication must be begun de novo. This order is the outgrowth of the late fire at Deadwood, which destroyed all the news paper offices and interfered with the publica tion of the mineral claims as required by law —for sixty days. Câptain Dodge's Colored Troops Com* pitmen ted. Chicago, October 9.— Nothing new regard ing the Indian war has been received at head quarters this morning. The officers express great satisfaction with the action of Captain Dodge and his colored troops, who first re lieved Payne, although under no orders to do so. He made a perilous march through an infested country with forty men, and forced his way through the savages into the camp with unequalled valor and pluck. The In dians have a peculiar hatred for these colored troops, which the latter return with interest. Fatal Boiler Explosion. London, October 9.—A boiler explosion in the dye works at Halifax this morning killed five persons. It is believed others are dead in the ruins. English Farmers for Texas. London, October 9.—Two hundred and sixty-seven farmers and their families have e ft Liverpool for Texas.