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Description: On The Frontier - Indian Uprising Almost Certain;
Miles' Information - Phillips' Story Sent to HQ
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison Co. Library, Huntsville, AL
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 2
ON THE FRONTIER
An Indian Uprising Almost Certain
State of Affairs Growing Very Critical
Indians Concentrating in One Camp Form Which an Outbreak is
Feared—Peaceful Indians Flocking Into the Agency.
Reports to Headquarters
MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 28. – A Pierre, S. Dak., special to The Tribune says: For the first time during the Indian scare of several weeks duration the people of Pierre have cause for serious alarm. Heretofore the people here have treated all reports of the Indian uprising with a certain degree of amusement. Scotty Phillips and Charles Waldron, two ranchers who are well known all over the west, being cattle kings on the late reservation lands, together with many other big cattlemen, arrived in the city in fast haste, bring word of the trouble brewing twenty-five miles south of them on the White river, and have come in for advice with the governor and to see what can be done in the way of securing assistance in the event of an outbreak.
Both these men have married Indian women and have always had the closest relations with all Indians. They have had a long interview with Governor Millette who knows them well. They report that the Indians are now engaged in killing cattle belonging to ranchmen by the score, but it is their manner of killing the cattle more than the number that shows points of ugliness in their character to one who is familiar with Indian character. In some places they found a carcass with arrows in its body, which is as much as to say an Indian with a bad heart did this and what are you going to do about it. Indians who were formerly smiling, and friendly and would converse, are now surly looking, dumb as oysters, and carry their belts full of cartridges and an excellent Winchester over their shoulder.
All the semi-civilized or good Indians, they claim, have gone into the agencies, which is considered a sure pointer that trouble is at hand and they know it. The seat of war is Short Bulls camp which is located south of the white river in the Pine Ridge agency a few miles from the mouth of Pass Creek. Here they claim are 1500 lodges containing at least that many men besides women and children. Short Bulls following are of the ugly wilder class who have the firmest sort of faith in the new Messiah craze.
The serious feature of this situation is that the order has gone out to the army officers to capture the leaders of the Messiah craze. The army is now massing in the southern portion of the south reservation, and the followers of Short Bull swear that if any attempt is made to capture him there will be bloodshed forthwith, and Phillips and Waldron are sure they mean what they say. The result is that the settlers in Nowlin, Jackson and Seibatch counties to the north will be left unprotected, and long before troops can be got into that section the Indians will scatter in small squads and burn and pillage and massacre setters and drive off their herds, that is if they follow up their former customs, that will be the certain result. This is the new phase of the Indian trouble as it has taken shape the past few days.
A Standing Rock Agency, N. Dak., special to The Tribune says: Lieut. Crowder, of the Eighth cavalry, with the four men of his troop who were detailed last Sunday to make a tour of the country on the opposite side of the river and below the agency to ascertain if any Indians were there causing trouble, as had been reported, have returned and reports having seen no Indians, and that the people are slowly returning to their homes, although some have gone for good. No news was received from Sitting Bull’s camp.
Scotty Phillips’ Story Sent to Division Headquarters
CHICAGO, Nov. 28. – Gen. Miles has received the following telegram from Governor Millette, of South Dakota, dated Pierre, S. Dak.:
“Scotty Phillips, a cattleman living at the mouth of the Grand Stone Butt Creek, brings me the following intelligence. Phillips is a very cool, courageous and reliable man and was a good scout throughout the Sioux and Cheyenne troubles. He reports eight days ago, five lodges, containing twelve bucks, armed with Winchesters and laden with ammunition, camped at his house, going from Rosebud to a large camp which is formed on White river, at the mouth of Pass Creek.
“The Indians were surely and defiant in manner. One of them said he had seen the time when they used to beat out the brains of children and drink women’s’ blood, and that the time was coming when they would do it again. In the last few days Phillips has had twenty cattle killed by the Indians. Three half-breeds from White river stopped at Phillip’s house Monday night and said they expected to find the settlements destroyed when they got home. Phillips says everybody who has been among the Indians any length of time without exception, say that there is going to be an uprising and that very quickly.
“The dance at Short Bull’s headquarters at Pass creek has been running for a month, and Phillips thinks it is a point fixed for concentration for all the bands. He thinks there are 1,000 lodges and 1,500 armed warriors there now. The Indians say they will not give up Short Bull, and will fight when the soldiers try to arrest them. Indian runners pass Phillips’ house night and day traveling between Standing Rock and the camp on Pass creek.”