INDIANS MURDER TWO WHISKEY TRADERS!
Helena Weekly Herald, Montana Territory
Thursday, November 12, 1874
In a thrilling full-column report titled: “THE INDIAN MURDERS,” we’re treated to an eyewitness letter with details on the “butchery” of two white men trading in whiskey. They were told to ride three miles below the Indian camp. “Then the whiskey-trading and drink commenced. It is a well-known fact that an Indian when drunk will, upon the least provocation, kill his best friend, much less a white man trading whisky.” The Indians said one of the traders hit Iron Crow on the head with his revolver, and shortly therafter, the Indian shot and killed the trader. “The other Indians then joined in the butchery and killed Mitchell.” The lengthy report is just not to be missed!
Also, an exciting article is headed, “Another Party Turned Back from the Black Hills.” Apparently, Indians were everywhere “and sometimes the reds made it rather unpleasant for the boys” surrounding them so as to “compel the party to throw themselves into a defensive position. While Mr. Stone’s party were at Niobrara….runners came in from Red Cloud’s camp and reported about 3,000 wariors concentrated at that camp, with nearly double that number at Spotted Tail’s Agency,” etc.
Other articles and news briefs tell of gold and silver finds, banks that gladly accept silver ores, and great Wild West ads. Eight pages, all printed on high quality stock, and absolutely packed with Wild West news, ads, and commentary. One of my very favorite titles be sure! This is truly history “as it happened!”