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18. Of Indians, Missionaries, and Irishmen

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Chapter 18

Of Indians, Missionaries, and Irishmen

The extant diary skips almost exactly eight months from July

29, 1877, to March 28, 1878. In this instance, we may assume that

Bourke did not bother to record mundane, day-to-day activities, because in his entry for March 28, he mentions a demonstration of a telephone, the preceding December, as though it were fresh news.

Nevertheless, two major events occurred during this period.

On September 5, 1877, Lt. W. P. Clark attempted to confine Crazy

Horse in the guardhouse at Camp Robinson, and in the ensuing scuffle, the chief was bayoneted. He died about midnight. Bourke writes a retrospective account of events leading to the death of

Crazy Horse in Manuscript Volume 24, which will be included in

Volume 3 of this series.

On September 9, only four days after Crazy Horse’s death, a band of Northern Cheyennes under Little Wolf and Dull Knife, suffering from their removal to the Indian Territory, broke out of the reservation and started home. Bourke mentions the outbreak in Manuscript Volume 27, but much of it is copies of official correspondence, the originals of which are on file in Record Group

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Appendix 14 • Extraneous notes of Hopi life

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Appendix 14

[Volume 2, Pages 116, 118, 120]

Extraneous notes of Hopi life

At the Moqui villages, a very noticeable feature is the agility and perfect fearlessness with which little baby children run up and down the steep narrow stone steps leading to the roofs of the four story houses. These stairways are unprotected by ballustrade or railings of any kind, have a “raise” of eight inches and a “tread” of only four to six. It was with extreme caution our heavily booted soldiers climbed up the same stairways and ladders.

The rafters, beams and ladders used by the Moquis are constructed of cottonwood; a tree to which we should hereafter assign, under favorable treatment, a greater degree of durability than is at present conceded. No timber of this species can now be found in quantities, within less than 50 miles of Oraybe, and if much were needed search might have to be made for 100 miles.

Secured some seeds of peaches, corn and other vegetables to take to Prescott.

The Moquis have no doors, no window-shutters and no window panes. In very cold weather warmth is afforded by closing doorways with fur coverlids.

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4: Wilderness Trails

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Wilderness Trails


ugust 16th 1880. Monday. Awakened at 3.30 a.m. to discover heavy frost on the ground. Breakfasted at 4 o’clock, the piêce de rësistance being steak, and liver from an antelope shot the day before yesterday by “Old Faithful”. Alunged [sic] at once into the

“forest primeval” and began to re-ascend the Continental Divide. The trail was much better than that of yesterday altho’ it wound through miles of storm-wrecked timber which gave some trouble to our animals. The breeze playing with the branches above us was heavy with the fragrance of balsam; the rays of the sun scarcely touched the ground such was the thickness of the interlacing foliage.

A ride of eight or ten miles took us across the crest of the Rocky mountains and out of the worst of the forest. Sloping down before us in a gentle grade was a beautiful grassy terrace spangled with wild flowers and enclosed by a matted forest of pine & fir, and there, grandest scene of my life, there lay at our feet, the unruffled bosom of Yellowstone Lake, miles in length and breadth, guarded by giant mountains upon whose wrinkled brows rested the snows of Eternity.

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Appendix 9 • Table of routes to posts in southern Arizona

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13. Fort Craig to Camp Grant

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Chapter 13

Fort Craig to Camp Grant


he newspapers contained accounts of the mortuary services of the Young Prince Imperial, at the chapel of Saint Mary,

Camden Place, Chiselhurst, England, July 18th. The pallbearers were the princes of the English Royal family.

Almost on same date came the news from South Africa that Lord

Chelmsford had with almost 5.000 men defeated the Zulus who had a force of 12.000. Sir Garnet Wolsely [sic] who had been sent out to relieve Chelmsford had not yet assumed command and consequently whatever credit was due for the affair belonged to Chelmsford.1

July 22d (?)2 General Wm. F. Barry, (Colonel 2d Artillery,) died.

About same date, a party of Government detectives had a fight with the outlaw, Middleton, on the Niobrara, in which two of the detectives and Middleton were wounded. July 31st Doc Middleton captured by a party of detectives and soldiers from Fort Hartsuff, Neb.

August 1st Lieut. W.S. Schuyler, A.D.C., returned from his trip to the Murchie Mine, Nevada County, California. This property belongs to General Crook and his friends and may be referred to more at length in these pages at a subsequent time.

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