|A large number of (Indian)
children have been brought down and sold in the agricultural counties. They
bring from $50 to $250 each.
Humboldt Times, May 5, 1855 (1a)
The citizens of Honey Lake have started out a company after the band of Indians headed by Smoke Creek Sam. They are to pay 25 cents for Indian scalps taken by the company.
Marysville Daily Appeal, Feb. 20, 1863 (1b)
"The new military commandant of the district, Col. Black, is doing good service in Indian hunting. He keeps his troops in the mountains most of the time scouting, and has introduced a new method of treating hostile Indian prisoners--hangs them all. That style of dealing with a murdering Digger is very effective, and meets with universal approval by the citizen inhabitants of the hostile region. It seems to be a general sentiment here that a mean "Digger" only becomes a "good Indian" when he is dangling from the end of a rope, or has an ounce of lead in him."
Yreka Semi-Weekly Union, March 26, 1864 (1c)
The Autobiography of Isaac J. Wistar, an early explorer, carries this account of the treatment Native people received from miners. "On emerging from the 'one mile gulch' just above the town (Trinidad) , we came upon boiled-shirt gentry (gamblers) who had three Indians bound to trees and were discussing in what manner to put them to death. Some cattle had been killed near the town, and the gamblers, who knew nothing of Indians and could neither find nor catch any wild ones, had seized these poor freindlies who were in frequent and amicable communication with packers and fur men, and living in permanent quarters near-by at the whites' mercy, would have as soon thought of suicide, as of hostile acts against such dangerous neighbors." (9)
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