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the ill-fated steamer Brother Jonathan. Colonel Wright took command of the district in place of Rains, and had been at Vancouver but a short time before he realized that it would be necessary to fight the confederated tribes east of the Cascade Ran — free lances — from other tribes, made a sudden and unexpected attack at the Cascades of the Columbia, midway between Vancouver and the Dalles, killed several citizens, women and children, and took possession of the Portage by besieging the settleI could send back the steamboat to bring up any volunteer assistance that in the mean time might have been collected at Vancouver. The Columbia River was very high at the time, and the water had backed up into the slough about the foot of the Loon of the Indians was almost the exact counterpart of ours. In the evening I sent a report of the situation back to Vancouver by the steamboat, retaining a large Hudson's Bay bateau which I had brought up with me. Examining this I found it would
and guide for emigrant trains through the mountains, came down from the Dalles, on his way to Vancouver, and stopped at my camp to inquire if an Indian named Spencer and his family had passed down to Vancouver since my arrival at the Cascades. Spencer, the head of the family, was a very influential, peaceable Chinook chief, whom Colonel Wright had taken with him from Fort Vancouver as an interibes, against which his campaign was directed. He was a good, reliable Indian, and on leaving Vancouver to join Colonel Wright, took his family along, to remain with relatives and friends at Fort Damily for some reason known only to Spencer, was started by him down the river to their home at Vancouver. Meek, on seeing the family leave the Dalles, had some misgivings as to their safe arrivalrney on foot toward my camp, from which point they expected to go by steamer down the river to Vancouver. Their non-arrival aroused in me suspicions of foul play, so with all the men I could spar