assistance as might be necessary to enable the Indian
superintendents to carry out their orders from Washington
Without the knowledge of the President
, or the Secretary of War
, or the general of the army, an order was sent from the Indian Bureau in Washington
to send the Modocs back to the Klamath
reservation, and to call on the department commander for troops to enforce the order.
, honorable and simple-hearted man that he was, never imagined that such an order could come from Washington
, after all that had been said about it, unless with the sanction of the highest authority and the knowledge of the War Department.
He did not even think it necessary to report to the division commander the requisition which had been made upon him for troops, but loyally obeyed the old regulation.
The first information that came to me was that the troops had been beaten with heavy loss, and that many of the surrounding settlers had been killed by the Indians.
A long and bloody war ensued, with some results which were deplorable in the extreme.
's confiding nature had led him into a terrible mistake.
He had executed an unwise regulation which placed military power in unworthy hands, without waiting to inquire whether that power was not, in fact, about to be unlawfully abused, and thus had become a party to the sacrifice of many innocent lives.
The brave and noble-hearted Canby
strove in every possible way to make peace with the Modocs without further shedding of innocent blood.
But the savage red man, who had never been guilty of breaking faith with a civilized white man, would no longer trust any one of the ‘treacherous race.’
He paid them back ‘in their own coin,’ according to his traditional method.
Though warned of the danger, Canby
went calmly into the trap they had laid for him, in the hope that his confidence might inspire their respect; but he was the very man