and the younger men went out into the White
settlements and “ borrowed” about thirty horses and as many cows.
Then starting for the promised land, they drove their stolen herds in front, and helped themselves to anything else they wanted on the road.
Vexed by their losses, and caring nothing for the Great Spirit, the White
men gathered in from ranch and mine, and going into Tierra Amarilla
, where the Indian
agent, John S. Armstrong
, lived, requested that officer to recover and restore their stock.
An Indian agent has to answer for his tribe, and Green River
is not only a station on the railway, but the chief artery of White
settlement in the mountains.
Chacen, a half-breed interpreter, was called into the agency and sent out with an order.
“Follow the trail,” said Armstrong
, “and when you catch the raiders bring them back, together with the stolen cattle.”
Chacen over-rode the tribe.
A mixed blood, high in favour with the Whites, he seemed a great man to these Utes.
At any other time, they would have listened to his advice and acted on his warnings, but now, inflamed by holy zeal, they told him to go back.
The Great Spirit