--We have the Mesilla Times, of the 8th ult., from which we take the annexed extracts:
This week brings startling intelligence from every quarter of Indian depredations — Ranches are being deserted, whole valleys and mining districts are being abandoned, and the Indians, unchecked, are growing bolder and bolder, and seem to have undertaken a war of extermination.
We soon expect to hear the cry of alarm in the Mesilla Valley
; indeed, those on the outskirts are removing or doubly guarding their stock.
are infinitely worse than ever before known.
Some ten days ago forty-four mules were stolen from the San Pedro Station
, belonging to the Overland Mail Company.
The stock of four or five stations had been collected at this point for safety, and all but eight head were stolen, in broad daylight, while some fifteen men were at the station.
Last week some wagons belonging to Mr. Samuel Bean
were attacked within one mile of Pino Alto.
The driver fied for safety, abandoning the wagons to the Indians.
shot the oxen and rilled the contents of the wagons, carrying off large quantities of dry goods
and such other articles as they wanted, scattering the remainder over the ground.
carried off, among other things, some seventy-five pounds of powder.
They have been constantly hovering about Pino Alto, coming in close vicinity to mining companies and the town, entering corrals at night; and it has become so dangerous that those running arastras have concluded to abandon them for the present, and are driving the stock to safer quarters.
Between the Indians and the stampede for the Sierra Capitan Mines
, Pino Alto is almost depopulated.
The rancheros of the Mimbres Valley
, and at different springs in the vicinity, have been compelled to abandon their half-matured crops and seek a common safety in the Mesilla Valley
Not a solitary white man is left in the Mimbres Valley
, which two years since counted thirty or forty ranches.
Two Mexicans were killed belonging to the train of Messrs. Elisburg
on the 3d, at Cook's Spring
They had been sent back from the train to look for a missing mule.
Nine men sent in search of them were also attacked at the same point by the Indians.
succeeded in getting five mules from the train.
A party of emigrants, California
bound, were also attacked the same day; but being forewarned were prepared for the red devils, and gave them a warm reception, causing them to beat a retreat.
Mr. H. C. Grovesnor
of the Santa Rita Mining Company
, and two Mexicans, were killed by the Apaches on the trail between the Santa Rita
mine and Fort Buchanan
, some two weeks since.
was a lithographer and an old typo, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio
, where his family reside.
He had resided at Arizona
several years, and won the golden opinions and confidence of all who knew him.