Further from Arizona--attack on pine Alto by the Indians.
The Mesilla Times
, of the 3d instant, has the following account of an attack on Palo Alto
by the Indians, and the partial destruction of the town:
By an express from Pino Alto and the Rio Membris
, bringing urgent appeals for assistance from the citizens, we have startling intelligence from that quarter.
seem to have united, and their tribes have gathered in hosts, and commenced a war of extermination against the whites, in earnest.
In such formidable numbers they have never assembled before on the war scout, and never before have they, in all time, evinced such boldness and daring as to attack a town of two or three hundred houses in open day-light.
Nineteen-twentieths of the Territory of Arizona
is under their undisputed control.
We have Indians all around us. The slightest journey must be performed in numbers, and with armed bodies of men. The highways of a continent are impassable but to armies.
Every day brings from the East, West, North and South, appalling additions to our black list of Indian murders.
Homes deserted, friends fallen victims to the savage foe. Added to this the scourge of war, and our situation is most piteous and most unfortunate.
In our very midst is a multitude of friends, willing and ready to render assistance, but prevented by the presence of another foe.
On the morning of the 27th, the Apaches, 250 or 300 strong, attacked the town of Pino Alto. Capt. Mastin
, and fifteen of the Aza. Guards, having opportunely arrived the night before, a desperate fight was kept up with the Indians for several hours, from the houses and corrals.
were finally compelled to raise the siege with the loss of many of their braves.
of the Guards, was killed in the fight, and three citizens; two men were severely wounded, and several others slightly, and several missing.
Many houses were burned.
, of the Arizona Guards
, is severely wounded; his arm being fractured.
His conduct, and that of his men is enthusiastically spoken of by the citizens of Pino Alto.
Florney's train, en route
, with which were two American families, and some emigrants, was attacked one day out of Palo Pinto Mines, by about 150 Indians
They threw up a breastwork and defended themselves fourteen hours against the Apaches, losing two men. They would all have been inevitably massacred but for the arrival of Lieut. Swilling
, with a detachment of the Arizona Guards
, who escorted them safely to the Membris river.
A Mexican train from Mesilla
is corralled by the Indians at White Water