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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 25: the Red war. (search)
re, rides to Medicine Lodge, a stockade on the Prairie, where he finds Captain Rickers and sixty border men, acting as militia under a regular commission from Governor Osborn. Who killed the four Osages? repeats Captain Rickers, in high contempt, we killed the Osages; and we mean to kill the vermin whenever we catch them in on Agent details of the fray. The captured ponies are at Medicine Lodge; the agent sees them there, and knows them by their Indian marks. Appeals are made to Governor Osborn in Topeka, but the governor will not interfere with his militia. Rickers, he says, is captain of a company of State militia, properly enrolled, and out on sgovernor, he answers, the date of this commission. Is it not the fact that Captain Rickers' commission is dated ten days after the massacre near Medicine Lodge? Osborn only smiles. Who cares for dates and signatures when they are dealing with such savages as Grey Eagle? Adelaide and Julia Germain are safe within the lines of