Source: Spokane Evening Review, May 27, 1885, [Find Page Number]
Subject: Arrival of Chief Joseph in Spokane on way to the Colville Reservation
Synopsis: Chief Joseph and the Nez Perces arrived early in the morning and, accompanied by cavalry, they marched out to Fort Spokane.
Notable Quotation: "Chief Joseph is a large, fat-faced, scheming, cruel-looking cuss, while his male followers are about as hard a looking crowd as could well be collected together."
Observation: The hostile tone of earlier articles about moving the Nez Perces to the Colville Reservation continues in this article. Note the role of the army. Were they there to protect the whites from the Indians, the Indians from the whites, or both?
The statement was made and put in circulation yesterday that Chief Joseph and his Nez Perce Indians would not arrive in this city until 5 o'clock this evening, on account of lack of transportation. It appears that the means of transporting the handful of natives was secured at Wallula last evening, as the gang arrived about 6 o'clock this morning, and were unloaded at a point a few yards east of the cattle-pens. The news of the arrival spread about town early and large crowds of people have been visiting the grounds during the day. The Indians are the usual variety, differing but little from the loafers to be seen about our streets daily. Chief Joseph is a large, fat-faced, scheming, cruel-looking cuss, while his male followers are about as hard a looking crowd as could well be collected together. The arrivals are under the escort of a squadron of cavalry, consisting of 42 men, and took up their line of march for Fort Spokane at noon to-day, from whence they will be sent across the Columbia on the Colville reservation.
Research Questions: What was Fort Spokane like at this time?