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A Dastardly Crime

Source: The Morning Review (Spokane Falls), March 16, 1886, page 4

Subject: Two white men shoot at Indians


Sunday afternoon between 4 and 5 o’clock, a man whose name is unknown committed a cowardly crime for which he should be most severely punished, if he is ever captured. The criminal and another white man were standing on the second bridge at Echo mills when four Indians walked past going toward the north side of the river.

As the Indians passed the cowardly cur asked them if they had a squaw. They indignantly replied that they had not and walked on without looking back. When the Indians reached the end of the bridge the white man drew a pistol and fired at them.

The ball struck one of the Indians under the left shoulder blade and passed through or around and lodged in the left breast. The perpetrator of the outrage and his companion at once fled.

The wounded Indian was carried to his tent on the north side of the river. The wound is not considered dangerous and yesterday the Indian was able to sit up. So far, the party who did the shooting has not been arrested, but it is hoped that he will be apprehended and punished to the full extent of the law.

It was an unprovoked and dastardly shooting, for which there is no excuse. Had an Indian shot a white man under like circumstances, he would probably be executed at once. If the guilty party in this instance should receive his deserts he would suffer the same treatment.


Transcribed by: Troy Kirby, Graduate Candidate, Department of Physical Education, Eastern Washington University, December 2005