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Hunt Him Out

Source: The Evening Review (Spokesman), June 22, 1885, page 2

Subject: Editorial on Chas. Gieger Shooting

 Synopsis: The editorial suggests that the Indian who allegedly murdered Charles Gieger is indicative of alcohol sales run amok

Text:  

It is a question of some dispute whether or not the Indian that did the shooting Saturday was drunk. It is generally presumed that he was under the influence of liquor, as then is about the only time they will dare commit a crime.

If he was drunk, the man who sold him the liquor is accessory to the crime committed, and deserves the severest punishment that could be meted out. The practice of selling liquor to Indians has been carried on here among a certain class, and once in a long time a party is caught, but the punishment he receives is not severe enough to prevent others from trying to make money out of the nefarious trading.

This town should be made too hot to hold those who are guilty of such an offense. The man who puts innocent life in jeopardy just to make a few cents deserves no mercy from the hands of his fellow men.

When a citizen has any proof against an offender of this kind it is his duty to report to the officers of the law and prosecute the guilty party. We have always insisted that the crime of supplying Indians with liquor was one that should be handled without gloves, and it is sincerely to be hoped that the guilty one in this instance will be apprehended and an example made of him.

Create a fear of consequences, and the Indians about here will go dry a long time before they will find a white man with the temerity to furnish him with fire water.

 

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