Thursday, June 20, 2013

From Salt Lake

SALT LAKE, April 29.

The report from St. Louis to-day, attributing the overland mail difficulties to the employees of the company, is entirely destitute of truth.  Persons with whom we are personally acquainted have been in fight with the Indians.  On the 17th inst., Mr. Flowers, division agent, nine men and two coaches with mails were attacked by Indians near Split Rock.  Six mail men were wounded, and compelled to abandon their mails, coaches, and animals.  The Indians afterwards burned Plant’s station.  The wounded party left Pacific Springs night before last.

The telegraph operator at Pacific Springs and another person had a fight with some Indians, and narrowly escaped.  Their animals were hurt severely with arrows.

The Station keeper at Green river was killed by the Indians a few days since, while endeavoring to protect the mail property.

Thus four employees of the company have been killed by the savages who infest the route.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Thursday Morning, May 1, 1862, p. 2

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