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The Apache in Theory and Reality

Vincent Colyer, in an address before the Peace Society meeting at the East a short time since, drew a moving picture of the unhappy condition of "the starved Apaches, of Arizona, showing the wrongs those unhappy people have suffered at the hands of he settlers, and their ardent desire to live in peace and friendship with the whites." A New York contemporary naively remarks that "Mr. Colyer's estimate of the Apache character, differs apparently quite widely from that of the white settlers of Arizona." Quite likely. To frontiersmen familiar with the Apache character and history, Mr. Colyer's touching picture of the poor Apaches, so intensely anxious to live on terms of peace and friendship with their white neighbors, will appear like a satire of the finest description. He sees in the Apache the traditional good Indian of Cooper, while the settlers of Arizona have learned at a terrible cost to look upon him from a practical standpoint, and in a very different light. The Apache would appear to have had naturally a large capacity for having been "wronged and outraged." All Central Arizona is dotted over with the ruins of Aztec cities, villages and mining camps, the inhabitants of which were exterminated or driven southward into the Valley of Mexico by the relentless Apaches before Christopher Columbus discovered America. The Spanish maps of the date of the reigns of the English queens Anne and Elizabeth, show the Apaches located there, just where they are to-day, and their histories show that they carried on the same relentless warfare then upon all their neighbors, white and red, that they carry on to-day. Their nature and their customs certainly have not changed in the last three hundred years, and we must look deeper than Vincent Colyer for the causes which have made them for all time Ishmaelites, outcasts and pariahs in the world. The settlers of Arizona are not immaculate; they are simply human, and we know that they are not always right, but they merely succeeded to a quarrel with all mankind, begun by the Apaches before the first European set foot on the continent and whether they will or no, must in self defense fight it out to the bitter end.--S.F. Bulletin.

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