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Premeditated Falsehoods

If any one doubts the exact abode of the prince of liars, we can remove that uncertainty. Camp Grant is the place disgraced and polluted by him. He exhibits his talent in an anonymous letter to The S.F. Chronicle. For proof, we refer any man conversant with the facts relative to the Camp Grant massacre, to the following extracts from said letter. This prince of liars cannot plead that he is a fool, or ignorant of the truth of that affair. He can only pride himself upon his supreme turpitude and success in imposing his falsehoods upon a prominent journal. He says first--

A band of hardy pioneers and noble citizens of Tucson, Arizona, numbering, it is calculated, about 400, including Papagos and Mexicans, led by would-be white men, etc.

The exact truth is, there were only 146 persons of all kinds in the party.

At day-break on Sunday morning 300 of these men came down in all their strength on an encampment of 500 Indians (about 150 of these were men, the rest were women and children) that were under the protection of the Government, having surrendered themselves and being considered prisoners of war.

Here is a climax of untruths. As there were but 146 of "these men" no more could have led the attack. Instead of being 300 Indians in Camp, there were not over 150, the other 350 being off roaming about committing or trying to commit deeds of murder and theft. If they were "under the protection of Government," why were they not protected? We presume the Royal Whitman then in command, is too trifling to protect anything--either Whites or Indians.

Out of the 500 there encamped, and depending on the Government for protection, there were murdered in the most fiendish manner seventy children, and eight bucks, as they were running away, were dropped in their tracks. About thirty-five children and one woman were taken captive. The woman was afterward shot and her hair cut off to decorate the horses of those gallant warriors. Mr. Lord, the United States Treasurer at Tucson, A.T., had the manhood to express his unqualified disapproval of this massacre, and he has been threatened with a dose of tar and feathers by these inhuman butchers.

As to the killed, the writer again falsifies the facts. He makes out 78 killed, when there were certainly not less than 85, and not less than 28 were bucks full grown. As to the decoration of horses with woman's hair, we can find no evidence of its truth, and the fair presumption is that it is a deliberate falsehood. As to violence to Dr. Lord, we moved about freely, and heard much, and no threats of the kind came to our ears; and if such had, we should have promptly denounced them. Dr. Lord has in our presence, been as unsparing in his strictures on the policy of feeding Apaches, and permitting them to roam abroad at pleasure as we have. He has not resided eight years in Arizona without realizing the enormity of such a policy.

My belief is that in fiendishness and atrocity it surpasses any deed of crime that has been enacted since the establishment of this republican Government.

Of course, such a brazen liar and hater of industrious and honest men trying, as did the pioneers of every State in the Union, to make homes and a competence, and for whose protection Camp Grant is maintained, would ignore the untold massacres and nameless tortures of whites of all ages, sexes and conditions, and pronounce this mere killing as quickly as possible, more atrocious and fiendish, simply because guilty Indians and not innocent, self-sutaining, tax-paying citizens, their wives and children were the victims.

The deed was not done because they were guilty of any crime of late, but from a natural dislike these Territorial people have of seeing them on a Reservation.

Incontestable evidence of their recent atrocities were found in the camp and on the persons of the slain, and has been published in these columns and telegraphed all over the country. There is not the least dislike on the part of "these Territorial people" of "seeing them on a reservation." We cite the cases of the Pimas, the Maricopas, and of the very Papagos who formed the body of the men who slaughtered the Camp Grant pets. These different tribes are all on reserves and no one is dissatisfied; but the ones slain were not on any reservation, military or otherwise, and the correspondent knew he penned an infamous lie when he asserted they were.

[The Citizen, June 3, 1871, p.2]