EDITOR STAR:--Arizona is in a State of rebellion--rebellion against savage rule. If the government will not send more troops, and send them immediately, its pampered wards, the Apaches, will soon be spoken of only as a race of guileless savages who, after having innocently dotted the whole surface of this country with the graves of the early pioneers, gradually fell before the avenging arms of the savage, treacherous Caucasion. I am led to these remarks from having just listened to the details of the "slaughter of the innocents" at the Camp Grant Reservation. These good Indians, whose only crimes were those of capturing trains, destroying mails, and killing foolish settlers and travelers, while enjoying Government protection at Camp Grant, were visited on Sunday morning, at their reservation, by a party of some 200 citizens and Papago Indians, and then and there paid the penalty of their many crimes. The citizen force left this town on Friday evening, the 28th ult., in search of hostile Indians. At the San Pedro river, sixty miles from Camp Grant, they found a fresh Indian trail, which they followed to the Camp Grant reservation. Hence, the authors of the recent outrage at the Upper San Pedro were detected. The rancheria was at once surrounded, and at 4 o'clock A.M., the work of vengeance commenced. About three-fourths of the whole band were killed within the boundaries of the reservation, when the work of "picking up stragglers" commenced. The Papagos showed a wonderful tact in this latter service; and it is believed that not a dozen of the Apaches who fled at the opening of the combat, escaped their vigilance. Altogether, there were 112 Indians killed; and 42 prisoners taken; the latter were all women and children.
In their rancheria were found, besides a large number of guns and pistols, sufficient ammunition for a six months' campaign. As the location of the rancheria is two miles from the post, the military authorities, however disposed to protect the thieving "reds," did not reach the scene until after the Indians had been rendered harmless; nor did the citizens await the arrival of the post commander; for no sooner had their twenty minutes' work been satisfactorily executed than they returned again by the same route.
Your correspondent is anxious to know what Gen. Stoneman will say of this proceeding. If he has believed that the citizens of Arizonawill forever remain passive, and meekly submit to his slow-coach policy, I hope he is now convinced to the contrary.
[Daily Los Angeles Star, May 14, 1871, p.2]