INDIANS ALWAYS

During the present week accounts of Indian Depredations have reached us from almost every section of Arizona. Industry seems everywhere paralyzed. The settlers in all the valleys are compelled ot look on at the devastation in progress around them and are ever unable to apply a remedy. Central and northern Arizona seem to have suffered most during this last general and simultaneous raid; yet Southern Arizona has likewise had its portion of the terrible visitation. Schemes for mutual defense have been devised, considered and rejected. The committee of Public Safety has proven an abortion, and no hope of succor or of aid remains to cheer the plundered settler. The military force in the Territory under the present regime, is an aggravation if not an actual curse to the people. The fault however, lies not with the officers, but exists in the orders under which they are compelled to act. Had we sufficient troops, judiciously managed, they could readily subdue all the hostile Indians in the Territory within a period of six months. What troops we have now could do so in a single year if the same were required of them. Had we no troops the condition of the Territory would be better than at present, or, at least it could not, under any condition of affairs, be worse. If there were no troops to supply Indians with arms and ammunition a settlement of half hundred inhabitants could readily protect itself against the largest force of Indians ever assembled in the Territory armed with lances and bows. If the idiotic policy of feeding hostile Indians at military reservations were abandoned Indians would be compelled to procure the necessaries of life, and could not devote their whole time to the work of carrying on a war against the settlements; and armed only with their rude, home-made implements of war, would not dare to procure these necessaries from the settler or the freighter, and contend for the game against the advantages fire-arms have over bows and arrows.

The people are almost suffocated by promises, and it is nearly time that Gen. Stoneman should put some of his cherished schemes into execution. Since he has not sufficient troops to keep his murderous wards on their rervations let him show his desire to do right by driving them into the mountains and sending his troops to fight them there, if he is too humane to slaughter them at their reservations as though they were as many packs of coyotes--which is the course we would recommend, on the grounds of economy and humanity. Do something--anything! No condition can be worse than that now existing, therefore no glory can be lost.

[The Weekly Arizonian, April 15, 1871, p.2]