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Capture of a Train by a Band of Cheyenne Indians-Horrible tortures Inflicted on the Captives.

St. Louis, Mo., July 27.--The St. Joseph, Mo., Gazette of a late date learns from Wm. MacMoore the particulars of a capture of a train belonging to J. C. D. Blackburn, government contractor, by the Indians, about 80 miles from Fort Salt, June 25th, a brief account of which has been previously reported. The train consisted of 14 wagons, with 14 men attached to it. On the way mentioned, while crossing a small stream about 250 Cheyenne Indians dashed out of the woods on both sides of the stream, shot and killed seven of the party on the spot, wounded another who was tomaharked and scalped, and took the remainder prisoners. They were secured, bound and taken away by the Indians. The next day one of the party attempted to escape and was killed. On the following evening two of the teamsters, jack Jones and Thomas Hayward, were burned at the stake by slow torture, their tongues being first cut out to prevent their screaming, and their ears cut off. The entire band of Indians formed a circle around the victims, and indulged in various modes of tormenting them. MacMoore, Brown and Jackson, the remaining prisoners, were brought forward and compelled to witness the spectacle. Jones died quickly, but Hayward lingered half an hour in great agony. On the night of July 9th, after a heavy storm and free indulgence in whiskey by the Indians, MacMoore, Brown and Jackson loosened their thongs and escaped, and after traveling two miles, separated for safety. Each started for Fort Riley, Ks., which place they all reached safely, but very much exhausted. MacMoore said that nearly one fourth of the party of Cheyennes were composed of white men, and many of the Indians themselves spoke English. Among them was a man named Stanley, from eastern Texas, who said he had killed 13 men, and intended to kill five times as many more. The whites dressed like the Indians, were fully as barbarous and seemed to enjoy the terrible torture of Jones and Hayward with as much zeal as the Indians. This band of Indians had two white women captives with them, Mrs. Bowmen, aged 35, and Miss Emma Bailey, about 18. Both were captured in Texas. They were treated tolerably well. The Cheyennes were well mounted and well armed, and were part of the same band that fought the Seventh Cavalry on the 26th ult., at Fort Wallace.

Copyright Clayton Betzing, 2001

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