Hanging Penalty of Indian in Pendleton Described as Extreme


Pendleton, Jan. 17, 1879 via Walla Walla, 18th.

Aps, the remaining Indian who was convicted of complicity in the murder of whites last summer, was hanged her to-day.  The same precautions were taken to prevent any trouble.  A number of whites and Indians attended the execution.  Several prominent Indians addressed the whites and Indians, assuring them of peace in the future.  Two hours before the executions Aps bade farewell to his people.  He said he died in innocent man; he had killed no one.  He solemnly adjured his people to profit by his fate; to always remain steadfast friends to the whites and not harbor ill feeling towards them.  In an interview with the principal chiefs, all displayed great anxiety to have it understood they had no intention to retaliate; but would remain peaceful.  They ask for even justice, and that the wholesale plundering of their horses by lawless whites be stopped.  Regarding commissioner Hayt’s recommendation to remove them to another locality, the Indians express partial willingness, but desire an opportunity to visit Washington, and arrange their future with the president himself.”  Oregon State Journal (Eugene, OR) Jan 25, 1879, pg. 5, col. 3.


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