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RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA.
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RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA, OCTOBER 11, 1901,
LORENZO DOW OATMAN.
Tho suhjoct of this sketch, who de
parted this life Inst Tuosdny morning
at 2:80, is ono whom nil our citizons
respected. His sickness wns of but a
fow days and few know of it until tho
end had como. Only two days beforo
his death he wns out on our streets.
Mr. Oattuan was born noar Fulton,
Illinois, on July 13, 1880, and at tho
timo of bit death was aged 05 years, 2
niotithsjjnd 20 days. For years past
he hns been ii resident of this city, and
until within tho pnst two years has
been engaged in tho hotel busiues.
Tho ftmoral services were hold at tho
Methodist church on Wednesday after
noon and the remains laid at rest in
tho lied Olotd cemetery, Kov. I. H. N.
Cobb conducting the services, which
wero ftield under tho auspices of tho
I. O. 0. F. lodge, of which tho deceased
was a member. Every business houso
in the oity closed to pay a last tribute
to the honored, rcspcoted and enter
prising citizcu who hadgono.
And, while, as wo writo of tho last
sad rites being porformed over tho re"
mains of Lorenzo Dow Oatman, with
his past history coming back upon us,
a histcry which few men, if any, ever
experienced, and an cxporionco which
no man of tho present dares to, or can
go through, wo feel his name will go
down in history ns ono oi a very few.
From tho history of tho Oatman fam
ily wo tako tho following facts from
tho career of this man.
un 1110 ihii any 01 August, 185U, a
wngon train consisting of about twenty
wngons which contained about fifty
souls, men, women aud children, left
Inilopondencr) Mlsourlrfor lower Cal
ifornia, nmong them the Oatman family
of which Lorenzo wns a member nnd at
that time about fifteen years nf ngo.
Tho trip was madu through what wns
nt that timo n wild and barbarous coun
try inhabited by Indians. However,
all went woll until Oatman proposed
the obsei vntion of tho Sabbath dny by
resting thcmsolves and teams and hold
ing religious services, and trouble ho
gnn among tho members of the train.
This, togother with the shortago of
supplies resulted in the turning back of
all except tho Oatman family and party
eight in number.
This small party proceeded on its
westward wny to its doom to all but
two of its members, Lorenzo nnd his
sister, Olive A. Tho massacre of tho
Oatman family has been too oft repeat
ed to make it necessary hero, however.
Tho scons, was on tho Gila river in New
Mexico, and tho dtto March 20th, 1851,
nnd in Lorenzo D. Oatmco's own
language it is as follows: "Though tho
sun had hid its glittering, dazzling rays
behina a tall peak in the distance, yet
tlio rays lingered upon tho summits be.
tween it and the moon, and daylight
was full upon us. I saw sovoral Indians
leisurely approaching us in tho road.
My father's back was turned. I spoke
to him, ut tho same timo pointing to
tho Indians. I saw too plainly the of
fort, it oost him to attempt a conceal
ment of bis emotions. After tho In
dians approached ho becamo collected
aud kindly motioned them to sit down,
spoko to them in Spanish, to which
tboy replied. They asked for tobacco
and a pipe, in order that they might
smoke in token of their sincerity and
of their friendly footings toward us.
This my father immediately prepared,
took n whiff himself, then passed it
nround, even to tho last. After smok
ing tho Indians asked for something to
oat. Father told them of our destituto
condition, and that bo could not food
them without robbing his family, To
this they seemed te yield only a reluc
tant hearing. Tboy becamo earnest
and rather imperative, and every plea
that wo made to them of our distress,
but increased their wild and furious
clamors. Father roluctnntly took somo
bread from tho wagon and gave it to
them, saying that it was robbery and
porhaps starvation to his family. As
soon as this was dovouroi thoy asked
for more, meanwhile surveying us nar
rowly, and prying aud looking into
every part of tho wagon. Tboy were
told that wo could spure thorn no moro
and they immediately packed them
selves into a secret council n littlp on
one aide, which they conducted in tbo
It Isn't tin Cook's Fault,
It Isn't your Grocer's Fault,
that the bulk coffee you just
purchased turns out to be differ
entfrom the "same kind" bought
before. Coffee purchased in
bulk is sure to vary.
The scaled package in which
LION COFFEE is sold insures
uniform flavor and strength. It
also keeps the coffee fresh and
insures absolute purity.
Apaoho languago, wholly unlntellglblo
to us. Wo wero totally in tho dark as
to their designs, savo that their appear
nnco and notions wero tho thrcatonings
of somo hellish deed. Wo wero now
about ready to start. Father had again
returned to comploto tho roloading of
tho remaindor of tho nrtiolos; motbor
was in tho wairon arranging them:
Oiivo, with my older sister was stand
ing upon tho opposite sido of tho wairon
aud Mary Ann, a llttlo girl aovon years
old, sat upon a stono holding to a ropo
attached to tho horns of foremost team,
tho rest of tho children wore on tbo op
posilo sido of tho wagon from tho In
dians. In a subdued tono frequent ex
pressions were made concerning tbo
Indians and their possible Intentions;
but we were guarded and cautious
lest thoy might understand our real
dread and be emboldeaod to violence.
At times thoy gazed oagerly in various
directions, ospot-ially down tho road
by which wo had como, as if struggling
to discern tho approach of some ob-
joct oithor dreaded or expected by
them. Suddenly, ns a clap of thunder
from a clear sky, adoafonlngyell broke
upon us, tho Indians jumping into the
nir, nnd uttering tho most frightful
shrieks, nnd at tho same timo springing
toward us nourishing their war clubs
which had hitherto boon concealed un
der their wolf-dkius. I wns struck up
on the top nud buck of my hend, camo
to my kneos, whon with another blow I
was struck blind nnd sousoloaH."
"I must huvo soon recovered hit con
sciousness after I had boon struck
down, tor I hoard distinctly tho liond
ish yells of thoso Apaches. And theso
I heard mingling in the most terriblo
confusion with tho shrieks and cries of
my dear parouts, brothors aud sisters,
calling in tho most pitiful heart-rending
tones calllpg for 'Help, holpl In
the nam of God cannot anyone help
usV While lying in this state two of
tho wretches eamo up to mo, rolling me
over with their feet; they examined
and rilled my pockots, took off my
shoos and hat in a hurried manner,
then laid hold of my feet and roughly
dragged me a short distance and left
mo for dead. Tho next period, tho
recollection of which convoys any dis
tinct impression to my' mind, was of
again 'coming to myself, blind, but
thinking my eyes wero somo way tied
from without. As I rubbed them nnd
removed tho clotted blood from my
eyelids, I gatherod strength to open
them. A boy of fourteen years with
tho mangled remains of his par
ents lying Bear by, my scalp torn open,
my person covered with blood, alone,
friendless, in n wild, mountain, dismal,
wilderness region, exposed to tht ra
venous beasts, and more, to tho feroci
ty of moro than brutal savages add
human shaped demons, I had no
strength to walk, my spirits crushed.
my ambition paralyzed, my body man
gled. At times I despnired and prayed
for death; again I revived and prayed
God for help. Somatimes whilo lying
flat on my back, my hands pressing my
torn and blood-clotted head, with tho
hot sun pouring a full tido of its unwel
come boat upon mo, the very air a hot
breath in my fnco, I gathered hope
that I might yet look upon tho white
faco again, and that I might llvo
reueaiso me sail prosont in years
como. Aud O,' thought I, 'thoso bis
ters, shall I see them again? must they
close thdir eyes among those ferocious
man-animals?' Igrwslckand faint,
dizziness shook my brain and my
senses fled. I again nwoko from the
delirium, partly stnndlug, and making
a deperate effort. I felt tbo thrill of
strong resolution. I turn ml
and began to crawl toward tha nnsr.
round tho brow of tho hill. AfUr care
fully, and with much naln. strurffllD
all tho whilo against faintness. crawl.
Ing somo distanco, I found myself at
the slopo loading down to the ford of
tho Gila, whoro 1 plainly saw the
wagon track wo had made, as I sup
posed, the day boforo. About eleven
'elOCk Of thO next daV I nimn tn a nnnl
of standing water: I wa. nBri .
haustod whon I reached it and Ut m
down by it, and drank freely, though
tho water WAS wnrm anil mnrM t
had no sooner slaked my thirst than T
foil asleep and slept for some time.
Late in tho nftnrnnnn r wu H.lr.m.J
by some strange aolso; I soon recollect
ed my situation, and th solw. whtnh 1
now fouad to be the barkinv of do or
wolves, grew louder and approached
nearer. In a fow minutes I was sur
rounded by a large army of coyotes and
gray wolves. They were soon upon
mo. I triad to scatter them, but thty
scorned bent upon suddIvIbb their
mpty stomachs bv dlvidinsr niv bodv
betweon them and thus completing tho
mri wit unumseuu oy tueir brothers
tho Apaches I kept myself supplied
with rooks, occasionally hurling one at
tne moro inioloat of the second tribe of
savages. Late in the oveuinz they left
and ere midnight their last veil hd
died upon the distant hills. I traveled
most all night, came to a spring and
bore I slaked my thirst, and was about
turning a corner, when tworredshirted
Pimoles, mounted upon Use American
horses, came in sight. Thoy straight
ened in their stirrups, drew thoir bows
with arrowsjpintedat me, I raised
my hantTfo my head and beckoned to
thorn, and speaking in Spanish, beg'ged.
them not to shoot. Quick as thought,
whon I spoko thoydroppod their bows
and rode up to mo. I soon recognized
ono of thoji as an Indian with whom I
had been acquainted at Pimolo villago.
Thoy took mo ono sido under a treo
and laid mo upon their blankets. Thoy
took from thoir snudlos n picco of th'oir
ash-baked bread and a gourd of water.
Thoy hung up tho gourd within reach
and charged mo to remain until they
might return, promising to carryme to
IMraole. After stooping a short timo I
nwoko and became fearful to trust
myself with tho Pimoles. I adjusted
their blankets and laid them to one
side, and commenced my travel re
freshed and not a little oheored. I cast
my eyes down upon a Jong winding
valley through which the road wan
dured, and plainly saw two white
covered wagons. In the excitement I
lost consciousness and when I. opened
my oyes tho wagons were haltiag close
to mo and someone was approaching;
me. When I had recovered sufficiently
I related what had happened. They
resolved upon proceeding to the sceno
of the massacre and bnry the dead.
Early the next day they started. They
returned after an absence of three
di ji and reported that they could find?
but little moro than the bones of six
porsons, and that they were able to
find and distinguish the bodies of alb
but those of Olive, and Mary Ash,
After the foregoing exciting events
his sole object was the rocoMrw At hi.
sisters whom, he was then onnfldn.-
were held in capUvity,
The younger sister. Marv A. ax.
In captivity, from starvation thevear
after the maseacre. AllsAanrt, tu
other was fruitless, until one day in
1855 tbo Los Angoles Star announced
that a woman giving her name as Miss
Olive Oatman had been rescued from
tko Mohaves and was at Fort Y, .
about sixty miles west of the scene of
tne massacre. Here tbo reunion of the
only two remaining members of the
Oatman family happened.
Card of f Thanks.
We desire to thank tha mn wi-
friends for their manv act nf kin.....
during the slokness and death of our
beloved husband and father. 'Espe
cially do wo wish to thank, the mem
hereof the I. O.O. F.
Mrs. L. p. Oatman,
Visitors are alwavs mkrf nim..it
Albright liros. whether von mi..-.
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