Death of Kishkauko
Detroit, May 25, 1826 - This celebrated chief of the Chippewas was found dead in one of the cells of the prison of this city on Wednesday
last. He was confined on a charge of being accessory to the murder of a Saginaw Indian in this place in January
last. His eldest son still occupies one of the cells under the charge of being the murderer of the Indian alluded
to. An inquest was held on the body of Kishkauko and the jurors returned a verdict that he died a natural death.
But little doubt, however, remains from what has since been ascertained – that he died by poison procured at his
own request by one of his wives.
It is stated that on the evening previous to his death, he was visited by this women who handed him a small cup
and then left the cell. That soon after a number of his family and the band of which he was the immediate head,
called upon hem, held a long conference and took leave with a solemnity, earnestness and affection never observed
in their previous visits. Kishkauko then requested the jailer to visit him with whom he shook hands affectionately,
thanked him and concluded by asking him for some liquor which he had never been known to do before. In the morning
at an early hour, a number of his family, men and women, appeared at the jail and requested to see Kishkauko. On
approaching the door of the cell, they called his name two or three times and finding him lifeless, they expressed
exultation rather than surprise and immediately left town for Saginaw. A few remained to perform the ceremonies
of his funeral which took place by moonlight at a farm near this city.
Thus has perished one of the most despotic and influential savage monarchs of modern times. He had risen by the
force of his own character from a humble origin to the head of a numerous and powerful Chippewas family. Kishkauko
was a man of very large stature, muscular and athletic and his countenance exhibited the peculiar traits of his
character – sternness, acuteness and decision. His history, like that of other warriors is marked with many atrocious
murders; but he had the virtues also of the savage. No man went from his door naked or hungry when it was in his
power to supply him. But his acts of tyranny rendered him unpopular among his own people and he never appeared
abroad without a considerable retinue. He was scarcely ever seen in town without his war-axe resting on his left
arm, firmly grasped with his right hand. – Gazette.
[Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Penn.) June 28, 1826; Submitted by N. Piper]
Washington, June 5 (1826) -- We learn that Gov. Cass and Col. Thos. L. McKenney of Georgetown, have been appointed joint Commissioners to hold
General Councils with certain Indian tribes at Green Bay and Lake Superior; and that the later gentleman left here
last Thursday for the Lakes.
This expedition is esteemed to be one of considerable importance. The Indians in those remote regions, have been
for ages at war with one another and on this point certain provisions in the Treaty of Prairie du Chien of last
year are intended to be presented for a more general ratification. The power of the Government is intended to be
displayed as the Indians in those parts have no knowledge of and but little belief in our strength and for this
object, the disposable force at Fort Brady at the Saut of St. Marie, has been put in requisition to accompany the
Commissioners and to cooperate with them. It is intended, we learn, to demand the surrender of the murderers fo
some of our citizens who had been given up but afterwards broke jail at Michilimackinac, and took refuge among
their People and in the fastnesses of their Lake and Forest home. This measure is deemed to be the more important
as owing no doubt to the security which has so far followed their escape, an entire family has been recently murdered
near Prairie du Chien.
The effects of such an expedition properly conducted cannot but prove useful as a shield against future aggressions
of the sort, besides the acquiescence of entire tribes not present or represented only partially at Prairie du
Chien in the pacification assented to by the General Council at that place last year. We hope the Commissioners
may succeed in establishing the peace of that frontier and in establishing permanent useful regulations for the
control and welfare of those tribes and the security of our citizens.
We learn also that Governors Cass and Ray and General Tipton have been appointed joint Commissioners to treat with
the Indians in Indiana; and that Gen. William Clark, Gen. Thomas Hinds and Gen. John Coffee, have been appointed
to negotiate treaties with the Chickasaws and Choctaws.
Appropriations for all those objects were made by the Congress at the close of the late session. – Nat. Intel.
[Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Penn.) June 14, 1826; Submitted by N. Piper]
Indians of Lake Superior
Detroit, May 24, 1826 - We understand that Governor Cass has received dispatches from Mr. Schoolcraft, the Indian agent at the Sault de
Ste Marie communicating intelligence of the existence of a refractory disposition among the bands of Chippewas
residing in the country situated between Lake Superios, the Quisconsin and Mississippi rivers, with the exception
of the Indians inhabiting the Turtle village, Lac des Flambeaux and Squirrel Lake, whose sentiments remain pacific.
Mr. Schoolcraft does not hesitate to call the others “hostile Chippewas.” It will be recollected that in one of
our former numbers we made reference to the cruel murder of a number of our citizens on Lake Pepin by a war party
of the Chippewas. Little Thunder and White Head, who were the chiefs of the party and a number of other Indians
of inferior note were delivered up and confined in the gaol of Mackinac from which they escaped last fall. Returning
to their bands, they have succeeded in creating a strong excitement in their favor. Secret councils have been held
from which the traders have been excluded and the young men whose relations were prisoners, hold hostile language.
The traders feel themselves insecure and are of opinion that the Indians themselves will not deliver up the murderers
and that force will be required not only to effect that object but to protect the traders and those Indians whose
disposition is friendly. – Michigan Herald.
[Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) June 28, 1826; Submitted by N. Piper]