Problems in Nebraska
newspapers are much astonished with the reports that come to them by telegraph
and in the columns of some of their eastern exchanges, regarding the presumed
Indian troubles in Nebraska. The
newspapers published north and south of the Platte river
are unanimous in denying the presence of hostile Indians in their vicinity .
Register, of Lincoln, the capital of Nebraska, points out that
settlement has now proceeded so far in Nebraska that there is no longer any
fear of hostility from Indians; and adduces the fact that the celebrated Fort
Kearney has been abandoned as a military post, as conclusive
proof that the country thus far west has no need of military protection.
is in the middle of the State. The Adams County Gazette, published at Juniata,
says : "There has been no Indian war whatever in Nebraska.
The trouble has all been northwest of as some two hundred miles
from here, at the Red Cloud Agency, In Decotah Territory, and even there it has
not been of a serious nature. One of our misfortunes has been that the
location of this insignificant fuss with the Indians has been made in Nebraska,
on account of confounding the Red Cloud Agency with the town of Red
Cloud in this State. There are no hostile Indians
within our borders; and the whole Indian scare has been a great fraud."
The next county west
of Adams is Kearney
County. The Weekly Register, which
is published in Lowell in that county,
says "emphatically," that "there is no danger from Indians in
Nebraska. All the disturbances
that have occurred are in unceded Indian country—not one at any point legally
open to white settlement. Immigrants need have no more fear of Indians here
than in their old homes. There is no scare—no fear, and has been none, among
any who live in western Nebraska."
We choose these two papers especially, out of many others
published in Nebraska, because
the editors could not fall to be informed as to the movements of the Indians.
It is the Sioux who have made what trouble there has been;
and the Sioux reservations are all outside of Nebraska.
If any of these Indians were to raid into Nebraska
the news would reach Lowell and Juniata
at an early date. The towns are directly on the road of
communication between the Republican Valley on the south, and the
country of the Loup Fork of the Platte on the
When the Indians obtain permission to leave their
reservations on hunting expeditions, in the upper valley of the Republican,
they pass between Lowell and Juniata;
and, if they were to make raids, it would be in the same direction. But, on the
authority of the newspapers quoted, they have made no raids, nor are likely to
The Weekly Register adds that the civilians attached
to the Indian agencies and military posts in the territories outside of
Nebraska, who have been dismissed, or are likely to be dismissed—as a consequence
of the attempt of the government to economize—are the authors of most of the
sensational letters and telegrams sent from the Indian country. They desire to
retain, their situations; and this commends itself to them as the likeliest
If there is an Indian scare the government cannot reduce
the establishments. But the Register sees no need for the present
expenditures in the agencies, holding --in common with the best western
men—that the management of the Indians should be remitted to the War Department
which will do the work more efficiently and economically than the present
Weekly Hawk-Eye – Thursday Morning, March