The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 68
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Chief who had first undertaken it must be Killed, he was killed.
Accordingly, his friends Killed the Chief who Advised his death;
& they went on Killing till Thirteen Chiefs & head Man were
About a Month Ago a Party of seven or eight Rambling
Choctaws from the Village on the East of the Mississippi Called
Tellehatche, little goose or little Yazaw, which means all the
Same, Came to the rancheria of a Mr. Lamber a French gentle-
man about ten Miles from this place, where they Murdered a
Mulatto Man a slave of Mr. Lamber & an Indian Woman of the
Aiche Tribe,76 who had been raised from a Child Amongst the
white People & had put off the Indian Manners, dress, etc. The
Mulatto Man was shott in the House, & the Woman as the
Coroners Inquest believed had her Brains Knocked Out in
Attempting to Make her escape out at the Windows. No other
persons were there about the place, the Indians were Seen
going from it, met a Mr. Fulsome on their flight Over the
Mississippi again, Near the Walnut Hills to whom they Confessed
the Murder. There is a party of them On the Bayou Chico
in the Parish of Oppelousas [Opelousas], Against whom great
Complaints are made for their Insulting Insolence, Killing the
Cattle, Hoggs, etc. of the Inhabitants, Stealing Horses, Robbing
fields etc., they are generally regarded by all white People as
great Pests, & detested by all other Indians & their Conduct of
late has excited great uneasiness, & requires a remedy, to effect
which I have had it in Contemplation to Endeavour to Collect
& Settle them all at one place. Cause them to nominate their
Own Chiefs or rulers, who will be responsible for the Conduct
in Some degree Over whom they are appointed, to adopt for
them Some Laws & Regulations, to treat those who Conform
& behave well Kindly, furnish them with some Tools of agri-
culture etc: but to do nothing for those who refuse to become
Members of that Society; in their present Lawless Vagabond
State. If we punish one for a Theft or any Crime Against
white people, such is their Notion of government that they
attempt to retaliate upon the administrators of Our Laws upon
them; I have hitherto made it a rule to treat Kindly all Indians
who Come here on business; but at present I am Convinced
of the Necessity of making a distinction between the good &
the Ill behaved.
I have very little trouble with Any other tribes of Indians on
Account of their Ill Conduct, a few Chickesaws Excepted, who
are of a similar description; They are generally Peaceably dis-
posed & well affected towards the Government of the United
7Sibley, in referring to the Aiches, also called them Aliches. De M6zieres
called them Ais. They lived near Nacogdoches about twelve miles West of
the Sabine, were formerly a large tribe, but at this time they were almost
extinct. Bolton, Athanase De Mezieres, I, 118, II, 340; Hackett, Pichardo's
Treatise, II, 153.
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