Defeat of the Indian Expedition
Daily British Colonist, date unknown
From Peter Cargatich, who formerly kept the oyster saloon in the Occidental, in this city, and who left Williams Creek on the 25th of June, coming down from Yale to New Westminster in a canoe, we have the following appalling statement: — While at the 74-mile house, last Wednesday, on his way down, a man direct from Alexandria arrived post-haste, bringing the startling report that the Chilcoaten Indians had made an attack on Cox’s party, and had killed McLeod, his son, and forty men! It was supposed that Commissioner Cox and the rest of the party, numbering some eight or ten men, were taken prisoners. The news was brought to the Hudson Bay Coy’s. agent in charge at Fort Alexandria by a friendly Indian. No additional particulars of the massacre had come down. Twelve more volunteers had reached Alexandria, on their way to join Mr. Cox, but proceeded no further when they heard the frightful news.
Source: "Defeat of the Indian Expedition," Daily British Colonist, n.d.
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