We do not know his name: Klatsassin and the Chilcotin War

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The Chilicoaten Murderers

The British Columbian, June 1, 1865

Mr. Moss arrived in this city on Tuesday with the two Indian prisoners Ahan and Lootas. They were examined before the Hon. Mr. Brew yesterday and committed for trial. Ahan quite admits having shot at Peter McDougal, but says he was only one of four who shot at him, but Lootas says he was alone in the matter. Lootas admits being present at the murder, but says he took no part in it, he only having shot one of the horses. Both these Indians say that Klatsassan, the Chilicoaten chief, one of those executed last year, insisted upon their assisting in the murder, threatening them with death if they refused. Ochpishermoos, the Indian who was brought down last year, was a witness against them. He identified them as having been present at the massacre, and it is stated that Ahan afterwards pointed out the fatal wound in McDougal's body as having been inflicted by himself. Mr. Moss acted as interpreter to the court. It is highly probable that a special commission will be issued to enable Mr. Brew to try these Indians and thereby avoid the needless expense and delay of waiting till the fall.

Source: "The Chilicoaten Murderers," The British Columbian, June 1, 1865.

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