May 9 – May 14 1858

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May 58

Su 9             alls well wife is getting a
long as well as could be ex
pected dislikes to be a lone or
without me cant be helpd, the
grand Jury closd its session last
kt at 10 p.m. & at about 2 p.m.
I, Mack & Bill Mackmanaway
started for the cabin was there
before sun down had supper
the two Mcks went down to the
point to get some blankets Bill
I rin some Bulletts for my revo
lver as there is a good deal of ex
citement about the Indians
of late out at hone y lake & thereabouts.1

Mo 10         the Macks went to sloosing I
to making hose & Jake to knock
ing old boxes to pieces we also
did some packing of boxes. I got
done sewing one seam of the new
hose. Jake helpd me to turn it

Tu 11           the Macks were sloosing this
a.m. p.m. they cleand up & got

May 58

Jake made too sloos boxes a.m.
after, he went down to point after
some grub. I was making hose

We 12         the Macks is cleaning up for
gold, Jake is making floom
boxes to conduct water to pen sto
ck. p.m. he went down to point
after nails. I finishd the new
hoes. the boys got some gold

Th 13          Macks ar cleaning up get
gold every day. Jake is making
floom boxes finishd by noon, I
cut open & sewd up some 10ft of
old, hose by noon. Afte, I & Jake
ficed four bosex to clean up
about the cabins that were burned
we cut a small ditch, had the
water running through the
boxes, I put in some dirt.

Fr 14            Bill did not work this fore
noon neaty was cleaning up
I & Jake was cleaning up a rou
nd my old cabbin & got some gold.

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  1. The Plumas Argus of April 29 1858 hinted at brewing tensions at Honey Lake, “For some weeks past the Indians of this country, and particularly at Indian and Honey Lake Valley have been exhibiting an insolent and insubordinate disposition, finding its expression in threats to destroy on an early day the lives of the white inhabitants of the localities mentioned, and in depredations upon the stock and other property in their reach. These threats had attracted the attention of the citizens who were consequently watchful of their movements. It is known that emissaries had visited all the scattered remnants of tribes in this and the surrounding counties, and that, as it were by a common impulse all betook themselves to Honey Lake, carrying with them everything they possessed. We have heard of at least one thousand passing near this place en route for that region.
    At Indian Valley great alarm was created in the minds of the inhabitants, who hastily threw up a Block House near Ward’s Ranch. At Honey Lake the belief is universal that there will be a conflict. Already they have driven off a considerable quantity of stock. What adds to the feeling of fear, is that the inhabitants of this boarder region are almost entirely destitute of weapons, the guns belonging to the Plumas Rangers being worthless at the present for the want of caps. The Pitt River and Pi-ute Indians have not been in Honey Lake for some time. When they left it was with the threat to return in a short time for a fight. On all sides a conflict with these savages is universally feared and expected. We understand that the Plumas Rangers will go to Honey Lake to protect the settlers. We sincerely hope that nothing may come of these suspicious appearances, but we fear the contrary.
    We can not imagine why these savages are not on the Reservations. Had it not been for the unwise assertion of some of the inhabitants of Honey Lake, that they were in Utah, we have every reason to believe that Genl. Clark would have established a military post at that place, but as his Department only extends to the California line he would do nothing. We hope that he may do so yet, for the objection mentioned should not obtain, as in fact a large portion, if not the whole of Honey Lake Valley is undoubtedly in California.”
    A few days later,  Daily Alta California of May 13 1858 provided an update: “One Garlow, who came down yesterday from the Big Meadows, informs us that on Thursday last, the news was brought to Brown’s house by a Deputy Sheriff of Plumas county, of a fight which had taken place between a party of residents of Honey Lake and some Mormon emigrants on one side, and a party of Pitt River Indians on the other. It seems that the Mormons, who were on their way from Oregon to Salt Lake, had been robbed of their cattle by Indians, who subsequently offered to exchange he cattle for flour. This proposition was acceded to; but when once the rascally red skins had obtained the possession of the flour, they refused to give up the cattle. Pending the parley that followed this treacherous act, a party from Honey Lake, who were in pursuit of cattle which had been stolen, joined the Mormons, and made battle with the Indians. The fight lasted for two or three hours, and resulted in the death of twenty Indians and the wounding of two whites. The Mormons recovered all their cattle, and the Honey Lake party found more than enough in the possession of the Indians to make up their losses. The conquerors scalped their slaughtered foes and returned in triumph to Honey Lake. Garlow was unable to learn the number of whites and Indians engaged in the conflict or the condition of the wounded men. The Indians, who were of the Pitt river tribe, were all armed with guns. Much apprehension is felt among the residents about Honey Lake Valley, and a general uprising of the Indians is feared. Those who have heretofore lived about the white settlements have all gone away, providing themselves with ammunition before their departure.—Butte Record, May 10th”