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Reminisces of David C. Beatty - Volunteer

Page 87 of

Early History of Thurston County Washington Together With Biographies and Reminiscences of Those Identified with Pioneer Days
by Georgiana Blankenship - 1914

..."That the Indian war was hastened and fostered by the Hudson Bay people there is little doubt. At that time England claimed all this country from the Canadian possessions to the Columbia river, and the ever increasing number of Americans coming to settle the Northwest threatened to put under the plow land that the Hudson Bay sheep men were accustomed to look upon as their legitimate pasturage, so they aided the Indians with arms and supplies in a struggle to maintain control of the country.

"Governor Stevens sent his clerk out once to visit the Indian camps to see if he could find evidence of aid to the Indians Irom this source. I was sent along, with others, as a guard. We found empty sacks and cans with the Hudson Bay lettering on them, proving conclusively where much of the support the Indians received came from."