Mon, July 22

1873: TRIP TO THE VERDE, April 1; Part 2.

We encamped for the night in the neighborhood of Peck's lake.

"On returning to the post we had the pleasure of witnessing several dances by the Indians --- soldiers, captives and conquered --- all of whom appeared to have buried the hatchet and forgotten the past. Here were some 50 or 60 manly-looking young White Mountain Apaches; some 12 or 15 Aravapais, and about the same number of Apache-Yumas, dressed in Uncle Samuel's uniform, and carrying his arms and ammunition, mixing freely with the Indians whom they had just helped to conquer. And here, too, were white officers and soldiers fraternizing with these red men, and proving themselves, like the gallant major Brown, commander of the big expedition that had just returned victorious, 'gentlemen, without prejudices.' No, not a prejudice, for had not all fought the foe, side by side; had not the same blankets covered whites and Indians in the long tug of war and travel over the rough and rugged mountains from which, in about four months, they had driven the wild Apaches, and thus accomplished more than the thousands of troops that preceeded them. And, this fraternization did not lead to any disrespect for the officers. No, after the dance, in which Major Brown took a leading part, dressed as an Indian warrior, rigid discipline held sway and the Indian soldiers looked upon their officers with more respect than they had before. Scores of them recognized General Crook, and rushed to shake hands with him."

"'Moses,' an Aravapai Indian educated by Lieutenant Bourke, made everybody laugh by imitating a seller of old clo'. Features, voice, all Moseses' attributes are Jewish, and now that he is here in Prescott, some of our citizens ought to start him in business. Lt. Jake Almy says that whenever Moses commences to sell a man a suit of clothes, he (Jake) cannot but imagine that 'those voices' come up from a pile of ready-made pants. His education reflects credit upon Bourke, who is the same Bourke who gave up a soft thing at West Point and came back here to help with the work of subduing and educating the Apaches. He (Bourke) traveling sufficiently with Gen. Howard and other peace pipers to give him an everlasting disgust for the whole tribe."

"In conversation with Major Brown, Capt. Randall, Lieuts. Michler, Schuyler and the other officers of Crook's conquering army, we learned that in coming from McDowell --- the troops were scattered over a wide belt of country; laying by in the day, and traveling at night, on foot, for the purpose of surrounding rancherias which the scouts had discovered, and of making day-dawn attacks --- the horses of the cavalry were very seldom used; the nights being cold, men and officers suffered much, as fires could not be made, for fear of warning the Indians."

"As this article is already quite long, we will deliver an account of our trip to the wonderful ancient well, caves, houses, etc., on Beaver Creek, until next issue of the 'Miner.'"

(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; April 12, 1873; page 2.)

"On a recent trip to the Verde region, we visited the famous Montezuma well, caves and ruins on Beaver creek, near the ranch of Mr. Wales Arnold, distant about 8 miles from Camp Verde. The well is no more or less than an immense body of water in the basin of an extinct crater, in whose steep and rounded sides are well preserved stone houses, which were occupied by our predecessors in this Territory. The flow of water from this well, through a subterranean passage, is fully 400 inches. Around the water are large cottonwood and sycamore trees. The well is so deep that all attempts to sound its bottom have failed. Around and overlooking it are the ruins of many stone houses."

"The ranch of Mr. Arnold is one of the best and prettiest in Arizona. Barley, alfalfa, vegetables, &c., were growing finely. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold gave us a welcome reception and a treat in the shape of a boat-ride on Beaver creek."

"Some of the grandest scenery in America is to be seen on Beaver creek, and it will, no doubt, attract many tourists as soon as the 35th parallel railroad is completed."

(The Weekly Arizona Miner; April 26, 1873; page 3.)