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William N. Byers sworn and examined:
We are investigating the late Ute outbreak, and have sent for you to give
us such information as you may have on the subject. If you know anything
which will throw any light upon it please state it.
Do you desire that my statement should go back any considerable length
of time?
If you are satisfi ed that it will have any bearing on the subject we are
investigating. We do not want any evidence which may or may not show
that the Utes should or should not be driven from Colorado. What we
want is anything which will throw light on the cause of the Ute outbreak,
and you can carry that back a year or two.
I came to know the Northern or White River
band of the Utes about four years ago;
in those days they were camping outside Denver
and its attractions -- they even called themselves
the "Denver Utes" sometimes -- and riding off
at intervals to hunt in Middle Park,
where I was ranching, or out onto the plains
for buff alo. -- They are part civilized,
part wild, and really neither; what they are
really, one could not say.... More to the point
was how they hated their head chief, Ouray;
Ouray collaborated with the whites,
they said, and was no true Ute, but had defrauded
their band of treaty-money. They would kill him,
or drive him off , they said; make their head chief
one of their own White River Utes. (The Utes,
as I suppose you know, are several bands
each with its chief, loosely confederated
under a head chief.) Still more serious,
they bitterly objected to the whites