[William Clayton Journal] Just as we started this morning, 12 or 15 Indians were seen running over the river towards us. They soon came up to the wagons which were some scattered and although they shook hands they showed savage hostility. Four of the oxen were not yet yoked up, these they drove off from the wagons which now began to draw together. They soon satisfied us that they were bent on robbing us and without ceremony took Jack Reddings horse from behind the wagon. [Lisbon] Lamb went to take it from them and seized the lariette which another immediately cut with his knife. Lamb then got on the horse but no sooner on than two Indians pulled him off and marched off with the horse. They stole Jack Reddings knife out of its sheath and one from John Peacock. They also tried to get Jack off the horse he was riding but he kept his seat. They tried Skeens horse but he kicked one of them over. The Indians then tried to get the men out of their wagons so that they might get in and plunder, but every man kept in his wagon to guard it and we concluded to turn about and go back to the company. We accordingly started and the Indians turned back towards the timber with the horse four Oxen, two knives and a sack of salt. After travelling back about 6 miles we met the company, told the story and bore their slang and insults without saying much, but not without thinking a great deal. The whole company were then formed in two lines. All the arms loaded and each man that could raise a gun was ordered to walk beside the wagons, the horsemen to go ahead. We then proceeded on and when we came opposite to w[h]ere we met with the Indians the horsemen went down and found the oxen where we left them. They brought them up and we travelled til dark, then camped near the river, having traveled 5 1/4 miles from last night exclusive of the distance we went back. A strong guard was placed round the cattle and camp and kept up through the night.
Many hard speeches have passed among the brethren, such as damned hyprocrites, damned liars, mutineers &c. and most of those who started ahead are ordered to travel in the rear all the time. This savage, tyrannical conduct was one thing which induced some to leave and undertake to go through alone and more peaceably, and it will still leave feelings of revenge and hatred which will require some time to cover up. Young [Lorenzo] Babcock shook his fist in Zebedee Coltrins face and damned him, said he could whip him. For my part, I shall be glad when I get in more peaceable society, and I think I shall not easily be caught in such a scrape again.
[George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://amzn.to/william-clayton]
[source: George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://amzn.to/william-clayton]