Lee and the Mountain Meadow Massacre
SALT LAKE, January 2.— A statement has been published here, purporting to be a de-scription of the Mountain Meadow Massa-cre, by Rachel, wife No. 4 of John D. Lee. It states that at the time of the massacre Lee was living at Fort Harmony as an In-dian farmer, under Brigham Young, who was then Governor and Superintendent of Indian Affairs in this Territory. It claims that the emigrants poisened a spring at Corn Creek and an Indian and some stock died therefrom; that the Indians then ral-lied and followed the train, and notwith-standing all the efforts of the Mormons, the party was surrounded by Indians. After several days' fighting, Lee induced the emigrants to surrender their arms to him, in two wagons, with which he started for Cedar City, telling them to follow for protection, soon after which he heard firing and sounds of the massacre. The state-ment comes through Lees' attorney.
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