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of the Ojibway, swooped down on their village and fired into their tents while all the men were sleeping, killing thirteen persons, and wounding several others. The marauding party then decamped, and would not show fight.
After this, the Sioux returned to the Portage, and the young chief with a band of followers, went to Picheito's house and accused him of being the cause of the trouble.
Picheito was not a Christian and could never be induced to become one, although he believed there was a Supreme Being, but he thought his time had come on this occasion, and as he afterwards himself said, he made good use of what few prayers he knew. The Sioux did not harm him however, but they went into his yard and took a couple of ponies and some other little things which were lying around loose, and Picheito was afraid to stop them.
The Sioux knew there would be still further trouble, so they securely entrenched themselves on the south side of the Assiniboine River, opposite the late Mr. David Cusitar's house.
A few days after the massacre at the Lake, the Red Lake Indians came into Portage and asked to have a 'Pow-wow' with the Sioux. This was granted and the two tribes feasted and pow-wowed for several days. At last, one evening after a big pow-wow, the chief of the Red Lake Indians addressed the assembly, and concluded by say ing that he would come on the morrow and tell the real object of his presence here. These words seemed to have a significant meaning to the Indians, for next day all was quiet; not an Indian was to be seen.
La te in the afternoon a long, black, moving line was seen approaching on the northern horizon. It was a war party of Red Lake Indians, and as it came nearer to the Portage the men fell into the grass, separating all over the prairie, and kept crawling up unobserved behind the few who continued to walk. The Sioux had noticed the movement, and they also had come from behind their entrenchments and scattered themselves in the long grass, but they did it so stealthily that they were not observed by the opposite party.
Just before dusk, a Sioux Indian came out on the prairie, near where the Court House now stands, to help Mrs. Spence, an old half-breed woman, to draw in a load of hay, and as they were returning, on the trail leading to the river, Mrs. Spence was leading the pony and the Indian was walking behind the cart. They had got down the trail as far as the log house which is now occupied