Loveland, Chester to Brigham Young, 12 Aug. 1868, in Deseret Evening News, 17 Aug. 1868, 2.
Aug. 12th, 1868.
President Brigham Young:—We arrived here and crossed in safety to-day. The health of the camp is now good. There have been quite a number of cases of sickness, but nothing very serious. We buried two infants that were both sick before coming into the train, no other deaths. Nothing has occurred to mar the happiness or peace of the train except an Indian raid on our animals on the 5th inst. While in camp for noon, and in the very act of getting up the stock for the afternoon's drive, two Indians rode in among the band and succeeded in driving off about forty-five head of our best animals. Some thirty of the boys started on mule and horseback, in pursuit, and headed off all the animals in about five or six miles, with the exception of five which the Indians seemed determined to capture, and part of the boys were equally as determined they should not. After a hard ride of about thirty miles some few of the boys succeeded in overtaking them, when a contest ensued and one Indian was killed and the other mortally wounded. The boys sustained no injury whatever, although five shots were fired among the herders while driving up the stock, but happily with no fatal result.
Our animals are all in very good condition, and if no serious accident happens we expect to reach Salt Lake City by the 20th of this month.
Trusting that all is well with you, as it is with us, we remain your brother in the Gospel.
E. B. SHOEBRIDGE, Clerk.