The trial of James Close for the killing of two Indians held the attention of the court all day Saturday and was given to the jury until 6 o’clock in the evening. After a number of ballots, the jury returned a verdict of guilty of assault and battery. Among thinking people the verdict is a strange one as it makes killing an Indian a misdemeanor and not a crime.
Last Monday morning the lifeless body of J.A. Keats was discovered hanging to an improvised gallows – two rails and a cross bar – the road side between Pendleton and Adams, Oregon, the work of questionable vigilantes.