following, from a Grangeville dispatch, tells of an assault made on a
former resident of Boise: Tennyson
Wright, who lives about four miles from Pollock and 60 miles from
Grangeville, arrived here this morning stating that an attempt had been
made on his life by A.E.(Fred) White, a stockman of Salmon River.
Wright is a prior settler and owns some valuable land which was given
him by a decision of the land office at Boise last month. The claim was contested by A.E. White, who, Wright claims,
took it away from him by force. Wright
was arrested and brought Grangeville about four weeks ago on a charge of
insanity, but was dismissed as sane.
relating the story of the attempt upon his life, Mr. Wright said:
“My wife had company yesterday, and when our company returned
home my wife and I accompanied her across this contested land.
We met Mr. White and I gave him notice to move his improvements
within 30 days. He advanced
upon me and struck me about the face and head with his six shooter,
knocking me down. He kicked
me about the body until my wife interfered and gave me a chance to run
into the house. He ran
after me for about 30 yards and then turned back and tried to find the
barrel of his revolver, which my wife afterward told me he broke over my
my wife and I went to Pollock. We
heard that White and his gang were drinking in a saloon near by.
we were in a store one of the gang came in and bought a box of
cartridges, and I, thinking that another attempt was to be made on my
life, slipped out of the store, through some brush and ran up the road
about a mile, where I met a man with a horse, and came on to
Grangeville, making the ride of 60 miles in 10 hours over a very rough
road. I will swear out a
complaint for White’s arrest in the morning.
My head and body are very sore and cause me much pain every time
I move. I am confident that
if he had not broken his gun he would have killed me.
Wright’s face and head show the marks of violence. He also states that the Whites kill his stock and turn their
own cattle into his fields, destroying his crops and breaking his
fences. He says that he has
been shot at several times by unknown parties, and that one night a man
who was staying at his place was almost killed by someone in ambuscade.
**See the Murder page for the
murder of Tennyson at a later date.