CARROLL CO., Jan. 5 1858.
had a beautiful Christmas and New Year, and I think will have a
We have rather melancholy news from the Plains.
Some of our best citizens murdered—at least supposed to be.
Mr. Jno. T. Baker, son and daughter, and son–in–law; C. R.
Mitchell, Joel Mitchell, sons of Gen. Wm. C. Mitchell; with
several others known to be with the train. We get this news
from a California paper, which states that the company was headed
by a man familiarly known as "Uncle Jack of Crooked Creek, Carroll
co., Ark." If this be true, we have lost some of our best
citizens, as Mr. Baker was one of that class. He was a warm friend
and a bitter enemy; was possessed of good property, land, negroes,
He started with a drove of cattle, intending to return and move to
California, if he liked the country; he leaves a wife and several
children in this county.
What will the Government do with these Mormons and
Indians? Will it not send out enough men to hang all the
scoundrels and thieves at once, and give them the same play they
give our women and children?