Daily Alta California
connection with trial and conviction of Andrea Konigan, an Alaska Indian,
for manslaughter concerning the killing of Edward P. Boyle on the Kuskokwim
River in March of 1877. Boyle was a fur trader in the employ of O.J. Janson
Esq. of Alta, California and as such, occupied a station opposite Kolmakovsky
Redoubt, an establishment of the Alaska Commercial Company situated on the
Kuskquine River. It was a distance of about a mile and in plain sight, on
the afternoon of 3/23/1877, Mr. Boyle spent 2 or 3 hours with the agent
of the ACC, taking tea with him and starting on his return to his own Post
at about 5 in the afternoon. The following morning, Mr. B's murder was reported.
The Indian Konigan, shortly prior to the report, was seen coming across
the river on snowshoes, having an army rifle on his back and carrying a package.
The agent immediately sent 2 of his men over to bring the body to his place
for burial. In the meantime, the Indian disappeared, leaving behind his
pack, which upon examination, was found to contain furs, known by peculiar
marks, to have been Mr. B's property.
On examination of Mr. B's premises and the position of the body, it showed
that he had been shot from behind, the ball entering the base of the brain
and passing out the forehead, embedding itself in the opposit wall. The
Indian however, had pasted a piece of newspaper over the hole in the wall,
the room being lined with papers and it was not discovered for several days
afterward. The size of the bullet proved that it must have come from a gun
such as the Indian carried. It was also discovered that a sum of money which
Mr. B. was known to possess had also disappeared.
The Indian was captured in June at Fort St. Michaels on Norton Sound, about
400 miles in a direct line from the scene of the crime, where he had offered
a $20 gold piece for provisions. On the arrival of the revenue cutter Richad
Rush, the Indian was turned over to a U.S.Authority named Capt. G.W.Bailey.
6/6/1881 Pittsburgh Daily Post
A Naval officer, Capt. Glass of the Jamestown, has just abolished
slavery in Alaska. Suppressing is the system which has existed among
the Alaska tribes of making slaves of prisoners of war or of hostages
held for the payment of claims for injuries. In one village, he found 17
persons of various ages held or claimed as slaves, some by purchase, others
by inheritance. They were all released in the presence of their owners and
given a certificate, warning all the Indians not to injure or molest anyone
formerly a slave, under pain of severe punishment. He has sent letters
to the tribes in Southeastern Alaska directing the slaves to be set free
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