Tazoo, alias Ptan-doo-tah
(Red Otter), Prisoner was professional juggler and medicine man,
and was convicted of rape upon the testimony of the violated woman herself,
and of participation in the murder of Patville. He tied her hands.
The lady testified that he acted as if delighted with the acts of the others
of the war party, and helped to plunder. Her testimony was fully
corroborated by others, and her own reputation was stainless. Godfrey
refers to this Indian in his account of the Patville murder Prisoner
said he had very sore eyes at the commencement of the
outbreak, and was at that time opposite Fort Ridgely. He was with the party that killed Patville and others. Maza-bom-doo killed Patville. He himself took Miss Williams captive. Said he would have violated the women, but they resisted. He thought he did a good deed in saving the women alive.
[Heard, THE SIOUX WAR AND MASSACRE]
[T]ell our friends that
we are being removed from this world over the same path they must shortly
travel. We go first, but many of our friends may follow us in a very
short time. I expect to go direct to the abode of the Great Spirit,
and to be happy when I get there; but we are told that the road is long
and the distance great; therefore, as I am slow in my movements, it will
probably take me a long time to reach the end of the journey, and I should
not be surprised if some of the young, active men we will leave behind
us will pass me on the road before I reach the place of my destination.
[STATEMENT OF TAZOO AT THE TIME OF HIS EXECUTION(Dec. 24, 1862)]
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