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Mail Tribune 100

May 9, 1917


The Klamath Indians are not consumed with any overwhelming desire to get into war service, according to C. H. Asbury, acting superintendent of the Klamath reservation, who is here this week in attendance at the federal court trials of several Indians charged with having introduced liquor on the reservation.

"While I have only been in charge at the reservation for a short time, yet I have become fairly familiar with conditions there," said Mr. Asbury today, "and so far as I can see the Indians are not falling over each other to enlist in the army, nor are they as a class thinking of doing so.

"A few of the young Indians may enlist, however. Recruiting Sergeant Fore who was stationed for a time in Medford, and who has been making his headquarters at Klamath Falls recently, has been out to the reservation several times in search of possible recruits, but so far has not made much headway. He intended to come back to the reservation next Saturday.

"I don't know just exactly who started the report, but recent dispatches in a number of newspapers to the effect that the Klamath Indians were petitioning the government to permit them to form a regiment or company of their own are without any truth. The arm officer in charge of recruiting in Oregon sent me several telegrams about this and also inquiring about recruiting possibilities among the Indians. Later Sergeant Fore appeared on the scene."

Most of the Indians are very busy now with their stock raising and agricultural pursuits. Recently, however, quite a number of them who were away fishing at Lost river were sent for by Acting Superintendent Asbury, through the reservation chief of police, and notified to return to their homes and get busy with their plowing and other necessary pursuits. It is sad, though, that the chief reason for rounding the Indians back to their home was that a report reached Mr. Asbury that they were spending their time more in gambling than in fishing.