By Don. A Berry
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Louis the only city American history to exist under three sovereign flags in twenty-four hours. It may not have happened; this is a traditional account. If it didn’t happen, it should have, because the tradition is a beautifully apt symbol of St. Louis' cosmopolitanism. The population (4,000 in 1820) was as varied as could be found anywhere. At the time of our narrative the French character of the city was still highly evident. There were still log cabins of the early French settlers, their logs vertical and planted in the soil.
Anti-British feeling was still running high, and Pilcher placed the blame for—the Immel-Jones massacre directly at the doorstep of the British traders across the line. In another letter relating to the event, Indian Agent O'Fallon said of the British: Like the greedy wolf, not satisfied with the flesh they quarrel over the bones. Alarmed at the individual enterprise of our people, they are exciting the Indians against them. They furnished them with . . the instruments of death and a passport to our bosoms.
Ashley anchored the boats in the channel, as far away from the beach as possible. This, unfortunately, was not very far. ) The general demonstrated that his heart was good with presents, and the Rees seemed pleased. Ashley tentatively brought up the subject of the recent trouble and made it plain he was in no way connected with the Missouri Fur Company, regretted the incident profoundly, and hoped the Aricaras were not going to be unreasonable about it. Nothing could have been further from their minds.
A Majority of Scoundrels: An Informal History of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company by Don. A Berry