The Cheyennes at Fort Riley.
From the Lawrence (Kansas) Herald of Freedom, Extra.
LAWRENCE, Monday, Aug. 3, 1857.
Official evidence has reached Gov. WALKER, through the commanding officer at Fort Riley, that the Cheyenne Indians, in force, have reached that station, where there is no fortification, and only half a company of infantry. The commanding officer at the fort asks for immediate assistance, “an attack being hourly expected,” and the garrison filled with the wives and children of absent officers and men. The official report represents that “the Indians had driven in all the settlers and committed several murders in sight of the post.”
Under these circumstances Gov. WALKER has sent Col COOKE, with the whole force under his command, to the point of danger. Col. COOKE started with the advance at 8 A.M. to-day, and by forced marches hopes to reach Fort Riley to-morrow evening, accompanied by the Governor. The rest of the troops follow immediately and will proceed with all possible expedition. It seems to be wisely ordered by Providence that the troops who are now so much nearer Fort Riley, should thus be enabled to reach that point in so brief a period, to give speedy protection to the garrison and settlers, and it is hoped, inflict summary chastisement upon this hostile and warlike tribe.