(Painted 1851.) The flight of a Mountain Trapper from a band of Black-Foot Indians consitutes an incident in the life of Capt. Joe Meek, the present marshal of Oregon Territory. He was a native of Ohio, and early in life enlisted in the service of the American Fur Company as a trapper; in which service he spent eighteen years in the Rocky Mountains. This picture represents one of the many thrilling incidents in his life, characteristic of the trapper and pioneer. Finding himself pursued by a large party, he hoped, by the aid of a well-bred American horse, to escape a personal encounter; but the Indians, taking advantage of the broken country, soon overtook him, and were showering their arrows at him while in full pursuit, using their horses as a shield. Joe, reserving his fire for a favorable moment, selected the war-chief who was foremost, and, with well-directed aim, hit both horse and rider, which caused them to abandon the pursuit. Joe was one of the early pioneer residents of Oregon, and one of its first representatives under the provisional government. [Pp. 40-41.]
Portraits of North American Indians, with Sketches of Scenery, etc., painted by J.M. Stanley. Deposited with the Smithsonian Institution. Washington: Smithsonian Institution. December, 1852.