Pauses and Parleys

About twenty miles west of here at Lolo Hot Springs, the Nez Perce soldiers were coming, so they moved cautiously and set up camp four miles from here.

Three parleys (meetings) between Nez Perce, soldiers, and citizens were held over the next three days. Neither side found the other's terms acceptible.

They were going to meet again on the fourth day, but by then the Nez Perce found they could end the stalement. Nez Perce scouts had found a way to pass around the soilders without further confrontation.

The military demanded the surreneder of arms, ammunition, and horse; the Nez Perce refused, saying they needed these for their trek to east but that they would pass peacefully.

illustration of parley at Woodman Flats

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