Indians said to be sullex!
And other sarcasm! This many-tiered headline is a fine parody of its own times! And I quote! Complete with snarky Chinuk Wawa borrowings!
The ‘Times’ out with Two Stirring
Everybody Going–Going–Gone to
Excepting Those Who Stay at Home!
A.V. Wilson, Wells, Fargo & Co.’s Mes-
senger, Kilapied!–Highly Uninteresting
News from Fort Colville!–No News
from the Mines!–Indians said to be
Sullex!–Water thought to be all over
the River-bars!–Dry diggings, per-
haps Overflowed, and perhaps can’t be
Worked till the Rain Sets In!–Will
Probably be ascertained when the Dig-
gings are Discovered!–Probably Good
Mining Somewhere, East of this!–
☞ Nobody Advised either to Go or Stay
This gem is found in the August 4, 1855 Oregon City Oregon Argus, page 3.
The obligatory notes on its Chinuk Wawa: “kilapied” is k’ilapay (killapie) ‘to return’ used in an English past-tense form. “Sullex” is saliks (sollecks) ‘angry’.
File under humor!
FYI, googling “kilapied” returns an image from the Vancouver (BC) World of July 25, 1898…I’d like to have a closer look at that page, but it’s behind a paywall. Not findable at UBC’s historic-newspapers site.