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A Murder and a New Love

By early 1886, Cyrus had been working at the Warm Springs Agency for several years. One of the other workers there, Jason Wheeler, had a daughter named Mary. They fell deeply in love, writing romantic letters and poems for months while they were apart. Mary represented a return to happier times for Cyrus, as he attested in a Valentine's Day poem:

Oh! how sweet it would be, to be loved once again,
To forget the long years of deep sorrow and pain;
To know that one heart e'er beats truly for me,
As onward I journey o'er life's troubled sea.

Amidst the joy of falling in love, Cyrus was appointed Postmaster, and soon afterwards began investigate the murder of a Native women. He believed that the murder might be connected with inter-tribal tensions between the Paiute and Wasco peoples, who had recently been forced to live on the same lands.