A Month Among the Indian Missions and Agencies on the Missouri River, and in Minnesota and Wisconsin

A Month Among the Indian Missions and Agencies on the Missouri River, and in Minnesota and Wisconsin

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...was dying of pneumonia. He knew it was the custom of these Indians to give away everything they had whenever they lost a near friend; and this Indian gave away his blanket, gun, dogs, everything that he had, and scarified his body until he bled from every pore, and then sat down at the side of his dead son. The agent sent him a coffin, a blanket, and a kind message, and said to the one who carried the message, " Give my message to him and tell him how sad I ain for him, and that I have sent him this cofiin that he might bury his son. His white brother pities him. If he can help him he will be glad to do so." The Indian sat silent for two hours, but at last arose and said "The white man has made my heart like a woman's. I shall bury my dead son beside his door. I am going to live beside the agency, and I will be the white man's friend forever." It is a simple instance to illustrate what kindness will do. MY DEAR FRIEND:, I arrived here yesterday, Friday morning, and, as I sit down to write this Saturday night, look back upon two of the most interesting days I have ever spent in my life. My first impressions of the condition of the Indians here were not gained under very favorable, circumstances. _ The day was one of the dreariest of cloudy, chilly spring days. I had been on the railroad most of the night, and, when I arrived at the Reservation at ten o'clock, _was still breakfastless. The fairest country landscape looks forbidding in early spring when not a green thing has yet appeared, and the dead remains of last year's vegetation is covered with the filth deposited by the recently melted snow; and you can imagine, therefore, that to my anything but cheerful mood the characteristic languor...show more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236805437
  • 9781236805430