The Riders of the Plains; Adventures and Romance with the Northwest Mounted Police, 1873-1910

The Riders of the Plains; Adventures and Romance with the Northwest Mounted Police, 1873-1910

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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. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...the Indians in the district are not as well ofi as they have been in the past. As to non-treaty Indians, the hunting and fishing have been poor. The treaty Indians find it hard, they say next to impossible, to earn money by working for, or making sales of wood to, white men; in other words, the Indians' power to earn something over and above what they receive as aid (in the shape of rations) from the Government has in the past been overrated. A hungry Indian, like a hungry white, is not so docile or as contented as he is found to be under more favourable circumstances. In talking among themselves as well as to their half-breed and white friends, the Indians maintain that the daily ration received is too small to live on, and that their power of supplementing such ration by their own labour has become minimised. In addition to this, though strictly speaking not relating to Indians, the poorer class of half-breeds are in bad circumstances, some utterly destitute; of these some are really Indians by birth though they do not take treaty. These people (who I might note have had much consideration and aid from the Government) are related to the Indians, speaking the same language. They exercise a certain influence, which I fear is not in the majority of cases likely to be a favourable one, even if comparatively passive. Then again, there are always those white men who should know better, who, when occasion offers, as it must from time to time, are not too glad to sympathise with Indian statements, and conclusions drawn therefrom, to an extent that establishes a belief in a grievance." That Almighty Voice was not without followers who yearned to emulate his example was shown not many months after his outbreak. In October of 1896...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236990862
  • 9781236990860