Life, letters and travels of Father Pierre-Jean de Smet, S.J., 1801-1873: missionary labors and adventures among the wild tribes of the North American Indians ...

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F.P. Harper, 1905 - Indians of North America
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Page 24 - They were tired in many moons and their moccasins wore out. " My people sent me to get the ' White Man's Book of Heaven.' You took me to where you allow your women to dance as we do not ours, and the book was not there. You took me to where they worship the Great Spirit with candles and the book was not there. You showed me images of...
Page 5 - Mother-House in 1851; and. from that time down to the present, the story of Mother Seton's Daughters of Charity of Cincinnati. The work fills a very much needed blank in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States, and what renders it of the greatest importance is the fact that the authoress has given us a study of Mother Seton's Daughters based mainly upon sources which have never before been used by historians of Mother Seton's Community.
Page 63 - who had never seen but the narrow hunting paths by which they transport themselves and their lodges, were filled with admiration on seeing this noble highway, which is as smooth as a barn floor swept by the winds, and not a blade of grass can shoot up on it on account of the continual passing.
Page 25 - You make my feet heavy with gifts and my moccasins will grow old in carrying them, yet the book is not among them. When I tell my poor blind people after one more snow, in the big council, that I did not bring the book, no word will be spoken by our old men or by our young braves. One by one they will rise up and go out in silence. My people will die in darkness, and they will go a long path to other hunting grounds. No white man will go with them, and no White Man's Book to make the way plain. I...
Page 24 - I came with one eye partly opened, for more light for my people, who sit in darkness. I go back with both eyes closed. How can I go back blind, to my blind people? I made my way to you with strong arms, through many enemies and strange lands, that I might carry back much to them.
Page 284 - Homo" and a statue of our Lady of the seven Dolours, and the interpreter explained to them that that head crowned with thorns, and that countenance defiled with insults, were the true and real image of a God who had died for the love of us, and that the heart they saw pierced with seven swords, was the heart of his mother, we beheld an affecting illustration of the beautiful thought of Tertullian, that the soul of man is naturally Christian!
Page 260 - Black-gown, the words of thy mouth have found their way to our hearts ; they will never be forgotten.' I advised them to select among themselves a wise and prudent man, who every morning and evening, should assemble them to offer to Almighty God their prayers and supplications. The meeting was held the very same evening, and the great chief promulgated a law that for...
Page 30 - They had been for twenty-three years among the nations called the Flatheads and Pierced Noses about a thousand Flemish leagues from where we are. I have never seen any savages so fervent in religion. By their instructions and example they have given all that nation a great desire to have themselves baptized. All that tribe strictly observe Sunday and assemble several times a week to pray and sing canticles. The sole object of these good Iroquois was to obtain a priest to come and finish what they...
Page 56 - They asked me a thousand questions about the regions I had explored, and the valley which I have just described to you, pleased them greatly from the account I gave them of it. Was that what determined them? I would not dare to assert it. They are there!
Page 98 - Chivington commanded] of six or seven hundred women, children, and old men, shook all the veins which bind and support me. I rose, tomahawk in hand, and I have done all the hurt to the whites that I could. To-day thou art among us, and in thy presence my hands fall to the ground as if dead.

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