Western Missions and Missionaries: A Series of Letters

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Page 139 - ... and to live without accidents. The bear's head is often preserved in the camp during several days, mounted in some suitable position and adorned with scraps of scarlet cloth, and trimmed with a variety of necklace collars and colored feathers. Then they offer it the calumet, and ask it that they may be able to kill all the bears they meet, without accident to themselves in order to anoint themselves with his fine grease and make a banquet of his tender flesh.
Page 289 - Ъу our artist, Mr. Stanley. The massive timbers supporting the altar were from larch trees five feet in diameter, and were raised to their place by the Indians, with the aid simply of a pulley and a rope. They have a large cultivated field of some two hundred acres, and a prairie of from two to three thousand acres. They own a hundred pigs, eight yokes of oxen, twenty cows, and a liberal proportion of horses, mules, and young animals. The Indians have learned to plough, sow, till the soil generally,...
Page 112 - the springs," situated about 14 miles distant, in the vicinity of Robidoux's tradinghouse, for Colonel Mitchell had named this as the rendezvous for all those who proposed going directly to the United States. On the 24th, before sunrise, we set out in good and numerous company. I visited, in my way, two trading-houses in order to baptize five halfblood children. In the course of the day we passed the famous Chimney rock, so often described by my travelers.
Page 98 - 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 135 - Every spring, at the first peal of thunder, "the Assiniboins offer it sacrifices; some burn tobacco and present to the Great Spirit the most exquisite pieces of buffalo meat by casting them into the fire; while others make deep incisions in the fleshy parts of their bodies, and even cut off the first joints of their fingers to offer them in sacrifice. Thunder, next to the sun, is their Great Wah-kon."3 Among the Blackfoot Indians the sacrifice of a finger Thesacrior a finger-joint was made on various...
Page 347 - It seems to us on the contrary that no nation has ever furnished more means of civilization. If any one must be blamed on this point, it is rather private persons, new colonists who act and place themselves in direct opposition with the good intentions of the Government in behalf of the Savages.
Page 142 - ... the South, where the climate is mild, the game abundant, and the rivers well stocked with fish. Their hell is the reverse of this picture ; its unfortunate inmates dwell in perpetual snow and ice, and in the complete deprivation of all things. There are, however, many among them who think death is the cessation of life and action, and that there is naught beyond it.
Page 65 - I was myself in so alarming a state, and fearing that I might be taken away at any moment, and thus share his last abode in this land of pilgrimage and exile, I besought him to hear my confession if he were yet capable of listening to me. I knelt, bathed in tears, by the dying couch of my brother in Christ — of my faithful friend — of my sole companion in the lonely desert. To him in his agony, I, sick and almost dying, made my confession.
Page 66 - ... according to the language of the apostle. Their kind father quitted them at the moment in which his services seemed to be the most necessary. I shall always remember with deep gratitude the solicitude evinced by the passengers to the reverend father in his dying moments. My resolution not to leave the body of the pious missionary in the desert was unanimously approved. A decent coffin, very thick, and tarred within, was prepared to receive his mortal remains: a temporary grave was dug in a beautiful...
Page 257 - ... desire it ardently ; but these desires were not yet sufficiently imbued with the true principles of religion. I could not content myself with the persuasion generally existing among the savages, that when they have received baptism they can conquer any enemy whatsoever. The courage and the happiuess of the Flat-Heads have inspired them with this belief. This explains why some wretches, who seek only to kill their neighbors, were the first to petition for baptism.

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