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Page 24 - Our country was given to us by the Great Spirit, who gave it to us to hunt upon, to make our cornfields upon, to live upon, and to make down our beds upon when we die, and He would never forgive us should we bargain it away. When you first spoke to us
Page 26 - of the commissioners, met together for purposes which demand that sobriety should be maintained, were it only that no one should be able to lay at their door an accusation of unfair dealing, and of having taken advantage of the helpless Indian in a bargain, whereby the people of the United States were to be
Page 26 - ' "Far and wide the grassy prairie teemed with figures; warriors mounted or on foot, squaws and horses. Here a race between three or four Indian ponies, each carrying a double rider, whooping and yelling like fiends. There a solitary horseman with a long spear, turbaned like an Arab, scouring along at full speed—groups
Page 8 - from Quebec to the Carolinas and from the western prairies to the forests of Maine." . . . "On the west they exterminated the Eries, and Andastes and spread havoc and dismay among the tribes of the Illinois. ' ' . . . The Indians of New England fled at the first peal of the Mohawk war cry." . . . And all Canada shook with the fury of their onset. '
Page 24 - If we had more land, you should get more, but our land has been wasting away ever since the white people became our neighbors and we now have hardly enough left to cover the bones of our tribe. You are in the midst of your red children.
Page 24 - speak like one of your own children. I am an Indian, a red-skin, and live by hunting and fishing, but my country is already too small and I do not know how to bring up my children if I give it all away
Page 26 - with food. The little village was in an uproar from morning to night, and from night to morning ; for during the hours of darkness, when the housed portion of the population of Chicago strove to obtain repose in the crowded plank edifices of the village, the Indians howled, sang, wept, yelled and whooped in their various encampments.
Page 14 - that the fair complexion and general appearance of Mrs. Helm might betray her for an American, raised a large feather bed and placed her under the edge of it. upon the bed-stead, with her face to the wall. Mrs. Bisson, the sister of Ouilmette's wife, then seated herself with her sewing upon the
Page 27 - was concluded—the commissioners putting their hands, and the assembled chiefs their paws, to the same." Thus, as so ably described by the English writer, was consummated the transfer by which Illinois ceased to be the land of the Indian. The Indians received as compensation for this vast grant $100,000.00 "to satisfy sundry