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liberal and conscientious. On my asking him who taught him the use of tools,
He replied, no one; then pointing up to the sky, he said, “the Great Spirit taught me.”
Fascinations of Indian Character.—With all their foibles and vices there is something fascinating in the Indian character,
and one cannot long associate with them without having a perceptible growing attachment. The Indian is emphatically the natural
man, and it is an easy thing to make an Indian out of a white person, but very difficult to civilize or Christianize an Indian.
I have known a number of whites who had been taken prisoners
by the Indians when young, and with out exception they formed such attachment; that after being with them some time, they
could not be induced to return to their own people. There was a woman among the Shawnees, supposed to be near an hundred years
of age, who was taken prisoner, when young, in Eastern Pennsylvania. Some year; after, her friends, through the agency of
traders, endeavored to induce her to return but in vain. She became, if possible, more of a squaw in her habits and appearance
than any female in the nation.
of their punctuality in performing their contracts, I would state that I have often loaned them money, which was always returned
in due season, with a single exception. This was a loan to a young man who promised to pay me when they received their annuity.
After the appointed time he shunned me, and the matter remained unsettled until just prior to our departure for their new
homes. I then stated the circumstance to one of the chiefs more from curiosity to see how he would receive the intelligence
than with the expectation of its being the means of bringing the money. He, thereupon, talked with the lad upon the subject,
but, being unsuccessful, he called a council of his brother chiefs, who formed a circle, with the young man in the centre.
After talking to him a while in a low tone, they broke out and vociferously reprimanded him for his dishonest conduct but
all proved unavailing. Finally, the chiefs in a most generous and noble spirit,, made up the amount from their own purses,
and pleasantly tendered it to me.