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t RUSE OF "TENAS" GEORGE.
"Tenas" George was a squaw
man and a white savage. The In
dians called him that because
''tenas" in Chinook means 'little.
George was certainly small phys-
ically, but mentally he was big
enough for his surroundings and
tne savages with whom he asso
George was a nomad and no
good for several years befoer he
reformed. Then he settled down
to be' a common farmer. He mar
ried the best looking squaw he
could find and went to tilling the
The place he selected for the
completion of his reformation
was a small valley on the Simil
kameen river. It was a beautiful
spot, but was contiguous to an
Indian burial ground where lay
the sacred bones of a once famous
war chief. A creek ran through
it and there were mountain trout
and small game in abundance.
The ground was easy to culti
vate and the crop was about
grown and ready for George and
his squaw when the Indians be
gan to assemble from every con
ceivable place. They were com
ing to their annual sun dance in
reverence to their departed war
George's "farm" left with them.
Every green thing that George
had worked so industriously to
produce vanished with the In
dians. For wasn't George one of
them, married to one of their
j That winjer Tenas George and 1
his .squaw spent most miserably.
But the next season found him
as industrious as ever, planting
another garden. As it grew into
green stuff with which George
and his squaw found feast the
next winter, the squaw-man cov
eted the burial ground because it
was just as fertile as his farm.
He. dared not attempt to drive
away the Indians with intimida
tion. And he didn't know whether or
not they would be back for an
other sun dance. But they came,
just the same, and immediately'
settled dowrx to eat George out
or nouse and home once more.
All that day he thought over the
problem of ridding himself of
them. Then out of the recesses
of his evil brain, somewhere, a
happy thought flashed.
That evening he spent much
time in the ' garden gathering
pumpkins and making them into
hobgoblins, with candles to light
them. When the revel was end
ing in wild war whoops, tomtom
noise and firewater, then George
sneaked his pumpkins out to the
war chief's grave. He lighted the
candles and hurried back to await
They were not long in coming.
The savages noticed ,the horrible,
grinning visages in the darkness
and fled. They dared not return
till broad daylight.
Next day they told George
what they had witnessed,' but he
laughed and said it was impossi
ble. A council was held ,and at
George's suggestion it was de
cided that the war chief was dis-