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prQperlyLgalned in trade with the In
Then he met Alice, the beautiful
half-breed daughter of Wahtela, who
was a full-blooded Sioux, and of "Ec-
coby the French," who was descend
ed from an old "voyageur."
Alice was 18, and had inherited
her father's good looks. She was liv
ing on Clay Creek with her mother,
Wahtela, and Wahtela's latest con
sort, Nicholas Janise, representative
of the American Fur Co. in the Black
Those were days of easy unions.
White men bought and sold squaws,
in Indian fashion.
Tibbetts bought not Alice, but her
mother, Wahtela, paying Janise many
head of cattle and horses. And Alice
came with her mother.
For several years the family kept
together. The three lived a life partly
Indian and partly civilized. The Tib
betts brand became known from Can
ada to Texas and he was the wealth
iest "squaw man" on the Dakota
plain. And Alice became the belle of
There was another beautiful half
breed on the reservation, Emily Jan
ise, who was bright and spoke En
glish, French and Sioux.
Tibbetts married her, forsaking
Wahtela. And about the same time
Alice, courted by cowboys, soldiers
and officials, married a commissary
department clerk named George
White and went to live with him in
Then came the tragedy of the
beautiful half-breed girl. Five months
after the wedding she gave birth to a
baby boy. Everybody talked. Some
of his associates twitted White about
it He loved the girl, but could not
stand the shame of it and deserted
her, a broken-hearted man.
Tibbetts then came forward, got
Alice to go back with her baby to old
Wahtela, and gave Wahtela $50 in
cash and 100 head of cattle to care
. for them. . .i
Tibbetts would have taken the,
baby into his own home, but his wife'
Emily hated the boy and threatened
to kill him. Wahtela hid him several-,
days in the brush through fear. Alice"
died not long afterward.
The boy grew up on the reserva
tion, went to the government school,
married and prospered in a modest;
way. His parentage was always in
doubt, though he called himself Wil
liam White Tibbetts. -;-
A year ago Tibbetts died and his
wife Emily followed him. He left an
estate of $50,000 in money and num-.
berless cattle and horses still running .
on the reservation.
The obvious heir was a half-breed;
girl that Tibbetts and Emily had,
adopted. But William White Tibbetts, '
son of Alice White, asserted his tlaim, .'.
and a Penningtbn County circuit'
court jury at Rapid City has just de-'
clared him to be the natural son of.
Ben Tibbetts "constructively adopt- .
ed" by him and co-heir to his name-
THANKS, BUT WE DON'T MUCH
CARE FOR THIS IDEA
Another savant has discovered a
cure for the high cost of living.
The gink Is a German professor
named Rudolph Lennhoff.
Very likely Rudolph has been liv
ing in a case for the last decade or
Anyhow, his wonderful discovery is
that if you wear a belt and tighten
the belt you will "reduce the human
Rudolph learnedly explains that
the result is achieved "through the
contraction of the stomach by the,
pressure of the belt"
Rudolph's all right; he ought to
have a medal and an extra degree or .
But we'd like to know why the
Vossiche Zeitung and the Journal of
the American Medical Association
felt called on to fall, and fail solemn
ly, for this: stuffy , -, o P