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INDIANS. RESENT PLUTOCRACY
Father Duncan, famous missionary
of Far North, and two of his wards.
Metlakahtla, Alaska. Angered at
the Tsimpsean Indians, Father Dun
can, one of the most noted mission
aries to Alaska, has cut off the water
supply to this village. He has been a
missionary to this tribe since 1887
and when they became dissatisfied
with the progress they were making
under his guidance and petitioned for
a government Indian school he ob
jected. Then Sec'y Lane issued th order
establishing the school and' when it
was opened he retaliated by stopping
the water. He controls the pipe line
and so far has ignored the order of
Gov. Strong to turn on the water.
In the meantime the Indians are
supplying the town with water with
buckets, and are turning out in force
for both day and night sessions of
But the school officials fear that
the water incident is but the warning
of an approaching storm, for Father
Duncan is one of the best known
missionaries in North America, and
it is believed that he can arouse a
storm of protest in church circles
both in the United States and' Eng
Father Duncan maintains that the
Indians are only children incapable
of managing their own affairs, who
have become fractious and rebellious
and need severe discipline.
The Indians in turn point to the
village of Hydaburg on Prince of'
Wales Island where with the guidance
of the U. S. Indian school the younger
generation has become self govern
ing, own their own store, lumber mill
and fish salteries.
Only 12 or 14 followers remain with
Father Duncan, but all the Metakaht
Jans still love him. While openly hos
tile on week days the tribesmen gath
er on Sundays and listen to him
preach as they have' for' the past 27.
She held her sweefr'inouth up to
him and then remarked, to-wit:
"You may print a kiss on my lips,
But you mustn't publish it!'
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