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"SQUAW MAN" CAN'T TALK TO CHILDREN
iTwo of the Motherless Children Whose Language Means Nothing to the
' Sorrowing Father.
Togiak Bay, Alaska, March 21.
Trader Bartlett of Togiak is a man
who has expected little of life. And
he got just about what he demanded.
Trader Bartlett married an Eski
mo, like many, men in th lonely
north. Those who .do not marry call
these others "squaw men," though
there is no opprobrium in the term.
His wife was a faithful, if unde
monstrative mate. She cooked and
stitched and kept the humble home
It was what Trader Bartlett ex
pected. That was why he had settled
down there after years 'of-roving the
To complete the measure, nature
gave him four children, in due time.
, In his humble -way Trader Bartlett 1
prospered. He sold bacon and beans,
sugar, flour and tea to the eager pro
spectors adventuring into the Kus
kokTfim. And if ever the lust for
quick, raw gold shook him, he mas
tered it and stayed with his store and
family. , He was content.
Like many another "squaw man,"
Bartlett never learned the language
of his mate, nor she his. Their wants
were so primitive, their association
so simple, that a few words sufficed.
The children, as they grew up,
learned only the mother's tongue.
The father spanked them at times,
played with them occasionally and
gave them an affectionate bear-hug
now and then. But to his babies he
remained a strange, silent man to
whom they could not prattle and
pour out their little joys and griefs.