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perly awakened, than is found among the Indians, both children and
adults, to lend a helping hand in alleviating present world-wide suffering. The unspoiled Indian heart is beautifully sensitive to all the finer humanities of the most advanced enlightenment. The record in course of preparation upon the number, location, rank, etc., of Indians in the military service enables me quite safely to estimate the whole number at 5000. At present 2200 of them are reported and properly indexed. Of this number 1800 are in the Army, 300 in the Navy and 100 in other military work. 1600 en tered by enlistment and 600 by consciption. The number and rank of officers can not yet be stated. I am receiving assurance of aid and cooperation from various social organizations which will cover different phases of Indian welfare in camp and battle field life and will contribute helpfully to an understanding of actual conditions and such needs as may require attention. It is my purpose to complete this work as rapidly as possible so as to keep in personal and even intimate touch with our Indian soldiers, by far the larger number of whom are volunteers who have •willingly accepted the strictest discipline and severest possible danger and all of whom are bearing themselves with credit and courage. I expect to be proud of their part in this war. They have placed themselves in a concrete and vital relation to the Government under whose protection they live and in the administration of which they are destined to participate, and have entered a school of rugged ex perience that can not fail to fit them more thoroughly for the service and competition of civil life. The day is not beyond my vision when something from the brain and soul of him whose ancestors dwelt in this land before the white man dreamed of its existence shall find ex pression in the order and liberty and power of our National great ness. It seems to me especially fortunate and right that the Indians' military status should be on a level with the white man's. To re peat from one of my published statements: I am strongly opposed to independent Indian units, large or small, and am firm in the opinion that they should enter the army upon the same basis as other citizens that thev should be mixed indiscriminately among the whites, elbow to elbow, so they may absorb the English lauguage, 13.