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habits and civilization of their white brothers. In this way only can they advance. I want no discrimination either for or against them, but believe they should be promoted on their merits and always advanced when they are deserv ing. Our Indian military enrollments being largely from the student das* have had military drills and movements, besides systematic athletics, in connection with their school work and from the result ing discipline of such exercises they are in a measure prepared for the more rigid tests of the training camp, and, as a rule, are in fine physique and good health. There is something both epochal and eloquent in the patriotic fervor and martial spirits of the Indians everywhere during the re cent months that has brought a clarion call to every loyal heart. Be fore me, as the frontispiece of one of our leading school magazines, is a brilliant service flag of that school with 150 stars, all but 15 of which represent volunteer enlistments. Another school reports 175 stars in its flag. Many pages of our school papers are filled each issue with short letters from Indian boys in camp who in their un pretentious language sound a note of steadfast courage and cheerful optimism. History in the making shines from many quarters. Fam ilies of old warriors of hostile leadership against the Government vie with others in the purchase of Liberty Bonds. Grizzly chieftains wearing the scars of battle with the whites are preaching patriotism to their tribal descendants in native oratory as ardent as Patrick Henry's, while the sons and grandsons of Chiefs Joseph, John Gall, John Grass, and their followers throng the enlistment office. I have not the least misgivings about the Indians" part in war. He will step to the drum-beat of Democracy, and whether on the reservation, in the training camp or "Over There", he will gather knowledge and understanding of the great principles he helps to defend and come out of the conflict an element of real and pro gressive strength in our National life. I thank you for the invitation to give an address in New York under the auspices of your league. I shall, however, be so fully occupied with official duties for some time to come that it hardly seems possible to arrange such an engagement at present. Sincerely yours. (Signed) CATO SELLS, Commissioner. 14.