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pr pale-face laws made in Albany or Washington. The morning session was held at 10 in the Onondaga Historical Asso ciation building and the issue was considered from three angles as fol lows: 1—The federal government at "Washington is determined to take from New York state the power to make and enforce laws governing the Indians. 2—The states of New York is de termined to govern the Indians liv ing within its borders as it sees fit. 3—The Indians are determined to break away from all white-man's laws and live their own lives, shape their own and their children's des tinies as they did before the white men came. The conference has been called by Governor Smith at the request of Cato Sells, United States Commis sioner of Indian affairs. Mr. Sells will attend today's sesions and Gov ernor Smith will attend Friday's ses sions. The Indians will signify that they desire to have their spokesman placed on equal footing with other delegates by presenting the peace pipe. If the conference votes to deny this privilege, the tomahawk will be substituted for the peace pipe. This in Indian custom, will mean: "We will listen to your talk, but we will not act upon your suggestion." The meeting in the long house at the reservation last night wa one of the most important meetings of In dians held in a century and a half. Mighty chieftains of the Six Nations 29. ip|pppl||| of the League Iroquois, directly de scended from the glorius warriors, who roamed the forest years ago, were present. The program of the Indian meeting includes an address by Mayor Stone, address by Commissioner Sells, his torical review by Rev. Dr. William M. Beauchamp address, "Legal Stat us of the New York Indians," by Judge A. Frank Jenks. The afternoon session includes an address on "Health and Sanitation on the Reservation," Dr. F. W. Sears "Value of Vital Statistics to Our Problem," Dr. Otto Eichel "In dian Schools and Their Administra tion," Dr. A. C. Hill, state supervisor. A reception will be held in the his torical building in Montgomery street, Syracuse, tonight. Death of Superintendent Royce Superintendent James B. Royce, of the Carson, Nevada, Indian School, died quite recently at his post of duty. Royce had been connected with the Indian School Service for a good many years, first entering the work as a teacher of the Martinez Day School in Southern California. He was pro moted to the superintendency of the same jurisdiction and afterward trans ferred as Superintendent of the Wah peton School, North Dakota. Three years ago he accepted the superinten dency of the Carson school, where he has made many improvements and was doing splendid work. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss. We who knew Mr. Royce learned to love and respect him.