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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, July 01, 1900, Image 7

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The; Indian Advocate;. 98
Marie a woman very small in stature, and with high
, . cheek-bones. Osceola lacked this peculiarity, and was
very handsome.
The admixture of Caucasian blood, stimulated the am
bition of Osceola's Indian nature; his book learning", to
gether with the teachings of nature, made him able to
cope with the most learned. Living until he was almost
twelve years of age in the Creek confederacy of Georgia,
his youthful mind received deep and lasting impressions
from Tecumseh's teachings. To these teachings, as well
as the blood he inherited from his Spartan ancestors was
due, no doubt, his supremacy in the Seminole war. In
the manner in which he led the Seminoles may be seen the
influence of the great Shawnee. Osceola's power was in
this strong personal magnetism; he swayed his warriors
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wixn a iook a snout oi command proaucea an eieciric ei
fect upon all. He was a hero among his people, he was
feared and dreaded by our officers. In this day, as we
study his life and character, we must recognize in the
young Seminole fighter, the greatest of chiefs, the boldest
of warriors.
Interviewing old settlers who well remember events of
those stirring times, one finds the heroic part of Osceola's
character to have been not overdrawn in history. The
Seminole chief, Charles Omatla, was an ally of the whites,
and was attacked and murdered by Osceola's warriors. On
his body was found gold which Osceola forbade his men to
touch, but with his own hands he threw the gold himself
as far as he could hurl it, saying: "It is the price of the
Red man's blood."
Osceola's pride was majestic, he was imperious, full
of honor, but'with the quickness of the Indian he noted the
. path to. popular favor. His power was recognized by
the officers. "Talk after talk," with the Indians was the
order of times. It was at one of these meetings that Osce
ola in the presence of the commissioners attracted attention
by saying, "this is the only treaty I will ever make with

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