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98 The Indian Advocate.
"I t it i aSa A a 1 Ib1i ) lftlllMIIC 4 &V t tjt ii me iiuiuii v-aumuo. jj t ,,,:: , , , In the beginning of the last century, when the Cherokee Indians still lived down in Georgia,one of them completed as extraordinary an invention as many which have given their originators deathless fame and ample fortune. One day members of his tribe took a white man prisoner, and found in his pocket a scrap of paper with printed words upon it. The prisoner explained its meaning to the wonder ing red men, who at once called it "the paper that speaks." There were some, however, who were sceptical, and refused to believe the white man, while others received the message on the paper as the work of the Great Spirit. One only among them, by name Sequoyah, comprehended the situation. "We forget things," he said, "because we have no way of making paper speak. We should have a way. I will find it." The captive explained that letters stood for sounds, groups of letters for words or ideas. Sequoyah said: "My nation, too, shall have what you call an alphabet." lie worked for twelve years, the laughing-stock ot his tribe, using birch bark instead of paper; always hopeful, always believing, until a long last success came. He was a white-haired man of sixty when his task was done, but he had not lived in vain; he had placed himself in the rank of great inventors and given a priceless boon to his people. There are those who declare that Sequoyah's alphabet is better than the one from which he gained his inspiration. It is so simple and so well adapted to the language for which it is written that young Indians easily master it in a few weeks. When it was a novelty they looked upon it as some wonderful new toy, and neglected all their sports and occupations while they went to work to learn how to write clown wouls that