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ioo The Indian Advocate.
representing a sound and having the value of a syllable. The inventor, unlike many others, received honors and appre ciation during his lifetime, being proclaimed Philosopher and Prophet by the Great Council, and receiving a medal which he wore to the day of his death. One would have thought a single achievement of this sort enough for one individual; but, not content, he devised a scheme whereby all Indian tongues might be consolidated into one. To gain the knowledge of other languages which he would require for his new undertaking, he set forth on a long journey, and from this journey he never returned. He was received everywhere with homage and honor; but the fatigue of the trip conquered him, and -he died in New Mex ico, working to the last. He never became a Catholic, although the Bible was one of the first books that was given to his people by the help of his alphabet. He could never understand why those who believed in Christ should be at variance, and the dissensions between the various sects were no doubt responsible for his reluctance to forsake the faith of his nation. "But," says one, "God, who is full of mercy, will make allowances for him; he never had the grace of knowing the Catholic faith. He believed in the Great Spirit and in the happy hunting ground. God grant that he may have been admitted therein!" More than half of the Cherokees are now speaking the English language, so it is likely that their language one of the best used by Indians will soon be entirely superseded by that of their conquerors. And when this takes place there will probably be no more use for the invention of the good Sequoyah. Are Afara. An Indian widow made this beautiful reply to a man who sought to woo her: "My dead husband, who is ever before my eyes, hinders me from seeing you or any other person." t