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Tun Indian Advocate.
103 M K The laws of the Cayapas condemn polygamy. The wo men of the Cayapas are clothed like the first woman in the garden of Eden. The men cover their shoulders and breasts with a simple garment, and gird their loins with palm leaves. The women are veritable slaves, beasts of burden, and are obliged to do all the household work. The male In dian is a man of leisure. His sole contribution to labor dur ing the year is the making of his canoe (a little vessel six or seven feet long and half as wide). He devotes all his time to traveling, the pleasures of the chase and fishing. Rev. An tonio Metalli. In the Senate recently Senator Turner oifcred a resolution treciting that the Indian schools of the country were being conducted loosely; that pupils who are afflicted with tubercu losis and other diseases are admitted, to the detriment of the health of inmates of the schools, resulting in an "appaling mortality;" that the intermixture of the sexes results in a lowering of the standard of morality, and that, although the jmatter has1 been brought to the attention of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, nothing has been done to remedy the evils. Complaints pf this character were never heard of in formei years when Indians were under the control of the priests and sisters. We have only to point to the model reservations in the southern part of Oklahoma, where the wards of the gov ernment have not as yet been robbed of their religious liberty and education by having forced upon them irreligious men and women whose concern for the Indian is measured by the remuneration they receive for their work, to prove that under the influence of the church they thrive best. An English translation of the Latin record of Jeanne d'Arc's trial and rehabilitation is to appear in London next spring. The record gives her martyrdom as described by eye-witnesses.