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The Indian Advocate. 147
Prejudice may be considered as a continual false medium of viewing things; for prejudiced persons not only never speak well, but also never think well of those whom they dis like, and the whole character and conduct is considered with an eye to that particular thing which offends them. At the present time 25 Indian boarding schools are being supported by the Catholic Indian Bureau. Of these schools, 3 are located in California, 1 in Idaho, 2 in Michigan, 2 in Minnesota, 5 in Montana, 1 in New Mexico, 1 in North Da kota, 2 in Oklahoma, 1 in Oregon, 2 in South Dakota, 1 in Washington, 3 in Wisconsin and 1 in Wyoming. According to reports for the quarter ending December 31, 1901, the ca pacity of these schools was 3,433, the enrollment 2,144, and the average attendance 1,998. Just suppose that Franklin, in the early days when we were struggling for our independence, had met at the court of France the chilly reception given the Boer representatives at Washington, how much of a republic would we have to-day? But they tell us we have outgrown those old days and it is not in good taste to refer to them; that we have become one of the powers of the world, and cannot afford to notice a weak republic whose heroic struggle for liberty is the exact coun terpart of the American Revolution. The words of Fergus are to the point in this case: "Instead of sweeping the globe, with the guilty purpose of oppressing the weak, robbing the defenceless, exciting the sound of lamentation in the hum ble hut, and drawing forth the tears of the widow and the orphan, let us do what is in our power to promote the happi ness of our fellow-men. In the genuine spirit of brotherly affection, let us smoke the pipe of peace with the untutored wanderer of the Western wilderness, or partake of bread and salt with the hardy native of the African desert."