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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, May 01, 1902, Image 19

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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."

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