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v The Indian Advocate. 167 Southwest, this side of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Its diversity of landscape is remarkable, exhibiting a rare pano rama within the limits of a day's travel. East of the Kia mitia range the country is very sparsely settled, and but few h ibitations are to be met with in the Sans Bois, Sugar Loaf and Pushma-lin mountains. In these regions bear, panther, mountain lion and other wild animals are to be met with, while deer, turkey and smaller game are plentiful. Regarding the Indian people, it is worthy of observation that the full-bloods never erect their dwellings beside a public highway, nor within proximity to each other, but rather seek an isolated spot at the foot of some hill and close to water. Here they cultivate a small patch of corn and raise their hogs, upon which food they chiefly subsist. We refer only to the small minority or unenlightened portion of the population, for the vast majority of the Choctaws are equal in point of intelligence more independent and better housed and fed than the peasantry of European countries. Of the educated citizens of this nation, be it said, that in proportion to the opportunities they have received, in the same ratio are they equal to the Anglo-American race, intellectually, morally and often financially. Physically, however, the Choctaws are far inferior to their pale brethren, many passing away every year from the ravages of pulmonary diseases, which are very com mon, especially among the half-breeds. The prevalence of consumption may be accounted for by the ancient custom of intermarriage with their own kindred or clan. Punctuation counts for a whole lot. At a church enter tainment recently given out in Nebraska, a demure little old maid of retiring disposition was to sing a duet with a minis ter. When their part came the deacon announced, "Miss Scurry will sing 'Put Me in My Little Bed accompanied by the minister.' "