16 The Indian Advocate.
more and more treacherous and constantly more cruel. The
white settler was daily in greater danger, and constantly more
eager for revenge.
A new complication entered into the problem. The
game was fast disappearing, and with it the subsistence of the
Indian. It became necessary for the government to furnish
rations and clothes, lest he should starve and freeze. Cheat
ing was the rule and deception the every-day experience of
these savages. In 1795 General Wayne gained the nickname
of General Tomorrow, so slow was the government to fulfill
his promises; and thus for more than a hundred years it was
tomorrow for the Indian. Exasperated beyond endurance,
he was ever ready to retaliate, and the horrors of an Indian
war constantly hung over the pioneer. During all this period
we treated the Indian tribes as if they were foreign nations,
and made solemn treaties with them, agreeing to furnish them
rations or marking the reservation bounds. We have made
more than a thousand of these treaties, and General Sherman
is authority for the statement that we have broken every one
of them. Day by day the gluttonous idleness, the loss of
hope, the sense of wrong, and the bitter feeling of contempt
united to degrade the red man as well as to madden him.
(To be continued.) &Lr ,-w. j 1
a j 2
A Sunday school superintendent once asked: "What is
an epistle?" Immediately a little hand went up and a small
voice replied: "Please, sir, an epistle is a female apostle."
A clergyman occupying a pulpit of an Abington church,
as an exchange, opening a hymn book, found the following
written on a fly-leaf:
"Why is this church like a railway train?"
"Because it has so many sleepers in it."
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