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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE.
73 7 treatment of the Cheyenne tribe by the government, and their vain endurance of wrongs, interspersed with savage out breaks, when human nature could endure no longer. It in cludes the account of a massacre of helpless Indian women and children under a flag of truce; a war begun over ponies stolen from the Indians, and sold in the open market by the whites in a land where the horse thief counts with the mur derer; another incited by a rage against a trader who paid one dollar bills for ten dollar bills; and tells of whole tractsof land seized without compensation by the United States itself. The Northern Cheyennes had been taken by force to the Indian Territory, and in its severe heat, with scant and poor rations, a pestilence came upon them. Two thousand were sick at once, and many died because there was not medicine enough. At last three hundred braves, old men and young, with their women and children, broke away and, making a raid through Western Kansas, sought their Nebraska home. This was not a mild and peaceable tribe. It was fierce and savage beyond most, and its people were wild with long en dured injustice and frantic with a nameless terror. Three times they drove back the troops who were sent to face them, and, living by plunder, they made a red trail all through Kansas, until they were finally captured in Nebraska in December. They refused to go back to the Indian Territory, and the de partment ordered them to be starved into submission. Food rind fuel were taken from the imprisoned Indians. Four days they had neither food nor fire and the mercury froze at Ft. Robinson in that month! And when at last two chiefs came out under a flag of truce, they were seized and imprisoned. Then pandemonium broke loose inside. The Indians broke up the useless stoves, and fought with the twisted iron. They brought out a few hidden arms, and, howling like devils, they rushed out into the night and the snow. Seven days later they were shot down like dogs. Experiences like this soon ended the attempt to gather together all our Indian wards, and we returned to the old plan