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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE.
107 5 5 A King in This West. 3 C mammmat DT lnnor aorn tVioro naccorl fhp locf rViiff rf n rrrnnt 11 i line of hereditary Osage nobles, and none was more celebrated in all his princely house. Not a soldier or leader of fighters not once in his long life did he raise tomahawk against man, woman or babe only distinguished in peace, and for that reason more worthy of remembrance than many who have legibly written their names in blood. So far back as Osage tradition travels, a son of the house of Saucy Chief has been chief of the great Osages, and as great is to little, so is the great Osage band to all other bands of Osages. There are many Osage bands, and once they were numerically strong but when the Nation numbered 12,000 or 15,000 this American dukedom included more than half of the whole population. So, you see, this hereditary lordship was something in the way of power and pomp and circumstance. At that time, furthermore, the Osages owned about all of Missouri, Kan sas and Nebraska the Kavs and Omahas were only bands. The chief of the Great Osages was hereditary head of the council. So he was feudal king over dominion equal in ex tent to feudal France or Germany. But not o savage only Sioux or Iroquois could size up approximately to our splend idly brutal ancestors. Saucy Chief was born very close to the year when a mighty chief Napoleon Bonaparte passed out of power forever 1815, I conclude. And his birth place could have been at any Indian village from the headwaters of the Marais de Cygne to the mouth of the Osage river or back along the Missiouri river to Kansas City. Saucy Chief's life ran in wonderful ephocs of change and