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182 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE. "JOHNNIE ON THE SPOT." Chickasaw Indian Baby Was Clearly Entitled to the Above Cognomen. Attorney Ben White, of Macon, Mo., relates an incident which illustrates the North American Indian's rapid assimila tion of American humor: The allotment rolls for the Chicksaws were closed at midnight, September 24th," he says. "Children born after that hour were cut out, but up to midnight every male mem ber of the tribe was entitled to 320 acres of land, worth now about $1,000, but which promises soon to be worth many times that amount. The evening of the 24th was an anxious one for the Indian family dwelling not far from the registry office. An interesting event was anticipated. The watchers' eyes were fixed on the clock as the hands slowly but with grim certainty crawled around to the midnight hour. At ex actly 11:40 a brand-new Chickasaw of the male persuasion came into this sinful world. The twenty minutes was worth $1,000 to the family. He was christened, without any out side suggestion, 'Johnnie on the Spot.' I have heard the term used several thousand times, but it never seemed to fit an event as strikingly as it did that one. There were plenty of witnesses to make affidavit that Johnnie was born before the 25th, and there was no difficulty in proving up his claim of 320 acres of first-class land." ONWARD. "Onward, onward, may we press, Through the path of duty; Virtue is true happiness, Excellence true beauty. Minds are of supernal birth, Let us make a heaven of earth."