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184 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE.
asses; for what is loud and senseless talking, huffing and swearing, other than a more fashionable way of braying? ft When the Spaniards first went to Yucatan, the Indians could not understand them, and kept replying to their many questions, "Yuca-tan?" meaning "What do you say?" Thus, this name came to be applied to the country. Mr. J. B. Benedict, United States Supervisor of In dian schools for the Indian Territory, says: "My experi ence among the Indians has taught me that the Indian pos sesses the same mental qualities and the same mental capac ity as the white man. Give the Indian boy an equal chance with the white boy, and the Indian youth will not be dis tanced in the race for success." tt The Rev. Isidore Ricklin, O. S. B., is zealously canvass ing the schools and religious institutions of the Diocese of Rochester in the interest of the Preservation Society. Father Isidore has labored successfully for many years among the wildest of the Oklahoma tribes the Comanches, Kiowas, Wichitas, Apaches, Arapahoes, Cheyennes, etc. His school, St. Patrick's Mission, located near the town of Anadarko, is a model in ever way. The Indian Sentinel. . xx. The Canadian Catholic Indian Association has received from the Oklahoma Indians some beautiful specimens of beadwork, adapted to modern ideas, which have been for warded as patterns to the Caughnawagas. The American In dians have found a ready sale for beaded belts, purses, card cases, chatelaines, etc., and it is believed that the work will prove equally profitable in Canada. The Caughnawagas, among whom the industry is to be started, are a famous and most interesting tribe. They are known in history as "Pray ing Indians," and it was with them that Kateri Tekakwitha, the "Lily of the Mohawks," took refuge from the persecu tion of pagan relatives on her conversionto Christianity.