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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, October 01, 1904, Image 13

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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE 322
ccrned in an attack upon a wagon train in Texas, the com
mutation of the death sentence, and his release by the state
authorities in 1873, have also been noted in the proper place.
He was still however considered as a hostage for the good
conduct of his people, and subject to rearrest whenever they
became troublesome. As was almost inevitable, he became
involved in the outbreak of the succeeding year, although ap
parently more by accident than deliberate purpose, and on
coming in to the Cheyenne agency with others in the fall of
1874 he was again arrested and turned over to the military
authorities and by them sent back to the state penitentiary at
Huntsville, Texas, to serve out his life sentence (Report, 43).
When informed by Horace P. Jones, the government inter
preter at Fort Sill, that he was to be returned to prison, he
expressed himself bitterly, claiming that he had kept his
parole and there were others far more guilty than he. What
affected him most was the entire separation from his people.
He was taken back to prison in November, 1874, and four
years later, refusing to live longer in confinement, he com
mited suicide by throwing himself from an upper story of the
prison, October 11, 1878 (Whatley letter ).
Set-t'ainte, whose name among the Kiowa is still one to
conjure by, first acquired his title of "Orator of the Plains" in
connection with the events which led to treaty of Medicine
Lodge, in 1867. He was already sufficiently distinguished
among his own people as a leader on the warpath. In May
proceeding the treaty he visited Fort Larned, and, confron
ting General Hancock, he denounced agent Leavenworth and
complained of the aggressions of the white man in a fiery
speech, which is described as a masterly effort, from its open
ing, when he called the sun to witness that he would "talk
straight," to the close, when, looking around over the prairie,
he said that it was large and good, and declared that he did
not want it stained with blood.
A few months later he escorted General Harney and the
commissioners from the post to the spot where the Indians

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