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31 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
still in vigorous health. Of the twenty Kiowa and Co manche who signed .the treay of 1867 only two were alive in 1896. The prisoners while in Florida were merely kept under sur veillance and were not subjected to close confinement. Phi lanthropic white people took an interest in them, especially in the younger ones, and undertook to give them rudi mentary instruction in civilization and Christianity. When they were finally released in May, 1868, a number of the young men consented to remain a few years longer in the east to acquire an education, among whom were eight of the Kiowa. Those who were not taken in private families were placed in the Normal Institute at Hampton, Virginia, original ly established for the education of negroes. Soon after, fifty other young Indians were assembled at Hampton, which thus became also an Indian school. The success of this experi ment led to the establishment of the Indian school at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1879. To be continued. Choice of Churches. The New York Times is responsible for this unique story concerning the late United States senator, Matt Carpenter: One day, while chatting with some friends in a committee room, the conversation turned on the relative merits of re ligious sects. Nearly every member of the party belonged to some church, and there had been an animated discussion, Senator Carpenter pacing up and down, listening intently enough, but saying not a word. "What church do you belong to, Carpenter?" asked one. "I don't belong to any." "Why don't you join one?" "I don't want to. None exactly suits my views." "What one would you join if you were to feel forced to a choice?" "The Catholic, by all means." "And why the Catholic?" "Because they have a purgatory, and that's a motion for a new trial."