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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, December 01, 1905, Image 18

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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
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name was Lily Flower; the other a youth just completing his
sixteenth year, known as Red Deer. The two homeless ones
had been adopted when very younqf, by Swift Eagle the chief,
and his wife Dark Hair. Being childless himself, the chief
had conceived a paternal love for the two children, but more
especially for Lily Flower.
liver since the death of his parents years before, Red Deer
had concentrated all the t-ager affection of his soul upon his
delicate little sister. He was very solicitous about her wel
fare, watching over her with the greatest care and protecting
her from the least possible harm with a spirit ot manly pride.
Hut Lily Flower was not the only one who held a place in
Red Deer's heart. Often when roaming amongst the wild
and picturesque scenes of his country, he would feel an inex
plainable attraction towards the Great Spirit. How ardently
would he long for those rare visits which the Black Robe paid
to the camp. He, with his Sister Lily Flower and Dark Hair,
never failed to rejoice in his coming and drank in his words
as if they were a most delicious nectar. One day, Red Deer,
taking his bow and arrows, went out hunting. That after
noon the tribe held a council. Towards evening an old friend
ly Indian entered the wigwam and told Dark Hair that all
the braves and the chief Swift Eagle, himself, incited by the
medicine man, had turned against Black Robe because a child
whom he had baptized, had died soon after. They intended
to go in a body, toward.s the middle of the night, set fire to
the priest's hut and bring him back to camp a prisoner. There
they would fiendishly amuse themselves by putting him to all
kinds of tortures And, finally, end their nefarious work with his
death. Thiscommunicution greatly astonished and horrified
Dark Hair, who immediately set about contriving means to
avert the doom of the missionary. Some one must inform
the unsuspecting priest of his danger. But who should go?
She dare not undertake to do so, for she was old and sickly,
and there was no one else in the camp who still remained true
10 the Black Robe except little Lily Flower. Hoping that

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