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"SQUAW MAN" CAN'T TALK TO CHILDREN
,Two of the Motherless Children Whose Language Means Nothing to the
Togiak Bay, Alaska, March 21.
Trader Bartlett of Togiak is a man
who has expected little of life. And
he got just about what he demanded.
Trader Bartlett married an Eski
mo, like many men in the lonely
north. Thdse who do not marry call
these others "squaw men," though
there is no opprobrium in the term.
His wjfe was a faithful, if unde
monstrative mate. She cooked and
stitched and kept the humble home
It was what Trader Bartlett ex
pected. That was why he had settled
down there after years of roving the
To complete th. measure,, nature
gave htm four children, in due time.
t In his humble way Twjer Bartlett
prospered. He sold bacon and, beans,
sugar, flour and tea to the eager pro
spectors adventuring into the Kus
kokwim. And if ever the lust for
quick, raw gold shook him, he mas
tered it and stayed with his store and
family. He was content
Like many another "stjuaw man,"
Bartlett never learned the language
of his mate, nor she his. Their wants
were so primitive, their association
so simple, that a few words sufficed.
The children, as they grew up,
learned only the mother's tongue.
The father spanked them at times,
played with them occasionally and
gave them an affectionate bear-hug
now and then. ' But to his babies he
remained a strange, silent man to
whom they could "not prattle and
pour out their little joys and griefSj