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THE REPUBLIC: SUNDAY. JULY 1, 1900.
it 11 THESE INDIAN YOUNGSTERS ARE "FULL BLOODS," FAST GROWING RARE. '. N ,.' 2 .-f' n ? M wml. Aammmtm r- ntv v if t . -- ' I rtm -ca-iw -CtiESrENNE. - - fcW 5pc'al CbrreriaJi ef Tr- Pur-Jsr n-ruVlle. . Wichita. Kas.. June :. Perhaps there are no race of children so Interesting nnd nearly extinct as tne Indian babies In a fen more tears, on account of the Intermarriage of the Indians and the whites, there will he no more fullblood Indian MM'"! Indeed, it Is raid by students of the Indian race that the young babies now fan growing up Mill be the last generation. Fullbjood women and men are marrying hnlfbrYcds and white people all the time, and the marriage of two fullblood Is an event of much Interest and great surprise It seem"? that the fullblood Indian of to-da Is no disatIfi-J with his own race that his one t lew Is to make It ex tinct as soon as possible. The talk about the Indians dirg because their race is going out Is said to be all a mistake There are very few Indians except the medicine men. who do not relish the onward march of civ ilization In their mid it. It is a boon rather than a burden. That Is why the little full blood Indian has grown to bo a curiositj Fullblood babies, such as are found on tha reservations of the Southwest, are a pe culiar lot of lnftnts. They are a healthy, fat lot of youngstcraand despite their rough usage crow up strons bos and girls. The little baby Is born without any medical care. It neter sees a doctor until they come to vWt the family, when it is perhaps sev eral years old. With the assistance of set- I eral nf her relatives the mother raises the little chill. It Is fed on milk ard cornmeal I and rte until It Is old enough to relish vege tables and meats Then it Is allowed to ""at ns much as It can and will Ftom the time 11 Is strong enough to ptand the outdoor air, the mother puts it in a little cradle on her back and there It stis day and night. Every morning and etening It Is taken out to be chen a bath. For. much to the sur prise of the whltrs. these Indian papoo9e3 are Kept very clan The doctors s.i this Is one raon whv they are so healthy A cold bath twice trry twenty-fcur hours, and plenty of fresh air. rough food and little letting. Is the treatment of the Indian child until it is three eas old. It l carried about on the back of its mother while she does her work during the da, and at night It sleeps In the same cradle where It his spent Its dav The.se cradles are made of buckskin and in the shape of a sack tied on to two beards. This sack Is fixed n that It can be laced so as to fit the child, and they are said to be aery comfortable resting daces. At least, a baby who Is perched on Its moth er's back for a whole tweite hour? would generally made a deal of nole If It were not comlortable, and the Indian baby will j crying are perfect strangers They lt In their beaded sack and rtirey things as the mothr coes about town maklliS hrr flur chases. r take an Interest In her cooking as she bends oacr the camp-fin preparing a meal for her dusky lord. The babies havo a had temper, and when things do not go to suit them thej hae to be dealt with carefullv and klndlj At three jears thy are turned loose around the tepees, and after that, until they are n-adv to go to choi.!. 1'ttle atten tion Is paid to them bj thlr p.irents. The rner scnrerly ever notices thu child from the time of Its birth until It Is (He. and the mother docs not know she has a child from three to five Bo those- two ears of Its life are -jient in pl.iIng with the other hildren of the household and thoe of the sirm- ace who lle In adjoining tepees. Mlnliture tepees, wild frog, pups, liends. little t-mahawks and c.alplng knives re som of their plaj things. A doll or a tot train would frighten them Into spasms. At this time they also learn to ride on ponies, with the aid or some of their big brothers, and If given a chance will play at maklns medicine and hating dreams. If at 5 the boy "puts his ear Jo the medi cine talk" of the older Indians and the father sees him. h will nt once announce that hWjnung 'on Is to be a grcit medicine man and after that he Is greatly honored among the tribe. The father hujs him a jtllow pony, which Is the crowning thing in an Indian lioy's life, and he Is taken Into the hills and taught the meaning of the various medicines and at 11 he Is called a first-class doctor. The little girls are nccr paid much attention to. If some of them hate good vol-es. they may hate many dusky wooers, but otherwise Phe Is doomed to be sold as a slate to some buck when she has reached the age of marrIng. Of course, on the reservations nowadays, the Indians are forced to nttend school. They do not like to be conflnel In tts schoolroom, but after a jcar nirft they be come satisfied and are quick to learn. Th girls learn more rapidly than the boys. While they are In school the parents coma and et their tepee near the schoolhouse. They are afraid the children will study too hard and every night the old mother gives her chi.di'-n ndtice as to how much they shall lom th next day. Their games are terj rough. Colngonth war path, which Is but a war In mlnlatura between tv o bod'3 ff the children. 13 ona or their principal games. The bos only en gage In :ht3 tough practice. They light each: other with clubs and knltes. The punish ment or the game is set ere. but they can stand plenty or knocks The little girN hava small tnts erected In which they p'ay at cooking the different kinds of Indian dishes. In their habthood the horned toad, a species of ellow totd found among the sand rocks on the prairie Is a great pet. Not Infre qjcntly these toads become pets and sleep In the sack crad!e3 with the. papooses. Noth ing but an erldemlo or an accident takes them off. They are proof against croup and diphtheria. Hut measles, smallpox and scarlet fetcr deal death among them. Th- Indian mother I quite proud of the Infant whll It Is under three J ears or aga. an'l takes much Interest In fixing up fancy beaded ornaments for Its rough dresses. V. It. DRAPER. . m tfMmdkjjj jmmm un mmskwx i fiYj-sm '! jsamii maasv - j ir 53 sBTBwsriKiSr s--V( Tytffl jiKf I i -" - j r itarn'MwM- ww ' " " iwjr ak.miBBL. im.wiwmji r vmcrUiMirFrM JPvhr , "i tBMksttivBv --' jggimakmm urn mmmjir- ' v TlTtlTTEJ. FOR THE SUNDAY RCTCDUC. When Jack Watklns lost his job on tho P. & E. for running the limited expre-s Into the rear end of a freight train, between Greentlllo and Wlnters's Station, one stormy night, he reilli'd that he was up against a desperate game, for he knew that the company wculd blacklist him. At any other time, this misfortune would not hate fallen so lieatily upon him, but with his wife and their two children down with diphtheria, tho prospect was Indeed black The dhlslon superintendent was ac quainted with the condition of affairs In Watklns'n family, and sympathized Etrongly with tha engineer In his affliction, but as he told him: "It's orders from the office. Jack, and I can't di anything else." For a wek Watklns stayed at homo, nursing his sick wife and children, watching by their bedsides at night, nnd sleeping only an hour or two each day. The little money that ho had sated was fast being consumed In the purchase of medicines End what dainties the stricken ones craved and were allowed by the physician to hate. To look fcr work In Harrison would be futile its inhabitants were all railroad men, rnd aside from the shops of the P. & K. there vrzs no ijlace to Eock employment- Tha friends of the two brakemen who were killed in the cabooe of the freight train that rainy night, from which Jack da led his streak of bad luck, were not tco l.Indly disposed toward him. and altogether he waa a aery miserable man But for the sickness la his family the rroblem would hate been eas he would hate bogun life oter In some far-away city or town where ro one would know him to pclnt him out as the engireer wha had smashed a freight and blotted out two Hies. Thero was no chang- for the better In the condition of the sick ones, and only a few dollars remained with which to pay expenses. The thought of gcing in debt haunted him and nigh drote lilm mad. He racked his brain In an effort to detlso some scheme which would offer a solut'en of tha situation, but ho ccUd think of nothing. Fcarfullv depressed with a sense of his cttn helplessness h sat on the stoop out slds the kitchen door of his home one night, his face buried In his big, rough hands, and his elbows resting on his kneea the picture Of dejection. Tears trickltd down Us swarthy cheeks when he gazed t-p at tho stars, which, somehow, held no hope for him. While he looked he heard the sound of a locomotlte whistle In the distarce. and his eyes lighted up. for he recognized tha deep note, whosa music ha had so often sent forth at his touch-It was 'Z , I "":,ne of the ,lnlltJ expr.ss. TOK ng her first trip after a general oterl hauling In the shops, made necessary by the damage ..,.. th. nIht ,c ,k1 her .steel noe Into the beck end of tho rrelght. As Watklns llstonJ the expression of despair tanlshed from his face, hi-, jaws were firmly set and In his ejes shone a strange light. In a moment the expres, whi-tld for the roa.i rr.-)ng and then .hot Into tlew-.a beautiful sight Tor anv man. with the long line of :rllllantlv Illum inated coaches and at their had the big ten-who-l loecmotlte. a picture of pent up power. A quick stop at the station, a hair rrlnute to get orders and the rxpnss was off again In Its race against time. As It disappeared around the 1 end at the root of the hill. Watklns slapped his hand on his knee, in a maner Indicating that ho hail settled some important question in his mind, and then got up and walked nertous ly to the front of the house and out Into the road. For an hour he strolled about In unfrequently portions or tho town, mutter ing to himself and working out the details of the plan he had rormed. Then he returned to the house, entering quietly by the kllchtn door, so that he would not disturb the sick one. Ha was busy until midnight, oiling and loading the six-shooter he had carried during the strike, ten tears before, binding a piece of red cloth about the globe of his lantern and filling the oil tank, manu facturing a black mask out of one of his work sMrts anJ th"n hlling all these In a box under the house. That night 1 e did not cloe his etes. When the gray light or diwn rame In through the cracks In the shutters he was sttH sit ting there by the hedlde or his wife, hold ing her wasted hand In his .and canning her pale face for some I?n that would In dicate a chance ror the belter. When (h limited express, stopped at the little railroad town, at ?.."! in the etenlng. onl one passenger got aboard. It was the Htislon superintendent. He did not sk a comfoitable seat In the chair car or a birth In tb sleeper. It was his hobby to ride on the engine, and he was particularly anxious on this occasion to ride there, b-causp he wanted to sec how Wilson, the man who took Walking's pi ice, handled the express. Down the hill they sped, and around the curte at Its base, then Into a stretCi of woods, and for two miles on a roadbed as straight and let el as the chll tngtn-ers and construction gang could make It. W!lon and the division superintendent exchang-d few- words. The ruh and roar of the train made talking hard and hearing een moro difficult. As they approached the deep cut, through which the road curved for a quarter or a mile before the long tunnel was reached. V.'ilson saw a tiny red speck ahead, and lnstlnctltely shnt off steam and applied tha brakes, bringing the train under control. The ditlInn superintendent was leaning out or the fireman's window, while the fire man stood between the cab and the tender and all pc-red Into the darkness anil at the r-d ball. who dull light shone on the tiack 1 yards In the distance. "It's a signal!" poke up the engineer. "Uabe No. 23 has had trouble in tho tunnel." The division superintendent made no re ply. He was oh-erting the jlsure tint was now dimly outlined agaln't the d irk bark ground, and In wbo. hand was hell the lantern. As the train grew nearer the mnn with the red llsht rroted It rlowly from r'ght to left, and Wllon brought his train to a sop. Hi en as he did o the man raised the lantern high In the air and smashed it on one of the rail". second later he was In the cab, six-shooter In hand, masked and determined looking. The dl tllon suptrlnt'ndent started tlolcntly. "It's Watklns!" he whispered to Wilson. "I hope ou won't try to leate the en gine." spoke up the man with the six shooter, addressing the ditlslon superin tendent and the engineer. Turning to the frightened fireman ha ccmmandd him to climb back oter the t nder and uncouple the engine The poor fellow shook nil over while he hastened to obej; tho man with the retolver crouch lnr low at the rear of the tender, where he could cover the men In the cab as well as tha fireman. Hating accomplished his task the nreroaa clambered back on to the engine. The conluctor and brakeman. at tracted by the ounJ which accompanied tho uncoupling of the airhose. hastened to the scene and were met by the maked man. who oiieretl thoai Into the cab. Under xtandlng the situation at once, but not knowln- how many roblers; there were In the pirt, the trainmen obeed without tha slightest show of resistance. "Now pull out!" TIu command was addressed to Wilson, who lost no time in opening tha throttle and "giving her s.-md." A moment later and No. 95 had disappeared In the tunnel on her wild run to Monroe, the nearest tel. egraph station, ten mlls distant. It took the lone man less than eight min utes to go through the three sleeping cars. He demanded money only and spurned the gold watches and diamond rings, which seme or the terrified passengers were only too willing to surrender. Just to get the barrel of that big Colt's retolter out of line with their heads. He did not speak rotighlv to his tlctlms. but 'here was that in his voice which told his hearers that ho was not to be trilled with J.at ror the lime being at least, h was n despcratti man. less than ten minutes aflcr that red light had slopped the train, "he Job was dono and t"-e figure which n.ad swung the lantern had tanlshed in the woods on the east side, of the track. The ditlslon sup-rtntendent Knew tha state of things In Jack Watklns' s, fomlly and It did not require an extraordinary ex ercise or hl inluitite 'acuities to under stand the motlte that had prompted the discharged engineer to rob the passengers or the limited express. That he was sur prised to the point or phsical shock goes without saIng, but he did not stop to pon der on the whs and whererores. Ha was figuring on how to capture Watklns. "Open her wide up!" he said to Wilson. The engineer gate tho great engine, tha full limit of steam and tho sn-cl which she attained was ternfK It was a mile a, minute nil tho way to Monroe. A few hur ried Instructions to the opratr nfl, tho dlv'-ion superintendent .ent. this saee to Harrison: "Kxprcss held up by Jack Watkina In tha big cut. noil all northbound trains at Har rison. Watklns will probably go home be fore he tries to !e tv the State. Watch tha house." The operator at Harrison almost fell oft his chair when h received the wire from Monroe. He notlfiM the Marshal and In a short time a posso had been organized and was on tho way to Watklns's house. Tha news spread llkp wildfire and the town wa3 soon in a feter or excitement, When the pos-e came In sight of tha house they saw n man Jump from a horsa In the open field at the back of the place, run through the gato and Into the hcu'9 by the kitchen door. "Watklns. as sure as I'm allte." raid tha Marshal Surrounding the house, their revolvers an! shot-guns ready for Instant use. tho posia prepared for a battle with their man. Caus tiously the Marshal approached the bacK door, opened It and entered the house. The door Into the bedroom was open anl there, kneeling beside the. bed and holding his wiles nan.i in his. was Watklns. hit shirt and trousers entered with foam froi the mouth of the horse he had ridden hard. The Marshal raised his pistol end stepped forward to the bedroom door, Wat klns must hate hard him. but he gave no Indication or it. He was kissing the wom- an's thin han I and sobbing as only a strong man can sob. On the other side of the rooro -near the bed In which lay the children, was the old negres. who had been Watklns'a , r.allhful assistant, in nursing his, Elck ones. She. too. was crying. The Marshal adtanced and laid his nan on the kneeling man's shoulder. Watklns looked up. the agony of grief pictured la his face. Ho recognized the Marshal. "I won't try to get away," he said. "Just let me stay here with her for awhile. I thought I could make It more comforabta for her. although It cost ma a penitentiary sentence But It's too late. She's dcid." th3F ( i N) ':i O.