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Delineates Texture of Thought
fJ. and Romance of the
'y. Aborigines
Biff MU UM
Husband Author of Famous Work
"My Friend, The In­
Mrs. Marie McLaughlin, wife of Ma­
jor McLaughlin, in her "Myths of the
Sioux," just published from the presa
of the Bismarck Tribune, has fittingly
preserved the imaginative literature
of that interesting race.
The stories she has collected, told
in a quaint style, were related to her
by her mother, Mary Graham Bulsson,
to whom she has dedicated the unique
work. The inspiration which produc
ed this work was gained at her moth
er's knee.
iFer All Ages.
t" Mrs. McLaughlin has done for the
Sioux Indian lore what Grimm and
Anderson did for their people. The
1 book Is for all ages. It comprises a
collection of stories, told Mrs. Mc-
Laughlin by the older men and worn
en of the Sioux.
if But in the foreword, she gives an
excellent outline of the volume:
.4$''' PesaesMd Opportunity.
"Having been born and reared in an
Indian community, I at an early age
acquired a thorough knowledge of the
Sioux language, and having lived on
Indian reservations for the past 40
J^ears in a position which brought me
frery near to the Indians, whose con*
fldence I possessed, I hate, therefore,
had exceptional opportunities of learn­
ing the legends and folk-lore of the
"The stories contained in this littla
volume were told me by the older
men and women of the Sioux, of
which I made careful notes as related,
knowing that, if not recorded, these
fairy tales would be lost to posterity
"The notes of a song or a strain of
music coming to us through the nifltt
nor^ttly ltfyirO^BlfliW^ its 2
they Bring, but" also* give ,nr
knowledge of the character of V&,
sifter or of the instrument faaai
which they proceed. There is some-1 Mrty hl4t0ry*M&
twig In the music which unerringly erican Indian.
us of its source. I believe ma
fns call it 'timbre' of the sound
independent of, and different
I, both pitch and rhythm it Is thq
lire of the music itself.
lie 'timbre' of a people's stories
of the qualities of that tfo£fe'a
t. It is the texture of thsrthought,
Independent of Its form or Jiphioniiig,
which tells the quality fljfetbe mind
from which it springs.
"In the 'timbre' of these stories of
the Sioux, told in the lodges and at
the camp fires of the past, and by the
firesides of the Dakotas of'today, we
recognize the very texture of the
thought of a simple^ grave, and gin
cere people, living in-intimate contact
and friendship with.. the -big out-of
dooro that we call. Nature a race not
yet understanding all things, not
proud and boastful, but honest and
childlike" and fair a simple, sincere,
and gravely thoughtful people, willing
to.believe that th'ere may be In even
(fee everyday things of life something
not yet fully understood a race that
can, without any loss of native dig­
nity, gravely consider the simplest
things, seeking to fathom their mean­
ing and to learn their lesson^-equally
without vain-glorious boasting and
For mere
end even better service,
a three-story building is being built
by ua, corner Main and tsvsnth
Well Known.
!Mri/?HfeLatfgMtf11#'wellknQW!t tot
North Oakotana. She-is the. wife..of
Major McLaughlin, Dne of the fore'
most «tudents*/0f thfl&Mptory..,of tbe
rt^ AmrlcfB InjSm% MfT
The Author,
Marie L. McLaughlin.
trifling cynicism an earnest, thought­
ful, dignified, but simple and primitive
Give Pleasure.
"To the children of any race these
stories cannot fall to-give pleasure by
their vivid imaging of the aimple
things and creatures of the great out
of-doors and the epics of their doings.
They will also give an intimate In­
sight into the mentality of an inter­
esting race at a most interesting
stage of development, which is now
fast receding into the mists of the
ploltttof theAm
The author of "Sioux Myths" giveB
in the foreword this charming bit
of autobiography: ..
"In publishing these "Myths of.the
Sioux," I deem it proper to state that
of one-fourth Sioux blood. My
,maternal grandfather, .Captain Dun­
can Graham, a Scotchman by birth,
Who had seen service in the British
army, was one of a party of Scotch
Highlanders who in, -1811 arrived ..in
the British 'Northwesi%y way of York
Factory, Hudson Bay, to'found what
was known as the Selkirk Colony,
near lake Winnipeg, now within the
province of Manitoba, Canada. Soon
after his arrival at.. Lake Winnipeg
he proceeded up thtffRed ^fir of the
North and the western fork thereof to
its source, and thencft-down ttje Min­
nesota river to Mendota, the conflu­
ence of the Minnesota and' Mississip­
pi rivers, where he located. My grand­
mother, Ha-za-ho-ta-win, was a full
blood of the Medawakanton band of
the Sioux tribe of Indians. My fath­
er, Joseph Bqisson, born near Mon­
treal, Canada, was connected with the
American Fur company, with head­
quarters at Mendofo, '.Minn., which
point was for many years the chief
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distributing depot of the American
Fur company, from which the Indian
trade conducted by that company oal
the upper Mississippi was directed.
"I was born December 8, 1842, at
Wabaaha, Minn., then Indian country,
and resided thereat until 14 years of
age, when I was sent to school at
Prairie-du-Chien, Wis.
I was married to Major Jamea Mc­
Laughlin at Mendota, Minn., January
28, 1864, and resided In Minnesota
until July 1, 1871, when I accompan­
ied my husband to Devils Lake Agen­
cy, North Dakota, then Dakota Terri­
tory, where I remained ten years In
most .friendly. relations with the Indi­
ans of'tK£r agency. My husband was
Indian agent at Devils Lake Agency,
and in 1881 was transferred to Stand­
ing Rock,, on the Missouri river, then
a VWy,"iniliortant agency, to take
charge of the Sioux, who had then
but recently surrendered to the mili­
tary authorities, and been brought
by steamboat from various points on
the upper Missouri, to be permanent
ly located on the Standing Rock res
All of the illustrations are from
original drawings made by the Sioux
Indians. This enhances the value of
the work and is in itself a contrl
button to Indian art. Typographical­
ly, the book is all that could be de­
sired. its cover is in three colors,
illustrated by a drawing of a Sioux
head in feathered regalia.
Several myths with illustrations are
given herewith to illustrate the na­
ture of this interesting contribution to
Indian mythology.
N. P. Agent W. A. MacDonald was
a pleasant caller at the high school
this week and donated several 'books
to the school. Come again.
The Wl C. T. U. organization of the
city is offering a series of prizes for
the best essay on the "Effects of To­
bacco on the Human system." For
the best high school essay, a prise
of $5 will be paid to the writer. Sim-
Missouri Valley
^i v*,:
"'f' .&••'
The chief, seeing that the turtle
was very smart and showed great
wisdom in his talk, took a great fancy
to him, tind whenever any'puzzling
subject canie up before the chief, he
generally sent for Mr. Turtle to help
him decide.
One day there came a great misun­
derstanding between different parties
of the tribe, and so excited became
both aides that it threatened to cause
bloodabed. The chief was unable to
decide for either faction, so he said:
"I will cell Mr. Turtle. He will judge
Near to a Chippewa village lay a
large lake, and in this lake there lived
ani enormous turtle. This was no
ordinary turtle, as he would often
come out of his home in the lake and
visit with his Indian neighbors. Be
paid the moat of his visits to the head
chief, and Oh these occasions would
stay for hours,. smoking and talking
with him.
le* who gfe
ed'tbe ttfpi
ffeq ytftyig men fjire ovt- Btrolliiig
one night talking of lMf affairs. They
passed around
hill ind came to a
little ravine or coulee. Suddenly they
saw coming up from the ravine a
$2 for the best cssay-ln the combina­
tion of grades four, five'and six. This
should receive enthusiastic attention
of all departments. For information
apply to Miss Elstad in the high
school, Miss Digby in the junior high
school, and Mr. Martin in the fourth,
fifth and sixth grades..
The matter of vaccination is about
settled in the schoolH, as practically
all have presented 'certificates and
others are being vaccinated.
Professor Thompson of Jamestpwn
college delivered a le^ure on the
ilarly, will be paid for. the best
essay in the junior high school, andj Panama Canal at the high schobl last
The Chief gives his daughter to his Ife's turtle friend in marriage.
Sending for the turtle, the chief va­
cated his seat for the time being, un­
til the turtle should hear both sides,
and decide which was in the right.
The turtlp came, and taking the
chief's seat, listened Very attentively
toi both sides, and thought long before
be gave his decision. After thinking
long and studying each side carefully,
he came to the conclusion to decido
in -favor of both. This would not
cause any hard feelings. So he gave
them a lengthy speech and showed
them where they were both in the
right, and wound up by saying:
"You are both in the right in some
ways and wrong in others. There­
fore, I will say that you both are
equally in the right."
When they heard this decision they
saw that the turtle was right, and
gave him a long cheer for the wisdom
displayed by him. The whole tribe
•»aw that had it not been for this wise
decision there would have been a
ve the pipe of peace to the Sioux Nation, and when
ed into a gray cow.
beautiful woman. She was painted
and her dress was of the very finest
"What a beautiful girl!" said one
of the young men. "Already I love
Wednesday evening for the benefit
of the county teachers. On Friday
he paid a visit to the high school
Mr. Lobach of the Tribune was a
caller at the high school last Thurs­
Arrangements are in the making
for two parties, to be given soon, in
the bigh school. One is to be a Hal­
lowe'en party and the other an "at
home" for the teachers, to be given
by the seven teachers of the North
Wiard school, who have been connect­
ed with the school prior to the cur­
rent school year.
aid Illustrated By The Red Men
!T»?'I' f"
great shedding of blood in the tribe.
So they ovted him as their judge, and
the chief, being so well pleased with
him, gave to him his only daughter in
Thp daughter of the chief was the
most beautiful maiden of the Chippe­
wa nation, and young men from other
tribes traveled hundreds of miles for
an opportunity to make love to her,
and try to win her for a wife. It was
all to no purpose. She would ac­
cept no one, only him whom her fath­
er would select for her. The turtle
was very homely, but as he was pru­
dent and wise, the father chose bim,
and she accepted him.
The young men of the tribe were
very jealous, but their jealously was
all to no purpose. She marired the
turtle. The young men would make
sport of the chief's son-in-law. They
would say to him: "How did you come
to have so flat a stomach?" The tur
tie answered them, saying:
her. I will steal her and make her
my wife."
"No," said the other. "Don't harm
her. She may be holy."
The young woman approached and
A number of teachers are planning
to attend the state teachers' meeting
at Fargo in November.
Hundreds of children in the city
schools arc taking up with enthusi­
asm the practice in Palmer Penman­
ship, with a view to securing the
award buttons and pins offered by
this system of writing for meritorious
work. It is expected that by Decem­
ber 1 many pupils will be wearing
the pins offered for proficiency in
the first 25 drills in the system. The
papers are sent to Cedar Rapids, la.,
to be passed upon by experts in pen­
manship. This is one of the many
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"My friends, had you been in my
place, you too would have fiat atom*
achs. I came by my flat stomach
in this way: The Chippewas and
Sioux had a great battle, and the
Sioux, too numerou8 for the Chippe?
was, were killing them off so fast that
they had to run for their lives. I was
on the Chippewa side and some of
the Sioux were pressing five of us,
and were gaining on us very fast.
Coming to. some high grass, I threw
myself down flat on my face, and
pressed my stomach close to the
ground, so the pursuers could not see
me. They passed me and killed the
four I was with. After they had gone
back, 1 arose and lo! my stomach was
as you see it now. So hard had I
pressed to the ground that it would
not assume its original shape again."
After he had explained the cause of
his deformity to them, they said:
"The Turtle is brave. We will bother
him no more." Shortly after this the
Sioux made an attack upon the Chip­
pewas, and every one deserted the vil­
lage. The Turtle could not travel as
fast as the rest and was left behind.
It being an unusually hot day in the
fall, the Turtle grew very thirsty and
sleepy. Finally scenting water, he
crawled towards the point from
whence the scent came, and coming
to a large lake jumped in and had a
bath, after which he swam towards
the center and dived down, and find­
ing some fine large rocks at the bot­
tom, be crawled in among them and
fell asleep. He had his sleep out and
arose to the top.
Swimming to the shore he found it
was summer. He had slept all win­
ter. The birds were singing, and the
green grass and leaves gave forth a
sweet odor.
He crawled out and started out look­
ing for the Chippewa camp. He came
upon the camp several days after he
had left his winter quarters, and go­
ing around in search of his wife,
found her at the extreme edge of the
village. She was nursing her baby,
and as he asked to see it, she showed
it to him. When he saw that it was
a lovely baby and did not resemble
him In any respect, he got angry and
went off to a large lake, where he
contented himself with catching flies
and insects and living on seaweed the
remainder of his life.
held out a pipe which she first offered
to the sky, then to the earth and then
advanced, holding it out in her extend­
ed hands.
"I know what you young men have
been saying one of you is good the
other Is wicked," she said.
She laid down the pipe on the
ground and at once became a buffalo
cow. The cow pawed the ground,
stuck her tail straight out behind her
and then lifted the pipe from the
ground again in her hoofs immedi­
ately ahe became youngs jpman
again. ..
"I am come to give you this gift,"
she said. "It Is the peace pipe. Here­
after all treaties and ceremonies shall
be performed after smoking it. It
shall bring peaceful thoughts into
your minda. You shall offer it to the
Great Mystery and to mother earth.
The two young men ran to the vil­
lage and told what they had seen and
heard. All the village came, out
where the young woman was.
She repeated to them what she had
already told the young men and add*
"When you set free the ghost (the
spirit of deceased persons), you must
have a white buffalo cow skin."
She gave the pipe to the medicine
men of the village, turned again to a
buffalo cow and fled away to the land
of buffaloes.
plans of the publishers used to se­
cure efficiency in this Important part
of the school work. Miss Jessie Mc
Leod is the supervisor.
Miss Tatley is planning to have an
operetta in tbe spring, to be rendered
by a large chorus of school children.
Mr. Neff, director of high school
and grade manual training work,
with the aid of some of his boys, is
erecting 12 teeters in the schools, un­
der the direction of the Playground
association. Four of these will be
placed at the North Ward, four at the
Will school and four at St. Mary's

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