The Indians: Their Manners and Customs

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W. Briggs, 78 & 80 King Street East, 1889 - Indians of North America - 351 pages

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Page 140 - The Americans have not yet defeated us by land; neither are we sure that they have done so by water; we therefore wish to remain here and fight our enemy should they make their appearance. If they defeat us, we will then retreat with our father.
Page 123 - Cook up your broken scraps of sentences, And blow, with puffing breath, a struggling light, Glimmering confusedly now, now cold in ashes; Startle the school-boys with your metaphors; And, if such food may suit your appetite, Win the vain wonder of applauding children! But never hope to stir the hearts of men, And mould the souls of many into one, By words which come not native from the heart!
Page 139 - You always told us that you would never draw your foot off British ground; but now, father, we see you are drawing back, and we are sorry to see our father doing so without seeing the enemy. We must compare our father's conduct to a fat animal that carries its tail upon its back, but when affrighted it drops it between its legs and runs off.
Page 139 - Our ships have gone one way, and we are much astonished to see our father tying up every thing and preparing to run away the other, without letting his red children know what his intentions are. You always told us to remain here...
Page 140 - Father, you have got the arms and ammunition which our great father sent for his red children. If you have an idea of going away, give them to us, and you may go and welcome, for us. Our lives are in the hands of the Great Spirit. We are determined to defend our lands, and if it be his will we wish to leave our bones upon them.
Page 123 - There's a charm in delivery, a magical art, That thrills like a kiss from the lip to the heart ; 'Tis the glance, the expression, the well-chosen word, By whose magic the depths of the spirit are stirred ; The smile, the mute gesture, the...
Page 308 - Iroquois flourished in independence, and were capable of self-protection long after the New England and Virginia races had surrendered their jurisdictions and fallen into the condition of dependent nations ; and they now stand forth upon the canvas of Indian history, prominent alike for the wisdom of their civil institutions, their sagacity...
Page 308 - European colonisation they stood for nearly two centuries with an unshaken front against the devastations of war, the blighting influence of foreign intercourse, and the still more fatal encroachments of a restless and advancing border population. Under their federal system, the Iroquois flourished in independence...
Page 33 - William marched on at the Head of the Sachems singing the condoling song which contains the names, laws and Customs of their renowned ancestors, and praying to god that their deceased Brother might be blessed with happiness in his other state, this Ceremony was performed by Abraham the chief Mohawk Sachem, Tesanunda, and Canaghquayeson chief Sachems of Oneida.
Page 3 - Entered according to Act of the Parliament of Canada, in the year one thousand...

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