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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 30: Oklahoma. (search)
cause he finds that the first step taken in our civilisation is a step towards his physical ruin and moral death. Colonel Stevens, an officer with much experience of savage life, tells me he was employed on the Plains, as Government engineer, to tenements were gone, sold to the White men for a few kegs of whisky. One big chief, Long Antelope, kept his house, and Stevens rode to see their chief as being a man of higher hope than others of his race. He found Long Antelope smoking in a tent, Long Antelope, when you have a good house? Long Antelope smiled. House good for pony, no good for warrior-ugh! Stevens went in, and found Long Antelopes pony stalled in the dining-room. A house, says Stevens, is too much for a full bStevens, is too much for a full blood Indian's brain. The only notion you can get into such a fellow's head, is, that to settle down means to wrap his shoulders in a warm blanket instead of in a skin, to loaf about the Agency instead of going out to hunt, and to spend his time in
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 31: Red and Black. (search)
Chapter 31: Red and Black. You fear the full-bloods cannot be reclaimed? I ask Colonel Stevens. I never knew a pure Indian settle down to any kind of work. He is a hunter and a warrior, and to touch a spade or plough is to soil his noble hands. The Mestizos have a chance; though they are weighted by their savage blood. They start well, for their father is, in almost every case, a White. On crossing from the Creek country to the Choctaw country, by way of the Canadian river, we arrive at a store and mill, kept by a brave Scot, named McAlister. A rolling prairie spreads around, with pines and cedars on the heights, and rivulets trickling here and there. McAlister came into the Indian land by chance. The country pleased him, and, unlike his countryman, McPherson, of Caddo, he settled down legally on the soil by taking a Choctaw wife, and getting himself adopted by the tribe. McAlister, like a brave Scot, has bought and sold, scraped and saved. From flour to whisk
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 32: a frontier town. (search)
linas City; for Denison in Texas, like Salinas in California, is built by English enterprise, with English gold. Five miles from the bridge over Red River, Colonel Stevens, engineer of the Texas and Kansas railways, found a safer and better site. The Colonel (in whose company we have the great advantage of seeing these countriee marked. The grove was set apart for public use. A school was marked, and the young city being named Denison, a day was fixed when corner lots were to be sold. Stevens assured the first bidders that a railway dep6t would be built. Denison was to be the magazine of Fort Richardson, Fort Griffin, and Fort Sill. A line of telegras of various colours and persuasions, and was famed from Dallas to Galveston as the livest town in all Texas. Twenty-eight months have hardly passed since Colonel Stevens drew his plan on that sheet of paper, and Denison is now a town of four thousand five hundred souls. The railway depot occupies a quarter of the town and nea