the United States became the possessor by confiscation, by sale, or in any other way. Even the number of acres was designated for each person.
The commissioner was instructed further to secure the use of these farms to the occupants for three years, and further to charge a rental of 6 per cent. on a proper valuation.
This benevolence was extended yet more — that the free inhabitants just emancipated might purchase the land at the expiration of their leases.
This sort of legislation, in 1865, was quite new to our Government.
It was the exercise of benevolent functions hitherto always contended against by our leading statesmen, even when providing for the Indian Bureau.
The Nation, as something to love and cherish and to give forth sympathy and aid to the destitute, began then to be more pronounced than ever before.
Our attitude toward the Indians in General Grant's peace policy and in giving them land in severalty; our intervention in Cuba and our subsequent neighborly action