had shown the existence of this Indian trait.
In only one solitary instance had the Indian
scouts so long employed by the army ever proved unfaithful, though often employed in hostilities against their own tribes.
Hence, if the ardent young warriors could be induced to enlist for three years in the army, they would, at least for that time, be converted from enemies into allies, even against such of their own tribes as might refuse to enlist.
Of course the army must suffer somewhat, in its effective strength for all purposes, during this experiment; for it is evident that a company or troop of Indians would not be quite as valuable for general service
as the same number of white men. Yet the transfer of a few hundred of the best Sioux
warriors from the Sioux
side to our side would much more than compensate for the loss of the same number of white troops.
The result of that experiment seemed to be entirely satisfactory.
At all events, there has been no great Indian war, nor any threat of one, since that experiment was begun.
It has served to tide over the time during which the young men, who had from earliest childhood listened to stories of the Custer massacre and other great Indian achievements, were undergoing transformation from the life and character of savage warriors to those of civilized husbandmen, under the system of allotments in severalty.
When the short warlike part of the life of one generation is past, the danger will no longer exist.
In June, 1891, at Keokuk, Iowa
, I married Miss Georgia Kilbourne
, daughter of Mrs. George E. Kilbourne
of that city.
Then a host of old soldiers of the Union
army reassembled to greet their comrade.
In 1892 this country seemed on the verge of war with the little republic of Chile
So confident were some officials of the administration that war was inevitable, that I was asked to make an estimate of the military force which would be necessary to occupy and hold a vital