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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 31: Red and Black. (search)
hite men. Creeks and Cherokees give up the puzzle. In Taliquah, chief camp of the Cherokees nation, a little sheet of news is printed by a mixed blood editor, from which I cut this paragraph — a summary of the Red Question, as the matters strike an educated Cherokee: As a people we are not prepared for American citizenship. Not that we are not sufficiently intelligent, or honest, or industrious, or lack much of any of those substantial qualities which go to make a person fit to be free anywhere. But that we have not that training in and experience of those arts of guile which a condition of freedom authorizes, if it does not encourage, to be employed against the unsuspecting-both being equally free to cheat and be cheated — as a national right. In answer to this hint of a perpetual separation of the Red community in America from the White, a company of White men are building a town, a frontier post, from which they threaten to invade, acquire, and annex the Red man's la
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 32: a frontier town. (search)
Not a single Chickasaw or Choctaw can be seen. No Redskin lives at Denison; yet Denison is something more than a dep6t for Fort Sill and a refuge for emancipated slaves. It is a camp of enemies to the Red man. Before we had been ten days in America, a gentleman in a Potomac steamer, seeing me mark some passages in a morning paper, with a view to future use, came up and said to me: Guess you're a correspondent of the New York press? No, sir; I am a visitor from the old country. ison, and would suit the Government better as a magazine of arms and stores. Two words along the wires, just Go ahead, would bring ten thousand men to Denison, Caddo, and Limestone Gap in less than a week. That country, Sir, is the garden of America. If Ulysses S. Grant will only give the sign, I guess our Texan horse will soon be picketed on the Arkansas. I fear that editor is right. Five years after the Indian countries are opened up to capital and labour, as every part of a republic