Our Indian wards

9780217524995: Our Indian wards

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 Excerpt: ...that I feel it will not be repeated in my hearing; but he will not hesitate to carry his assertions to other ears, even in Congress, willing to hear any thing to our disparagement." General Sherman was industrious, at the Chicago meeting, in pressing upon his colleagues, what he termed "abundant testimony," against the Indians, but neither he nor any of the members of the commission, except Taylor and Tappan, had one word to say asjainst the "infuriated whites," for their conduct toward the Indians; no condemnation of those who had settled on the old reservation; no steps suggested for the removal of such from it, although the commission had pledged to the Indians, in the treaties of October, 1867, that no settlements should be made upon it for three years from that time. The action of the peace commission, at Chicago, was a complete repudiation of all its previous work, including the many grand utterances embodied in its report of January 7, 1868, and thereupon, without completing the work Congress confided to it, adjourned sine die. "We shall not attempt to comment on its conduct. The mere statement of the facts is sufficient. The names of the gentlemen who voted affirmatively at Chicago, are: Generals Sherman, Terry, and Auger, of the United States army, and J. Tj. Sanborn, civilian. It was specified, in the act of Congress of July 20, 1868, appropriating the sum of $500,000, to be expended under the direction of General Sherman, that the money should be applied in "carrying out treaty stipulations, making and preparing homes, furnishing provisions, tools, and farming utensils, and furnishing food for such bands of Indians with which treaties have been made by the Indian peace commissioners, and not yet ratified, and de...

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