Early Life Among the Indians
This undertaking I begin, not without misgivings about my ability to finish a well-connected history of my recollections. I kept no dates at any time, and must rely wholly upon my memory at seventy-one years of age.
Those of my white associates in the early days, who are still living, are not within reach to assist me by rehearsals of former times.
Those of the older Indians who could assist me, could I converse with them, have passed beyond the Great River, and the younger ones, of whom there are many not far distant, could not assist me in the most essential portions of the work.
Therefore, without assistance and assuring the reader that the dates will be essentially correct, and that a strict adherence to fact will be followed, and with the hope that a generous public will make due allowance for the lapse of years, I am, Your obedient servant
CHAPTER I. - The Removal Order. - Treaties of 1837 and 1848. - Off For Washington. - In New York with Only One Dime
CHAPTER II. - In Washington. - Told to Go Home. - The "Great Father." - Reversal of the Removal Order - Treaty of 1854 and the Reservations
CHAPTER III. - Tidal Wave of Immigration. - Sharp Practices. - An Indian Shot. - President Lincoln's Promises
CHAPTER IV. - First Payment Under Treaty of 1854. - Death of Buffalo. - An Indian Tradition. - The First Log Cabin
CHAPTER V. - Early Settlers - Battle of the Brule. - The Scalp Lock. - The Sioux Revenge
CHAPTER VI. - The American Fur Co. - An Indian Law. - The Choice of a Wife. - Indian Courtship and Marriage
CHAPTER VII. - The Indians As They Were In the Old Days. - Birch Bark and Its' Uses
CHAPTER VIII. - The Influence of Whiskey. - Stay and Departure of the Traders. - Annuity Payments.
CHAPTER IX. - Origin of the Chippewa Tribes. - Early Missionaries. - Black Hawk's Capture
CHAPTER X. - Excitement Among Whites and Indians - The Ghost Dance - The Headwaters of the Mississippi
CHAPTER XI. - Source of the Great River. - The Indians There in 1842. - "Don't Eat Moose Till You Catch Him"
CHAPTER XII. - Two Languages. - Religious Beliefs. - A Secret Order. - The Mysterious River. - 'Happy Hunting Grounds
CHAPTER XIII. - Prominent Chippewa Chiefs. - Buffalo as a Chief. - A Chief's Daughter
CHAPTER XIV. - Father Baraga. - Source of the Chippewa Religion. - The Chippewa Church.
CHAPTER XV. - King of the Apostle Islands.' - Organization of Ashland County. - Up a Tree
CHAPTER XVI. - The Chippewa Valley - Pioneer Settlers and Early Lumbermen. - Justice in the Early Days
CHAPTER XVII. - A Mysterious Disappearance. - An Introduction to the Family of Mr. Bruin
CHAPTER XVIII. - The Beginning of the Indian Troubles and Their Causes. - Spiritualism and Its Origin
CHAPTER XIX. - The Chippewa Language
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