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John Tom Little Bear 35
cock-fights and a pair of Western Union climbers to go up
the bread-fruit tree. The Anglo-Saxon man wants him
to learn to conjugate and wear suspenders. Ile'll be hap-
piest in his own way."
I was shocked.
"Education, man," I said, "is the watchword. In
time they will rise to our standard of civilization. Look at
what education has done for the Indian."
"O-ho!" sang Jeff, lighting his pipe (which was a good
sign). "Yes, the Indian! I'm looking. I hasten to con-
template the redman as a standard bearer of progress.
IIe's the same as the other brown boys. You can't make
an Anglo-Saxon of him. Did I ever tell you about the
time my friend John Tom Little Bear bit off the right ear
of the arts of culture and education and spun the teetotum
back round to where it was when Columbus was a little
boy? I did not?
"John Toni Little Bear was an educated Cherokee
Indian and an old friend of mine when I was in the Terri-
tories. Ie was a graduate of one of them Eastern foot-
ball colleges that have been so successful in teaching the
Indian to use the gridiron instead of burning his victims
at the stake. As an Anglo-Saxon, John Tom was copper-
colored in spots. As an Indian, he was one of the whitest
men I ever knew. As a Cherokee, he was a gentleman on
the first ballot. As a ward of the nation, he was mighty
hard to carry at the primaries.
"John Tom and me got together and began to make
medicine -how to get up some lawful, genteel swindle
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/65/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.