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John Tom Little Bear 47
"'Jeff,' says he, after a long time, 'a little boy came
West to hunt Indians.'
"'Well, then?' says I, for I wasn't thinking as he was.
"'And he bagged one,' says John Tomni, 'and 'twas not
with a gun, and he never had on a velveteen suit of clothes
in his life.' And then I began to catch his smoke.
"'I know it,' says I. 'And I'll bet you his pictures are
on valentines, and fool men are his game, red and whie.'
"'You win on the red,' says John Tom, calm. 'Jeff,
for how many ponies do you think I could buy Mrs.
"'Scandalous talk!' I replies. "Tis not a paleface cus-
tom.' John Tom laughs loud and bites into a cigar.
'No,' he answers; "tis the savage equivalent for the dol-
lars of the white man's marriage settlement. Oh, I know.
There's an eternal wall between the races. If I could do
it, Jeff, I'd put a torch to every white college that a red-
man has ever set foot inside. Why don't you leave us
alone,' says he, 'to our own ghost-dances and dog-feasts,
and our dingy squaws to cool our grasshopper soup and
darn our moccasins?'
"'Now, you sure don't mean disrespect to the peren-
nial blossom entitled education?' says I, scandalized,
'because I wear it in the bosom of my own intellectual
shirt-waist. I've had education,' says I, 'and never took
any harm from it.'
"'You lasso us,' goes on Little Bear, not noticing my
prose insertions, 'and teach us what is beautiful in litera-
ture and in life, and how to appreciate what is fine in
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/77/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.