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formed Negroes. I remember seeing a black sergeant
make a minor chief go down to the creek to get a pail of
water-an unheard of thing, for the chiefs, and even the
ordinary bucks among the Sioux always make their squaws
perform this sort of work. This chief was sunning himself,
reclining, beside his tepee, when his squaw started
with the bucket for the creek, some distance away. The
Negro sergeant saw the move. He walked up to the lazy,
"' Look a-yeah, yo' spraddle-nosed, yalluh voodoo nigguh,'
said the black sergeant-he was as black as a stovepipe-to
the blinking chief, 'jes' shake yo' no-count bones
an' tote dat wattuh yo'se'f. Yo' ain' no bettuh to pack
wattuh dan Ah am, yo' heah me.'
"The heap-much Indian chief didn't understand a word
of what the Negro sergeant said to him, but he understands
pantomime all right, and when the black man in uniform
grabbed the pail out of the squaw's hand and thrust it into
the dirty paw of the chief the chief went after that bucket
of water, and he went a-loping, too.
"The Sioux will hand down to their children's children
the story of a charge that a couple of Negro cavalry troops
made during the Pine Ridge troubles. It was of the height
of the fracas, and the bad Indians were regularly lined up
for battle. Those two black troops were ordered to make
the initial swoop upon them. You know the noise one
black man can make when he gets right down to the business
of yelling. Well, these two troops of blacks started
their terrific whoop in unison when they were a mile away
from the waiting Sioux, and they got warmed up and in
better practice with every jump their horses made. I give
you my solemn word that in the ears of us of the white
outfit, stationed three miles away, the yelps those two Negro
troops of cavalry gave sounded like the carnival whooping
of ten thousand devils. The Sioux weren't scared a little
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Johnson, Edward A. (Edward Austin), 1860-1944. History of Negro Soldiers in the Spanish-American War, and Other Items of Interest., book, 1899; Raleigh, North Carolina. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth14388/m1/54/: accessed October 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Other.