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RELIGION OF THE INDIANS.
they called Manitou. Their creed taught them that all
things, animate and inanimate, possessed souls, and that
all these souls were immortal. If an Indian had been
brave in war, and faithful to his conception of duty,
he trusted after death to be wafted on the wings of the
wind to the Happy Hunting-grounds, where he would
find waiting him his horse, his dog, and all things, as
weapons, tools, skins, or blankets, that he had broken
or mutilated in this world. His bows and arrows were
buried with him, that they might be ready for his use
the moment he entered those blissful abodes. His ideas
of right and wrong differed widely from ours. For him
to show any kindness to his mother, wife, or daughter,
was a sign of weakness. His poor squaw cut the wood,
raised the corn, carried the loads when they journeyed,
cooked his food, yielded to his every whim, and made
herself a slave to him. He--the lazy fellow that he was-
did nothing, and gave her as her reward hard words and
still harder blows. To love one's enemy was unheard of;
to scalp him was the duty of every brave. Manitou had
given them no command to be diligent, hence laziness
was a race characteristic. To change such people into
industrious Christian subjects of his Majesty the King
of Spain, was indeed a herculean undertaking. But the
priests were good men, who had voluntarily given up all
the comforts of civilized life for this labor of love. Un-
daunted they went at their work with cheerful hearts.*
* Most of the mission work in Texas was done by the Flranciscan monks, who
on entering the order took vows "to go barefoot, to wear coarse woollen gowns
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Pennybacker, Anna J. Hardwicke. A new history of Texas for schools : also for general reading and for teachers preparing themselves for examination, book, 1895; Palestine, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2388/m1/26/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .