Ohio History Journal

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Frankfort, Ky.



Read by the author before the Ohio Valley Historical Association, at their

meeting with the Kentucky State Historical Society in

the New Capitol, October 16th, 1909.

Whether we call the Indian, North American or South

American, we know the Indian race historically as a peculiar and

distinctly marked people-disappearing gradually into oblivion.

An authentic history of the race has not been written, but

the traditions concerning it, tinged with probability, is that the

race is descended from those fierce and terrible Asiatics, the


The pathways of the Indian, unlike any other nation of equal

intelligence wandering down through the ages, are reddened

with the blood of the slain, or they are smoking with human

sacrifices, to gratify their horrible thirst for capture or revenge,

and barbaric amusement. Students of Ethnology are agreed upon

the origin of the Indian as a branch of the Asiatic people we

have mentioned, because of the resemblance of some tribes on

our Continent, to the Japanese in cast of feature; but the stern

and forbidding statures and smileless faces of the Indian limit

the resemblance, if indeed it exists.

This article is not written to reproduce in history an account

of the revolting habits, customs, manners, arts and language of

this strange race. Only that which arrests the attention now of

civilized people in their efforts to train, control, civilize and

educate it, should be dwelt upon.

However senseless to us-their arts and their ideas, their

weird and wonderful fables-yet they are above our contempt,

and beyond our ridicule, these brown simoons of humanity-the

Indians. They have been driven from every country and every