|Save page Remove page||Previous||1 of 4||Next|
small (250x250 max)
medium (500x500 max)
large ( > 500x500)
Loading content ...
The Word Carrier VOLUME XXV. HELPING THE RIGHT, EXPOSING THE WRONG. NUMllKlt !5. SANTEE AGENCY, NEBRASKA. MARCH, i8q6. FIFTY CENTS PER YEAR OUR PLATFORM. For Indians we want American Education! We want American Homes! We icant American Rights! The result of which is American Citizenship! And the gospel is the Power of God for tlieir Salvation' THE PRESENT NEEDS OF THE INDIANS. It would appear that there was a certain definite loss to the cause of Christianity among the Indians when that work ceased to be call- i il Foreign Missions, and became Home Missions. In the face of much opposition and many sneers mice the day it first discovered its "marching orders," the Church has never ceased to believe it to be its duty to go out into all the world and preach the gospel, and persecution, neglect, or starvation have only served to intensify its zeal. It must preach the gospel to tlie heathen. But in regard to Home Missions the Church has felt that it may preach tlie gospel to neighbors, not that it must—that it is a good and desirable I iiing to do, but by no means an in- e\orable duty. If the Indians had remained foreign heathen, we might hope for a Students' Volunteer movement, for an Inland Mission, for <t zeal beyond wisdom which even sets forth to preach the gospel in the midst of war. The Indiaus are as pagan as the Japanese or the Hin- dus, for instance: their redemption is as great a necessity as the redemption of the Chinese. Their chiefs plead for help and teachers in no less touching fashion than do South African kings. But those fill us with missionary zeal. We cry unto heaven for money and opportunity to go over seas to convert Chose; but these, the heathen in our very midst, most of us neither see nor hear. Can it be because there is neither romance nor mystery about these others? The test of ihe reality of our zeal is before us Cere and now. We may measure the value of our professions for ourselves. At this present time the need of the Indians for missionaries is greater than ever before. They have reached not only a new crisis, but a crisis of a new kind. Practically speaking the Government has done what it can for them, or very nearly all. The Indian has law, land, education, he is fast becoming absorbed in the surrounding people, but never was he in worse need. All these great fundamental principles of social life have been thrust upon him, oft against his will and largely unprepared; certainly with very little comprehension of their resulting privileges or duties. He needs a friend beside him at every step. Thrust out into an alien and hostile community, he is in some sense in a worse case than when he dwelt alone in undisturbed barbarism. And again, civilization is not Christianity. This truth, so obvious everywhere else, seems to be lost sight of when the Indians are considered. We discover that, although educated, they will not stay refined; that they are civilized, but will not remain moral. Behold, says the caviller, there is no good Indian until he dies, and even his friends complain that the young men will "go back" to gambling games and horse races. It is true that some measure of refinement and fine morals is peculiarly necessary to the Indians just now, but these are not any necessary part of civilization. They are, however, inseparable to Christianity, and by this token the red man needs Christianity for his everyday life even more than the white, who is surrounded by a Christian atmosphere. If we would have the newly liberated Indians a valuable and reliable part of the community in this world they must be Christianized. Just why goes back a long way; but a fact it is, tbat wdiatever may be true of Chinese or Poles or Bohemians, if the Indian is to have any staying power, if he is to be anything but a despair to his friends and a curse to all around him, he must be converted as well as civilized. The use of his land, the best system of law, an absolute restriction upon liquor, all together, will do no more for him in the Northwest than it has done for Cherokee or Choctaw. It is the building up of the individual that is needed to-day quite as much as any legislation which shall improve the community. Not only has the Indian come to a time of special need, not only does he need Christianity to make his land and his education of any value, not only is his law unsupported by his own character of little worth, but he needs Christian missionaries- more and more, because he has ceased to be the Indian and become Indians. It is peculiarly true that every tribe, every group, every family almost, has reached a different state of need. The varying pressure of circumstances combined with the differing methods of education furnished the children, has brought the race to a time and place when it needs many, many helpers,who, living with them will find their reward in their growth and development. It is not further efforts by the churches for the education of the Indian that are needed. There are many schools, good, bad, and indifferent, but still schools, and it is certain that the Government will attend to the education difficulty. But it is missionaries that the Indian needs; missionaries to convert heathen. This is an inglorious service and one of plenteous hardship, but beyond' measure it is a patriotic service, beyond measure it is the work of Him whose "all the world" began "at Jerusalem," who taught us to find Himself wherever the least of His children were in sore need.—Anna L. Dawes in Am. Miss. Magazine. Rev. James Garvie has now been absent in Washington for six weeks, working in the interest of the Santees before Congress. As a result of his unwearied labors, Senator Allen of Nebraska has introduced a bill into the Senate restoring to the Flandrau and Santee Sioux the annuities coming from the sale of Minnesota lands which were declared forfeited afterthe outbreak m 1862. The bill has been reported back favorably to the Senate. Whatever may be the merits of the bill, Mr. Garvie is worthy of commendation for the skill and pertinacity with which he carried it so far. THE TONGUE. A Scripture Paraphrase. Little is the tongue, but mighty Thus the Holy Scripture saith; Giving wounds,or health bestowing. In its power are life and death. Pleasant words are sweet as honey. Making glad the stooping heart; Like the oil on troubled waters Soothing angry thoughts that start. Like cold waters to the thirsty So is good news from afar; Prov. 27: ;■. Like the perfume of sweet ointment, So a friend's true councels are. Jas. 3: 5- Prov. 18: Prov.12: Prov. 18: Prov. 16: Prov. 12: Ps. 141: Prov. 15: Prov. 25: Prov. 24: Prov, 25: 26. He who giveth a right answer, Every one his lips shall kiss; «'. And a word that's fitly spoken, Oh, how beautiful it is! Prov.22:ii.Hewhokeepshistongue,thatfromit No impure or mean word slips, His companions shall be princes, For the sweetness of his lips. Ps-15- 3- He whose loving soul refuses Needlessly of faults to tell— Ps. 15: 4. He who truthful proves in trial, In God's holy hill shall dwell. Ps. 19:14. Let my thoughts,0 Christ, my Savior, Be acceptable to Thee; Jas. 3: 11. Then like rills from a pure fountain, True and sweet my words will be. 2 Cor. 5:14. May Thy love constrain thy people Ps. 51:14. Of Thy righteousness to sing, Phil. 2: 11. Until every tongue confesses, "Jesus Christ is Lord and King." E. L. GERTRUDE SIMMONS. We are glad to place here a credit mark for one of our former pupils, Miss Gertie Simmons of Yankton Agency, who was with us in 1888-89. She has just taken second prize at the Indiana collegiate oratorical contest, held at Indianapolis, March 13. The judges were Judge Woods of the United States Circuit court, ex-Congressman Bynum and Governor Claude Matthews. We copy the account of the Indianapolis News. When it came the turn for Gertrude Simmons, the Sioux Indian girl,to speak for Earlham,there were cheers from her fellow-students, and a cane with college colors was waved overhead, but there was less bois- terousness of outburst than that which greeted the preceding speakers. The applause showed a warm, but a delicate and respectful appreciation. The name of Miss Simmons had been cheered impartially by various colleges in the evening. The slight, dark-skinned girl, dressed in black, who sat at the end ofthe row of speakers, had been gazed upon with curiosity. It was noticed that her face showed in delicate but firm lines the cut of the Indian face. Her eyes and hair were black, the small, well-shaped hands at her side were of dark copper color. Expectation created by curiosity turned all eyes which had been wandering and sleepy before, toward the Indian girl, and the attention attracted thus was held by her power as an orator in behalf of the Indian. Her voice was clear and sweet, her language was that of a cultivated young woman and her pronunciation was without trace of a tongue unfamiliar with English. Her manner was real, womanly and refined. The effect of artificiality in a speaker, up merely on exhibition, was lost when she spoke, and the audience forgot that it was an oratorical contest, and remembered only that an Indian girl was speaking for her race. Her subject was "Side by Side," and the beginning of her address did not make it apparent that this was to be her theme. She began with a glowing account of the advance of tbe spirit of freedom and the greatness of the Teutonic race. But she returned to a view of the great forest-covered continent of four hundred years ago, and spoke of the bark canoe plying its streams, of the wigwams, the fires, the life of the hunter and the relations of Indian mother aud child. She spoke of the friendly spirit of early Indians turned to bitterness by treachery. The Indian, she said, was never the first to break a treaty. She spoke of the fidelity of the Indian to the Quakers and others who had kept faith with him. She told of the degradation that had come along with civilization in the introduction of "fire-water" and evil example. The Indian, she said, had been charged with cruelty. She compared this cruelty of the Indian, barbarous and without the advantages of civilization and Christian teaching,with the cruelty of civilized Europeans in the St. Bartholomew massacre, the burning at the stake for religious opinion, the fearful bloodshed of the French revolution. She spoke effectively of the cruelty of the Indian in the forests of America at the very time that witches were being burned at Salem. The white man, she said, had been both the accuser and judge of the Indian. She made a fervent prayer toGod for justice. At the close she spoke of what had resulted from a Christian spirit toward the Indian, of the advantage which has been taken of the opportunities for education and of the spirit which allowed the Indian and white races to go forward "side by side." When she finished there was a response of hearty and deep-felt applause which mounted to a cheer coming from every part of the house. The vote ofthe hearts ofthe hearers was given to her. Judge Woods, one of the judges of delivery, when the speech was over sat silent a moment, hastily went over his marks, and then turning to W. D. Bynum, said: "When it comes to oratory, I place the Indian girl far above the college boys every time." When President Riock, of the oratorical association, finally came forward to announce the first three in order of victory, each announcement was greeted with deafening cheers, and the enthusiasm then poured itself out into the streets where it continued. The rank of the six orators was Ewing, of DePauw, first; Miss Simmons, of Earlham, second; Clark, of Butler, third ; Bell, of Wabash, fourth ; Bowman, of Hanover, fifth, and Schuh, of Franklin.sixth. It is proposed to have an Indian Y. M. C. A. Summer School on the shores of Big Stone Lake, near Sisseton Agency, S. D., the last of June and the first of July. General Secretary C. K. Ober is arranging for it. A number of the best Association leaders and teachers will be present, with a good director of athletics. This is a new thing for our Indian Y. M. C. A. men. It is to be hoped that they will quickly ' see the advantages of it
The Word Carrier
HELPING THE RIGHT, EXPOSING THE WRONG.
SANTEE AGENCY, NEBRASKA.
FIFTY CENTS PER YEAR
For Indians we want American Education! We want American Homes!
We icant American Rights! The result of which is American Citizenship!
And the gospel is the Power of God for
THE PRESENT NEEDS OF THE
It would appear that there was a
certain definite loss to the cause of
Christianity among the Indians
when that work ceased to be call-
i il Foreign Missions, and became
Home Missions. In the face of
much opposition and many sneers
mice the day it first discovered its
"marching orders," the Church has
never ceased to believe it to be its
duty to go out into all the world and
preach the gospel, and persecution,
neglect, or starvation have only
served to intensify its zeal. It must
preach the gospel to tlie heathen.
But in regard to Home Missions the
Church has felt that it may preach
tlie gospel to neighbors, not that it
must—that it is a good and desirable
I iiing to do, but by no means an in-
e\orable duty. If the Indians had
remained foreign heathen, we might
hope for a Students' Volunteer movement, for an Inland Mission, for