|Transcriptions||indians followed to the grave, and this afternoon as MR. B. was passing his house the indians were in it howling and bewailing as they are accustomed to do. Now what a situation he is in, with his little half breed child and despised by the whites and hated by the indians who would kill him if they could get a chance in revenge for her death. He is I believe a son of a minister and well brought up.|
You may think the people severe, and more scrupulous than they need be in the matter, but you have no idea of the degradation men bring on themselves by their intercourse with the squaws. These squaws are lower and more degraded than you can imagine but little better than hogs in a human shape and when men so debase themselves as to live with them, they lose all self respect, shun the society of virtuous people, in fact all white society except it be that of those equally debased, must be given up. This one sin is the greatest drawback to reform which we find, and it is by no means confined to a few.
John asks about nuts; there are no nuts of any kind here except a few hazels, and those the Indians pick long before they are fit to gather. We would like a few of your hickory nuts, and some of your winter apples, but we get along very comfortably without such things. I hardly ever think of apples. We have dried apples for pies and then there is all of the time some kind of berries to be had for pies and sauce so that we scarcely feel the need of such things.
Mary writes that spencers are worn. Do they have lining in the waist, how long and full in the frill to be, what