Clipped From Bangor Daily Whig and Courier
the A'N OLD INDIAN RELIC. A very unique and rare specimen ndian Irehcs Is on exhiuition and ;ale atj the Indian agency of Hunt Stowe in this city. The relic consists Mona wampum belt and is a veiy article, I there being only a very . m ^. . ,. Â», ' Januaiy tern of existence. This belt was once tbe Uamlt . property of Gov. Socl:ale\is of tho nobccot tnbo, \vhos-e grandson uas goveiuoi of the tribe over 20 years Â·Yom this it is verj evident that it many years old and necessarily a Â·alaablc relic This belt, as it is called, is made of wamp.im beads, of :here are over 2000 strung on fine stups of tanned deer hid 0 anJ woven Â·ery closely together The_e beads, which are all hand-made in black white, were formeily used by the Indians as tinitnt-y, aad known as mm. The wampum belt or courting belt, as it 13 sometimes called, was, as name implies, Ubed by young waruois n wooing their \vo.ild-bc bride. This s the manner in which it was An old man of the tribe would jossessicn of the belt and when the young jbrave was desnous of entering .he bonds of matrimony he would consult the old sage, who would go parent3 of the bride and plead the r oung jman's case and leave the with them. They would talte it, and after careEiiUiC^aafjijlori^g j^he matter they would return the* belt if they approved [the match, otherwise it be sent back immediately with no explanation whatever. If he was accepted he was at liberty to do his personally or, in other words, in the modern way. This old custom, however, went out of vogue many years ago. '