Baltimore Sun, 10Nov1877 p. 1 Report on meeting 09Nov with president

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Pu Con-tested on already, has to the no the the the regard is to in in to be a to a nii- I General Dispatches. I Fonca Chiefs at the White House. THEY TELL THE STORY OP THEIR WRONGS - PEACEABLE INDIANS FOOLED OUT OP THEIR RESERVATION. Washington, Nov. 9. The Ponca chiefs who are now in this citvnad a nrimarv inter view with the President at 4 o'clock this P. M. Tbe council was held in tbe cabinet cnamuer at the Executive Mansion. The Indians were accompanied accompanied by Major Howard, who bas them in charge, and met at the White Honse the Secretary Secretary of the Interior and the commissioner of In dian affairs, who sat on either side of the Presl- Presl- dent at the head of a long table in the council room. During the Interview tbe Poncas were re splendent m all the adornments that savage tasto could muster. There was a lavish expenditure expenditure of red. green, brown and vellow paint upon their faces. Their blankets and leggings were of gorgeous red and green. Eagle feathers and bears' claws were strung profusely about them, and in every respect tbey compared favorably favorably with any delegation of Indian chiets tbat ever visited Washington. Several carried tomahawks, but the traditional pipe-smoking pipe-smoking pipe-smoking was not Indulged, these being peaceable Indians. Indians. And there bcin? no necessity for that par ticular intimation of their friendship for their Great Father and the pale faces generally. The council chamber presented a picturesque scene when the Poncas were seated around the room awaiting the entrance of the President, who, with Messrs. Schurz and Hoyt, kept them in waiting only a minutes before giving formal formal attention to what tbey bad to sar. The speeches were interpreted by "Barnaby," a distinguished looking half-breed, half-breed, half-breed, who spoke clearly and earnestly in explanation of the remarks remarks made by the red men. - White Eagle, a fine-looking fine-looking fine-looking warrior, who made the first address, said: "1 have met yon to-day, to-day, to-day, and it appears to me as if I had been walking through a daris cloud and came into light. I have come to lay some complaints before you, and there will be a great many of them. Maybe you have forgotten me, but I always think of you. Some of our forefathers forefathers were here some time ago. They came to get advice from the Great Father and brought tne news to ns. yy e stui rememoer mat aavicc. The Great Spirit moves in us all, in tbe whites ana in tne inaian. me ureal spirit made evorythingfor ns tbe land and water, and tbe timber and out oi that 1 have ray rights. We have altvavs been living on a certain reser vation. Bat now we have been disturbed and made to take another road. Our forefathers were advised to till the soil, and thafadvice has been followed. The speaker said be wished to know spon what ground nis people were moved away irom tbe reserve upon which they had been living, and spoke of the losses of property, (farm implements, implements, houses they had built, ponies snd other property,) that had- had- fallen upon- upon- them in their removal, and said: "When anybody gets into a bad place he wants to get out and be waere ne wau ueivm, nuu uiai, is wuui, i wuoi,. It seems," he said, "that the worst Indians get the opportunity to see you before we do." Standing Bear and Standing Buffalo spoke in similar strain: Big Chief was the last Indian orator. He was very happy, as he had always wished to see hie" Great Father and talk to him face to face. "I am dressed as an Indian now," Big Chief said, pointing to.the gorgeous ornamentation of his breast, "but 1 have different principles. I was livins on that old reserve, but all at once 1 was taken np ob by a whirlwind and disturbed in my ymuo, ubi an j. unu icaiucu ,w jjiuvr, auu nao made to take another road which is new to me. We are all perishing where we are now. In less than three months' time over thirty people have died and so have many cattle." . This was the last speech, and tbe President rising remarked: "I have listened attentively to what vou have said. I will consider carefully carefully about it, and will let you know tho result. I will do the best 1 can for you, and when I have considered the matter I will send for you again." The President then shook hands with each chief" and the half breed attendants, saying he would see them again to-morrow to-morrow to-morrow or herealter, and the ceremony ended. as that touth-east The loss-of The ofMoukh-tar of the party Last The to on have He of a the to that will ministry. of ob-jecl their Imply twenty-one recent These of other

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