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EARLY RECOLLECTIONS

BY WM. C. HOYT
June 7th, 1873

He knocked, was bidden to enter and went in. In one side of the room there was a fire-place and chimney of clay, and there sat an Indian with his wife, by the fire.
Mr. Moran told them he wanted to stay over night. They told him lie could not, as they had no bed, and nothing to eat. Mr. M. told them he did not care for that, and he was going to stop there any way. He then stepped around and lay down, curling himself up in a small depression of the ground, with his back towards the fire. His feet were towards the Indian and his wife, but he was situated so that he could see them. He had been assistant pay-master to the Indians, and he had been among the Indians so much that he understood ordinary conversation in the Indian tongue. The man and his wife did not know him, nor he them, and he had a curiosity to hear what they would say about him; so he soon feigned to be asleep, and commenced snoring. The man and wife then began to converse in Indian. The woman asked her husband why he did not send him away. "Maybe that I cannot, " he replied. "That man, " she continued, "must be a Yankee, for he is very impolite. " "Yes, " said the husband, "he must be a Yankee, for he speaks English. "
. The conversation was here suspended a few minutes, when the woman spoke up and said he must be a Frenchman. "No, " said the man, "he is not. " But she persisted that he must be, and on being asked by the husband how she knew, she replied that "he must be a Frenchman, because he slept just like a dog.

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