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MICHIGAN

THE OLD INDIAN DOCTOR

When they purchased whiskey they usually announced that they were going to get squibby (drunk). The quality of the whiskey sold to the Indians was very bad, having been first watered and drugged for their especial use. I recollect in 1833 that some Indians came to Schoolcraft from Kalamazoo and made bitter complaint to Addison Smith about H. B. Huston. They said that he put so much bish (water) in his whiskey that it made them sick before they could get squibby (drunk). As to myself I sold no whiskey to Indians except during the first two or three years after my arrival in Schoolcraft. What I have said about the Indians has been mainly about those whose headquarters were near Schoolcraft. If you can glean any item out of this disjointed and lengthy letter that will aid in making up a true history of the early settlement of Kalamazoo county I shall feel well paid for what little trouble I have had in writing it. But I very much doubt if you can, as there are other persons still living in Kalamazoo county who were familiar with all the facts that I have attempted to set forth.
E. Lakin Brown came to Schoolcraft two years before I came, and is very well posted in all the ways of the Indians of those early days. Mrs. Thaddeus Smith came to Schoolcraft in 1830 I believe, and could speak the Indian language better than any white person that I knew when I came there. She was a great favorite with the Indians, and any day that they were in town you would usually find her sitting room filled with squaws and pappooses. Thanking you for your kind Christmas greeting, I must close by subscribing myself your old friend. "—A. H. Scott, in Kalamazoo Telegraph.

Michigan Indians


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