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INDIAN REMINISCENCES

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

Consequently he-replied, "You must not kill che-mo-ko-man. Me tell you what to do. He got fat hog. Steal 'em hog; that is better. Hog worth more than coat. " Billy found this the dernier resort. The Indian followed his advice, stole the hog, and thus the settler's life was saved.
NOONDAY THE OTTAWA CHIEF. HE WAS IN THE BATTLE OF THE THAMES,
AND SEES COL. R. M. JOHNSON SHOOT TECUMSEH, WHOM
HE CARRIES OFF THE BATTLE FIELD Rev. Leonard Slater established a mission among the Indians at Grand Rapids sometime in 1826. Here he first met the Ottawa chief, Noonday. And it was here that the old chief was converted to Christianity some time in 1830 or '31, with a number of other Indians of his tribe. Deacon Edwin Mason, of Richland, from whom I received most of the facts in this sketch, first saw the chief Noonday, in 1832, on Gull prairie, as he, with his Indians, was on his way to Maiden to get their annual presents. The early settlers of Gull prairie were then just in the midst of the excitement over the rumors that Black Hawk and his Indians were coming into Michigan to murder them all. Deacon Mason had a talk with Noonday and among other things asked him which side he would take in case Black Hawk did come into the territory., He replied: "Me and my Indians will help the white folks if they need us. " Mr. Slater established his mission in Prairieville, Barry county, some one and one half miles from Richland, in 1836. He bought, several hundred acres of land of Luther Hill for the use of the Indians. Deacon M----------- remembers that in November of 1832 Elder Merrill came on horseback to his log cabin inquiring the way to Grand Rapids, whither he was going to organize a Baptist church, and to baptize Noonday and the converted Indians. The elder on his return told Deacon M----------- that he had to sleep in the woods one night both going to and coming from Grand Rapids.

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