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INDIAN REMINISCENCES

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

In a public "talk" that Noonday had, in an early day, with the people of Gull, he was asked what side he would take if there should be war with the of hold, he threw Gen-ro; but if the Indian had his choice, he threw Brownell. Hence between them, behold it was"Roland and an Oliver. " Gen-ro was not a bad man, but was always feared when he drinking. English or Indians again. He replied, "With you. You need not fear me my tribe. " He said the English had promised them if they would join them in battle they would always aid them when they needed help—furnish them support through life. "But, " said the old chief, "they have not kept their word. They never did anything for us after we had done so much for them. We know you to be our true friends, and we shall always be yours. " Noonday was very much affected by the fact that the landlord at Prairie-ville was selling liquor to the Indians. The Indian agent, who then lived at Detroit, hearing of this, urged the people on Gull prairie to prosecute all such violations of the law. Mr. Merriman soon afterwards had this landlord arrested for the offense. But he pleaded so stoutly for mercy that Mr. Merriman and Mr. Slater, who assisted him in the prosecution, settled with him on his pledging himself under oath that he would not sell any more liquor to the Indians. Immediately after the landlord was set at liberty he arrested both Mr. Slater and Merriman with a criminal warrant and had them put in the jail at Hastings on the ground that they had no legal right to settle with him—that the court before which he was arraigned was the only authority to have decided his case. The arrested parties remained in jail over night. Mr. Slater the next day got himself bailed out. He then went home and in a few days got his friend out on bail.

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