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Michigan CHAPTER 10

Effect Upon the Indians of the Lake Region

The English adopted a contrary policy. They were inclined to parsimony in the way of gifts; the officers sold at exorbitant prices articles which the Indians found themselves obliged to buy. These circumstances resulted in serious hardships. The savages were improvident to the last degree. When they were plentifully supplied they indulged themselves and took no thought of the morrow. When there was nothing to eat and nothing to wear they suffered the pangs of hunger and cold. It is not strange that this situation caused general discontent. The fur business was another grievance. It had fallen into the hands of a disreputable class of traders who cheated the Indians right and left. Apparently each trader was bent only on making the most profit for himself, regardless of the interests of the trade or the rights of those with whom he dealt. The savage who was unskilled in the trickery and deception practiced by such knaves, was the sufferer. So the Indians were plundered without mercy. Many traders were dissolute profligates who wrought havoc with the laws of morality and debauched the wives and daughters of the native, filled him up with cheap whisky and ruined his physical as well as his spiritual well being. The officers and soldiers of the garrisons showed a far different attitude toward the savages than had the French officers and soldiers. Formerly when the native warriors and men of distinction came into the forts they were formally welcomed and received with flattering attention. Their peculiarities were overlooked and French suavity and politeness had great effect in promoting good will. Now the case was different. The Englishman had only contempt for the rude and repulsive son of the forest, and he did not hesitate to show it. The savage may have been a distinguished chieftain of his tribe but when he came loafing around the fort and got himself in the way of some understrapper sergeant or corporal he was incontinently kicked out and told to make himself scarce.

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