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The Blackhawk War

BY HENRY LITTLE, 1875

Again the scattered oxen are brought together and united in pairs, and six or eight of those pairs are united together, forming a prairie or breaking-up team. And again those patient, docile brutes are bending their calloused necks in drawing the ponderous plow, while it turns over, the virgin soil, while at the same time the boys, with nimble fingers, are depositing the -grains of corn in the cracks between the furrows, in hopeful anticipation of a future harvest. It was a grand and animating scene to behold three or four of those long teams in different directions, and all working at the same time, in "turning the world upside down, " and to hear the loud shouting of the drivers, and the loud, ringing crack, crack, of their long whips, which sounded like the discharge of fire-crackers.
FEARS OF THE POTTOWATTAMIES.
When intelligence of the Saukie war reached us, the powers that be, or were, on Prairie Ronde, were very suspicious of the Pottawattomies. Those Indians had never manifested any hostile or unfriendly disposition towards the whites, but had always professed a warm and abiding friendship for us. But notwithstanding those facts, the people on Prairie Ronde stood in so great fear of them that they did not consider themselves safe until they had deprived the fifteen or twenty Indians living on or near that prairie, of their rifles. If those Indians had not been such an indolent, peaceable set of beings, it would have been a dangerous experiment, because to compel a few Indians to give up their rifles and thus deprive them of the means of obtaining their daily food, would have a tendency to enlist the sympathy and arouse the indignation of all the rest of the tribe, and to have goaded them on to avenge the wrong and degradation inflicted upon their insulted brethren.

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