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Newson, T. M. 1827-1893. (Thomas McLean) / Thrilling scenes among the Indians. With a graphic description of Custer's last fight with Sitting Bull
(1884)

Pick-a-wa-ka and El-mo-na,   pp. 71-74 PDF (731.3 KB)


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PICK-A-WA-KA AND EL-MO-NA.
M    ANY moons ago large tribes of Indians used to
      roam over the ground now known as Elmo Park.
The tribes were hostile to each other, and never let an
opportunity pass to visit vengeance upon their enemy.
Both were wily and warlike, the Sioux noted for their
cunning and bravery, the Chippewas for their superior
manly qualities, but both were ever on the alert to visit
death upon their deadly foe. Near where a hotel now
stands, and amid a bower of trees and brush, was located
a modest, silent tepee, and in it on a bright moonlight
night, singing a low, plaintive love song, was a beauti-
ful Sioux maiden. Her subdued, sweet, wild tones
floated over the water, and ever and anon she peered
out into space as though expecting some visitor, and
yet, as she thought of his comiug her frame quivered
and she shrank back into her quiet home as though
some dreadful danger was impending. Again she sang.
Again her eye brightened. She placed her ear to the
pebbly shore and listened, and then like a beautiful
fawn she seemed transfixed to the spot. Hark! How
still! Listen! She hears again! How her heart
beats! Away off on the other side of the lake can be
heard the light dipping of paddles! How faint and
yet how clear to her, his signal!
  A mile back of her tepee is her band. The warriors
are dancing over the scalps of the Chippewas. They
are drunk with excitement. They hear nothing, know
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