Weekly Chemawa American. (Chemawa, Or.) 189?-198?, August 16, 1901, Page 5, Image 5

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Judge Hanford's Decision.
According to the recent decision of Judge
Hanford of the federal court, Indians to
whom land hns been allotted Hre free to
purchase liquor on the same terms as any
other citizen of the country. The proba
bilities ere that little more liquor will be
drunk by the Indians than before, as they
were always able to obtain any amount
tliey could pay for, but it is another step in
the direction of removing the governmental
Safeguards that have in t he past protected
the Tudian from the danger of bis own ig
norance. He is being more and more
thrown on his own resources and left to the
free operation of the law of "the survival
of the fittest" to work out his destiny. It
staDds the rising generation in hand to im
prove the opportunity of government as
sistance in the way of education while
there is yet time, for the struggle will be
a hard one and the fittest that wili survive
will befew. Puget Sound Indian Guide.
There is considerable virtue in the a
bove statement. The Indian who
wants to indulge his appetite in strong
drink will do so in spite of law and ef
forts of restraint. Heretofore the In
dian has had to buy his firewater by
the quantity and as a general rule
some unscrupulous . person did the
buying. He got the poorest article
and enough to go on a protracted spree.
Under this new ruling the Indian who
has accepted an allottment and is self
supporting can enter a saloon and buy
his drink the same as his white broth
er. The question is will this privilege
do the Indian more harm than the old
system? We hardly think it will. If
an Indian wants a drink he can go
and get it, It is understood that there
are a class of alchoholic soaked In
dians the same as white men who are
destined to ruination by liquor and the
sooner they do away with themselves,
the better. At the same time there is
that better class who are temperate
and law abiding and it is this class
that will perpetuate and elevate the
' A New Indian 5chooI.
An event of especial interest to all work
ers in the Indian service was that which
took place July 19, at Rlveiside, Califor
nia. The laying of the cornerstone of Sher
man Institute, the new Indian training
school, that is to be established at that
place marks the fullfillment of another
good act of the United States government
in looking after the welfare of the Indian
boys and girls. A well rendered program
was given by- the pupils of the Perris
School, Addresses were made by Assist
ant Commissioner of Indian affairs, Cap
tain A. C. Tonner; Senator G. C. Perkins,
and other notable men of California. Supt.
Harwood Hall is an experienced and suc
cessful worker in the Indian school service,
and we sincerely wish him further success
in his new school. The new school plant
will be one of the handsomest and best
equipped in the service. Built afier the
old mission style of architecture, which so
liarmonizeB with the sunny skies and gray
brown landscape ofsouthern California, its
location on the famous Magnolia avenue
will make it one of the interesting points
of which Riverside may be proud.
Every accession man makes to knowl
edge enlarges his power.
Methods is like packing things in a box;
a good packer will get in half as much
again as a bad one.
The important thing in life is to hr.ve a
great aim, aud to possess aptitude and the
perseverance to attain it.
, We learn wisdom from failure more than
fmm success; often discover what will do
by finding out what will not do.
A good education is that which gives
the body and to the soul all the beauty and
all the pirfectiou of which they are capable.