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Why the Crow is Black.
(By Amos Smoker, Junior.)
Many years ago, as the old Indians
say, the animals that are now living
were all white. The beaver, who was
well known among the animals?, was a
great artist in those days. Once when
the sun was shining and everything
seemed to be quiet, he made a call for
all the animals. It took them a year to
After they all got together the beaver
said that there must be some changes
among the animals, that he must color
each animal differently. The bear
wanted to be of all colors, so the beaver
colored him as much as he could, but he
was not satisfied. Therefore the beaver
said: "Shut your eyes and I shall make
you the prettiest of all the animals." So
the bear closed his eyes. After a little
time the beaver mixed the black and
poured it on the bear. Thats the reason
why most of the bears are black.
Then the birds came to be painted.
The crow, who was vain like the bear,
wanted to be colored the best. So the
beaver said: "You shall be a woodcock."
So he painted him as woodcocks are
painted, with a little red on the head.
The beaver made the crow get on a
tree to see whether he could make the
bark fly as woodcocksj do. The crow
made good and the beaver said: "You
can now go." "But," said the crow, "I
do not want to have just a little red on
me, I want to be all red, so if anyone
kills me they shall become rich at once."
"All right," said the beaver, -You shall
be. all red." So he told him to shut his
eyes. After a little while the paint wa
fixed, and the beaver poured black on
the crow and told him to fly far away
and look at himself. The crow was sur
prised to find himself black. That's the
reason the crow is black to this day.
Supt. Covey, of Warm Springs reserva
tion, was a visitor at Chemawa, for a
few hours last Friday. He had business
that took him from here to Corvallis.
The gentleman accompanied some pupils,
from Warm Spring to Chemawa.
Thomas McCully has been promoted
from the ranks of B Company to Captain
of Company A. Joaquin Meadows, form
er Captain of Co. A, is Sergeant Major.
Joseph Dillstrbm was promoted to Ad
jutant and Eugene Williams to Major.
APRIL 2, 1909.,