George Copway.

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been inflicted on Lis brethren by unprincipled traders,
who were themselves often, but the scum and refuse
of civilization, and the only medium of communication
between the Indians and the better class of whites.
What, he asked, could be expected from the members
of his nation, when goaded, insulted, corrupted, and
maddened by these agents of hell 1 He showed how
much these disastrous influences had been mitigated
by the missionaries of Christianity and the Temperance
Reform. He then applied the subject to the state and
prospects of the cause among the whites. Here he
seemed as much at home as the most experienced Tem-
perance Lecturer of a paler hue.

A keen observer must he have been of our institu
tions, our social structure, and our prevailing charac-
ter, whether for good or evil. Much even of his Eng-
ish was singularly idiomatic. Bittng satire — pungent
anecdote, set ofl'with most expressive Indian gesticu-
lation — strokes of wit and humor — touches of pathos —
bursts of vehement declamation after the manner now
of a Forest, or a Cooper, and now of a zealous Western
preacher — slip shod conversational talk — most poeti-
cal descriptions of nature, fearless statement, ofl' hand,
calm, Indian independance, all together, formed a com-
pound of a rather rare and inimitable nature. And al-



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though there might « have been a few things for a very
fastidious taste ;;, wl^ect against, yet on the whole, Ae
must have been a querulous man indeed who came
away dissatisfied with his evening's treat, or unim-
pressed afresh with the inherent beauty, excellence
and necessity of the Total Abstinence Cause.

Dr. Menderhall was the President, and Rev. Mr.
Kendrick, the Chaplain of the evening.



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