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the recipient of kind treatment. This was the very point so forcibly urged by the Bannock and Shoshonee chiefs in a talk I had with them at Fort Hall, Idaho, last summer. "They had been our allies in the war with the Sioux and Cheyennes, but the latter who had given us so much trouble, (that is to say the Sioux.) were kept well supplied whereas the tribes which had been friendly in the hour of our need were exposed to starvation." And yet thousands of our people wondered why we should have a war with the Bannocks? But supposing that the appropriations do admit of feeding the Indians will and that the [[?]] is a thoroughly honest and capable man; - there is now to be encountered a new and a greater danger. The Indians have absolutely no status for claiming protection under our laws. Let one 

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