Vanished Arizona: Recollections of My Army Life

Vanished Arizona: Recollections of My Army Life

Vanished Arizona: Recollections of My Army Life

Vanished Arizona: Recollections of My Army Life

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There is a part of the story of the "Winning of the West" that has not yet been touched upon in any of the volumes of The Lakeside Classics. We refer to the part played by the army in its efforts to protect the intruding whites and keep on leash the resentful Indians. The story of the treatment of the Indians by our Federal Government is a sordid one, but for which the army was not responsible. As true soldiers, they obeyed orders and the blame belongs to apathy at Washington, resulting in the breaking of treaties, the appointment of dishonest and incapable Indian agents for political reasons, and the failure to man the territories with an honest judiciary and an effective and impartial police system. Had our government treated the Indians honestly and protected the red man as well as the white man against thieves and murderers, as has the Mounted Police of Western Canada, the proverb "The only good Indian is a dead Indian" would not have become the philosophy of the early frontiersmen and settlers.

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