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1893 edition. Excerpt: ...is often useful, sometimes admirable; but
it is not the highest quality. The bull-dog is the only canine so
brutally ignorant as to hold one grip till death. The higher dogs
know better--they snap and dodge. Brains were made to save the hide
as well as shoe-leather. If Leonidas had been an Apache, he would
have killed off the Persian myriads a handful at a time, without
once being seen by them. Three hundred Spartan wives and mothers
would each have been a husband or a son ahead by the transaction;
and we should have lost one of the most brilliant examples
wherewith we are wont to call heroism. For certain reasons, which
would be tedious of discussion here, the ideal war-maker is found
in the savage, who has learned just enough from civilization to
avoid its military follies--which are simply an enlargement of what
he practised before his graduation. Uncelebrated in song,
unappreciated by history--and thereby docked of his due proportion
on Fame's canvas--there is one tawny figure to a brief inspection
of whom I would invite you. For centuries which no pen has
recorded, the Apache has been the most notable and the least noted
of warriors. He has been the scourge of a territory greater than
Europe, minus Russia. To this day his name is a bugbear throughout
an area in which New England could be irrecoverably lost. It is not
numbers that gave him his reputation. At the outside, his people
cannot muster six thousand. Of his twenty tribes, seventeen no
longer contain so much as the seeds of war. More than a decade ago
they were brought into eternal submission by that silent,
largehearted, broad-minded, belied but unanswering soldier, George
Crook. The Apache who remained the ideal warrior was the
Chiricahua, so called by the gentlemen who have...
|Country of origin:
Charles Fletcher Lummis
||246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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