The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Part 2: War

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Author: Artemus Ward

2.11. The Noble Red Man.

The red man of the forest was form’ly a very respectful person. Justice to the noble aboorygine warrants me in sayin’ that orrigernerly he was a majestic cuss.

At the time CHRIS. arrove on these shores (I allood to CHRIS. COLUMBUS), the savajis was virtoous and happy. They were innocent of secession, rum, draw-poker, and sinfulness gin’rally. They didn’t discuss the slavery question as a custom. They had no Congress, faro banks, delirium tremens, or Associated Press. Their habits was consequently good. Late suppers, dyspepsy, gas companies, thieves, ward politicians, pretty waiter-girls, and other metropolitan refinements, were unknown among them. No savage in good standing would take postage-stamps. You couldn’t have bo’t a coonskin with a barrel of ’em. The female Aboorygine never died of consumption, because she didn’t tie her waist up in whale-bone things; but in loose and flowin’ garments she bounded, with naked feet, over hills and plains, like the wild and frisky antelope. It was a onlucky moment for us when CHRIS. sot his foot onto these ’ere shores. It would have been better for us of the present day if the injins had given him a warm meal and sent him home ore the ragin’ billers. For the savages owned the country, and COLUMBUS was a fillibuster. CORTEZ, PIZARRO, and WALKER were one-horse fillibusters— COLUMBUS was a four-horse team fillibuster, and a large yaller dog under the waggin. I say, in view of the mess we are makin’ of things, it would have been better for us if cOLUMBUS had staid to home. It would have been better for the show bisniss. The circulation of "Vanity Fair" would be larger, and the proprietors would all have boozum pins! Yes, sir, and perhaps a ten-pin alley.

By which I don’t wish to be understood as intimatin’ that the scalpin’ wretches who are in the injin bisness at the present day are of any account, or calculated to make home happy, specially the Sioxes of Minnesoty, who desarve to be murdered in the first degree, and if POPE will only stay in St. Paul and not go near ’em HIMSELF, I reckon they will be.

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Chicago: Artemus Ward, "2.11. The Noble Red Man.," The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Part 2: War, ed. Paine, Albert Bigelow, 1861-1937 and trans. Townsend, R.S. in The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Part 2: War (New York: A. L. Burt Company, 1916), Original Sources, accessed June 19, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4BEVL7J33UITZR1.

MLA: Ward, Artemus. "2.11. The Noble Red Man." The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Part 2: War, edited by Paine, Albert Bigelow, 1861-1937, and translated by Townsend, R.S., in The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Part 2: War, Vol. 22, New York, A. L. Burt Company, 1916, Original Sources. 19 Jun. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4BEVL7J33UITZR1.

Harvard: Ward, A, '2.11. The Noble Red Man.' in The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Part 2: War, ed. and trans. . cited in 1916, The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Part 2: War, A. L. Burt Company, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 19 June 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4BEVL7J33UITZR1.