History of the Butterfly, Part 5: More Kishkekosh

“Kish-ke-kosh was regarded among his tribe as the clown and wit, and in the journey to the East he did not forget to display his humor and sarcasm.  The Indians descended the Mississippi to the mouth of the Ohio by steamer, and thence up the latter river to Wheeling, where they took stage across the mountains.  Somewhere on the route a party of ladies came on the steamer, and a young man who was accompanying the Indian delegation, becoming acquainted with the ladies, took them around to see the Indians.  The young man, with the ill manners of some white people, fingered the dress and ornaments of the chiefs for the benefit of the sight seers, a familiarity which Kish-ke-kosh evidently thought should be dispensed with.  Accordingly, when he young man was through, Kish-ke-kosh stepped up to him and commenced to sample his coat, vest, pantaloons, and watch chain, to feel his hair, exhibit his teeth, etc., to his brother chiefs, jabbering away in the Sac tongue, and going through, with perfect mimicry, the self-assumed keeper of a menagerie.  The deck of the steamer held a most appreciative crowd of spectators, and, as peal after peal of laughter assaulted the young man’s tingling ears, he doubtless arrived at the conclusion that barbarism was able to teach a specimen of civilization a lesson in manners, whose impression would not be lost till his dying day.”

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