Odd and Unusual Tales From The Old West

Alton Pryor

Copyright 2011 Alton Pryor

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A Matter of Interpretation

Sitting Bull was a guest of honor at the opening ceremonies for the Northern Pacific Railroad. When it came his turn to speak, he said, in Lakota language, “I hate all white people. You are thieves and liars. You have taken away our land and made us outcasts.”

A quick-thinking interpreter told the crowd the chief was happy to be there and that he looked forward to peace and prosperity with the white people.

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