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Laughs At Death

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Wheii sentenee was passed on "Two Sticks," the courtrooni waspaeked, and wheu the presiding judge expressed his belief . that all four Indian niurderers should be hung the people cheered, and the United States marshal was called npon to preserve order. Red Elk, commonly known as "Two Sticks" (since bis crippled condition has oompelled him to walk on crutches), the first of all his race to "feel the heavy hand of the invader, " will be hung Christmas week for the cold blooded murder of a 16-year-old white boy. Thronghout the trial Two Sticks has seemed ainused at the proceedings and has feit sure oí beiug acquitted. They did not hang Crow Dog, he argned, so they couldii't hang him. Crow Dog was the first Indiau ever tried in Dakota courts. He was ou trial here in 1882 for the mmder of Spotted Tüil, achief of the Sioux tribe, aud was found guilty. But the case was appsalcd to the supreme eourt of the United States by Crow Dug's attorney, known to the Iudians as tne "liltle man with the big voice" r.nd now judge of this judicial district, aud in the supreme court the Indian was acquitted. Two Sticks is not. popular, eveu among his own people. He is a bad In3ian, accordiilg to their story. Ho was with Raiu Iu the Face at the Custer massacre; he was at Wonnded Knee, where one ot' his sous was "killed with grub in bis mouth;" wherever the Iu;lian wars have been most barbarous and bloody, wherever the innatecrnelty and treachery of the red man have been most manifest, thero Two Sticks has been iu the niidst üf them. Ilis liatred of tlie white man is bitter and intense. Two Sticks received both verdict and sentence with absolute indiiïereuce. When asked by the judge whether be had anything to say, he replied, without any sliow of feeling or interest in the matter: "i am an old man, but have a brave heart, aud am not afraid to die, but if I ain to die I think it would be proper for me to see my relatives. I am an old man and would rather die right away uow, for tfaen I will not suffer any more. I do not consider niyself iluiiif; anything very important toward the whites, but even for that I am lo be executed. aud I am #lad that I am to be executed for my people. " Then he laughed as tliougli the whole thiug were to him a huge joke. At last accounts he was singing in the jail. -


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