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INDIAN STORY AND SONG
"After many days' travel the party drew near to the enemy. A scout discovered their camp and re≠ported having seen one of their men. At once the warriors prepared for battle, putting on the sacred paint and divesting themselves of unnecessary gar≠ments, which they handed over to Ish'-i-buz-zhi to take care of during the fight. But the young man had his own plans, and went to the Leader and asked permission to go and look at the enemy. With many cautions not to give an alarm and prevent sur≠prise, the Leader consented, and off Ish'-i-buz-zhi started.
"Catching sight of the enemy, he threw away his bow, and, armed only with his club, rushed suddenly upon the foremost man, overthrew and killed him. When the war party came upon the scene, they saw with amazement what he had done, ó how by the might of his single arm he had killed the Leader of the enemy and scattered his warriors.
"On the return of the Omaha men to their village the Herald, according to custom, proclaimed the deed of Ish'-i-buz-zhi. The old mother sitting in her tent heard his words, and called to her husband:
"'What is this that I hear? Go you out and
learn the truth.'
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