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STORY AND SONG OF THE DEATHLESS VOICE.*
ORIGIN OF THE MA-WA'-DA-NI SOCIETY.
A long, long time ago a large number of warriors, under the leadership of a man noted throughout the warlike tribes for his valorous deeds, started forth to harass and, if possible, to drive a powerful people from a territory which abounded in game. This war party was out many days, had many a weary march in search of the enemy, scouring the country far and wide, keeping their scouts in the front, rear, and flank; for the leader was determined not to return to his village without the trophies of war.
They came one day to a large grove with a clear brook running through it. Here the Leader ordered the camp to be pitched, that his little army might rest awhile and repair their moccasins and clothing. Sentinels were stationed so as to guard against surprise. Hunters were sent forth, and returned laden with game.
Night came on. There was no moon; and it was dark, although the stars shone brightly. A fire
*The translation of the story is by Mr. Francis La Flesche.