Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Southward Ho! A Spell of Sunshine >> Chapter XVII / Legend of Missouri: Or, The Captive of the Pawnee >> Page 437

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription ONLY FOR THE AXING. 437
" Oh ! for that matter, as you are quite a gentleman for a red-skin, there's many a pretty white gal that would hev you for the axing."
No ! I shall follow my people to the black prairies, and wait for the voice of that bird of the Spirit, that shall summon me to the happy valley where Missouri walks."
Well, as you choose, Inimowya; but let's to supper now, and you'll sleep under my bush to-night."
The chief silently consented. But at the dawn he was no-where to be seen, nor have the hunters ever heard of him since. Meanwhile the country of the Omaha, which includes the lake and the beautiful islet, has become the possession of the pale-faces, but they call it still after the dusky damsel of Omaha, the lovely and loving Missouri.