Title: Letter of 4 October 1881 from William Lothian to Peter Lothian
Author: Lothian, William, d. 1930
Source: Archives of Manitoba, MG8 B3, William Lothian
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material. So I think Jim will be nearly all
winter up there. He will not need to mind much
whether he gets up a shanty this winter or not as he
can live with D. McKinnon & they can assist each
other as they have been doing all along. We are for-
tunate in being settled so near the McKinnons as they
are provided with every thing necessary for farming &
next year they will have their self binder & thrashing
machine up. Jim was 5 weeks all alone beside the
Indians the McKinnon being all away at har-
vest. He ran out of provisions & lived on potatoes
for 5 days I think it was. He has been reading
through the Bible since he went over there & just at
that time was at where the Children of Israel are
being fed with manna & he told me he did not
wonder at the “” loathing the light food.
He is a great favourite with some of the Indians
notably one, whose name was too hard for to get round
& so they named him John, a name which he is
proud calling himself John, another of them they
call Echimana. They brought him potatoes &
Indian corn. He can speak the language pretty
good already. There are not a great many words
in their language. For example if you asked a
farmer at home where he was going if he chanced to
be going afield [a field] to see his crops he would say something
like, O I am just going to take a bit look at my wheat
to see if its getting ready for cutting. Ask the sioux Indian
& he will say Owhuapar wabadaea which is wheat
see, or see wheat but they put lots of sentences back
side foremast. John came down from his tepee
(tent) on Sunday morning dressed in a red flannel
coat with beads embroidered round the neck.
In his hat were 4 or 5 eagles’ feathers & he looked
proud of his finery. Jim introduced me as his
nisemka (brother) & John griped [gripped] me by the hand

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