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MICMAC INDIANS.   155

young. Consumption carries away many of them. Strong drink has proved a great curse to them, in even a greater degree than to white men. They have taken kindly to the white man's vices, and his virtues of steady industry and thriftiness have been largely neglected. Al-though they live in houses and cook on stoves, and sleep on bedsteads and sit on chairs, and wear our cut of garments, still they are born children of the forests, and all their dispositions and aptitudes go back to the old conditions of the rude hunter life of their forefathers.

The question is often asked, From whence came the Indians? A great deal of study and laborious research has been given to the matter, but as yet there is no sure answer. It is most probable that they originally came from Asia, entering in the vicinity of Behring Straits. Their faces, complexion and language favor this view. The indications are that they were not the first people who lived on this Continent.


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