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Chapter 6: Indian Territory

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Chapter 6

Indian Territory

On July 5, 1872, Capt. Lazelle and his company, along with the regimental headquarters and five other companies, departed David’s Island, en route by rail to Sioux City, Iowa, arriving on July 9. From Sioux City, the regimental headquarters and band left for Omaha Barracks (Fort

Omaha) on July 11. Lazelle and the six companies—now a “battalion” commanded by Lt. Col. Henry D. Wallen—boarded the steamer Mary

McDonald for a 630-mile trip up the Missouri River to Fort Rice, located south of Bismarck, arriving there on July 21.

Although ranked as a brevet major at the time, Lazelle was still serving as Captain of Company H. Lazelle family records give no indication of where Rebecca and the young boys were from July 1872 to July 1874 when he was operating in the field. However, the regiment’s Monthly

Return from July 1872 indicates that the “officers’ wives” of the regiment accompanied the headquarters element to Omaha Barracks. It is quite possible that this included Lazelle’s family, as there were sufficient quarters for officers’ families on post.1

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2 Megalomania and Angst: The Nineteenth-Century Mythicization of Germany’s Eastern Borderlands

OMER BARTOV Indiana University Press ePub


The last German Emperor, Wilhelm II, was notorious for his offensive speeches. On 5 June 1902, Wilhelm delivered an address in the Marienburg Castle, the former seat of the Teutonic Order in the German-Polish borderlands of the Prussian east. In front of dignitaries of the Prussian-German state, the Austrian-based Teutonic Order, and the Order of St. John seated in Berlin, who had all convened to celebrate the historical reconstruction of the Marienburg, the German monarch declared:

In this castle, at this very place, I once took the opportunity to highlight how the old Marienburg, this former bulwark in the east, the starting point for the culture of the countries east of the river Vistula, should forever remain a symbol of the German tasks. Now it is time again. Polish presumption wants to challenge Germandom, and I am obliged to call on My people to preserve its national goods.

Wilhelm II closed his address with an appeal to Pan-German cooperation in order “to protect all that is German here and beyond the border.”1 According to the Imperial Chancellor Bernhard von Bülow, who claimed to have toned down the speech prior to its publication, the emperor’s actual address was far more aggressive. Wilhelm summoned the convened knights “to charge the Sarmatians with the Teutonic Order’s sword in the strong fist, to punish their impudence, to exterminate them.”2

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Ed Emeka Keazor Bright Pen ePub

Nigeria gained its independence in 1960 and with that came a new sense of national identity. Nigeria had its own flag now, its own Government (albeit with the Queen as Head of State for a further three years). The mood of the country was optimistic and vibrant.

1960 was the year that quite a few other African countries also gained their independence. As was, and probably is still, customary, there were celebratory matches commemorating independence in various countries. Nigeria celebrated the event by inviting the Black Stars of Ghana for a friendly match although a different result would have been preferable (Nigeria lost 30).

There was a strongly nationalistic atmosphere, with the country taking its seat at the United Nations. There was also a deliberate and quite proper in my view Nigerianisation of administrative structures in the civil service and other institutions. Football administration was not left out. As far back as 1955, Alex Quist had been the first Nigerian to head the NFA and in I959, Mr O. Ogunmuyiwa (a magistrate), took over from Quist. In 1960, Mr Ogunmuyiwa handed responsibility over to Nigerias first post-independence NFA Chairman- Mr Godfrey K.J. Amachree QC, a well- respected lawyer and administrator.

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27. Mukhtar Auezov (1897–1961)

Edited by Stephen M Norris and Willard Indiana University Press ePub



With a life spanning the first six decades of the twentieth century, Mukhtar Auezov was a successful playwright, novelist, and scholar. His life provides a glimpse into the tumult of Central Asia in the twentieth century and raises questions about the constructed pantheon of Soviet intellectuals—their sacrifices, compromises, and ethnic diversity. Auezov, like many other prominent intellectuals of his time, struggled to avoid the purges while maintaining ideas of nationality, culture, identity, and modernity that ran counter to the socialist ethic prevalent in Moscow and Leningrad. Auezov transcended the Russian and Soviet paradigm that designated non-Russians as “native intellectuals” brought into the socialist fold and educated by the Soviet system. Significantly, his work illuminates the contradictions of the vague and antagonistic ideologies of nationalism and socialism.

Mukhtar Auezov was born in 1897 to an influential family in the village of Chingistan, near Semei (formerly Semipalatinsk). After completing his early education at the Semipalatinsk Teachers’ Seminary, he spent the revolutionary era in several official Russian imperial positions from Semipalatinsk to Orenburg, where were located on the front lines of the late civil war. When the dust settled, local party officials sent Auezov, who already had been identified as a promising playwright, to study Russian philology at Leningrad University in the mid-1920s.

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Chapter 2 A Bend in the Road

Bill Marvel Indiana University Press ePub

Rock Island’s late arrival in Council Bluffs left it with a dilemma: Which way to turn? The way west was blocked by Union Pacific. Iowa was fertile ground for branch lines. Minnesota still beckoned from the north. To the south laid Missouri, Kansas, Indian Territory, and Texas. Which way to turn?

All of the above, it turned out.

Since the end of the Civil War, U.S. railroad mileage had grown from 36,827 to 53,399. Before the war, railroads had grown by laying track into virgin territory. Now more and more, they secured and expanded territory by gobbling up other railroads. In 1871 John Tracy cast a covetous eye on Chicago’s first railroad, the Chicago & North Western, whose line laid parallel to and north of Rock Island’s across Illinois and Iowa.

Tracy assigned the task of acquiring North Western to another one of those bright and ambitious young men of which New England seemed to have an unlimited supply. Henry H. Porter was only 15 when he arrived in Chicago from Maine. When Henry Farnham was laying track across Illinois, Porter was already a $400-a-year clerk for the Galena & Chicago Union, Chicago & North Western’s predecessor. In 1867, as Rock Island struggled across Iowa toward Council Bluffs, Porter became a director of the First National Bank of Chicago. He knew who owned stock in what, who was buying, and who was selling. A month after the first Rock Island train rolled to the banks of the Missouri River, Porter was named a Rock Island director. The following year, Tracy, Porter, and several others on the Rock Island board were elected to the North Western’s board, and Tracy became North Western’s president. He left it to Porter to work out details of a Rock Island—North Western merger. Then he turned to other matters.

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