It isn't worth while, in these practical times, for people to talk about Indian
poetry--there never was any in them--except in the Fenimore Cooper Indians.
But they are an extinct tribe that never existed.
- The Innocents Abroad
The Cooper Indians are dead--died with their creator. The kind that are left are of altogether a different breed, and cannot be successfully fought with poetry, and sentiment, and soft soap, and magnamity.
- "The Indian Row," San Francisco Alta California, 8/11/1867
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