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Hamlin Garland: Die Warnung des Flusses; 2. Kapitel
Ich ritt sehr langsam nach Hause; ich stolzierte nicht mehr herum. Meine Brust war nicht mehr vor Stolz gebläht. Ich fürchtete mich davor, in mein Lager zurückzukommen, wo meine Krieger auf mich warteten. Ich breitete meine Decke aus und setzte mich ohne zu sprechen nieder, und obwohl alle neugierig waren, was ich zu sagen hatte, warteten alle, denn ich rauchte gedankenverloren eine Pfeife.

Schließlich schlug ich die Asche aus meiner Pfeife und sagte: "Hört zu, Brüder, ich werde gegen die Agentur nicht in den Krieg ziehen."

"Sie waren alle erstaunt darüber und einige waren auf der Stelle wütend." „Warum nicht? Wodurch hat sich dein Plan so plötzlich geändert?“

"Ich habe den Agenten gesehen; er ist ein guter alter Mann. Alle waren freundlich zu mir. Ich habe noch nie einen weißen Mann gesehen, der sich so verhält. Niemand dachte an Krieg. Sie warten alle, um den Cheyenne zu helfen. Deshalb ist mein Innerstes verändert - ich werde mich nicht gegen sie wenden."

Mein Trupp war in Aufruhr. Einer von nach dem anderen schrie: "Du bist ein Mädchen, ein Kojote mit dem Herz eines Sperlings." Crow-Kill hielt eine lange Rede: "Hier geschehen seltsame Dinge. Du hast uns verleitet, dich zum Häuptling zu machen; du führst uns auf einen langen, harten Ritt und nun haben wir kein Essen, während du, der seinen Bauch voll mit gutem Essen und einige Geschenken in seiner Hand hat, willst aufgeben und heulend wie ein Baby nach Hause rennen." "Der alte Geschichtenerzähler war schonungslos drastisch, als er die Flut von Spott und Beschimpfungen aufzählte, die über seinem Kopf ausgeschüttet wurde.

"Nun, endlich sagte ich: Sei still! Vielleicht habt ihr Recht. Vielleicht haben sie mich getäuscht. Ich werde wieder dorthin gehen und ich werde gründlich nach versteckten Dingen Ausschau halten. Seid geduldig, bis ich das Gelände noch einmal untersucht habe."

"Als ich die ganze Nacht darüber nachdachte, fühlte ich wieder einen großen Zorn - ich fing an zu sagen: "Du bist ein Dummkopf". Du bist geblendet worden."

Ich schlief heute Nacht unruhig, aber ich wachte früh auf und ritt weg zur Agentur. Ich blieb den ganzen Tag unter ihnen. Ich sprach mit allen Cheyenne und verständigte mich in Zeichensprache mit den Arapahoe - alle sagten das Gleiche.

"Der Agent lügt nicht. Er ist ein guter Mann. Gleichwohl schaute ich mir das Gebiet genau an und ritt abends langsam zurück zum Lager.
"Wieder sagte ich: 'Ich werde nicht gegen diese Menschen in den Krieg ziehen', und wieder wandten sich meine Krieger laut gegen mich. Sie waren wütender als zuvor.

Sie nannten mich einen Feigling. "Wir werden ohne dich weitermachen. Du bist nur geeignet, ein Baby zu tragen und das Fleisch im Kochtopf zu rühren," sagten sie.

Dies füllte mich mit Zorn und ich erhob mich und sagte: "Ihr schimpft mich eine Frau! Wer von euch kann mehr Geschick bei der Fährtensuche vorweisen? Wer von euch kann einen stärkeren Bogen spannen oder größere Büffelbullen erlegen? Es ist Zeit für euch, still zu sein. Ihr kennt mich - ihr wisst, was ich getan habe.

Nun hört zu: Ich bin der Häuptling. Morgen, wenn es im Osten hell wird, werden wir den Fluss überqueren und die Agentur angreifen! Ich habe gesprochen!"

Das gefiel ihnen sehr und sie hörten zu und schauten gespannt, während ich im Sand Linien zeichnete, um zu zeigen, wo die Pferdekoppel und wo das Lager war. Ich kommandierte fünf Männer ab, zur großen Einzäunung zu gehen und die Kette am Tor aufzubrechen, während ich den Rest der Bande anführte, um ins Lager einzubrechen. Dann sagte ich: "Tötet niemand, außer sie stellen sich mit Waffen in den Händen gegen euch. Einige von ihnen gaben mir Essen; es würde mir leid tun, wenn sie verletzt werden."

"In dieser Nacht konnte ich überhaupt nicht schlafen, denn mein Herz war schwer geworden in meiner Brust." Ich wusste, dass ich im Unrecht war, aber ich konnte den Vorwurf meiner Anhängerschaft nicht ertragen.

Als der Morgen kam, war der Fluss sehr hoch angeschwollen, und wir betrachteten ihn erstaunt, denn es gab keine Wolken am Himmel. Die Ufer waren steil und die Strömung schnell, und es war zwecklos, unseren Plan an diesem Tag auszuführen. "Wir müssen warten", sagte ich und mit finsteren Blicken und schmerzenden Bäuchen warteten wir den ganzen Tag. "Der Fluss wird morgen fallen", sagte ich, um sie zu trösten.

Wir hatten nur etwas getrocknetes Büffelfleisch zum Essen und Flusswasser zum Trinken und meine Krieger waren sehr hungrig.

An jenem zweiten Morgen war ich vor der Dämmerung wach und schaute nach, was der Fluss in der Nacht gemacht hatte. Siehe, er war eine Pfeillänge höher als zuvor!

Dann sagte ich: "Freunde, ich bin keine Lügner; ich fing mit diesem Plan an, mit der festen Absicht, ihn durchzuführen, doch mein Herz ist sorgenschwer. Ich schlief letzte Nacht nicht, denn der Schmerz in meiner Brust hielt mich wach. Ich will euch nicht täuschen. Ich bin froh, dass heute Morgen das Wasser tiefer ist.


Ich glaube, es ist ein Zeichen vom Großen Geist, dass wir umkehren und diese weißen Leute in Frieden lassen sollen.'

Aber darauf wollten Crow-Kill und die meisten der anderen nicht hören. 'Wenn wir jetzt zurückgehen', sagte er , 'wird jeder uns auslachen.'

Ich wandte mich ihm schnell zu und schrie heraus: "Bist du der Angeber, der unsere Pläne herausgeplappert hat? Das Lager wird nichts über unsere Pläne erfahren, wenn du dein loses Maul nicht aufreißt."

Daraufhin verstummte er und ich fuhr fort. "Ich werde nun einen weiteren Tag warten. Wenn der Fluss morgen den dritten Tag hoch ist, dann wird es sicherlich ein Zeichen sein, und we müssen uns alle dem Willen des Großen Geistes, der über uns ist, beugen."

Dem stimmten sie alle zu, denn der Himmel war noch klar und blau und man wusste, dass der Fluss niemals an drei aufeinanderfolgenden Tagen steigen würde.

Sie brachten ihre Waffen in Ordnung, und ich gab ihnen noch einmal Instruktionen für die Schlacht.

"Diese Nacht ging ich vom Lager ein bisschen abseits und übernahm auf einem kleinen Hügel die Wache. Im Osten ging groß der Mond auf und bildete eine leuchtende Spur über dem Wasser.

Als Junge dachte ich gewöhnlich, dass der Pfad vielleicht zum Land der Geister führte - und mein Herz war diese Nacht voller friedfertiger Gedanken. Ich hasste niemanden."

Die Stimme des alten Mannes war jetzt tief und ernst, und niemand lachte.

"Ich betete zu dem Großen Geist, das Wasser zu schicken, damit ich ohne Schande nach Hause gehen konnte. Die ganze Nacht hörte ich das Wasser flüstern, flüstern im Gras. Es wuchs weiter und weiter, und der Mond überschritt meinen Kopf.

Ich schlief ein wenig und dann wachte ich auf, denn irgendetwas Kaltes hatte meine Ferse berührt. Ich sah nach unten und im Gras zu meinen Füßen lag der glänzende Rand des Flusses.

Ich sprang auf, rannte und berührte die anderen. "Seht," rief ich, "das Wasser ist gekommen, um mit euch zu sprechen!" und ich schöpfte Wasser vom Flussufer und spritzte es über sie. "Der große Geist hat gesprochen. Die ganze Nacht hörte ich das Flüstern im Gras.

Es hieß: "Frieden, Frieden. Ihr dürft nicht mehr in den Krieg ziehen."
Kommt, wir wollen mit sauberen Händen und frohen Herzen davonreiten."

Als Big Elk seine Geschichte beendet hatte, legte er seine Pfeife geistesabwesend beiseite, als ob sein Geist noch in der Vergangenheit verweilen würde.

Seine Zuhörer waren still und sehr ernst; er hatte den tiefsten Akkord in der Seele des Roten Mannes angeschlagen - den Akkord der schwingt, wenn der Große Geist in einem Traum zu ihnen spricht.
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Hamlin Garland: The River's Warning; Chapter 2.
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I rode home very slowly; I strutted no more.
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The stuffing was gone out of my chest.
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I dreaded to come back into my camp where my warriors were waiting for me.
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"They were all astonished at this and some were instantly angry.
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'Why not?
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What has changed your plan so suddenly?'
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"I have seen the agent; he is a good old man.
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Every one was pleasant to me.
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I have never seen this kind of white man.
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No one was thinking of war.
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They are all waiting to help the Cheyennes.
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Therefore my heart is changed—I will not go out against them.'
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"My band was in a turmoil.
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One by one they cried out: 'You are a girl, a coyote with the heart of a sparrow.'
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Crow-Kill made a long speech: 'This is strange business.
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"Well, at last I said: 'Be silent!
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Perhaps you are right.
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Perhaps they deceived me.
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I will go again tomorrow and I will search closely into hidden things.
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Be patient until I have studied the ground once more."
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You have been blinded."
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I slept uneasily that night, but I was awake early and rode away to the agency.
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I remained all day among them.
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'The agent does not lie.
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He is a good man.
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Nevertheless I looked the ground all over and at night I rode slowly back to the camp.
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They were angrier than before.
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They called me a coward.
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'We will go on without you.
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You are fitted only to carry a papoose and stir the meat in a pot,' they said.
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"This filled me with wrath and I rose and said: 'You call me a woman!
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Who of you can show more skill in the trail?
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Who of you can draw a stronger bow or bring down bigger buffalo bulls?
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It is time for you to be silent.
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You know me—you know what I have done.
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Now listen; I am chief.
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To-morrow when the East gets light we will cross the river and attack the agency!
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I have spoken!"
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Then I said: "Do not kill any one unless they come out against you with arms in their hands.
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Some of them gave me food; I should be sorry if they are hurt.'
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"That night I could not sleep at all, for my heart was swollen big in my bosom.
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I knew I was doing wrong, but I could not stand the reproach of my followers.
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Behold, it was an arrow's length higher than before!
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I did not sleep last night, for a pain in my breast kept me awake.
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I will not deceive you.
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I am glad the water is deeper this morning.
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"But to this Crow-Kill and most of the others would not listen.
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'If we go back now,' said he, 'everybody will laugh at us.'
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"Quickly I turned upon him and cried out: 'Are you the boaster who has prattled of our plans?
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At this he fell silent and I went on.
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'Now I will wait one more day.
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They put their weapons in order, and I recounted my words of instruction as to the battle.
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"I went aside a little from the camp that night, and took my watch on a little mound.
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The moon rose big in the East and made a shining trail over the water.
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I had no hate of anybody."
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The old man's voice was now deep and grave and no one laughed.
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"I prayed to the Great Spirit to send the water so that I could go back without shame.
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All night I heard the water whisper, whisper in the grass.
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It grew broader and broader and the moon passed over my head.
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I slept a little, and then I woke, for something cold had touched my heel.
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I looked down and in the grass at my feet lay the shining edge of the river.
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"I leaped up and ran and touched the others.
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'See,' I called out, 'the water has come to speak to you!'
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and I scooped water from the river's edge and flung it over them.
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'The Great Spirit has spoken.
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All night I heard it whisper in the grass.
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It said: "Peace, peace.
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You must go to war no more."
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Come, we will ride away with clean hands and glad hearts."
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Hamlin Garland: The River's Warning; Chapter 2.
I rode home very slowly; I strutted no more. The stuffing was gone out of my chest. I dreaded to come back into my camp where my warriors were waiting for me. I spread my blanket and sat down without speaking, and though they were all curious to hear, they waited for I smoked a pipe in sign of thought.

At last I struck the ashes from my pipe and rose and said: 'Listen, brothers, I shall not go to war against the agency.'

"They were all astonished at this and some were instantly angry. 'Why not? What has changed your plan so suddenly?'

"I have seen the agent; he is a good old man. Every one was pleasant to me. I have never seen this kind of white man. No one was thinking of war. They are all waiting to help the Cheyennes. Therefore my heart is changed—I will not go out against them.'

"My band was in a turmoil. One by one they cried out: 'You are a girl, a coyote with the heart of a sparrow.' Crow-Kill made a long speech: 'This is strange business. You talk us into making you chief; you lead us a long hard ride and now we are without food, while you, having your belly full of sweet food and a few presents in your hand, you want to quit and run home crying like a papoose.' "

The old story-teller was pitilessly dramatic in reciting the flood of ridicule and abuse poured out upon his head.

"Well, at last I said: 'Be silent! Perhaps you are right. Perhaps they deceived me. I will go again tomorrow and I will search closely into hidden things. Be patient until I have studied the ground once more."

"As I thought of it all that night I came to feel again a great rage—I began to say: "You are a fool. You have been blinded."

I slept uneasily that night, but I was awake early and rode away to the agency. I remained all day among them. I talked with all the Cheyennes and in signs I conversed with the Arapahoe—all said the same thing.

'The agent does not lie. He is a good man. Nevertheless I looked the ground all over and at night I rode slowly back to the camp.
"Again I said: 'I will not go to war against these people,' and again my warriors cried out against me. They were angrier than before.

They called me a coward. 'We will go on without you. You are fitted only to carry a papoose and stir the meat in a pot,' they said.

"This filled me with wrath and I rose and said: 'You call me a woman! Who of you can show more skill in the trail? Who of you can draw a stronger bow or bring down bigger buffalo bulls? It is time for you to be silent. You know me—you know what I have done.

Now listen; I am chief. To-morrow when the East gets light we will cross the river and attack the agency! I have spoken!"

"This pleased them very much and they listened and looked eagerly while I drew on the sand lines to show where the horse corral was and where the store house was;

I detailed five men to go to the big fence and break the chain on the gate, while I led the rest of the band to break into the store house. Then I said: "Do not kill any one unless they come out against you with arms in their hands. Some of them gave me food; I should be sorry if they are hurt.'

"That night I could not sleep at all, for my heart was swollen big in my bosom. I knew I was doing wrong, but I could not stand the reproach of my followers.

"When morning came, the river was very high, and we looked at it in astonishment, for no clouds were to be seen. The banks were steep and the current swift, and there was no use attempting to carry out our plan that day.

" 'We must wait,' I said, and with black looks and aching bellies we waited all that day; 'The river will go down tomorrow,' I said to comfort them.

"We had only a little dried beef to eat and the river water to drink, and my warriors were very hungry.

That second morning I was awake before dawn watching to see what the river had done during the night. Behold, it was an arrow's length higher than before!

Then I said: "Friends, I am no liar; I started on this plan with a heart to carry it out, but my heart is deeply troubled. I did not sleep last night, for a pain in my breast kept me awake. I will not deceive you. I am glad the water is deeper this morning.

I believe it is a sign from the Great Spirit that we are to turn back and leave these white people in peace.'

"But to this Crow-Kill and most of the others would not listen. 'If we go back now,' said he, 'everybody will laugh at us.'

"Quickly I turned upon him and cried out: 'Are you the boaster who has prattled of our plans? The camp will know nothing of our designs if you have not let your long tongue rattle on the outside of your mouth.'

At this he fell silent and I went on. 'Now I will wait one more day. If the river is high to-morrow—the third day—then it will surely be a sign, and we must all bow to the will of the Great One who is above us.'

"To this they all agreed, for the sky was still clear and blue and the river was never known to rise on three successive days.

They put their weapons in order, and I recounted my words of instruction as to the battle.

"I went aside a little from the camp that night, and took my watch on a little mound. The moon rose big in the East and made a shining trail over the water.

When a boy I used to think, may be that trail led to the land of the spirits—and my heart was full of peaceful thoughts that night. I had no hate of anybody."

The old man's voice was now deep and grave and no one laughed.

"I prayed to the Great Spirit to send the water so that I could go back without shame. All night I heard the water whisper, whisper in the grass. It grew broader and broader and the moon passed over my head.

I slept a little, and then I woke, for something cold had touched my heel. I looked down and in the grass at my feet lay the shining edge of the river.

"I leaped up and ran and touched the others. 'See,' I called out, 'the water has come to speak to you!' and I scooped water from the river's edge and flung it over them. 'The Great Spirit has spoken. All night I heard it whisper in the grass.

It said: "Peace, peace. You must go to war no more."
Come, we will ride away with clean hands and glad hearts."

As he finished his story Big Elk put away his pipe abstractedly, as though his mind yet dwelt on the past.

His hearers were silent and very serious; he had touched the deepest chord in the redman's soul—the chord that vibrates when the Great Spirit speaks to them in a dream.