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Alfred Russel Wallace : Alfred Wallace : A. R. Wallace :
Russel Wallace : Alfred Russell Wallace (sic)

Professor Alfred Russell Wallace, F. R. S. (S396a: 1887)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: An anonymously-authored feature containing a quote from Wallace. Printed on page 42 of the March 1887 issue of The Council Fire, a Washington, D.C.-based monthly dedicated to fair treatment of Native Americans. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S396A.htm

     This eminent English scientist and co-laborer in the same fields with Darwin, Huxley, Tyndall, and Crook, is on a visit to America, and has been in Washington for a month past, and has been treated with distinguished consideration by the scientists of the Smithsonian Institution and others, as well as by the literary and other cultured classes. Having had the February Council Fire placed in his hands by a friend of ours, Professor Wallace became so much interested on the Indian question that he at once called upon us to have a talk on the subject. He is not only a scientist but a humanitarian also. He said: "Your criticisms upon the Indian land in severalty bill, are just, both from the scientific and philanthropic points of view. It is scientifically absurd to attempt to transfer at once a people, however intellectual, from the hunting to the agricultural stage. It can not but result disastrously. If you Americans recognize the obligation to protect the Indians against extermination through vagabondage, you must protect them against just such conditions as this severalty bill would force them into. They must be excluded from, and protected against, the vicious and avaricious of the white race, and given time to civilize through the aid of intelligent and virtuous white friends who would go voluntarily or be sent by the Government among them."

     It is here seen that this great scientist is in perfect agreement with that eminent scientist of Boston, Prof. Francis A. Walker, with whom he is on terms of intimacy, and of whom he speaks in words of genuine admiration. As against the views of such men the dogmatic assertions of Dr. Lyman Abbott, Dr. Gates, Herbert Welch, Senator Dawes et id omne genus, are not worthy of consideration by the true friends of the Indians. Nor do the opinions of such empyrics have weight with those who are intelligent as well as sincere friends of the Indians.

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