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April 4, 1896

IMPROVED SANITARY AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS OF THE SEMINOLES OF FLORIDA.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(14):683-684. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430660035007

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Abstract

Jacob E. Brecht, M.D., of Fort Myers, Florida, is superintendent of the Indians of that State, and is now engaged in securing by purchase lands for the individual ownership of his charges. An appropriation of $3,000 per annum given by the Federal Government for the Seminoles is applied to this purpose. Heretofore, these Indians have been homeless, so far as the ownership of land has been concerned. These Indians are a cleanly, healthful and thoroughly peaceful people. They are a truth-loving class, and in fact claim that before the white man came, they did not know how to lie, but since they taught them how, he once in a great while resorts to deception, though liars among them are held in utter contempt. Their women are the purest of the pure. A whole realm can not change them from the path of virtue. Lewdness is an unknown sin. They seldom

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