Friday, 19 September 2014
Kayo, Young Porcupine and Hope For Wildlife
23 August 2014 - Kayo, our young dog encountered a porcupine about a week before these pictures. The result was but three quills in his lips. We had not seen the porcupine at that time or since until the dog was barking at something in the woodshed one Saturday. Gail investigated and yes, there was a porcupine there. She called 'Hope For Wildlife' an animal rescue facility—we planned and did visit them on their yearly open house the next day.
Within about two hours they had volunteers who removed this young rascal.
'Hope For Wildlife' has a Nationally televised TV show and is a recognized charity as well. Thank you so much for taking him away before Kayo met up with him again!
Saturday, 6 September 2014
KNOW YOUR INDIANS
Department of Special Features
By A. Hyatt Verrill
From Double Action Western magazine, 1954 July. Digitized by Doug Frizzle, Sept 2014.
LIVING in the mountains, the canyons and on mesas and deserts of our Southwest, in
New Mexico, Arizona and
were a number of tribes of many racial and linguistic stocks. Some were
sedentary and agricultural Indians, with permanent villages; others were
nomadic. Some were peaceful and friendly, while others were warlike and
Prominent among these were the so-called “Apaches”. As a matter of fact the real, original and only true Apaches were the Navajos, who were called “Apachu” or “Savage Enemies”, by the Zunis. This was corrupted to “Apache” by the whites, and was applied indiscriminately to a large number of tribes—among them the Mimbrenos, Akonves, Mescaleros, Jicarillos, Faraones, Llaneros, Chiricahuas, Queraebos, Pinaleros, Pinals, Arivaipas, Coyoteros, Megollones, Tontos, Gilas, Kiowa-Apaches, Lipans,
Although nearly all of these were of Athabascan stock, yet they differed greatly in their temperaments, habits, character, and many other respects. Many were nomads; others dwelt in permanent villages; some subsisted by hunting, and others cultivated the soil—had well-designed irrigation systems, and depended for a living upon their crops. Some were exceedingly primitive, while others had attained a fairly high culture; and while some were warlike others were peaceful, docile, and wished only to be left in peace. Also, in many instances some bands of a tribe might be hostile, while other bands of the same tribe were peaceful and even served as scouts for our Army.
No other tribes had the unenviable reputation of being as savage, as relentless, as cruel and bloodthirsty as these so-called Apaches. Partly, the reputation was well-deserved, but much of it was exaggeration and anti-Indian propaganda on the part of the whites. However, the Apache wars cost us millions of dollars and many hundreds of lives, most of which might have been avoided.
Although these Indians have been pictured as fiends incarnate, yet we must remember that they were fighting for their lands, their homes and their freedom—principles that we fight for, and consider patriotic and praiseworthy. And in most cases, our trouble with these tribes was the direct result of uncalled-for hostile actions on the part of the whites, who often mistreated and murdered those Indians who were inclined to be friendly. This was the case with the Mimbrenos, who were peaceful until a number of the tribe (who had been invited to a feast by the miners of Santa Rita) were murdered for the sake of scalp-bounties offered by Mexican officials.
The long and bloody campaign with Cochise was the result of our officers having, under a flag of truce, arrested him with two other chiefs—on “suspicion” that the Indians had kidnapped a white child (who was later found safe and sound). In their efforts to obtain a “confession” from the suspects, the Indians were tortured by the officers. Although Cochise managed to escape, despite his wounds, his comrades were hanged; under the circumstances we scarcely can afford to blame Cochise when he and his band went on the warpath.
The chances are that we might not have had any trouble with Geronimo and his band, had our Government kept promises and good faith. The famous chief was a well-to-do farmer, who had caused no trouble until he became disgusted with the Government when the officials failed to fulfill promises of irrigating his lands. Then white ranchers cut his fences, drove off his cattle, and destroyed his crops; quite naturally, he became hostile.
It must, however, be admitted that some of these southwestern tribes were born bandits and gloried in raiding and killing (whether their victims were other Indians or white), and who were past-masters at devising most painful methods of putting captives to a lingering death, and who were as thoroughly hated and despised by the other tribes as by the whites. Oddly enough, these savage Indians usually treated women prisoners with consideration. Female captives were not abused or maltreated, although virtually slaves; rarely were they ravished, and sometimes they married their captors. Because some of these tribes were inveterate killers and robbers, the whites (who did not discriminate) regarded all in the same category; yet, frequently one of the so-called Apache tribes would be waging a relentless war with some other “Apaches”, The Jicarillos were bitter foes of the Utes, and the Taos Indians and were deadly enemies of the Mescalero Apaches, with whom they were constantly at war. Although they were also hostile to the whites, the
caused comparatively little trouble. One of their chiefs declared, “We will
leave the whites alone, as long as they continue to kill the Mescaleros.”
ALTHOUGH some of these tribes were raiders and killers by nature and inclination, there were far more who fought only in defense of their freedom and their homes; and even their worst enemies agreed that such Indians, once they became a man’s friends, remained steadfast regardless of whether or not they were at war. Also, like the majority of Indians, they never forgot a favor or some kindness. On more than once occasion, Cochise ordered his warriors to guard and protect the home and family of some white settler, who at one time had saved his life or had cared for him when wounded.
It may seem strange, but it is also true, that once these Apaches had made peace and abandoned warfare, they took to farming and ranching as a duck takes to water and became well-to-do farmers and ranchers—highly respected by, and on an equality with their white neighbors. In fact the whites not infrequently married Apache women, and several of the most highly respected and influential families of the Southwest are partially of Apache blood. Many of the Apaches took to railway construction work, and are considered among the best of all section hands, while others are expert structural steelworkers, and play an important part in erecting skyscrapers, bridges and other steel structures throughout the country and abroad.
As usual, there has been a vast amount of misinformation regarding the so-called Apaches and their more famous leaders. Cochise, as I have said, was driven to hostility and warfare by his ill-treatment by the whites, but he was noted for heroic courage, and was inherently honorable. He was as steadfast in his friendships as he was implacable in his hatreds; he never forgot a favor rendered, or forgave an injury. After peace was established he became an ardent and successful farmer, and died peacefully at his home in 1874.
Probably the most famous and notorious of the “Apache” chiefs was Geronimo, and probably no other famous Indian has ever won so much notoriety through his own propaganda and selfadvertising. Few of the noted chiefs of the past have had so little real claim to fame. Geronimo was a thorough believer in publicity; he became his own “press agent”, and spread tales of his savagery and his raids—fully realizing that the terror they inspired would accomplish as much as actual fighting. Also, he was a firm believer in the old adage that: “He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day.” Seldom did he engage in a stand-up battle, but usually managed to be one jump ahead of white troops, until ready to surrender and save his skin. Many of the disastrous raids attributed to him were carried out by his sub-chiefs; he took no active part in them.
When, after their surrender, he and his band (numbering 340 warriors), were deported to Fort Marion, Florida, thence to Alabama, and finally back to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he and his fellows made a lucrative business of selling photographs, handiwork, and their autographs to tourists and white visitors. The wily old medicine-man-chief of the Chiricahuas was first, last and all the time a sharp trader and keen businessman, who proved that it was possible to fool all of the public all of the time. However, his military genius, and his personal courage were never questioned; again and again he outmaneuvered and outfought white troops under General Miles and General Crook and managed to slip through their most carefully-constructed traps. He surrendered only when he fully realized the futility of carrying on hostilities further.
ALTHOUGH most persons, probably the majority, have the impression that the “Apaches” devoted the greater part of their lives to fighting, stealing, raiding, and killing, this is far from being the case. A number of these tribes dwelt in well-built lodges, in good-sized villages, and possessed quite a high culture with numerous arts and crafts. Their basketry, textiles, bead-work and other handiwork are of a very high quality, and very artistic. Practically all of the so-called Apaches used huge storage-baskets for the corn they raised, and these were often of gigantic size, or graceful form, and woven with harmonious colors in designs of geometrical patterns—often in combination with animal and human figures. Most of the baskets were water-tight and some of them were among the finest of all the Indian baskets. From cotton, wool, and other fibers they wove blankets and other textiles that were often the equals of the famed products of the Navajos. On the other hand, they never learned to make good pottery for containing liquids, but used baskets coated with pitch or clay. They were experts at tanning skins and hides, and decorated buckskin garments with fine beadwork and painted designs usually consisting of fine lines in open intricate motifs—in which the star, Greek Key sun, and triangular figures predominate and more often than not using two shades of one color, or black and white rather than a combination of bright colors that were popular with most other tribes.
Although during ceremonies and dances their costumes were quite elaborate, when on hunts or at war, the braves stripped to breechcloth and moccasins, seldom wearing feathers in their shoulder-length hair but wrapping turban-like strips of cloth or buckskin about their heads. Their moccasins were very different from those of other Indians, being knee-high, or nearly so with upturned toes and stiff soles —often with an ornamental toe-tab.
The only exceptions to this type of footwear were the moccasins of the Jicarillos who used low-cut moccasins, but with the upturned toes, and who wore fringed leather-leggings and had long hair often in braids like those of other plains tribes.
When “dressed up”, these various so-called Apaches wore fringed and beaded buckskin shirts and leather caps, or hats, decorated with painted designs and varying from skull-caps to high hats similar in form to the “shakos” of oldtime soldiers. More often than not these had long “tails” of scalloped and decorated leather, and had plumes or tufts of feathers, scalp locks, etc., at the top of the cap. At times horns of antelope, deer, buffalo or cattle were attached to the sides of the headdress. The familiar feather bonnet of the other plains tribes was never used as a part of the Apache costume, except when it had been taken from a slain enemy, and was donned as a trophy on special occasions.
All of these tribes had innumerable dances and ceremonials, the “devil dances” being the most popular. During these, the Indians wore huge grotesque painted headdresses and masks. They had many medicine-cults and secret societies, and were greatly addicted to the use of charms, amulets, fetishes, etc. Among such, were shells supposed to prevent illness, and figures cut and carved from trees that had been struck by lightning—the latter were believed to be safeguards against lightning.
Although among the first of our western tribes to obtain and use firearms, they were also among the last to abandon bows and arrows. Their bows were rectangular in section, rather short and broad, and were very powerful being reinforced by sinews glued to the wood. The arrows were of two types: one with a long shaft of cane with false wooden fore-shaft tipped with a stone or metal point. The other form had a short heavy wooden shaft. Sometimes the arrows were feathered, but many had no feathers and were so crooked that it seems almost a miracle that they ever should have hit the mark. Accuracy, however, was not vitally important, for most of the fighting was done at close quarters—where penetration and killing-power were more essential than accuracy.
In addition to bows and arrows, they used lances and war-clubs of various designs. Some clubs were wooden, but the favorite type was a stone-headed skull-cracker, attached to the half by a short thong so that the stone head swung freely from the handle.
For killing small game, such as rabbits, these Indians—as well as many others of the Southwest—employed a form of boomerang. They were not so abruptly curved as the Australians’ weapons, and did not return to the thrower; but they could be thrown with great force, and with remarkable accuracy by the Indians. Although “horse Indians”, the majority of the “Apaches” were not such splendid riders as the Comanches, Sioux, Cheyennes and other plains tribes, and were notoriously cruel to their ponies—or perhaps regardless of their ponies’ welfare is a fairer way of putting it.
IN ADDITION to the Coyoteros, Chiricahuas, Tontos, and other tribes classed as “Apaches”, there were many totally different Indians in our Southwest. Among these were the Lipans, the Kiowa-Apaches, the Pimas and
Yumas, the Papagos, the Mohaves, Cahitas,
Mayos, Arivaipai, Havasupai, and others. All, or nearly all, of these were
often called “Apaches” by the whites—for, to the average white settler, any
Indian with a rag about his short hair, and wearing high moccasins with
upturned toes, was an Apache and a hostile.
Many of the tribes I have named were perfectly peaceful and friendly, while others were warlike and enemies of the whites—as well as of other tribes. Among these were the Lipans, or Naizan as they called themselves, who caused a great deal of trouble on both sides of the border. Pure nomads, they originally inhabited
and northern Mexico from the
Rio Grande through Texas to the Gulf- coast. They were feared
and dreaded for their depredations in Texas as
well as in Mexico,
and from 1845 until 1856 they were constantly at war with the Texans until
finally driven off with heavy losses.
Taking refuge in
, they joined the Kickapoos
and raided, destroyed, and killed over a wide area. Eventually, having been
reduced to a small remnant by their losses in warfare, and by smallpox, the
nineteen known survivors returned to the United States in 1905, and were placed
on the Mescalero reservation together with a few of the tribe who had remained
in the States. They took readily to civilization and farming, but it is
doubtful if a pure-blooded Lipan is alive today. Coahuila, Mexico
Another of these Southwestern tribes were the Yumas or Kwichans, who inhabited both sides of the Colorado River, They were a superior race physically, and when need arose they were most savage and valiant fighters; but they were not warlike, and dwelt in permanent villages and cultivated crops of fruits and vegetables. Although often included among the “Apaches”, the
Yumas were never
troublesome to the whites. Still other Southwestern tribes were the Pimas and Papagos, both of the same ancestral stock but differing greatly in
many respects. Peaceful, agricultural people the Pimas gave no trouble, and are
famed for their beautifully-woven baskets that are considered among the finest
and best of all Indian baskets.
The Papagos or “Papah-Ootum” meaning “Bean People” originally inhabited
Arizona in the
vicinity of Tucson and southward into .
They subsisted by agriculture, their main crops being maize, beans, and cotton
which they irrigated. But many wild plants were eaten, the most important being
the mesquite beans and the fruits of cacti which were made into syrup and also
into an alcoholic liquor. Nowadays they cultivate large fields of barley, and
are also stock-raisers. Many of the men are employed as section-hands on
railways or work on irrigation systems. They are a dark-skinned race, tall and
hardy, industrious and honest and have always been friendly. Sonora, Mexico
Very different were the Arivaipais, probably the most incongruously-named of all Indians, for their own name is “Ari-vapa” meaning “Girls”, although they were a very warlike and usually hostile tribe dwelling in the Arivaipa Canyon of Arizona, and usually included among the “Apaches”. The surviving members of the tribe are now on the
Carlos and reservations, and
are peaceful ranchers and farmers. Fort
Totally unlike the Arivaipais were the Havasupai or “People of the sky-blue Water” who were also of
Yuma stock, and lived in
the Cataract Canyon
of the Colorado in northwestern Arizona. Originally
pueblo-builders with permanent adobe villages, they were so subject to enemy
raids that they took to the almost-inaccessible mountains, where they dwelt in
caves during the winter, and in wattled huts during the summer. They were, and
are, a very quiet, peaceful, sedentary tribe of agricultural Indians. They make
superior baskets, and are famous for the high quality of their tanned buckskin
but have never made good pottery, obtaining what they need by trading with the
Hopis and other Pueblo Indians.
LARGEST and most warlike of all the Yuman tribes were the Mohaves, who inhabited both sides of the
Physically they are a very superior race and were famed for the elaborate
painting of their bodies. Tattooing was universal among them, but was
restricted to small areas. Although primarily agricultural and dwelling in
square houses with low walls and flat roofs of brush covered with sand, yet
they were savage fighters in defense of their lands and homes, and were
frequently at war with the whites—who included them among the so-called
Still another of these “Apache” tribes was the Kiowa-Apache, or “Na-i-shan-dina" meaning "We (or our) People”. Known to the Pawnees as the “Kaskaia” or “Bad Hearts” and to the Kiowas as the “Senat” or “Thieves” they were confused with both the true Kiowas and the “Apaches” by the whites although they are distinct from either, with a different language and customs. They have no relationship with the true “Apache” tribes, and had never even heard of the latter until about 1800. Although they became friendly with the Mescaleros, they were their most bitter foes for many years, but allied themselves with the true Kiowas.
Like the latter, their original home was in the northwest plains area, and they are of Shoshonean stock. Although allied with the Kiowas for mutual protection, and on friendly terms with the Mescaleros, they caused little trouble as a tribe and have been friendly with the whites since 1874.
Although, in the minds of most persons, the “Apaches” were the last word when it came to fiercely-fighting Indians, and enemies of the whites, yet the Kiowas and the Comanches were more feared and caused more deaths and destruction than the Apaches proper.
In the beginning, the Kiowas were peacefully-inclined toward their white neighbors, but they soon realized that it was a question of being exterminated or of wiping out the whites; they did their level best to accomplish the latter. It is true that they failed to eliminate the whites, but the most authentic and reliable statistics prove that, in proportion to their numbers, the Kiowas killed more white persons than any one other tribe. Of a distinct linguistic stock, related to the Shoshones, the Kiowas’ original home was the area of the upper
Missouri and .
For some reason, they migrated southward to the region of the Yellowstone Rivers Arkansas
and Canadian Rivers
in Kansas and Colorado,
and controlled large areas of Texas and
eastern Arizona and raided as far south as . ,
Until 1840, they were allies of the Crows, and enemies of the
Cheyennes, and the Arapahos, but later made
peace and became allies of the latter tribes. Once having found by bitter experience
that friendliness with the whites resulted only in their undoing, they carried
on a relentless war throughout the entire area. Fearless and valiant fighters,
and splendid riders, they became famed for their ferocity and were deemed the
most bloodthirsty of all the western Indians by both whites and the other
Their first treaty with the whites was signed in 1837 and they were placed on a reservation with some Kiowa-Apaches and some other “Apache” bands. Old quarrels and enmities resulted in the breaking of promises, and ill-treatment by the Indian agents led to discontent and trouble. In 1874 they left the reservation and, joining the Comanches, went on the warpath. But despite their fighting abilities they were doomed. Large numbers of their warriors were killed in battle, and over 300 died from an epidemic of measles. Having finally signed a lasting treaty of peace, the survivors settled on lands allotted to them and took to farming and ranching.
ALTHOUGH the Comanche war never attracted public attention to the extent of the Apache wars, yet in many ways it was a more disastrous war than our campaigns against the latter. As was the case with the “Apaches”, the whites applied the name “Comanche” to several tribes or bands forming a confederacy somewhat like that of the
Among the most important of these were the Yamarikas or “Root Eaters”, the Kutsptekas or “Buffalo Eaters”, the Kuahadies or “Antelope Eaters”, the Penetakas or “Honey Eaters”, and the Hokomies or “Wanderers”. All were, like the Kiowas, of Shoshonean stock and are considered offshoots of the true Shoshones of Wyoming, Both tribes speak the same dialect, and until quite recent times the two tribes were affiliated. Moreover, the traditions of the Comanches state that their original home was in the far Northwest.
During the early part of the Nineteenth Century they roamed over much of
As a rule they were friendly and peaceful toward the Americans, but were bitter
enemies of the Mexicans with whom they waged constant warfare for nearly two
hundred years, raiding deeply into Mexico. When the Texans declared
their independence and fought with the Mexicans, the Comanches took sides with
the Americans; regardless of this the Texans took possession of the Comanches’
best lands, and drove off the Indians who then added the Texans to their enemy
list. For nearly forty years they waged war with the whites. Although their
first treaty was signed in 1835, it was not until 1874-75 that, with the Kiowas
and Kiowa-Apaches, the Comanches settled on a reservation between the Red and Washita Rivers
Despite the fact that they actually were a rather small tribe, by comparison with the Dakotas, the
and others, the speed of their movements, and the long distances between their
raids, gave the impression of having far more warriors than actually was the
Regarded as the finest of all Indian cavalry, and possessing a great knowledge of military strategy, they struck swiftly, suddenly, where least expected, and disappeared before the surprised settlers or soldiers could mount and give chase. Unlike the majority of the plains tribes, they did not have large fixed base-camps when at war, but moved—bag and baggage, from spot to spot. When too closely pressed, they would slip cross the border and play merry hell with the Mexicans for a change. When at last, with the signing of the treaty of 1874-75, the Comanche War came to an end, the tribe had become greatly reduced by smallpox, cholera, and losses of braves; it is very doubtful if over 1000 pure-blooded Comanches are now living.
Recklessly brave, proud, and famed as the finest horsemen of the plains, the Comanches were noted for their high sense of honor, their truthfulness, their steadfast friendships, and implacable hatreds. Their language, sonorous, rich, and less difficult to learn than most Indian dialects, has become the trade-talk or “lingua-franca” of the Southwest.
Unlike the Kiowas, who were inclined to be tall, lithe and splendidly-built, the Comanches as a rule, were of the rather short, stocky type with heavily-muscled chests and shoulders— and often with a stoop that gave the effect of a slight curvature of the spine. Both tribes were lighter in color than the average “Apaches” and, as might be expected from their racial affinities and origins, the habits, customs, crafts, and costumes of the two tribes more closely resembled those of the more northerly plains Indians than those of other southwestern tribes.
ALTHOUGH, like the majority of plains Indians, they discarded all garments other than breechcloth and moccasins when hunting or fighting, when at home they wore fringed and beautifully-beaded buckskin tunics and leggings, with moccasins of the conventional hard-soled, soft uppers type. Although at times—as at dances and ceremonials—they wore the usual plains Indians’ feather bonnet, they had numerous typical forms of headdresses of their own, and were partial to upstanding “roaches” of dyed hair and feathers. Caps of otter or other skin with the fur on, and with feather plumes and “tails”, were popular; frequently the entire headskin of an antelope, with horns intact and fringed and crowned with feathers, was worn.
When on the warpath, they usually contented themselves with a hair-plume of one or two eagle feathers at the back of the head. Before they possessed firearms, their weapons were lances—often fourteen to fifteen feet in length—war-clubs (stone-headed skull-crackers), and powerful, well-made double-curved bows and heavy, rather short arrows.
Both the Kiowas and Comanches were very fond of ceremonials and dances, their most attractive dance being the “Eagle dance”, in which the dancers carried wands edged with eagle feathers which they moved and swung about like wings, at the same time going through very graceful and intricate movements imitating an eagle about to take flight.
Although the Comanches are thoroughly civilized, they still keep up their old tribal dances—partly for their own pleasure and as ceremonies, and also as a drawing-card for tourists.
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Below is an introductory section from 'Gods Who Were Men' by Ruth Verrill, written and distributed by mimeograph in 1950. In this large work, which can be found in four sections and in entirety on our PDF site,
Ruth Verrill examines a number of relics from the 'New World' which may link back to the 'Old World'. The editor acknowledges no knowledge of archaeology or Biblical studies, but cannot find anywhere any disproof of Ruth Verrill's critical researches.
This editor encourages useful comments and emails on Ruth Verrill's work. Note that it appears that only about two of these 'books' remained until our digital republishing. A copy of the book may be obtained here.
There are hundreds of images in the book. I will try and add a few in the future, The images do appear also in the PDF format of this work.
Gods Who Were Men
From copy 7 - Dr. Junius Bird, American Museum of Natural History
Being the Second Edition of 'When Gods Were Men'
I. Instituto National de Antropologie e Historia, Mexico.
II. Dr.Charles E. Elvers, Baltimore, Maryland.
III. (my own copy)
IV. Rabbi Clifton H. Levy, New York.
V. Dr. Earnest Hooton, Dept. Anthropology, Harvard U.
VI. Dr. Robert von Heine-Geldern, Vienna.
VII. Dr. Junius Bird, American Museum of Natural History.
VIII. Dr. Julius Tello, Peru.
The purpose of this book is primarily to identify the many deified personages of the ancient people of the Old World, to trace their genealogies, to give their various aliases, to describe their various attributes and their supposed powers and in as far as possible to explain their identifying symbols and the origins of these symbols.
The fact that the names and attributes of the man-gods were identical or very similar both in the Old World and in America centuries before the Christian era would indicate that the deities of the ancient pre-Incans, the Toltecs, Aztecs and Mayas and the deities of the ancient Old World people had a common origin and that there was direct and frequent contact between the inhabitants of the two hemispheres.
The question of whether or not the early American cultures were introduced by colonizers from
Asia and the
Near East is a most controversial matter. On the other hand we have a number of
scientists who declare positively that all the pre-Columbian races in America
were descendants of migrants who crossed from Asia via the Behring Straits and
who insist that all ancient American cultures were wholly of American origin
and that there was not and never had been any contact with the Old World prior
to the Spanish Conquest.
Who are or were the "pure-blooded American Indians"? If there were no indigenous human beings in
prior to the migration from northeastern Asia,
then the "pure-blooded American Indians" were really pure-blooded
Asiatics. If this is the case, and they did come to America
in prehistoric times when they were in a lower cultural state, why could not
those who yet remained in Asia have followed
them as readily as had the earlier people and why could they not have done so
with increased ease as their cultural knowledge advanced? Is it reasonable to
believe that a migration of culturally undeveloped people could have negotiated
the passage to
and this became impossible for better equipped and more developed descendants
in later times? America
Certain scientists maintain that only a few centuries had elapsed between the time of the beginnings of these cultures and the arrival of the Europeans. But they fail to explain how it was possible for nomadic primitive Asiatics to have spread and increased until they occupied the entire Western Hemisphere from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego and from the
to the Pacific, and to have developed totally distinct languages,
characteristics, arts and religions all in the space of time allotted to them.
Neither do they explain how, in far less time than would be required today,
these people evolved highly complex and advanced civilizations, erected
thousands of magnificent temples and other structures—and all by most primitive
methods and with stone tools only. But these scientists go even further in
their all American ardor. When a Mayan date glyph is deciphered that puts the
period of its carving back farther than the scientists consider permissible,
they boldly announce that the ancient Mayan sculptor made a mistake of several
centuries when varying the glyphs.
Can anyone with a modicum of common sense imagine anything of this sort? Even if the actual artisan made such an error it would at once have been noticed by the priests and would have been corrected. But no, our hard-headed "pure American" archaeologists set themselves up as knowing more about Mayan dates and glyphs than did the Mayas themselves, yet, as a matter of fact, no one can be absolutely certain of the correlation of Mayan dates with our own, and as far as I know, no two scientists agree on this matter.
As an example of the extreme lengths to which a certain school of our scientists have gone in order to hoodwink the public and maintain their claims, they have insisted that the pre-Columbian Americans did not know the wheel. But wheeled toys and carts had been found in
(1887, 1940) and all of
these scientists were well aware of the fact. Mexico
The Associate Curator of Anthropology,
Museum of Natural History, New ,
in his splendid article "IS AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURE ASIATIC?" is as
far as I know, the first to mention the wheeled toys in an official publication
produced by a museum or other scientific foundation and we both hope this will
dispel the wide spread fallacy that the pre-Columbian American aborigine had no
knowledge of the wheel. York City
There is a strong and increasing reactionary group who now admit that all indications point to ancient contacts between the Old World and America many centuries before the Christian era, some even admitting that there are abundant proof that many of the arts, the beliefs, the mathematics, the religions and the deities were brought to America from Asia and were developed into the civilizations of Peru, Mexico and Yucatan, and scarcely a month goes by that some new discovery linking the American with the Old World cultures is not made.
The material presented in this book merely points out by means of incontrovertible proofs long established by history, inscriptions, and sculptures supported by traditions that many, if not most of the Old World god-men had their exact counterparts at the same period in America. So frequently does this occur that it cannot by any stretch of the imagination be relegated to the realm of coincidence.
A coincidence might occur once in a great while but coincidences do not and cannot occur over and over again not only in a name but in symbols, attributes, lineage and other details.
Finally quite apart from any light my work may shed upon the question of the Old World origin of early America’s higher civilizations, I feel that the material I have compiled is of both scientific and popular interest, especially as nothing of the sort has ever been previously attempted. The material holds a great deal of real human interest pointing out, as it does, how important a part symbolism has played in the deification of personages in the dim and obscure past and the origins of these symbols.
Route 1, Chiefland, FL
When Gods Were Men
This manuscript is being written with the idea of preserving the findings I have made during my fifteen years’ research into dim and most obscure backgrounds of the higher cultures of the Early Americas. That any shred of knowledge is to be found at all is most amazing. It is a subject that cannot be found in any libraries’ reference rooms for there is no work covering the subject. Source material has to be culled from many, many sources; works written by many scientists and historians, etymologists and theologists, curators of museums and others.
Material selected for this work has been culled from the works of reputable persons and most of the data has appeared in various publications. This compilation is my own original effort. My only collaborator was my husband. He helped me with the South American material and made many helpful suggestions. The endeavor has been most tedious but thoroughly enjoyable.
Those who have seen the work we are doing, as well as that which has been completed say we have more than proved our contention that the higher cultures of the Americas were introduced by the Sumerians, Phoenicians, Goths, Aryans or Asiatics, depending on the name preferred. I use the coined name "Sumerian" throughout this compilation or monograph, though I am aware of the fact that it was originally a geographical term. It is merely a matter of convenience.
I do not contend that this race carried out vast projects of colonization or that they came from one area or even any particular era. They seem to have originally occupied Pachacamac, Peru in very remote times, though I doubt if they originated in that area.
The god-king Pachacamac and his wife left
, according to tradition but
seem to have left a handful of their race to carry on the government, religion
and commerce. The founder of the Phoenician dynasty, king Nuna or Haryashwa or
his sons, probably came to one or both of the Peru and his descendant, Tizama,
seems to have been the god-king and culture bringer Itzama, of the Early Mayan
race. Sargon of Agade or King Sagara and his son, and grandson are most
certainly on the list of arrivals and the remarkable prime minister and
arch-priest, An-Nannatu, of the last dynasty of Ur, who held office under
several kings of Ur, the last being King Ibil-Sin. There will be more about these
personages later. Americas
There are those who believe that this remarkable race had its origin on some lost continent or island that sank and left but a remnant of their race and culture intact. Some are positive that the race originated in the table-lands of Eastern Asia, but it would not surprise me if some one finds proof of their having originated in
After considerable cogitation I have decided to begin the first chapter with the most ancient cultures of the Central Andean regions, particularly those discovered in the Department of Ancash, Peru. Though these findings and comparisons have been lauded by curators of two institutions whose professions are archaeology and ethnology, several scientists and a few serious students of ancient history, one principal of a school, several teachers, one newspaper man and an editor of a University press among others, there are those who think my efforts quite a waste of time and energy and all I have achieved, according to the views of this group, is a rather unusual compilation of nothing more than mere coincidences. If you, as a reader of this work, feel as the latter group say they do, please, just to disprove our contentions, read this compilation of monographs through and prove we are in error. We are quite willing to have you try.
Chapter 1 Haihayas of Asia and the Huailas or Huaylas of Peru
Chapter 2 Sumerian in our South Western United States?
Chapter 3 Round Towers
Chapter 4 Sea Shells in Ceremony and Religions
Chapter 5 Who were the Toltecs?
Chapter 6 Gorget of Naram-Sin (Narmer) in New Mexico
Chapter 7 Naram-Sin's Portrait Carved in Stone Found in Lake Texcoco, Mexico
Chapter 8 Gods of Early Mexico
Chapter 9 Indar and Engur
Chapter 10 Amenti and Amencay
Chapter 11 Yahuah and Associated Deities of South America
Chapter 12 Summary of Personages Connected with Cultural Development of the Americas
Chapter 13 Trees of Life and Tonalamatls
Chapter 14 Wheels? What Wheels??
Chapter 15 Genesis and the Four Bacabs
Chapter 16 How were the Old Empire Mayas Related to the Mochicas of Peru?
Chapter 17 Maize as Depicted in Ancient Art
Appendix - Fusang
Chapter 1 Haihayas of Asia and the Huailas or Huaylas of Peru
It is our belief, substantiated by history, tradition and other evidence, that the progenitors of the Huailas of Peru were the ancient Haihayes of the vicinity of the City of Umma, in an area then known as Southern
In the following pages we offer some of the evidences that have led us to this
First, however, in order to explain who the Haihayas were, a brief outline of their history is essential.
The priest-king Lugel-Aggisi or Zaggisi, a son of Ukush, (both Haihaya chieftains) was the ruler of the City of Umma at the time he began the conquest of his kinsman, Sargon of Agade or King Sagara, as he should be called. In one of the inscriptions King Aggisi had made is the following: "...(I have)...conquered the land from the Rising of the Sun to its Setting, and made straight the path from the
Lower Sea (Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean) over the
Euphrates and Tigris into the
(Mediterranean)." After his successful war of conquest he had his capital
at the city of Upper
Sea . Erech
King Uruka Gina died shortly after losing his realm and one of his wives was about to throw herself upon his funeral pyre when the great and very noble prophet and priest Aurva begged her to not do so for she was to be the mother of a mighty emperor and to commit self immolation was unthinkable for she must preserve the life of her unborn prince.
Priest Aurva being of the same race as King Uruka Gina and a very learned man and an excellent teacher, took upon himself the task of teaching the young prince when of suitable age. The priest taught him religious and civil law, execution of ceremonials and literature and various sciences, including that of planned warfare.
When Prince Sagara or Guni came of age he waged a terrible crushing defeat over his Haihaya kinsmen, King Lugal Aggisi, and would have wiped him and his tribe off the face of the earth along with several other tribes who had acted in the revolt against his father, but for the plea made by the prince's family priest.
This would seem to be so, for many years later another king had trouble with the Haihayas whom it would seem, were predestined to attract trouble. About 2300 B.C., Haihaya princes, sons of King Arjuna Kartevirya, killed King Jama-Dagni in a personal feud. This king was succeeded by his son, Purash-Sin, or Bur-Sin 1, who was also known as Parashu-Ram, the traditional founder of the hereditary Brahman caste system, which is still the most outstanding feature of East Indian sociology.
King Parashu-Ram in his wrath over the murder of his father waged a war of extermination against the Haihaya princes and Sun-cultists and even had his mother put to death as she also served as a devotee of the Sun-cult. (She was a granddaughter of the priest-king of Lagash, pateai Cudea.) See next page—
In the area we now know as
are remains of two archaic town-sites, Aija and Haiyan that perhaps existed
prior to the reign of King Sagara but I must explain this later. Palestine
image 3- The Gudea of the old World and the New—Compare these two.
A full figure statue carved in stone representing Gudea, the priest-king of the port city of Lagash is shown above at the left. He lived about 2373-2368 B.C.
The carved head at the right is tilted backward somewhat, causing the features to appear longer than they actually are. Notice the identical carving of the eyes, indication of the headdress being a wound or wrapped turban and traces of it once having been ornamental like that worn by Gudea, showing just above the space between the brows. This head was discovered by Dr. Matthew Stirling in Mexico in 1940. (From "National Geographic Magazine")
The likeness is most amazing and it is doubtful if it is just a coincidence.
A little earlier then the reign of King Sagara, King Shubad’s (King of
Ur) son, Tizama was reigning in India,
according to Pali records. The latter also bore the following names (among
others), Somaka, Sambhuta, and Tez-car. Tizama’s worship seems to have been
much like that followed by the Haihayas but just what his relationship to the Haihayas
may have been is not stated but the following theory based on historical facts
may offer a reasonable supposition:
If Tizama and his father, Shubad are synonymous with the two supreme deities of the Mayas, Hunab-ku and his son Itzama it is not at all improbable that the Haihayas, also called Huhunuri, were Itzama's or Tizama's people (compare Huhunuri with the name Junin). (J in this case has the sound of H.)
It is not impossible that King Lugal Aggisi sent to
India for Tizama, at the time of his conquest of
Sagara’s father and asked Tizama to return to Babylon
or or Erech
and prepare to take charge of the newly acquired West Lands. This supposition
would account for the indications that people from the land we now know as
Palestine, emigrated to South America and became established there, for King
Tizama, if we continue with this supposition—would have undoubtedly gone to
Phoenicia and employed a fleet of ships, crew, artisans, priests and at least a
few troops. If this is the case, it would explain why Tizama, if we follow the
belief that he was the same personage as Itzama, never seems to have returned
to his native land . He was quite well along in age at this time and after
Sagara's conquest of the Haihayas, and his land remained under the rule of his
enemy, or his peoples' enemy, King Sagara, there would have been no opportunity
for him to have returned before his demise. Lagash
However, there seems to have been a very close connection between the Hualias of Peru and the Haihayas of the
Now to resume the subject pertaining to Aija and Haiyan in Palestine. Both of these archaeological sites are of an archaic type and are not very far apart. Aija, Ai or Aiath as it is variously called, is east of
and near Bethaven and north of Mishmash.
Biblical Joshua unsuccessfully attacked Aija but the city was later taken by strategy.
Due to various vicissitudes the town never recovered its former prestige and
very little remains of its earlier culture today. Bethel
. . .
In the Department of Ancash, Peru, in South
very archaic remains. These are described by Dr. Julio Tello in his article
"Andean Civilization: Some Problems of Peruvian Archaeology" ,
printed in the "XXIII International Congress of Americanists", held
The cultures are arranged in the following manner: Callejon de Huaylas, Chavin, Chongoyape and Paracas with cultural influence extending from the coast to the Central Andean region. Dr.Tello states that the archaic, megalithic cultural type seems to extend from San Augustine in
to Tiahuanaco, Bolivia and there appears to have been a widespread influence in
historically remote times.
In the Department of Ancash, Peru are several village sites bearing Old World names, one spelled exactly the same, two spelled almost the same and several others that are recognizably similar. The Peruvian town of Aija has its name in counterpart, the town in Palestine called Aija , previously mentioned and when interpreted meant almost the same thing, 'ruined' or 'destroyed'. The little town of Recuey in the Department of Ancash has its
Land counterpart in Recah, a place
occupied by a tribe of Judah,
which undoubtedly was in the vicinity of Aija in , Other towns in the Department of
Ancash bearing a closely similar name to the archaic town-site of Haiyan of the
Bible, are Huascan, Hualcan, Huaylas and Huarmay, Palestine
In the neighboring Department of Junin is a town called Caina; another town with a Biblical namesake,
"Place of the Reeds". (see later) Also, in this same Department is
the town of Tarmar, a name closely resembling
Tamyras,.the name of a river between Sidon and Beirut, in Phoenicia, also between and Elath, is a town called Tamara. Hebron
A town in the Department of Ancash named Huari, has a Biblical counterpart in the name of a man, Huari, interpreted as "Linen weaver". This may be of sufficient importance to warrant several quotations from a Quechua Dictionary that the reader may see some of the words in that language pertaining to weaving. "A weaver" in the Cuzco, Peru Dialect (one of those forming the (Quechua language) is AHUAY-Camayok. In the Ayacucho Dialect it is AKUAC (See page 57,65) (compare with A-NAHUA-AC of the Aztecs) and in the Junin it is AHUA. In the Junin Dialect a 'weaver' of stockings is Medias (a Spanish word) HAHUA, in Ancash; "—shuag." In the Cuzco Dialect a weaver of ponchos is called AHUAK. "To weave—" in the Cuzco, Ayacucho, Junin and Ancash Dialects is AHUAY. Compare this word with Huari, mentioned above, and the town of
with the name of Huari. Ancash
The naming of places in a new land after those in the old is a well known trait and from the evidence given here it would seem that there was no exception to this trait among these people in
In and near the Department of Ancash are archaeological remains showing highly distinctive depictions of religious and ceremonial matters along with carvings of men and women of such an obviously superior type that they must have been carved to represent actual personages.
Various features of these ancient works of art furnish clues to the identity of these people and their origin and also serve in tracing their apparent migrations through several centuries and quite a few countries.
Another, and very important matter pertaining to this subject is that of the worship of Indar (a son or grandson of the East Indian Lawgiver, Manu) deified as Mishi, Ishi, Tas, Tashia etc. Some claim this deified personage was Indar himself, others claim him to have been a son of Indar). The Haihayas or Hunuhuris worshipped this deified personage, Indar, as he seems to have been one of their ancient progenitors. The pre-Incas, worshipped him as Enki (similar to Ea, the Semetic name for deified In-Dur (Indar) and as the “Cat-god" Mishi. Ishi of the Bible was but another name for Jehovah and superseded the synonymous name, Baali, "My Master". Ishi has at least two interpretations, "My Husband" and "Saving".
The various stone carvings representing the "Cat-god" Mishi, found in the Department of Ancash, Peru are still to be seen and I include several depictions of this deity with his felines from several parts of the Old World and for comparison, include several from Ancash.
(image 4) Huarmay, Department of Ancash, Peru.
(image 5) Phrygia's "Tasia" or "Mishi".
This scene is from a carved ivory handle of a stone knife ,found in
and of predynastic age, now in the Louvre. (See L.Benedite "MONS. ACADEME
des INSCRIPTS" XII.l.) "Tasia" or "Mishi" etc., of
very early era. Egypt
(image 7) From Marka-Kunka, Aija, Huaraz, Department of Ancash.
A pre-Christian depiction of Tasia, from a cross at
(image 9) Old World
(image 10 page)
I have other depictions of this "Cat-god" from the
Old World and from the New, but this may suffice, and
carry sufficient weight to indicate the probability of his having been
transplanted from the Old World to the New. If
this evidence is accepted, it will put this particular Asiatic immigration into
South America in pre-historic times.
A seemingly irrelevant subject leads to additional substantiation of this subject. It is the horse-shoe-like symbol known as the "earth bowl". This object is found archaeologically in many forms and in a fairly large number of places, including areas inhabited by the Mayas, Aztecs and their kindred tribes. The origin of the "earth bowl" symbol must be explained in order that a clear idea of its relationship to the present subject may be understood. Several races, including the Chaldeans, Chino-Turks, Hindoos and Early Aryans had a tradition that their people came from an area known to us as the Tarim Basin, a locality north of
This land is so formed geographically, that it roughly resembles a huge ’bowl’ or basin. The race with whom this symbol originated preserved the memory of its form and it is known to us in several forms. One is the so-called 'yoke’ found archaeologically in areas influenced by the early higher cultures of
and farther south. These 'bowls’ may be seen on stela, in codices and in other
forms of art. The people who retained the symbol undoubtedly knew its meaning as
well. For the benefit of the reader a few depictions of these 'bowls' are
submitted. (See page 12) Mexico
The carved stone statue of a personage at Rurek, Aija and the other from Aija Huaraz, shows these earth-bowls in inverted position, perhaps to indicate that the race no longer inhabited the locality. The first mentioned carries a shield or plaque on which is depicted
1- "Earth Bowl" from headdress of figure from Aija, Peru. (See photograph given below.)
2- A so-called ’yoke' from Vera Cruz, Mexico. A highly conventionalized "Earth Bowl"
3- An Aztecan "Earth Bowl".
4- An Aztecan "Earth Bowl" as a water symbol.
5- The Mayan symbol, EK-AHAU, an "Earth Bowl".
6- Conventionalized "Earth Bowls" on a Toltec pillar from
7- Mexican "Earth Bowl".
8- "Earth Bowl" from the figure's costume on a stela at Cerra De Mesa , Mexic. (very ancient.)
9- An ancient representation of the “Earth Bowl" formed by the
(From Maspero, See photo below.) Tarim Basin
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
This is perhaps the most authoritative review of the Blue Pete series. I apologize that some of the formatting of the original document has been lost./drf
Blue Pete and Canadian Nationalism: Vision and Experience in the Western Novels of William Lacey Amy
Journal of Canadian Studies 1989 24(2)
Popular novelist William Lacey Amy (Luke Allan) began writing his series of Blue Pete novels trying to say something serious about western development. His perceptions derived from a common English-Canadian expectation of Edenic transformation as well as firsthand knowledge of life in southern
Alberta. Vision and
experience did not mesh. Unwilling to question his nationalist assumptions. Amy
abandoned any hope of commenting on real western society and moved Blue Pete
much closer to the realm of myth.
For over three decades after the First World War, William Lacey Amy published a score of novels about the Mounted Police in the Canadian West, most of them centering on a half-breed named Blue Pete who worked with the scarlet riders. These ‘‘interminable” works, written under the pseudonym Luke Allan, are so bad in Professor Dick Harrison’s view that he refused to inflict on readers even a small sample in his recent anthology of Mountie stories. Though Amy had some talent at building suspense, it would be absurd to claim he was a good novelist. His books, for the most part, were contrived, convoluted and conventional. Few readers took them seriously. Librarians did not make a point of collecting them. Critics have given them short shrift.
Harrison astutely pointed out in his analysis of the
evolution of prairie fiction, English-speaking settlers often drew on a culture
that was ill-adapted to the life and landscape of the West. Imported
expectations and applied values isolated and confined them, making it difficult
to adjust to prairie realities.
This was certainly true of Amy, a classic illustration of the argument. Yet, it
may be that just as inappropriate structures and assumptions were imposed on
the land, inappropriate critical judgments have been imposed on literature,
making its reality difficult to appreciate. What seems to bother Harrison most
is his assessment that Amy simply imported the American frontier formula to Canada. Blue
Pete, like the typical American western hero, worked outside the law using
violence as a surgical tool to impose order. Canadian heroes, by contrast,
supposedly resolved conflict by denying violence. Their authority came not from
themselves but from an “ideal of civilized order” perceived to be much more
important than any individual’s existence.3
Clearly, Amy was influenced by the American view of the West. The first Blue Pete novel contains not one, but two explicit allusions to the Virginian’s famous line, “When you call me that, smile."* It was hard not to be affected by materials which had tremendous international appeal and circulation. An insistence on sharp distinctions between popular Canadian and American frontier fiction is highly problematic. Amy was no different from thousands of other Canadians. He was, in fact, a typical central Canadian Protestant, and the values of that society, including nationalism, permeate his writing. It was not a slavish adherence to American forms that made his work boringly repetitive but a refusal to reconsider nationalist assumptions about the West that did not hold up under first-hand scrutiny.
When Amy began writing the Blue Pete stories, he wanted to say something serious about the development of the West. Like innumerable authors before and after who dealt with frontier areas, he was interested in the difficulty of reconciling an existing order with the imperatives of encroaching civilization. He brought to this question two sets of perceptions. The first, and most important, was the English-Canadian Protestant vision of western development. The second was his own experience of living in the West. The two were not quite compatible. After his simplistic expectations of Edenic transformation corroded, Amy backed away from romance toward myth, abandoning any possibility of commenting seriously on western society. That retreat is worth a closer look.
One reason why Amy’s work seems American at first glance is that unlike most Canadian prairie novelists, who wrote about the agricultural frontier, he wrote about the ranching frontier. This was logical: it was the West he had encountered, though for how long is hard to say. Despite his prolificness, not much is known about Amy’s life. Born to a Methodist minister and his wife in Sydenham, north of
Kingston, probably in the mid-1870s, he emerged two
decades later as a freshman at Victoria
University in Toronto. According to class lists he spent
three, possibly four years there studying arts, though he seems to have
completed only the equivalent of about two academic sessions. Shortly after the
turn of the century, he began publishing a newspaper in .
About three years later, he left. The migratory habits of a Methodist
background seemed to be deeply imbued for thereafter he travelled a great deal.
Alumni records indicate he lived in England in the early 1920s, Florida in the
early 1930s, Toronto in the early 1940s, and California in the 1950s.5 Wherever
he called home, when he wrote about the West he drew from his own experience in
one of the most important centres of the ranching business in southern
Alberta.6 He knew about cows, not wheat. Medicine Hat, Alberta
The initial novel in the series, Blue Pete: Half-breed, published in 1921, may have been written much earlier since one segment appeared well before the war as a short story in Canadian Magazine.1 It is the most ambitious and most interesting of the works. The story has two intertwined threads. The first is a conventional romance. Constable, eventually Sergeant, Mahon, product of a respectable English middle-class family, must choose between prairie- bred Mira Stanton, physically beautiful but “a wild creature of untamed instincts and untrained mind,” and her equally attractive cousin, Helen Parsons, unaffected but possessed of a culture and intellect “incongruous with the untamed life in which they lived.”8 The decision is never really in doubt;
Mahon selects the girl appropriate to his
class, background and station.
The other thread, much more twisted, involves Blue Pete’s relationship with the police.
Mahon discovers the half-breed just as Pete has crossed
to break loose from his old associates in the rustling business. “I’m too
gor-swizzled chicken-hearted fer Montany,” he tells Mahon, “an’ dead- sick o' th' everlastin’
game.”1’ Impressed by the young constable’s generosity and determination to
prevent disorder, Pete goes along on a mission to recapture an escaped
horse-thief, one of the gang he has just left behind. Dutch Henry, cornered in
a shack, shoots Sergeant Denton who in true Mountie fashion had approached with
gun holstered to make the arrest. Pete refuses to intervene at this point but
swears that if the Sergeant dies he will come after Dutchy.
Denton’s life hangs in
the balance, Pete becomes an undercover police agent, drifting from job to job
at surrounding ranches, disrupting the rustlers. It is work he enjoys,
especially since he has become very attached to Mahon, whom he calls Boy. With this help
police are able to stop much of the movement of stolen stock, though the
culprits themselves remain at large. The situation is disrupted by four events.
Pete’s connection with the force is discovered, making him persona non grata
among both ranchers and rustlers. Sergeant Denton finally dies, obliging Pete
to act on his promise to get Dutchy. Mira Stanton’s brothers, owners of the
3-bar-Y ranch, commit suicide when they are caught with pilfered cattle.
Finally, Pete is discredited at a trial by an incompetent judge and the police
are forced to relinquish his services. The effect of all this is to isolate the
half-breed, and Mira as well, from the rest of society. Mira, who had been
infatuated with Mahon,
now realizes they are not suited. To free him emotionally, she allows herself
to be caught with some stolen horses and is sent to prison for six months. As
Pete waits for her release Dutchy’s gang returns. Mahon goes after them, and so does the
half-breed who finally kills Henry to protect his friend and fulfill his oath.
Badly wounded, he disappears into the bush. A police search turns up only a
note from Mira, just liberated, who says they will never find his body.
For all its complications, Amy’s message was not hard to decipher.
Mahon and Helen represented the future of the
West. Boy, prevented from going to university by his father’s untimely death,
had come to make his fortune in Canada.
Opportunities proved scarce so he joined the Mounted Police, a force which, Amy
made clear, was bringing more than law enforcement to the plains. “Men of
birth, many of them, and all of them overflowing with the tastes that grow from
education, their clean souled sense of duty and the ease with which they
retained their wider interest in life and learning” were an inspiration to
people like Helen Parsons. She in turn, educated in the East, was “no product
of the prairie.” Her father, a prominent Calgary
lawyer, came to Medicine Hat
for his health. When he died she stayed on with her aunt; the ranges offered
“more of the relief of outside interest.” Once committed to the West she began
to master its arts, like shooting and riding. If this muted the impression that
alien values were being imposed, it was clear nonetheless that she and her
husband-to-be embodied the culture, refinement, civilization, and order that
would transform the empty flatlands into a prosperous garden. This was made
explicit by wise Inspector Parker who congratulated Mahon for making the right decision about a
mate. “The West isn’t going to be always the wild thing it is even today - and
you’ll want to grow up with it.” Mira, a picture “you couldn’t hang in the
parlour and wouldn’t insult by putting in the kitchen, 10 would have
marginalized him in western society. It is interesting that Amy reversed the
usual convention by requiring a male to choose between two female suitors. This
reinforced the impression that on this frontier order and domesticity would be
established mainly through the actions of the Mounted Police.
Mahon indicated the
future. Blue Pete confirmed the rightness of this inevitability and pronounced
the superiority of Canadian over American values. He was the outsider who
substantiated the traditional view that our society is more peaceful, more
ordered, more just than that to the south. To some extent Amy used Blue Pete
the way Thomas Chandler Haliburton used Sam Slick, as an embodiment of the
excesses of the neighbouring Republic. Some of the half-breed’s actions - when
he plugged a hole through Mahon’s
hat to avoid being taken into custody, for example" - illustrated typical
American behaviour, at once impressive and objectionable. Slick is a more
compelling character, of course, because Haliburton was a more talented writer.
His creation remained ambivalent about Nova Scotian society; Sam’s bombast
pilloried Yankees and Bluenoses simultaneously. For the most part, Pete
accepted Canadian values so completely that he had little power to prod us with
His judgment of the Dominion’s superiority was demonstrated in his decision to stay and work with the agents of order and in a willingness to curtail his violent habits. He continued to use a gun but did so sparingly and usually to protect the Mounties or affirm their purposes. When he killed Dutchy he acted primarily to save
Mahon, not to exercise
vengeance. In later novels, Amy stressed repeatedly how Pete tried to evaluate
his conduct according to police codes of behaviour. Unlike the supposedly
typical American frontier hero, he was very much controlled by the law. Though
often he acted beyond its reach, society defined his goals, not himself.
Blue Pete was more than a vehicle for national self-congratulation. He was also a natural man, unencumbered by artificial social constraints, totally in tune with his environment. More than just at home with the land, he was almost a part of it, a fact underlined when he virtually disappeared into the prairie before
Mahon’s very eyes.12 In
many respects Pete was clearly superior to the police. His understanding of the
cattle business, his ability with a gun, his mastery of horses, as well as his
extraordinary knowledge of the land far exceeded their capabilities. He was not
alone here; the other rustlers, especially Dutchy, shared these abilities
though not to the same extent. Pete’s co-operation with the police symbolized
the assent given by the more intelligent elements of the old order to the
process of development. He could not block the goals of the force; it would
triumph in the end. He got an inkling of this when he tried to free Mira on her
way to prison: pursuit was organized so quickly after she escaped that he
accepted the futility of trying to keep her at large. Still, he could have made
things exceptionally difficult for the police had he opposed them. That he did
not was an instinctive recognition of the value of true civilization.
As a natural man Pete was concerned with justice, not law. He was offended by the shooting of Sergeant Denton, not because a policeman was wounded but because the violence was unnecessary. Dutchy could have escaped without hurting anyone. When Pete went to work for the Mounties he made no effort to put the criminals behind bars; he simply tried to right the wrongs they committed. His willingness to be a police agent, therefore, demonstrated that in the Canadian West law and justice were essentially the same. If Amy sometimes emphasized in later novels that Pete’s methods were frowned on by the police, it was not because he sanctioned rootin’, tootin’ American cowboy behaviour. Rather, he wanted to remind readers that the half-breed was still a natural, instinctive man and that the equation between law and justice still held. This correspondence was confirmed by his readiness to teach the Mounties some of his tricks so they could do a better job. He trusted them to use the knowledge wisely. This was not a melding of values, though, only a transfer of skills. While it hinted that some valuable things from the old existence might be perpetuated, it mostly suggested that the new order would become stronger and more adept at getting its way.
As her ultimate match with Blue Pete indicated, Mira was another symbol of the wild, untamed spirit of the West. Her relationship with
Mahon cast more light on the linkage between
old and new forces. In disillusioning the Corporal by getting arrested, she
indicated her acceptance of an inferior social role. “I ain’t in your class,”
she acknowledged. There would be no fruitful union between them with offspring
combining the strengths of both.13 Her success in the new environment would
depend on how well she imbibed the lessons in literacy, dress and conduct which
Mahon and Helen
taught. Since Helen remarked on Mira’s facility in learning to read and
write,14 there was some indication that the original spirits of place could
adapt but they were likely to have a much diminished stature. Again, there was
no blending of values here, just an exchange of skills which facilitated the
grip of ordered society.
The turbulence of the old West would disappear; any regrettable loss would be compensated by the advantages of civilization. The prairie would become a prosperous, well regulated, attractive habitation. This was an optimistic projection Amy shared with thousands of other Canadians and many Britons too.15 He had likely grown up with this vision and brought it with him to the West. There was another dimension to his view of the area, however, one which came from his own experience. An undertone to the major key, it introduced nevertheless a curious chord of aesthetic and moral ambivalence which jarred with the imperialist dream of progress.
There are many indications in the novel that Amy was describing an environment he knew. For one thing, there are touches of modernity, like the telephone used to warn of Dutch Henry’s escape and the car used to transport wounded Sergeant Denton, which seem out of place in an ordinary cowboy novel but not in twentieth-century
For another, there are characters which closely resemble well-known Alberta personalities of
the time. Paddy Norton, the lawyer from Calgary who helped discredit Pete as a
police agent is clearly based on Patty Nolan, the real Calgary frontier lawyer
who actually was counsel for the Western Stock Growers’ Association in the
period when the novel is set.16 Inspector Parker is almost certainly drawn from
the real Inspector William Parker who commanded the “Hat’s” police detachment
since explicit reference is made to one of his actual cases.17 Not
surprisingly, by the second novel the name had been changed to Barker.
More impressively, Blue Pete: Half-breed contains brief flashes of almost sociological discernment which punctuate the adventure narrative. Consider, for example, the description of
Hat “in the early throes of industrial ambition”:
Its natural gas was spreading its fame throughout
and pioneers looking for factory sites were the town’s guests from the moment
of their arrival. Its unearned reputation across the border as “the breeder of
weather” was being fought by a systematic propaganda that was justifying its
cost. The moving spirits of the city decided to go in for sports. Professional
baseball was discussed, the result being the formation of the Western Canada
Baseball League, more commonly known as “The Twilight League,” because in the
long evenings of the prairie the games were started at seven-thirty. Medicine Hat was out for
anything that promised publicity.18 There is a ring of authenticity here, as
well as traces of insight that invite speculation about what Amy might have
produced had he stayed in one place.
Perhaps it was not writing skill that he lacked but frontier fortitude, for embedded in these realistic touches are clues that Amy was less than enthralled with prairie existence. Formulaic praise for the beauty and freedom of the plains was contradicted by references to “shrubless waste” and “mile after mile of the dead grass of years” on the flat landscape. The Parson’s house in town was “rather gaudily painted as an offset to the drabness of the prairie.” Moreover, the land's “bare ugliness,” as he put it in a later novel, was matched by something monotonous and stifling in prairie society.19 Mahon, he emphasized, craved “a little of the variety of [the] outside world”:
Day after day of his duties threw him among men who thought in cattle and horses, whose conversation was round-up and brands and the prospect of encroaching homesteaders, whose sports were bronco-busting and wild riding and an occasional visit to town, whose sleep was mental vacuum and whose work entailed little more. He had never been able to satisfy himself with that....20
It was a feeling Amy probably shared. Whatever the future of the West, its present was less than completely satisfying, and the novel reflected an undercurrent of tension between booster expectations and constrictive realities.
Among the things Amy seemed to be genuinely knowledgeable about was the cattle business, including its shady aspects. Beneath the routine antics of the rustlers was a firm sense of how they operated—taking large herds into the hills, breaking them up into smaller groups, building semi-permanent corrals at regular intervals to speed up the drives. Blue Pete, in his courtroom testimony, listed a dozen-and-a-half ways to change the look of a horse. Such expertise might have come from other cowboy books, but it may be that newspaper work brought Amy face to face with these practices.
The most striking aspect of his depiction of rustling was the assertion that everyone involved in the cattle business, respectable and otherwise, participated. The point was frequently reaffirmed in the story. Blue Pete was abruptly tired from Grantham’s ranch after being exposed as a police agent. He explained in court how brands routinely were overlayed to confuse ownership. Mira’s locally esteemed brothers committed suicide when their involvement in the game was discovered. All this was something more than a plot device. Amy was insistent that rustling was part and parcel of raising cows, and he reiterated the point at length in some of his later novels. In a representative example from The Vengeance of Blue Pete, the Inspector lashed out at local worthies who complained about police inefficiency:
You come blatting to me, you the biggest ranchers in the country, about justice and the prevention of crime, and the duty of the Mounted Police, when you know that if we did our duty, if we considered nothing but justice and strict law enforcement, every one of you would be in Lethbridge jail right now... I don't say you rustle in person, but you know your cowboys do. And you accept what they help themselves to in the way of unidentified stock, and often in identifiable that can safely be taken.21
The ranchers were not the only characters in the novel with suspect morals. It also featured a railway contractor who knowingly bought stolen horses, and a newly appointed judge “whose previous record in criminal cases had frequently brought him into conflict with the police.”22 Together they highlighted the honesty of the Mounties, who were not corrupt, but, as with Amy’s view of prairie life and landscape, they introduced a note of ambivalence that conflicted with the expectation of Edenic transformation. The effect of the whole book, then, was a typically Canadian evocation of an emerging pastoral utopia,23 undercut by an ongoing contest between good and evil, likely to be permanent because ordinary people lacked moral consistency. The evolution to perfection of his romantic vision was challenged by a pessimistic interpretation of human nature. His dream of the future did not mesh with the real situation of prairie life.
Insights into western society in Blue Pete: Half-breed were scattered and brief, submerged in the adventure narrative. But if only to a limited extent, Amy was drawing on his experience of the area, trying to translate what he had known into imaginative literature. The fact is, especially if the novel was written before the First World War, this work contains some interesting seeds of prairie realism. The dichotomy between sentimental romances and realistic depictions of prairie life may not be quite as rigid as some critics have thought.24
At the end of the first novel it was not clear if Blue Pete was alive or dead, but all the important questions had been answered.
and Helen, harbingers of the future, were about to be married. The spirits of
place had been defeated or had aligned themselves with the forces of the new.
Some disorder existed but it could be controlled by the police. There was
perhaps a little regret at the passing of old ways, but no conflict over
values. The choices of western society had been decided. This made for a
satisfying conclusion but it did not leave much to explore.
Amy was not ready to give up trying to say something serious about the region’s fate. He had one powerful arrow left in his quiver — racism. In The Return of Blue Pete he addressed the “problem” of the alien worker. The book is chiefly remarkable for being one of the most vitriolic attacks on Canadian immigrants and radical labour ever to reach print. The plot revolved around efforts to prevent the sinister International Workers of the World from blowing up a newly built railway trestle out of spite for not being allowed to boss themselves. Its adventure was a thin coating for hate.
The navvies, “wild Continental scum” according to Amy, were “a filthy, low-down gang of [creatures] dressed up like men and walking on their hind legs.” They were violent, duplicitous, cowardly, and completely expendable.
Torrance, the contractor, chided his
assistant for failing to kill any in the course of construction. One aide, he
noted approvingly, “did for five in his last season.”25 Blue Pete, as natural
man, confirmed the judgment that foreigners were disgusting and radical labour
a dangerous fount of anarchy.
Amy made a concerted effort to explain what made the “Dago Bohunk” so objectionable. Speaking through Ignace Koppowski, leader of the International Workers, he outlined the anguish that resulted from “over-sudden civilization.” “From the crude half-lights of my own country,” wailed Koppy, “I leaped at one bound into the brilliance of civilization’s beam.... And I couldn’t stand it — few of us can”:
... not finding the milk and honey flow out to lave our ships, we start depressed and resentful. We land in a strange country with only a word of its language. No one greets us, no one holds our fumbling hands. By dirty ways we slink to dirty tenement houses to hide ourselves—where disloyalty is the air we breathe, discomfort our bed, and robbery our experience—robbed by the friends who preceded us. Half-cowed, lonely, cursing in silence the drudgery that faces us, we learn to live for ourselves alone. Helpless, we drift into the hands of our own kind, who wax rich on the sale of us in herds to work no one else would undertake. Sullen, keen to the injustice of things, but ignorant of the simplicity of redress, we fall victims to our own morbid hatreds, to anything that promises to feed our fury....26
This kind of sympathy merely diverted venom to those who had successfully adjusted. Regardless of how they fared, Amy found reasons to damn the newcomers. He offered no solution other than complete exclusion.
This was the dark side of the Protestant vision—the fear that Anglo-Saxon superiority would be polluted by the off-scourings of
The depth of Amy’s prejudice was unusual, but not its premise. Just as the
ranchers’ moral lapses undermined assurances about the coming elysium, so too
did the immigrants. While the trestle’s completion symbolized the West’s
evolutionary advance, the continued presence of the workers at the end of the
novel represented a source of evil that would not soon go away. Again, Amy’s
optimistic expectations ran up against the sordid facts of western life.
Having unleashed this invective, he did not have much more to say about the evolving reality of the prairie. He was in a rather tight conceptual bind. Either he could admit that the simplistic Canadian dream of the future was wrong, and explore the ramifications of this, or he could go on repeating his old message and his established pattern of action with good defeating evil in the progressive establishment of
knowing the chances of this happening were ever more remote. He chose the latter.
However, when he returned to Blue Pete after writing several conventional
police novels without the halfbreed, the essence of his creation had shifted.
According to Northrop Frye, the extremes of literary design are bounded by realism and myth, with romance in between. The characters of romance, though clearly superior to ordinary mortals, retain some resemblance to human reality. The world they inhabit, though missing many of the frustrations, ambiguities and embarrassments of everyday life, is still recognizable as the world of normal people. The more fabulous the depiction of romantic characters, the more dissociated they are from regular society, geographically and emotionally, the more they begin to show a mythic colouring.27 Even if not formally invested with divine qualities, they may become so distant and unbelievable that the connection with familiar existence becomes exceedingly tenuous. What Amy did when he returned to his creation was to move Blue Pete significantly closer to myth. There were still occasional flashes of insight into prairie sociology, still occasional warnings about vile immigrants, but now Pete worked alone, performing implausible feats at the fringes of society with little to say about what transpired within.
One indication of the change is the disappearance of any love interest in the plots. Mira, as Pete’s wife, continued to drift in and out of the action, especially to rescue her husband from danger, but she became part of the adventure machinery. Helen put in a brief appearance in The Return of Blue Pete, then vanished. With her went much of Amy’s opportunity to discuss domestic and community developments. To compensate for the elimination of romantic involvements, he increased the suspense in his plots. Once embarked on a case, Pete would lose his gun or his horse, get captured by Indians or become lost in a blizzard. Each of these circumstances complicated and delayed the completion of his mission. With this improbable mastering of trial after trial, Pete began to assume mythic proportions while the novels took on the episodic structure common to quest adventures.
As love and domesticity faded, so did the Mounted Police. By no means were they banished completely. Pete’s actions remained firmly tied to Mountie causes but almost always now he worked alone while members of the force became additional obstacles to overcome. Sometimes police had to be avoided because they suspected him of a crime; sometimes they had to be protected. Either way, they were used not so much to comment on what the West was or would become, but just to build tension.
When Pete left the police behind, action increasingly occurred in a world clearly divorced from the normal realm. Whether the Cypress Hills, the Rockies or
Montana, normal rules of
civilization did not apply. The danger in these places changed somewhat as
well. Now the threat was more likely to be an Indian rather than a rustler or a
foreigner. Amy was no more charitable toward native peoples than he was toward
immigrants. His analysis of their situation was identical. Both groups were
composed of backward misfits, resentful of those who should control them. He
drew a few favourable portraits of individual Indians, but made clear these
were exceptions.28 Whatever the reasons for the advent of these new villains —
it may have had a lot to do with reader expectations—the effect was to direct
attention to a group that was perceived to be at the margin of real society.
Changes in the setting were accompanied by changes in the treatment of Blue Pete. For one thing, a much greater emphasis was put on the specialness of his gun and horse. The pistol, unremarkable in the first novels, became almost an extension of the half-breed—so important that it alone enabled him to complete his tasks. If lost or stolen, before anything else it had to be found; no other weapon would do. Whiskers, his horse, a remarkable beast from the start, became even more unusual. She seldom required direction and appeared to know every thought in her rider’s mind. Though exceptionally small, she had greater strength and speed than any other mount. Inanimate objects that had special powers, strange and wonderful little animals capable of amazing feats—these belonged to a fairy-tale universe, not a real one.
In addition, Pete became ever more deformed and grotesque. When first introduced he was a bit cross-eyed, unkempt, had a bluish tinge to his skin, and wore outlandish clothing. As a character he was exaggerated but not unbelievable. To
Mahon he resembled a London
stage cowboy.29 By the late 1920s, after a succession of broken limbs and
gunshot wounds, his appearance was distinctly peculiar: “His head hung forward,
as if clearing the way, and one of his great rounded shoulders slouched
perceptibly lower than the other. He covered the ground with amazing speed,
with a noiselessness even more amazing. His crossed eyes darted from side to
side, his blue-black face was still expressionless.” Later, his nose got badly
smashed; later still, he was attacked by a cougar and told he would carry the
scars in his head for the rest of his life.30 Despite the injuries, none of his
skill or speed was diminished. From a colourful, unusual cowboy Pete became a
shambling, misshapen, good-natured giant. Perhaps his progressive deformities
were meant to parallel changes in the landscape as the work of civilization
unfolded, but symbol or not he left the edge of reality and became a mythic
archetype. The West itself, plagued by an unceasing supply of villains,
remained stuck in the process of becoming a pastoral garden. The tension
between the expectation of evolution and the permanent struggle between good
and evil remained, though the triumph of progress seemed ever more remote.
Why did Amy move toward myth? Why did he give up trying to say anything substantial about the prairie situation? Dissatisfaction with western existence must have been a factor. After all, he left. Once gone, his perceptions, frozen in an era long since passed, became increasingly anachronistic. To compensate for the absence of authentic insight he drifted more completely into fantasy. Indeed, the later Blue Pete books should not be thought of as regional novels. The decision to leave, in turn, may have been conditioned by concurrent realizations of his limitations as a serious writer and of the ease of earning a living by grinding out pulp fiction. His British publishers and international audience were largely indifferent to the real character and future of the Canadian West. They did not care if situations were improbable as long as they got adventure.
Still, this does not fully explain why Amy abandoned a more realistic romance formula. Even with an unwillingness to probe the distance between inherited vision and actual experience, he could have maintained his original vision. Other authors managed to produce adventure without moving so fundamentally into make-believe.31 Like many of them, Amy could have centered on the Mounted Police, keeping more of an attachment to real society. Instead, his imagination gravitated to myth.
Why? Was there something in Amy’s outlook that made even romance unsatisfying? Since little about him is known, the question is impossible to answer, yet his contradictory view of the West — evolving towards pastoral harmony but infected at its very core with seemingly permanent imperfections is intriguing. Amy was writing at a time when cosmological thinking was profoundly unsettled. In the aftermath of
Darwin, the paradigm of
evolutionary advance was inordinately compelling, yet the anticipation of progress
which it reinforced was undercut by deeply rooted conceptions of nature,
including human nature, as a fixed commodity. Many people may have been
troubled, for example, by an inability to mesh notions of inevitable progress
with traditional understandings of evil as an inescapable presence in the
world. Coming, presumably, from a rigorous Methodist background, this may have
been Amy’s dilemma.
Since it is situated close to the world but not mixed in it completely, romance allowed him to bridge the difference between what he wanted life to be and what he knew it was. He could say something about the actual situation of the West without having to square completely dream and reality. It is possible that as Amy began to realize how difficult it would be to transform the prairie into the garden he expected, how difficult to produce order, justice and freedom in an unstable world, the assurances of romance seemed more fragile. To sustain his optimism he gravitated toward myth, looking for comfort in something well beyond ordinary humanity.32
When romance would not hold Amy retreated toward myth. It was an appealing destination, arrived at by many others travelling a variety of paths. The resurgence of myth has been a distinguishing characteristic of the present century. Ironically, by withdrawing into timeless, archetypic formulas, Amy demonstrated his fundamental modernity. It did not make him a good novelist, to be sure, but it may suggest he should not be dismissed out of hand as an uninspired hack who merely grafted American motifs onto a Canadian setting. Though Blue Pete ossified into a predictable adventure hero, he began as something more: a conscious affirmation of the inevitable, necessary and beneficial transformation of the West. Canadian nationalism was the force that conceived him and an unwillingness to disturb nationalist assumptions trapped him in an archetypal netherworld.
 Dick Harrison, ed.. Best Mounted Police Stories (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1978), 16.
2 Dick Harrison, Unnamed Country: The Struggle for a Canadian Prairie Fiction (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1977), X and passim.
Harrison, Unnamed Country, 160, 161.
4. William Lacey Amy [Luke Allan], Blue Pete: Half-breed (New York: McCann, 1921), 91, 140.
Archives, Class and Prize Lists,
P78-OI58-2, 1888-1899 and Department of Graduate Records, A73-026-007-32. See
also Vernon B. Rhodenizer, Canadian Literature in English (Montreal: n.p..
1965), 721. University of Toronto
6. Sec David H. Breen, The Canadian Prairie West and the Ranching Frontier, 1874-1924 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1983).
7. William Lacey Amy, “Blue Pete: The Sentimental Half-breed,” Canadian Magazine, Jan. 1911, 269-74.
8. Amy, Blue Pete: Half-breed, 152, 50.
9. Ibid., 16.
10. Ibid., 52, 51, 213, 210.
11. Ibid., 68.
12. Ibid., 21.
13. Ibid. , 204. Though she remains a character in later novels as Pete's wife, there is no mention of children. The older spirits of place are ultimately sterile.
14. Ibid., 127.
15. See Doug Owram, Promise of
The Canadian Expansionist Movement and the Idea of West, 1856-1900 (Toronto:
University of Toronto Press, 1980). Eden
16. See Henry J. Morgan, The Canadian Men and Women of the Time (Toronto: Briggs, 1912), 854-55. Amy's portrait of Nolan may have come from a 1903 trial in Medicine Hat involving a round-up captain for the Stock Growers' Association who was charged with theft as part of a prolonged dispute between large and small ranchers. See D.H. Breen, “The Mounted Police and the Ranching Frontier,” in Hugh A. Dempsey, ed.. Men in Scarlet (
Historical Society of Alberta/McClelland and Stewart West, n.d.), 129. Calgary
17. See Hugh A. Dempsey, ed., William Parker, Mounted Policeman (Calgary: Glenbow-Alberta Institute. 1973); and Amy, Blue Pete: Half-breed, 211.
18. Amy, Blue Pete: Half-breed, 85-86.
19. Ibid., 22, 11, 54; William Lacey Amy [Luke Allan], The Tenderfoot (London: Jenkins, 1939), 126.
20. Amy, Blue Pete: Half-breed, 178.
21. William Lacey Amy [Luke Allan), The Vengeance of Blue Pete (London: Jenkins. 1939), 65.
22. Amy, Blue Pete: Half-breed, 178.
23. See Northrop Frye, The
1971), 238-39. Bush
24. See, for example,
Harrison, Unnamed Country, 100.
25. William Lacey Amy [Luke Allan], The Return of Blue Pete (New York: Doran 1922) 108 64, 39-40.
26. Amy, Return of Blue Pete, 360, 362.
27. Northrop Frye, Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays (Princeton:
Press Princeton University
28. See, for example, William Lacey Amy [Luke Allan], Blue Pete’s Dilemma (London: Jenkins, 1945), 9; and Amy. Blue Pete: Indian Scout (London: Jenkins, 1950), 140.
29. Amy, Blue Pete: Half-breed, 14.
30. William Lacey Amy |Luke Allan], Blue Pete: Detective (London: Jenkins, 1928), 14: Amy, Blue Pete: Rebel (London: Jenkins, 1940), 68-69; Amy, Blue Pete’s Dilemma, 140.
31. See Keith Walden, Visions of Order: The Canadian Moimties in Symbol and Myth (Toronto: Butterworths, 1982).
32. William Lyon Mackenzie King also had difficulty reconciling a belief in the possibility of spiritual and material evolution with traditional religious conceptions of sin. He, too, had a highly romantic outlook, evident in such things as his idealization of women and predilection for chivalric heroes like Sir Galahad. When King's responsibilities increased, romantic optimism no longer seemed enough to sustain his confidence. He turned to spiritualism, asking the forces controlling destiny, or at least aware of its direction, to help make sound decisions in matters where lines between good or evil were not easily drawn. Like Amy, he sought comfort in something beyond ordinary humanity. This tension between evolutionary and dualistic cosmological conceptions as a key to understanding the progressive mentality may be worth more thought. On King, see Joy Esberey, Knight of the Holy Spirit (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1980), 43-58, 161-62; Ramsay Cook, The Regenerators: Social Criticism in Late Victorian English Canada (Toronto- University of Toronto Press, 1985), 198-200: Reginald Whitaker, “Liberal Corporalist Ideas of Mackenzie King,” Labourite Travail 2 (1977), 137-69; and Whitaker. “Political Thought and Action in Mackenzie King," Journal of Canadian Studies 13 (Winter 1978-79), 40-60.
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