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Foolish Elk's Story of the Battle
FOOLISH ELK SAID he was an Ogalalla Sioux 54 years old, and on the day of the Custer battle fought with Crazy Horse. He appeared to be the opposite of what his name might imply, as I found him to be a man of more than average intelligence. At one time he was chief of police at the Rosebud Agency. He is a man of genial disposition and has a general reputation for honesty and truthfulness. Mr. S. B. Weston, at one time chief clerk at Rosebud, said that Foolish Elk's statements could always be relied upon. He talked without hesitation, seeming to have his recollections well in mind, and apparently he had no fear of telling all he knew. He talked on only one point of information at a time, sometimes at considerable length in a connected sort of way, and then would stop and wait for another question. He appeared to be indifferent to any opinion I might have as to his fund of information, and said he would tell me only what he saw or knew to be fact, and when he did not know he said...
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