Timeline Tuesday: Magic among the Indians

What happens when a magician is tricked by his audience? Julius Meyer, pioneer Omaha merchant and Indian trader, is the source for this tale of how Sioux tribesmen in the 1870s turned the tables on a white performer of magic who sought to dazzle them with his powers. Meyer had settled in Omaha in 1867 and became acquainted with Plains Indians, reportedly learning to speak six Indian languages. He served as an interpreter for Gen. George Crook and later opened the "Indian Wigwam," a curio shop, in Omaha.

Miles, Mules, and Men: The Forgotten Front of the Civil War

Imagine your car. Now consider the amount of gas that it requires to keep it running. Picture that your car is in the middle of rural, untamed Nebraska: there are no gas stations for miles. Multiply your car into several hundred cars, and imagine you must organize a large group of men to drive them. You will be doing your best to chase down and capture men driving another group of cars. These other men know the landscape, and their cars run on grass instead of gasoline. What’s more, their drivers hate you, and attack any gas stations that you don’t guard.

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