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    CHIEF HAIRY CHIN AS UNCLE SAM BY D.F. BARRY. At the first Constitutional Convention of North Dakota in July 1889 at Bismarck, N.D., all the noted Sioux chiefs at Standing Rock Agency were invited to attend the festivities and participate in the Fourth of July parade. Major James H. McLaughlin, veteran inspector of Indian schools and Indian agent at Standing Rock, convinced Hairy Chin to dress as Uncle Sam and lead the parade, and D.F. Barry was given the job of looking after the Indians while they were away from the festivities. During that time, Barry took this well-known photograph of Hairy Chin. Sadly, two days after his return to the Standing Rock Agency, Hairy Chin died, something the Indians attributed to the bad medicine connected to the white man's Uncle Sam outfit. Barry, however, feared he had killed Hairy Chin by overfeeding him. Hairy Chin poses in his Uncle Sam garb for Barry, leaning on an umbrella and wearing a tall white top hat. Image bears Barry's blind stamp at lower right; a second blind stamp appears on the interior page of the tri-fold presentation folder that houses the image. Affixed to folder verso, the Hairy Chin story is explained on Barry's printed tract, and is accompanied by Barry's familiar blue and white address sticker. In excellent condition and a wonderful addition to any Barry collection.

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    10th Saturday
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