The Indian Marble

The Indian Marble

by George Godfrey


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The Indian Marble by George Godfrey

Who or what was Bat Bergeron, a recent widower with two young sons, Frank and Will? To U.S. Marshal Ed Trumball, he was a horse thief. To the other members of the posse, he was innocent. Faced with uncertainty, the marshal banishes Bat from the Citizen Potawatomi Reservation for seven years. Before his banishment, Bat is forced to witness the lynching of two men who were caught with stolen horses. Bat subsequently abandons Frank and Will while fearfully fleeing the Reservation. He is befriended by Roberto Pacheco, a Mexican trail boss working the Chisholm Trail, and Mexico becomes Bat's home during most of his exile. He eventually moves to Kansas where he becomes a farm-hand near Concordia. While in Kansas, Bat goes to visit his sister, Matilda Lewis, only to discover that she is dead. He returns to the Citizen Potawatomi Reservation with his late sister's husband, Wesley. Although Bat reunites with his sons, he is a stranger to them because of his long absence. After going blind, Bat wishes to live with Will, but his son is unable to keep him. Through it all, there is one memory that Bat cannot escape.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494781828
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/07/2014
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

The author, a Citizen Potawatomi, writes about the struggles and successes of American Indian individuals living in the changing cultural landscape. Previously, he wrote of a Potawatomi woman's experiences in the 1800's: Watchekee (Observer) Living in Two Cultures and Once a Grass Widow: Watchekee's Destiny. Also to his credit is Cheyenne Oil, a fictional story heralding the technological break-through of a young Northern Cheyenne man. He formerly was a research scientist (Illinois Natural History Survey), a university administrator (Haskell Indian Nations University), and federal grants officer serving Tribal Colleges and Universities (U. S. Department of Agriculture). He and his faithful wife, Pat, reside near Athens, Illinois, in their dream home.

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