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Baptiste 'Big Bat' Pourier Recalls
THE BAPTISTE POURIER INTERVIEW:
Bat Pourier says: He was in Lt. Clark's quarters at the northwest corner of the square when Crazy Horse was wounded, and did not see the tragedy. He says that he himself and Touch the Cloud, Dr. McGillicudy, one soldier on guard, and the father of Crazy Horse (whose name was also Crazy Horse) were with him that night of his death until he died. Bat was the first to discover that Crazy Horse was dead. He remarked to the doctor that he was dead. The doctor said he guessed not, but on feeling of him found it was so. Then they feared to announce it to Crazy Horse Sr. on account of his grief. So Bat suggested giving him a drink of grog which was done, Bat getting his portion also. The old man expressed his satisfaction, saying it was good. Calling Bat his son, which he usually did, he said, "It was good, that will open my heart." Bat says: "Don't take it hard; your son is dead." The old man's outburst of grief and remorse was explosive. His expression: "Hengh" (a grunt like a bear when he seizes and squeezes, and is just an exclamation.) "Micinci watoye sni to lo." ("My son is dead without revenging himself!") Crazy Horse died at 4 o'clock a.m...
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