Rodney Glisan & Army buddies mystify New Yorkers
Portlanders will recognize the name of Glisan.
Naturally, Glisan learned Chinook Jargon, as was common for soldiers in the Pacific Northwest in that period.
On page 361 he adds to our supply of Civil War-era Jargon “code talker” tales:
Some army friends of mine who had served in Ore-
gon sufficiently long to learn to speak it [Chinook Jargon] with facility,
chanced to meet at the St. Nicholas Hotel, in New-
York, a short while ago, and, in their conversation
with each other, used the jargon altogether, much to
the wonderment of bystanders, who were unable to
guess their nationality.
There’s a little bit more Jargon in Glisan’s book, but the most interesting find in it by far is today’s ipsut wawa.