Chuck! Chuck! Keequilly!

chuck chuck keequilly

Also for the “fictional Chinuk Wawa” file…

…a short story “Keequilly” by (former Ohioan, then eastern Washington rancher & businessman) Charles W. Clarke in The Youth’s Companion of March 22, 1894, pages 130-131.

Maybe Clarke came by his skimpy Chinook Jargon from real-life experience. He had some connection with the Okanogan country, which was still frontier at the time. We’ve seen that the Jargon was in heavy use still in that backwoods region. His papers are at the Eastern Washington State Historical Society, so I should be able to go have a look some time…

The illustration above is the best part of the story, if you ask me 🙂

Kahta mika tumtum?