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To "tag" the Scout is not to capture. "The block- ade to be binding must be effectual."

A LIST OF EXPLOITS OR COUPS THAT ENTITLE THE BRAVE TO A DECORATION

These exploits are intended to distinguish those braves who are first class in their department and those who are so good that they may be considered in the record-making class. They may be called Honors and High Honors, but the Plains Indians speak of their exploits as Coup (pronounced coo) and Grand Coup. The Sioux, I am informed, use the French word coup, but call them "Jus-tee-na coo" and " Tonka coo," the "Little Deed," and the "Big Deed." The decoration for a Coup or Honor is a Pond-eagle feather for the war-bonnet, or a wampum medal for the coat, or both. For the High Honor or Grand Coup the Pond- eagle feather has a red tuft of horsehair on the top, and the wampum medal is of double size with a circle around the symbol. No one can count both Coup and Grand Coup, or repeat their honor in the same department, except for Heroism, Mountain-climbing, and others that are specified as " repeaters," in which each honor is added to that previously worn. No honors are conferred unless the exploit has been ..text continues