Humane remedy for Indian troubles


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In The Old World in Its New Face(1868), Bellows told of meeting a Californian on shipboard in the Mediterranean who had “just escaped scalping on the plains” in 1867 and who thought “extermination the only humane remedy for Indian troubles.”

What’s the meaning of the red sentence? I can't understand it very well.

Source: American Literature (1820-1865) ; National Sins

Thanks in advance.
  • cyberpedant

    Senior Member
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    This is the typically arrogant position of the white (European) settler in the Americas: kill all the natives. The word "humane" looks ironic to me in this context.
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