In my review of Charles M. Robinson's "A Good Year to Die" (Jan. 21) I did not describe Hotchkiss guns as "revolving canons." I took enough flak from readers who disliked "Son of the Morning Star." Now I hear them chortling at this absurdity.
Gen. Miles wrote: "The Indians have been half fed. . . ." I accurately paraphrased what he wrote. I did not write: "Native Americans had been half-fed. . . ." Throughout my review, "Indian" had been changed to "Native American." This desperate effort to avoid offending anybody is on a level with Clinton assuring us that he never inhaled.
Incidentally, the adjoining review identifies Russell Means as an "Indian rights activist." Why is he not a "Native American activist"?
God help the republic.
EVAN CONNELL, SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
The Hotchkiss guns used at Wounded Knee were breech-loading single-shot canons and not revolving canons, as the editor indicated.