he goes about dressed in scarlet and miniver, preceded by his unfurled pennon showing a sable scutcheon with three silver hats.
(J. Huizinga, The Waning of the Middle Ages, ch. 9)
It is a melancholy reflection that our modes of the population have been more destructive to the Indian natives than the conduct of the conquerors of Mexico and Peru. The evidence of this is the utter extirpation of nearly all the Indians in the most populous parts of the Union. A future historian may mark the causes of this destruction of the human race in sable colors.
(Knox, as read by Mr Smilie to the U. S. Congress Mon. 12 Jan. 1795, and reproduced in Benton’s Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856)