fatten and die

Yet another reason for christendom to appologize:

The Indian population between San Diego and San Francisco declined from perhaps 72,000 to as few as 18,000, victims of poor food, poor treatment, and European diseases fostered by overcrowding. ‘They live well free,’ a puzzled friar said, ‘but as soon as we reduce them to a Christian and community life…they fatten, sicken and die.’

– Geoffrey C. Ward, The West, Little, Brown, 1996, pp. 20-1

(seen on delanceyplace.com)