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NYT 19090131 - E x t e rm mating Aborigine si n For mo s a IT...
E x t e rm mating Aborigine si n For mo s a IT 1 hardly realized by th rest of the world that ever since her occupation - of Formoaa Japan ha been engaged in' fierce guerrilla warfare . with the natives natives of the Island. Greatly as th fighting fighting ' odds and ' resources - have - been - in favor of the .' Invaders, not much more than half the island Ifaa yet been brought Into . subjection. . though In part where Japan's administration has ..been made elf active - improvement in. condition ha been rapid and extensive. x. In her constant and relentless conflict with the wild -tribes -tribes of Formosa Japan ha lost comparatively few of her own race, a most of th troops employed in this campaign are mercenary half-breeds half-breeds half-breeds oons Is ting of a cross between Chinese and the aboriginal inhabitants of the Island. Japan bad not been long engaged In driving driving back th savages before she learned that the imperial regular was no match for. the wild man .of the forest, fastnesses; fastnesses; hence It was early decided to use those who knew , the country . and the natly. methods of warfare. These XI yu forces; have always been officered by Japanese, Japanese, and among the numerous casualties resulting from each attack upon the savage savage strongholds soma officer are in-xluded. in-xluded. in-xluded. But Japan's hope of success by enlisting the , services of , the . Alyu .has so far been . a disappointment to the authorities Intrusted with the task of reclaiming reclaiming the country,' and. recently other and more effective means have been devised devised and put Into operation. , ' The "eelbans," as the Japanese can the headhunters of Formosa, are said to num ber -more' -more' than '100.000, divided Into some 700 tribe, covering an area of 1,000 square heartlessneas and cowardice. taining the occupation of its own territory territory without apparent concern for . the fate of It fellows. Some of th tribes are of a much fiercer disposition than others, especially , th " Atarlyaru " who - have proved more obstinate and fearless than anything Japan had to face oa the plain of Manchuria. A - few tribes hav been found milder and mor amenabl to th forces of crvClxatlon. and til Government ha achieved th subjection of a considerable considerable number of the, , aad 1 teaching them agriculture) and . other civilized mean 1 of livelihood.. But the great ma-. ma-. ma-. Jortty of th. aborigine are headaxmter of the red-hot red-hot red-hot order, and advert to an approach. "With ; these th conflict for some time ha been grim and merciless . The possibility of the more savage tribes ever proving amenable to the practices practices of civilization appears to be doubted by the Japanese authorities, and this has been offered a an excuse for their extermination. extermination. The on. ideal of honor and heroism that teems to prevail among tb. " gelbans . is to secure as many human heads a possible. The greatest man m the tribe la h who an exhibit th roost ample collection of these gruesome trophies. trophies. Hence on of thee laragas think nothing of hiding for hours near some settlw farm, waiting for a chance to shoot vdown om mother and her baby going; out to gather vegetables, tlmpiy to increase th number of human skulls In his possession. In many a collection displayed displayed with pride to friendly foreigners the number of Infant ekull observed be- be- 1 irayea a nero or, aimoet inconceivable their mind that the world 1 better without without aueh creatures -a -a these; and on hi? mfenltarUn ground a gopd deal of cri;f Clam ha been aroused against the determination determination to exterminate tb mere ists' tribe. The patience of tt : Formoaar Government- Government- having 4 beea exhausted Ir futile effort to drlv. back and sulxfur th beadhunters. surer and mor .3crT dltlou. mean hmv. been dmed for the! destructloa. - - ... ; ; After th manner of th. ar.dent Chhwr -v -v nuuuuu, us uapan nave built ! ' wall across tha eonnti- eonnti- wuti atone as of eld, but one far mor. tr5n erous and deadly fa nature; the Formosa-walls Formosa-walls Formosa-walls sr. wire and the sharpshooters ar. electricity For about 450 miles this deJ ly obstruction, with secret entanglement." extends across the island from the coas of Glran In th. aat to the shore at Nasi-on Nasi-on Nasi-on the west aid., where tikes a turr north and 'circle about la- la- tuch a wa: that the aavagef once within Its lino would find wav difficult without fat contact with the .wire. The f eases ar. connected with powerful electrlo plant and th dangerous' current I kept con etantly tn circulation. It, is tall that, a tha savages cannot understand the car of their comrade, discomfiture ia thi secret manner, contact with the live wire i frequent, and til. number"; eicctrocu" urge.; :, ' - - . It Is reported that.the plan of cam;-a cam;-a cam;-a at preient Is thu to drive the savage Into th. mountains, and so h-m h-m h-m them i by a procasa cf electric wTre lriresur."' that they win be'eut off from all eiii.: and flnaTIy forced either to imrender

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 31 Jan 1909, Sun,
  3. Page 48

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