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Logansport, Indiana
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Tuesday, April 28, 1891
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^^^^^^^^^^l^^^^'^J^I^^ 1 ^^^^^. A DANGEROUS BEAST. Destrnctlvencss ami I'croclty of the Hippopotamus. Althoug-h the hippopotamus may be ; less loathsome than the crocodile. Sir S. ; Baker writes that "there is no animal that he disliked in ore than the hippopotamus, if he was compelled t-> travel at "night upon an African river in :in ordinary boat." Even without this limitation the hippopotamus seems remarkably (lungvrous. Sir S. Haker tolls how in broad daylight a hippopotamus charged the steamer that was towing 1 his Diahbeoah, and perforated the iron plates of the vessel in two places with liis prc-jectinpr tusks, so that it made a dangerous leak. On another occasion, when thi; steamer passed over a hippopotamus that was walking (after the manner- of these beasts), under water ilong the bed of the river, the steamer of one hundred and eight tons gave a leap into the air as the water was too shallow to permit the hippopotamus to pass beneath the keel. What became of the hippopotamus was not ascertained. On another occasion a bull hippopotamus charged the Diahbeeah in the middle of the night, and sank a small boat that wa* fastened alongside by biting a large piece out of it- "Not satisfied with this success, it then charged the iron vessel, and would assuredly have sunk her if I had not stopped: the onset by a shot in the skull with, a No. S rifle." Sir S. Baker calls the animal "stupidly ferocious" when it is in the water, though it is comparatively "timorous on land. On one occasion he saw a man wantonly attacked and killed by a hippopotamus. The fiamran Arabs and some of the tribes, attack the hippopotamus with their harpoons, and when the beast has been thus securely hooked they drag it on shore and slay it with their spears, whilst they half-blind it by throwing sand into its eyes. But the hippopotamus sometimes gets the better of them and escapes. Sir S. Baker states a curious fact concerning a commercial change that has affected the hippopotamus. Formerly its tusks, or large prominent teeth, were tn great request by dentists to make artificial teeth. They were superior to ivory in the permanence of their color, and they never turned yellow. But the American invention of porcelain enamel for artificial teeth has destroyed the value of the hippopotamus' tusks, and they are now cheaper than ivory. Some people may have wondered for what good purpose such an ungainly and seemingly useless beast as the hippopotamus was created. Sir S. Baker writes that "a young calf hippopotamus is delicious eating. The feet when stewed are far superior to those of any other animal, and the skin .makes excellent turtle soup. The flesh of the animal is always palatable; and, although the meat of an old bull is tough, it can be successfully treated by pounding and beating it on a flat stone -until the fiber is totally destroyed. II it is then mixed with chopped onions, pepper and salt and wild thyme, it will iorm either rissoles or cotelettes de veau by a pleasing transformation." "What a pity it is that Sir S. Baker was not at hand to act as cook when Dr. Euckland, the dean of Westminster, unfortunately made the Archbishop of Canterbury seriously ill by inducing IIITTI to partake of plain roast hippopotamus!—Chicago Journal. SMALL FEET. "Distortion as an Addition to Feminine Beauty. Ko society, apparently, has ever been entirely without its custom of distorting some part or other of the human body. A Fuegian belle, certainJy, does not compress her waist with a pair of .stays, but she scrupulously pulls out every hair of her eyebrows with a pair . of mussel-shell tweezers. The Andaman • islander considers it "the thing" to have 1 liis skin incised with small pieces of >- glass, while the Australian tribes brand their stomachs much"the same way that - -we brand cattle, or cut off-the last joint of the little fingers of the females, or i adopt the elegant custom indicated in , the following quotation from Hay garth: '*" "An Australian who had been living at ; a station for a long time in- a semi-do- 5* mestic state, said one day,' with a look I of importance, that he must go away * ior a few days, as he had grown up to f' man's estate, and 'it was high time that f lie should have his teeth knocked out. 1 " .-' The Tasmanian. females sought to in|* crease the power of their charms by a Jk bald pate, and tattooing, dyeing, te'eth- % filing, perforation of the ear and nose, head flattening and other modes of changing the shape and appearance of the body prevail among the Negrito and South American tribes, the Indian hill tribes, the African races, and the Northern and Central Asiatic races. Even as we glance up the scale to a higher grade of civilization we 1 see that usages as strange and repulsive .are still general! The ancient Mexicans, the '' Chibchas and the Peruvians practiced jnost of the ceremonial mutilations above mentioned, and those of the Hebrews and Phoenicians, if less heterogeneous, were only one degree less severe. But among the highest societies "bodily .mutilations have practically be- !f>-come obsolete. An American..mother does not flatten her child's'head, ,or in- ••sert a large ringin its nose or hangit up by a. skewer, thrust through its flesh. Yet, though we do not tattoo our bodies, as our ancestors 1 did, are we "-quite sure that some of the barbarities •of the uncivilized—carried on with idea ip of making the victim grow in favor "1 with-Gbd and. man—have not- survived •mad exist among us in a less modified -form at the., .present, day?'?;' Though '-nowadays we dp not cu^ ourselves with to propitiate'the deity, we yet ^compress Oiir waists and our feet to ^•please our fellow-men. - ; "•• '' The practice of distorting the feet -evails among the Chinese, and. to a «ss degree among, the western Euro- :ans and Americans, the difference be- that in the one .case it is an ,»wledged national custom, while the other even a hint as to its exist- mce would be received with espres-. sidns of ridicule. To avoid the latter as much as possible, we shall confine our remarks mainly to the usage as it is observed in the immense empire of China, -where compressing .the feet is a fine, art and has been practiced for many hundreds of years. The honor of having first set this fashion is ascribed to one of the women of the last prince of the latter T'ang dynasty, A. D.. 034. By means of bandages she compressed her feet into the shape of the new moon. Keference is made by some authorities to a similar process in the Chen dynasty, B, C, 583, but the likeness in the names of the two emperors, their characters and t'heir being each the last prince of a dynasty, may have caused the custom to have assigned to it an earlier origin than it really had. The. empress of Hsnan Tsung had large feet, and it is therefore highly probable that the practice does not date back farther than the tenth century. The poetical term for small feet—"golden lilies"—is as old as the Chen dynasty. It originated in this way: Chen Hen-chu caused the palace floor to be adorned with lilies figured in gold, and exclaimed, as his favorite concubine P'an-fei walked upon them, "Every step produces a lily." Some date its origin so far back as the Shang dynasty (B. C. 1786-H21), but this is extremely improbable. The reasons for the origin and general adoption of this mutilating process are many and various. It is ascribed to copying the pattern of a club-footed empress; to small and delicate feet being fashionable; to jealousy on the part of husbands to prevent the ladies from gaddinn about, etc. "I have never," says a writer in the report of the Pekin hospital for 18GS, "seen a strong, robust, small-footed woman, neither have I seen any disease of those or other parts traceable to the compression, and the tumor case mentioned in the report might have happened to a large-footed person." Many of the diseases, he goes on to say, peculiar to women are more amenable to treatment in the large-footed class, for, generally speaking, they are without those restrictive and stringent rules prescribed by society for the small foot The former, except when the Tartar element prevails, as in the capital and garrison of large towns, belong to a lower grade of society. One reason, however, why diseases of the small foot are seldom if ever seen is probably the natural reluctance to exhibit them. By no means can a sight be had of them for examination. The age .at which the cramping process begins varies with the social status of the family. The usual period is from 6, 7 or 8 years to 13 or 14 years of age. The feet are bandaged each day and undone each night, when sleeping shoes without soles are worn to prevent the feet from expanding. The band-, ages are about six feet long by three inches broad. The feet often suppurate, and the sores are very difficult to heal, because the bandaging cannot be intermitted. At night, when unclosed, they are dusted with alum to dry the perspiration. The young ladies do not seem to suffer much, but it is wonderful that this severe and constent suppuration does not lead to disastrous results. The fashionable size is about four inches, but many reach to five and seven inches. This depends upon the time when the compression was begun, and the regularity and degree of severity with which it is maintained. The bandages are never left off, for, after the standard size has been attained, they are still retained to keep the shape and give strength to the feet. The feet are not encased in iron shoes. Simple bandages only are employed, and are applied across the feet so as to carry the second, third, fourth, and, especially the fifth toe quite under the foot, and thus obtain the least possible breadth; by'one or two turns of the figure eight bandage the foot is shortened; the heel is brought close to the ball of the big toe, and, instead of forming an angle with the leg bones, it looks more like a continuation of them. The bones of the instep are then pushed out of their place and made to bulge, giving a great prominence and arched crescent form, resembling the new moon, to that part. The three joints, therefore, upon which the foot rests are the heel hi its new position, the ball of the great toe, and the fourth and fifth toes. The foot and leg- are greatly atrophied, and the skin shriveled. The knee and ankle joints do not bend. The gait is mincing, the arms swinging from side to side, and the body is never straight or steady. 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