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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, March 8, 1899
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DEB M01NES: ALGONA IOWA IE CANNIBAL AMERICANS OF THE ORIENT lilippinc Vitsayos Who Mate Peace, and Whom Spain Never Subdued. Strangest of -the Philippine races are the Isolated Island of Palawan, irly 300 miles west of the general i'lllpplne archipelago, across the , ers of the Sulu sea. Palawan's physical characteristics and the character of the tribes inhabiting it re- those 'of Borneo. The most interesting people of this island are the disposed of it to a hoary-headed patriarch, whose implicit faith In its magic powers was so great that he immediately called together his warriors and started off on an expedition against a distant tribe who had dared his authority, in its powers! But alas for his faith In a week he returned with a number of his bravest warriors ?,Vitsayos, a nomadic offshoot of the 'Slsayas of Mindanao. Separated by •warfare from the parent group, Intermarriage with natives of Borneo and Papau evolved a new people entirely. This race has proved unconquerable, and for centuries has offered defiance to both civilized and savage aggression. The most formidable expeditions of the Spanish government has •ended in disaster; their subjugation was given up as an impossible task. And this would be one of the most serious problems to be met with in asserting our sovereignty over the islands. Their villages are along the western sea slope of Palawan. They generally are large, holding 2,000 or 3jOOO inhabitants, and are surrounded by high walls of sun-dried brick or moats twenty or thirty feet deep, the bottom protected by long rows of sharp iron spikes. The traveler is greeted by a chorus of barking, which brings" out a horde of unkempt savages, who gather around with loud shouts and menacing spear thrusts that banish all desire for more than a passing acquaintance with them They make no provision for the future, in spite of the lesson taught by bitter experience, but are voracious gluttons. Half the year, when provisions are scare, in the dry season, most of them are nearly starving and are reduced to mere skeletons; yet . when food Is obtained they Indulge In huge feasts, which last for days and even weeks, until the food has given out. The food is placed in huge troughs in the center of the village, guarded by spearsmen. At a signal I from the chief a tremendous rush is ^ .made for the troughs, the strong beat^ ing the weaker under foot and devour| ing the choice morsels like » pack of . famished wolves. They eat .and brawl p • till the surfeited warriors, too gorged I to move, lie upon''the ground in a •-. comatose condition. Thus they are carried to their respective abodes by their wives. Among nearly all these tribes cannibalism is prevalent, and head-hunting is generally recognized. Sometimes prisoners of war are seized and •held as slaves, but more often they are eaten at the feast prepared to celebrate killed and his hereditary foes still unconquered. Their religion is the lowest form of paganism. There are many powerful deities, and each tribe and individual has Its own local gods and spirits. They are represented by stone and wooden images, which adorn the temples, or else are placed in the cleft of a tree or on top of some high rock in the forest to seize upon and devour the evil spirits wandering in space. Fetichism plays an important part in the Vitsayo religion. The "uklars" or native priests are more powerful than ever trivial, must have an occult reason for Us being, and the burden of guilt Invariably Is fastened upon the one in whom the charlatan "uklars" see the most chance of enriching themselves. Human sacrifice is common among all Vitsayo tribes. Those sacrificed are usually slaves or prisoners of war, although if the proper religious season comes around and there is none of these available they have no scruples in killing those of their own kin, usually women or children, seldom men, as the preservation of the latter is necessary to the welfare of the tribe. On the occasion of a particularly sacred festival as many as a dozen are strung up by the hands and feet and roasted to death over a fire around which the priests gather, while with long nets they catch the evi spirits as they are driven out of th bodies by the heat, and thust them back into the fire again, with variou he meantime Is placed in ,a shallow THE ABTIST'S "Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one." Ralph Thorndyke was possessed ot a allowed to burn until they are almost graphic iiti.dio and bla consumed. The child usually Is badly congenial to his artistic burned in the process, but such a mis- I there was so much in fortune is heeded little, so long as the wltob. is expelled. A more rigorous to love of the beautiful. He had reached the age of 27, heart . rdeal has to be undergone several whole and fancy f "c," or apparenUy years later by male children, when BO to his friends To-day «• «• W™ • the are admitted as members of the day and he Is thinking Intentl r ot a realistic dream of the night just pass Just a year ago a v ision came to priests beat them unmercifully with him; a face not they are admitted tribe For several hours they are strung up by the fingers, while the ed. ' She sticks and slash them with sharp and earnest and sweet. knives r mire them to hardship and to him in a portrait which he seemed Srtue Should the victim manifest to be looking at. The light brown signs of pain during this trying oper- hMr was in natural waves over a ntlon he is dispatched or else dis- smooth forehead, and the calm, stead- owned bv his parents and treated as a fast eyes were of n deeper hue. sllve by the entire community, being Now, a year later, the same ace had tattoed in a way denoting his degrada- again appeared, and Ralph is thinking of the message that came to him. and I will attended to Immediately. Ralph advanced toward Marlon and taking her hand, said: "I was the fortunate finder of your photos and haVS had this portrait for my dally, companion & year. May 1 hope In the ffl* ture to possess the original? W6 have In reality known each other two year* and need not tnea«tir« time In th« conventional way; i feel that I posses* your soul's mate.. Is It not true?" Marlon gave him a glance full ot faith and trust, saying: "Even BO my heart Is yours." It Is needless to add that Marlon never went Into another trance. What could it be? Did her soul leave Ha earthly surroundings to seek Its mate? She bellevr •, that It did, and found It, too.—Boston Post. tion When a man dies his head is im- "Patience, one more year mediately cut off and placed In a magic come to you." He finally awoke fiom bowl which is then tightly sealed up, his reverie and started for his studio, that 'his spirit may not be seized by on the way he picked up a P^ the evil demons Various prayers are from the sidewalk. Soon reaching said over this g'rewsome relic by the C0 zy little ofllce, ho opened it, to find m-iests, after which it is burled for two photographs by Sarony in a fold- i ng frame; one was a draped figure the right hand raised to the forehead, , several weeks until it shall have been visited by the gods. It Is then dis- vse . interred and adorns the ridge-polo of the face profile, the other, ah! the " •" ' same true brown eyes wlch had haunted him for a year! The brown hair, with golden tints in the high lights; the fair complexion, deepening Into a wild rose pink on her rounded cheek. The photo was beautifully painted in water color, and lifelike. The artist soon made copies of both pictures and took his plates Into the darkroom to develop, with good results KILLING A PRISONER OP WAR. their capture. Personal Adornment. Tattooing is common among both sexes and all tribes, while huge rings are worn on the arms, ankles and around the neck and body. These are made either of iron or brass, according to which is easiest to secure, mined from the surrounding mountains, which are remarkably prolific in valuable minerals. There are unmistakable evidences of gold deposits, but a native superstition regards this ore as being under the influence of evil spirits, and it is never permitted to be mined. Their liking for music amounts almost to a passion. Their instruments are of the crudest sort, various - shaped drums and tom- toms and curious one-stringed guitars, which produce the most dolorous sounds. It !&• not uncommon to see a native play from morning till night without cessation before his dwelling for the entertainment of a silent and intensely absorbed gathering, who keep time to the uncertain thrumming of the guitar by a constant rhythmic snapping of the fingers. A trumpet belong 5 .? s to one of *~=* the guides of my expedition was an object of special envy, and notwithstanding the scarcity of food in the country, several chiefs offered their entire stock of wives and several head of cattle to bootfor the ownership of this precious bauble. We the chiefs. Before any project is undertaken these crafty gentlemen are consulted in order to secure the favor of the gods. The person desiring the invocation must make liberal presents to the priests, who deposit them before the shrine of the particular deity who is invoked. These are left over night, and if in the morning they have, disappeared it is taken as a sign of the favor of the gods. The priests lay claim to power in detecting crime, and as every disease or misfortune is laid to the machination of some evil spirit possessing a human body, it is a part of their office to ferrt out the person who is so bewitched. A poisoned cup of "igga" is placed before him, which he is obliged to drink. If by any srtange good fortune he should survive the ordeal his life is spared and search for a new victim begun, until the real culprit is discovered. A traveler in this country is likely ural calamities. But every event, how- potent prayers, which will cause them j to be consumed. The heads of those sacrified are preserved and apportioned to the principal chiefs, while the bodies are usually eaten. The Vitsayos believe that at the birth of a child witches and evil spirits congregate and watch for an opportunity to seize the soul of the infant and supplant it with some malevolent one. Before the child is born the mother is shut up in a small hut and provided with a scanty amount of food. The entrance is sealed, and every crevice stopped up, that witches cannot enter, while day and night two or more "uklars" circle round with incantations, waving small images and fetich boxes to frighten the evil spirits away. Pieces of raw meat are stuck on the top of long poles, planted in a circle around the dwelling and covered with poisonous liquids, which the devils must eat and succumb before they can enter the circle. When the child is born the mother beats against the side the dwelling bo- longing to. the successful claimant for its ownership. The head is supposed to, contain all the prowess and virtues of the deceased, and is preserved, the body either being buried or cremated. The ownership of a number of these heads is a token of importance, and assures their fortunate possessor a high standing. The Vitsayos, in common with most savage races, are. firm believers in the potency of the devil dance for the exorcism of evil spirits. If an epi- :iemlc of smallpox.cholera or other disease occurs in a village it is attributed at once to some evil spirit who has taken up abode in a banyan tree. The search for this undesirable visitor is made at night by the priests, who are unfailingly led to the right tree by the influence of the god deities. When the right spot is finally discovered the 'uklars" arrange themselves arounc the base of the tree to keep the splrl from escaping, while others return to the village to bring the men of the tribe to aid at the ceremony. Toward night a little urchin stuck ils head in the door and shouted: Journal!" "Hero, boy," said Ralph, "never mind the change," as he flung him a nickel. He read the news, then glanced at the advertisements. Under "Lost and Found" appeared the following: Lost—Two photos of lady, in a folding gold frame, between Wolllngton-st and postofflce. Finder please send to D 570, The Journal. Ralph sent them to the address named, congratulating himself that ho possessed such satisfactory copies, and resolved to enlarge the profile for himself. It was a labor of love, to work on it day by day, and a most beautiful work of art it was when finally finished. Time went on apace; another year, with its pleasures and trials, has passed. About 11 o'clock next day the electric bill rang "three rings," a signal UYINO A3 AN ART. Some Cnrlonn Kxittnplo* n» Related b<r * Critic. I seem to have had a rather large acquaintance with liars, and I find that they divide themselves naturally into four classes, says David Christie Murray, the writer. There is the cruel and scandalous liar, who makes mischief in your home or among your friends, and who is one of the greatest curses of social life. There is the man who lies for profit, and he also is a danger —to the trustful and unwary. Then herb is the man who lies because of I!H own exaggerated sen&o of selt-lm- )ortanco and the constant craving to astonish, or interest, other people. Ho is almost harmless, and is generally a man of excessive amiability. Then there Is the purely humorous liar, who Is an unadulterated boon and blesaing. I had written for a magazine a poem called "England to America." One of Tho Pope In It is, perhaps, not very generally known that Leo XIII. is the first Pope of Rome who has visited England since the historic visit of Pope Innocent many hundred years ago. In 1843, being then 33 years of age, the present Pope was appointed Papal Nuncio to the court of Belgium, being created Archbishop of Damietta in partlbus infedelium to qualify for that office. Ho these gentle prevaricators told me that he had received a letter from Prince Bi&marck about it and made a grope in his pocket and hunted through a heap of documents. Ho was awfully sorry that ho had left Bismarck's letter at home. Ho remembered now exactly where ho had bestowed it, and ho would bring It down town the next day. I met him next day and he' ran to me with enthusiasm. "I've got that letter ot the Kaiser's," he said, with a beaming triumph. "Tho Kaiser's?" I asked. "Yes; the letter about your poem. Tho letter from the Kaiser. I told you about it yesterday." "You forgot the Kaiser yesterday; you only Bpoko of Bismarck." "Really? IB that BO? Well, I've got 'em both today." There was a new search an<3. there were new laments. Ho could not guess how ho had come to be so stupid. He had left both letters at home, and what a pity It was.that I was going to the continent that evening. He finally overdrew his account when ho assured me that ho bad Just left "Salisbury," and had learned from that distinguished man's own lips that I was in the running for the laureateship! The odd and notable thing was that, outside this aimless, shameless foolery, the man was astute and honest. I believe that he wan scrupulously exact in money matters, and that thfe world could not have tempted him to an inexactitude in business which would have brought a diBhoue&t shilling to his pocket. WAS POKAOON CHIEF. VITSAYO HUNTERS ATTACKING A ROYAL -ELEPHANT. at any moment to be seized upon as a victim of popular fury. A native may be stricken with disease, or meet with one of a thousand other perfectly nat- of the hut, which is broken open, when the priests rush in with torches and long sticks, with which they chastise her unmercifully. The child in remained at Brussels three years and during that period he paid a short visit to London and was presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace. HER EYES MET RALPH'S, that a subject was ready to be posed; it was the work of a moment to put the negative for exposure into the plate-holder. As Ralph walked toward the camera what he saw took his breath away. The vision of hits dreams! The same womanly face, the graceful form! The pleasant voice of a well-known society woman broke in: "Allow me, Mr. Thorndyke, to present my friend, Miss Marlon Beane, to you and your best effort in art." The artist bowed, expressing himself the best he could, with such a whirling brain as pleased to favor them. He posed her, then she went to the dressing-room to don another costume; her friend, Mrs. Claremont, chatted with Ralph, saying: "I'm BO glad that you two have met to-day, Marion is so romantic; would you believe it? She i| waiting for an ideal; she believes that every one possesses half a soul; that somewhere in the world the other half is waiting to be recognized and claimed; If the two halves join, then is the union perfect and two lives made happy, otherwise unhapplness and discord result from the ill-assorted union of two people. "Two years ago she went into a trance or sleep at midnight while at Newport, nearly frightening every one out of their wltB. She came out of it, however, In a few hours; a year ago the same thing occurred at the same hour, while she was visiting me. She returned to her home the next morning and lost two photon of herself, made In New York. I advertised the loss and received them the next day." Marlon's appearance at this time put iKlluns Who Deny Ho Uvoc Itulod Uio I'ottikWutoiulnH, Was the late Simon Pokagon ''ever chief of the Pottawatomles? Prominent Indians suy that after the death of Francis Pokagon, some forty years ttgo,.Toette Topanh was properly elected their chief. Topash lived near this city, and died just west of town, nearly 20 years ago. He was a brainy, shrewd man, and commenced the agitation for the payment of the government claim, which was settled two years ago. Upon his death Motay Setone was chosen chief, with one Chenlga as Interpreter^ to be followed about ten years later with the election of Alexis, with Simon Pokagon an interpreter. Last fall another election was held, the choice falling on Cow-Tuck-Muck, or "Williams," as he Is called, with Thomas Topash as interpreter. Sine- then no other election has been held. If this history is true, and your correspondent obtained it from the ex* chief Alexis, and other Indians of the band who are personal friends and reputable, Pokagon was never their chief, but assumed the leadership ot the band through his superior Intelligence and gift for leadership. Atlantic Liner Statistics. There are fully 1,000 tons of piping of various kinds in the average Atlantic liner. The furnaces will consume no less than 7,500,000 cubic feet of air an hour. The boiler tubes, if placed in a straight line, would stretch pearly ten miles, and the condenser tubes more than twenty-five miles. The total number of separate pieces o'f eteel in the mala structure of the ship Is not less than 40,000, and the total pumbt* of cubic feet of timber used in the construction is more than 100,- ' 000. The total number of rivets is not far from 1,250,000. llandhome Gift. Every year the King of Italy receives as a New Year's gift 5,000 cigars from the Emperor of Austria. Bound* Tuat M Ulead. "Is that champagne corks *a the 4ining-roopi popping?" "Naw! Young coujles in the conservatory." . Cruri Quarrel. Priscilla—What are young WSnthrop and his wife quarreling about so bitterly? Penlope—Oh, about which of them loves the other most. Tiger* \V*4b Like Cat*. Cats make the most careful toilet of any class of animals. The lion and the tiger w§6h themselves in exactly the same manner a* the cat, vetting the dark,, India i \ibber-like ball ot the fore foot and i> uer toe and pa$$J»$ it over the face and behind the ears. The foot is thus at the same time a face sponge and a brush, and the rough tongue combs the rest of the body. Powder from Corn*t»lk*. For several weeks experts in the employ of the government have been busy at tho DuPont Corney'a Point powder works experimenting on smokeless powder. One of the difficulties which has beset the manufacture of this modern product la that it cannot be made absolutely smokeless; another Is that It loses a small percentage of strength through storage. The experiments included the use of cornstalk pith, and it Is said proved HO satisfactory that cotton may be ultimately abandoned as a base ot the smokeless powder, because it cannot Should this ground fine enough. a stop to further confidence, and Ralph | j, e true, a n'ew source of revenue will had all he could do to control himself ^ opened up for the farmers, as Discarded the Corset. Following the example of her moth« er, Queen Victoria, Princess Beatrice has discarded the use of the corset, but so well and becomingly does dress that very few people would guess that she has no recourse to tbi* article ol feminine to be the artist. When the ladies were about to go he said: "I would like to have you ladles visit my sanctum sanctorum." to which they gave glad assent. When they entered the door Marlon gave a violent start, for, facing the entrance, was her own figure in life size; under tho portrait the words, "Looking Juto the futuv*." Sne blushed •-•••••- * thousands of acres of cornstalks allowed to go to rot every year. Kmslitn School Jtewsur*- In a certain class of Russian schools the highest reward glvei* la th& initial letter of the Empress' name. Jt consists of the initial In solid gold, an inch, and a quarter Jn height, on a •• " possessor ever

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