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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (April 4, 1902)
Human U)f a Sacrifice
to Meat hen Superstition
Fifty hiitnnn lives are sacrificed
every your at thu "Img Ju-.lu," any
of tho many fetich router Hint lot
(tho jungles of ruiitral ami western
Africa In order that vll spirits may
410 banished from tho lam) and Urn
wrath of thu gods appeased. The
'"Long Jti-Ju" la one or tho most no
Itorloim and moat powerful mcccas of
,1110 slaves of fotlchlsni. It Is here that
h u ml red tf of the superstitious natives)
ipllo up their material offerings to the
lnplrltn and Journey In rci-olnte bunds
Ho depoHlt the mllcH of Ju-Ju rites,
Homo Interesting figures cmirernln;;
rulloua toute and Anally In marched In
The approach to the .lu-.lti la
through dciiho IiiihIi. which gradually
boromes thicker nml thicker until tho
entrance Is reached. The Ju-Ju Is an
oval-ahuped pit seventy feet deep, alxty
yaida long, and fifty yards wide. In
entering the visitor climbs down the
preelpltoim Bides of rock Into a nar
row gorge and Into running water.
The water gushes forth from the solid
lock In two largo HtreaniH, which
unite helow a small Island, on which
are two ultars, one made from many
Ju-Ju Is formed by a mass of densely
At the left of the entrance, through
which the visitor la escorted, reata
the greatest evidence of the devotion
of the native worshipers to their be
lief In fctlelilsm. There lie the skulls
of scores who liavo been sacrificed In
order that the .lu-.Iu rites might ba
fully administered and the spirit world
communicated with through material
Tho natives In theso fetich centora
of west Africa believe that by venting
their wrath upon humnn beings, anl
The Deivth Pool of tho Long Ju-Ju.
tho "Long Ju-Ju" havo Just como out
of tho Interior from a correspondent
with tho A 10 expedition. It la esti
mated that every year r00 pilgrim
Journoy to tho sacred spot to receive
tho fetich decree and advice which la
vouchsafed to them by tho recognized
powers. To most of thorn it is a dear
oxporlcnco. About llfty of them aro
pacriflccd annually In order that their
Hkulla may bo offered to the gods,
,whllo fully 200 people are sold Into
alavery. The remainder arc allowed
to go nway free.
Tho "Long Ju-Ju" Is one of tho
most fascinating spots in western
Africa to tho curiously Inclined ex
plorer. On account of Ita saeied
lioldlnga It k) closely guarded by the
native, ami It la by no means easy of
'accesa, oven when the traveler Is ac
companied by an experienced and li
censed guide. The utmost secrecy la
obsorvod In approaching its entrance.
In addition to the dllllculttes the con
ducting of a visitor to the Ju-Ju is a
iBomowhat lengthy process. When ho
,arrlvoa in tho immediate vicinity of
tho uncanny spot he Is led by a clr-
trado guns stuck muzzlo downward In
the ground and topped with human
skulls. The other is made of wood
anil supports more skulls, bones,
feathers, blood, eggs, and other votlvo
offerings to the Ju-Ju, Including the
head of the last victim.
Over tho rock from which tho run
ning water springs la a roof of human
skulls with a curtain, the top part of
which is composed of clothes and tho
lower part of native matting, screen
ing tho rock and banging Just short
of the wnter's edge. The lower por
tions of thu rock composing the other
hides of this crater aro draped with
The sacrificial function of the Ju-Ju
are performed on tho left side of the
eutrance, opposite the Island, whom
a tlat-topped ledge has been hewn out
of thu rock. The waters as well aa tho
walla and whole Interior of the charnel-house
abound In fetich lore. The
pool lb about twelve Inches deep and
abounds In tame, lazy-looklug, gray
colorert llsh, about two feet In length.
Theso llsh have long suckers and
glaring yellow eyes. Tho roof of the
inals, and oven inanimate objects they
aro enabled to worship the gods. It
they are prosperous and escapo what
they regard as misfortune, the objects
of their devotion nro petted, but If tho
roverse Is true they minister tho most
excruciating punishment nnd cast
some portion of the object In tho
Killed l.y Klcrlrlilly.
Iii the cnpltol electricity Is king.
Hy Ita magic, says the Washington
Tost, tho long basement halls and cor
ridors are wrested from the powers of
daiknesa and made to rival the sunlit
halls above. Electricity controls tho
heating and ventilating system, oper
ates tho elevators, calls tho senators
and members on Important occasions,
summons tho pages, transmits their
voices in conversing with each other
from hundreds of different points with.
In tho building, records their debates
and speeches and conveys them to all
points of tho country and throughout
tho civilized world. Truly In this great
building electricity Is supremo.
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11 Pictorial fiwjjgr
YOUTHFUL Pf OMISE.
Topuoto Plunkett, the Hoy Prodis y. playing on the piano.
Ho Unit Srme.
"It seems to me," said yjS Mr.
Stlgglns, "that there ought tor Bomo
sort of law regulating this custom of
naming children nfter eminent pco-
"Have you decided on a name for
"No. I'm willing to leave that In a
general way to hia mother. Vet I must
draw the line. 1 wouldn't seem disre
spectful to the Prince for anything.
I'm glad he visited us, and I hope he'll
come again. Hut I don't think ho luil
any right to be offended If I put my
foot down and positively refuse to let
that boy be sent out In tho publlo
schools with such a name as 'Hohen
yollern Stlgglns.' "
A Demi Imiiw.
Client I called to employ you to
argue a case for me before tho court
of appeals. Hrlelly stated, it la this;
1 hired a car fiom the
l-'iwyer Exruse me, but I never ar
gue dead Issues.
Client Head Issues?
lawyer Certainly; Isn't this a carcase?
Itlnliop Irciircil tho l.cportur.
' la this Hishop Uiugbllii?" Inquired
the young reporter, timidly, us a stern
looking gentleman in clerical garti
opened the door.
"That's what they call me," was tho
'"I've come to interview jou." said
the youth, lather sharply.
"You have, eh? Well, come in, my
lad. Sit down there. What's you name?
How old are you? What's your fa
ther's, name? What paper do you
leprcsent?" These were the questions
which tho bishop asked before the
reporter could launch out on his inter
view. Ho was about to make an attempt
when thu bishop continued:
"I've asked , you many questions,
"And you have been good enough to
"I've tried to."
"And some of theso questions were
on subjects which wero none of my
"Now, my lad, I suspect that you are
going to ask mo a lot of questions
which are none of your business. I do
not intend to be as good to you as
you havo been to me."
Exit reporter, wondering what
manner of man the stern old bishop
RATHER A GOOD GUESS.
ft V 'M 1 'wW&fflMf7
"Who wrote the Kplstle to tho I'Ul lllpplans, Johnny?"
"Agulnaldo, I guesa."
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN.
"She hns a liquid voice, indeed," says
"She has," I agree.
"What la that she la singing, any
way?" '"Afton Water,'" I answer, without
looking at him. For he will not seo It
until to-morrow afternoon. Ho la al
ways bragging about his English uncostly.
Harry -My coffee Is entirely too sweet.
Harriet How did that happen?
Harry I don't know; there must bo more sugar In our sand thun usual.
The Conversational I'layeoer.
"I know nearly all the operas by
heart." said Miss Hevvlswell.
"I have obeserved that," answered
Miss Cayenne. "I have often envied
you the familiarity which enabled you
to know what was going on on the
stage, without interrupting your own
conversation to listen."
"Of course you wero given the free
dom of the city."
"Yea," answered tho distinguished
visitor. "Hut I had to keep so close
to n regular schedule under tho strict
surveillance of so many committees
that It was hard to realize how free I
A. Human akutU. U. Cloths. C. Native matting. D. Source of strettm. E. Attar mad with' trade tfuna wlrn
kulla ort the top. F. Woodorx tvltar with bones and feekthera. G. Reck IdBe plsvtfarm. H. WfUer (full af flat)),
.depth axbout twelve Inohea, I. Precipitous rook, aeventy feet hltfn. K. Palm tree, with goat. 1 Pile of fettoh u-Uit
and akutla. M. Outlet of Mreaxm.
TALLEST MAN ON EARTH.
Vreeoli-Canafllau Wouilar la Aitonlililui;
Damo Nature has apparently outdone
hersoK in Edward Heaupre, tho young
French-Canadian giant, who bids fair
to outrival the fabled one-oyod Poly
phemus of Homer's time, while ho
overtops by acveral foot modern com
petitors. Beaupre, therefore, enjoya the proud
distinction of being the tallest man on
earth. Ho la 30 years old, tips the
.calna at C87 uouuda, uud stands 10 feet
11 Inches high, hia hands measuring
10 inches nud his feet 24 Inches by 12
Inchea wide. A two-yard tape measure
barely encircles his cheat.
Each of his trousers legs can contain
the figures of two ordinary persons,
and there Is sutllclent cloth In ono of
his suits to outtlt ten average men.
The masalvo framework of each of his
outstretched arms will bear tho weight
of three athletes. A man 5 feet 10
Inches by his side appears a mere pig
my. One of tho peculiarities about Heau
pre Is that his father and mother were
of ordinary size. From youth ho has
been a great gymnast and has given
much time to athletic sports.
Ask a girl It she likes another man
and she will try to make you think aha
does It sho doesn't; ask her If oho
likes you and sho'll try to make you
think she doesn't It she does.
Tho moat expensive chair In exist
ence belongs to the pope, ft Is made
of Bolld silver nnd cost J80.000, An
American banker preaentsd it to tl'
The hand that rocks the cradle will
onn bo no more. The mothers' con
pre.s has declared against cradles on
And now we can all feel nervous over
the fate of the hand that wields the
hhlngle, and thu hand that slings the
slipper, and likewlbu tho hand that
mixes tho bread like mothers used to
Must they all. go?
Not for riomiiri'.
HostORft (to guests, who have to
spend a few days) We're so glad
you've been able to come, .Miss Oush
Ington; but 1 do hope we are going to
havo better weather, or 1 am afraid
you won't enjoy yourselves much.
MIbb Ciiishlngton Oh, but my dear
Lady Horeham. we didn't como hero
to enjoy ourselves. We came to see
Vacclnntc.il wltli a Name.
The children attending the Umdon
board schools havo been examined by
a publlo vaccinator. In the objectlou
raised by tho parents some confusion
of thought has prevailed.
"I do not object to my child being
vaccinated," wrote one; "his name Is
to bo James McCarthy."
Another note by a boy's mother read,
"Will you please alter Jim's numo to
Hazlowood, as I was married again last
ii I i 1M L ' -
Undertaker Are you ono of the mourners?
Pat McOuIre Sure and 01 am that. The corpse owed me flvo dollars,
"Whnt did ho say when you promis
ed to be a slater to him?"
"Ho looked at me earnestly for a
moment or two, nnd then said that it
would be much more consistent If 1
would make It an aunt."
An Object T.rnon.
First Chorus (llrl I just read that
the star sprained her ankle.
Second Chorus Girl That's fame.
You and 1 would have to break our
necks to get our nanus In the papers.
An Important .lob,
"I see thero Is a disposition to criti
cise the county commissioners for not
providing tiro escapesjfar the old court
"Well, there Is one thing they should
"Have somebody on duty every day
whoHO business It shall be when flro
In the building Is discovered to hustlq
from door to door and wako up all Uic
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