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la the Land of fclie Pigmies. If «»» AN EXTRAORDIN AEY PEOPLE. Router's representative has had aa interyiew with Colonel J. J. Harrison, who has just returned to London on the conclusion of bis four months' expedition to the Congo Forest. Ilia objects were to endeivonr to obtain an okapi for scientific purposes, and hlso to bring back to England aouia of the pigmies of the Great forest, regarding v- Horn tha greatest mr,nro-?t; bas always beau £ it sine* Siunley's time. A( art from tho pi_-m,e?, C.jlonol Harripou says thoro is no sign of hutnau life in ihf forest.. Partly from superstition, and ! largely owing to fear or trm pigmies. th« [ tKinvGs avoid and will not enter it. Evan tha pigmies do not penetrate for more than two Hays into its recesses, white ao white man go there. ' Tub pigmy village was Jcruck at the end of the Krst day's march, and messages Wure pent to the little people by tueins of a, P; jm»l7 boy, v/V.ospoko Swahlli, and who was wish (Lionel Harrison's p»rty, »nuouJO'rtr Iho appro:v.'h of h white man, and explain ing tho object of tho visit. As requested, the pigmies catno in and dancod, and promised to accompany the traveler on a hunting expedition, hub during the night they became scared, and next morning there was no pigmy for probably a distance of 20 miles. The same thing happened at other villages, and Colonel Harrison was beginning to think that it would be impossiblo to get into touch with the people, but:, owing to the representations of the pigmy speaking Swahili, about 120 of these interesting people came into camp, and hunted with the explorer. OV A LOW ORDER OP INTELLIGENCE. In describing his stay with the pigmies, Colonel Harrison said:—" When once I had gained their confidence, they were quite friendly, and eventually six of them — four men and two women—volunteered to come with me to England. They are extraordinary people, and during the three weeks spent among them in the forest I was able to obtain much interesting information with regard to them. They freely conducted me to their little villages, and at night time erected leafy structures, under which I slept. They are of an extremely low order of intelligence, and know absolutely nothing of what goes on around them. They seem to have no religious instincts, and possess no idea of a Supreme Being. Their average height is from 4 feet to 4| feet, and curiously enough, as a rule the women are taller than the men. The women have also better physical development. The men seem to me to be starved to death. A noteworthy fact was the prevalence of a terrible cough, due, perhaps, to the dampness of the atmosphere. All the pigmies alike suffered from this to such a degree that it was difficult to sleep at night. I had quite expected to find that serious lung trouble was prevalent, bufc was surprised to discover, as a result of medical examination of the pigmies who accompanied me back to Egypt, that the lungs were quite healthy. SILENT, NOMADIC, FEARLESS. " They are tremendous dancers, and will perform for hours at a stretch without fatigue. Their movements are in perfect time and by no means ungraceful. About a hundred form up in line and dance round a couple of native drums, These, with the shrill whistles which they employ when out hunting, apponr to be tbeir only musical instruments. Ou the first niglic only thirty five camo out to dance, all tu9jwomen being kept in the huts, bufc on subsequent occasions! 1 have had as m:my as a hundred performing before me, " A striking characteristic of the people is their extraordinary silence. They will sit for hours without uttering a word. They are nomadic, and their only wealth is in spears. The number of spears determines rhe number of wives theso people can afford. They are practically nudo. The women's only clothing is a few leaves, while the men's attire consists of a scrap ot skin round the w«.isfc, Thair whol« personal btfic>nging3 consist of a poisoned spe:ir or two, and im old clay cooking pot. Tho women carry their in fants slung across thtjir sides. They are fearless hunter--, and will boldly nttaolc an elephant by rushing up to it and planing a poisoued spsar in tha brute. They are also very warl'ka little people, aud only a short while before my arrival in the forest they had sallied out, attacked, and looted a Belgian caravan .and killed seve^toeit porters. There w;.'re ao whito men with the caravan, and the native soldiers bolted. They eat like animals, even jrnawiug tho bones of their prey. When in animal is caught, they cut it up. skin find a 1!, and put it in the coking pot. " fiiftj in the forest; isdtmryiu the extreme It i-i always twilight. The sua never pnnoCrntss through the dense foliage, and for nine oion'.h.* of the year it- pours with rain." To tw or Kj*f. fo Be, This Old Question has to be Ai-swered candidly by Ashburton People. MWfM«f What do the people of Ashburton think of. the statement published below ? Can any citizen ask for more convincing proof '! What is there lacking in such evidence ? Investigation will corroborate it. It is Ashburton proof for .Ashburton people. The more exacting cannot wish for anything more. Bead it. Mre H. Dally, Wills and Cambridge St., Hainp3tead, this town, says :—For a long time I suffered a lot through ijl health. The doctor said it was caused by internal female ailments. I have since found out that this was a mistake. The symptom which gave me the most trouble was a pain in the Ftnail of my back. When I stooped down- I could not get up again easily. Then my left side was apparently paralysed, and my left eye was affected, I was almost a cripple. I also had headaches and giddiness, the latter being so great that 1 would often be ashamed in the streets, for T would Btajrger, feeling overwhelmed with it. The secretions, too, were as thick as could be. Sometimes I was laid up for a week or two with these troubles. I can't tell you all the medicine I swallowed, but none of thora gave me relief until I got Donna TJitkache Kidney Pills from the Ashburton Drug Co.'s store. I was very bad when I started to, take this remedy, but after I had taken it a lit'lo while 1 was ever so much better. The pain in my back was gone, giddiness and headaches did not trouble me, and my secretions were eloar, and altogether I felt better. I cannot say enough in favour of Doan'a Backache Kidney Pills." Tako no substitute. There is nothing jnst as good a3 the remedy which Mrs Dally reeommenda, therefore sen that the word " backache '" is in the namfl, Doan'B Ointment is sold by all chemists and storekeepers at 3>3 per box (six boxes 16s 6d) or will be posted oa receipt of price by Poster, McClellan Co., 76 iitfc Street, -ydney, N.S.W. But be sure it is Doan's. The " Lingering Death." A SAVAGE CHINESE EXECUTION. The Hong-Kong correspondent of Reufcer's A^iicy, writing on March 25, says:-Not mnuy ruontlia ago a pirate chief who had farrit'ed the fialiar folk and country people ■'.round tho month of the Canton rivsr, aud ,vhu, when capfarod on information given by oue of his follows s, boasted of the atrocious crimes Lib hail committed, was thrown into prison at Macao r,waiting execution by the Government. For Mm was reserved the lingering d^ath, "Lingteu." or death by the thousand cuts. A rough wooden cro3s was sot in tho ground, and to this the felon was tied. Tho two executioners commenced thoir bloody work or slicing tho victim to death, being carofui. to guard ag.iinst severoing any arteries or wounding vital spot? too early in tho process. C-unmmjcin": with the face, they removed .the flesh from his boiy.and it was not before eevouty two cits had been made that the man was dead. Then his head was severed,from the trunk, and his heart and livor torn cufc. These were removed for another stage of tha gastly act. Near by a temporary shrine had been built, by the side oE which were arranged the ancestral tablets of the generals and captains of the army he had slain. One of the highest officials present was then handed a plate on which rested thejremains of the dead brigaud and approaching the shrine knelt do*vn and propitiated the manes of the deceased officials. So overcome were soma of the soldiers present at this worship that they foil, insensible, and had to bo immediately attended to before being hronght round i'hi;.- tule of-"«!rwl ie! no'<>o"o fiV.tuin e-nn»ia-n 0... I! ' " « " ' '■' ... . .„- .-- .•. •'"« «-- j I colony ot Hong-Kong,

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Page 4 Advertisements Column 2, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6593, 12 June 1905

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Page 4 Advertisements Column 2 Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6593, 12 June 1905

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