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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 13, 1912, Image 7',
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WEIRD CEREMONIES HELD OVER MIKADO'S BODY
Tokio, Sept. 13. General Nogi
and his wife committed hari-kari
(suicide) as the late -mikado's cof
.fin was being carried from the
palace grounds today. The gen
eral was one of he best known
soldiers in Japan. He took a
prominent .part in the Manchur
Tokio, Sept. 13. With all the
weird ceremonies of Japan, the
last rites were performed over the
Body of the Mikadd Mutshihito
tonight (Japanese time).
At 6 o'clock the Imperial
Guards, 10,000 strong, 'paraded
before the imperial palace. The
trumpeters dirged the hymn of
- Thejiew mikado appeared and
proclaimed a general amnesty,
freeing all civil and criminal pris
oners in the kingdom save only
certain anarchists, who were
At 8 :30 o'clock, the procession
fo the Aeoyama parade grounds
began. The march took an hour;.
The line was so long that the
head reached the Aeoyama just as
the rear was leaving the imperial
t The immense funeral car,
weighing 10,000 pounds, headed
the procession. It was drawn by
the Sacred Bullocks. The high
est military and naval officers of
the kingdom walked by its side.
Immediately behind it walked
the Princes of the Blood, accom
panied by Prince Arthur of Con
naught; Prince Henry of Prussia
and Secretary of State"1 Knox of
the United States.
The streets were packed. There
was no sound save the steady
tramp, tramp of the soldiers, and
the long, wailing "Aie! Aie!" of
The parade ground was enclos
ed by a high bambop fence, but
there was room for 40,000 inside.
The space was crowded.
The scene was lit by dim, flick
ering oil torches. The Shinto
priests, clad in their weird garb,
moved about like ghosts. There
was the constant, monotonous
throb of Japanese music, and the
high-toned, wailing burial chants,
sung in the ancient language of
Nippon the Latin of Japan.
The new mikado, his queen, and
the widow of the dead mikado,
kneeled by the coffin and offered
prayer. Then they left, and the
thousands of plain people follow
ed their example.
The services will be over at l1
o'clock toiriorrov morning. The
body will then be taken to Mo-
moyama, near Kioto, where it
will be buried in the sacred
ground where rest the ashes of
Kwammu, who reigned as mikado
one thousand years ago.
Gay Head very bad, old man?
Gay I can tell you how to get
rid of the pain in half a minute.
Dulle Oh, please do.
Gay ShoVeyour head through
that window and the pane will go
atonce. - ' -