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RED MAN'S KEELEY CURE;
"EAT BEAN NO DRINK"
Las Crosse, Wis., Dec. 28.
Tom Jerry, an Indian of the Crow
tribe, would make a poor citizen
of Boston, but would be right at
home in a meeting of baseball
Tom does not like beans, but he
is almighty fond of firewater. He
is so fond of "licker" that his
branch of the tribe, the Snakes,
decided to cure him with its own
private Keeley system. As a re
sult Tom was found this morning
tjed hand and foot to a tree fif
teen miles from here, almost
frozen to deatli. Whisky was
used to thaw him out.
Tom is one of the worst drink
ers in the tribe. He has a con
tinual hang-over. He has never
heard of the water wagon.
Medicine men of the tribe con
ferred and decided it was up to
them to cure Tom.
The cure consists of a "mystic
bean." After taking one of these
beans the patient is supposed to
lose -all desire for anything
stronger than water. With great
ceremony the medicine men sur
rounded Tom and flashed the
bean on him.
It was a very dirty bean. Dur
ing 4;he process of being made
"mystic" it had passed through
the hands of all the medicine men.
The hands were not clean.
. "Take the bean," ordered the
"Why?" asked Tom.
"Kill taste for liquor," answer
ed the chief medicine man.
"Sure," replied Tom. He
reached for a flask containing a
red liquid with which to wash
down the bean. He pulled the
cork. The medicine men eot a
whiff of the contents. It was
wliisky. They knocked the bot
tle to the gortind, and the liquor
Then Tom refused to take the
bean. He preferred the thirst at
such time as he could satisfy it.
The medicine men became
Tom was tied to a tree. The
vicinity df LaCrosse is cold in
December. It was the worst
treatment the medicine nren
could have administered for the
To mremained tied to the tree
for two days. He was uncon
scious from cold and exnnsure
when found by Game Warden
"tailtsrh. Th warden UmnrrUf
Tom to this city, and he was lib
erally dosed with whisky. Tom
was revived within a few min
utes, and has started out to ap
pease his two-day thirst.
. Through an interpreter Tom
told his version of the bean to
day. "They gave me a little bean to
eat," he said. "eBansN are not
good after drinking. That is a
white man's habit."
"He beans the little bowl of
cloves on the end of the bar,jr ex
plained the interpreter.
Tom has no squaw.
London. The Balkan-Turkish
peace conference adjourned at
noon today until 4 p. m. Monday..,