KOOSEVELT MARCHES AMID STRANGE PEOPLE
A LAND OF MYSTERY
View of Party Portaging Aroun'd Rapids of One of the Upper Tributaries to
the Amazon, Showing the Strange Boat of That Country.
Reports continue to come from the
interior of Brazil of dangers through
which ex-President Roosevelt and
his party of wilderness explorers are
He is now somewhere along the
Upper Amazon, one of the world's
most mysterious regionsunmapped,
trailless and .aboundingwitK strange
animals, strange savages, trackless
forests and dangerous streams.
In a-recent mishap of, the Roose
velt party, only the equipment was
lost. ,But many an explorer has lost
his life in those same regions. The
Lower Amazon flows .sluggishly, with
little descent, but the Upper,, or Mora
non, over 3,000 miles from the
mouth, leaps between immensely
. high peaks of the Andes, over water
' falls and rapids as perilous as they
. Ic is from' this "d"oor" in the Andes
that the old' Spanish explore Orel
lano, who gave the river its name,
started out on his historic descent of
it. On his way, he was attacked by
a savage tribe. He" was astonished to
find that the Indian women fought
fiercely alongside the men, and be
cause of this Orellano called the big
stream the "River of the Amazons,"
in reminiscence of the fabled women
warriors of antiquity.
Nowadays, expeditions in the Bra
zilian forests fin.d little opposition on
the part of the natives.
The customs of these Indians, how-
ever, are perhaps the most strange s
of any in the world. Even before ai
child's birth curious rituals, which
surround him until death, begin. For
some time before the babe's arrival
neither mother nor father are allow-s
ed to eatcertain animals, for fear the 3
child, will become like that animal.
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