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addicted to this celebration. The men, women and children gather together in great numbers on a given day, each family contributing a share of "devil's shoestring," a ground vine, which, root and stem, is mashed between rocks, and thrown into a deep pool at the head of a long shallow. In a few hours the poison begins to do its work, and the intoxicated fish rise to the surface to breathe, and float downwards with the current to the shallows, where they are met by a line of bowmen, who salute them with showers of arrows. The sport creates great excitement, and is watched with intesest by the spectators on both bank1; of the river, frequently to the number of two or three hundred persons. The boys are not the least active f the bowmen. Occasionally a little fellow of ten or twelve will encountei an immense buffalo or catfish, from twenty-five to forty pounds in weight, and having trans fixed it with his arrow, grasps the missile, and finds himself i struggling for the mastery over his prize, amid the shouts and cheers of the groups upon the banks. The sport is carried on in this manner until the fish in the pool above have been driven down and killed, a few only of the smaller ones escap- ing the arrows of the bowmen, crossing the shallows to pass into the pool below. Meanwhile the women, who at first watch the proceedings with great interest, are soon busily en gaged cleaning and cooking the fish, so that by the lime ' the sport is over, a dozen or more fires are ablaze, and other preparations being made for a general feast. These feasts are well worthy of the term, there being no limit to the multitude or varietj of the finny tribe cooked and devoured on such occasions. The "devil's shoestring," though in other respects a harmless herb, produces upon the fish a brief or temporary intoxication, but does not in the least injure the flavor of the flesh.