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New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, July 05, 1908, Image 37

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McGillicuddy's Sword
Ccr.t.r.ied frcn: fC£' 4

By Winifred Fales
attached to that of her husband.
Her exit from the parental
dwelling is followed by all the
■.■•'■ of purification
that are always performed after
the removal of the dead.
Sashes Made of Paper
•TVUi. fabrics employed for
making obis are of many
kinds and qualities. Fine grass
cloth, dyed in brilliant stripes
not unlike the Roman sa-h oi a
few decades ago, :s seal fre
quently, and crape paper is used
occasionally with an effective
ness equal to that of far o >stlier
material. In ... -when pad
ded kimonos are worn as a pro
tection against the cold, obis
also are wadded heavily, and
the -wearers have much the ap
pearance of chubby little bar
rels rolled in bed quilts. Those
•who toil in the fields or serve as
coal carriers and burden bearers
are content on ordinary occa
sions to confine the robe with a
narrow strip of cloth or a heavy
c.jrd ; but on gala days even the
p -jr daughters of toil are re
-jJendent in festal garb, with
obis of cotton or cotton crape as
showy as the best, though their
cost may have been only rive or
ten cents.
Among the well to do and
the wealthy there is practically
no limit to the magnificence of
this important article of attire.
The heaviest silk or brocade is
u--ed. and frequently is enriched with em
broidery in gold thread and colored silks. In
former years preciuus stones were sewn thickly
over the surface in many instances, or were
used to accentuate the "details of the em
broidered pattern ; but the practice is less com
mon nowadays. At the period when lade
ornaments were introduced from China, leaves
and petals were cut from the semiprecious
mineral and applied in floral designs to the
Even now, a thousand yen (five hundred
dollars) is not an uncommon price to pay for a
handsome sash, whose value often exceeds
that of all the other items of the costume com
bined; but fashions in the Oriental not sub
ject to continual change, as is the ca>e in our
own land, and an obi of fine quality will last
a lifetime, and even become an heirloom, to be
handed down from mother to .'laughter through
several generations. The most brilliant colors
are ..... by children, who flit
about like gorgeous butterflies ... kimonos
and girdles fashioned on precisely the same
plan as those of their elders.
From childhood to old age the raiment
passes through a gradually decreasing color
scale, and the elderly women suggest little
brown ami gray moths.
When She Becomes Engaged
Miss Cherry Blossom becomes en
gaged to the man, not of her own but of
her parents' choice, the fiance does not seal
the compact by placing a jeweled circlet on
the tiny brown finger of his betrothed. In
stead, his parents and those of the maiden ex
change a series of gifts, and if Mr. Matsu-Mur.i
himself desires to offer a token to his future.
wife, :t usually takes the form of an obi as
rich and costly as he is able to alford. Sad
indeed is the lot of the man that cannot ailord
to give his little bride an obi at all.
Now the bride to be sets about the prepara
tion of her dowry. In accordance with the
< onventions of her race, it must include cer
tain household paraphernalia, —the quaint
low tables on which the meals of her lord and
master will be served, trays, tea service and
dishes, sleeping mats and wooden pillows, —
but it is not on these, that her soul's ambition
centers. Of kimonos, too, she must have an
ample supply; yet even these are of secondary
importance, despite their grace and beauty.
But if, by inheritance or purchase, she has
accumulated a raml>ow store of obis, heavy
:n texture and stir! with gold embroider.-,
then indeed may the child wife of Chrysan
themum Land be said to have attained her
heart's desire.
vs — honest Sword, ready to oome to death
grip^ with hi* own flesh and blood in defense
of his white chief '
Doctor McGillicuddy may have known a
prouder and happier moment than this; but 1
doubt it.
But what a transformed ... stood
among us! How changed he and his men !
The years had been rolled back; yea.' indeed,
the ccntunes:! In ten minutes we had lo~t a
regularly uniformed police force, ltd by a
chief habited like a veritable civilized dandy,
and had gained in its stead a band of barbar
ous allies, absolutely naked to their moccasins
and scanty breech cloths., their faces painted
black and half hidden beneath great war
l>onr.ets of streaming eagle feathers, as were
those of their savage ancestors whenever they
went to war. or when their "hearts were bad '
and they -ought to kill in private quarrel. So
habited ad painted, their forebears sought
their enemies away back in the dim past
when their race dominated much of the Atlantic
coast, when even the Mound Builders were
still young. Naked also to the bridle were
their war ponies.
But, however habited, whatever their
motives of allegiance, — whether of attach
ment and fidelity to their white chief, or. what
was far more likely, of pride of office and
conceit of authority, — welcome indeed these
brave lads were to us.
Coming of the End
A XD they got to is none too soon; for be
■**• fore they were well settled behind the
wall (which made us an .... 1
here came the Brules, quirts pounding on
training shoulders, moceasir.ed heels, drum
ming on heaving flanks, the fierce riders lying
low over the withers and getting every last
tump out of their piebald cayuse mounts.
Here they came, nearly four hundred of
them, charging straight oh our position before
the office, an irregular but lid mass of strain
ing horses and yelling riders, apparently bent
on riding us down, — a living, breathing, sen
tient yet remorseless tide, weighty enough to
raze wall and office to the ground at the fir.-t
impact, and leave naught behind but splintered
boards and bones.
Here they came, and there we sat, ours far
the hardest part of .... excitement
and hope of conquest born of charge in over
whelming numbers; ours the dull, chill wait
for the end bred of a sense of hopeless odds
against us; theirs the hot, savage lust for
blood; ours the despair of men condemned
past hope of reprieve. Hope? Such 5enti
....... more existed. Even were we
able to withstand the Brules for a time, it still
remained a certainty that the prevailing hos
tility to the police' would bring the whole
Oglala tribe i:i upon us so soon as powder
burned and blood ran. ( _.
The doctor' orders were simple: Fire
under no circumstances till ordered :" nothing
On they came, and yet on. Time and again
1 caught a bead on the chief's breast with my
.45-1 20 Sharp's, which easily might have sent
him into permanent camp on Ghost Creek,
and it is a miracle that 1, or none of the others,
pulled trigger. . ,
At length, when their steady onrush must
have become trying even to McGillicuddy's
iron nerves, they reined in and stopped a
scant sixty yards in front of us. Why. God
only knows," unless the steady nerve of the
doctor's control of us got on their nerves.
But stop, happily, they did, a grim, heaving,
threatening mass, darkly outlined against the
wall of gray dust behind them, feathered war
bonnets dancing, ponies prancing, shields
rattling, weapons gleaming. And there they
staved, for Heaven only knows how long, until
it would have been a relief to see the charge
With the best of us there is always a creak
ing point. Presently Doctor .McGillicuddy's
was readied.
"Jump out there, Louis, he called to
the inuqiretcr, and tell that old devil to
chase himself back to imp! I'll give
him five minutes before we fire, no more.
Tell him if he bats his eyes at me again,
I'll just choke him to death for luck!" —
a cropping out of the old Anglo-Saxon con
fidence, in good bare hands against an armed
Out prang Changro with the message, and
up jumped the doctor on the wall, watch in
hand, prepared to time the making of his
message good.
Changro stopped hallway and shouted his
message, and then returned to us. It was a
plucky deed of his; for none of us expected
to shake his hand again.
Then opened a brief, heated parley among
the Brules. judging by his angry gesticula
tions, the chief, bursting with resentment,
wanted to charge. The rest of the band, most
of them at least, seemed to be opposing it.
Apparently seven or eight minutes, contem
plation of the mouths of our one hundred
rifles left the Brules little stomach to wait to
hear them speak.
1f.,!.! them the old "chief could not, and they
turned ami rode off south, up White Clay,
toward Sun Dance Flat.
A Curious Thirst
A; awakened to a curious fact I
'wi-h me clever physiologist would ex
plain,—an experience I had had belore this
incident as .... since, when placed m like
circumstances : either under threatened or
actual fire. While it was mid forenoon and
not extremely hot, while the affair had lasted
little if any more than forty minutes, and we
had been subjected l<> no physical exertion. I
found I had loped a consuming, burning
thirst and parched mouth quite as distressing
as that 1 felt once when in the desert two full
days without water. And others have told
me' that they have had like droll experience
under similar conditions.
Heathen artisans re not the sole makers of
false gods. Women are great at H.
The old-young man is a bore; but the young
old woman is a tragedy.
Women of impulse rarely wt igh their
words; more rareiy their deeds.
The best friend and the worst enemy any
of us tan have, we need only look in a nnrroT
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