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BAXTER SPRINGS NEWS.
M. H. CARDNER, Publisher. BAXTER SrillNGS, - - KANSAS. MY OWN. ) She banks In the glorious sunshine, Half hid In a favorite nook, Her eye bent on fields in the distance With a dreamy und far away look. The wild flowers growing about her, Unheeded recolve not a glance I silently gaio on the picture. Ah! Hbull I retreat, or advance f She knows not that I am so near her, I'm Htandlng outside of the gate. Jly entrance, I fear, might disturb her, And hence I Impatiently wait. Tor once when I burst on her musings The Interview twttd li p'itu JVnd now Is my heart In a flutter With fear lest It happen again. .Ah! could I decipher the feelings That throb In the heart of my own. Oh : could 1 foresee a glad welcome If I should approach her alone. And, Oh, if she kindly would greet me And Mllp her head into this noose She's the trickiest mule In the pasture And won't let me catch her when loose. Charles U Hill, in Jury. UP THE MALINGA. .Explorer Casement Arrives in the Land of the Balolo. JL Cireat Almost Exterminated by the Cannibal Lufembl A Strangely Iiflgured People Slaves t Four Cents a Head. COPYRIGHT, 189a INDING nothing at Bukutilaniorein teresting than ,o firewood and eggs and the attention of the ladies, who giggled and nudged each other and then fled If we gave the slightest in dication ol ap proaching within ten yards of them which we had no desire to do we bade farewell to the good-tempered crowd and continued our journey up river. We passed some two hours later the largo district of Lulungu consisting of several villages on the mainland and on an island in mid-stream whose inhab itants regarded us either in npecchless astonishment, or greeted us with loud -cries to land, as wn steamed past the long line of their villages. Elenge Minto, our guide, informed us that we should find these keen ivory traders more inclined to soil to us on our re turn from the upper waters of the rivor than on our present journey, so we de termined to push ahead as rapidly as possible, only stopping where it was necessary to obtain fire-wood, or to pur chase) food for ourselves and crew. A heavy tornado of wind and tain forced us to halt early alongside the deep impenetrable forest of the left bank, on the edge of which we put our crew to sawing up dry trees and dead wood for next day's firing. Next morning soon after starting we again came on canoes darting about ahead of us, and speedily were steam ing through a channel between an island entirely covered with native louses and the north or right bank on which were collections of huts among immense grove of plantains separated from one another by stretches of grassy plain in some places extending quite a mile inland before the ever-enoiroling belt of forest was reached. This island-village and the north "bank district was called Bonginda, but -wo passed it without stopping pursued by fleet of friendly canoes offering very bad-6meuing small fish for Bale. They continued the chase until we had entered another district, that of Warn bala, Elengo Minto informed us, whose Inhabitants Bet up a great cry at our .jj USA ZVKIXYWIIERJC Yil BES0LATI0X. , approach, but did sot attempt to come out to us in their canoes. ' Towards evening we arrived opposite two villages surrounded y high stock ades on the land side, through two gates In which we eould peroeive women go ing and coming, on their way to or from the village plantation surrounding the fence. We haltodior the sight at the -upper of these tillages, fastening the steamer close alongside the bank. In the morning when I arose from my couch on deck J -found, to wy disgust, that some enterprising native had prof ited bj the shadows-al a&ht to steal my trousers, socks and coat from the table at the head of my bed where I had laid them on going to rest, so that I was spared the difficulty I usually experienced on getting up of endeavoring to get into my clothes unpurcolvod by native eyes, until I had been' ablo to arouse Ulavo in tho cabin by my cries, who soon appeared on the scene with fresh articles of attire and enabled me to arise clothed and in my. right mind, but breathing awful vengeanco against the thief if I should discover him. The miss ing garments never turned up, and I was forced to quit Bolombo (the name of this dishonest village), hoping that on the return journey down river again the thief might bo revealed, or that at least the clothes and the effort to put them on properly might work the physical ruin of the wretch who had stolen them. From Bolombo we continued our jour ney past long stretch.es of thick forest, occasionally relieved by open spaces and steep red-earthed bluffs topping which extended vivid green patches of banana and plantain leaves, where some small village nestled amid the deep groves of those trees. Although I judged we must now have been from eighty to one hundred miles from the mouth of the Lulungu the river continued of the same breadth, averaging a mile wherever we could see its entire surface from shore to shore, unbroken by islands. Late on the afternoon of the second day, after quitting Bolombo at s point about one hundred and ton miles from the Congo we came upon the first of a long- line of villages, extending up the left bank as far as the eye could see, crowning s bluff about fifty feet high and so steep that rope ladders, or wooden steps fixed Into the hard, red clay of the bank, served to communicate between the village and the waters' edge. Large canoes were lying hauled up partly out of the water at the foot of the bluff, or, manned by excited crowds, darted out from the shore and circled round us as we drew in to the beach. Voices from under the great trees that towered over tho streets of bouses lining the top of the bank called out to us to approach, and answered us that there were tons of ivory for sale here. Landing by firelight we made blood-brothers on the bank, amid a crowd of savages, with the old chief of this village, whose name we learned was 4. jpsi mm c I. lis , '" ... v 1111 FOR A MOMENT THERE WAS 8CEXE. Popono, and received from him two fine tusks of ivory as presents. All night long our men were chatting with the natives round the fires on shore. The district of which Popono was only one village was called Masan Kuso, and extended about eight miles higher up to the junction of the Malinga and Loporl rivers, which together form the Lulungu, the great tributary of the Congo we had been traversing for the last four days. Next day we steamed higher up to the topmost village of the district, situated in faoe-of the Loporl which, coming from the north and flowing through countries destitute of ivory, and only supplying enormous numbers of slaves to the raiding canoes of this very Masan Kuso district, here joins the still broader Malinga by a mouth about four hundred to five hundred yards wide. The natives here were very friendly, and we had to undergo the ceremonial of exchanging blood and becoming "kin dred of one blood" with several chiefs of the community, who expressed their ap preciation of their new-found relations by offering us goats, fowls and two or three beautiful tusks of ivory, for all of which we gave suitable presents in return, consisting of several fathoms of red cloth, or American sheeting, or cheap Manchester cottons, a few spoon? f uls of white and blue beads, a mirror or two, s tin plate, cup and spoon, and one or two odds and ends which cheer the heart of the African in bis rude sim plicity. Learning at Masan Kuso that s great inland tribe of cannibals known as the Lufembl had been ravaging the banks of the Malinga and had destroyed every village np to the great Balolo town of Malinga (from which the river takes its name), we determined to lay in as large a stock of fowls, goats and other food as possible, since we could not hope to reach Malinga town before three days. On the second morning after our ar rival we started from Masan Kuso up the Malinga and vers soon tar tram as j , evidences of life. No canoes passed us and no signs of human habitation or hu men being greeted us. For two days we passed along between the tall, silent walls of the great forest on either side, the silence scarcely broken by the cries of any bird, and the only moving thing upon the waters the head of s black or green water snake as it strove to avoid our bows in its passage across the river. One of these creatures jumped into our low-lying canoe attached to the side of the steamer which served us Instead of a boat and scattered all the cooking ar rangements of poor little Mochlndu, our cook, who used to arrange his mid-day dishes along the bottom of the canoe. On the evening of November 10, after we had been two days in the Malinga without seeing a Bign of but or human being, we were cheered to sight s few miles ahead of us up along a straight reach of river, the ligther green patch in the dark surrounding line of forest which denoted the presence of the broad-leaved plantain groves that sur round every village. However, on getting up to it we were saddened by the scene which met our eyes, after we had as cended by rope ladder and steps cut in the bank the cliff on which the plan tains waved their long arms. Every where was desolation. The huts were al most all destroyed by fire and only charred poles and half burnt thatch remained to show where once had ex tended tho broad pleasant street of a comfortable African village. The beautiful stems of the bananas and plantains were blackened by fire or cut down in enormous masses they blocked up the paths between the houses, or lay half suspended across the still hanging center pole of aome partially destroyed hut We wandered about for some time amid the ruins, wondering at the cause of this destruction, and seeking if we might find some poor savage lurking in the bushes near his but recently de stroyed home. Presently from across the river a voice called out to us, timid ly and faintly, and looking in the direc tion whence it came, we perceived s small canoe with two occupants creep ing close In to the opposite bank and stealing up stream in the shadows of the trees. To our cries that we were friends and should do them no harm if they approached, the timid natives only answered that they had nothing to sell or even give us save the advice that we If WOTYM Kk&Ts ji"ti 'Hi, mm wmJA r vl should sleep anywhere else rather than on the site of their destroyed village, for that the Lufembi at the back were only a short distance off and would prob ably come down on us in the night. However, as there was plenty of good wood to be had from the partially burnt framework of the houses, we determined to remain the night there, and put all hands to pulling down poles and charred timbers, sawing them on the top of the bank and throwing them down the cliff, whence we had them carried on board the Florida. This work by firelight went on gayly enough well into the night, the men chaffing each other and occasionally saying in half-play, half earnest: "What will we do if the Lu fembi come down upon us by and by?" Gradually, work being finished and the wood all carried on board, the men sank to rest round their fires up on top of the cliff, each man with bis loaded Snider rifle beside him, and a guard having been posted we all went asleep with s feeling of security. I had not laia very long, I fancy, on my camp bed out on the deck of the Florida when I was startled from sleep by an swful noise coming from the top of the bluff yells and shrieks and hoarse cries, amid which continually sounded sharp and clear the bang! bang! of the rifles being discharged. I jumped from bed, seised my revolver from nnder my pillow, snd with Glave and the engineer, whom I encountered running forward almilarly clad and armed, I was just going to leap on shore snd scale the steen path np to the plateau when, tumbling belter skelter over one another, rolling dowa the entire distance from the top to the water's edge, or even leaping from the summit, came the greater number of the crew of the Florida. For s moment there was s scene of indescribable eon fusion among the panic-stricken mea, struggling np to thelrnecks in the river. No one could tell (be cause of the sud den flight. All were shooting at once, sad expecting sext saomeat to be , qarly overwhelmed by a shower of spears from the banks, where we doubt ed not the savage Lufembi must be gathering for an assault on the steam er. We endeavored to Srrest the men in their scramble, and were just mount ing the scaling ladder when voices from the darkness on top of the bluffs and a ringing peal of laughter caused us to pause. Then came the tones of Blon elo's voice relating the cause of the panlo, and the shouts of laughter from the men who a movent before had been risking their lives In their wild leaps to the bottom of the river bank drowned all our attempts at inquiry or reproof. It appeared, from Bionelo, who with one or two more had not fled when the first shot was fired, that on searching for the cause of the disturbance, he had found our three goats tied up near one of the houses for the night after hav ing grazed during the afternoon, and it was one of these which had toughed in its dreams, or while chewing the cud, that had startled Elenge Minto, that brave "young man," from his slumbers. His first thought was of the Lufembi and the blood-curdling cough being re peated be had answered it with s yell of fear and pulled the trigger of his Snider. Then followed the panic, the hasty shots at an invisible foe and the Indescribably swift descent over the face of the cliff. We could not refrain from joining in the merriment and chaffing the unfortu nate Elenge Minto. The racking cough of a consumptive goat became quite a popular complaint on board the Flor ida for the remainder of the evening. Our next day's run was a short one, and we camped at two in the afternoon alongside a small opening in the forest of the north bank, where we found dead wood for fuel, as well as numerous ele phant and buffalo tracks, but none of them very recent ones. The river now was only on an average one hundred and fifty to two hundred and fifty yards broad, and its general direction was al ways the same, from the southeast Continuing our journey next morn ing, we steamed on at a good speed without seeing a human habitation or s canoe until the afternoon, when we ar rived off a village situated on low-lying swamp land at the water's edge, and consisting of a few poor fishermen's huts. It was on the right bank of the river and opposite the side on which the Lufembi carried on their ravages. The few fishermen about were aston ished at our advent but they speedily gathered in fresh recruits from the forest at the back and adjacent planta tions, and became sensible of the beau ties of a few strings of white beads held up artlessly before their longing eyes. When to these were added a handful of cowries and a shining tin plate and spoon tho leader of the assemblage of savages on shore could only find broken tones In which to explain his apprecia tion of our kindness,' and when, later on, we asked him as to the country lying ahead of us, he eagerly strove to impart every thing he knew. He was of the Balolo, the great race of Iron-workers (Balolo signifying "Iron People"), who inhabit the coun try bordering on the three affluents of the Congo the Ronkl, Ikelemba and Lulungu but whose true home is at the head waters of this system of kindred rivers. The facial and bodily adorn ment of the Balolo differs entirely from the modes of cicatrization of the tribes dwelling lower down, or along the banks of the Conga The men we now en countered indulged their savage instinct of improving upon nature's handiwork by chiseling their features into hard lumps resembling Spanish nuts in size and shape, which were impartially dis tributed down the forehead to the bridge of the nose, and on each cheek as well as on the chin. The shoulders and hollow of the back were alike covered with these protuber ant knots of hard skin and flesh. The women, in addition to sporting all this display, revelled in an extra batch or two of lumps, scattered down tho thighs, which, if one may except a nar row strip of banana or planataln leaf, fastened from a thong of fiber around the waist formed their sole indebt edness to srt for any covering. Tho men, on the contrary, wore a strangely made little grass or palm-fiber cloth, which terminated in a tail behind, to which was attached a piece of monkey skin, or the fur cf some animal. They carried spears and shields, the former beautifully made of iron, their hafts covered with shining bands of copper or brass, and the latter procured from melting down the brass-wire rods used as currency by Upper Congo tribes. The younger boys paraded about with bows and arrows to shoot small birds, or thin, many-pronged spears, with which they speared fish in the shallows. It was our first glimpse of the myste rious Balolo, on the borders of whose realm we now found ourselves, and we listened with interest to the speech of the old headman, who spoke to ns through Elenge Minto, our interpret er. First be gave us to understand that they lived is mortal dread of the savage Lufembl, and that the "big" town of Malinga, to which he belonged, only a little further up river, had lately suffered a great deal. Many bad been killed and others carried off into slavery, but that now all the scattered Malinga villages on the other, or Lu fembl side of the river, bad drawn to gether and constructed a strong barri cade around their united tows, and so bad been able to beat off the renewed attacks of the Lufembl. In reply to my question whether these savages hod ivory, he facetiously re mirjced that a ae Malinga anas who had ever visited the Lufembi returned; to tell his tale it was impossible to say what they bad, but he considered sn appetite for human flesh ss their most cherished possession; snd on further in quiry the old gentleman admitted that he himself was not at all averse to a little boiled or roast Lufembi, when ever the fortunes of war delivered s few prisoners into the bands of his country men. Those who are not fit to sell ss slaves," be said, alluding to the weak or wounded captives, "we eat" Then he branched off into a descrip tion of the upper course of the river, which we soon judged would prove navi gable yet for another ten days' steam ing of the Florida. "High up," said be, "the river divides into two branches, one coming from swamps and trees, the other, and larger, falling over stones where there are fisher villages." . Before reaching this point, however, be said we should come across the veri table borne of the elephant, scores ol these huge creatures continually cross- HI I -1 . OUB LAST VIEW OF THE VILLAGE. ing snd recrossing the infant river, bathing in its pools and wallowing la the shady recesses of its forest banks. Slaves, he asserted, in that paradise of the man-catcher could be purchased for two mitakot each (two brass rods, worth about two cents each), so valu able was metal there and bo plentiful the supply of human flesh. Any exhibition of disgust on our part was out of place here; and we felt that to argue with a blood-thirsty old can nibal, and have our arguments met by a supercilious lifting of a pair of an thropophagous eyebrows was more than either we could stand, or Elenge Minto find suitable words to express; so by way of inflicting as much torture as pos sible ere we shot out from the bank, we gave the steam-whistle string such a tug that the shriek which burst from the Florida nearly deafened ourselves as we enjoyed the spectacle of its hu miliating effect on the line of grinning savages along the muddy shore. Our lost view of that village was somewhat obscured by the hopeless jumble of arms, legs, monkey's tails, knotted thighs and bursting banana fiber waist thongs, which heaved and throbbed on the muddy beach as old. chief and young warrior, wife, hus band snd babe struggled and panted (6 escape from the piercing screams of the iron monster which was now gaily dash ing aside the current of the river on its way to renowned Malinga. The Longevity of Biros. The swsn is the longest-lived bird snd it is asserted that it has reached the age of 100 years. Knauer, in his work entitled "Naturhlstoriker," states that be has Been a falcon that was 102 years old. The following examples are cited as to the longevity of the eagle and vulture: A sea eagle captured in 1715 and already several years of age, died 104 years afterward, in 1819: a white-headed vulture, captured in 1700, died in 1820 in one of the aviaries of Schoenbrunn Castle, near Vienna, where it had passed 118 years in captiv ity. Paroquets and ravens reach an age of over 100 years. The life of sea and marsh birds sometimes equals that of several human generations. Like many other birds, magpies live to be very old in a state of freedom, but do not reach over 20 or 25 years in captivity. The nightingale lives but 10 years In cap tivity and the blackbird 15. Canary birds reach an age of from 12 to 15 years la the cage, but those flying at liberty in their native islands reach s much more advanced age. How to Get Bid or Rata. Bats will eat any thing, from abort bread to slippers, but ao cunning are they that unless anise-seed is sprinkled on the trap after setting they smell the human band and keep aloof. The bar rel remedy is worth trying. Fill s bar rel with chaff, leaving at the top some choice morsel to tempt the rats' appe tite, snd sa Inviting stick leaning? against the aide. Do this for three nights, and then on the fourth night fill the barrel two-thirds with water and one-third with chaff. The rats, thrown off their guard by previous immunity. will 'mount the ladder gayly snd meet their fate in the treacherous ocean be low. N. Y. Journal. Mrs. Kennan is a great help to George Kennan in his work for the op pressed people of Cassia. Ehe recopics manuscript reads proofs, translates Russian works, goes over the receipts from his work, snd sees to their invest ment or deposit Mrs. Kennan is de scribed as a thorough business womin, of considerable business tact and much persona tUractlTeneu,