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The Salt Lake tribune. [volume] (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1890-current, January 25, 1914, Magazine Section, Image 30

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M i Picturesque Huts of the Poor White Natives of Cuba, Whose Chidren Are Stolen by the Negroes for jHutnan Sacrifice.
1 1 Two Voodoo Priests Caught After Weird Ceremonials
I and the Murder of a Little White Girl
S I ' r' SHE police authorities of Cuba
:! J: 9 are greatly pleased with the
j! J 'capture of two Voodoo priests,
h Jose de la Cruz and Eugenlo Carde-
Jf 'nas. If theso two negroes can be
m convicted and executed for the hu-
I man sacrifice of Engeiiiu Hernandez,
: ' i- the six-year-old white girl, It J3
I "hoped that it will he the entering
i i wedge in breaking up the -wicked
' Voodoo ceremonials which are prac-
.J iBed all over the island.
3 V It has always been extremely dlf-
- Hcult to prove n case of religious
t j murder, because the negroes are in
ra j great fear of revealing what goes
jfl on during the rites. White children
II disappear with distressing iVe-
3 quency, and now and then the muti-
lated body of a little white girl is
,1 ij found, after the Voodoo ceremonials
js'h: are over.
.icjlj- In the case of the two Voodoo
Ht priests there seems to be sufficient
J evidence to secure a convjction. It
M fl was on the night of November 25
' f ij that Cruz and Cardenas took little
fyj Eugenia. It is claimed that the ne-
n I groes obtained permission of the
'Ml. parents of the child to draw n small
IAj amount of blood fvom the child's
I body, for ihe purpose of curing a
i sick woman named Salvadora Aro-
jana. They went through the usual
' weird ceremonies and incantations,
in the presence of the parents, pre
paratory to taking the blood,
i The little girl was raized, hut man
aged to free herself and ran to her
j mother, clinpdnp to her skirts. This
I action was repented by the child each
time she saw the knife In the "wiz-
, j ard's" hands. This interference with
I their ceremonials prompted the ne-
j groes to try to start the child's blood
running by an explosion of powder,
i but the explosion proved so violent
; i that it killed the child.
This explanation Is discredited by
:. the police authorities, who expect to
,i show that little Eugenia was bled to
I death purposely.
The practise of voodooism in the
I Western Hemisphere Is some 250
years old. It was brought here with
the first cargo of human flesh from
Ij Darkest Africa, which landed on the
shores of Cuba in the middle of the
seventeenth century.
From the start Ihe Illiterate Span
iard and the illiterate white Cuban,
became fascinated by the wonderful
doings of the African fanatics, and
to-day voodooism is almost as preva
lent among the West Indian whites
as it is among the negroes. Indeed,
the white fanatic is said to be even
more hopeleBB than his negro co
worshipper. During the years the revolting be
lief has flourished in the Western
continent it has undergone many
superficial changes, although the
foundation of the sacrifice has re
mained -unchanged. Many sects
have developed, and to one of these
called the "Bembe," the two pris
oners belonged.
The sect of the "Bembe" makes a
strong point of pyrotechnic displays
at its ceremonials, and is the lead
ing "curative" faction of the wor
ship. That is, where other sects
specialize "on the saltisfaction of re
venge, of hatred, unsatisfied love
and so on, the "Bembe" are the
medicine men of voodoo.
The temple and abode of Jose,
where the child was killed, iE a long,
narrow, low roofed hut on the out
skirts of the town. Religious meet
ings were regularly held there twice
a week. Both Jose and Cardenas
are full blooded negroes, as all the
priests of voodoo must be.
What actually occurred at this
' meeting is involved in a mass of con
tradictory stories, but the following
authoritative account furnished by a
well-informed Cuban of the usual pro
gramme followed, at orgies of this
kind Is enlightening:
"It is a fact well known to every
Cuban and to everyone who has re
sided in the island for any length of
time," he declared, "that these fan
atic orgies take place right in the
' heart of the city of Havana.
"At these meetings 'el ballo del
Sante,' or the dance of the Saint, ia
a regular feature.
"The high, priest sits on his throne,
a certain prayer Is offered, and, at a
nod of his head, the drums begin to
beat. He picks out three or four
girls the best-looking ones, as a
"These girls strip to the waist, pick
up their skirts and tie them in a
manner that leaves them bare thigh
and leg, and the dance is on. They
perspire, they snort, the stamping of
their feet goes on with ever increas
ing fury; the priest bits them now
and then with the sacred stick, to
urge them on; be watches them with
a keen eye, notices that one -of them
is near the point of exhaustion and
then gives the word that 'the saint'
is coming.
vThe " ring around the dancers
widens. A way is mado open for the
priest to come to the door and wel
come the saint; the exhausted
dancer falls in a fit. The priest
rushes to her side and carries her
tenderly to an inner room fitted with
an altar. She is now in a trance and
'possessed' of 'the saint.'
"The faithful come in one by one
and state their cases; the priest in
terprets her sighs and moans as
answers. The sick get his prescrip
tion, the jealous husband learns
whether he is right or wrong in his
suspicions, the lovesick obtains a
recipe for the attainment of his ends.
Little by little consciousness comes
back, the trance is over, the saint is
gone and the orgies are on.
"That little Maria was nude at the
time of the explosion is established
not only by Jose's admission, but by
the fact that her clothing was found
""Jose declared that she was dancing
nude in accordance with the rules of
the ritual ceremony, but he claims
that the girl's death was due en
tirely to the explosion which waB
caused by the ignition of a bottle of
alcohol. AgainBt this, however, it
is pointed out that the injuries sus
tained by tho others were of the
most superficial character.
"Whether the explosion was the
real cause of the child's death, as
the voodoo priest said, or whether
the incision went too far and he
frightened priest decided to cover the
whole thing by the explosion, which
Cuban Negro Children, These Children Are Not Sacrificed.
It Is the Blood of the White Children Which Is Valued for
Religious Ceremonials and for the Cure of the Sick.
the police say was undoubtedly
caused by. gunpowder and not alco
hol, is still a mystery."
Those who are familiar with the
orgies committed in the practise of
voodooism declare, however, that if
the little girl was really killed by the
explosion, whether it was of gun
powder, as the police claim, or of
alcohol, as the fanatics contend, she
escaped a death ten times worse
than what she underwent.
As already stated, both the word
"Voodoo," and the religion, are of
West Afrioan origin. The word be
longs to the Ewe tongue, a language
A Voodoo Taboo House in Africa. It Is from Africa ThatB
Religion of Voodooism Came Which 'Is Wow Practiced in Cfl
spoken on the slave coast, in the
district between the Paver Volta,
on the West, and the kingdom of
Porto Novo, on the East.
The original spoiling is "Vodu."
It is derived from the verb "vo,"
lo fear, or to inspire fear. The na
tives do not apply the name to any
special god, but to all fear-inspiring
supernatural manifestations. The
practise of voodooism, hbflflB
concentrates the fearsome H
butes in a snake the pytfion. H
cult inaugurated a sort of priest
a priest and a priestess
community, called "Papa!
"mamma" by means of wm$fcB
snake' deity could comriuMM
with Its worshippers and deinaM
murderous sacrifices. jB
1 Using Electrical Treatment for Sick and Rheumatic Dogs,. Cats and Horses I
i XT"HE electric current ia being
l I used with, great success foe
tha treatment of many dls-
ff ,jj eases of borses, catsf dogs and other
ft ! animals," says Dr. W. P. Jenkins, the
jf I most fashionable animal doctor Ir
If1 i; New York.
"The current is particularly useful
in curing lameness, rheumatism, dis
eases of the nerves and the cfigestivo
organs Some very ingenious appli
ances have been devised for admin
istering the current, safely and ef
fectively, as may be seen from the
accompanying illustrations.
Wi & Rheumatic Horse Getting an Electric and Vapor Bath.
it ii
"Various animals behave very dif
ferently when subjected to the cur
rent. One horse will kick violently
when he feels the current Another
will submit to it with perfect calm
ness. As a rule it is wise to enclose
a borse in a strongly built stall, with
four sides, before giving him treat
ment, as a wild horse is like
ly to cause serious trouble.
"The dog will usually sub
mit, to a light current very
easily and will sometimes
show pleasure in tho treat
ment. "In order to treat a cat
electrically it is always necessary to
secure the animal firmly, as It is cer
tain to rebel against treatment The
cat will never voluntarily submit to
any constraint by man.
"The farudlc and galvanic currents
are both used to test Ihe eensitlve
ness of the skin and to find out
whether there is any hidden Injury to
nerves or muscles. The involuntary
muscular response to the current
will show whether the muscles work
together properly. This is very use
ful with horses, for they are often
permanently crippled f they are
worked when one muscle Is out of
"Tho faradic current is most valu
able In treating lameness and troubles
of the external nerves and organs.
The galvanic current is more em
ployed for the treatment of the ex
ternal nerves and muscles. The
latter form of current Is also
used in the trea'tment of abscess
and catarrhal affections,
"Tho commonest troubles in
horses treated by electricity
are lameness of the hips, the
back and the shoulders. These
A Rheumatic Dog Receiving High Frequency Currents of Healing Electrictiy.
Copyright, 1014, by the Star Company. Great Britain Rlghta Reserved.
troubles often disappear as if by
magic under the application of an
induction current. Very often one ap
plication of the current Is sufficient
to cure a trouble that has made the
poor horse unfit for work. The ani
mals respond to this treatment much
more readily than human beings.
"Stomach and Intestinal trout J
cats and dogs are frequently
with the faradic current A
newspaper reports that ne
poodle of a Princess was cuJeH
Intestinal catarrh that n1
ened his life after three appaM
of the current." 'fl

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