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Amazing Ac Practice C/5/? V/J-^ 11 1 UC/l// \ $$$? *fi?t* ^vfeAgvj^ l^PBi THERE has just come out of Haiti what probably Is the most re markable document devoted to a revelation of Voodoo practices In that "Black Republic" which so far ever has been authenticated. This document Is an actual and literal transcription of the testimony given by a young Creole woman before an examining party of United States marines. The examination took place at the little village-of Saut' d'Eau. There had been reported to the marines quartered in that vicinity that In a hidden jungle near the iuwii ul rviviere Liiiinui, a iew muw away, Voodoo dances and feasts were being held periodically, at which human sacrifices were made. Just at that time the sensational rumors of cannibalism were spreading across the island?the marines had heard that children and even men and grown women were being lain at Voodoo celebrations. Every marine officer was on the alert to trace these rumors down and to get at their foundation. After long investigation the marines discovered that a Voodoo priest lived just outside Riviere Cannot. His name was Cadeus Belgarde. He was known to he one of the most powerful of the Voodoo high priests, and every native in the vicinity feared him. He was rumored to be very rich, a millionaire. It was said that he imported from Paris, from a house In the Rue Abouklr, costly embroidered draperies for his Voodoo dancers. For himself there had come, it was reported to the marines, gorgeous. varicolored robes, on which in figures of gold there were worked the ram, the young goat and the serpent, which are the sacred symbols of Voodooism. In every house for many miles around the marines had found a "homfort," a room devoted to Voodoo worship, Just as in manor houses there once were chapels. These little rooms resembled small bedrooms, where pious young maidens might have set up their altars. On the walls were the sacred images of Notre Dame de Lorette, St. Roch and St. Joseph, These images, nowever, were uisioriea 10 imitate certain Voodoo saints. On each of these altars were the various equipments required by the Voodoo prlesta. And to each of them, the marines discovered, Cadeus Belgarde came periodically to perform the nefarious rites of the pagan Voodoo rituals. Tn some of these "homforts," It was discovered, the sacrifices which the priest Cadeus Belgarde presided over were of the bird or goat, which the less vicious Voodoo believers accepted In lieu of the human victims. In some, though, It was repeatedly said, children were brutally sacrificed on the stone bowl which forms a part of the priest's paraphernalia. The marines spent some time investigating these reports and in seeking to 0 *? 7 1 0106(1 the * * xount of Weird ?s of Merciless / t by Young Wife trap the powerful prieat Cadeus. They learned that he maintained himself and ] i a numerous household, including several i young wives, on his farm in the Riviere | > Cannot section. This household included many lesser priests, and built about the ( residence there were various stone walled i buildings which had a most ominous ap- i pearance from the outside. In fact, the j rp ?i iff) nf r?dpiia wnn mnrh 11 k n n 4 small castle, with Its outposts and with Its regular guard constantly on the lookcut at vantage points hundreds of yards down .the road In all directions. It was reported that the principal Voodoo ceremonies presided over by Cadeus were held in a bit of Jungle just back of his house. The main feature of these ceremonies always, the marines learned, was the sacrifice Itself. After long watching and many careful preparations a small detachment of marines finally succeeded in Interrupting one of these Voodoo ceremonies. Their approach was discovered, however, and they succeeded In capturing cnly one spectator?the Creole girl whom they soon discovered to be the newest and most beautiful of the high priest's wives. She was taken to Saut' d'Eau, and there the marines made the following statement In response to the questions noted. Private Nelson Ruckland acted as the secretary of the little informal court and the document presented herewith Is his transcription of the young woman's testimony: My name is Julie Vairent. I was the wife of Alexandre Jean Francals, and my home was at Port-au-Prince. I married in New Orleans, where I was born and raised. Jean Francais had come to New Orleans to transact some business and 1 met him in the Creole quarter and he made love to me and married me In the church there. Shortly after we came to Port-au-Prince4 there came to visit us one day Cadeus Belgarde, who seemed to be a very powerful man and of whom my husband was afraid. After Cadeus Belgarde left our house my husband told me who he was. H? said he was a high voodoo priest and i that he wa? a very dangerous man. He ' said that whenever a man had a revenge ( to be accomplished he went to Cadeus. , ( He said that If any one made an enemy ( and that enemy had money or influence ( the enemy always went to Cadeus and 1 caused trouble. Cadeus, he said, wns the t great doctor for the whole neighborhood and that by Voodoo magic ho cured all aorta of 111 health. He said that we must ( always be very careful not to offend Cadaus and to give him anything he might d ask if he ever should come asking. ( It wna not long before Cndeus returned s to our house, and this time be asked c something which I did not wish to give s and which my husband did not want to s give either. This was myself. He asked s that my husband give me to him that I v might be his wife and go with him to r hta home near Riviere Cannot. b / PHE NEW YORK HER; ?\bodo Ceremonies at Ugh Priests o \ Who Was Sa o by U. S. Mc \Pwl I* My husband was very brave and r< fused. He said to me: "We will run awa and go even to New Orleans. I will no give you to Cadeus." But that very night we heard th irums beating. When the drums beat ou n the jungle it is a sign that the Voodo< Is calling. All men put down their tool it once and go to where the sound o he drums comes from. My husband knew and I knew why th Irums were beating. We knew tha Cadeus was calling and that when hi: people were sufficiently excited by th Voodoo ceremonies he would lend then :o our house and take me away. My husband's mother lived with hin xnd so did his sister, whose own husbani ivas dead. There also were the childrei jf my husband's first wife, whose mothe: ilso was dead. I loved my husband very much and tnew that with his old mother and thi children to hinder him he could no :scape out of the road. And I knew, too that when the Voodoo came upon hin probnbly he would be killed. That wai the way of Cadeus Belgarde. And so I decided that It was my dut; to protect my husband and his mothe ind his little children and his sister. S< ivhlle my husband was in the "homfort,' jraying himself to Voodoo while otheri n the house got ready to flee, I slipper >ut and followed the sound of the drumi intll I came to where Cadeus, In his gob -obes, was preparing to begin the Voo ioo incantations. And I said to Cadeui Belgarde: "I am here, I have come to hi pour wife. My husband is sorry he r? used you and asks that you pray th< koodoo to be kind to him. And I will b< rour wife, Cadeus Belgarde." And so that was how I was marrlet ilso to Cadeus and became his younges ivlfe. Many times I wanted to run away ant eturn to my other husband, but I knef :hat If I did Cadeus would kill me ant till him, too. I knew Cadeus had killec nany men. There was the old mar rionase, who lived at La Salle, whon ?adeus killed. Also Slmens Jullen, whon Jadeus had killed. And there was Juh ^areaux and many other men whon ladous had killed after railing upon th? Poodoo. And so I wan afraid to rui i way. Here the questioner asked*. "I)o all people of Haiti believe In Voo looT" All the people of Haiti believe In Voo loo. We believe In Voodoo, too, In Nev )rloans, but we do not practice It then o much. We believe that Voodoo Is tin ildent religion and that It Is the wny th< tars affect us. It In the worship of th< on and the moon and of the things thai ;row in the ground. Only those of ui /ho know better do not believe In sac lflclng little children. We think th? Ird or the goat la just a? well Gadeur ILD, SUNDAY, MAY 14, IS o Priest > id f ved irines ' IR w.U wm&MB'''W v '1 *< iV Hit&;< ' y '<*}.. . ** ' ' ' used to say to me that it was Just as well to sacrifice a bird, but that the people did not get so excited over a mere bird. ; Our dances show our understanding of the forces of life. We are praying when t we dance. When Cadeus wishes to hold a Voodoo ceremony he Bends word to his ^ agents to start the beating of the drums. ^ Then two or three men go out into the o jungle and commence to slowly beat their drums and soon other men take It up s f and before long the sound of the drums is heard for many miles around. As soon as the drums begin to roll people who t hear them raise their heads and learn a from the wind what direction the sound e comes from. Then they leave their fields ^ or whatever they are doing and like soldiers march to the sound of music they . run to the sound of the drums to where n j the priest Is awaiting them. Soon after I was- married to Cadeus he r taught me all his Voodoo secrets. He said I would have to be one of his as. eistants and that I must know all about theAi, Jim ae he did. And ao I had to e help him. although It was very horrible * to me and I did not want to. "Tell ua Juat how the Voodoo ceremony 1 la conducted, from the very beginning to the end." When the drums have beaten awhile r all the people of the neighborhood have r gathered at the place in the jungle a * little waya from the farm of Cadeu*. Here there are two little myatery houses built 1 of atone. In one of them Cadeue keep* 1 hia many colored robe* and in the other * be keeps the victim* for hi* Ka< rl(l- ea ' "When you apeak of victim*, what do K you mean?" 3 I mean the children or the men and 8 women whom Cadeua ea< rifirea. * "Where doe* he ?j.-t these victim*?" 8 When he vlalta around the neighbor 8 hood he pick* out the hoy? and girl* whom he thlnka would be good aacrt' flcea to Voodoo. Then he te I* their 1 fathera and mother* and ?<>J|e.ti money from aome of them to let their children alone. If the parent* will nut give blm ' money hia people go at night and take the ! children away. Tli* father* and mothers do not dare cauae any trouble or okjeit, 1 because they know If they do he will 1 pun it-It them and burn their farm# ar | perhaps have them killed. He takee Ike children to the little eiotie house In the J Jungle and gives them a drink of potsoa t Thla poison make* tho children sleep junt aa if they wera dead. They stay asleep until Cadeus la raady for lhoot, and than he awakana them, only they da not awaken altogether- Just enough to move around whan he drag* them r Whan all tha people have gathered In 5 the circle around the mystery houee , Cadeus makea me go out and aptinkla ? the ground within the circle wtth corn j flour. Then I carry from one of tha t houses tha big atone howl and put thla i In the center of the circle. Then Cadeua himself comes out and puts hy the howl i a book. Nobody knows what thl* book I la. It la auppoaed to be the Book of Voo >22. ^IfJH Hi? JPAUkXJS X JLW t <v. v .. ' ' ' : ' . '-: ' &?9 Ht f aijgiMiafe * t* a h^? *' J^^mM * * m ~ - <Sx?i doo. Cadeua would never let me come it close to it. In tront of the book Cadeus II puts a large white stone, which is the C Maloulow or "Devil Stone." Upon this ai stone he puts a lighted candle. a Now Cadeus gives me the key to the oi other house and I have to go and open is the door, while he comes behind. w All this time the drums are beating louder and faster and the people in the ol circle are commencing to shout and pl scream and sing. 01 Around the stone and the lighted 8< -andle a fire springs up, and the men ni ind women dance out to this fire and put w . . . . . .. . . .. .. btivn * vw iii vu nuu auiu vucui uuvn w ibey commence to barn. Then they dance hi iw*y- tll When Cadeus comes out of the Btone House he brings with him the victims for IC he sacrifice. He drags the victims out ^ to the Maloulow stone and throws them .. tr to their knees and holds them so their w heads bend down to the stone. Here the young wife of Cadeus tells In of ull detail how her husband, Cadeus, takes be life of lach of his victims and Just what constitutes this part of the Voodoo d< eremony. It Is perhaps enough to say C| hat when her testimony goes on the vie- p] irns have been slain and their bodies of- ac ered up In the terrible ritual. bi All the time that this Is going on Ca- P< leus, waving his arms ao that the lights lt< rom bis gold robe glitter In the firelight, gi ings the ritual songs and drones out his hi mentations The men and women are Ti tow Just like fiends They leap and dance tr ind shout and catch hold of each other n< >nd try to dreg aa< h other Into the bias- of ng Are. If one sue. eeds In pulling an- bt >ther down Into the flames there is a :reat screaming from every one and evary d< me la very happy, because this la taken o be a sign that Voodoo Is being more hi iropttleted even than by the sacrifice. I Before long some of tbo women begin fr e faint and then Cadeus ateps upon the Ci Ire and puts out the blase and glvan a f'< tga for the drums to atop rolling. Then very one goes heme, eacept those who mi nave rung io uu Vim luKing a way (Im rlrtlm 'Wkvrt dM I'tdew cut the poison al rhlrh b? (see ( hU victims?" eh fits poisons and the drags which hs to isod srs from s pharmacist la Port so- lb rises Ho ssed to ooad mo to tills phsr fo uey for those 4m?s The pharmacist 1? mows bow to moko t hem sn4 to tbo only b| no la that part of the roanlrjr who does, wl have always taken lota of money to tbo m iharmarist, and I thtak Cadeos shares sa rlth him tbo money that he collects. of It was from this pharmacist, too, I got tb or Cadrao many other drags, which ha th sod whon he gave treatment to penpla do rho were olck Whenever any ono It 111 N< e always sends for Pad ens. her suss mi hero Is no other man who rsa heal him. 'adeiio always promisee to havo Voodoo ill end the airkneos away, bat bo always Ca aks jaat as marh money so ho thinks tho ov Irk ono can afford to pap. This always pu Victims ""r^x ' "My husband brought out the half conscious victims and led them to fhe book and bowl. My husband was a devil?? great Voodoo priest." Y./j.'V >>X;.v '< """Nv \ x '.' :/. < :-:-:A ^ ^ifeajtffeiifeaate' X-: :- ":> ..... ;yv '. < : > W-*> > v ? / i about half of what the slok one owns, t they promise to pay and then whenadeus has called upon Voodoo for them nd they get well and do not pay, he takes way their cattle and whatever they have n their little farms. That la why Cadeus i possessed of so much live stock and hy he is so rloh. Cadeus never paid any one for working n his farm. Whenever he needed peoie to tend his live stock or gather his ops or plant them he always went or >nt me or one of the other wives around nong the neighbors and told them he anted so many men and women right vay. If all the strong young men and omen did not come at once to work for Im he would start the drums rolling and ten when the people had come he would >int out those who had refused to work r him and tell the rest to kill them, nd the others had to kill these, because ley felt that if they did not Cadeus ould burn down their houses. "Tell what you know about the burning ! the Catholic priest's house In Saut' Eau not so long ago." Cadeus had the priest's house burned iwn because a priest from Mlrebalals ime to Saut' d'Eau and took from a ace there, where Cadeus kept them, ime Voodoo images which had just been 'ought for him from France. All the ?ople In the town of Saut' d'Eau beeved that a certain palm tree which ew there was a saint descended from taven to watch over and protect Voodoo, he priest, when he heard this cut the ee down to show the people that It wan >t a saint. Thnt night Cadeus and some his friends went to Saut' d'Eau and irned down the priest's house. "If we let you go now, what will you >T" I will have to go into the wflods and de until I hear the drums beat and then will go to where this beating comes om and there I will find my husband, ideus. And then he will make a sacri e of me on the Mnloulow stone. "Will you not try to get away?" No, It will he no use, because no one n escape from Cadeus. However, the young Creole did eventuly escape from the Voodoo priest whom >e called "husband." The marines saw that. Bhe was sent under escort to ? coast and there good people were und who helped her escape to New Orms. Hhe begged to be allowed to pass ' her old home that ahe might know bother or not her real husband and hie other and the children were alive and fe. She had never hoard from them x tor ahe Joined Cadeus. It was not / ought beet, however, to take her rough that vicinity, and no perhaps she ee not know to this day In her home in iw Orleans what wna the fate of the in the had married there. The record of the marine* in Haiti close that it wan not long after that ideua himself was captured and given er to the local authorities for hia duer nishment.