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THiJdfev6VfLD CHRONICLC T j If m$y ms& : BNf rlti .." proofs tp'supHiazrS . :'t-IJf I Yt I I yy ArUA. or New Guluea. as s$V h IU'a H ' I VlBl y we have usually been ac- IcSJt Atl j wJi H I VT customed , to call It, J mM A&L. 4fM. .j though known to the ZjL.., "' ' jfjNSSV"''" " "" HX Western world for cen r sVj0 vf ' mgmt ' FwiTV - ' turles and settled by Eu- v UFT 4 ifjgW ti5 - APUA. or New Guluea, as we have usually been ac customed , to call It, tliouirli known to the Western world for cen turles and settled by Eu ropeans along Its sea edge, remains one of the few real rtelds for the "d a r 1 n z exnlorer. The1 . viargest Island on tlie globe. If Aus ralla be considered continent, Its Interior Is still to a. considerable ex . tent-a region of mystery. Extreme physical hardships hamper tbe adven turous traveler there, and many of the natives are still heud-hunters andean vlbals. ' : The British, who since the World war possess the entire eastern half of 'the Island, have been the most per. sistent explorers of .'Papua and some UlJ few real rields for the 3 ZrK, If I mfw HffJ W If ft Jfc - -of .them, have had . remarkable, and thrilling experiences there. .- One of .. . those Intrepid Englishmen, E..W. Pear- on : Chlnaery Ja -the, only whiter man who ever witnessed the ceremony with which the Manua tribesmen; Initiate ' their youths into manhood. - And not only that he was ' himself Initiated Into (he tribe. Here: is the way , he tells.it: ;; ' r"J -' ' It was at Kokoda, 2,500 feet above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Vlc toria, that I tirst heard the "bullroar r," called "the Voice of the Jungle Spirit" by natives of Papua. I had just returned from a long, arduous expedition in the mountains. Tired and wearied by the excessive strain, I was resting on the veranda of the home-made bungalow which served as 1ho residency, when there came sud- denly to my ears a succession of ghastly shrieks '.'followed by ' long drawn sobs, strangely human yet ob viously not human. . Then came a-series : of indescribable blood-curdling sounds which culminated In a pitiful moan. The sounds came from the di rection of the Manua villages to which my small cook boy belonged. "Mam bia," I cried to him, "whatever is that?" But he fled from me In terror with his hands over his ears. NOr could I obtain any information from the other natives on the station. It is the "voice of the demon which dwells In the bush," they said, but beyond that I could learn nothing.' Invited to the Ceremony. - The villages were only a few mo ments' walk, so thither I went for en lightenment, for it is good that an olflcer should know what Is happen ing In his district. I was met on the track by three of the chiefs who, strangely enough, were about to call on me to discuss the very matter I liad come to investigate. "Master," the spokesman began, "many years have passed since he government came to our district, and during all that time our tribe has not been able to prepare Its young men for manhood, for the needs of the gov ernment have required tljem to be ever ut band. Since you have been here our people have served you loyally and with confidence. Now we come to ask your permission to hold our sacred ceremonies that our young men may formally enter manhood. In three moons' they will be 'men.' May they be free from service for that period J" "You have permission to do any thing that Is for the welfare of the r tribe so long as it does not conflict wltb the laws of the government," 1 .replied. . "No white man has ever witnessed our sacred ceremonies, but It would please us to have our master one who knows our customs. Would you bo Initiated?" they asked. .;-.,.. ' I 'flw j 7 ' 'A i "z. Would I be "free to report all that I saw?" I asked. ' r : v . m : "Quite free, so far as your own peo pJe are concerned, but death comes to one of our own tribe should he be come acquainted With the mysteries without first being prepared and In itiated," they said. When I returned to the station that evening I was a member of the Manua tribe, having been formally Initiated Into the most sacred institution of a primitive people. What I learned was this: Preparing the Youths. Before boys and girls are qualified to take their places as adult members of the tribe they are required to pass through certain grades. The priv ileges of each grade are conferred dur ing ceremonies which take place after the candidate has undergone a course' of preparation. The first distinction is the right to wear the nose bone. When the child is about six years of age a person appointed for the pur pose squeezes the septum of the can- diate's nose with finger-nails which have been heated over a fire, and then pierces it with a bone. A piece of wood is placed In position to keep the hole distended until the wound has healed, nd after the operation the child, heavily decorated and ornament ed, remains seated In the house of the operator until the gift of a pig and some food by the parents confirms the right of the child to wear the nose- bone to distinguish It from children of a lower grade. In this state the child advances to puberty, and then the process of serious training begins the preparation for its life as : an adult. Nothing much Is known of the treat ment of the girls, but the boys are placed in an indosure and for some months are secluded from all except ing the elders who train them. Every possible method is devised to instruct the youths In a mode of behavior cal culated to promote the Interests of the tribe. Supreme Test Is Rough. At last the time comes for the su preme test. All through this period of seclusion the voices of "devils" (bullroarers) have been heard outside the houses of learning, and whenever the "voice" has ?ome to their ears the candidates have been forced to per form certain movement's lest they should be struck dead by nnseen hands. Now they are required to enter the very midst of the "devils." A high scaffolding Is erected in the village and all the women and chil dren other than tho mothers of can didates are seat to some other locality, i Then ona iilglif, .lust n the moon ite above the roof of the Jungle and casts a pale eerie light over the village square, the trembling novices, denud ed of all clothing, are conducted by the elders to the edge of the square. They see before them a long lane of crouching figures queerly garbed the "devils" which are to test them. The crouching figures spring Into action; blood-curdling yells fill the nir. Small groups of "demons" clutch the shrink ing lads and stamp up and down, round and round the village, rubbing tiu'ir bodies and throwing them in the air. The din Is Infernal. Onecan scarcely credit that sounds such as these could come from human throats. Up on the scaffolding they cast their human "handballs," but before the terror-stricken lads can climb ; out of reach they are pulled d wn again. The mothers of tho lads, weeping and shrieking, rush Into the groups to try to rescue their boys. "Oh demons," they cry, "do not harm my boy; he Is worthy." "lie Is not worthy," they shriek in reply, "this is his death dance." He sees others rushing at him with clubs uplifted to strike, but before they can fall rough hands snatch him away and he Is tossed and whirled through the air over and over again. Deadly tired and semi-demented, he Is placed on the scaffold for a brief respite, but acrobatic "demons" spring to his side and perform strange Inhuman "Catherine wheels" and other movements, as they chuckle and jeer at him and mutter horrible threats. "Demons" In the trees overhead upset vessels of lcyxold water over him, and again he Is dragged from his resting place and almost torn asunder. But at last the "demons" consent to let him rest. Then he Is covered frotn head to foot with large cloaks of bark cloth. With his back turned he clings to the scaffolding in fear and trembling while the bullroarers are brought In. For hours the novices stand on their lofty perches with their heads hidden-from the "devils' voices." Then they are proclaimed worthy and the "demons" are explained to them. Food Is distributed to guests from other tribes by the elders,, who move quickly from man to- man with a queer trot ting gait. 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