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In the meantime hands full of
light feathers were thrown a mongthem. When the singing ceased, a boy fancifully dressed having in his hand a big bow and arrow led by two chiefs approach ed the shore. He drew the bow and pointed the arrow twice at the canoes, the crowd keeping silent. The third time he held it pointed toward the canoes then lowered the point and shot into the water. Then a shout went up that could be heard for miles, the canoes pulled to land and the feasting began. The dancing and feasting lasted four days .Imagine fifty native men and women, their faces painted with red. black or blue stripes.with rings in their noses, with bright colored blankets, some with small looking glasses hanging from their necks, all standing together at the end of a large room, one of the chiefs pounding a tambourine shaped affair, then a low droning chant commences, all thedancers keeing time by stamping one foot on the floor. As the dance proceeds the chant becomes louder and faster, the stamping gives way to a series of contortions and gestures that can not be de scribed. All at once the noise ceas es. as they turn to an old chief who sits in the back ground and talk for a few minutes, after which the dance goes on as before Each dance lasts about 20 min utes without change of dancers. Thislasts from six to eight hours, when a fresh company takes the floor. It is not often now that the people show how firmly they believe in witchcraft. About two years ago a chief in Chilkat was sick and ap plied to the Shaman to find who was the cause of his sickness, sending a fee of twenty dollars I '? by a boy of thirteen who was a i relative.The Dr. sent word that the boy was the cause of the chief's illness Hewasgiven three : days to go to the cemetery to meet' the powers of darkness and with draw the charm that caused the ! chief's ill ness. The boy denied having such power, and in great fear told the missionary, who j asked him to stay there where he would he safe, but the boy said j ; "Oh no, they would know I told and it would be worse for me.''! The third day the boy was not seen all day. It was said he had ! gone to another village. On send ing a messenger he could not be found. With the aid of a search warrant and the police, he was |found under the house of the ; sick chief, in a little hole in the ' earth not large enough to stretch himself in, one single blanket, a board over the hole weighted with stove wood, and the weather) near zero. He had been there i from Wednesday morning until Saturday evening with out food; or water. He was taken to the I missionary's home,where a chief demanded admittance, on being j refused brought the whole village to the door.They were preventedI I from breaking in the door, by j the threat, that the first inanwho | appeared in the door would drop j dead. He was sent to the Sitka school, arid there he is at the pre- i sent, grown into a tall nice look boy, learning the shoemakers' trade. In nearly every tribe of Alaskans, there was and still is an Indian doctor, who in some i ways is the greatest and most to be feared man in the tribe. When one died the whole tribe fasted eight days, neither eating or drinking.under penalty of the wrath of the evil spirits who controled the doctor. For it was J never thought to be good spirit* who guided and influenced him. During the days of the fast his body lay clothed in the best and costliest garments, his wealth of costly blankets, curious relics of all he had gathered during life were displayed. During this time a place was sleeted for his burial Continued Miss LA. Hiys, connected with the Sitka Mission in 1903 and 1904 is now engaged by the Board, to speak for Alaska missions. She is at the present time attending Presbyterial meetings in Minn:-1 sota and Wisconsin. The news of the death of Mary I Hamilton on March nineteenth brought sadness to her friends in Sitka. The deepest sympathy is felt for the father and sister left so lonely and the two broth ers who are not in the home, all of whom feel their loss most keenly. These are all that remain of a family of nine children. The Cottage Hand is going to the A. Y. I'. E. The Thlinget wishes them all success, and feel confident that the organization is equal in talent, equipment and neatness of uniform to nny band in Alaska, and if any other Original American band beats' them they will have to get up very early in the morning. The Portland Journal of March 2Nth, contains an account of a reception given by Dr. and Mrs. ('. K.Tenipleton, March2Hrd in honor ofthevisit of Supt. and Mrs. Beattie. About one hun dred guests were gathered in the Templeton home which was beau tifully decorated to represent Alaska, to show their interest in the Sitka Training School.