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Some Savage Warfare

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Parent Issue
Day
3
Month
November
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Curator Sargeant, of the university museum, has re-arrauged the weapon case on the third floor of the building. A good idea of savage iinplements of warfare and those of the change to the more modern, can here be seen. There are spears znd swords. Soine of the latter are nsed by our uew couutrymon, the Malay pirares in the south Philippine Islands, who are expert workers in war. Th ere is an executioner's knife that looks iike an old-fashioned meat chopper, used in choppiug meat for hash. A Chinese match lock is a curiosity. The label on it says : ' ' This gun was primed, as were the flintlocks. A slow burning rope of bark was carried around the wrist of the solider or hunter. This rope was long enough to burn all day. When the gun was to be discharged, the burning rope was put into the catch above. Pulling the trigger lowered the burning end into the powder. ' ' This gun is part of the Beal-Steere collection. , Another weapon is a blow gun with which poisoned arrows were blown. "The gourd contaius tree cotton for wrapping about the ends of the arrows before placing them in the blow gun. The piece of fish ja-w attached to the quiver is used for partially severing the poison tips of the arrows, in order that they may break off and remain in the wounds which they inflct. ' ' This is also a part of the BealSteere collection. An oíd fliut lock has a sad hístory. "A relie of the plains. In 1850 a party of emigrant were orossing the plaius euroute to California. At Lemoile Creek, Nevada, a party of Indiana attaeked thein, and a fierce running flght took place for 15 miles along the alley. During the night the Indians ran off all their stock and tjams. A corral was made of the wagons, while sorne of the men stayed with the women and children to guard the preperty, while the others went foii the stock, fliiding it 50 miles away. On returning five days later, they found the wagons burned and the family killed, not a survivor being found to teil the tale. Dr. J. C. Leonard visited the spot and found the gun. ' ' In contrast to these guns are bows and arrows of Yukutat Indians from ?ort Mulgrave, Alaska, the gift of Prof. M. Baker.