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Indian Fanaticism

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As showing the character of the savage Apache, the remarkable events following the appearance at Fort Apache, last summer, of a big medicine-man now possesses a peculiar interest. His name was Knock-e-ti-klinny. Presenting hirnself to Gen. Carr, he explained tlíat he came here at the request of his friends; that he was a doctor and could bring tho dead to life; that they came out of the ground by degrees; that some chiefs were already out as far as the knees, and would soon be alivo again, and that they had told hini they would come when the corn was ripe. "How do you communicate with your dead friends?" Gen. Carr asked. "They take the shape of a bear, and I see them and talk with them at night. I leave food for them in the empty lodges. They do not want to come till the corn is ripe and there is plenty to eat for all of us." He then said he intended to hold dances near the post and askcd that tho Indian soldiers (the scouts) might be present. Gen. Carr told hiin that they might go provided there was to be no whisky on tho ground. The medicinernan withdrew and the next night the first of his dances was held. For tho first few nights the Indians did not take a great deal of interest in the medicinernan's incantations, but iiually nearly all came undcr the spell, and the scènes then nightly enacted at the dances were of tho most fanatical order. In the course of a few weeks the savages seemed to grow tired of the ceremonies and became impatient for results. They called on the wild-eyed medicine-man to make good his word and bring the dead to life. The corn was ripe, and the ears were bursting on the stalk. Whero were the friends? The medicineman having been cornered, did just what many a white man, siniilarly placed, has done. He took a new track. The dead would not return, he said, so long as the pale face remained. The whites must go. Imbued with this religious conviction, the war spirit was aroused. At this juncture ït sohappened thatasmall detachment of troops was ordered away from the fort. Tho medicine-man pointcd to tho bigcomet and said it was good medicine. The rest of the whites would soon follow. Gen Carr, alarmed at the attitude of the savages, sent for reinforcements. In tho meantime the medicine-man wentto Cibicu, forty-five miles to the southwest, and continuad his incantations. A detachment of troops, accompanied by a number of Indian soldiers (scouts), was sent out to watch the redskins. The scouts, who were Apaches, betrayed the command treacherously,and the wholo body narro wly escaped massacre. As it was, the offleer in command was killed. Gen. Carr, hearing of the disloyalty of the Indian soldiers, made a forced march to the scène of the troubles, and after a short engagement succeeded in capturing the medicine-man, averting the impending massacre and holding the now thoroughly warlike savages in subjection. After his arrest, Knock-e-ti-klinny told the scouts whom he hadbeguiled that the soldiers could not destroy him. If they killed him or any of his followjrs, he and they would return to life on the third day, eventhoughtheirenomies cut their bodics into pieces. This troublesome son of theforest, having well-nigh precipitated a big Indian war, came to a violent death a few days later at the hands of a soldier. ' As he failed to put in an appearance at the end of three days, or three weeks, the reds concluded he was a fraud, and when other medicine-men undertook to carry on the resurrection ceremonies it was found that the tribe had lost interest in the matter. m ¦-¦


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