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   Salt Lake Tribune, The (Newspaper) - December 21, 1890, Salt Lake City, Utah                                THE DAILY TBIBTJOTfc BAiT 3AK3S CTTT LECTSliG LIGHTS TO SALT LAKE CITY THE MOST HEALTHFUL MOST ACCESSIBLE MOST t a And keep on doubting whether you had better accept our broad gauge proposition until it is too late Dont keep on doubting until the levelheaded investors who know a good thing jump in and crowd you out But Get In It And Get In NOW Be a BERLAIN 23 W 2ND SOOTH As saying that PERKINS ADDITION will be to Salt Lake what Wymans Addition is to Denver most convenient the most beautiful the most sought after Dont look on this as a joke It is ad vice that should be accepted and AT ONCE Dont a Glainl And because you are payingrent now keep on paying rent forever Ben Butler said When I was a youngfellow I bought some as many as I wanted but as many as I could get then I got a home I looked after them then they are earing1 for me now Donffc Be RESIDENCE OF GEO PERKINS1 ADDITION Dont Be a Fossil That is dont be one always If you have been a fossil you know it Wake up now Dont sit about moping because youve missed good chances This is the opportunity of your life You wont have another Salt Lake City nor you wont have another PERKINS ADDITION Dont blame us if you miss it now ITfT Dont Be at Fossil CO 23 W 2ND SOUTH SKMEIMHKRI We have an office full of obliging courteous gentlemanly clerks who will show you and tell you anything and everything you want to know about PERKINS ADDITION and if we dont do business with each other well it wont be our fault PROPOSITION IN A NOTSHEU You select your lot or lots in Perkins Addition then make your choice of architectural design for your house and we will build it for you at once Make us a small cash payment and the balance we will arrange to suit your convenience Recollect every house will contain the newest ideas the newest appliances and every conceivable convenience You We Are Bound to WRST BEGONP B The CampHeeling Methods of the Indian Messiah MORE OF THE KBAKATOAN AFTERGLOWS Indian Medicine tain Sarn Profcrs His Regular Sugar and Coffee to a Now Deal by the Great Who Hoar tho Hod Angola SingTho Mes siahs Plain Two Color Line to Bo Sams Veace x Appear on Mount Grant Next Spring VracuNiA CITY Doo 18 1SOO At last wo have had a fall of snow suf ficient to give us excellent sleighing for Bovorul days However in tho last two or three days it has boon rapidly thaw ing JUKI if tho sioiphinff Is tocontlmio wo must soon liavo another fall of snow Tho condition of tho atmosphere at tho present writing Is such that rain rather than snow is indicated Small aya lanchos of snow came today pitching down from thn roofs all ovor tho town much to the delight of tho small boy and tho terror of predcstrian fomalos A SIvKlKS 01 In the last wcok wo have had two or three very pronunced aftorglows Ono of those was brilliant and so lighted up all tho hills to tho eastward of the city that the sun socmod returning thoncch it had disappeared behind tho Sierra Nevada range at least an hour before The appearance was the same as that in 1 which followed tho tro uendous eruption of Krakatoa on tho 26th of August of that year There was tho same redness of ihe western sky and tho same apparent return of tho light of tho sun Tho phenomenon would appear to indicate that there has been an unusually violent eruption of some one of the many great volcanoes scattered throughout the world gard to the condition and periodical outbursts of many of these we know but very little For instance who knows those two immense volcanoes dis covered by Sir lames lloss half a cen tury ago on an Antarctic continent may bo about Wo may however expect to have news of these and other Antarctic wonders in the course of two or three years as Karon Nordonskuvld tho Australians will go on an expedition of exploration to that region in the autumn of next year Though tho grand explosion at Krakatoa took place August 20 1SS3 it not until lato In follow ing that wo had our most brilliant after glows and they continued through tho Greater part of January ASSl Tho present afterglows may have boon caused by tho outbursts noted some weeks ago among tho volcanoes of South and Central America or tho volcano up in the Bohring Sea THEINDIAN MEDICINE DAXCKS ijjj0 snow storm put an end to the dancing of the Pinto and Shoshono when they were becoming wanued up to tho work The big dance at Austin was followed by one at Uattlo Mountain which in turn was followed by one at Smoky Valley in Shoshone territory Both Piutes and Shoshones participated in these dances Tho concluding dance was at Lake and it is said that not fower than 800 Indians wero present tho home of tho Messiah being near Walker Lake Hero wore present many strange In dians About tho timo this dance ended the snow storm came This must have boon somewhat discouraging as tho avowed object of ill the dancing was to propitiate tho Groat Spirit and prevail upon him not to send any more such great snows as those which last winter buried the earth and killed oil tho jack rabbits lint for the7 snow storm wo should have had a big dance at this place Tho dance hero was to have boon called by Captain Sam His object was to bring tho Indians together and make to thorn a groat peace speech Ho said ho wished to spoak to both Indians and whites Ho wants no trouble in Novada what ever may happen in places to tho oast ward A WHO WANT TO GO BACK TO INDIAN DIJGT Captain Sam was in groat distress of mind some two weeks ago when soldiers wero being ordered West Perhaps some pretending to road tho news to him had informed him that tho wero to bo wiped At all events ho came to my house on Thanks giving morning before I was out of bed Whon told I was sleeping but Would see him down town at noon ho said ho could not wait ho must see me at onco It vain that my wife tried to send him away ho simply would not go Finally my wife told him she would see whether I was awake Passing through a long hall my wife opened my bedroom door when I asked a low tone who was at tho door Low as was the voice in which I spoko Captain Sam probably had an ear advanced well within the front rne llo at once charged in along tho hall like a wild buffalo almost upsotting my wifo in the rush ho made Grasping my hand in both of his as I lay in Sam gasped out My dear old friend My dear old friend1 For some timo ho would say nothing more Tears rolling down his cheeks his eyes wore red and his features twitched in such a ludicrous way that I bogau to believe had begun at tho wrong end of tho white mans Thanksgiving At last however ho managed to tell mo that ho was in great trouble about tho news from tho East Ho feared that soldiers would bo sent to kill off tho Piutes because of one of their number having started tho dancing craze Ho said he desired to live in peace with tho whites He had heard tho preaching of tho Walker Lako Messiah and the state of affairs ho predicted would not suit him Sam at all Ho had almost grown up among tho whites Ho had become accustomed to their kind of food and clothing and he could not now go back to tho old Indian fashions Said he I must have my sntcar coat and hat and pantaloons Biti tho Walker Lake preacher says when the change comes all Indians will wear buckskin on their logs have buck skin coats and wear no will have feathers on their heads Then there will bo no coffee no sugar no Hour no anything imcat and grass seed want this at all cried Sam Ho was much comforted when I as him that he would never see anything of the kind that it was alltalk 1 told him that whito men said that at such a time tho oldworld would burn up and a new one bo made but nothing ever camo of it it was all more foolish talk I tried in vain to get Sam to go down town tolling I would moot him at noon at the postolKco and talk further about the troubles but ho would not go Ho said ho was all ready to talk and ho must talk while in a state of prepared said I composing go ahead and say ness Well then myself for tho siogo all you have to Captain Sam then turned loose his tongue and talked almost without stop ping to breathe for two mortal hours At tho end of about twoJaoniS ho turned to mo and said Now I am tired I can talk no Perspiration was pouring down his face and the largo voice with which ho had commenced had died away to a whisper Having completely exhausted him self ho said goodby and marched away at onco THE CAMPMEETINC METHODS OE THE In his long talk Captain Sam gave me a full account of tho predic tions and exhortations of tho Messiah Sam was at Mason Valley at tho timo of tho visit of liannoeks Cheyenne Arpha hoos and other strange Indians Ho says tho Messiah first calls upon all to join in tho singing and dancing He then falls upon tho ground and for about an hour lies as though dead Ho then arises and tells what ho has seen saying he has visited tho other world in tho that Us wonders have revealed to him in a vision But tho heaven ho visits in his dreams is not that of tho whito people it is thoblost of tho Great Spirit and his red children It is immediately overhead lie points upward and says It is there there above t you There above you at this aro gathered your fathers your mothers your grand fathers your grandmothers your chil who have gone before you to tho spirit land They gather above you while you sing and dauco I can see them They look down upon you They aro above you pro vided for them bythe Gioat Spirit They aro not in tho of the God of the whito man That is far away in tho cold north I know nothing of that heaven It does not concern me to know for it is not a heaven for Indians Why should you care for the heaven of th6 white mon Your old fathers and old mothers aro in the heaven above you do you want to leave them and go away to the heaven of tho white men Are you white men thai you should wish to go to that heaven Look at your hands look at are you white men No you are Indians The white mans heaven is for you You aro Indians tne God of the white mans heaven will not know you You must go hoavon of the God ofthe rod men There await you all who have gone before D After exciting the people with ex hortations like this tho Messiah starts a certain song Ho calls upon women and all to join in the song and the ex citement is at the ho looks up into tho heavens and cries I see thorn above us They are coming They gather above us They join in the sing ing Our old mothers and grandmothers aro now singing just above1 us Do you not hear them brother So saying he grasps the shoulders of one of the visit ing Indians and pointing upward cries ListGii I Thw whole air is quivering with the the joined both men and The Indian to becomes infected inQnt There appear toV be in the air above and the Indian soou iffl agines he hears that of his dead mother or somo other relation who is in spirit laud He cries that ho hoars tho voice of his mother singing in the air over his head and by his extravagant manifesta tions of joy others aro also carried away and they hear above tho sing ing of dead friends Captain Sam acted this wholo scene for 7iie It was exactly as if he wore trying to describe for mo moot ing ho had witnessed among the whites Pacing back and forth in my sleeping room with hiseyes rolled heavenward he cried O Iheax my old in good ole and as ho paced to andfro Sam emphasized tho feol um by striking himself resounding blows onthe breast It difficult to imagine such a scene as Sam tried to discribo Those witnessed among whites an ex citing religious revival led by a vigor ous and earnest exhortcr may easily picture what the same would bo among the ignorant and superstitious Indians In their dances the majority imagine they see and hearwhatever their prophet tolls them he hears Amid the din of the monotonous drums and the dolorous chant of hundreds of voices the Indian convert soon imagines that hohears joining5n the songthe onefamiliar voice ofhisdead mother and in the smoke that rolls above from a hundred fires he sees faces looking clown and hands beckon ing THE MESSIAH ALL FOB THE INDIAN RACE Captain Sam says that whilethe prophet advises allagainst taking up arms and going to war against tho he says that it gives him no pain to know that they are to bo swept from the face of tho earth by the Great He looks upon It concerns neither him nor his is work that belongs to the Great Spirit Ho asks the Indians Why shouldyou care for this thing which is to befall the whites You are not a whito man Look color of your hands and face You are a red man and you are troubling yourself about this thing the Great Spirit is goingto do as though you were white You have been so much among the white men that you have begun orgetyour being an Indian But look at the color of your hands Captain Sam says that the prophet always stops the most ol those who disagree with him by asking them who theyare that they should find fault with what has been ordained By the colpr of your skin one would take you to be an he wiH when you your mouth a The Messiah appears to sharp tongue CaptainSam has fear of him He ho is big medi cine but he dont know whether for good or bad That which Sam cannot geVovoris the bringing girl the It appears that a bout a year ago a ypiwigigirlat thfi Walker Lake reservation to all appearance had lain as f the Messiah was or and at onco restored the child to Hfe reseivation say that the chijd or of some kihd but wh Hyhites say dpes not oftha prophet among the their f gen niiracle Thev Indians pnophet come in 18S9 whendrought theiwholo rain the Indians ought to have another dance to bring about a cessation of the daily downpour The Indians took this seriously and as they are always ready to turn an honest penny some of thornwaited upon lead ing to ascertain what they would bo willing to pay to have tho rain stopped They in thoir innocence of heart and great faith firmly believed that in answer to their supplications tho Great Spirit had sent the rain and that ho would hear and hoed their prayers were they to ask to have it stopped HYPNOTISM AN OLD MEIWC1NK SKCttKT As it has been suggested by some that the Messiah may make use of hypno tism in causing he desires to in fluence to see and hoar whatever he wishes I endeavored to ascertain from Captain Sam his methods of procedure Ail I could glean war that tho prophet kept tho visiting Indians near him and that ho sometimes placed his hands upon them particularly when calling upon them to look aloft and hearken to the voices of the spirits singing in the air It is quite certain that the mystery of niesmorism on hypnotism as it is now generally called is known to ail tno medicine men who have taken the high est degree In fourteen Iowa In dians visited London under a permit from J M Porter Secretary of War They were for a time connected with the Indian gallery of George Catlin at Egyptian Hall as also were nine Chippowas or Objibbewas The Iowa party was headed by White Cloud first chief of the nation Walking Rain third chief and other men of note Among these was Sonontiyab chief and a big medicine man M mesmerism was attracting much attention It was it would be a great surprise to tho Indians to witness some mesmeric experiments Accordingly the Indian medicine man the chiefs and most others of the party were taken to the rooms of the prof esspr of mesmerism The mesmerist had with him as a sub ject a feeble and of 34 or 15 years of age While witnessing his experiments the Indians with diffi culty restrained their inclination to burst forth in fits of laughter At the conclusion of the performance the medicine man Senontiyah said there was nothing new or wonderful in what the professor had done that he could discover He said All the medicine men in the Indian country have known for many years how do the same thing and what the white people know of it at this time they havelearned from the Indians but I see that they don t vet half know how to do The then said he had with him a dress which he wore when doing the mystery of mesmerism that if the professor would come again next morning at 9 oclock he would spe him in and he would then mesmerize the In the morning the medicine man was promptly arrayed trihis mystery robes but the professor did not put in an appearance The band of Io was had the most perfect confidence in this medicineman They would do nothing without consulted yand but that they had him with them V uuderr taken tQ cross the 40 with the baiid tnan chief was al ways consulted by the by whose jiow TITO BKpiirGip UP A t tlie yessel whichKcarried the wasover to dv vfm i n sight pt i White Cloud said to obtain the desired wind they must call upon Senontiyah his medicineman Ino officers of the vessel told him ho was at liberty to set his medicine man to work Arrayed in his medicine dress Senouti yah appeared upon the deck Ho solemnly set to work and prepared his mystery feast and began his invoca tions to the spirit of the winds and the waters curiously watched by tho super stitions sailors who gathered near When the medicine man had con cluded his invocation ho said the answer was favorable and the wind was com ing He askedfrom what quarter it was desired Being told he made a sign and said it wonld be so A moment after the wind came and wafted tho vessel into port This feat made a great impression upon the sailors On the arrival of the vessel in the harbor tho sailors made the medicine man many tempting offers to induce him to teach thorn his magical ceremony for raising a wind Even tne officers were impressed when they saw tho incantations of the old medicine man so promptly followed by the desired breeze ABOUT INDIA X Many of the dances of the Indians and some of these the most popular are medicine dances that is mystery or religious dances They resist being deprived indulgence in these as an effort to takeaway from them their religion or at least to prevent the practice of it New dances are occasionally invented and introduced which are illustraUvp of some tenet of their religious belief and for a time these are all the rage produce among the Indians exactly what among the whites would be spoken of as a religious revival These new dances and religious ideas often have a neat passing from tribe to tribe The ghost dance is not the first religious dance that has passed from tribe to tribe among the Indians and created among them a sort of religions furor There have been a number of such dances No longer ago than 1SS4 such a dance was introduced among the Pottawatomies at Pottawatomie and Great Nomaha agency Kansas In September of that year H C Linn the agent writes There has been intro duced into the Pottawatomie tribe in the past year a system of worship which consists principally of dancing and ex ulting Apart from the superstition and consumption of time spent in those dances the moral tendency is very good as the tearing is in accordance with the Ten Commandments They object to sacrament by the use of intoxicating drink and denounce gambling and horse racing This religion was introduced by the Chippewas of In August 18S5 agent of these Indians W Patrick reports as follows These Indians are chaste cleanly andindustrious and wouldbe a valuable acquisition Prairie Band if it were not for their intense de votion to a religious djince started among the northern Indians some years ago This dance was introduced Prairie Band about two years ago by the Absentee gpes an has spreadthro ugh the in the They seem to have adopted the religion as a means pf exr the justice mercy ofthe Great and of their devotion to him and are so theirconviction them eternal liappi ness thought than to advise possiV ble and to in my in tercpurse with the ing the Whysshould dancei Kayo Mr on Vthat h vnd gambling 75 percent and a depart ure from virtue on the part of its num bers meets with tlio Ho thought its worst features wero the loss of timo and tho fanati cal train of thought The loss the really religious dances of tho Indians are interfered with less trouble there will be with tjiero There is nothing bad in the religion of the Indians It is a good foundation on which to build trouble however is that all the missionaries sent them wish at once to rear a cathedral on what is merely the foundation for a comfort able little cottage Teach them at first in the name of tho Groat Spirit Among the nations of the earth there are a thousand different names for the sun and moon yet ail signify the same The Indians are ready enough to receive really good additions to their religion bur it must them as they can assimilate it them an overdose and they are liable to throw up tho have not the capacity to at once take in the whole scheme of to any Indian a great and universally acknowledged Bible truth and he will at onco say it is good He will subscribe to the Ten Commandments at once if ho is man As for our Indians here they have got some new ideas about the end of the world tho resurrection and the like which they interpret to suit themselves Their prophpt obtained the doctrine h0 teaches when he was a young man Ho was brought at Pino Grove in an Adventist family of the name of Wilson It seems what the Wilsons taught him about coming of the end of the world and the resurrection im pressed him and became a con vert to the doctrine modifying it to suit his notions of what would be just to his people in the rearrangement of the this world by the Great Spirit A day or two after Thanksgiving Capr tain Sam again came to see me He said he was going to call a dance to bo held at Virginia City at which he would make a speech to both whites and la diahs He said hewould send lor John son Sides whom some of the Eastern papers in speaking of and the pair would then give me a history1 of and ail his teachings Hesaidthere something about the tribes coming nerV spring Christ descend upon Grant which hp has told me he did not thorpughly understand matter but he said Johnson would able tpteli me alt about it said is a smart man he can Speak Johnsons spn then eity and hewas instructed to go to Rcnp and tell his to come URjtho next day but that night therbig snpw storm satin and spoiled the whole arrangement dance V At the moment Sam was talking snpw storm was threatening and I tpld him it wpiYld surely snpwy Such how ever in the dancing ofhis people that No my friend it will not then that snow would be impossible In view of the the prophet and his peppte but a prtwo later looked quite chopfallen when reminded of his prediction He finally there weatjxer sprfng permit of cpnteinpiateidi Sim daficcs There Vjorierajble whom are heldv all the   

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