By Thomas S. Kidd
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A few had prepared their parcels within the type of a guy, ornamented with Porcelain collars, and chic bands of lengthy pink fur. On starting off from the Village, the total band cried out haéé, haé, and repeated this cry of the souls incidentally. This cry they are saying relieves them drastically; in a different way the weight, even supposing of souls, may weigh very seriously on their backs, and reason them a backache all of the remainder of their lives. They cross brief trips; our Village was once 3 days in going 4 leagues to arrive Ossossané, which we name los angeles Rochelle, the place the ceremonies have been to ensue. once they come close to a Village they cry back haéé, haé. the total Village involves meet them; lots of presents are given on such an party. every one has his rendezvous in a single of the Cabins, all be aware of the place they're to inn their souls, so it truly is kept away from confusion. even as, the Captains carry a Council, to debate how lengthy the band shall sojourn within the Village. the entire souls of 8 or 9 Villages had reached los angeles Rochelle by way of the Saturday of Pentecost; however the worry of undesirable climate pressured them, as i've got acknowledged, to put off the rite till Monday. We have been lodged 1 / 4 of a league away, on the previous Village, in a Cabin the place there have been absolutely 100 souls hung to and stuck upon the poles, a few of which smelled a bit superior than musk. On Monday, approximately midday, they got here to notify us that we must always carry ourselves in readiness, for they have been going to start the rite; they took down even as, the applications of souls; and the family members back spread out them to assert their final adieus; the tears flowed afresh. I well-liked the tenderness of 1 lady towards her father and kids; she is the daughter of a first-rate who died at a sophisticated age, and used to be very influential within the state; she combed his hair and dealt with his bones, one by one, with as a lot affection as though she may have wanted to restoration lifestyles to him; she placed beside him his Atsatonewai, that's, his package deal of Council sticks, that are the entire books and papers of the rustic. As for her sons and daughters, she wear their palms bracelets of Porcelain and glass beads, and bathed their bones together with her tears; they can scarcely tear her clear of those, yet they insisted, and it used to be essential to go away instantly. the one that bore the physique of this previous Captain walked on the head; the boys undefined, after which the ladies, jogging during this order till they reached the pit. permit me describe the association of this position. It used to be in regards to the measurement of where Royale at Paris. there has been in the midst of it a superb pit, approximately ten ft deep and 5 brasses extensive. throughout it was once a scaffold, a type of staging rather well made, 9 to 10 brasses in width, and from 9 to 10 toes excessive; above this staging there have been a few poles laid throughout, and good prepared, with cross-poles to which those programs of souls have been hung and certain. the entire our bodies, as they have been to be installed the ground of the pit, were the previous day put less than the scaffold, stretched upon bark or mats mounted to stakes concerning the top of a guy, at the borders of the pit.