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"Are you telling true that you saw him? "Wah-wah also said, Pobolo is good, Good speech ?”
but not good as Lean-face. Whatever "I am telling this: I called out to him Lean-face speaks to Ugwuf, Ugwuf to do and he spoke from far away.
He was so before Pobolo speaks. If Lean-face does far away that Lean-face could not not speak, then Pobolo to speak; but not him, but Lean-face heard.”
of the same things. Pobolo speaks about At this point, Pobolo was constrained to many men; Lean-face tells of only one, regale himself with laughter. “Now, who which is Wah-wah!' ever heard anybody so far away? It is “Wah-wah also said, 'Lean-face to wear laugh-laugh to listen to this Lean-face cord around waist with leaves of trees, to talker. He is like one who jabbers in his show how Wah-wah came with fire.' sleep. He tells what is not.”
“Wah-wah also said, Whatever Wah"Then he came near-next to me,” re- wah says is to be done first, and other sumed Lean-face. “But I could not see things afterwards.' him, even though it was daylight."
“And Wah-wah said many other things, Pobolo walked in a circle and laughed. which Lean-face will tell when it is good.”
” “This must be the way monkeys talk," he Then quoth Pobolo, "The next time you said to Ugwuf. "Monkey-talk," he re- speak with Wah-wah, Pobolo will go and peated. “Let us kill this Lean-face lest speak with you." he talk more.”
Lean-face looked very sad. "No," he “Wah-wah said he is my friend. He asserted; "Wah-wah is angry from his will fight with his fire when he is angry,' teeth to his hands. He would put you to stated the traveler.
the never-wake-up sleep. By and by he Pobolo was perplexed; Ugwuf, agitated. may become kind and Lean-face will ask
“What more did he say to you ?” in
about you.” terrogated the latter.
Pobolo was quiet. "Many things," replied Lean-face. “Then," inquired Ugwuf, "if we do all “But he said not to tell people all at one that Wah-wah says, will he be friend of time. I tell soon.
Look here!” Leanface pointed to the flint, while the others “Oh, yes,” exclaimed Lean-face. crowded around. “He made this for me, “It is well," said the chief. quick, like birds fly. Wah-wah said, “And Wah-wah said, 'Lean-face shall 'Look! And I looked, but did not see. have ten cows from Ugwuf.'' And then he said: 'Look again!' and I At this there was silence. But the chief looked and saw this knife. And I said, seemed willing to maintain his compact of 'Good Wah-wah, show me yourself.' And friendship with the absent one, and rehe said, “No; not now. But look on the peated, "It is well. Lean-face will wear knife, and you will see Wah-wah and Ainu the cord of trees and come take two handslike looking in the water. On the stone will ful of cows,” by which latter he meant be little shadow-persons like look-in-the
“Ugwuf likes Wah-wah and likes water persons.
But the shadow on the to do as he says," added the chief. stone never go away.”
“Ugwuf will be the better for it,” reThe king looked. Forthwith, as had plied Lean-face. Lean-face, he saw nothing. When he saw,
CHAPTER IV. me drew back.
Long-face continued assuredly: "Many The moving grace of human nature is things Wah-wah told me.
This much I to be as unnatural as possible. When the tell now.
He said about fire, Fire is not trait is developed selfishly and for one's treated well; so Wah-wah is angry like own peculiar amusement, it is eccentricity, fire and fire is wild like lion.' He said, When the artificial is successfully forced You, Lean-face, must always keep fire, upon others, making them revolve around because I like you, and it is my fire. Never the new center of thought, the result is let any man say that the fire is not Wah- leadership. This is the demand for power. wah's fire. Every time the moon is round It takes form variously, under many prelike the sun, men must bring Lean-face texts and precepts, for instances, in the meat, to use Wah-wah's fire.'
father of a family, the employer, the school
master, the exalted master of secret glory left for the all-as-rapacious Leansociety, the judge, the jailer, the general, face. But this advanced mind soon disand the king. Now and then the satellites covered a basis of supremacy great as, or move away, yet reorganize themselves in greater than, any known; to wit, the unother orbits with a different name in the known. center of the system.
Every one beheld Ugwuf's
courage; Royalty is the soul materialized in gold they came to know Pobolo's sagacity. and purple. It is an extension of the in- And now, as against these, appears Leanmost self upon the wills of others. The face with his dependence upon matters performance is so beautiful that the others which none of them could behold forget their spiritual subjection in ad- know. It was at first puzzling, even to miration of the imperial weapons. This Lean-face, that the more the tribe was is as it should be. For there must be one puzzled the more it was delighted; the acknowledged supreme in order to sup
less it knew the less it doubted. press the turbulent supremacies in others. Devoutly interested in these traits, Besides, if a man would not endure be- Lean-face was the first to touch with subing a servant, he must go and be a king. tle finger the fonder places of the human The only way to escape all is to subjugate heart. Ugwuf signified force; Pobolo all.
had made words forcible; Lean-face made “I am king,” say I.
words fascinating. "You are king,” say they.
As he was interested in the innovation, "Nay; I am not king because you say it, constantly he applied new tests and satisbut because I will it. Therefore, I shall factions of it. He interfered with every be a despot, inflicting you with continual habit of the tribe, and gave it customs evidence of me royal.
instead, conformable to some plan or virIt is thus that he thinks. It is thus, tue or emolument. knows he that understands the entrails of When a child was born, it was Leanthe soul.
face who was asked whether Wah-wah There is one king; yet there are many
welcomed it to the use of Wah-wah's fire. tiny images of his power. For we give de- When a tribesman died, Lean-face votion to riches, influence, patronage, sisted at the burial, for it was Wah-wah's credits, reputes, fames, honors, notes. And will that the dead be inhumed; otherwise some among these arise to assert, “My they would return and annoy their brethkingdom is greater than the king's."
Everything belonged to Wah-wah, In Ugwuf of the Heaviest Spear was the for he had the power of destroying everyreign of the arm. The arm was crowned thing. He had invented fire that could before the diadem was removed to the burn up the forests, frighten away the head. Muscle wore its armlet before the game and consume the fruits, as once it jeweled symbol of authority was raised did. Mountains had been mountains beupon the brain. Ugwuf collected fore this falsifier came into power; now many privileges as his rugged head could they were the abode of Wah-wah. devise. He mastered well the rudiments face had turned the world into a stamp
ing ground for the imagination. He falHis will and its execution slept and flew sified the earth with thought. . in his spear. Then came Pobolo, who had mind its first apple to eat. only words for his weapon. Ugwuf by He loved to intimidate his assembly. force, Pobolo maintained himself by wis- The king could make them cower by dom. Ugwuf had strength; Pobolo pointing his spear; the statesman, by directed it. The latter's greed for au- threatening to inform the king. The thority was satisfied with its own means friend of Wah-wah could terrify his felof acquisition. Ugwuf called Pobolo his lows by telling them of extravagant acts Fat Speaker. Unto his Fat Speaker he which they begged him not to perform. was the Ignorant Fighter.
One of his actual feats had a beneficial Now. with the division of these matters effect. Taking the head of a between the king and his minister of scraped out the interior and walked about State, it seemed as if there were no other with his own head within. The result
of the age.
was a panic. He spoke through the cow's of the graves, to ascertain if the corpse mouth and pretended to gore with the had made use of the offering, that Leanhorns. The spectators fell to earth and face beheld grass sprouting from the writhed in fear.
seed. It was sometime before he experiTo remove the mask, Lean-face returned mented himself into the satisfaction that to his cave, for he knew enough of illu- this phenomenon would take place as sion not to become himself again in their often as desired. presence.
When ready to inform his followers of Subsequently he was minded to go fur- the fact, he told them he could and would ther than that, by scraping the flesh cause wheat to grow wherever they pleased from the whole carcass. He set his woman provided they would bestow upon him a to the task. When she had divested the portion of the crop. This they were eager meat from half of the skin and hair, to do. And thus Lean-face gave the first Lean-face, observing the thick texture of agricultural impetus. the hide, reflected that it could be stripped But he was destined to render humanity • from the body instead of gouging out the a more adorable pursuit than the stripinterior. The flaying was readily accom- ping of hides and the planting of seeds. plished. Then he slew the woman that It was he who first removed love from the she might not divulge the secret process spoils of war and brawl. and the manner of its evolvement.
There was a young man wont to visit With this novelty, he went to the king. him with drawings of spear-heads on
"Wah-wah came to me in the night,” bone. He worked with a flint-point and said Lean-face, “and showed me this : to rubbed in the line with black ashes. He take the hair from cow. See all hair. practiced his art until able to sketch aniWah-wah says, when Ugwuf fights, Ug- mals and even men. Hugely susceptible wuf wear cow's head and hair. It is good to all of Lean-face’s imaginings, unto him to take food from enemies when Ugwuf the sponsor of the unknown would assert is hungry and does not like long fight. his most cherished thoughts. So talented Everybody run fast away.”
and sympathetic was the artist that someThe king, who had been growing sus- times the prophet confided to him the fact picious of Lean-face’s arbitrary methods, that everything known and unknown was now underwent a renewal of faith and not within Lean-face's knowledge. Now gave the theologian full rights to experi- and then he spoke to this soulful Wansakment on the royal herd. Ugwuf was alompo in the form of questions. about to engage in another war; for he “What makes the sun come up and go and his subjects had done more eating down ?” Lean-face once asked, not to be than breeding of the useful fool-beast, answered, but to confess his own ignorand scouts were out to observe if there were any more cattle in the distance. And when Wansakalompo replied, “The Moreover, while the pasturing of the cat- sun makes himself go,” the priest retle had not yet resulted in acquiring use- spected him for a deep thinker. ful arts therefrom, it had made the pos- "What kind of people live in the water sessors indolent. The peaceful breeding and look up at us when we look in the of meat was not to Ugwuf's liking, as the water?" asked Lean-face. rising powers of the statesman and the "Dead people come back and look at us priest were removing the glamour from from the water," Wansa kalompo averred the royal spear. Ugwuf thrived on war. meditatively.
However, this was not Lean-face's only "But how do water people live in the achievement. It was his custom on over- water ?” seeing the burial of the dead, to deposit a To which Wansa kalompo: "Live man little wheat on the mound, in order that is warm ; dead man is cold. When a man the dead might eat, if it had a mind to. dies, his warm goes everywhere.” Prior to that time there had been no "But when you, Wansakalompo, look planting of cereals, which grew wild, and into water, the waterman looks the same no connection was remarked between seed as Wansa kalompo. How do you think and stalk. It was while inspecting one that?”
“I think there are two of me, and one in language he was choice with many of them goes out of me into the water and words. He did not talk with a grunt. So looks up and sometimes follows me in the Lean-face resolved his mind, bore with sunlight. It cannot speak, but it wants him the sacred sword of Wah-wah and to speak. It has the want-to-speak be- proceeded to the king, leaving. Wansakahind its mouth.”
lompo to wait. Even Lean-face's draught on the spirit- Approaching the king, Lean-face spake ual had been based on physical grounds. in sudden sorrow : 'Ugwuf, Great Ugwuf
. He insisted that Wah-wah was still alive. of the Flint Belt, First Hunter in the It was the soul of the artist that divined Mountains, and Chief Killer of Enemies, a rarer spirit. In so much that Lean-face Lean-face is going away. admired him the more and admitted (to “Why?" asked the king. himself) that many ideas could be learned
“Sometimes," declared Lean-face, from him.
“when I tell Ugwuf to do, he does. Ugwuf One day Wansakalompo came in acts my words not because of me, but beconfusion of ferocity and despair. He cause Ugwuf and Wah-wah know it is did not speak until the friend of Wah- good. Now, I have to say what Ugwuf wah questioned.
may think not good. When I say to "You know," replied the artist, “I Wah-wah, Ugwuf will not do; he will be have had only
woman. That angry with fire. And I will say, 'Burn me woman is young, and I like to have her. up, for I cannot speak to the king of She sweeps her hair often with the dried what he will not do.' So now I leave, and fish-bone. She speaks with red lips, red- Ugwuf himself can deal with Wah-wah. dest of all the women; and Red Lips I It is too much for me. Farewell." named her. She likes to dwell in my With that he was departing, but the cave."
king recalled him. “Tell me what I will “Yes," responded Lean-face. “And not do,” he commanded. what?"
And Lean-face resumed: “It is too “Now," said Wansakalompo, “Ugwuf much for me. It is too near to Wahtakes her. To-day I passed near Ugwuf's wah's best thoughts. He should tell. wide cave, and Red Lips called out to me, But, you to know before he comes, I
it Wansakalompo, come take me back.' I -not for me to tell, but for you to know. began to do that, when Ugwuf raised his This: When Wah-wah lived with Ainu, he spear. I raised mine, and all about me liked her. When he was gone, Ainu had a fell the spears of his men. I jumped be
When she lived with Botu she had hind a rock, and then, it is hard to tell a daughter. Now, Wah-wah's son caved why, but perhaps because I thought of with a woman who gave forth a son; and you, my best friend, that I shouted loud: Ainu's daughter gave forth another daughHelp me, O Wah-wah!' And all the men ter. And the son's women bore sons, and settled back afraid. But they had hurt the daughters bore daughters for their me here, and here. Tell me, Lean-face,
So it was until now. When Wahthat speaks with the Great Wah-wah, tell wah gave me the sword, he said: “This picme how I can get back Red Lips, my beau- ture on the sword is Wah-wah, and this tiful woman. If you do not tell me, I shall one is Ainu. Sometimes, Lean-face, you let myself know the way of fighting,
will find the son's many-son
and the though I cannot fight so many, and per daughter's many-daughter, living near haps will be cut open and bleed to die you. Whenever you do, remember to give and look up at you from the cold water.” them this sword, and let them live together
Lean-face studied the matter in silence. and with nobody else. For Wah-wah says He foresaw that interfering between Ug- it is good that he always have a many-son wuf and a woman would be a dangerous alive.” task. He doubted whether the vicarious “Well,” growled Ugwuf, "how is this word of Wah-wah would be revered in that to me? Have you found these two ?” regard. On the other hand, Wansaka- “The many-son is near my cave.” lompo was a comrade above the ordinary. "And the many-daughter?" With thinking he was pleased as with food, Lean-face did not answer.
“And the many-daughter ?” repeated the looks at Wansakalompo and Red Lips, and king.
says, 'These two are of him and Ainu. He "She is in your cave.”
watches over them. No other man shall "I have many women; take the one you take Red Lips or fight for her. She is to wish,” said the king.
be for Wansakalompo even if he does not * Lean-face clasped the hand of Red- fight; even when he is too old to fight; for Lips.
Wah-wah will flatten with a rock any one "Wah-wah always takes the best,” who steals Red-Lips." sighed Ugwuf.
"Wansakalompo, you know this ?” And Lean-face led her away.
“Yes.” Soon he brought the couple to the pub- “Red-Lips, you know this?” lic fire. The tribesmen squatted around “Yes.” them.
As token of this marriage, he bestowed “This is the sword of Wah-wah," ex- upon the artist the sacred relic, and the ploded Lean-face, transported with the two went wondrously to their cave. magnitude of his emprise. “Wah-wah
(To be Continued.)
A VISION OF HELEN
BY ETHEL TALBOT
There came a breath as of flowers,
Her voice like wind in the trees,
Over the ships to the seas.