FINISHING THE CURE
JETHRO and I were so filled with curiosity to learn
how long the sick man would live after such rough
treatment, that we ran after him, coming into the
village just as all the boys were forming in a ring on
the cleared ground where I had often seen them play
The Indian whom we had followed was well wrapped
in blankets by this time, and had seated himself on the
earth in the middle of the ring of boys. He had on
his knees what looked to be a piece of board, worn, or
ground, very smooth, and two small sticks.
You can guess that by this time Jethro and I had
our eyes open very wide, for it was the oddest way of
taking medicine we had ever seen.
The sick man began to tap on the board with the
sticks, and sing, or howl, in the most dismal manner.
I suppose he called it singing, but I couldn't for the
life of me make out any tune, and am certain there was
no music in his voice.
When he began to make this noise, the boys ran
around him, sometimes leaping high in the air, and
 again darting out of the circle as if about to make an
attack upon the fellow because of his not singing
better. Then two of them would come together, with
their hands on each other's shoulders, and spin around
like tops, until they became so dizzy as to fall over,
when they rolled out from under the feet of their
comrades, while another couple went through the same
As we afterward learned, this leaping, running, and
whirling around was a regular dance, and supposed to
be a portion of the remedy necessary to finish the cure
of him who had been so thoroughly steamed and then
cooled off so suddenly.
The boys did their part until the sick man stopped
 howling, after which they went about their play or
business, as if nothing out of common had taken place.
The sick Indian carried the board and sticks into
his but, and a few moments later we saw him walking
around the village as if having entirely recovered from
the illness. Then Jethro and I went slowly home,
trying to make out how much the dancing and the
howling had to do with working the cure.
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