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“The Giant Ke’-lok hurling hot Rocks at Wek’-Wek,” from an original painting by C. J. Hittell, 1909. From The dawn of the world: myths and weird tales told by the Mewan Indians of California. Collected and edited by C. Hart Merriam. Cleveland: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1910. pg.77.

Then his grandfather told him that Ke-lok was his elder brother.

“All right,” said Wek-wek, “I’m going to play al’-leh with my brother.”

Nowadays al’-leh is a guessing game, played with two small bones, one wrapped or dressed to distinguish it from the other. But in those days it was different, for al’-leh was played by hurling rocks with intent to kill.

After a while Wek-wek arrived at Ke-lok’s han-na-boo, and when Ke-lok came out, said to him, “Brother, I have come to play hand-game with you.”

“All right,” answered Ke-lok, and he at once built a fire and put eight round rocks in it and heated them until they were red hot. Then he said, “ My young brother, you begin first.”

“No,” replied Wek-wek, “I want to see you play first; you begin.”

“All right,” said Ke -lok, and he immediately sprang up and darted up into the sky, for he was great and powerful and could do all things. As he went up he made a loud noise. Then he came down in a zig-zag course, and as he came, sang a song.

Then Wek-wek began to throw hot rocks at him but purposely missed him, for he did not want to kill his brother. His grandfather O-let-te the Coyote-man, called out to him from the south that if he hit Ke-lok in his body it would not kill him, but that his heart (wus-ke) was in his arm, under a white spot on the underside of the arm, and that if he hit that spot it would kill him ; that was the only place on his body where a blow would kill him.

Wek-wek answered, “I can easily hit that, but I don’t want to kill him.”

So he threw all the hot stones but took care not to hit the white spot under the arm. When he had fired all the rocks he picked them up and put them back in the fire to heat again.

Then it was Ke-lok’s turn.

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“The King of Kings,” from D. Lambden Fleming, Life and death, or, The Creeping Shadow, A Lecture, Silent But Of Sovereign Power.  Philadelphia: self-published, 1873.  pg. 330.

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Frontpiece from D. Lambden Fleming, Life and death, or, The Creeping Shadow, A Lecture, Silent But Of Sovereign Power.  Philadelphia: self-published, 1873.

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“Types de la Commune,” from Les Communeux, 1871. Types-Caractères-Costumes. By Bertall. Paris & London: Gotschalck, July 1871. Source.

From top to bottom, left to right:

-No. 34. La Barricade

-No. 24. Perquisition Dans Une Imprimerie

-No. 26. Garde Particulier De Raoul Rigault

-No. 28. – Perrè & Ses Exécuteurs

-No. 27. – Orateur De Boulevard

-No. 33 – Marin Pètrouleur

-No. 31 – Un Pointeur

-No. 32 – Officier De Marine (le Commandant Durassier)

-No. 25 – La Colonelle

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“Types de la Commune,” from Les Communeux, 1871. Types-Caractères-Costumes. By Bertall. Paris & London:
Gotschalck, July 1871. Source.

From top to bottom, left to right:

-No. 14. Zouave Communeux

-No. 16. En Route pour Versailles

-No. 13. Colonel (Commandant les batallions de la place
Vendôme)

-No. 11. Le Citoyen Protot, Ministre de la Justice (M. Rousse, bâtonnier de l’ordre des avocats, vient demander à défendre l’Archevêque et M. Chaudey)

-No. 20. Cantinières

-No. 17. Colonel Délégué aux Munitions de Guerre (Le citoyen Assi)

-No. 21. Commandant & Ingenieur des barricades (Le citoyen Gaillard père)

-No. 19. Un Citoyen Délégué

-No. 15. Costume de Directeur des Télégraphes (Le citoyen Pauvert)

-No. 18. Pétroleuses.

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“Types de la Commune,” from Les Communeux, 1871. Types-Caractères-Costumes. By Bertall. Paris & London:
Gotschalck, July 1871. Source.

From top to bottom, left to right:

-No. 8. Déléguée du Café de Madrid

-No. 5. Le Préfet de Police (Le citoyen Raoul Rigault)

-No. 4. Citoyenne Quêteuse (Pour les Blessés de la Commune)

-No. 3. Fédérés (Monilmontant-Charonne)

-No. 6. Le Ministre de la Guerre (Le citoyen Delescluze)

-No. 10. Général Commandant (Le citoyen La Cécilia)

-No. 7. Peloton D’Arrestation (Un Otage)

-No. 9. Membre de la Commune (Le citoyen Valiès aux barricades de la place
Vendôme)

-No. 12. Vengeurs de Flourens

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nemfrog:

A moon being comes up with an explanation for the flames consuming the earth. “It is for me, great fires lit by the earthlings to delay the cooling of their planet.”

La Baionnette. November 7, 1918. From an issue devoted to the view of WW I from other planets.

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