National Geographic : 1929 Sep
A SAVAGE WHO HELPED TO SAVE THE AIRPLANE When the airmen descended on the upper Sepik River and were being swept downstream by swift currents, this undaunted native seized a rope thrown to him and aided in preventing disaster (see text, page 323). In his nose he wears a cylinder of bamboo; about his neck is a chain of seeds of Job's-tears. He wears a girdle of the same seed, together with one of human or pig bones. His tight armlet is of woven split rattan. y Dr. E. W. Brandes HE MADE HIS PRISONERS BRING IN THEIR VICTIMS' HEADS! This is Lance Corporal Bellewi, hero ofAmbunti Police Camp, on the Sepik (see page 322). Hiswas anincomparable feat. Aided byonly one policeman, he captured 24jungle savages wanted for murder and marched the whole group four days into camp, compelling each culprit to carry along as evidence thehead of avictim. He isafine type ofthe civilized native, and has beenpromoted bythe Australian authorities.