I was called out to the Wukovits farm early in October of 1904. Josef Wukovits and his sons were preparing to finish a new drainage ditch outside their threshing area when they made a discovery that none of them were pleased with.
The ditch, which had been nearly half-finished the day before, was now occupied with corpses.
No one knew where they had come from or how they had gotten there. The bodies were Asian and bore upon them signs of horrific fighting. Worse for Wukovits and his sons were the creatures crawling in the corpses.
They were nothing they had ever seen before, and thus an additional reason for calling me and none of the town officials.
These animals were small and spider-like, although they were as large as a man’s head. They moved rapidly over the corpses and through them, singing as they went. The Wukovits’ had brought kerosene out and were prepared to incinerate everything in the ditch, but I stopped them and pointed out something they had not seen.
The creatures were stitching the wounds of the dead closed. They were preparing the corpses for burial.
For nearly an hour, we watched the creatures work. They were meticulous and beautiful in their efforts, and soon, they had the dead prepared for the afterlife. One by one, the little undertakers scurried away into the undergrowth, leaving us with the dead, all of whom looked at peace if not asleep.
Only then did we put the kerosene on the corpses and put the match to them.
I’ve yet to see the little undertakers again, but upon occasion, when I find a body near Gods’ Hollow, I have seen that they have been there and done their business well.
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