Missionary Travels And Researches In South Africa By David Livingstone



 -   Various insects, also,
  are thus fascinated; but the scorpions may be seen coming away from the fire
  in fierce disgust - Page 234
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Various Insects, Also, Are Thus Fascinated; But The Scorpions May Be Seen Coming Away From The Fire In Fierce Disgust, And They Are So Irritated As To Inflict At That Time Their Most Painful Stings. -

Some of the Bayeiye we met at Sebituane's Ford pretended to be unaffected by the bite of serpents, and showed

The feat of lacerating their arms with the teeth of such as are unfurnished with the poison-fangs. They also swallow the poison, by way of gaining notoriety; but Dr. Andrew Smith put the sincerity of such persons to the test by offering them the fangs of a really poisonous variety, and found they shrank from the experiment.

When we reached the Bamangwato, the chief, Sekomi, was particularly friendly, collected all his people to the religious services we held, and explained his reasons for compelling some Englishmen to pay him a horse. "They would not sell him any powder, though they had plenty; so he compelled them to give it and the horse for nothing. He would not deny the extortion to me; that would be `boherehere' (swindling)." He thus thought extortion better than swindling. I could not detect any difference in the morality of the two transactions, but Sekomi's ideas of honesty are the lowest I have met with in any Bechuana chief, and this instance is mentioned as the only approach to demanding payment for leave to pass that I have met with in the south. In all other cases the difficulty has been to get a chief to give us men to show the way, and the payment has only been for guides. Englishmen have always very properly avoided giving that idea to the native mind which we shall hereafter find prove troublesome, that payment ought to be made for passage through a country.

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