A Popular Account Of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition To The Zambesi By David Livingston

 -   The Batoka, of course, melted away before those who had been
made veterans by years of continual fighting, and Sebetuane - Page 200
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The Batoka, Of Course, Melted Away Before Those Who Had Been Made Veterans By Years Of Continual Fighting, And Sebetuane

Always justified his subsequent conquests in that country by alleging that the Batoka had come out to fight with a

Man fleeing for his life, who had never done them any wrong. They seem never to have been a warlike race; passing through their country, we once observed a large stone cairn, and our guide favoured us with the following account of it:- "Once upon a time, our forefathers were going to fight another tribe, and here they halted and sat down. After a long consultation, they came to the unanimous conclusion that, instead of proceeding to fight and kill their neighbours, and perhaps be killed themselves, it would be more like men to raise this heap of stones, as their protest against the wrong the other tribe had done them, which, having accomplished, they returned quietly home." Such men of peace could not stand before the Makololo, nor, of course, the more warlike Matebele, who coming afterwards, drove even their conquerors, the Makololo, out of the country. Sebetuane, however, profiting by the tactics which he had learned of the Batoka, inveigled a large body of this new enemy on to another island, and after due starvation there overcame the whole. A much greater army of "Moselekatse's own" followed with canoes, but were now baffled by Sebetuane's placing all his people and cattle on an island and so guarding it that none could approach.

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