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

 -   When crocodiles can easily
obtain abundance of fish - their natural food - they seldom attack men;
but when unable to see - Page 320
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When Crocodiles Can Easily Obtain Abundance Of Fish - Their Natural Food - They Seldom Attack Men; But When Unable To See To Catch Their Prey, From The Muddiness Of The Water In Floods, They Are Very Dangerous.

Many men and boys are employed in gathering the buaze, in preparing the fibre, and in making it into long nets.

The knot of the net is different from ours, for they invariably use what sailors call the reef knot, but they net with a needle like that we use. From the amount of native cotton cloth worn in many of the southern villages, it is evident that a great number of hands and heads must be employed in the cultivation of cotton, and in the various slow processes through which it has to pass, before the web is finished in the native loom. In addition to this branch of industry, an extensive manufacture of cloth, from the inner bark of an undescribed tree, of the botanical group, Caesalpineae, is ever going on, from one end of the lake to the other; and both toil and time are required to procure the bark, and to prepare it by pounding and steeping it to render it soft and pliable. The prodigious amount of the bark clothing worn indicates the destruction of an immense number of trees every year; yet the adjacent heights seem still well covered with timber.

The Lake people are by no means handsome: the women are VERY plain; and really make themselves hideous by the means they adopt to render themselves attractive.

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