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
































































 -   And no prowling wild
beast troubled us; though one evening, while we were here, a native
sitting with some others - Page 50
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And No Prowling Wild Beast Troubled Us; Though One Evening, While We Were Here, A Native Sitting With Some Others On The Opposite Bank Was Killed By A Leopard.

One of the Tette slaves, who wished to be considered a great traveller, gave us, as we sat by

Our evening fire, an interesting account of a strange race of men whom he had seen in the interior; they were only three feet high, and had horns growing out of their heads; they lived in a large town and had plenty of food. The Makololo pooh-poohed this story, and roundly told the narrator that he was telling a downright lie. "WE come from the interior," cried out a tall fellow, measuring some six feet four, "are WE dwarfs? have WE horns on our heads?" and thus they laughed the fellow to scorn. But he still stoutly maintained that he had seen these little people, and had actually been in their town; thus making himself the hero of the traditional story, which before and since the time of Herodotus has, with curious persistency, clung to the native mind. The mere fact that such absurd notions are permanent, even in the entire absence of literature, invests the religious ideas of these people also with importance, as fragments of the wreck of the primitive faith floating down the stream of time.

We waded across the rapid Luia, which took us up to the waist, and was about forty yards wide. The water was discoloured at the time, and we were not without apprehension that a crocodile might chance to fancy a white man for dinner.

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