A More Comical Picture Is Seldom Presented Than That Of One Of
These Highly-Dressed Females Engaged In The Homely And Necessary
Task Of Grinding Corn For Herself And Family.
apparatus consists of two portions:
One, a thick pole of hard wood
about six feet long, answering for a pestle; the other, a
capacious wooden mortar, three feet in height.
While engaged in setting his tent, Shaw was obliged to move a small
flat stone, to drive a peg into the ground. The village chief, who
saw him do it, rushed up in a breathless fashion, and replaced the
stone instantly, then stood on it in an impressive manner,
indicative of the great importance attached to that stone and
location. Bombay, seeing Shaw standing in silent wonder at the
act, volunteered to ask the chief what was the matter. The Sheikh
solemnly answered, with a finger pointing downward, "Uganga!"
Whereupon I implored him to let me see what was under the stone.
With a graciousness quite affecting he complied. My curiosity was
gratified with the sight of a small whittled stick, which pinned
fast to the ground an insect, the cause of a miscarriage to a young
female of the village.
During the afternoon, Uledi and Ferajji, who had been despatched
after the truant Khamisi, returned with him and all the missing
articles. Khamisi, soon after leaving the road and plunging into
the jungle, where he was mentally triumphing in his booty, was met
by some of the plundering Washensi, who are always on the qui vive
for stragglers, and unceremoniously taken to their village in the
woods, and bound to a tree preparatory, to being killed.
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