Several Sandy Watercourses, On Which Were Impressed Many
A Trail Of Elephants, Were Also Passed On This March.
The slope of
these stream-beds trended south-east and south.
In the middle of this scorching plain stood the villages of
Bihawana, almost undistinguishable, from the extreme lowness of
the huts, which did not reach the height of the tall bleached grass
which stood smoking in the untempered heat.
Our camp was in a large boma, about a quarter of a mile from the
Sultan's tembe. Soon after arriving at the camp, I was visited by
three Wagogo, who asked me if I had seen a Mgogo on the road with a
woman and child. I was about to answer, very innocently, "Yes,"
when Mabruki - cautious and watchful always for the interests of the
master - requested me not to answer, as the Wagogo, as customary,
would charge me with having done away with them, and would require
their price from me. Indignant at the imposition they were about
to practise upon me, I was about to raise my whip to flog them out
of the camp, when again Mabruki, with a roaring voice, bade me
beware, for every blow would cost me three or four doti of cloth.
As I did not care to gratify my anger at such an expense, I was
compelled to swallow my wrath, and consequently the Wagogo
We halted for one day at this place, which was a great relief to
me, as I was suffering severely from intermittent fever, which
lasted in this case two weeks, and entirely prevented my posting
my diary in full, as was my custom every evening after a march.
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