All Last Night, Until Nine A.M. This Morning, My Soldiers Danced
And Sang To The Names Of Their Dead Comrades, Whose Bones Now
Bleach In The Forests Of Wilyankuru.
Two or three huge pots of
pombe failed to satisfy the raging thirst which the vigorous
exercise they were engaged in, created.
So, early this
morning, I was called upon to contribute a shukka for another
potful of the potent liquor.
To-day I was busy selecting the loads for each soldier and
pagazi. In order to lighten their labor as much as possible, I
reduced each load from 70 lbs. to 50 lbs., by which I hope to be
enabled to make some long marches. I have been able to engage ten
pagazis during the last two or three days.
I have two or three men still very sick, and it is almost useless
to expect that they will be able to carry anything, but I
am in hopes that other men may be engaged to take their places
before the actual day of departure, which now seems to be drawing
September 16th. - We have almost finished our work - on the fifth day
from this - God willing - we shall march. I engaged two more pagazis
besides two guides, named Asmani and Mabruki. If vastness of the
human form could terrify any one, certainly Asmani's appearance
is well calculated to produce that effect. He stands considerably
over six feet without shoes, and has shoulders broad enough for two
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