The truth was, they
feared to proceed further on the road, and the only possible way
of inducing them to move was by an overpowering force, and exercise
of my power and will in this instance, even though he might pay the
penalty of his disobedience with death. As I was beginning to feel
that Asmani had passed his last moment on earth, as he was lifting
his gun to his shoulder, a form came up from behind him, and swept
his gun aside with an impatient, nervous movement, and I heard
Mabruki Burton say in horror-struck accents:
"Man, how dare you point your gun, at the master?" Mabruki then
threw himself at my feet, and endeavoured to kiss them and
entreated me not to punish him. "It was all over now," he said;
"there would be no more quarreling, they would all go as far as
the Tanganika, without any more noise; and Inshallah!" said he,
"we shall find the old Musungu * at Ujiji."
"Speak, men, freedmen, shall we not? - shall we not go to the
Tanganika without any more trouble? tell the master with one
"Ay Wallah! Ay Wallah! Bana yango! Hamuna manneno mgini!"
which literally translated means, "Yes by God!