I should imagine they smoked hot, but of this I
have no knowledge.
One of my Ajumba friends got himself one of
these pipes when we were in Efoua, and that pipe was, on and off, a
curse to the party. Its owner soon learnt not to hold it by the
bowl, but by the wooden stem, when smoking it; the other lessons it
had to teach he learnt more slowly. He tucked it, when he had done
smoking, into the fold in his cloth, until he had had three serious
conflagrations raging round his middle. And to the end of the
chapter, after having his last pipe at night with it, he would lay
it on the ground, before it was cool. He learnt to lay it out of
reach of his own cloth, but his fellow Ajumbas and he himself
persisted in always throwing a leg on to it shortly after, and there
was another row.
The Fan basket-work is strongly made, but very inferior to the Fjort
basket-work. Their nets are, however, the finest I have ever seen.
These are made mainly for catching small game, such as the beautiful
little gazelles (Ncheri) with dark gray skins on the upper part of
the body, white underneath, and satin-like in sleekness all over.
Their form is very dainty, the little legs being no thicker than a
man's finger, the neck long and the head ornamented with little
pointed horns and broad round ears.
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