Visions Arose Before Me Of The Part I Should Play
In A Cannibal Feast, And I Expected Every Minute To Feel The Sharp
Point Of A Spear Entering The Small Of My Back, Just As I Had Been
Seeing Our People Drive Their Spears Clean Through Some Running Pigs.
To my dismay I found the track divided, and it was impossible to tell
which way the police had gone.
To turn back was out of the question. I
had come a good way, and I had no idea where the rest were, and from
the uproar at the back I imagined the Doboduras were coming down the
track after me. I hastily decided to go by the old saying, "If you
go to the right you are right," and it was well for me that I did so,
as I found out later from the police that if I had gone to the left -
well, there would have been nothing left of me, especially after one
Dobodura meal, as the enemy were there in full force. As it was, I
soon afterward came up with the police, feeling rather shaky and white.
The police had captured a middle-aged woman, whose face and part
of her body were thickly plastered with clay. This was a sign of
mourning. We learnt that she was a Notu woman, who had been captured
some time previously by the Doboduras. She was much alarmed, and
whined and beat her breasts, and caressed some of the police.
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