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back In front of her, "that are just
great round hard bowiders."
Her mouth drew dowi at the cor
ners, but she would not sudcumh again
to feeling sorry for herself. Instead
she shielded her eyes once mnore and
took stock of the various handiworks
of God. The world was good to look
upon that morning. It was twirling
by in a strange rotative movement
that gave it an illusive appearance. It
was like a new toy in the way of pan
oramns. Things statrte to coie nearer,
changed their minds and then swept
Into the past, lingering long on a steep
horizon as though they hesitated be
fore an irrevocable plunge.
Andrea found that by holding back
her skirt she could look straight
down. She did so otT nnd on for half
an hour and the things she saw told
her much. Forest and plain, forest
and plain swept under and away in an
endless gentle undulation cut twice
by long, walndering silver bands.
From high in the air those bands
were noting-mere strips of fibbon
that a child could step over. But
down there? She knew that down be
low they were mighty rivers, doubt
less teeming with hippos, crocodiles
The engine missed fire-once, twice,
Andrea would scarcely have noticed
the fact had it not been for its ex
traordinary effect on the man. All his
pose dropped from him. He became
galvanized into nervous life and did
several things rapidly with twitching
fingers. The engine missed again, ind
he half rose in his sent, craned his
neck, turned his face to one side and
looked down. In the glimpse she
caught she saw that the lines around
his mouth had suddenly deepened in
credibly. His eyes seemed to fix with
a certain relief on a spot, a clearing,
liggn* oge n tope. 1
Hed tpped Bh achTnely nds Mdw
for a logFreac igvlta. O l
bark ahaf he setlds bndre teawlt
gledmig hulb it. sweat engiervad
tore withp the riepling retret, heamao
ag reasnab cueadssfupplad.ng i
spite ofhiseatheating Then ighit
took( tie groun ahinethe noe hete
forcl a ntreekingl hotae across
nndko thi and toAvdrent stow lit
wlalsg hoftw ofparat. us evt
Tohsae he crst Andra freerd; 1
st yntively sctheswu landirms aru
te ma'sl agitation. fethe qirpe
took thaingro ith n aue. wi o e
csirclemantive beame sfo anos
santh amt pitilenBt sopl wit
win gstburi; ihn he nervd-hsel
cylmedo of t eane ut el.
he don cse gAndea lorngrdigh
reicey and tooke up arhms wroth
thealfsneckn She fael thad take
aof 'his whggle Iody ays wtrougr
an lrgs. phyitaed aut onlyhf
sneingt le n in them nerae hviseh
climble, out of soe machin n4u hiddp
reifAnd loozed at hia ippat
hal smielon he fac- e fel hd taki
upon him and a deep flush mounted
from his neck and swept upward,
lighting the tan of his face with a
"If that happened to me," thought
Andrea, "I'd be as red as a field of
"I-I beg your pardon," stammered
the man ind started walking up and
down with quick strides. Andrea
knew instinctively that lie was warm
Ing up muscles that had been sud
denly frozen, steadying shaking knees
an( linky heart.
File turned her eyes from him and
gilzed around tQ get her first glimpse
of the real Africa. From the very
start It left her puzzled. She stood
at the far side of a great circular
court, beaten hard and swept clean
as a floor. Within its bounds were
two acac!n trees, thickly fronded,
wide-spreading. Around the court,
thirty high-peaked huts stood like sen
tinels. Behind the huts other but far
smaller structures swarmed-chicken
houses, strongly withed, granaries-on
four stilts, pigeon cotes, a stockaded
cattle kraal and a smaller goat fold.
But what puzzled her were the Af
ricans tiemselves. A flying machine
had dropped in their midst and (11
charged two fair If not excepilonal
specimens of a white and dominant
race, yet the blacks continued thei'
various occuritions and disoccul,.
tions apparently unperturbed. What
ever their occupation they iade no
sudden move of variation ; even their
tongues kept still.
In the shade of one of the vast
aci clas there wos a veritable con
course of Iuen. Tihey sat for the mIof't
part oil their heels smoking white,
slow-burning cheroots. Twvo only
could he said to bo working. TIhey
were very old and sat with their baIcks
ngainst the trunk of the tree, their
legs stretchd straight out: before
tIhem IIand it their sides ieat bundles
.f st ripped 1).alm1 lealves. They wer
weaving hasiets. The men at leas
were not Iongue tied. They seeiied tc
be going tirougli some oral ceretiony.
First one and tihen another woul&
take the cheroot from his lips anC
make a single remark ; then the resl
would all grunt in unison and witl
a deep-chested expelling of all thi
breath in their bodies that gave al
most the effect of an explosion.
- It annoyed Andrea that her com
panion seemed to share the stoic cain
of the natives in what to her min
ought to .have been an occasion 01
much excitement and chatter. It nevei
occurred to her that he was uninove(
beciuse he could understand what thi
men were saying and was nerel3
At the inonert the wheels of till
flying machine had struck the groun
the apparently interminable and, t<
Andrea, meaningless chant 1had beet
Btarted by the native chief, a wizenet
figure distinguished in dress from hi
companions only by the ebony-blaci
ring of polished wax that lie wore lik4
a halo of darkness on his close
cropped and grizzled head.
The white man threw up his hea
ird clapped his hands once. Th
chief grunted; silence fell. 41e spa
to one side and spoke deliberately
"Let us arlse to greet the master."
They came forward and stood in i
long file. The chief took one step I1
advance, raised his right hand an
fastened his gaze on the white man'
face. his own seemed to be workin
in a sudd~en excitement. "Bai-ye-te I
lie roared, and there followed, s
quickly that it seemied but another sy)
lable of the salutation, a mighty gruti
from the depths of thlirty chiesth
I uh !"'
In a moment the whole scenie undlei
went a startling transformation. Th
tile br-oke and1( becamie garrulous. Cli
BY ALL O
dren stopped their 'play and ran to
Join in the rabble. . The men dropped
their work and crowded into a com
pact group from which came suddenly
a cry that startled Andrea and Jerked
her around to face it as though she
had been yanked by a string.
The cry was shrill, high, continuous,
It was produced by rounding the
open mouth and working the tdngue
laterally in, a vibration as rapid as
that of a serpent's. It was ghastly to
watch, Incredible in the rapidity of the
ululation, but once heard, unforget
able. It lasted much longer than
Andrea could have held her breath, let
alone used It, and ceased as suddenly
as it had begun.
"All very interesting," said Andrea
turning to her companion, "but why
didn't they do it before?"
lie looked at her absently. "There
is a ceremonial," he said, "a dignity,
about the African that is absurd till
you've known it for years."
"For years?" repeated Andren. "It
is this your home?"
lie shioolc his head. "No, Africa
this sort of thing-is never haomae to
a white man. It's a plaice where hie
goes to forget his ans. I'vv bee'na
using it-whenever life has given me
a chance-as a sun hath for tile soul."
Andrea stared at him, a puzzled
frown on her brow. She wondered
why his bluntness did not ofendI i her.
wondered If it would ever fall to her
lot to hear haimi1 say a senseless thing
or laugh aloud. While she still won
dered he turned from her and began
ealling out meaningless words: "Shil
ling ! Five ! Tin hat ! Bathtub!
At each nane, for names they were,
a native stepped forward. They were
all bright-faced youngsters, fourteen
or fifteen years of age, and their garb,
maide uIp (if a elennal cloth hound tightly
around slm hips an1d falling to the
knees, an1d a red fez with tassel in
tact, marked thelam as houseboys
trust((i plIkinnlislt'5 wlo alone had
Ihe ried ht to enter the white man's
quarters and were collectively his ree
ognized mauthpieces in conveying or
"Ihathtub!" repented the white man.
A youngster quickly saluted and
steppe(d out of the line, grinning from
ear to ear at being distinguished even
for a moment above his fellows.
With a jerk of his head toward An
drea the white man began to talk rap
idly. Bathtub's eyes rolled from his
face to Andrea's and back agahi. They
widened, they narrowed, and, each of
the three times the whito 'man said
"Kiboco" with a peculiar emphasis,
they seemed to wince.
Andrea Interrupted, "What does
'Kiboco' mean, please?"
"t means a whip of -raw rhino
hide," said the man. "An implement
that draws blood with a whisper."
Andrea went wbite; her eyes blazed.
"So you whip your servants?" she
said with curled lips.
"I have whipped a boy once," an
swered the man coolly. "They have
never forgotten." Ile turned to her.
"This boy, Bathtub, is yours. If he
ever falls you I shall thrash him with
in an inch of his nine lives." He dis
. missed the boy with a nod.
Rit htub stepped before his mis
L tress, saluted, grinned the broadest,
% most friehidly grin Andrea had ever
I seen, and without waiting for the
4 smiling answer of her eyes was off
like an arrow.
So taken up w~as Andrea with watch
inlg the wibte nman as lhe issued a raplid
- fire of orders to his remaining lien
t tenants thaat when Bathtub returned,
4, saluted, and led her beneath the les
ser of the acnela trees she could not
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