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back In front of her, "that are just
great roundl hard bowiders."
11er mouth drew down at the cor
ners, but she would not sudcumb again
to feeling sorry for herself. Instead
she shielded her eyes once more 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
oramas. Thlngs started to come 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 skirts she could look straight
down. She did so ot and on for half
an hour and the things she saw told
hee much. Forest and plain, forest
and plain swept under and away in an
endless gentle undulation cut twice
by long, wandering silvtr bands.
From high fi the air those bands
were nothing-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. le became
galvanized into nervous life and did
several things rapidly with twitching
fingers. The engine missed again, and
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,
He ____ettled___ Back___ Tense___yand___.Made
fa h.He settled ack ensely dMd
and made for it. The engine bjack
fired withl tihe rippling report oif a gat
lhng gun, coughed and stoppied. Thle
maan gr'ipped the steering gear tightly
and tippe(d the machine's nos~e dlowni
for a long, reaching volplane. On the(
backs of his hands Andrea saiw little
gleaming hulbs of sweat. Swverving
to escalpe th Ic (rest of ai tree, hei mnade
a reasgnably successful landing, in
spite of his agitation. The airphine
took thei ground in the wide beaten,
circle o~ a native kanlal, shot across it
and thp caime to a violent stop) with
wvings buried in tihe muid-plastered
walls of two separate huts.
Tihe shock cast Andrea forward ; in
stinctively she threw her arms around
tile mari's neck. She felt the quiver
ing of 'his whIole body as though it
were shaking with an ague. To her
astonishment lie became for an in
stant almost pitIable. But only for
an instat ; then he nerved himself,
cli mbed~out of the maclilne and( helped
her (d*ii. She gave a long sigh of
relief and~ looked up at lhim withl a
half smile on hecr face. Hie had taken
off his. goggles. ills eyes were gray
aind hlrge'. Theicy stared tt without11
seeing hier and in themi was a visible
trouble as of some deep and hidden~1
Andrea gazed at him, her lips parted
In wnder. At last lie felt her eyes
pon him and a deep flush mounted
rom his neck and swept upward,
ghting the tan of his face with a
"If that happened to me," thought
idren, "I'd be as red as a field of
"I-I beg your pardon," stammered
lte man and started walking up and
own with quick strides. Andrea
new Instinctively that he was warm
ig up muscles that had been sud
enly frozen, steadying shaking knees
m( Riiy heart.
$lIe tlirUed her eyes from him and
Azd1 around t .get her first glimpse
f the real Africa. Frrom thie verf
tart it left 1her puzzled. She stood
Lt tho far side of a great circular
ourt, beaten hird and swept clean
LS a floor. Within its bounds were
wo acacla trees, thickly fronded,
vide-spreadilg. Around the court,
hirty high-peaked huts stood like sen
iaels. Behind the huts other but far
mailler structures swarmed-chicken
iouses, strongly withed, granaries . on
our stilts, pigeon cotes, a stockaded
attle kraal and a smaller goat fold.
But what pIzzled her were the Af
leans themselves. A flying machine
iad dropped in their midst and dis
ahmarged two fair if not excepional
-pecelns of a white and dominant
ace, yet the blacks continued their
varlous occurations antd disoccupa
Jons apparently unperturbed. Wlhat
,ver theIr oc(upati a they made no
sudden irove of variation; even their
longues kept still.
In the shade of one of the vast
iceclas there was a veritable con
L0ourse of men. They sat for the muost
part on their heels smoking Mhite,
Slow-burning (lcheroots. Two ody
could he said to bo working. Tjhey
were very oid and ,at with their backs
againstZ the trunk of the tree, their
legs stretched st raight out: before
I heim and at their sides neat bundles
of strippel m leaves. riey were
weaving baskets. The mnen at least
were not tongule-tied. They seemed to
be going through some1 oral cieimony.
First on(1e and thon another would
take the cheroot from his lips and
make a tsngle remark ; then the rest
would all grunt in unison and with
a deep-chested expelling of all the
breath in their bodies that gave al
vlost the effect of a1n explosion.
It annoyed Andrea that her cor
panion seemed to share the stoic calm
of the natives in what to her mind
ought to .have been an occasion of
much excitement and chatter. It never
occurred to her that he was unmoved
because ho could understand what the
men were saying and was merely
At the moment the wheels of the
flying machine had struck the ground
the apparently interminable and, to
Andrea, imeaningless chant had been
started by the native chief, a wizened
figure distinguished in dress from his
companions only by the ebony-black
ring of polished wax that lie wore like
it halo of (arkness on his close.
cropped and grizzled head.
The white mnan threw ip his heaid
ar.d clapped his hands once. The
chief grunted; silence fell. Pe spat
to one side and spoke deliberately.
"Let us arise to greet the master."
They came forward and stood In n
long file. The chief took one step Ir
advance, raised is right hand nni
fastened his gize on the white m1an1'
face. ills ivn seeied to he workint
in a suddl~en excItement. "lBal-ye-te l'
hle roared, and1( thlere followed, s<
quickly tihat it seemledl but nnotiier syl
lable of the salutation, a mlighlty grun
fr'om tile depths of thirty chiests
inl a mlom~enlt tihe whole scene under
went a startlinig transformation. Th<.
file broke and1( beenmel garrlouls. Chil
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 camte 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 t6ngue
laterally in a vibration as rapid as
that of a serpent's. It was ghastly to
watch, incredible in the rali)dity of the
ululation, but once heard, unforget
able. It lasted much longer than
Andrea could have held her breath, lot
alone used it, and ceased as suddenly
as it had begun.
"All very interesting," said Andrea
turning to ier compniiion, "but why
didn't they do it before?"
Ie looked at her absently. "There
Is i ceremionial," he' said, "i (igni1ty.
about the African that is absurd t-111
you've known it for years."
"For years?" repeated Andrea. "It
Is this your home?"
lie shook his head. "No, Africa
this sort of thing-is never liolni to
a white nina. It's a place whiere he
goes to forget his Nins. I'v, iwei
using it-whenever life has given me
a chance-as a suil bat for the soul.''
Andrea stared at Min, a puzzled
frown on her brow. She wondered
why hIs )lun111tiess did not offnIldi her,
woldered if it would ever fall to her
lot to hear himi say a senseless thing
or laugh aloud. Whlile she still won
dered he turned from her anti begain
alling out meaningless words: "Shil
I ling! Five! Tin hat! Bathtub
At each annie, for names they were,
a native stepped forward. They were
all bright-faced youngsters, fourteen
or fifteen years of age, and their garb,
Inadle up of n ( clan cloth hound tightly
around slimi hips : and falling to the
knees, 11d a red fez with tassel in.
tact, marked tlei as househoys
trusted pickeninnies who alone had
Ihe rithlit to enter the white man's
quiaters and1(1:( wver collectively Ills rec
ognized mouthpieces in conveying or
"IHathltuh!" repented the white man.
A youngster quickly saluted and
stepiped (lit of the litle, grinning from
car to ear at being distinguished even
for a mnoiment 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 threa times the whito 'man said
"Kiboco" with a peculiar emphasis,
they noeried to wince.
Andrea interrupted, "What does
'Kiboco' mean, please?"
"It means a whip o -Taw rhino
hide," said the man. "An implement
that draws *blood with a whisper."
Andrea went white; 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." He 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.
Batltub stepped before lils mis
tress, saluted, grinned the broadest,
most frieidly grin Andrea had ever
seen, annd without waiting for the
smiling answer of her eyes was off
hike an arrowv.
So taken up was Andrea with watch
ing tihe white man as lie issued a rapid
-fire of orders to his remininilg lieu
tenanits that wihen Bathtub returned,
,saluted, and ledl her beneath the les
ser of the acaela trees she couldl not
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