National Geographic : 1925 Jun
642 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE I was not uneasy; I was o scared. I do not think my men were any braver, for = none of them slept that night. The whole camp was on guard. Before going to bed I - thought it best to look to . )' my defenses. Ras Taffari had sent Ato Belatcho with me as a contact man and chief of the guards, who " were changed at the head Squarters of each local chief - tain. 2. Ten men had been sent South with me from Ankober. -2 found that of the ten, Only three had had car -d tridges when they left An o kober, and one of the three 8v had sold his the day before, probably to a bandit. Of the two remaining soldiers, d. . one had two and the other rQ ' five cartridges. I went to bed with my clothes on and < a shotgun with five rounds '~ of buckshot on the covers. S8 Nothing happened. The S anticlimax was typical of u- the perils of travel in re -a mote regions. Our dangers o were largely psychological, and the real difficulties, due - , to unrest in the region, were avoided by careful Organization and contacts S effected before the expedi ', tion left Addis Ababa. .c The next morning when we broke camp there were w. many Abyssinians about. I noticed one unusually vigorous man armed with -. °a rifle standing within a few feet of me. I thought . of him only for the mo Sment, because the occur rences of this morning were not different from those of any other morning. Al t- ways the Abyssinians from near-by points came in to " . see us break camp and they . invariably carried arm s.