National Geographic : 1925 Feb
CAIRO TO CAPE TOWN, OVERLAND 183 Photograph by A. 1,. Pitching NATIVE IICTS BUILT ON FLOATING ISLANDS IN LAKE KIOGA (SEE TEXT, PAGE 1)) Between the larger huts are seen tiny shrines, in which may be placed offerings to the spirits of the lake. lover of flowers, which grew round his place in profusion. We were welcomed by the English colony here, some eight or ten men and three or four ladies. We introduced a new equation into their perpetual tennis games. They had played together so much they knew the possibilities of one another's games thoroughly. To intro duce the unknown quantity was to create a multitude of new combinations. Much good fun resulted. They were very kind to us at Masindi. F'ATIIERS TAKE REVENGE ON I;LPHIANT THAT DRANK BABIES' MILK The natives of this post were a dressed up crowd. Some say that many of these Uganda blacks are Nubians who re treated from the Sudan with Emin Pasha at the time that the Mad Alahdi broke loose. At any rate, these Masindi blacks are a generation or two ahead of the best blacks we met between there and Khar tum. Here we saw several large shipments of ivory on the way to the coast, hound for Europe (see illustration, page 158). One night at Masindi I talked to a white man with a grievance. It seemed that a short time before a titled voung Englishman had visited the post on an elephant hunt. I e shot a cow elephant and captured its young one alive. The hunter fed the little one on tinned milk. It consumed a gross of these small tins a day. Before long most of the tinned milk in Masindi, originally intended for the human babies, had disappeared. To save the remaining supply, a party of fathers of infants organized a vigilance commit tee. Soon the baby elephant died from unknown causes. We heard these selfsame white babies of all ages burbling to their native black boy "nurses" in the native language. One day at Masindi one of the Eng lishmen and I found amusement in throw ing my Australian boomerangs. The ec centric characteristic of the weapon made the natives think it was bewitched, and they scattered in wild disorder. For gen erations these blacks had been victimized by witch doctors, and as a consequence anything that is unusual is an object of terror to them (see page 178).