National Geographic : 1924 Jan
ADVENTURES AMONG THE "LOST TRIBES OF ISLAM" then read the verse: "And if one man's ox hurts another's, that he die; then they shall sell the live ox, and divide the money of it; and the dead ox also they shall di vide." It was decided that the value of the liv ing ox was about $25; so, as Mohamed had already sold his dead beast for $5, I or dered Ahmed to pay him over $Io, and the case would be fairly settled. This judgment gave great satisfaction to all parties and they went away happy to their village. BIBLE PROVIDES AN OTHER RULING Now for an extra ordinary sequel. Months afterward I was out on tour, and as I neared the village of these liti gants at nightfall I was met by a gesticu lating Ahmed, who shouted that this very morning his ox had been attacked at the well, but, unfortu nately, this time he was the sufferer and his ox had been thrown another's. THE HEAD OP TIIE LIONESS SLAIN BY THREE BOYS OF DARFUR A youthful hunter having been struck down, one of his companions, wrapping his long garment around his arm, thrust it down the lioness' throat, while the third boy, armed with a small hatchet, rained blows upon the animal's head until it fell dead (see text, page 72). down the well by After dinner that night, by the light of a glimmering candle, practically all the inhabitants sat round in the sand while I heard the case. It was proved to my satisfaction that Ahmed's beast was quarrelsome and had fought with several other animals that morning, but had been driven off. In the case under review he was clearly the aggressor, but the fortune of war was against him. Although I did not know whether this particular case was provided for in the Bible, I said that I would look and see whether the Great Prophet had a law for such a contingency. I then opened the same chapter of the Book of Exodus, and in the last verse found a suitable judgment, which I pro ceeded to translate to the assembled people. "Or if it be known that the ox hath used to push in time past, and his owner hath not kept him in; he shall surely pay ox for ox; and the dead shall be his own." Under these circumstances, as the push ing ox was in this instance dead, I ordered that no compensation be paid by the owner of the living to Ahmed.