National Geographic : 1922 Oct
348 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE PUTTING OUT A BUSH FIRE NEAR A TEMPORARY MAGAZINE Curiously enough, in most parts of the Congo bush fires are of rare occurrence, although the natives usually have a fire going all night to keep prowling animals from their villages, and take no special precautions to avoid conflagrations. NATIVES CONSTRUCTING GRASS HOUSES Many tribes of the Congo construct round or oblong huts of grass stems over a framework of forked posts. Both the walls and roof of bamboo poles are thatched with banana leaves. The interior is divided into a few rooms, and there is only one door for entrance and ventilation. It is customary to have a fire in the house continually.