National Geographic : 1911 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photo by Kermit Roosev Copyright by Charles Scribner's S ANKOLI LARGE-HORNED CATTLE: UGANDA ing to hunt was the lion. I must tell one anecdote at the expense of two of my scientific companions. Dr. Mearns and Messrs. Heller and Loring all regarded the sporting part of the expedition as a pardonable but illegitimate incident of the trip, and the only anxiety that I ever knew any of them to display in connec tion with dangerous game was that we should not spoil the skull of a good specimen. One day when I was absent from camp Mearns and Loring were notified by a couple of Masai that two lions had killed a zebra a few miles off, and that if they would come out they could get them. They tossed up on the way as to which should have the lion and which the lioness, and Dr. Mearns drew the lioness. When they got there the lion had gone, so it was the Doctor's turn to shoot. He had been cautioning Lor ing on no account to shoot the animal in the head and spoil the specimen. But now the lioness put her head out of the bush directly toward the Doc tor. He couldn't violate his princi ples and take the head shot; so Loring fired, hit the lioness, and it Same for him. The Doctor's sport ing blood was now up. He felt that it was not fair to interfere in an obviously equal match between Lor ing and the lioness; and, besides, if he shot at it he might hit the skull. Accordingly Loring was left to him self. He had a small automatic rifle; he put five bullets into the lioness and killed her; but she came right to his feet and stumbled past him Io or 15 feet before she died. I think that Loring felt that he would have been willing that the Doctor should for a moment waive his scientific and sporting feelings and shoot the lioness! The most interesting thing I saw in Africa was a feat that was infi nitely greater than anything we per formed with our rifles, although not pelt greater than a feat that was recently ons performed in the same region by three American plainsmen, Buffalo Jones, Loveless, and Mearns, who roped a lion, a giraffe, and a rhino, and have got moving photographs of them. It was one of the really most notable feats I have ever known to be performed in hunting. We saw the Nandi spearmen kill a lion with their spears, and I shall close my lecture by telling you about it. These people are a northern branch of the Masai. They are a splendid race physi cally-tall, sinewy fellows. The warriors carry ox-hide shields and very heavy spears, seven or eight feet long, the long bladed head of soft iron kept with a razor edge and the iron of the rear half of the spear ending in a spike, the only wood that is bare being just about enough to give a grip for the hand. The brightly burnished head is about four feet in length. These Nandi came over on pur pose to show me how they killed a lion with their spears.