National Geographic : 1911 Jan
WILD MAN AND WILD BEAST IN AFRICA Photo by Kermit Roosevelt. Copyright by Charles Scribner's Sons ARAB SHEIKS THAT CAME IN FROM THE DESERTS: KHARTUM that man, but could not bite him, only clawing him a little. Another spear struck the lion, and he went down; he took one spear in his mouth and bit it, twisting it so that it looked like a horseshoe; the next moment the men were on him and it was all over. Ido not suppose the thing lasted ten seconds, but it was as remarkable a spectacle for those ten seconds as any human being could wish to see. I had one funny after-experience in connection with it. The two men were pretty well mauled, and when we were putting disinfectant into the wounds it hurt them a little, and I thought it would cheer them up to tell them, through the interpreter, that I would give each of them a heifer. It cheered up those two all right, but all the other men were very angry! They thought that these men had got their share of honors already, and that it was a most unjustifiable thing for me to give them heifers in addition. I have never passed a more interesting eleven months than I passed in Africa. From the standpoint of the man inter ested in geography, in geology, in natu ral history, in ethnology, I do not know how any one could put in his time to a greater advantage than in a trip of that nature. I am more than glad that I was able to take it in a manner worth taking, because the Smithsonian Institution sent me out as the head of a scientific expe dition. I think I can say that we did our work in such a manner as not to cast discredit upon the American nation, and I am extremely pleased that I should have had the chance to make my first speech on the subject under the auspices of this Society this evening.