National Geographic : 1910 Oct
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE THIE WOMEN'S WAR DANCE AT QUESICO, MOZAMBIQUE ages filled with things dear to a native's heart and easily pilferable. Neither were any acts of cruelty nor of indecency witnessed on the whole trip, except on the part of the whites. The farther away from civilized centers we went the more respectable became the native. Thousands of "black ivory" specimens are exported to the gold and diamond mines of the Rand; they return with money, disease, discontent, and bad morals. The young men from Gazaland and Inhambane go on contract for say one year to get money to pay the hut taxes and to buy one or two wives. In stead of paying for a wife with cattle, as formerly, before the terrible ravages of rinderpest and "East Coast" fever, sterling gold, £10 to £25, must now be cashed down to the father before the union is legal or the bride enters the new hut. With diseases which practically pre clude the breeding of all domestic ani mals but the pig, it is no wonder that the rich lands are so very little cultivated. But the steam plow has put in its ap pearance and as soon as permanent regu lations for sale or rental of land are promulgated the country should be a happy harvesting ground for planters. With labor at $2 to $5 per month, good transportation, no more sickness than in any other country, perhaps, and good support from the government, colonists will come and then Mozambique will gloriously come into her own.