National Geographic : 1908 Oct
AcRoss WIDEST AFRICA THE SULTAN OE BONGASSO AND HIS WIVES white than pure milk. It generally hurt one's gums and palate considerably as it burnt to no trifling extent. Considerable time was spent at Bon ;gasso, the headquarters of a French com pany with an immense concession, cover ing 145,ooo square kilometers, the rich *estin Central Africa in rubber and ivory. The author was greatly impressed by the care the company was taking of its em ployees. Strict orders had been given to all the chefs des factoreries to establish kitchen gardens in every factorerie and to grow all kinds of vegetables; every three months a box was dispatched from France with seeds of all kinds for every factorerie. This was deemed an impor tant precaution to keep Europeans in good health, the need of good fresh vege tables being felt, especially in the great heat of the summer. I have heard people talk a lot in Eng land of French methods and how badly employees are provided for. This is one of those insular prejudices which, with many others, unfortunately prevail in this country regarding anything done by people of other nationalities. On the contrary, it was a pleasure to notice how thoughtful and generous, almost moth erly, the Sociedt des Sultanats was toward her staff. Constant and regular supplies were sent out at much expense to every agent of the company, each receiv ing a ration box containing a quantity of flour, plenty of wholesome red wine, a bottle of cognac, some champagne as a medicinal comfort, butter, biscuits, mus tard, tea, and other articles highly wel come in Central Africa. The development of the Sociedt des Sultanats has been enormous during the last few years. In 1906 the production 71'