National Geographic : 1935 Jun
The porters. records, PORTERS PICK UP THE WHITE MAN'S BURDENS AFTER A NOON MEAL ATBENTENIEL caravan consisted of approximately 100 men, including two military guards, cook (in white coat and helmet), interpreter, orlocal guide, hammock bearers, and Each of the latter carried between 60 and 70 pounds. Besides foodstuffs, scientific and camping equipment, theexpedition carried aphonograph and presents for the natives, and medical supplies. TERMITE MOUNDS, LIKE MAMMOTH MUSHROOMS, DOT THE CARAVAN ROUTE ACROSS BURNT SAVANNA The author used one abandoned nest for an oven (see text, page 714). When the harmattan, a strong northeast wind, blew itsdry blasts fornearly amonth, tall grasses turned brown, wood shriveled, and lips and skin roughened and cracked. When it stopped, natives lighted bush fires toclear theground forcrops (see text, page 729).