National Geographic : 1935 Jun
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE KOKO CAUSED HIS MISTRESS ALL KINDS OF TROUBLE When ill the white horse was made to swallow a wine bottle of sodium sulphate dissolved in water. Several men finally succeeded in administering the dose, but not until Koko had pulled up a stake supporting a veranda and toppled its roof upon Mme. de Chetelat's head. Even his saddle had to be carried over particularly rough and hilly ground by a special boy (see page 696). never feel more like Caesar triumphant than I did at that moment. A LAVISH GIFT-BANANAS The reception committee noisily escorted us to our quarters for the night. A clean, carefully swept hut was ready for us, with some drinking water and eggs in one corner. For the cook a smaller hut near ours was reserved, firewood and hay for the horse stacked neatly beside it. The chief greeted us almost immediately upon our arrival, gave us chickens, and in quired if we had any further needs. To show what a rich country his was, he also offered us oranges, papayas, and bananas. While he and my husband exchanged complimentary remarks through an inter preter, and my husband questioned him concerning his region, I supervised the plac ing of the porters' loads, and the water con tainers, which the men of the locality soon filled for us. Though the native chief could not talk French, his eldest son, who had been sent to a Government school, could manage a pidgin variety. I was amused while listen ing to the conversation carried on between him and my cook. Since neither could understand the native African language of the other, the easiest way for them to com municate was in limited French.