National Geographic : 1924 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Drawn by A. H. Bumstead A SKETCH MAP OF AFRICA SHOWING DARFUR They look for all the world like wooden whip tops upside down. Eight long branches are placed with ends on the ground, tied together in the center, and laced round with smaller branches until the structure looks like an army bell tent. This is the roof, which is then thatched with millet straw from the bottom upward and tied together tightly at the top into the little tuft. This superstructure is then raised up onpolessetinacirclewithaVatthe top, standing about four feet out of the ground. The sides are then thatched and the palace is ready for occupancy. Doors and windows are a trouble, owing to the constant wind that blows in the sand at all times of the day and night; so win dows are dispensed with, and a kind of hurdle, placed on the windward side, serves for a door. A cavalcade of horse, infantry, and camel men, led by two British officers, bronzed and burnt by months of trekking, filed slowly through Um Kedada on its long journey from El Fasher to Khartum. As the eye traveled from end to end of the long brown line, it was arrested by a wonderful blaze of color in the center of the column.