National Geographic : 1924 Jan
TIMBUKTU, IN THE SANDS OF THE SAHARA away, leaving a shell which when shaped is joined to the other tree by strong ropes. Other boats were fashioned out of rudely cut planks, either laced together with cord or kept in place by iron fas teners. Each canoe had a shelter in the center (see page 85). The boats are operated by four or five men with long bamboo poles, who stand in the bow or stern, as occasion requires. Sails on these craft are dangerous and are not often used. The fishing season was in full swing, owing to the low stage of the river, and quantities of nets were drying, while the air was heavy with the odor of fish. Small areas were netted and the results were extraordinary-very often 1,500 to 2,000 pounds of fish were caught at one haul. A detachment of the Senegalese regi ment is stationed here. The guard turned out at the approach of their captain and saluted in a thoroughly sol dierly way. Some had medals and many were veterans of the critical struggle at Verdun. On our way back we passed many flocks of sheep and herds of goats which were being driven down to the river to drink. The poor animals were so lean and underfed that it was a wonder how they crawled along. But thirst and the shrill bark of the cattle boy's "pie-dog" urged them on in spite of tormenting flies. ATTRACTIVE HOUSES MADE OF MUD I had luncheon with the post physician in his delightfully cool house made of mud. He had had it painted inside with a wash of "Burem earth," a kind of natural distemper found in the bed of the river Niger at Burem. In the rooms and halls were many trophies of the chase, the best being a magnificent white oryx head with antlers of remarkable size. There was also a huge crocodile skin some 20 feet in length, and the sun-bleached skull of a hippo re posed outside his front door. All curtains were of native cloth, with pretty designs embroidered by the tailor man at the hem. Cushions of leather, neatly carved by the leather-worker, were on chairs and divans, and in some cases they were interlaced with colored strips © Cecil D. Priest A MOOR OF TIMBUKTU The great trading class of northern Nigeria is composed primarily of Moors. They are re puted to be both wily and clever. of the same material, making an oriental pattern. This leather-work is really lovely and is quite a fine art among the Tuaregs. SPEARS AND SHIELDS CLEVERLY ORNA MENTED The native takes great pains with his "hold-all," his substitute for the Euro pean box or suitcase. It is very elaborate and often from three to six months are spent in completing it. Fringes of lace hang down for about 18 inches at each end and the opening is laced up like a pair of boots. The nomad's clothes.