National Geographic : 1912 Apr
lis From "In the Heart of Africa," by Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Mecklenburg (Cassell & Co.) HIGH JUMP BY A WATUSSI (SEE PAGES 378 AND 382) was principally through Wiese's efforts that we were enabled to get together a Ruanda collection such as has never be fore been seen in Europe. At Niansa we received a visit from Father Class and Father Dufays, of the mission station of the White Fathers, who came along in company with Dr. Czekanowski. Long years of intimate intercourse with the natives enabled them to give us much valuable information relative to the inhabitants of Ruanda. The day before they had paid us a very delicate attention in the shape of a most welcome parcel of fresh tomatoes and vegetables. This was a great treat, our enjoyment of which could not be ade quately appreciated save by Europeans who had suffered, like ourselves, from long deprivation of such luxuries. If we were going to fulfill satisfac torily the various tasks we had set our selves, it was now high time that we were once more on the move. So we resolved upon an early departure. The most singular fact associated with our visit was that we never once came face to face with a Watussi woman. It appeared that they had been carefully guarded in their huts the whole of the time, so that they might not meet the eye of any of the "whites." When we took our leave of the Sul tan, at early dawn on the 12th of August, it was with a certain amount of satisfac tion. We had been afforded an insight into the court life of a negro prince and favored with a display of his power such as no one had ever experienced previ- ously or would probably ever experience again. When the illimitable power of this Sultan has receded before European influence, and when busy throngs of traders encroach upon the haughty aloof ness of this most aristocratic of all negro tribes and the white man's herds graze in its pastures, then we shall be able to appreciate to the full the value of our remarkable experience.