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An African Heroine

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In Sir Harry Johuston's new book on África occurs the iollowing passage that happily portrays the people it describes: "The Atonga have a great leaning for European clothes. Oue of the most remarkable specimens of this intelligent race that I have known- Bundawe, alias Maferano. who ha3 risen to a high position in our native army, who is able to read md e yen, I believe, to play the harmomuia, had a assion for accuuaulating Buits of European clothes of every description. When serving a planter as interpreter some years ago, he asked as part payment of his wages for a disused dress snit and tall silk hat. These garments he used to don on gandaya to our inextinguishable merrirfifcnt. Finding himself too much laughed at he made over cAe clothes, as a very special honor, - his head wifp, who is quite a heroïne fl her way. This woman used at one .ime to accompany him on most of ur campaigns, even insisting on going into battle, till one day she was wounded and his procedure was discovered and immmediately put a stop to. It was found out in this way. When going into action at Kawinga's one of the officers of the Indian contingent noticed a strange being charging in line with the Sikhs. It was a black person dressed in ludícrous caricature of a "masher" in a very tight-fltting ■ evening suit and tall hat. The masher, however, was knocked down by a spent bullet (fortunately not much hurt), and upon being picked np vas found to be Bandawe's wife thus strangely habited."


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