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Witch Doctors

by Charles Beadle Author of "A Whiteman's Burden"

Boston and New York Houghton Mifflin Company 1922

Printed in Great Britain by Butler & Tanner, Frome and London

CHARACTERS

LUCILLE CHARLTRAIN (Mrs. Gerald Birnier) A Photograph USAKUMA (The Incarnation of the Unmentionable One) An Idol GERALD BIRNIER A Professor ZU PFEIFFER (Hermann von Schnitzler und) German Kommandant ZALU ZAKO (son of Kawa Kendi) Heir Apparent BAKUMA (daughter of Bakala) in love with Zalu Zako MYALU (son of MBusa) a chief in love with Bakuma BAKAHENZIE (son of Maliko) Chief Witch Doctor MARUFA (son of MTungo) another Witch Doctor KAWA KENDI (son of MFunya MPopo) King God and Rainmaker MFUNYA MPOPO (son of MKoffo) Predecessor of Kawa Kendi KINGATA MATA (son of Kabolo) Keeper of the Sacred Fires SAKAMATA deposed Witch Doctor and spy YABOLO another Witch Doctor MUNGONGO Birnier's servant SCHULTZ German sergeant LUDWIG German sergeant SCHNEIDER German sergeant

CONTENTS

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24 Chapter 25 Chapter 26 Chapter 27 Chapter 28 Chapter 29 Chapter 30 Chapter 31 Extra Pages Errata

WITCH DOCTORS

CHAPTER 1

In a bayou in the south eastern corner of the Victoria Nyanza was the station of Ingonya, a brown scab on the face of the green earth. The round mud huts of the askaris were like two columns of khaki troops marching rigidly on each side of the parade ground. To the north, upon a slight rise of ground, were the white men's quarters; the non commissioned officers had four bungalows to the south of the orderly room and Court House; and beyond a green plot flanked by a store house and an ordnance building, was a bigger bungalow, florid in the amplitude and colour of the red pillared verandah, the residence of the Kommandant, Herr Ober Lieutenant Hermann von Schnitzler und zu Pfeiffer.

On the northern side, overlooking the swamp and the distant lake, was a flagpole, before which paced an ebon sentry in a uniform of white knickers, tunic and lancer cap, red faced. The glow of sunrise stained the green of the moon with crimson. A trumpet blared. From the rear of the Residence marched with stiff legged precision a squad of askaris and the stocky figure of a non commissioned officer in a white helmet. Simultaneously appeared on the verandah of the large bungalow the tall form of a white man in pink silk pyjamas. The sergeant barked. The squad presented arms. A coloured ball slid up the flagpole. The first rays of the sun splintered the bloodied waters beyond into silver spikes and caressed a fluttering black, white and red flag.

Then the squad ported arms, relieved the sentry, and retired, their black legs gleaming blue points as they rose and fell. The pink figure disappeared. Sergeant Schultz strutted back to his bungalow, in the verandah of which squatted a native girl clad in gay trade cloths... Continue reading book >>




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