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The Gambia. The Kingdoms of Barra, Woolli, and
CHAP. XXVIII. .
I TOOK leave of my reader on quitting Sierra
than ornament. At Sierra Leone, I saw the operation performed upon a girl of ten years of age, who was of the family of the king. The pattern, which consisted of a small flower with five petals, was traced out with an acrid and absorbent liquid, of a deep red colour, on the breast, the body, the hips, the highs, and the calves of the legs. The skin was then torn off with small, sharp nippers, and each leaf (and the leaves were innumerable) became a wound. As this was the making of a sumptuous habit which was to last for life, the young lady bore it heroically, and did not utter one complaint. The operation occupied ten days, and after each sitting the wounded parts were rubbed with palm oil, mixed with an aromatic substance; in ten