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family. He informed us, continues Mr. Barrow, “that his father died and left him when very young, under the guardianship of Zembei, one of his first chiefs, and his own brother, who had acted as regent during his minority ; but that having refused to resign to him his rights on coming at years of discretion, his father's friends had showed themselves in his favour, and by their assistance he had obliged his uncle to fly; that this man had then joined Khootar, a powerful chief to the northward, and with their united power had made war upon him : that he had been victorious, and had taken Zembei prisoner.' Instead of a cruel death which we should have imagined the uncle now to have been exposed to, he was treated, it seems, with great lenity and respect; his wives and children were returned to him; and he was only so far considered a captive, as never to be suffered to leave the village in which the king resided.
They have some singular practices in the interment of their dead. The bodies of their children are deposited in ant-hills, which have been excavated by the ant-eater. On their chiefs only is bestowed the honour of a grave, which is generally dug very deep in the places where their oxen stand during night; the rest of their dead are thrown promiscuously into a ditch, and left without covering to be devoured by the wolves, whom the Kaffers never attempt to destroy, from a consideration of their services. With this apparent neglect of their bodies, a Kaffer not only
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cherishes great respect for his deceased relatives; but to swear by their memory is to take the most sacred oath.
“ The Kaffer women possesses cheerful and animated countenances, are modest in their carriage, lively and curious, but not intruding; and, though of a colour nearly approaching to black, their well constructed features, their beautifully clean teeth, and their eyes dark and sparkling, combine to render many comparatively handsome. They have neither the thick lips nor flat noses of
As the females of a nation but partially civilized, they are remarkable for a sprightly and active turn of mind, and in this respect are totally different to their neighbours the Hottentots. In point of general figure, however, the latter seem to have the advantage in their youth.
“ The men are tall, muscular, and robust, of an open countenance, and manly graceful figure. Good nature and intelligence are depicted in their features, which never betray any signs of fear or suspicion. Their hair, which is short and curling, and their skin which is nearly black,are rubbedover with a solution of red ochre ; and though a few wear cloaks of skin, most of them go quite naked. The women wear cloaks that extend below the calf of the leg; and their head-dress, which is a leather cap, is adorned with beads, shells, and polished pieces of iron or copper.”
Lines written on seeing the supposed Ashes of a British
Chief disturbed in an ancient Barrow.
5 of a Brin
And, flashing to the orient light,
Along the hill's bleak brow,
Along the dell below,
Thunder'd through blazing smoke,
The spiry rocket broke;
And still the work of war is there;
In many a streamer rent,
The shatter'd battlement.
These are the bones of warrior-men,
That fear'd no human foe,
The hearts that here lie low.
They came in triumph o'er the tide
From lands their valour won,
From the world's chain undone.
" God and the Right," their charging word,
Stronger than helm or mail,
Its shout upon the gale.
Their rest was short. They rose again,
To crush the vilest foe
Before a Briton's blow: