Bones by Edgar Wallace

By Edgar Wallace

It's a time whilst the key international powers are vying for colonial honours, a time of ju-ju, witch medical professionals and an uneasy peace with Bosambo, outstanding leader of the Ochori. whilst Commissioner Sanders is going on depart, the trusty Lieutenant Hamilton takes over management of the African territories. besides the fact that, over again, the trouble-prone Bones, whereas desiring to support, purely manages to unfold his personal designated kind of blameless and endearing mischief.

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Lord, I am M’kema of the village by the Frenchi,” he said, “being a chief of those parts. Now, it seems to me that you have taken away the magic which our fathers gave to us, for all men know that the sick and old are nests where devils breed, and unless we kill them gently there will be sickness in the land. On the other side of the little river the Frenchi people are very sick, and some say that the sickness will come to us. ” Sanders was instantly alert. “Any men of the Frenchi tribes who cross the river you shall drive back with your spears,” he said, “and if they will not go, you shall kill them and burn their bodies.

Said Hamilton appalled. He had come over to make a few caustic remarks about the key of the store-house which, as usual when Bones had its temporary custody, had been left all night in the door, thereby offering temptation to Hamilton’s Houssas, who were loyal but dishonest. “To your unscientific eyes, my dear old captain and comrade, yes,” said Bones quietly. “To my shrewd old optics, no. ” asked Hamilton, picking up a queer-looking object. “That,” said Bones without hesitation, “is an instrument used in wireless – it would take too long to explain, Ham.

Bones had a passion for native folklore, and learnt three new stories about snakes, a brand new legend concerning M’shimba M’shamba, and a mystery poem. “Lord, this is the great secret of our people,” said M’gula in a hushed voice; “for any man who knows this poem has power over all the world. And if it were known that I had taught you, I think my people would kill me. lf a white lord speaks this wonder, all men will worship him, and he shall be as great as M’shimba. Because I love you, Tibbetti, and because you have told me so many beautiful things, I have taught you this.

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