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An Amazon of Dahomey.

For choice one would prefer not to promiscuously meet on a dark night arid in'a lonely lane, such a creature of the softer sex as an Amazon of the Ring of -Dahomey is described as being. The archers give promise of proving the best of the bunch but it probably would nob pay to trifle | ydth'everi their young affections. Mi de Wailly, a former French colonist, of Wes,-: tern Africa, says that two=-thirds of the' military females are recruited from the ranks of' girls who have 'been snatched from the bosom of their families at a tender age. The- others are women who havebeen guilty of marital infidelity, and in order to expiate their transgressions shoulder arms and march to the wars. One battalion of• the Amazons carry aloft a colossal razor with which they terrify the enemies of their monarch in battle. This ugly and formidable weapon is used in times of peace,for chopping off the heads of condemned, prisoners. -Another; battalion carry large gunsi and behind each Amazon ( is a slave, who acts as, powder-monkey,,'land?/keeps the women-warriors supplied with ammunition. The Champion markswomen of the Amazons are a specially trained corps, and are called the "Sure-to-kills." Next in order come the carbineers, the bayonet-wielders, the ele-phant-hunters and finally the young and coquettish corps of Amazon archers who—too young and dainty for heavy work—are employed in action as aides-de-camp, scouts, or stretcher-carriers. In all, the Amazons number 2500 women. ,A harem of such creatures would be a lively sort of a place to live in. -1 V "<■.."

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An Amazon of Dahomey., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2438, 30 May 1890

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An Amazon of Dahomey. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2438, 30 May 1890