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ASSAD FARRAN'S AFFIDAVIT.

A GIBL KILLED AND BATEN.

The affidavit made by Assad Farran, the interpreter to the expedition, to Mr Stanley, has just been published. It professes to describe "Our life at Yambuya Camp in Africa from 22nd June, 1887, to June Bth, 1888." Assad Farran says that not a day passed without a dozen or two men being flogged, and declares that it was entirely due to the cruelty of the officers that carriers could not be induced to join the expedition. He gives a detailed account of the cannibal episode, which occurred when he and Mr Jameson were at Eiba Eiba negotiating with Tippoo Tib for carriers. After this he says there were two factions in the camp, Major Bartellot and Mr Bonny being on one side, and Mr Jameson and Mr Troup on the other. THE CANNIBAL STOBY. According to Assad Farran, the act of cannibalism of which so much has been heard, occurred as Mr Jameson was returning from Kasongo to Tambuya with Tippoo Tib and 400 men. We passed Nyanguy (he writes), and from thence to Eiba Eiba. Here we halted two days on account of getting food for the men. Mr Jameson went to the chief's house, Mohamad Ben Chamese, to visit him. There he saw Tippoo Tib and Muni Somoai, the chief leader of the 400 men, and many others present. After talking on different matters through Selim Masondi, Tippoo Tib's interpreter, Mr Jameson said that he was VEKY ANXIOUS TO SEE A MAN KILLED AND EATEN by cannibals, " because," he said, " in England we hear much about cannibals who eat people, but being myself in the place I should like to see it done." That was interpreted by Selim Masondi to Tippoo Tib and the other chiefs, whereupon, after consulting each other, they told Mr Jameson that if he wanted to see a thing like this he should buy a slave, and which he could present to the cannibals, and they would eat him before him. Mr Jameson then asked how much was the price of a slave there ; they told him half a pice of handkerchiefs (six single pieces). He then told them that he will pay that price, and went to his house where he lodged and brought half a pice, and came back. This was handed to a man, who went away, and in a few minutes came back leading A GIKL OF ABOUT TEN YEAES. This girl was led by the order of Tippoo Tib and the other chiefs, at the request of Mr Jameson, to the native huts to be eaten. Mr Jameson and myself, Selim Fasondi, and Farhani, Jameson's servant, presented to him by Tippoo Tib, and many others followed. On reaching the native huts the girl, who was led by the man who brought her, was presented to the cannibals, and the man told them that this is a present from the white man. He wants to see how you do with her when you eat her. The girl was taken and tied by the hand to a tree. About five of the natives were SHARPENING- THEIE KNIVES, then a man came and stabbed her with a knife twice in the belly. The girl did not scream, but knew what was going on. She was looking right and left as if looking for help, and when she was stabbed she fell down dead. The natives then came and began cutting her in pieces. One was cutting the leg, and another the arm, another the head and breast, and another took the inner parts of the belly. After the meat was divided, some took it to the river to wash it, others went straight to their house. During the time Mr Jameson had his book and pencil in hand, and was MAKING BOUGH SKETCHES OP THE SCENE. After this was over, we also went back. I went to the chief's house, and Mr Jameson went to his house. On my return to Mr Jameson, he had his sketches already finished, painted with watercolours. They are six small' sketches neatly done. The first, when the girl was led by the man ; the second when ahe was tied to the tree and stabbed in bhe belly, the blood gushing out; another, when she was cut in pieces ; the fourth, a man carrying fche leg in one hand and the knife in the other ; the fifth, a man with a native axe and the head and breast ; md the last, a man with the inward parts of the belly. Mr Jameson, when ie finished these sketches, took them io the chief 's house and showed them ;o all the people there, with^onany )ther sketches that' he did.'

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ASSAD FARRAN'S AFFIDAVIT., Bruce Herald, Volume XXII, Issue 2232, 20 January 1891

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ASSAD FARRAN'S AFFIDAVIT. Bruce Herald, Volume XXII, Issue 2232, 20 January 1891

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