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TJIF.Y CALL IT KXOLISH. The author of 'Alone ;n West Africa' says that, the most- curious thing about the people of Wrst Africa is their language. It you ask them, they will tell yon j 'v- Enc/lis'i ; and English it is, ns to t.* words: but- such an extraordinary jargon is as hard to understand as any unknown tongue. Listening very carefully, writes Mrs (.Jaunt, it took a great deal of persuasion to make me believe the words were English. 'When 1 I'Ought bananas from a woman fitting under the. sha/de of n, spreading cotton tree, and the man behind her eairse forward and held out his hand, saying : "Make you gi'e me heen, roman eonpa all." I grasped the fact that he intended to have the mon<=y long before I understood that ho bad said, in tha only English, and probably in the only speech he knew. "tJive me her money." Some of the word.--, of course., become commonplaces of everyday life, and I am sure the next t;;n' > I call on a friend who is rich enough to have a man servant, association of ideas will take me back, and I f-hali ask quite naturally: " Massa lib:" instead of the customary "Is Mrs Jones at home?''

"And you wouldn't begin a journty on Friday r" "Not I." "I can't unclevftand how you can have faith ir. such a superstition." "Xo superstition about it. Saturday's my pay day."

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Evening Star, Issue 15701, 15 January 1915

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Evening Star Issue 15701, 15 January 1915

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