I insert here a stray fact, lest it should be forgotten.
In Abbeokuta and throughout the Aku country, old
women are seen nursing infants, not their own, as, in
many instances they were far beyond the period of
life when such a thing is at all possible.
Wild bees are very common in Africa. One day a
large swarm alighted near our house. I essayed to
take them in a box, and after two or three unsuccess¬
ful attempts, abandoned the undertaking, as it seemed
utterly impossible to induce them to take up with a
civilized abode. Next morning passing near the box,
which was thrown carelessly under a tree, I was sur¬
prised to find, that they had quite changed mind, and
were busily laboring in their new domicile. They con¬
tinued several weeks, when ceasing to hear their busy
hum, I examined, and found that they had again de¬
parted. They carried off, of course, all the honey,
but left plenty of wax, which I prepared and brought
with me as a sample of African beeswax. The na¬
tives thought me a charmed man, because, forsooth,
I was not stung to death in the undertaking.
This section of Africa is sometimes the theatre of
terrible thunder-storms. In one of these, my colleague,
Dr. Delany, accompanied by Reverend Mr. Reed, mis¬
sionary at Oyo, was caught one night returning from
a visit to a friend, some distance from our dwelling.