use of the two or three words, the pronunciation (not
the meaning) of which he knew indifferently. With a
loud voice, (the Doctor is a second Stentor,) he cried
acushe ! (a term of salutation to the industrious.) The
natives were astonished, and instantly extinguishing
their lights, they fled to the recesses of their dwelling,
and, although the Doctor exhausted his whole voca¬
bulary in the effort, he could not induce them to stir.
After one or two more fruitless attempts at other
houses, he at last brought to his aid a few resolute men,
who perceiving that he had lost his way, conducted
him safe to the dwelling of Mr. Samuel Crowther, Jr.,
whither I arrived at the same time after a long search
to find him.
A funeral in this section of Africa is not unworthy
of notice. A brother of the chief Atambala having
died during my sojourn at Abbeokuta, I went over to
his house to condole with him on his loss. I found
the old chief in no condition to receive the sort of con¬
dolence I was prepared to offer, as both himself and
almost every other person present was intoxicated.
His compound* was crowded, a large number of his
friends being there to participate in the ceremonies.
* Walled inclosures in Africa, comprising several dwellings, are
called by the civilized people "compounds."