TO MY MOTHERLAND.
those who performed satisfactorily with their Oro ap¬
paratus. Here and there also were other groups,
engaged in tumbling, and other active gymnastic
sports, which they accomplished excellently. A proces¬
sion was formed by the elders of the Ogboni lodges
and the king's people, and with drums, etc., beginning
with the king they went from chief to chief. Of
course they remained without the gate. The chief'
comes out and all together enjoy a vigorous dance.
They then sit down, all but one, who praises the chief
to his face. A few strings of cowries are then distri¬
buted and the procession moves on. Returning home¬
wards late in the afternoon I met some terrible fights.
In one instance particularly, a young fellow was most
unmercifully whipped. His offense seems to have
been of the sort in which one of the other sex was
participant. Punishment for these offenses is often re¬
served for such days when, as on election-days with us,
there is greater freedom to engage in pugilistic encoun¬
ters with impunity.
The next Oro day was only a week before my final
departure from Abbeokuta. It was on the occasion of
holding a council to consider the duty of the Egbas in
relation to a war between the people of Ijaye, their
friends and allies, on the one side, and Oyo, and Ibadan
on the other. Early in the morning the chiefs and