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I followed behind. I believe I was more occupied in watching my companion than in looking out for the game. There was something extremely revealing in Abdulla's stooping, rapidly moving gait. All his senses were alert. He had been transformed from a simple good-natured negro to a hunting animal. There was a sharp diabolic expression in his black eyes and a deadly secretive concentration about his attitudes. He represented man in search for blood under the most primitive conditions, man 70 The Leopard Trap before he had evolved that complicated cold-hearted system by which animals are bred up from their birth with calculating ingenuity for the knife.

64 A Gentleman's Reouke Month followed month. Sometimes for weeks together I would see only black faces. Now and again a band of trading Somalis would pass by, tall handsome men dressed in spotless linen robes. When they saw me they would leave their mules and camels and with the utmost courtesy come over to talk to me in Swahili, telling me where they were going and about the cattle they had with them. And I would ask them concerning their journey and how long it was since they had left the walled desert cities of their land in the distant north.

They would sometimes enter the shed, squeezing themselves through some unnoticed opening to carry off a pig. We would set gun-traps for them down by the water-hole.. We baited these ingenious contrivances with dead animals, a dead goat, perhaps. We built a protection of thorns round the carcass and tied it by a string to a trigger-stick which was adjusted so as to discharge. the gun (set horizontally a foot above the ground) at the slightest movement. We used to set the trap just before the sun went down.

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