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They hugely authorized of this plan, and grunted assent ecstatically; and simply because the so much have been stowed Holty's anatomy hove in sight with a bottle of rum less than each one arm, and one in each one hand; whereas at the back of him got here an acolyte, a fats, small boy, panting and puffing and doing his point most sensible to take care of along with his long-legged flying grasp. I gave my males a few and positioned the remaining in with my items, and defined that I belonged to Hatton and Cookson's (it's the correct factor to belong to somebody), and that consequently i have to soak up my quarters at their shop; yet Holty's lively agent hung approximately me like a vulture in hopes of having extra 5 franc-piece pickings. I despatched Ngouta off to get me a few tea, and had the hut cleared of an excited viewers, and close myself in with Hatton and Cookson's agent, and requested him heavily and anxiously if there has been now not a major manufacturing facility of the firm's at the river, since it used to be self-evident he had no longer received something like adequate stuff to repay my males with, and my contract used to be to repay at the Rembwe, for that reason my horror on the smallness of the firm's N'dorko shop. "Besides," I acknowledged, "Mr. Glass (I knew the pinnacle Rembwe agent of Hatton and Cookson was once a Mr. Glass), you've gotten merely bought textile and tobacco, and i've promised the enthusiasts to repay in no matter what they pick out, and that i be aware of needless to say they need powder. " "I am no longer Mr. Glass," stated my buddy; "he is up at Agonjo, I purely do small alternate for him the following. " Joy!!!! yet where's Agonjo? To make an extended tale brief i discovered Agonjo was once an hour's paddle up the Rembwe and where we should have pop out at. there has been a botheration back approximately sending up a message, due to a battle palaver; yet I received a pencil word, with my letter of advent from Mr. Cockshut to Sanga Glass, eventually dropped at that gentleman; and down he got here, in a country of substantial astonishment, no longer unmixed with alarm, for no white guy of any type were throughout from the Ogowe for years, and none had ever pop out at N'dorko. Mr. Glass i discovered an incredibly neat, well-educated M'pongwe gentleman in irreproachable English clothing, and with irreproachable, yet somewhat floreate, English language. We begun speaking exchange, with my band in the midst of the road; creating a patch of uproar within the moonlit surrounding silence. once we suggestion we had received one gentleman's brain settled as to what items he might take his pay in, and have been continuing to enquire one other gentleman's little fancies, gentleman quantity one's brain got here all to items back, and he sought after "to room his bundle," i. e. switch articles in it for different articles of an similar worth, if it has to be, yet of a better, if attainable. Oh ye shopkeepers in England who grumble at your girl consumers, simply you come back out the following and take a look at to serve, and fulfill a suite of fanatics! Mr. Glass was once obviously a professional on the affair, however it was once prior eleven p. m. prior to we bought the orders written out, and getting my luggage into a few canoes, that Mr. Glass had introduced down from Agonjo, for N'dorko purely had a couple of very wretched ones, i began off up river with him and the entire Ajumba, and Kiva, the Fan, who were promised a secure behavior.