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A history of modern europe from the fall of constantinople. by Thomas Henry Dyer

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The work in Giwa District was now, in early January, completed. Farm economy, family budgets of 70 families, the same number of farms actually measured and their yields known this year, figures for the turn-over of goods in local markets, details of craftsmen's activities, and so forth. In addition to these dry figures we have learned an enormous amount about ordinary life among different classes, their interests and beliefs, how families are run, and much more. It is queer to talk to Europeans who have been out here for 15 and 20 years and find they know hardly anything about the people - they have always lived in the European 'garden suburbs' as I call them, and only contacted the native people in trade or in the office.

In Kagoro, the Christian Chief Mallam Gwamma, a few years older than Mike, became a life-long friend and godfather of their first-born son. Occupying a thousand-foot-high mountain outcrop of the Jos Plateau, the Kagoro had kept their independence. Attacking cavalry had been unable to climb the mountain, and the Kagoro tribesmen had showered arrows down on them, and thrown down pots containing bees that stung and maddened the horses. They had also resisted British attempts to pacify and tax them; but eventually they had been brought into Christianity by an empathetic married couple of missionaries.

No permanent damage, but it would be several tries and many weeks later that he would get to Kaduna, fifty miles south of Zaria City, and succeed in seeing the nearest dentist. He and Mary exchanged news. Having recovered from her fever she had been around, talking with the women in Giwa: "My Hausa is getting quite serviceable and Mike's is even better for real work, though my social conversation outshines his! " The separation helped them both to become more fluent in the language because there was no one in the villages with whom they could converse in English.

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