A Transformed Colony

A Transformed Colony

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...in the old days money, that is, coin, was practically unknown; so much so that there were times when my British coin would not pass in exchange for the domestic commodities I required, and when if my silver was received it was promptly melted down for ornaments; there was no local use for it as coin. Of gold they knew nothing. Once when I paid a chief ten pounds in sovereigns he played with them like a child before his people in the open barri; evidently admiring them, but only vaguely understanding that I had to pay him ten, which he at length received upon my assurance that it represented his stipend. At another time one of my police escort brought a sovereign to me asking if I could oblige him with change. I could not, but told him that I had just paid a chief ten pounds in shillings, adding that if he asked the chief he perhaps might get the change. The chief, who had not yet left the barri, was sitting with the silver in front of him, put up in little heaps of twenty. The sovereign was taken to him; he looked at it in the man's hand, but when he was told that he would have to give one heap of silver in exchange, he said that twenty was too much to give for one piece, and refused to do it. The Road Between Baiima And Malema In the Upper Mendi Country. Indigenous oil palms are growing upon the hill-summits. A Swamp Fernery The sticks on the left perform the service of stepping-stoneb over the potta-potta or mud swamp. Nowadays, so up-to-date are the remotest parts of the Hinterland that every one not only understands what cash is, but requires to be paid in cash both for work and produce. A limited amount of barter still goes on among the traders, but even this is rapidly diminishing. All labour must be paid for in coin, and the people like to...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236666194
  • 9781236666192