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r. We were very quickly informed what it was by a shouting crowd of excited native fishermen who swarmed round our boat, loudly demanding to be compensated for the damage done to their 34 nets, which, it seemed, formed the obstacle that had pulled us up and which we had destroyed. The owner of the dhow did not seem to be at all disposed to give in to their deman

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en I thought it was time to take a hand in the argument, as, in case of any accident to the dhow, this boat was our only hope of safety, the waters in that

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part being said to be infested with sharks. Picking up an axe, which happened to be lying handy, I jumped into the boat and threatened to brain the

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first man who came within reach. Although they did not understand English, my attitude was evidently suggestive enough to make it clear that they were

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safer at a distance, and, realizing that they were not likely to get any satisfaction by continuing the argument, they allowed us to proceed on our way. After this we made fairly good headway, with a favourable wind, and, occupied in watching the changing scenery opening out as we made our way along the coast, I had almost forgotten the incident. I was settling down to enjoy the trip when,

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