Infadoos rose, and, having saluted us, departed with the chiefs.
"My friends," said Ignosi, as soon as they were gone, "can ye indeed do this wonderful thing, or were ye speaking empty words to the men?"
"We believe that we can do it, Umbopa - Ignosi, I mean."
"It is strange;" he answered, "and had ye not been Englishmen I would not have believed it; but English `gentlemen' tell no lies. If we live through the matter, be sure I will repay ye!"
"Ignosi," said Sir Henry, "promise me one thing."
"I will promise, Incubu, my friend, even before I hear it," answered the big man with a smile. "What is it?"
"This: that if you ever come to be king of this people you will do away with the smelling out of witches such as we have seen last night; and that the killing of men without trial shall not take place in the land."
Ignosi thought for a moment, after I had translated this, and then answered:
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