Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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talk about payment. Rabba Kega will
make some magic, too. We will see who makes the best magic. Sit down,
Bukawai."

"The payment will be ten goats--fat goats--a new sleeping mat and two
pieces of copper wire the length of a tall man's arm from the shoulder
to the ends of his fingers, and it will be made in advance, the goats
being driven to my cave. Then will I make the medicine, and on the
second day the boy will be returned to his mother. It cannot be done
more quickly than that because it takes time to make such strong
medicine."

"Make us some medicine now," said Mbonga. "Let us see what sort of
medicine you make."

"Bring me fire," replied Bukawai, "and I will make you a little magic."

Momaya was dispatched for the fire, and while she was away Mbonga
dickered with Bukawai about the price. Ten goats, he said, was a high
price for an able-bodied warrior. He also called Bukawai's attention
to the fact that he, Mbonga, was very poor, that his people were very
poor, and that ten goats were at least eight too many, to say nothing
of a new sleeping mat and the copper wire; but Bukawai was adamant.
His medicine was very expensive and he would have to give at least five
goats to the gods who helped him make it. They were still arguing when
Momaya returned with the fire.

Bukawai placed a little on the ground before him, took a pinch of
powder from a pouch at his side and sprinkled it on the embers. A
cloud of smoke rose with a puff. Bukawai closed his eyes and rocked
back and forth. Then he made a few passes in the air and pretended to
swoon. Mbonga and the others were much impressed. Rabba Kega grew
nervous. He saw his reputation waning. There was some fire left in
the vessel which Momaya had brought. He seized the vessel, dropped a
handful of dry leaves into it while no one was watching and then
uttered a frightful scream which drew the attention of Bukawai's
audience to him. It also brought Bukawai quite miraculously out of his
swoon, but when the old witch-doctor saw the reason for the disturbance
he quickly relapsed into unconsciousness before anyone discovered his
_faux pas_.

Rabba Kega, seeing that he had the attention of Mbonga, Ibeto, and
Momaya, blew suddenly into the vessel, with the result that the leaves
commenced to smolder, and smoke issued

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