Travels in the Interior of Africa — Volume 02 eBook

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{7} A minkalli is a quantity of gold nearly equal in value to ten shillings sterling.

{8} This is a large, spreading tree (a species of sterculia) under which the bentang is commonly placed.

{9} When a negro takes up goods on credit from any of the Europeans on the coast, and does not make payment at the time appointed, the European is authorised by the laws of the country to seize upon the debtor himself, if he can find him, or, if he cannot be found, on any person of his family; or, in the last resort, on any native of the same kingdom.  The person thus seized on is detained, while his friends are sent in quest of the debtor.  When he is found, a meeting is called of the chief people of the place, and the debtor is compelled to ransom his friend by fulfilling his engagements.  If he is unable to do this, his person is immediately secured and sent down to the coast, and the other released.  If the debtor cannot be found, the person seized on is obliged to pay double the amount of the debt, or is himself sold into slavery.  I was given to understand, however, that this part of the law is seldom enforced.

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