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removed the wide-open way to his home, and Earth can never find it again. To this day Sno-Nysoa uses his secret power to remove people from the world; and the way to see them afterwards is barred, because of Earth's action long ago.
3. WHY DEATH STAID IN THE WORLD. Before Earth and Sno-Nysoa quarrelled, there was no death among the people. Afterwards sickness and suffering came, and death. The people call a meeting to consider how to get relief. An old man just back from a far country tells of a medicine-man there who "savvy too much for them sick palaver."1 They beg the old man to go and find the medicine-man and bring a medicine (“better pass all") to cure the sick and revive the dead. The old man refuses. He says, “I am too old, and the country too far for me to go again. Let us send Cat. He is swift, and his life be plenty strong." They agree, and Cat sets out. He finds Medicine-Man, and persuades him to prepare his most potent medicine. “Guard it well, friend Cat! it will cure the sick and revive the dead," cautions Medicine-Man. On his way back, Cat comes to a river. It is hot, and Cat is weary. He will bathe. He lays the medicine down on the stump of a tree on the bank. Coming out of the water, he forgets the medicine, and hastens home. He tells the people of his success; but, on looking for the medicine, he cannot find it, and remembers where he left it. The people beat him, and drive him forth to recover the medicine. When he reaches the stump by the river, the medicine is gone. He runs to Medicine-Man, who is outraged by his carelessness. Medicine-Man says that through the stump the medicine has crept into the boat and cannot be recovered. Henceforward, although a tree be cut, if the stump remain, the tree will grow again; but when men die, it will be the end. For losing the medicine, Medicine-Man curses Cat. “Never can the sight or smell of chop reach you without quickening a desire to steal it; and for your roguery you will be much beaten of
Out of my sight, accursed one, and waste yourself!"
4. TRICKY HOSTS.2 Nymo and Goat are “big friends.” They agree that the first to marry will be invited with his bride to the house of the other for "big play." Three days later, Goat marries, and is invited to Nymo's town. While Nymo's guests are bathing and resting, Nymo orders “chop." There is no "fresh" in the house to season the palm-butter; but Nymo tells the cooks to prepare the palm-butter as though they had "fresh," then to set it aside to cool. Nymo fills his mouth and 1 Understands all about curing the sick.
? See p. 432 (No. 6).
and hiding it away for herself. “People always say you are a rogue, and now you prove it!" shout the animals. Nymo offers to apportion. He puts the part for Fish and Hook and Line in one bowl, and bids them eat together. Fish refuses, and says, "Hook and Line are my enemies. It is impossible for me to eat with them." Nymo puts in one bowl the part for Deer and Leopard, and orders them to eat together. “I cannot 'chop' with my mortal enemy," says Deer, leaving his part. The part for Rat and Cat is put in one bowl, and Rat refuses to eat. The apportioning is finished. Since Nymo has given each bowlful to animals enemy to each other, the "chop" lies untouched on the ground. So Nymo takes it all for himself. The animals are very angry. 'Possum says, "I will call Wasp and Hornet to come and sting Nymo for robbing us of our 'chop.'” Wasp and Hornet go to Nymo's house, one going in by the front door, the other by the back. They sting Nymo so severely, that he rolls on the ground in pain, and cries for help. His relative, Squirrel, hears, and calls Fire to burn the house to destroy Wasp and Hornet. Cat, passing, sees the house in flames. She remembers that Nymo has got all the ‘chop,' so she decides to help him, in hopes that he will share with her. She calls Rain to put out Fire. All the animals require Nymo to come and “talk the palaver.” They send him into exile. Now they say in Nymo's town, “Greed should not be permitted to destroy justice."
6. NYMO AND HORNBILL.1 There is a great famine, and Nymo and Hornbill ? have become very hungry. They are “big friends," so they decide to go into the interior together to look for food. They find a palm-tree full of ripe nuts. Nymo eats only the pulp of his nuts, and throws away the hard shells which hold the kernels. Hornbill eats pulp, shells, and kernels. On their return, Nymo calls the animals to tell them that Hornbill's belly is full of palm-nut shells with the kernels in them, and urges the animals to make Hornbill go to the river and throw up the kernels; otherwise great misfortune will come to their country. The animals declare that what Hornbill has eaten is Hornbill's own business, and they have nothing to do with it. In flying about the country,. Hornbill drops the palm-nut shells, and from them a palm-grove springs up. From these trees, Fisherman gets material to make fishline; Hunter gathers nuts to make palm-oil to trade for gun, powder, and balls; and Small-Boy gets fibre to set bird-traps. The first time Fisherman uses the line, he catches a fish. The fish calls to his brothers to come and free him. Nymo hears, and says, "Didn't I tell you that
1 See p. 418 (No. 18), p. 432 (No. 5).
2 Hornbill (ngbon) is said to be exceedingly fond of palm-nuts and to swallow the seeds.