the long flight, those first 20 steps off the plane in Beira,
Mozambique felt fantastic to Jed. But how in the world was
he ever going to find this, Ngubu?
the small airport was built right next to the equally small
seaport dock, where any incoming ships would have come in.
The walk was nice, the air even nicer. All the while, Jed
kept a single question on his mind - "Why hadn't my father
gone on to Beira from Madagascar with everyone else?"
puzzlement was broken and a smile of relief adorned his face
once he came to a small hut right off the central dock. The
sign read "Ngubu's Guides. We speak English." With any luck,
he thought, this had to be the same Ngubu that was mentioned
in the note.
He walked in, glad for the shelter from the rising sun, to
find a very dark and lanky man yelling to someone in a local
tongue. Whatever he was saying, he seemed most impatient and
frustrated over the conversation. Once he saw Jed, though,
his salesman smile reigned over his face and said "Welcome
to Beira. Ngubu will take you anywhere - the only guide you
can trust within 100 miles!"
I am hoping you can help me by answering a few questions.."
Jed interrupted his pitch.
smile dropped, seeing that he probably won't be making a sale.
started in again. "About three years ago, a boat arrived carrying
three English anthropologists. One of them was named Charles
Whitlow." At this name, Ngubu's face winced - as though the
name was familiar. "Do you remember three Englishmen coming
in here asking for a guide?"
am I to remember who came where, three years ago?!" Jed realized
that Ngubu was now getting impatient with him and would soon
be of no help. "I have much work to do."
if you DID know of this man, I would need a guide who knows
the area well enough to help me locate him..."
smile returned. "Well, now we're talking. Ngubu will take
you wherever you need to go. I've never lost a..."
Whitlow." Jed interrupted again. "Does the name sound familiar?"
only there were THREE others with him. Yes, four men there
were. They asked me many many questions about the local tribes
and one deep into the heart of the Belgian Congo. These must
have been important men, no? You're here to find them, too?"
do you mean, 'too?' " Jed raised an eyebrow.
yesterday an older lady come to me asking questions about
the same men."
was her name?"
did not say, but I must have reminded her of someone else
because she kept calling me a different name. I must look
a lot like someone named 'dear.'
Millie! Why would she come all the way out here when she knew
that Jed was making plans to come out as well? And why hadn't
she told Jed before she left? These questions and more began
to flood Jed's brain.
Jed and Ngubu took a walk to a local whiskey hut to speak
to some locals who might know more about what happened three
years ago. Ngubu spoke to several men, all in his native tongue.
Some had a little to say...most shook their heads and went
back to their drinks. After speaking to everyone in the bar,
Ngubu explained - "It seems that the men were guided by a
different guide each day for four days, Monday through Thursday.
There were four villages that they thought they must visit
first before entering the jungle - Quelimane, Nampula, Inhambane
and Nacala. The only other guides in Beira that could have
taken them were Gwaru, Zwilongwe, Banu and Zulawayo. I suppose
that if you found out where they went on Thursday, someone
there might know where they might have gone to from there?"
according to this map, those four villages are spread all
over the entire country of Mozambique!" Jed was beginning
to feel the pressure of timing closing in.
not worry, my friend. The men here have told me what they
know. Perhaps we can figure it out without having to go to
each village. Here is what they have said:
Two days after returning from Inhambane, they set out with
Banu talked all about his long trip to Quelimanu. * Zulawayo
went with them on Wednesday. and
On Thursday, a river flooding made a trip to Nacula impossible.
on the information provided by Ngubu, can you figure out where
the men headed on that Thursday and the name of their guide?
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