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Ondara, the, a species of serpent, 291; story of one, ib.

Ondonga, the country of the Ovambo, 186; arrival in, ib.; water and pasturage scarce, 189; departure from, 206.

Onesimus, Zwartbooi's henchman, joins the Author's party, 140; is flogged, 363.

Ongeama, native name for lion, 114; cries of, 178.

Onguirira, a species of animal resembling, but totally distinct from, the lion, 153.

Ophthalmia, the Author attacked by, 281.

Orange River, the, description of, 310.

Oranges, a feast of, 331.

Orukumb'ombura, "rain-beggars," the name given by the Damaras to columns of sand driven along by the wind, 217.

Oryx, the death of one, 123; the Damaras feast on it, 124; description of, 273.

Ostrich, the, omelet of the eggs, 60; the egg equal to twenty-four of the common fowl, ib.; numerous on the Naarip plain, 247; chase and capture of part of a brood of young ones, 248; interesting manœuvre of a parent ostrich, ib.; districts in which found, 250; types in other parts of the world, ib.; general appearance, ib.; its cry greatly resembles that of the lion, 251; its marvelous speed, ib.; food, ib.; power of enduring thirst, 252; season for breeding, ib.; period of incubation, 253; a peculiarity in regard to the eggs of the ostrich, 254; nature of the covering of the young birds, ib.; the flesh of the young ostrich palatable, ib.; in estimation with the ancient Romans as an article of food, 255; uses to which the egg-shells are applied, 256; ostrich feathers, ib.; the ostrich in a wild state, 258; its powers of digestion, 259; resemblance to quadrupeds, ib.; modes in which it is captured, 262.

Oswell, Mr., his chase of a rhinoceros, 382.

Otjihako-tja-Muteya, 186; sufferings from cold on, 207.

Otjikango, the, name of a series of wells, 172, 179.

Otjikoto fountain, 180; a wonderful freak of nature, 181; its remarkable cavern, ib.; visited by a great number of doves, 182; Bushmen reside near to it, ib.

Otjironjuba Fountain, 156; departure from, 158.

Otjombindè, 233.

Otjruru, an apparition, 219.

Otters, not uncommon in Lake Ngami, 434.

Ovaherero, the, their mode of using tobacco, 90; tip their arrows with the poison of euphorbia candelabrum, 91.

Ovambo, the, a people of Africa, 165; first interview with, 172; their food, 173; arms, 174; effect of fireworks on, 192; musical instruments in use among, 193; their personal appearance, 194; their strict honesty, 196; no pauperism in their country, ib.; their national pride, ib.; hospitality, 197; staple food, ib.; morality among, 198; state of religion among, ib.; their dwellings, 201; domestic animals, ib.; farm implements, 202; their chief articles of export, ib.; have some slight knowledge of metallurgy, 203.

Ovapangari, the, an African tribe, 205, 485.

Oxen, invaluable in South Africa, 44; method of breaking in, 45; one charges Mr. Galton, 47; manner of guiding a saddle-ox, 71; can be made to travel at a pretty quick pace, ib.; training for the yoke, 77; vicious one ridden by Mr. Schöneberg, 102; become wild and unmanageable from their over-long rest, 123; several stolen from Mr. Galton's party, 148; extraordinary confusion among, and the cause of it, 212; curious custom when an ox dies at a chief's werft in Damara-land, 220; their instinctive power of catching the scent of humid winds and green herbage at a great distance, 240; instance of affection between two, 268; Author's adventure with a runaway, 270; the Author has an ugly fall from one, 288; superstition that they refrain from eating on Christmas-eve, 307; the Damara breed of, ib.; the Bechuana breed of, 308; the Namaqua breed of, 324.


Palm-trees, a large number seen, 166; description of a peculiar kind of fan-palm, ib.; fruit of the, ib., 188.

Parrots, crested, 57, 59.

Pelicans, 77; curious mode of flight, ib.

Phenomenon, 143.

Phillippus, a Damara, joins the Author's party as a wagon-driver, 140.

Pichos, the (or Parliaments), of the Batoanas, 437.

Pitfalls for the capture of game, 362.

Polygamy, 198, 222, 321, 448, 479.

Population of the Ovambo country estimated, 189.

Portuguese, 183.

Puff-adder, the, 294; its manner of seizing its prey, ib.


Rain-maker, the Bahurutsi, 442; murdered among the Bauangketsi nation, 447.

Rains, the, begin as early as September and October, 125.

Rath, Mr., 61, 109, 121; his description of the track of a nondescript animal, 133.

Rehoboth, a Rhenish missionary station, 139, 281; description of, 286; the rocks in its neighborhood strongly impregnated with copper, 349.