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Hottentots are not, as it is said, thought well of -- being even tipsier than the rest; but I may see a full-blood one, and even a true Bosjesman, which is worth a couple of hours 'drive; and the place is said to be beautiful.
(Bosjesman for something desperately insulting I have no doubt) — conscious of an affectionate yearning towards that noble savage, or is it idiosyncratic in me to abhor, detest, abominate, and abjure him?
A something with a scarf round its neck, and a slipshod speech issuing from behind the scarf; more depraved, more foolish, more ignorant, more unable to believe in any noble or good thing of any kind, than the stupidest Bosjesman.
In the skeleton of a male Bosjesman, in the same collection, the proportions, by the same measurement, to the spinal column, taken as 100, are — the arm 78, the leg 110, the hand 26, and the foot 32.
Or it will assume the form of a bush, if indulged, till Sally is almost hidden under it, as the Bosjesman under his version of Birnam Wood, that he shoots his assegai from.
He was not much superior in development to the anthropoid apes that we now know -- in fact, there is less difference between an orang and a Bosjesman than there is between the primitive man and the modern Caucasian man.
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The Hottentot or Bosjesman tribe -- the negro "Bushmen" of South Africa -- are described by M. Bory de St. Vincent as forming the transition between man and the genera of Orangs and Gibbons.
Their women, particularly those of the Bosjesman, according to Soemmerring,
Mean as the meal was, on the bare board, with its old gallipots for cups, and what not other sordid makeshifts; shabby as the woman was in dress, and toning down towards the Bosjesman colour, with want of nutriment and washing, --- there was positively a dignity in her, as the family anchor just holding the poor shipwrecked boiler-maker's bark.
This woman, like the last, was woefully shabby, and was degenerating to the Bosjesman complexion.
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