Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

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NEGRO FOLK RHYMES
But I have been fortunate enough recently to secure direct evidence that one of the American Negro stories recorded by Mr. Harris came from Africa.
While collecting our Rhymes, I asked Dr. C. C. Fuller of the South African Mission, at Chikore, Melsetter, Rhodesia, Africa, for an African Rhyme in Chindau. I might add parenthetically: I have never seen pictures of a cruder or more primitive people than these people who speak Chindau. He obtained and sent me the Rhyme "The Turkey Buzzard" found in our Foreign Section. It was given to him by the Reverend J. E. Hatch of the South African General Mission. Along with this rhyme came the following in his kind and obliging letter: "We thought the story of how the Croco­dile got its scaly skin might be of interest also": "Why the Crocodile Has a Hard, Scaly Skin." "Long ago the Crocodile had a soft skin like that of the other animals. He used to go far from the rivers and catch animals and children and by so do­ing annoyed the people very much. So one day when he was far awTay from water, they surrounded him and set the grass on fire on every side, so that he could not escape to the river without passing through the fire. The fire overtook him and scorched and seared his back, so that from that day
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