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Old 05-27-2021, 09:26 PM
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When I first met Fargo I also met his two trackers, Abrafo and Domelvo. Fargo called them A and D. They had been with Fargo since day one. As he was a new PH he wasn't able to pay much and the experienced trackers were either tracking or wouldn't track for what he was able to pay at the time, as he related. So even though A and D were teenagers he took them on thinking that as he got better established he would get better trackers. He said after thirty five years he never saw their better and he was confident no one else had either.
They were held in very high esteem by all other trackers because of being trackers for who was considered to be the best PH in Africa. They were also the highest paid and Fargo held no one in higher esteem, no one!

Africa is hard and A&D were harder still, but they had Fargo's kindness. I was starting to see a pattern there, I wondered if it was possible to be extremely brave without being kind?
There was a time for laughter and a serious time and they never confused the two.
What they never saw, they heard , smelled or sensed! They always knew when the quarry had stopped to do battle. They would fan to the side and move back and the charge would come. I asked Fargo how they did it and he said an animal always fixes his eyes on you in that situation and will not blink. He said they sensed the stare. I was skeptical . We all sat around the fire and looked and reflected into it at night as a matter of course. A and D would do it for hours without changing their gaze. So one night I thought I would stare at them to see what happened. They would look at me in a matter of seconds, darn few of them! I did it several times and they would look at me every time.
The next morning Fargo told me that A and D were wondering If I was planning on charging them!

Even though they spoke very good British English, certain words had a different meaning to them . They enjoyed reading Hemingway and considered him to be a great storyteller. Capstick was their favorite and he often left Botswana and visited Fargo. Capstick passed while I was in the states but I heard that A and D had the honor of spreading his ashes on the Chobe River.

Since they didn't speak very often clients often thought they couldn't speak or understand English. After about a week one of them would speak and clients would almost be startled. I figured they spent a good bit of their time after that trying to remember what all they had said in front of them. LOL.

Just a look or a hand gesture was all they needed from Fargo and about all one got in return. For a while I had a hard time trying to figure out what they were trying to tell me with the hand signals.

D had went with me and a client and the client had muffed an easy shot on a massive Buff , Instead of putting the bullet in the vitals he put it in the vittles! I sat the client down and started out on the track with D. Due to the open area D was a good ways ahead of me . He suddenly stopped and started motioning and hand gesturing to me and not being that familiar to the hand motions at the time I just stood still. He went through the whole sequence again and I didn't know what to do so I just stood there. I could see he was a little frustrated as he came walking back to me and in a very quiet, very respectable tone he asked me, " Are you deaf? "

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Old 05-28-2021, 10:35 PM
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I had heard that rival PH Curtis Edmund had tried unsuccessfully to lure away A & D to work for his safari outfitter. Despite offering a very generous salary including a percentage of the gross receipts they both adamantly declined Edmund's attempts. Apparently, one of them (I don't know if it was A or D) had entered into a “blood pact” with Fargo after Fargo had saved one or the others daughter from an attack by a crazed bull elephant.

The elephant had been ravaging the village's food plots and one of the villagers had shot it with buckshot. It didn't kill it, all it did was blind the elephant and make it crazy. It had been stumbling around in an understandably foul mood for several days after that, stomping the crap out of anything it ran into. The girl unfortunately ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time and would have surely been crushed to death if Fargo hadn't come along. He just happened to be delivering some antibiotics to the doctor at the local clinic when he came upon the scene. If he would have had a Mach II he could have stayed back, lasered the pachyderm and shot it from a safe distance. As it was, all he had with him was a .257 Weatherby Magnum that he had been using earlier that day on some smaller plains animals. Without hesitation he waded right in and in a blink of an eye put two rounds into the elephant's brain, dropping it like a 15,000 pound sack of potatoes. As casually as someone who had just shooed away a house cat, he sat down on the tailgate of the truck, took a nip of scotch from his flask and lit a smoke.

In gratitude, A or maybe it was D swore a lifelong allegiance to Fargo for saving his daughter and had the local shaman oversee a formal blood pact ritual. Fargo went along with it so as to not disappoint anybody but I think in private he considered it a little over the top seeing as he felt it was only neighborly to shoot a rampaging crazy blind elephant that was going to crush someone's daughter.
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Old 05-29-2021, 07:38 AM
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Silas, I have found you to be very knowledgeable. That usually accompanies well read and well traveled.

As far as Fargo going along with the Shaman it was only because at that time the popular belief was that amongst other duties the Shaman was the one that escorted you to your final destination in the afterlife. Fargo never held hard to that belief but he wasn't one to take un-necessary risks either. He didn't want to risk insulting the Shaman and possibly be escorted somewhere other than heaven. He always said he couldn't take it anywhere hotter than Africa!

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