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By Redmond O'Hanlon

Combining the extreme commentary of a nineteenth-century missionary, and the wit of a Monty Python participant, Redmond O'Hanlon is known for his adventurous shuttle. His new problem is the Congo, the main risky and inhospitable jungle on the planet.

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His apparel is of leather throughout, new patches being added from time to time. About all the figures known in trigonometry appear upon the coat and trousers, while his moccasins are decorated with triangles stitched with red string, trapezoids fringed with green yarn, and semi-circles done in cardinal. A slouched hat covers his head. Out from under this escape a few long, gray hairs, which are never any grayer, but are materially longer than when he first made his appearance. Upon his furrowed face is always a coarse, stubble beard, never any smoother, never any rougher, and his fingernails always preserve the same uncanny length.

Here he lives when he is not journeying, which is presumably seldom, since, as your correspondence has informed you, his appearances are regular and unremitting. However, he has been found at home, sitting at the door of his hut, or cave, occupied in mending some old tins. Within were to be seen evidences of his domestic arrangements, which were not characterized by any undue luxury. As usual, to all interrogations and attempts to draw him into conversation, he presented the same immovable front, which for years he has maintained against the curiosity of the world with which he comes in contact.

As he passes through a village, sta= in hand, the school children shrink from him and older people wonder. “I remember well, when I was a boy,” said a well known resident of this town, “meeting the Leather Man in the road as I was driving home my father’s cows. Although forbidden by my mother ever to go near him, I did venture to address him. He gave me the only response he ever gives anybody, a stolid glance. Not discouraged, however, I asked him if he was hungry; a natural suggestion to a country lad; no reply.

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