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CHAP, XIII.                      BLUSHING.                               319

filling of the capillaries, would reflect a somewhat dif-
ferent tint to what it did before. That the capillaries of
the face in the negro become filled with blood, under

the emotion of shame/we may feel confident; because                          *

a perfectly characterized albino negress, described by                           *'

Buff on,17 showed a faint tinge of crimson on her cheeks                           I

when she exhibited herself naked.   Cicatrices of the skin                          ';

remain for a long time white in the negro, and Dr.                          1

Burgess, who had frequent opportunities of observing                           #

a scar of this kind on the face of a negress, distinctly saw                           /'

that it " invariably became red whenever she was abrupt-    .                      i|

ly spoken to, or charged with any trivial offence." 1S                           |

The blush could be seen proceeding from the circum-                           1

ference of the scar towards the middle, but it did not                           I

reach the centre.    Mulattoes are often great blushers,                           ,'

blush succeeding blush over their faces.    From these                           ^

facts there can be no doubt that negroes blush, although                           J
no redness is visible on the skin.

I am assured by Gaika and by Mrs. Barber that the                           ^
Kafirs of South Africa never blush; but this may only
mean that no change of colour is distinguishable.   Gaika
adds that under the circumstances which would make a

European blush, his countrymen " look ashamed to keep                           \

their heads up."                                                                                    *!

It is asserted by four of my informants that the                           \

Australians, who are almost as black as negroes, never                           I

blush.   A fifth answers doubtfully, remarking that only                           I

a very strong blush could be seen, on account of the dirty                           I

state of their skins.   Three observers state that they do                            |

blush;10 Mr. S. Wilson adding that this is noticeable                            |

17  Quoted by Prichard, Phys. Hist, of Mankind, 4th edit.                                I
1851, vol. i. p. 225.                                                                                                   I

18 Burgess, ibid. p. 31.   On mulattoes blushing, see p. 33.                                f
I have received similar accounts with respect to mulattoes.                                C

10 Barring-ton  also says that the Australians of "New                                j|

South Wales blush, as quoted by Waitz, ibid. p. 135.                                           f