Victorian Englishman meets a naked princess

"In 1850, Francis Galton sailed to southern Africa and ventured into parts of the interior never before seen by a white man... The climax of the journey was his encounter with King Nangoro... When the King dispatched his niece, smeared in butter and red ochre, to his guest's tent to serve as a wife for the night, Galton, wearing his one clean suit of white linen, found the naked princess 'as capable of leaving a mark on anything she touched as a well-inked printer's roller... so I had her ejected with scant ceremony.'"

[Ironically, Galton later pioneered the use of fingerprints for human identification.]

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