The hazards of being a librarian include the distraction of coming across an item that has no relationship to the research one is doing. In this case, I was asked to locate information on a James Hunter, missionary to China. I also found another James Hunter whose story I'll now share. From The Missionary Herald, September 1917, "Never has a missionary of the American Board met his death as did Mr. James Hunter..." Shall I go on? Mr. Hunter and his wife went to Angola, West Central Africa in 1915 as missionaries for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. He was a printer at Kamundongo and had worked diligently to "speed up" the printing process. Having that well in hand, together with Dr. Hollenbeck, an experienced hunter, Mr. Hunter decided to take a holiday and go hunting for hippopotami. He planned to use the hide to produce glue for the bindery.
Dr. Hollenbeck was successful in shooting a hippopotamus while Mr. Hunter continued his quest. Unfortunately, the boat was overturned and Mr. Hunter's body was never recovered. He died April 26, 1917. "His labor is surely not in vain in the Lord." (Missionary Herald)
I'm sure that these missionaries did not know that hippopotamuses are by nature very aggressive animals. Hippos are exceedingly aggressive towards humans, whom they commonly attack whether in boats or on land with no apparent provocation. They are widely considered to be one of the most dangerous large animals in Africa. (Wikipedia)
hippopotamus photograph "Hippopotame dans le Lac de Tengréla" (2010) by Wikimedia Commons user GuideStephane, released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license