From the Niger to the Nile, Volume 2

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Pagina 263 - On the three occasions that I was at close quarters with the beast, he was perfectly concealed in this swamp leaf. Near the river Welle I found his spoor on ground frequented by buffalo and waterbuck, but this is unusual, and his companions in the forest are the elephant, the greater...
Pagina 99 - Kowa, a town situate 11 miles from the lake, that in a great flood twenty years ago the water had reached as far as the town, and in another seven years ago it had risen past it and covered the. plain us far as a place called Mongonu.
Pagina 100 - Now, on the eastern shore, where there are good banks, and the water is not influenced by the prevailing wind, there are many villages close to the lake. Another fact that has perhaps created the impression that the lake is decreasing, is that chains of islands that once were separate are now more or less joined together by marsh. But I think that this may very likely be due to the silting up of mud and sand against the obstruction of the islands by the opposing influences of the Yo and Shari, the...
Pagina 98 - STATION. due to inaccurate survey, and partly to the fact that the villages on the Bornu side are several miles distant from the lake, which has given the impression that these determined a former shore-line. But I think that the sole reason for their position is one of security, for, as there are no containing banks, and the land and water almost...
Pagina 352 - ... From Kapi for 23 miles the river is good, with the exception of two rapids, the second of which was one of the worst, and certainly the most disastrous, we had to encounter. Owing to the tremendous current, the men on the chain behind for a moment relaxed, and the boat was driven with terrific force against an overhanging tree. The shock swept off two of the polers, who disappeared into the torrent never to be seen again. Jose was also thrown into the water, but, being a strong swimmer, gained...
Pagina 370 - So we made (>0 miles, then trees, flocks, and men gradually disappeared, and the river wound alone through a vast empty plain. It widened and slackened, and the impression came over me that it was nearing its journey's end. Eagerly we craned our necks for a sight of the Nile, but this reward was still withheld ; nothing but marshland as far as the horizon met our gaze.
Pagina 164 - ... away on the left bank, where they live in small communities, scattering their huts among their crops as a 'protection against surprise. They are a timid people, but ' good and industrious farmers, growing chiefly millet and ground nuts ; and, what is rare, both men and women work. They may be observed in the fields together, sowing their crops. After the ground has been cleared, the man walks along making a dab in the soil at intervals with his native hoe, and the woman follows with the seed,...
Pagina 327 - They were given the latter name by the Belgian soldiers, mimicking the noise they made, which was like the howling of dogs, as they ran before the strangers. The natives have now adopted it themselves, and if you ask one the name of his tribe, ho always replies
Pagina 98 - Shari month, one leaves the great sombre maria belts behind and comes out into magnificent open water, and Chad for the first time assumes the grandeur of a lake. Before leaving Lake Chad, I will attempt to give a general idea, based upon the observations I was able to make. As regards the size, I made it considerably less than it was formerly supposed to be. For instance, the northern part, which used to be marked on the maps as...
Pagina 302 - ... upon a living bier of half the number of his wives, to the accompaniment of music and dancing. In this part of the country the natives have a barbarously cruel method of hunting elephants. When a herd is located in the dry grass, all the villages turn out with guns and spears and fire the grass all round the herd. The poor beasts make frantic attempts to break through the ring of fire, and are to be seen rushing madly to and fro in their agony, rooting up trees and throwing grass and earth over...

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