Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile

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W. Blackwood and sons, 1863 - 658 pagine

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Journal of the discovery of the source of the Nile

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In this 1863 volume, Speke recounts how he discovered Lake Victoria in East Africa in 1858. The book is part natural history, part travelog, and part adventure tale. Leggi recensione completa


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Pagina 467 - The expedition had now performed its functions. 1 saw that old father Nile without any doubt rises in the Victoria N'yanza, and, as I had foretold, that lake is the great source of the holy river which cradled the first expounder of our religious belief.
Pagina 467 - Still it was a sight that attracted one to it for hours — the roar of the waters, the I 3, JULY.] THE OUTLET OF THE NILE. 467 thousands of passenger-fish, leaping at the falls with all their might, the Wasoga and Waganda fishermen coming out in boats and taking post on all the rocks with rod and hook, hippopotami and crocodiles lying sleepily on the water, the ferry at work above the falls, and cattle driven down to drink at the margin of the lake...
Pagina 13 - It is remarkable that the Hindus have christened the source of the Nile Amara, which is the name of a country at the north-east corner of the Victoria N'yanza. This, I think, shows clearly, that the ancient Hindus must have had some kind of communication with both the northern and southern ends of the Victoria N'yanza.
Pagina 292 - The king's gait in retiring was intended to be very majestic, but did not succeed in conveying to me that impression. It was the traditional walk of his race, founded on the step of the lion; but the outward sweep of the legs, intended to represent the stride of the noble beast, appeared to me only to realise a very ludicrous kind of waddle, which made me ask Bombay if anything serious was the matter with the royal person.
Pagina 281 - ... another soldier comes to take his place. One of the soldiers, as the young ladies passed him, besought them to have the charity to bring him a little water, adding that he was very ill, and that it would be as much as his life was worth to go and fetch it himself.
Pagina 269 - Drumming, singing, screaming, yelling, and dancing had been going on these last two days and two nights to drive the Phe'po or devil out of a village. The whole of the ceremonies were most ludicrous. An old man and woman, smeared with white mud, and holding pots of pombe...
Pagina 288 - ... servants. Now, I had made up my mind never to sit upon the ground as the natives and Arabs are obliged to do, nor to make my obeisance in any other manner than is customary in England, though the Arabs had told me that from fear they had always complied with the manners of the court. I felt that if I did not stand up for my social position at once, I should be treated with contempt during the remainder of my visit, and thus lose the vantage-ground I had assumed of appearing rather as a prince...
Pagina 291 - For a handkerchief he held a well-folded piece of bark, and a piece of gold-embroidered silk, which he constantly employed to hide his large mouth when laughing, or to wipe it after a drink of plantain-wine, of which he took constant and copious draughts from neat little gourd-cups, administered by his ladiesin-waiting, who were at once his sisters and wives. A white dog, spear, shield, and woman — the Uganda cognisance — were by his side, as also a knot of staff officers, with whom he kept up...
Pagina 450 - N'yawo !' in the most pitiful manner. A man was preceding her, but did not touch her ; for she loved to obey the orders of her king voluntarily, and, in consequence of previous attachment, was permitted, as a mark of distinction, to walk free. Wondrous world ! it is not ten minutes since we parted from the king, yet he had found time to transact this bloody piece of business.'^ Speke, at length, gets out of that land of death and jolly tippling.
Pagina 283 - It was a magnificent sight. A whole hill was covered with gigantic huts, such as I had never seen in Africa before. I wished to go up to the palace at once, but the officers said ' No, that would be considered indecent in Uganda...

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