Journal of an Expedition to Explore the Course and Termination of the Niger: With a Narrative of a Voyage Down that River to Its Termination, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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John Murray, 1832 - Africa
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Page xxxix - My dear friend Mr. Anderson and likewise Mr. Scott are both dead; but though all the Europeans who are with me should die, and though I were myself half dead, I would still persevere; and if I could not succeed in the object of my journey, I would at last die on the Niger.
Page 64 - And seas but join the regions they divide ; Earth's distant ends our glory shall behold, And the new world launch forth to seek the old. Then ships of uncouth form shall stem the tide, And feather'd people crowd my wealthy side, And naked youths and painted chiefs admire Our speech, our colour, and our strange attire...
Page xxviii - I have known both hunger and nakedness to the utmost extremity of human suffering. I have known what it is to have food given me as charity to a madman ; and I have at times been obliged to shelter myself under the miseries of that character, to avoid a heavier calamity. My distresses have been greater than I have ever owned, or ever will own to any man. Such evils are terrible to bear ; but they never yet had power to turn me from my purpose.
Page 92 - It is the custom here, when a governor dies, for two of his favourite wives to quit the world on the same day, in order that he may have a little pleasant, social company in a future state...
Page 91 - They have abundance of bullocks, pigs, goats, sheep, and poultry, but they prefer vegetable food to animal ; their diet, indeed, is what we should term poor and watery, consisting chiefly of...
Page 244 - ... bells, the animated looks, and warlike bearing of their riders, presented one of the most extraordinary and pleasing sights that we have ever witnessed. The race was well contested, and terminated only by the horses being fatigued, and out of breath; but though every one was emulous to outstrip his companion, honour and fame were the only reward of the competitors.
Page 244 - ... seat on horseback during these amusements, without even once dismounting to converse with his wives and children who were sitting on the ground on each side of him. His dress was showy rather than rich, consisting of a red cap, enveloped in the large folds of a white muslin turban ; two under tobes of blue and scarlet cloth, and an outer one of white muslin ; red trowsers, and boots of scarlet and yellow leather.
Page 73 - ... was unable to penetrate the gloom, and we were frequently left in midnight darkness. It would require greater powers than we are in possession of to give an adequate description of the magnificence, solemnity, and desolate repose, of the awful solitudes through which we passed this evening. They were enlightened, however, at times by the appearance of glowworms, which were so luminous that one could almost see to read by their golden splendour ; and sometimes by the moonbeams, which trembled...
Page 241 - The chief's wives and younger children sat near us in a group by themselves ; and were distinguished from their companions by their superior dress. Manchester cloths of inferior quality, but of the most showy patterns, and dresses made of common English bed-furniture, were fastened round the waist of several sooty maidens, who, for the sake of fluttering a short hour in the gaze of their countrymen, had sacrificed in clothes the earnings of a twelvemonth's labour.
Page lv - If you should find that at Funda the Quorra continues to flow to the southward, you are to follow it to the sea, where, in this case, it may be presumed to empty its waters ; but if it should be found to turn off to the eastward, in which case it will most probably fall into the Lake...

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