Some African Highways: A Journey of Two American Women to Uganda and the Transvaal

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Dana Estes, publishers, 1908 - Africa, East - 335 pages

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Page 19 - The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be ; and that which is done is that which shall be done : and there is no new thing under the sun.
Page 281 - Speak roughly to your little boy, And beat him when he sneezes: He only does it to annoy, Because he knows it teases.
Page 157 - Butata's) travels excited at the Court of Fez was, it is said, so great that the Sultan himself wished to hear his adventures, and after listening to him for several consecutive nights, ordered that the whole should be drawn up and made into a book. This was done, and the account, as it now exists, was finished on December 13, 1355. " This may be regarded as the period at which Melle reached its greatest prosperity. Mansa Suleiman reigned for twentyfour years, but was succeeded by Mansa Djata, a...
Page 157 - Mellistine, which rose in the thirteenth century on the ruins of Ghana, was the first of the great black Mohammedan Kingdoms of the Western Soudan to claim intercourse on equal terms with contemporary civilization.
Page 150 - ... and saliva often dribbles from the mouth. Drowsiness, which has gradually been increasing, now passes on to coma, from which the patients can only be roused with difficulty ; the temperature falls to subnormal, in rare cases convulsive fits appear, and the patient dies in a complete state of coma. This is the common course of an ordinary acute case of the disease, the different changes taking about a month or six weeks for completion. In the chronic cases the symptoms develop more slowly, and...
Page 157 - ... are perhaps worth noting. It was specially apt, Ibn Khaldun says, to attack the upper classes of the people. It began by periodic attacks, and finally brought the 'patient to such a state that he could not remain awake for a moment. It then declared itself permanently, and ended sooner or later in death. The King Djata suffered for two years from periodic attacks before he died in 1374. This practically ended the Kingdom of Melle.
Page 180 - The bigger horns of this kind have their large apertures partially closed with skin. In the eastern part of Uganda and in Busoga pan'pipes are made out of the reeds that are suitable for flutes. The harp of Uganda is interesting because its identical form is repeated in the paintings of ancient Egypt, where the instrument must have had its origin, reaching Uganda by way of the Nile, or by the roundabout route which ancient trade followed from Egypt to Somaliland and from Somaliland to Uganda. This...
Page xvi - ... particular quality. Unfortunately it is only too seldom that they record their impressions, but when they do their pages ripple with little touches both quaint and human which are the direct result of quick observation and which go to paint the character of countries and people far more vividly than the more erudite writings of the mere man who plods along basing his remarks very largely on what he has already read or been told of the country now spread out before him.
Page 218 - ... facts. In reply Disraeli refused to 'enter the politics of the Crimean War', and defended both the rejection of the B.erlin Memorandum and the sending of the fleet to Besika Bay. The last debate of the session took place on August 11. In the interval a preliminary report had arrived from Walter Baring, who had been sent out by the British Government to investigate the atrocities. This left no doubt that an appalling massacre had occurred. Disraeli tried to do his best with the argument that the...

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