A Voyage to Senegal: The Isle of Gore, and the River Gambia

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J. Nourse, 1759 - Africa, West - 337 pages
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Page 87 - Everybody must some time or other have seen a partridge run, consequently must know there is no man whatever able to keep up with it ; and it is easy to imagine that if this bird had a longer step its speed would be considerably augmented. The ostrich...
Page 54 - Negroes reclined under the shade of their spreading foliage; the simplicity of their dress and manners; the whole revived in my mind the idea of our first parents, and I seemed to contemplate the world in its primitive state: They are, generally speaking, very goodnatured, sociable and obliging.
Page 316 - Donai, otherwise called Coq ; and I do not think there ever was better sport. The vessel being obliged to stay there one morning, I went on shore, to divert myself with my gun. The place was very woody, and full of green monkeys, which I did not perceive but by their breaking the boughs on the tops of the trees, from whence they tumbled down upon me; for in other respects they were so silent and nimble in their tricks, that it would have been difficult to hear them. Here I stopped, and killed two...
Page 87 - ... to be off the ground. Every body muft fome time or other have feen a partridge run, confequently muft know there is no man whatever able to keep up with it; and it is eafy to imagine, that if this bird had a longer Hep, its fpeed would be confiderably augmented.
Page 86 - This sight pleased me so well, that I would have it repeated : and to try their strength, I made a full-grown negro mount the smallest, and two others the largest. This burden did not seem to me at all disproportioned to their strength.
Page 87 - I am speaking of would have distanced the fleetest race-horses that were ever bred in England. It is true they would not hold out so long as a horse ; but without all doubt they would be able to perform the race in less time.
Page 178 - ... success, that the shore was covered, the whole length of the net with the fish they caught, though the net was in a bad condition. I reckoned part of them, and judged that they might in all be upwards of 6000, the least of them as large as a fine carp. There you might see pilchards, rock-fish, mullets, or gull-fish, of different sorts ; molebats, with other fishes very little known.
Page 159 - February, there suddenly arose over our heads a thick cloud, which darkened the air, and deprived us of the rays of the sun. We found it was a cloud of locusts...
Page 87 - ... space in less time. I have frequently beheld this sight, which is capable of giving one an idea of the prodigious strength of an ostrich, and of showing what use it might be of, had we but the method of breaking and managing it as we do a horse.
Page 110 - ... once more take it into her head to eat or to drink. When the burial was over, the cries and lamentations ceafed. Thus ended the lugubrious ceremony : their thoughts were now turned towards making an entertainment in honour of the deceafed ; and that fame evening they...

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