Lost Among White Africans: A Boy's Adventures on the Upper Congo

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Cassell, 1909 - 288 pages
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Page 227 - Manba and Nyangwe, when I first came here eight years ago, was populated so thickly, that we travelled through gardens and fields and villages. Every quarter of an hour there were flocks of goats, and droves of black pigs round every village ; a bunch of bananas could be purchased for one cowrie ; you can see what the country is now for yourself.
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Page 120 - ... we parted with hearts neither sorry nor sore, Resolving next night to drink twelve bottles more. Twelve bottles more, &c. I have reason to believe this song to be the best part of a hundred years, if not quite a century old. It belongs to the deep-drinking days of our grandfathers. THE IRISH DUEL. POTATOES grow at Limerick, and beef at Ballymore, And buttermilk is beautiful — but that you knew before...
Page 227 - ... invite their friends and dependents for a few days' sport, just as an English nobleman invites his friends to grouse or deer shooting. Now in this general battue it is understood, of course, that all men found carrying spears should be considered dangerous, and shot, to be cut to pieces afterwards; but the •women and children and submissive adults are prizes, which belong to the victors. The murder of people on this scale is called a war ; and a grievance for war — as with your potentate*...
Page 96 - ... and hence it is that the original colour of the founders of the state has been preserved. The women are said to be singularly beautiful ; I have seen several of them, and though I would not call them beautiful, as we understand the term in Europe and America, they are superior to any women I have seen in Africa, and have nothing in common with negroes except the hair. They are said also to be entrusted with the keeping of the charms of Kahba Rega, and to mę.
Page 96 - ... Gambaragara and Usongora. The Katekiro of Uganda in his great raid on this region is said to have collected " 50,000 " head of cattle. General Sambuzi accompanied him during that famous time, and has often amused my leisure hours with lively descriptions of his adventures. The people are a peculiarly formed race. At one time they are said to have been all white, and to have emigrated from Northern Unyoro, but at the present time the black and light-complexioned are about equal in numbers. The...
Page 171 - O'Connor before him, it seemed to be a case of " out of the frying-pan into the fire...
Page 79 - We hadn't been at it half an hour, when we were both as hot as if it had been the middle of the day instead of just about sunrise.

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