History of the British Colonies: Possessions in Africa and Australia

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J. Cochrane and Company, 1835 - Great Britain
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Page 11 - Come on, sir; here's the place: — stand still. — How fearful And dizzy 'tis, to cast one's eyes so low! The crows and choughs, that wing the midway air, Show scarce so gross as beetles : Half way down Hangs one that gathers samphire; dreadful trade! Methinks, he seems no bigger than his head: The fishermen, that walk upon the beach, Appear like mice; and yon...
Page 262 - On the 3d, the main channel of the river was much contracted but very deep, the banks being under water from a foot to eighteen inches. The stream continued for about twenty miles on the same course as yesterday, when we lost sight of land and trees, the channel of the river winding through reeds, among which the water was about three feet deep, the current having the same direction as the river. It continued in this manner for near four miles more, when without any previous change in the breadth,...
Page 498 - ... for his family a peaceful and prosperous home. All who have ever landed upon the eastern shore of St. Vincent's Gulf, agree as to the richness of its soil, and the abundance of its pasture.
Page 498 - Supposing a line to be drawn from the parallel of 34.40. to the eastward, it will strike the Murray River about 25 miles above the head of the lake, and will clear the ranges, of which. Mount Lofty and Mount Barker are the respective terminations. This line will cut off a space whose greatest breadth will be 55 miles...
Page 466 - With respect to the children of labouring people under that age, it is proposed to allow 40 acres for every such child above three years old ; 80 acres for every such child above six years old ; and 120 for every such child above nine and under ten years old. Provision will be made by law, at the earliest opportunity, for rendering those capitalists who may be engaged in taking out...
Page 539 - Bambouk, situated near the head of the river, and so enclosed between its main stream and the great branches of the Kokoro and the Faleme, as to form almost a complete island, is the next object of commercial importance to the French on the Senegal. It is almost entirely a country of mountains, whence flow numerous streams, almost all of which roll over golden sands. But the main depositaries, where the metal is traced as it were to its source, are two mountains, Natakon and Semayla. The former composes...
Page 333 - And, for the protection of persons acting in the execution of this act, be it enacted, that all actions and prosecutions to be commenced against any person for any thing done in pursuance of this act...
Page 304 - Here, however, his hardihood forsook him : he acknowledged the murder of his late master; that he came behind him when he was crossing the identical rail on which the farmer fancied he saw the deceased, and, with one blow on the head, killed him — dragged the body to the pond, and threw it in ; but, after some days, took it out again, and buried it where it was found. The sagacity of the native black was remarkable ; but the unaccountable manner in which the murder was discovered is one of the...
Page 70 - ... the defenceless Scots, — who, with empty guns, were tumbling over each other in their hurry to escape the clutch of the rampant savage. In a twinkling he was upon them — and with one stroke of his paw dashed the nearest to the ground. The scene was terrific ! There stood the lion with his...
Page 495 - Island examined by us was judged to be much superior to any before seen, either upon the south coast of the continent or upon the islands near it, with the exception of some portions behind the harbours of King George's Sound. The depth of the soil was not particularly ascertained: but from the thickness of the wood it cannot be very shallow. Some sand is mixed with the vegetable earth, but not in any great proportion; and I thought the soil superior to some of the land cultivated at Port Jackson,...

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