Across East African Glaciers: An Account of the First Ascent of Kilimanjaro

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G. Philip & son, 1891 - Africa, East - 404 pages

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Page 5 - West of this port (Mombasa) stands the Mount Olympus of Ethiopia, which is exceeding high, and beyond it are the Mountains of the Moon, in which are the sources of the Nile.
Page 137 - Standing in the center of the town, as far as the eye can reach, nothing is to be seen but heaps of rubbish, tall dreary chimneys and shattered brick walls, while 'in the hollow windows, dreary horror's sitting.
Page 14 - and rounding an unsuspected and deep ravine, I arrived close to the base of a small peak, which had been a continual and useful point to aim at during the whole journey from my station. I was now on the central connecting ridge of Kilimanjaro, and could see a little on both sides, though the misty state of the atmosphere prevented my getting any good view of the country. This ridge, which from below looks so simple and straight, is in reality...
Page 6 - I inquired as to the dazzling whiteness, the guide merely called it "cold, " and at once I knew it could be neither more nor less than snow. . . . I immediately understood how to interpret the marvelous tales Dr. Krapf and I had heard at the coast, of a vast mountain of gold and silver in the far interior, the approach to which was guarded by evil spirits.
Page 154 - Taking out a small German flag, which I had brought with me for the purpose in my knapsack, I planted it on the weatherbeaten lava summit with three ringing cheers, and in virtue of my right as its first discoverer christened this hitherto unknown and unnamed mountain peak — the loftiest spot in Africa and in the German Empire — Kaiser Wilhelm! s Peak. Then we gave three cheers more for the Emperor, and shook hands in mutual congratulation.
Page 173 - ... greatest altitude reached, confirms in almost every particular the opinion of the author. Dr. Meyer thus describes his surroundings a this height : ' We stood on the brink of an abysmal gulf, surrounded by an array of peaks and spires and pinnacles impossible to describe ; on this, its eastern side . . . the mountain sinks sheer downwards into a gigantic cauldron, the sides of which are scarred with innumerable rugged ravines...
Page 222 - ... the Masai the young warriors have borrowed the practice of plastering themselves with a coating of grease and red ochre. A common way of 1 The Kilimanjaro Expedition, p. 211. dressing the hair is to twist it into thin strings, which hang down all round the head, and are cut away above the eyes in a regular fringe. " Here and there a dandy of the tribe screws up the strings into rows of rigid lovelocks, while another draws a handful down either cheek, and ties them together under his chin, finishing...
Page 13 - The terrible hurricane of wind, however, that raged round this jagged series of lava peaks, prevented him from continuing the ascent, although he doubted if it were possible for any one to reach the summit, owing to the want of foothold. The snow varied very much in quantity on Kimawenzi. Sometimes the whole peak would be covered down to the parent ridge, with only the precipitous rocks peeping blackly through the mantle of white. At other periods the snow would be reduced to an insignificant patch,...
Page 240 - No Jagga court seems to be complete without two or three of these rascals, who hang about in the expectation of picking up slaves, a commodity of which a supply is constantly forthcoming as the result of the frequent feuds and forays between the different petty states.
Page 330 - German sphere of interest, but of all Equatorial Africa, is a sterile, thinly-populated wilderness, which is barely capable of supplying the frugal wants of the negro, and has no natural products of value to Europeans. From the nature of the soil the latter could not be raised even if they were introduced. " One-fifth of German East Africa is good land...

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