Geographical Notes of Expeditions in Central Africa by Three Dutch Ladies

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T. Brakell, 1864 - Africa, Central - 44 pages

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Page 37 - ... designs — viz., the jealousy the traders are so susceptible of to any " one prying into the nature of the country they have appropriated to themselves. " Pray do keep working this subject, for no one can do it better than yourself. " No doubt, indeed, a consul is much wanted in the Soudan ; but then he should " not be a trader, for no one can trade honestly in those regions. " I have great fears about the fate of Baker. He ordered Petherick to place " a boat for him at Gondokoro this and last...
Page 38 - Baker went into the interior must have returned to that port, else we could not have heard of Baker's having gone to Unyoro. This being necessarily the case, how is it that Baker did not send a line by them to Petherick, unless some foul play can answer the question? For the love of those you have lost, do bring retribution on the miscreants who occasioned...
Page 34 - desirous to go beyond it as quickly as possible, in order to reach the salubrious ' country of the Nyam-Nams before the rains could render the rivers impassable. We asked them immediately to procure us porters, but day after day passed and porters never came. For three or four days Biselli had constantly some' thing to say again about each contract, and would not bring anything to a close.
Page 22 - Jocks a day. This did not satisfy them : they wanted durra. The vakeel's offer, to go to his zeriba to fetch it, was agreed to. His negroes refused to go by the direct road the ladies wanted to go, and insisted on taking them a long detour by their own place. They halted at Abu Senoon at three in the afternoon, to allow time for 100 of their porters to overtake them with a portion of the baggage.
Page 36 - All the camels are seized for his soldiers, and merchandise " has been brought for several months. The simplest things fetch immense " profits, and the Soudan, once famous for its cheapness, is now dearer than " Cairo. Most of the villages which were being established along the White " Nile, and which I left flourishing, are now abandoned ; the people flying from " the dreadful taxes, and Khartum is like a desert, nothing is to be got.
Page 13 - Djiir and other rivers, whose supply to the main stream is, according to Von Heuglin, very much underrated by geographers, so much so indeed, that it is believed by some to be the continuation of the White Nile. At the meeting of the Royal Geographical Society, on the 23rd Nov. last, at which I was present, the Earl of...
Page 34 - Mori, two native merchants, and proprietors of zeribas, or stations, on the White Nile, and who appear to wield absolute and unquestioned despotism over large districts, and now also of the conduct of Moussa Pasha, Governor of the Soudan. As the opening up of the newly-discovered and exceedingly fertile districts of the White Nile cannot fail to be of the utmost...
Page 20 - Mishra, came to see them and to oifer to be of use to them, which they were in many respects. From them they heard of Captains Speke and Grant having arrived at Gondokoro. The ladies say they " never saw " a more disappointed and dejected man than Mr. Petherick. " He and his wife have had dreadful ill luck. He had made
Page 15 - ... dangling in the water and his hands being used as paddles. The Nuars, one of the tribes who inhabit these marshes, seem particularly qualified for dwelling in such a locality. They are from six to seven feet high. They were seen for hours at a time standing on some ant hill amongst the reeds, leaning on their lances and watching the passing boats.

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