Narrative of Travels and Discoveries in Northern and Central Africa: In the Years 1822, 1823, and 1824, Volume 1

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John Murray, 1828 - Africa, Central - 938 pages
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Page 210 - ... spears. Moving on was impossible ; and we therefore came to a full stop : our chief was much enraged, but it was all to no purpose ; he was only answered by shrieks of " Welcome !" and spears most unpleasantly rattled over our heads VOL.
Page 131 - El Hammar were countless; those of two women, whose perfect and regular teeth bespoke them young, were particularly shocking ; their arms still remained clasped round each other as they had expired, although the flesh had long since perished by being exposed to the burning rays of the sun, and the blackened bones only left...
Page 231 - ... yards, passing first on horse-back; and after dismounting and prostrating themselves before him, they took their places on the ground in front, but with their backs to the royal person, which is the custom of the country. He was seated in a sort of cage of cane or wood, near the door of his garden, on a seat which at the distance appeared to be covered with silk or satin, and through the railing looked upon the assembly before him, who formed a sort of semicircle extending from his seat to nearly...
Page 125 - Tibboo traders : there is, perhaps, too much truth in this accusation. Every few miles a skeleton was seen through the whole day ; some were partially covered with sand, others with only a small mound formed by the wind ; one hand often lay under the head, and frequently both, as if in the act of compressing the head ; the skin and membranous substance all shrivel up and dry, from the state of the air. The thick muscular and internal parts only decay.
Page 211 - ... wait patiently ;' and I whispered to him the necessity of obeying, as we were hemmed in on all sides, and to retire without permission would have been as difficult as to advance. Barca Gana now appeared, and made a sign that Boo-Khaloom...
Page 127 - Bound this spot were lying more than one hundred skeletons, some of them with the skin still remaining attached to the bones — not even a little sand thrown over them. The Arabs laughed heartily at my expression of horror, and said, * they were only blacks, nam boo /' [damn their fathers !] and began knocking about the limbs with the butt-end of their firelocks, saying, * This was a woman ! this was a youngster !' and such like unfeeling expressions.
Page 209 - ... heads, without checking the speed of their own until the moment of their halt, while the whole body moved onwards. These parties were mounted on small but very perfect horses, who stopped, and wheeled from their utmost speed with great precision and expertness, shaking their spears over their heads...
Page 156 - On seeing the solitary footpassenger of the kafila, with his water-flask in his hand and bag of zumeeta on his head, sink at a distance beneath the slope of one of these as he plods his way alone, hoping to gain a few . paces in his long day's work by not following the track of the camels, one trembles for his safety : the obstacle passed which concealed him from the view, the eye is strained towards the spot, in order to be assured that he has not been buried quirk in the treacherous overwhelming...
Page 294 - English do the same ; but to this, which was not after all a very deep theological argument, the Arab replied, — " I know they eat the flesh of swine, and, God knows, that is worse." — " Grant me patience," exclaimed I to myself, — " this is almost too much to bear and to remain silent.
Page viii - But, even in the midst of this dreary waste, towns, villages, wandering tribes, and kafilas, or caravans, sometimes occur to break the solitude of this dismal belt, which seems to stretch across Northern Africa, and, on many parts of which, not a living creature, even an insect, enlivens the scene. Still, however, the halting places at the wells, and the wadeys or valleys, afford an endless source of amusement to the traveller, in witnessing the manners, and listening to the conversation, of the...

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