Yankee Girls in Zulu Land

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Worthington, 1887 - Friendship - 287 pages
An account of one woman's experiences in Africa; particularly interesting because of the racist attitudes expressed throughout.


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Page 257 - The coastlauds are singularly beautiful, with their rounded bosses, rich in bush and glade; while the shore presents a bold outline with projecting bluffs thickly covered with jungle, and long stretches of land broken by rocky floors and reefs, on which the majestic surf of the Indian Ocean perpetually breaks. Amongst the rivers which skirt or pass through the colony are the Tugela.
Page 274 - ... as we wished to arrive on the ground before the rest of the party. After wading the river, which felt unpleasantly cold at such an early hour, we tramped for some distance through the long grass and reeds. At last we reached our destination, and sat down on a fallen log to wait for our companions. It was a beautiful spot. In the deep green forest convolvuli and other flowering creepers had formed themselves into fantastic arches more lovely than art could fabricate. The silence of this secluded...
Page 257 - Drakenbergen really is, known as the Champagne Castle, is 9,500, while the Giant's Castle is 9,000 feet above the level of the sea. The aspects of the great precipice along its whole length are grand and romantic; and as the land at its foot does not subside to the sea by easy levels but by broken steps, tumbled hills, and sweeping undulations, Natal is everywhere picturesque in its land forms. The region on the right of the road from Durban to Maritzburg, after Pinetown has been passed, is remarkable...
Page 98 - Not infrequently the costly wares are sold by auction on the morning market, and the tusks, teeth, skins, horns, and feathers, are spread out upon the ground as if they were no better than field-stuff or garden produce. It is no uncommon thing to see waggon cargoes worth...
Page 98 - ... almost as wild as the animals which produced the barbaric spoils, and as black as a coal. It will take many years of feather-growing to put a stop to the rude traffic of the interior trader. Indeed, as long as the wild ostrich is to be found anywhere south of the Zambesi, the hunting and barter system will continue, as ivory will be sought after, and the feathers will be taken by...
Page 135 - They are too precious for consumption, and too valuable even to be left for hatching to the rude methods of nature. The act of laying has not yet been dispensed with, but as soon as the eggs have been laid the nest is discarded, the parents are " locked out," and the mechanical certainties of the incubator are substituted for parental instinct and affection.
Page 101 - Republic was an entirely inland territory ; nowhere does it touch the sea, from which its nearest point is quite one hundred miles.
Page 41 - Town and have been there for several generations, being the descendants of the former slaves of the Dutch East India Company and its servants.
Page 260 - Pinetown, a town midway between them, has been passed, is remarkable for its fantastic assemblage of sugar-loaf hills.
Page 254 - Colony. At Maritzburg it is 64 to 71, while on the coast the general range of the thermometer is from 53 to 90. The winter is bright and comparatively cool, and the summer heat is softened by a clouded sky and frequent rains. The spring and autumn are agreeable periods of the year.

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