Travels in the Interior of South Africa: Comprising Fifteen Years' Hunting and Trading; with Journeys Across the Continent from Natal to Walvis Bay, and Visits to Lake Ngami and the Victoria Falls, Volume 2

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Bell & Daldy, 1868 - Africa, Southern
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Page 334 - A patch of chocolate-coloured hair at the base of the horns, divided by a narrow white streak, which suddenly widens between the eyes to the whole breadth of the face, down which it passes to the nose. Ears rather long and white. Sides of the head and neck deep purple chocolate. The back and shoulders hoary bluish-white, as if glazed. Flanks and loins brown. Belly white. Legs brown outside, white within. Croup and chest rufous. Tail reaching to the hocks ; seventeen inches long, with much posteriorly...
Page 116 - We approached the brink with trembling, and carefully parting the bushes with our hands, looked at once on the first grand view of the Falls at the west end. Picture to yourself a stupendous perpendicular rent in a mass of basaltic rock, extending more than a mile (scarcely the half of which, however, is visible) and only sixty to...
Page 74 - They als9 tattoo and scarify their bodies, and make an incision near the wound, which they suck with some of the root, chewed, in their mouths. This is evidently to prevent the poison acting upon the gums in case of bleeding. The sucking out of the poison is not necessary, but is done by way of precaution. Bushmen having a bit of this root on their necks laugh at snake-bites.
Page 74 - ... contact with the Bushmen in the North- West Kalahari, describes another form of antidote with which he himself saw the Bushmen cure themselves of snake bite. This is a creeping tendrilous plant, called " eokam " by the Bushmen, but unfortunately not identified by him. About eight or ten of its seeds, either eaten or taken as a decoction, act as an emetic. The dose is repeated about three times, when the patient is cured. " They als9 tattoo and scarify their bodies, and make an incision near the...
Page 118 - ... spanning their brilliant arches, first in the depth of the chasm, but at length rising higher and higher, and forming a double archway across the gigantic walls of the fissure. Rainbows so bright, so vivid, are never seen in the skies. The lower one...
Page 435 - It is produced by placing the tip of the tongue against the roof of the mouth and blowing air out as you quickly drop the tip of your tongue flat.
Page 116 - ... yards wide, right across the river, from one end to the other, into which pours this mighty river, roaring, foaming and boiling. Then immediately before you, a large body of water, between eighty and ninety yards wide, stealing at first with rapid and snake-like undulations over the hard and slippery rock, at length leaping at an angle of thirty degrees, then forty-five degrees, for more than one hundred yards, and then with the impetus its rapid descent has given it. bounding bodily fifteen...
Page 119 - The lower one in particular, probably from the contrast with the black-looking rocks below, was too vivid — nay, almost blinding — to look upon, defying imitation by the most skilful artist and all the colours at his command, yet imparting its heavenly tints to every object over which it successively passes. The colours in these rainbows are reversed, the upper one being blue, yellow and red, the lower red, yellow and blue. As the sun declined, the rainbows ascended until they reached the clouds...
Page 282 - You must throw them away, and let the wolves eat them ; then they won't come and bother us.
Page 333 - Back bluish lilac, as if glazed. Legs perfectly white from the knees and hocks downwards. Belly and inside of thighs white, and a large white patch on the croup. Tail reaching to the hocks ; white above, with a tuft of posteriorly directed black hairs. Small detached lachrymary perforation. Linear nostrils. Very indistinct muzzle. • Female precisely similar, but on a slighter scale, with more slender horns. Mammae two. Gregarious. Still found in Zoetendal's V'ley near Cape L'Agulhas. Common in...

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