Narrative of Travels and Discoveries in Northern and Central Africa: In the Years 1822, 1823, and 1824, Volume 2

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John Murray, 1828 - Africa, Central
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Page 367 - I may here add, that the capital punishments inflicted in Soudan are beheading, impaling, and crucifixion ; the first being reserved for Mahometans, and the other two practised on Pagans. I was told, as a matter of curiosity, that wretches on the cross generally linger three days, before death puts an end to their sufferings. April 14. — Clear and warm. The gadado's harem having paid me repeated visits, I was much struck with the beauty of some of the female slaves. To-day an Arab belonging to...
Page 312 - ... drawing water. I asked several times for a gourd of water, by way of excuse to enter into conversation with them. Bending gracefully on one knee, and displaying at the same time teeth of pearly whiteness, and eyes of the blackest lustre, they presented it to me on horseback, and appeared highly delighted when I thanked them for their civility ; remarking to one another, ' Did you hear the white man thank me ?' " After having passed through Kano, Captain Clapperton proceeded towards Sackatoo.
Page 425 - Dehmann."" [In addition to the above, there is a kind of postscript appended to the document by a different hand ; which, being both ungrammatical and scarcely legible, I had some difficulty in translating and giving it a proper meaning. The words, however, are, I think, as follows ; though most of them have been made out by conjecture.] " And they agreed, or arranged among themselves, and swam in the sea (river), while the men, who were with (pursuing) them, appeared on the coast of the sea (bank...
Page 235 - He will fight ten — he fears nothing ! Oh, the broad spears ! He has slain ten, the guns are yet behind — Oh, the broad spears! The elephant of the forest brings me what I want — Oh, the broad spears! Like unto thee, so is the Sultan — Oh, the broad spears!
Page 172 - ... handsome thatched hut. From thence also you ascend a wide stair-case of five or six steps, leading to the apartments of the owner, which consist of two buildings like towers or turrets, with a terrace of communication between them, looking into the street, with a castellated window. The walls are made of reddish clay, as smooth as stucco, and the roofs most tastefully arched on the inside with branches, and thatched on the out with a grass known in Barbary by the name of lidthur.
Page 159 - Kasheia is the seed of a grass, which grows wild and in abundance near the water. It is parched in the sun, broken, and cleared of the husk. When boiled, it is eaten as rice, or made into flour ; but this is a luxury. Four kinds of beans are raised in great quantities, called mussaqua, marya, kleeny, and kimmay, all known by the name of gafooly, and are eaten by the slaves, and poorer people. A paste made from these and fish was the only eatable we could find in the towns near the river.
Page 157 - Negro noses, and mouths of great dimensions, with good teeth, and high foreheads. They are peaceable, quiet, and civil : they salute each other with courteousness and warmth ; and there is a remarkable goodnatured heaviness about them which is interesting. They are no warriors, but revengeful ; and the best of them given to commit petty larcenies, on every opportunity that offers.
Page 386 - His servant now brought in a leathern bag, from which his master took a bundle of rags ; and unrolling them carefully, one after the other, he began to make the most ludicrous faces of mock ecstasy. At last the gem appeared, which he held up with a cry of rapture : — " Look there ! what will you give for it ?" It was a piece of rock crystal, about two inches in length, and three-fourths of an inch in diameter. Assuming a countenance of corresponding gravity, I affected to muse for a short time...
Page 365 - On another occasion, he assured Clapperton that he was able to put an effectual stop to the Slave Trade ; and expressed, with much earnestness of manner, his anxiety to enter into permanent relations of trade and friendship with England. At the close of Clapperton's visit, Bello gave him a letter to the king of England to the same purport as the conversation which had taken place between them. These offers...
Page 463 - Khalloom among men ! Where shall Fezzan now look for her protector ? Men hang their heads in sorrow, while women wring their hands, rending the air with their cries ! As a shepherd is to his flock, so was Boo Khalloom to Fezzan ! " Give him songs ! Give him music ! What words can equal his praise ! His heart was as large as the desert...

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