Journal of a second expedition into the interior of Africa: from the bight of Benin to Soccatoo

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Carey, Lea and Carey, 1829 - Nigeria - 422 pages
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Page 327 - took my hand within his, and looking me full in the face, while a tear stood glistening in his eye, said, in a low but deeply affecting tone, ' My dear Richard, if you had not been with me I should have died long ago ; I can only thank you with my latest breath for your kindness and attachment to me ; and if I could have lived to return with you, you should have been placed beyond the reach of want ; but God will reward you.
Page 60 - On leaving this place, • the road through which we passed was wide, though woody, and covered by men on horseback, and bowmen on foot. The horsemen armed with two or three long spears hurrying on as fast as they could get us to go ; horns and country drums beating and blowing before and behind ; some of the horsemen dressed in the most grotesque manner; others covered all other with charms. The bowmen also had their natty little hats and feathers, with the jebus, or leathern pouch, hanging by their...
Page 150 - She rode a-straddJe on a fine horse, whose trappings were of the first order for this country. The head of the horse was ornamented with brass plates, the neck with brass bells, and charms sewed in various coloured leather, such as red, green, and yellow ; a scarlet breast-piece, with a...
Page 103 - ... their waists; in their right hands they carried three light spears each. Their light form, the vivacity of their eyes, and the ease with which they appeared to fly over the ground, made them appear something more than mortal as they flew alongside of his horse, when he was galloping, and making his horse curvet and bound. A man with an immense bundle of spears remained behind at a little distance, apparently to serve as a magazine for the girls to be supplied from, when their master had expended...
Page 174 - Nyffe and other countries, thinking that the Fellatas were certainly coming among them. The number of persons in the boat was only four, two white men, and two blacks; that they found great treasure in the boat; but that the people had all died who eat of the meat that was found in her.
Page 37 - Humanity, however, is the same in every land ; government may restrain the vicious principles of our nature, but it is beyond the power even of African despotism to silence a woman's tongue : in sickness and in health, and at every stage, we have been obliged to endure their eternal loquacity and noise.
Page 171 - Mohamed, the Fezzanie, whom I had hired at Tabra, and whom I had sent to the chief of Youri for the books and papers of the late Mungo Park, returned, bringing me a letter from that person, which contained the following account of the death of that unfortunate traveller : that not the least injury was done to him at Youri, or by the people of that country ; that the people of Boussa had killed them, and taken all their riches ; that the books in his possession were given him by the...
Page 96 - Yarro sent me a present of milk, eggs, bananas, fried cheese; curds, and foo-foo; and I was left alone until the heat of the day was over, when I received a visit from Yarro himself. He came mounted on a beautiful red roan, attended by a number of armed men, on horseback and on foot; and six young female slaves, naked as they were born, except a stripe of narrow white cloth tied round their heads, about six inches of the ends flying out behind; each carrying a light spear in the right hand.
Page 231 - ... and it did wonderful execution, for it brought down the van of the quilted men, who fell from his horse like a sack of corn thrown from a horse's back at a miller's door; but both horse and man were brought off by two or three footmen. He had got two balls through his breast; one went through his body and both sides of the tobe; the other went through and lodged in the quilted armour opposite the shoulders. The cry of 'Allahu Akber...
Page 85 - I would look and be attentive to what was going on. I pretended to be fully as much pleased with this caricature of a white man as they could be, and certainly the actor burlesqued the part to admiration.

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