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

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Seite 17 - 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...
Seite 14 - 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.
Seite 181 - ... desperate skirmish took place between Barca Gana's people and a small body of the Felatahs. These warriors throw the spear with great dexterity; and three times I saw the man transfixed to the earth who. was dismounted for the purpose of firing the town, and as often were those who rushed forward for that purpose sacrificed for their temerity, by the Felatahs. Barca Gana, whose muscular arm was almost gigantic, threw eight spears, which all told, some of them at a distance of thirty or thirty-five...
Seite 106 - ... 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...
Seite 86 - ... 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, exclaiming, "Barca! barca! Alla hiakkum cha. alla cheraga! — Blessing! blessing! Sons of your country!
Seite 146 - Kanourie like him come, Black man's friend to be. See Felatah, how he run ; Barca Gana shake his spear : White man carry two-mouthed gun. That's what make Felatah fear. / This sort of question and answer, at once useful and exhilarating, is constantly kept up until the time of halting. We did not move from Affagay until the next morning, when the whole army were supplied with bullocks and sheep. This was the first meal I had made since leaving Angornou, and the following is their method of roasting...
Seite 86 - Bornou troops remained quite steady, without noise or confusion, and a few horsemen, who were moving about in front, giving directions, were the only persons out of the ranks. On the Arabs...
Seite 88 - ... 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 should dismount: we were about to follow his example, when an intimation that BooKhaloom was alone to be admitted again fixed us to our saddles. Another half hour at least passed without any news from the interior of the building; when the gates opened, and the four Englishmen...
Seite 163 - 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.
Seite 17 - During the last two days, we had passed on an average from sixty to eighty or ninety skeletons each day ; but the numbers that lay about the wells at 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...

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