Narrative of travels and discoveries in northern and central Africa, in ... 1822, 1823 and 1824, by major Denham, capt. Clapperton and dr. Oudney. With an appendix

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Seite 210 - ... spears. Moving on was impossible ; and we therefore came to a full stop : our chief was much enraged, but it was all to no purpose; he was only answered by shrieks of " Welcome !" and spears most unpleasantly rattled over our heads VOL.
Seite 125 - Tibboo traders : there is, perhaps, too much truth in this accusation. Every few miles a skeleton was seen through the whole day ; some were partially covered with sand, others with only a small mound formed by the wind ; one hand often lay under the head, and frequently both, as if in the act of compressing the head ; the skin and membranous substance all shrivel up and dry, from the state of the air. The thick muscular and internal parts only decay.
Seite 131 - 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 252 - There are situations in a man's life in which losses of this nature are felt most keenly; and this was one of them. It was not grief, but it was something very nearly approaching to it; and though I felt ashamed of the degree of derangement which I suffered from it, yet it was several days before I could get over the loss.
Seite 231 - ... 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 209 - ... 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 362 - On attacking a place, it is the custom of the country instantly to fire it ; and as they are all composed of straw huts only, the whole is shortly devoured by the flames. The unfortunate inhabitants fly quickly from the destructive element, and fall immediately into the hands of their no less merciless enemies, who surround the place ; the men are quickly massacred, and the women and children lashed together, and made slaves.
Seite 208 - 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 325 - ... trowsers, insisting I should put them on. Really, no act of charity could exceed this! I was exceedingly affected at so unexpected a friend, for I had scarcely seen, or spoken three words to him...
Seite 292 - The fires, which were visible in the different nests of these unfortunate beings, threw a glare upon the bold rocks and blunt promontories of granite by which they were surrounded, and produced a picturesque and somewhat awful appearance.

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