Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile

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W. Blackwood and sons, 1864 - 658 pages

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Page 284 - The king, a good-looking, well-figured, tall young man of twenty-five, was sitting on a red blanket spread upon a square platform of royal grass, encased in tiger-grass reeds, scrupulously well dressed in a new mlugu (coat of bark-cloth).
Page 284 - On one arm was another bead ornament, prettily devised; and on the other a wooden charm, tied by a string covered with snake-skin. On every finger and every toe he had alternate brass and copper rings; and above the ankles, halfway up to the calf, a stocking of very pretty beads.
Page 40 - It is remarkable that the Hindus have christened the source of the Nile Amara, which is the name of a country at the north-east corner of the Victoria N'yanza. This, I think, shows clearly, that the ancient Hindus must have had some kind of communication with both the northern and southern ends of the Victoria N'yanza.
Page 429 - ... boats and taking post on all the rocks with rod and hook, hippopotami and crocodiles lying sleepily on the water, the ferry at work above the falls, and cattle driven down to drink at the margin of the lake, made, in all, with the pretty nature of the country — small hills, grassy-top ped, with trees in the folds, and gardens on the lower slopes — as interesting a picture as one could wish to see.
Page 275 - ... another soldier comes to take his place. One of the soldiers, as the young ladies passed him, besought them to have the charity to bring him a little water, adding that he was very ill, and that it would be as much as his life was worth to go and fetch it himself.
Page 263 - Drumming, singing, screaming, yelling, and dancing had been going on these last two days and two nights to drive the phepo or devil out of a village. The whole of the ceremonies were most ludicrous. An old man and woman, smeared with • white mud, and holding pots of pombe" in their laps, sat in front of a hut, while other people kept constantly bringing them baskets full of plantain-squash, and more pots of pombe". In the courtyard fronting them were hundreds of men and women dressed in smart mbugus...
Page 282 - Arabs are obliged to do, nor to make my obeisance in any other manner than is customary in England, though the Arabs had told me that from fear they had always complied with the manners of the court. I felt that if I did not stand up for my social position at once, I should be treated with contempt during the remainder of my visit, and thus lose the vantage-ground I had assumed of appearing rather as a prince than a trader, for the purpose of better gaining the confidence of the king. To avert over-hastiness,...
Page 276 - It was a magnificent sight. A whole hill was covered with gigantic huts, such as I had never seen in Africa before. I wished to go up to the palace at once, but the officers said " No, that would be considered indecent in Uganda...
Page 414 - On the way home, one of the king's favorite women overtook us, walking, with her hands clasped at the back of her head, to execu-tion, crying ' N'yawo!' in the most pitiful manner. A man was preceding her, but did not touch her; for she loved to obey the orders of her king voluntarily, and, in consequence of previous attachment, was permitted, as a mark of distinction, to walk free. Wondrous world! it is not ten minutes since we parted from the king, yet he had found time to transact this bloody...

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