1,000 Miles in a Machilla; Travel and Sport in Nyasaland, Angoniland, and Rhodesia, with Some Account of the Resources of These Countries and Chapters on Sport by Colonel Colville, C.B.

1,000 Miles in a Machilla; Travel and Sport in Nyasaland, Angoniland, and Rhodesia, with Some Account of the Resources of These Countries and Chapters on Sport by Colonel Colville, C.B.

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...F. in the shade. That evening, as the meat was being prepared for distribution, it appeared to us that a great deal of talk was going on, and that Roberti was specially eloquent. We called up John to inquire what it was all about. John reported that Roberti, while waiting for the porters, had left the dead roan and gone to the river to get a drink, and that while he was down by the water he had seen both eland and kudu. Now kudu in that neighbourhood were extremely improbable, and Roberti was reminded of the monkey story; at the same time, eland were quite possible, and A was anxious to get an eland; but being well aware of Roberti's lively imagination, he hesitated to believe his report. The possibility of getting eland, however, tempted A greatly, so that a little later he sent for old Saidi, told him to get hold of Roberti quietly and question him. This Saidi did, and returning later, reported that as Roberti stuck to his story there might be something in it. In consequence a halt was ordered for the morrow, and instructions given for an early start after the eland. Next morning A was off before dawn, and after an hour and three-quarters' jolt in his machilla he reached the spot where the roan had been killed on the previous day, got out and told Roberti to point out the exact direction he had taken in going down to the river to get water. Roberti seemed vague, but was told to show the way, and the party started off. As luck would have it, they soon struck some roan, and A might have had a shot but refrained, to Roberti's evident disappointment. On they went, but the river seemed a long way off. Roberti got vaguer and vaguer, and at last confessed that he had made a little mistake. Had a suitable instrument been handy, poor Roberti would...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236562739
  • 9781236562739