Excerpt from The Atlantic Monthly, 1875, Vol. 36: A Magazine of Literature, Science, Art and Politics
The first thing the Nubians want is something to eat, a chronic complaint here in this land of romance. Squatting in circles all 'over the boat, they dip their hands into the bowls of softened bread, cramming the food down their throats, and swallowing all the coffee that can be made for them, with the gusto and appetite of simple men who have a stomach and no conscience.
While the Nubians are chattering and eating, we are gliding up the swift stream, the granite rocks opening a passage for us; but at, the end of it our way seems to be barred. The only visible opening is on the extreme left, where a small stream struggles through the bowlders. While we are wondering if that can be our course, the helm is suddenly put hard about, we turn short to the right, finding our way, amid Whirlpools and shoulders of granite, past the head of Elephantine Island; and before we have recovered from this surprise we turn sharply to the left into a narrow passage, and the cataract is before us.
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