(Letters from Abyssinia During the Campaign of 1868, by a Staff Officer [-Scott])

(Letters from Abyssinia During the Campaign of 1868, by a Staff Officer [-Scott])

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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. 1868* edition. Excerpt: ...washing, such an absurd idea never entered their heads; these are "Gallas" about here; even the Abyssinians say they are dirty, and they just about are filthy. The banks are certainly bad all along near the water's edge; in front of our camp I hear they are very swampy; and two or three people shooting have been let in, and only pulled out with difficulty; but to our right front, where there are a few large trees, and where a spur of a hill runs down close to the water, the banks are good, and our horses watered there yesterday evening. What we took for geese, but which turned out to be a very large description of duck, abound here; lots have been shot. When our camp first came up they were all over the place, and one was shot with a revolver. I should think they weighed 6 lbs. each. We have a brace, but I am keeping them two or three days, as I expect they are pretty tough. Colonel Phayre and his party manage to keep just ahead of us; he was here the other day, but vanished on our coming. We arrived here yesterday afternoon, have halted to-day, and, I believe, march again to-morrow. A notice has come round that letters must be posted to-night for the English mail, but it is almost better to write independent of mails, as they leave Zoolla every week, I believe, and it is almost impossible to calculate the exact time it takes to reach Zoolla, as we are widening the distance every day, and the post being carried by Sowars. "We are now about 250 miles from Zoolla." The people about here are Mahommedans. Some priest or other sent a friendly letter and a deputation, who were received at noon to-day, in regular durbar, all officers being present. The priest who came with the letter, and who was made to sit down next Sir Robert, ...
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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236644425
  • 9781236644428