The Life of Bruce; The African Traveller

The Life of Bruce; The African Traveller

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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. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...Bruce and his party reached the plain of Lelech-lecha, which Poncet compares ' to the most beautiful part of Provence.' Pine trees of all sizes were every where interspersed, and small black grapes and honeysuckles hung in festoons from tree to tree, as if they had been artificially twined and intended for arbours. While Bruce was loitering in this cheerful spot, he heard his servants cry, Robbers, robbers! His party had been taken for Mahometans, and the inhabitants had, therefore, resolved to attack them; however, Bruce made himself known, and, after being slightly bruised by a pumpkin which was thrown at him, succeeded in obtaining peace. Proceeding on his journey, he arrived late at night, on the 22d, at Sire," the largest town in the province of that name: but although Sir6 is situated in one of the finest countries in the world, yet putrid fevers of the worst description continually rage there; and as the inhabitants were not very civil to Bruce, he felt no inclination to expose himself to the infection for their sakes. He, therefore, at once left them and their fever behind him. Bruce now learned that on the 10th Ras Michael had come up, at Fagitta, with the rebel Fasil, (a man of low birth, who had been made governor of Damot and of the Agows, ) and had entirely dispersed his army, after killing ten thousand of his men. Bruce continued his course for some days, until he came to the principal ford of the Tacazze (the boundary of the province of Sire), a river about two hundred yards broad, and about three feet deep. In the middle of this stream he met a deserter from Ras Michael's army, with a firelock on his shoulder, driving before him two miserable girls, about ten years old, stark naked, and apparently almost starved to death--his...show more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236680642
  • 9781236680648