Matabele Land and the Victoria Falls; A Naturalist's Wanderings in the Interior of South Africa, from the Letters and Journals of the Late Frank Oates

Matabele Land and the Victoria Falls; A Naturalist's Wanderings in the Interior of South Africa, from the Letters and Journals of the Late Frank Oates

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...a Makalaka bearing another. A second Makalaka appeared later, but the moment the Matabele arrived, he came up to the waggons, and began interrogating us. On hearing that we were going to the Zambesi, he began to leap and dance about like a madman, brandishing a battleaxe. I thought it a case of temporary insanity, brought on by smoking ' dacha," but it appeared from his statement he had been sent from the king to the Makalakas, with a fresh order to stop waggons, and was now going on to Tati, to tell white men there the same tale. " I had difficulty in keeping the dogs from attacking him, and once he brought his battle-axe within a few inches of Stoffel's skull. He became quiet, however, when Makabo (Manyami's son)' told him the facts of the case, and said I could go on, but my boys, who were subjects of the king, would be killed, and if I went on I had better pay them off here. I therefore decided on sending to the king, --first, to ask for further security for my boys, second, for leave to take Stoffel with me; and decided to send off Manyami's son, with two others, with a letter to the king and another to Thomson. " At night there was a tremendous conflagration raging close to us. It was a splendid sight, but made me a little nervous. However, it was principally on the other side of the road, and died before it came quite close. The effect of the burning trees and long line of fire was very fine. One tree in ' A kind of hemp, much used for smoking by the natives. 2 The man appointed by the king. particular, showing all its twigs red-hot or in flame, reminded me of some part of a display of fireworks." The following morning Makabo was duly despatched with two boys----Umfanimboozi...show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123695131X
  • 9781236951311