Narrative of an Expedition Into Southern Africa, During the Years 1836, and 1837, from the Cape of Good Hope, Through the Territories of the Chief Mos

Narrative of an Expedition Into Southern Africa, During the Years 1836, and 1837, from the Cape of Good Hope, Through the Territories of the Chief Mos

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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. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...in Abyssinia, proves fatal to cattle. A desire to escape the oflicious visits of these destructive insects, whose persecutions relieved us of two of our oxen, soon obliged us to abandon the willow-fringed river, which threads the mountains for a considerable distance; and, after crossing the Lingkling, the' embouchure of which is not many' miles above' that of the Umpeban, our difiiculties were not a little increased by the broken and stony character of the country. On the 17th, whilst crossing a nameless and insignificant stream, the treacherous appearance of which had induced us to follow a path ploughed by Hippopotami, the pack-Waggon became suddenly ingulfed in a quagmire. The trelctouw, or leathern trace, having been nibbled by Alligators, twice snapped in the attempt to extricate it by double purchase; and all other resources failing, we were at length actually compelled to dig it out! This subsequently unfortunate vehicle was shortly afterwards upset for the first time during our journey, by the carelessness of Frederick, who had been appointed to the post of leader of the team, vice April, removed. With one hind wheel on the slope of a steep bank, and the other in a deep hollow, it vibrated for some seconds, as though the turn of a hair were to decide whether' it should stand or fall. " It's over"----" now it's safe"--"No, gone by heavens" burst from half a dozen mouths at once; and just sutficient time having elapsed to admit of ' the inmates effecting their escape, down it went with an appalling crash, the wheels appearing uppermost, and the motley contents displaying themselves in admirable disorder. Peltry, merchandise, and hunting trophies---camp...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236992415
  • 9781236992413