Narrative of an Exploring Voyage Up the Rivers Kwo'za and Bi'nue (Commonly Known as the Niger and Tsadda) in 1854
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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ... Kruboys to cut wood. The headman of Dagbo sent me a goat, for which I had to give a return present. Not a breath of wind all the forenoon, and at noon the thermometer on board stood at 96'5 F., in the shade, so that I ordered the wooding party to knock off work and come on board. About two o'clock we weighed anchor and dropped down the river towards Erfiko, off which place we anchored about four. Shortly afterwards some of us landed, and paid a visit to Itshibiza, headman of the place, and one of the sons of the King of Bassa. Notwithstanding their late disasters we found the inhabitants active and bustling, engaged in various pursuits. This is the furthest place up the Binue where palm-oil is made, for although the oil-palm grows abundantly for many miles above this, it is not applied to any use. I saw the manufacture of the fine oil prepared from the kernel, going on, which was done by breaking the nut with a stone, bruising the kernel, and boiling it with water, when the oil is skimmed off the top. This, which is of a pale yellow colour, and more fluid than the ordinary oil obtained from the sarcocarp, is used principally for purposes of cooking, and is sent in small quantities from Erfiko in various directions. Erfiko is surrounded by a double palisade of tall trees, leaving a space of from ten to twelve feet between the rows. The trees grow so closely together that even a boy could hardly squeeze himself in. Beyond the present town stand the ruins of a former Erfiko, burnt several years ago. We examined the remains of some of the huts, which exhibited a higher order of architecture than we found at any other spot. The walls were more substantial, better put together, and often smoothly covered outside with a kind of mortar....
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