A Sporting Trip Through Abyssinia; A Narrative of a Nine Months' Journey from the Plains of the Hawash to the Snows of Simien

A Sporting Trip Through Abyssinia; A Narrative of a Nine Months' Journey from the Plains of the Hawash to the Snows of Simien

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... had been fired some distance behind them, by whom they did not know, but I suspected some of my numerous escort. We then moved on, I some way behind the others, when I saw a roan come slowly out from behind some trees and pass in front of them; but my men, despite my warning whistle, blundered on without seeing it. The beast, however, saw them and bolted, followed by two tora. I was furious, for during the last two days, time after time, somebody's stupidity had lost me a shot. We found camp at Salaba Suncassa on Balarse stream, pitched in a nice clump of trees. Belat Wurgie's men had put up huts of dried grass and bowers of green boughs, under which to shelter themselves. All day long fresh parties came trooping in, till I began to wonder how any big game could be expected to stay in the neighbourhood. Two heavy thunder-showers broke over camp soon after mid-day; the afternoon I spent in darning socks and doctoring some sick men, and started out about three. At last luck changed, for a tora, although it had heard the noise of camp and was very suspicious, let me get near enough for a long shot. Two other bullets finished the beast, which proved to be a fine bull, weighing 401 lbs. In many of the tree-tops I had noticed beehives, which in the distance looked curiously like huge nests. When resting under a tree with several of these in its upper branches, I examined them, and found them to be cylinders of plaited rushes, 30 inches long and 18 inches across, the ends closed with movable partitions. The hives were nearly always put in the topmost branches, which were too slight to bear a man unless he tied several of them together, and they were thus protected to some little extent from theft. That night the camp presented a curious sight, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236896394
  • 9781236896391