Stanley, and His Heroic Relief of Emin Pasha
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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...flour in camp and killed the only goat we possessed, I was compelled to open the oflicers' provision boxes and take a pound pot of butter, with two cupfuls of my flour, to make an imitation gruel, there being nothing else save tea, coffee, sugar, and a pot of sago in the boxes. In the afternoon a boy died, and the condition of a majority of the rest was most disheartening; some could not stand, but fell down in the effort. These constant sights acted on my nerves, until I began to feel not only moral but physical sympathy as well, as though weakness were contagious. Before night a Mahdi carrier died; the last of our Somalis gave signs of collapse; the few Soudanese with us were scarcely able to move. " The morning of the 6th.--Day dawned; we made the broth as usual--a pot of butter, abundance of water, a pot of condensed milk, a cupful of flour--for one hundred and thirty people. The chiefs and Mr. Bonny were called to council. At my suggesting a reverse to the foragers of such a nature as to exclude our men from returning with news of such a disaster, they were altogether unable to comprehend such a possibility; they believed it possible that these one hundred and fifty men were searching for food, without which they would not return. They were then asked to consider the supposition that they were five days searching for food; they had lost the road perhaps, or, having no white leader, they had scattered to loot goats, and had entirely forgotten their starving friends and brothers in camp; what would be the state of the one hundred and thirty people five days hencel Mr. Bonny offered to stay with ten men in camp if I provided ten days' food for each person, while I would set out to search for the missing men. Food to...
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