Through Matabeleland; The Record of a Ten Months' Trip in an Ox-Wagon Through Mashonaland and Matabeleland

Through Matabeleland; The Record of a Ten Months' Trip in an Ox-Wagon Through Mashonaland and Matabeleland

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...to wash alluvial, were pleased to find their labours successful in obtaining both fine and coarse gold., The natives tell us that the River Derura, four days' from our camp, is the richest, and that nuggets are easily found there. Strange to say, the people have a superstition about fine gold being derived from nuggets, and think that if the latter be taken out, no more gold will grow. We passed several tracts of land prepared for cultivation, and noticed here that trees were cut down, spread upon the ground, and when the branches are dry they are burned and the ash picked into the soil. This country is full of quartz reefs, and in some places we see pieces which seem to have been buried. Having tried another stream successfully, and obtained all the information possible, we have come to the conclusion that all the rivers and rivulets are gold-bearing, and that the alluvial must be very extensive. Seeing-at a distance what we imagined was a troop of baboons on distant high reefs, we were surprised to find when we came nearer that they were human beings intrenched in this natural fortress. We went to see these poor cave-dwellers, and it was sad to notice how they were obliged, in a land of plenty, to huddle together for fear of the ruthless Matabele, and to even offer their children for sale to us in order to reduce the So far as gold is concerned, its value does not seem number of consumers among them. to be adequately known, as we saw fully half-an-ounce given for two cotton handkerchiefs. What a country this would be for missions if the huge Matabele barrier were withdrawn. sive and industrious. We were quite struck The people are mild, inoffen by the frequent prayers of one of the chiefs, and they can easily be taught and raised...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236953061
  • 9781236953063