Wanderings and Adventures in the Interior of Southern Africa; Illustrated with Lithographic and Wood Engravings Volume 1

Wanderings and Adventures in the Interior of Southern Africa; Illustrated with Lithographic and Wood Engravings Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...I succeeded in keeping them at distance, until the arrival of Mr. Melville's son, when they quietly took their departure, and occasioned me no further annoyance. Having been on terms of intimacy with Mr. and Mrs. Melville in Cape Town, I was desirous of seeing them, and being a tolerably good swimmer, I felt no hesitation in attempting to reach the opposite side of the river, as it was not more than four hunPERILOUS SITUATION. 161 dred yards in breadth. Having likewise brought with me one of Mackintosh's life-preservers, I determined on accompanying Mr. Melvill, jun., to Phillipolis, leaving the Hottentots in charge of the waggon, and intending to return the following day. We prepared for entering the river by compressing our clothes into as small a bundle as possible, and fastening them round our hats, which were tied under our chins; and being thus equipped, we plunged into the stream. I had not, however, made much progress, when I found the pressure of the life-preserver upon my chest so severe, that the difficulty of respiration much increased with the exertion of swimming; and thinking to relieve myself by a change of position, I endeavoured to float on my back, when the weight of clothes about my head forced me under water, and I found that I was approaching within the influence of the current, which was very strong and rapid. Asking Melvill if he thought we should be able to reach an island inthe middle of the river, which would have afforded a resting place, he replied that he thought it would be impossible, as we were now too far down the stream. I then at once made up my mind to return, as my strength was fast failing, and we were approaching the centre of the channel, where the current was so impetuous that I should have lost all power...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236648889
  • 9781236648884