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Journal of an Expedition Up the Niger and Tshadda Rivers Undertaken by MacGregor Laird in Connection with the British Government in 1854 - Primary Source Edition
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Author: Samuel Crowther
ISBN-13:9789333141055
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Journal of an Expedition Up the Niger and Tshadda Rivers Undertaken by MacGregor Laird in Connection with the British Government in 1854 - Primary Source Edition


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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...were seen carrying children in their arms, or on their backs, with the hands of the infants beneath their arms, by which they were held fast. Here again I was struck with wonder, at the low and degraded state of the human race, when re/noved from all civilization. I asked Ibrahim, why they had no clothes, and he said, it was their fashion. I asked for the chief, and he pointed out an elderly grey-bearded man, standing under a tree near the water-side, with only a small piece of dirty cloth round his waist--this was the Sariki of Tshomo. Before Ibrahim left the town, he managed to squeeze a large calabash full of Indian corn, and some quantity of stinking hippopotamus flesh from them, because they did not provide for him when he passed the night in that village. I had always considered the natives of Fernando Po to be the most uncivilized I have seen, but this people is more degraded than even the Bubis of that Island. The creek which divides Tshomo had not enough water for our boat, so we had to pull through the flooded corn fields to get into the main creek, but as the whole was overgrown with grass and corn stocks, Ibrahim was obliged to get one of the canoe-men to take the lead. Our Krumen did not like either the appearance of our guide, or the passage he was leading us through. As a fisher and hunter of hippopotami, he had with him five or UNEXPECTED LENGTH OF JOURNEY. 103 six harpoons or spears, and pulled through the grass with his narrow canoe like a snake, while the grass was so thick that we could not see him ahead of us, nor perceive the track of his canoe. However, we followed in his direction, till we met him under a tree where he waited for us. We had here to stoop beneath the low branches, but a short distance brought us to...
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