Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa: Last journey, and life

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One of the most interesting exploration books ever written. This edition contains the account of both journeys and his death.

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Page lxxiii - I was anxiously looking around for the river, one of them called out, geo affili (see the water), and looking forwards, I saw with infinite pleasure the great object of my mission — the long sought for majestic Niger, glittering to the morning sun, as broad as the Thames at Westminster, and flowing slowly to the eastward.
Page cxxi - With the assistance of one of the soldiers I have changed a large canoe into a tolerably good schooner, on board of which I this day hoisted the British flag, and shall set sail to the east with the fixed resolution to discover the termination of the Niger or perish in the attempt.
Page clix - He remained, however, unshaken, and at length they reached the spot at which they had agreed to separate. A small ditch divided the moor from the road, and, in going over it, Park's horse stumbled, and nearly fell. " I am afraid, Mungo," said the Sheriff, " that is a bad omen." To which he answered, smiling, " Freits (omens) follow those who look to them.
Page clxxxiii - In years of plenty many thousands of them meet together in the mountains, where they feast and riot for many days; and at country weddings, markets, burials, and other the like public occasions, they are to be seen both men and women perpetually drunk, cursing, blaspheming, and fighting together.
Page clvii - This was the manner in which I used to ascertain the depth of a river in Africa before I ventured to cross it, judging whether the attempt would be safe by the time the bubbles of air took to ascend.
Page 292 - They took possession of the canoe and the man, and carried them to the King. I was kept in irons three months; the King released me and gave me a slave (woman). I immediately went to the slave taken in the canoe, who told me in what manner Mr. Park and all of them had died, and what I have related above. I asked him if he was sure nothing had been found in the canoe after its capture; he said that nothing remained in the canoe but himself and a sword-belt. I asked him where the sword-belt was; he...
Page cxxiv - I think it not unlikely but I shall be in England before you receive this. You may be sure that I feel happy at turning my face towards home. We this morning have done with all intercourse with the natives ; and the sails are now hoisting for our departure for the coast.
Page 290 - I found two men, who catne on horseback. They were sent by the chief of Yaour. They said to the king, " We are sent by the chief of Yaour to let you know, that the •white men went away, without giving you or him (the chief) any thing.
Page 291 - This army went and took possession of the top of this opening. Mr. Park came there after the army had posted itself; he nevertheless attempted to pass. The people began to attack him, throwing lances, pikes, arrows, and stones. Mr. Park defended himself for a long...
Page 202 - Here Modibinne desired me to speak on, as they were all my friends). " You all " know that the white pepple are a trading " people ; and that all the articles of value, " which the Moors and the people of Jinnie " bring to Sego, are made by us. If you " speak of a good gun, who made it ? the