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Page 134 - which I of course declined, of identifying me with their god "fete," who, they thought, might have come to spend a day with them, to make them forget their oppression and misfortunes. The pagans, however, at length left me when night came on, but the Fulbe girls would not go, or, if they left
Page 157 - of the water was first indicated by numbers of high ant-hills, which, as I shall have occasion to observe more fully in the course of my narrative, abound chiefly in the neighborhood of rivers: they were here ranged in almost parallel lines, and afforded a very curious spectacle.
Page 162 - European influence and commerce will penetrate into the very heart of the continent, and abolish slavery, or, rather, those infamous slave-hunts and religious wars, destroying the natural germs of human happiness which are spontaneously developed in the simple life of the pagans, and spreading devastation and desolation all around. We descended
Page 211 - fighting, and he whose cock prevails in the combat is also the winner in the point of litigation. But more than that, the master of the defeated cock is punished by the divinity whose anger he has thus provoked, and on returning to his village he finds his hut in flames.
Page 395 - Kebbi, there is a natural passage navigable without further obstruction for boats of about four feet in depth, and the Mayo Kebbi itself, in its present shallow state, seems to be navigable for canoes or flatbottomed boats like those of the natives, which I have no doubt may, during the highest state of the
Page 520 - of Arabic literature, but who had even read (nay, possessed a manuscript of) those portions of Aristotle and Plato which had been translated into, or rather Mohammedanized in Arabic, and who possessed the most intimate knowledge of the countries
Page ix - Any writer who attempts to recall from obscurity and oblivion the past ages of an illiterate nation, and to lay before the public even the most elementary sketch of its history, will probably have to contend against the strong prejudices of numerous critics, who are accustomed to refuse belief to whatever is incapable of bearing the strictest
Page 158 - upward to the steep eastern foot of the Alantika. The river, below the junction, keeping the direction of the principal branch, but making a slight bend to the north, ran along the northern foot of
Page 158 - from this point not much inferior to the principal river, and coming in a fine sweep from the southeast, where it disappeared in the plain, but was traced by me, in thought,
Page 256 - our right was a whole herd of elephants, arranged in regular array like an army of rational beings, slowly proceeding to the water. In front appeared the males, as was evident from their size, in regular order; at a little' distance followed the young ones; in a third