Travels in the Interior of Africa

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P. Hayes, 1825 - Africa - 180 pages
 

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Page 155 - my spear is indeed red with the blood of your subjects killed in battle, and I could now give it a deeper stain by dipping it in your own ; but this would not build up my towns, nor bring to life the thousands who fell in the woods. I will not, therefore, kill you in cold blood, but I will retain you as my slave, until I perceive that your presence in your own kingdom will be no longer dangerous to your neighbours ; and then I will consider of the proper way of disposing of you.
Page 108 - The winds roared, and the rains fell. The poor white man, faint and weary, came and sat under our tree. He has no mother to bring him milk; no wife to grind his corn.
Page 136 - a generous action: in so free and kind a manner did they contribute to " my relief, that if I was dry, I drank the sweetest draught; and if hungry, " I ate the coarsest morsel with a double relish.
Page 144 - European, to see a child suck a piece of rock-salt, as if it were sugar. This, however, I have frequently seen; although, in the inland parts, the poorer class of inhabitants are so very rarely indulged with this precious article, that to say a man eats salt with his victuals, is the same as saying, he is a rich man.
Page 128 - ... though the whole plant was not larger than the top of one of my fingers, I could not contemplate the delicate conformation of its roots, leaves, and capsula, without admiration. Can that Being (thought I), who planted, watered, and brought to perfection, in this obscure part of the world, a thing which appears of so small importance, look with unconcern upon the situation and sufferings of creatures formed after his own image? Surely not!
Page 177 - Boussa, near the river side — There is before this village a rock across the whole breadth of the river. One part of the rock is very high : there is a large opening in that rock in the form of a door, which is the only passage for the water to pass through ; the tide current is here very strong.
Page 42 - On my part, without disputing my own deformity, I paid them many compliments on African beauty. I praised the glossy jet of their skins, and the lovely depression of their noses; but they said that flattery, or (as they emphatically termed it) honey-mouth, was not esteemed in Bondou.
Page 175 - ... Scott, have both bid adieu to the things of this world; and the greater part of the soldiers have died on the march during the rainy season; but you may believe me, I am in good health. The rains are completely over, and the healthy season has commenced, so that there is no danger of sickness; and I have still a sufficient force to protect me from any insult in sailing down the river, to the sea. "We have already embarked all our things, and shall sail the moment I have finished this letter.
Page 105 - They were tied together by their necks with thongs of a bullock's hide, twisted like a rope ; seven slaves upon a thong, and a man with a musket between every seven.

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