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by a more southerly road turning from this point westward to Niiggera, it seemed more prudent to endeavour to get out of the range of the dominion of the Fulbe, in order not to be at the mercy of the chief of Hamda-Allahi, who certainly could not but be hostile to my intention of reaching Timbuktu. And it seems not to be out of place to mention here, that this very Niiggera,—a hamlet of some note, as being the residence of learning and holiness,—was the point from which the founder of the dynasty of HamdaAllahi started.

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CHAP. LXIII.

1M<5SHAGH OB TAWAREK ENCAMPMENTS SOUTH OF THE NIGER.

LAKES AND BACKWATERS OF THE GREAT RIVER.

Wednesday, IN conformity with our project, I myself, August ioth. ^ E1 Waldti and two of my people on

horseback, leaving my luggage behind with the rest of my servants, started in the morning for the camp of the Tawarek, having provided a very handsome present, consisting of a large Nupe tobe, a red cap, a turkedi, and three fine "haf" or "litham," altogether worth about 20,000 shells. However, we had only proceeded about a mile when we met a few Tawarek serfs, who informed us that it was not Somki, but another chief who had moved his encampment to this place; and, from what I observed, I concluded that El Walati had been well aware of this before, but wanted only to extort from me a large present. Once in the hands of this crafty Arab, I had to use great discretion in order to prevent him from betraying me altogether, and I was obliged to bear silently any little trick which he might play me in order to enrich himself, as long as I proceeded onwards and approached the object of my arduous undertaking. We therefore moved on, and, soon leaving the moun

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