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In The Heart Of Africa

By Sir Samuel W. Baker, M.A., F.R.G.S.

Condensed By E.J.W From "The Nile Tributaries Of Abyssinia" And "The Albert N'yanza Great Basin Of The Nile."



The Nubian desert - The bitter well - Change of plans - An irascible dragoman - Pools of the Atbara - One secret of the Nile - At Cassala


Egypt's rule of the Soudan - Corn-grinding in the Soudan - Mahomet meets relatives - The parent of Egypt - El Baggar rides the camel


The Arabs' exodus - Reception by Abou Sinn - Arabs dressing the hair - Toilet of an Arab woman - The plague of lice - Wives among the Arabs - The Old Testament confirmed


On the Abyssinian border - A new school of medicine - Sacred shrines and epidemics

CHAPTER V. A primitive craft - Stalking the giraffes - My first giraffes-Rare sport with the finny tribe - Thieving elephants

CHAPTER VI. Preparations for advance - Mek Nimmur makes a foray - The Hamran elephant-hunters - In the haunts of the elephant - A desperate charge


The start from Geera - Feats of horsemanship - A curious chase - Abou Do wins a race - Capturing a young buffalo - Our island camp - Tales of the Base


The elephant trumpets - Fighting an elephant with swords - The forehead-shot - Elephants in a panic - A superb old Neptune - The harpoon reaches its aim - Death of the hippopotamus - Tramped by an elephant


Fright of the Tokrooris - Deserters who didn't desert - Arrival of the Sherrif brothers - Now for a tally-ho! - On the heels of the rhinoceroses - The Abyssinian rhinoceros - Every man for himself


A day with the howartis - A hippo's gallant fight - Abou Do leaves us - Three yards from a lion - Days of delight - A lion's furious rage - Astounding courage of a horse

CHAPTER XI. The bull-elephant - Daring Hamrans - The elephant helpless - Visited by a minstrel - A determined musician - The nest of the outlaws - The Atbara River


Abyssinian slave-girls - Khartoum - The Soudan under Egyptian rule - Slave-trade in the Soudan - The obstacles ahead


Gondokoro - A mutiny quelled - Arrival of Speke and Grant - The sources of the Nile-Arab duplicity - The boy-slave's story - Saat adopted


Startling disclosures - The last hope seems gone - The Bari chief's advice - Hoping for the best - Ho for Central Africa!


A start made at last - A forced march - Lightening the ship - Waiting for the caravan - Success hangs in the balance - The greatest rascal in Central Africa - Legge demands another bottle

CHAPTER XVI. The greeting of the slave-traders - Collapse of the mutiny - African funerals-Visit from the Latooka chief - Bokke makes a suggestion - Slaughter of the Turks - Success as a prophet - Commoro's philosophy


Disease in the camp - Forward under difficulties - Our cup of misery overflows - A rain-maker in a dilemma-Fever again - Ibrahim's quandary-Firing the prairie


Greeting from Kamrasi's people - Suffering from the sins of others-Alone among savages - The free-masonry of Unyoro. - Pottery and civilization


Kamrasi's cowardice - Interview with the king - The exchange of blood - The rod beggar's last chance - An astounded sovereign


A satanic escort - Prostrated by sun-stroke - Days and nights of sorrow - The reward for all our labor


The cradle of the Nile - Arrival at Magungo - The blind leading the blind - Murchison Falls


Prisoners on the island - Left to starve - Months of helpless- ness - We rejoin the Turks - The real Kamrasi - In the presence of royalty


The hour of deliverance - Triumphal entry into Gondokoro - Homeward bound - The plague breaks out - Our welcome at Khartoum - Return to civilization



The Nubian desert - The bitter well - Change of plans - An irascible dragoman - Pools of the Atbara - One secret of the Nile - At Cassala.

In March, 1861, I commenced an expedition to discover the sources of the Nile, with the hope of meeting the East African expedition of Captains Speke and Grant, that had been sent by the English Government from the South via Zanzibar, for the same object. I had not the presumption to publish my intention, as the sources of the Nile had hitherto defied all explorers, but I had inwardly determined to accomplish this difficult task or to die in the attempt. From my youth I had been inured to hardships and endurance in wild sports in tropical climates, and when I gazed upon the map of Africa I had a wild hope, mingled with humility, that, even as the insignificant worm bores through the hardest oak, I might by perseverance reach the heart of Africa.

I could not conceive that anything in this world has power to resist a determined will, so long as health and life remain. The failure of every former attempt to reach the Nile source did not astonish me, as the expeditions had consisted of parties, which, when difficulties occur, generally end in difference of opinion and in retreat; I therefore determined to proceed alone, trusting in the guidance of a Divine Providence and the good fortune that sometimes attends a tenacity of purpose. I weighed carefully the chances of the undertaking. Before me, untrodden Africa; against me, the obstacles that had defeated the world since its creation; on my side, a somewhat tough constitution, perfect independence, a long experience in savage life, and both time and means, which I intended to devote to the object without limit.

England had never sent an expedition to the Nile sources previous to that under the command of Speke and Grant. Bruce, ninety years before, had succeeded in tracing the source of the Blue or Lesser Nile; thus the honor of that discovery belonged to Great Britain. Speke was on his road from the South, and I felt confident that my gallant friend would leave his bones upon the path rather than submit to failure. I trusted that England would not be beaten, and although I hardly dared to hope that I could succeed where others greater than I had failed, I determined to sacrifice all in the attempt.

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