In The Heart Of Africa By Sir Samuel W. Baker 
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hollow tree, capable of holding twenty people, and the natives paddled
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The Canoe Was Formed Of A Large Hollow Tree, Capable Of Holding Twenty People, And The Natives Paddled Us Across The Rapid Current Just Below The Falls.

A large fire was blazing upon the opposite shore, on a level with the river, to guide us to the landing-place.

Gliding through a narrow passage in the reeds, we touched the shore and landed upon a slippery rock, close to the fire, amid a crowd of people, who immediately struck up a deafening welcome with horns and flageolets, and marched us up the steep face of the rocky cliff through a dark grove of bananas. Torches led the way, followed by a long file of spearmen; then came the noisy band and ourselves, I towing my wife up the precipitous path, while my few attendants followed behind with a number of natives who had volunteered to carry the luggage.

On arrival at the top of the cliff, we were about 180 feet above the river; and after a walk of about a quarter of a mile, we were triumphantly led into the heart of the village, and halted in a small courtyard in front of the headman's residence.

Keedja waited to receive us by a blazing fire. Not having had anything to eat, we were uncommonly hungry, and to our great delight a basketful of ripe plantains was presented to us. These were the first that I had seen for many years. A gourd bottle of plantain wine was offered and immediately emptied; it resembled extremely poor cider.

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