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
IN THE HEART OF AFRICA.
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.