Missionary Travels And Researches In South Africa By David Livingstone



 -   Mr. Moffat,
who was as sorely tried by droughts as we were, and had his attention
directed in the same - Page 890
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Mr. Moffat, Who Was As Sorely Tried By Droughts As We Were, And Had His Attention Directed In The Same Way, Has Noted The Curious Phenomenon Of Thunder Without Clouds.

Mrs. L. heard it once, but I never had that good fortune. It is worth the attention of the observant.

Humboldt has seen rain without clouds, a phenomenon quite as singular. I have been in the vicinity of the fall of three aerolites, none of which I could afterward discover. One fell into the lake Kumadau with a report somewhat like a sharp peal of thunder. The women of the Bakurutse villages there all uttered a scream on hearing it. This happened at midday, and so did another at what is called the Great Chuai, which was visible in its descent, and was also accompanied with a thundering noise. The third fell near Kuruman, and at night, and was seen as a falling star by people at Motito and at Daniel's Kuil, places distant forty miles on opposite sides of the spot. It sounded to me like the report of a great gun, and a few seconds after, a lesser sound, as if striking the earth after a rebound. Does the passage of a few such aerolites through the atmosphere to the earth by day cause thunder without clouds?

We were detained here so long that my tent became again quite rotten. One of my men, after long sickness, which I did not understand, died here. He was one of the Batoka, and when unable to walk I had some difficulty in making his companions carry him.

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