A Popular Account Of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition To The Zambesi By David Livingston


She is leaking worse than ever forward, sir, and there is a foot of
water in the hold, was our - Page 80
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"She Is Leaking Worse Than Ever Forward, Sir, And There Is A Foot Of Water In The Hold," Was Our First Salutation On The Morning Of The 20th.

But we have become accustomed to these things now; the cabin- floor is always wet, and one is obliged

To mop up the water many times a day, giving some countenance to the native idea that Englishmen live in or on the water, and have no houses but ships. The cabin is now a favourite breeding-place for mosquitoes, and we have to support both the ship-bred and shore-bred bloodsuckers, of which several species show us their irritating attentions. A large brown sort, called by the Portuguese mansos (tame), flies straight to its victim, and goes to work at once, as though it were an invited guest. Some of the small kinds carry uncommonly sharp lancets, and very potent poison. "What would these insects eat, if we did not pass this way?" becomes a natural question.

The juices of plants, and decaying vegetable matter in the mud, probably form the natural food of mosquitoes, and blood is not necessary for their existence. They appear so commonly at malarious spots, that their presence may be taken as a hint to man to be off to more healthy localities. None appear on the high lands. On the low lands they swarm in myriads. The females alone are furnished with the biting apparatus, and their number appears to be out of all proportion in excess of the males.

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