At One Time On The
Banks There Were Considerably Over A Thousand Natives Going
Through The Several Tenses And Moods Of The Verb "To Stare,"
Or Exhibiting Every Phase Of The Substantive, Viz.
- The stare
peremptory, insolent, sly, cunning, modest, and casual.
warriors of the Sultana, holding in one hand the spear, the bow,
and sheaf or musket, embraced with the other their respective
friends, like so many models of Nisus and Euryalus, Theseus
and Pirithous, Damon and Pythias, or Achilles and Patroclus,
to whom they confidentially related their divers opinions upon
my dress and colour. The words "Musungu kuba" had as much charm
for these people as the music of the Pied Piper had for the rats
of Hamelin, since they served to draw from within the walls across
their stream so large a portion of the population; and when I
continued the journey to the Ungerengeri, distant four miles,
I feared that the Hamelin catastrophe might have to be repeated
before I could rid myself of them. But fortunately for my peace
of mind, they finally proved vincible under the hot sun, and the
distance we had to go to camp.
As we were obliged to overhaul the luggage, and repair saddles, as
well as to doctor a few of the animals, whose backs had by this
time become very sore, I determined to halt here two days.
Provisions were very plentiful also at Simbamwenni, though
On the second day I was, for the first time, made aware that my
acclimatization in the ague-breeding swamps of Arkansas was
powerless against the mukunguru of East Africa.
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