The Next Morning The Caravan, Thoroughly Fatigued With The Last
Day's Exertions, Was Obliged To Halt.
Bombay was despatched after
the lost goods; Kingaru, Mabruki the Great, and Mabruki the Little
were despatched to bring back three doti-worth of grain, on which
we were to subsist in the wilderness.
Three days passed away and we were still at camp, awaiting, with
what patience we possessed, the return of the soldiers. In the
meantime provisions ran very low, no game could be procured, the
birds were so wild. Two days shooting procured but two potfuls
of birds, consisting of grouse, quail, and pigeons. Bombay returned
unsuccessfully from his search after the missing property, and
suffered deep disgrace.
On the fourth day I despatched Shaw with two more soldiers, to see
what had become of Kingaru and the two Mabrukis. Towards night he
returned completely prostrated, with a violent attack of the
mukunguru, or ague; but bringing the missing soldiers, who were
thus left to report for themselves.
With most thankful hearts did we quit our camp, where so much
anxiety of mind and fretfulness had been suffered, not heeding a
furious rain, which, after drenching us all night, might have
somewhat damped our ardor for the march under other circumstances.
The road for the first mile led over reddish ground, and was
drained by gentle slopes falling east and west; but, leaving the
cover of the friendly woods, on whose eastern margin we had been
delayed so long, we emerged into one of the savannahs, whose soil
during the rain is as soft as slush and tenacious as thick mortar,
where we were all threatened with the fate of the famous Arkansas
traveller, who had sunk so low in one of the many quagmires in
Arkansas county, that nothing but his tall "stove-pipe" hat was
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