How I Found Livingstone Travels, Adventures And Discoveries In Central Africa Including Four Months Residence With Dr. Livingstone By Sir Henry M. Stanley







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To The Men This First Day's March Through The Mountain Region Of Usagara Was An Agreeable Interlude After The Successive Journey Over The Flats And Heavy Undulations Of The Maritime Region, But To The Loaded And Enfeebled Animals It Was Most Trying.

We were minus two by the time we had arrived at our camp, but seven miles from Rehenneko, our

First instalment of the debt we owed to Makata. Water, sweet and clear, was abundant in the deep hollows of the mountains, flowing sometimes over beds of solid granite, sometimes over a rich red sandstone, whose soft substance was soon penetrated by the aqueous element, and whose particles were swept away constantly to enrich the valley below; and in other ravines it dashed,, and roared, miniature thunder, as it leaped over granite boulders and quartz rock.

The 9th of May, after another such an up-and-down course, ascending hills and descending into the twilight depths of deepening valleys, we came suddenly upon the Mukondokwa, and its narrow pent-up valley crowded with rank reedy grass, cane, and thorny bushes; and rugged tamarisk which grappled for existence with monster convolvuli, winding their coils around their trunks with such tenacity and strength that the tamarisk seemed grown but for their support.

The valley was barely a quarter of a mile broad in some places - at others it widened to about a mile. The hills on either side shot up into precipitous slopes, clothed ,with mimosa, acacia, and tamarisk, enclosing a river and valley whose curves and folds were as various as a serpent's.

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