As The Pombe Was But Stale Ale In Taste, And Milk And Water In
Colour, After Drinking A Small Glassful I Passed It To The Delighted
Soldiers And Pagazis.
At my request the Sultan brought a fine fat
bullock, for which he accepted four and a half doti of Merikani.
The bullock was immediately slaughtered and served out to the
caravan as a farewell feast.
No one slept much that night, and long before the dawn the fires
were lit, and great steaks were broiling, that their stomachs might
rejoice before parting with the Musungu, whose bounty they had so
often tasted. Six rounds of powder were served to each soldier and
pagazi who owned a gun, to fire away when we should be near the
Arab houses. The meanest pagazi had his best cloth about his
loins, and some were exceedingly brave in gorgeous Ulyah "Coombeesa
Poonga" and crimson "Jawah," the glossy "Rehani," and the neat
"Dabwani." The soldiers were mustered in new tarbooshes, and the
long white shirts of the Mrima and the Island. For this was the
great and happy day which had been on our tongues ever since quitting
the coast, for which we had made those noted marches latterly - one
hundred and seventy-eight and a half miles in sixteen days,
including pauses - something over eleven miles a day
The signal sounded and the caravan was joyfully off with banners
flying, and trumpets and horns blaring. A short two and a half
hours' march brought us within sight of Kwikuru, which is about
two miles south of Tabora, the main Arab town; on the outside of
which we saw a long line of men in clean shirts, whereat we opened
our charged batteries, and fired a volley of small arms such
as Kwikuru seldom heard before.
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