Though I Was Rather Taken
Aback By The Demand, Still It Was Politic In Me To Make This Powerful
Chief My Friend, Lest On My Return From The Search After Livingstone
He And I Might Fall Out.
And since it was incumbent on me to make
a present, for the sake of peace, it was necessary
To exhibit my
desire for peace by giving - if I gave at all - a royal present.
The ambassador conveyed from me to Simba, or the "Lion" of Kasera,
two gorgeous cloths, and two other doti consisting of Merikani
and Kaniki; and, if I might believe the ambassador, I had made
Simba a friend for ever.
On the 18th of October, breaking camp at the usual hour, we
continued our march north-westward by a road which zig-zagged
along the base of the Kasera mountains, and which took us into
all kinds of difficulties. We traversed at least a dozen marshy
ravines, the depth of mire and water in which caused the utmost
anxiety. I sunk up to my neck in deep holes in the Stygian ooze
caused by elephants, and had to tramp through the oozy beds of
the Rungwa sources with any clothes wet and black with mud and slime.
Decency forbade that I should strip; and the hot sun would also
blister my body. Moreover, these morasses were too frequent to lose
time in undressing and dressing, and, as each man was weighted with
his own proper load, it would have been cruel to compel the men to
bear me across.
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