Though We Had Only Travelled Three And A Half
Hours The Doctor Was Very Tired As The Country Was Exceedingly
The next day, crossing several ranges, with glorious scenes of
surpassing beauty everywhere around us, we came in view of a
mighty and swift torrent, whose bed was sunk deep between enormous
lofty walls of sandstone rock, where it roared and brawled with
the noise of a little Niagara.
Having seen our camp prepared on a picturesque knoll, I thought I
would endeavour to procure some meat, which this interesting region
seemed to promise. I sallied out with my little Winchester along
the banks of the river eastward. I travelled for an hour or two,
the prospect getting more picturesque and lovely, and then went up
a ravine which looked very promising. Unsuccessful, I strode up
the bank, and my astonishment may be conceived when I found
myself directly in front of an elephant, who had his large broad
ears held out like studding sails - the colossal monster, the
incarnation of might of the African world. Methought when I saw
his trunk stretched forward, like a warning finger, that I heard a
voice say, "Siste, Venator!" But whether it did not proceed from
my imagination or - No; I believe it proceeded from Kalulu, who
must have shouted, "Tembo, tembo! bana yango!" "Lo! an elephant!
an elephant, my master!"
For the young rascal had fled as soon as he had witnessed the awful
colossus in such close vicinage. Recovering from my astonishment,
I thought it prudent to retire also - especially, with a pea-shooter
loaded with treacherous sawdust cartridges in my hand.
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