Excepting In The Neighbourhood Of The Villages Which We Have Passed
There Were No Traces Of Cultivation.
The country extending
between the several stations is as much a wilderness as the desert
of Sahara, though it possesses a far more pleasing aspect.
had the first man at the time of the Creation gazed at his world
and perceived it of the beauty which belongs to this part of
Africa, he would have had no cause of complaint. In the deep
thickets, set like islets amid a sea of grassy verdure, he would
have found shelter from the noonday heat, and a safe retirement
for himself and spouse during the awesome darkness. In the morning
he could have walked forth on the sloping sward, enjoyed its
freshness, and performed his ablutions in one of the many small
streams flowing at its foot. His garden of fruit-trees is all that
is required; the noble forests, deep and cool, are round about
him, and in their shade walk as many animals as one can desire.
For days and days let a man walk in any direction, north, south,
east, and west, and he will behold the same scene.
Earnestly as I wished to hurry on to Unyanyembe, still a
heart-felt anxiety about the arrival of my goods carried by the
fourth caravan, served as a drag upon me and before my caravan
had marched nine miles my anxiety had risen to the highest pitch,
and caused me to order a camp there and then.
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