The Albert N'Yanza, Great Basin of the Nile And Explorations of the Nile Sources by Sir Samuel W. Baker









 -  He took no notice of me as he passed by.
M'Gambi was standing by me, and he explained that we - Page 540
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He Took No Notice Of Me As He Passed By. M'Gambi Was Standing By Me, And He Explained That We Were To Close The Rear, Kamrasi Having Concluded That It Was Advisable To Have The Guns Between Him And The Enemy.

For upwards of an hour the crowd of thousands of people and cattle filed past; at length the last straggler closed the line of march.

But where were our promised porters? Not a man was forthcoming, and we were now the sole occupants of the deserted village, excepting M'Gambi and Cassave. These men declared that the people were so frightened that no one would remain to carry us and ours effects, but that they would go to a neighbouring villa and bring porters to convey us to Foweera tomorrow, as that was the spot where Kamrasi wished us to camp; at Foweera there was no high grass, and the country was perfectly open, so that the rifles could command an extensive range. The cunning and duplicity of Kamrasi were extraordinary - he promised, only to deceive; his object in leaving us here was premeditated, as he knew that the M'was, should they pursue him, must fight us before they could follow on his path; we were therefore to be left to defend his rear. The order to camp at Foweera had a similar motive. I knew the country, as we had passed it on our march from Atada to M'rooli; it was about three miles from Karuma Falls, and would form a position in Kamrasi's rear when he should locate, himself upon the island.

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