Travels In The Interior Of Africa - Volume 1 of 2 - By Mungo Park













 -   The lions are here very numerous; the gates are shut a
little after sunset, and nobody allowed to go out - Page 160
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The Lions Are Here Very Numerous; The Gates Are Shut A Little After Sunset, And Nobody Allowed To Go Out.

The thoughts of seeing the Niger in the morning, and the troublesome buzzing of mosquitoes, prevented me from shutting

My eyes during the night; and I had saddled my horse, and was in readiness before daylight, but, on account of the wild beasts, we were obliged to wait until the people were stirring and the gates opened. This happened to be a market day at Sego, and the roads were everywhere filled with people carrying different articles to sell. We passed four large villages, and at eight o'clock saw the smoke over Sego.

As we approached the town I was fortunate enough to overtake the fugitive Kaartans, to whose kindness I had been so much indebted in my journey through Bambarra. They readily agreed to introduce me to the king; and we rode together through some marshy ground, where, as I was anxiously looking around for the river, one of them called out, Geo affili! ("See the water!") and, looking forwards, I saw with infinite pleasure the great object of my mission - the long- sought-for majestic Niger, glittering in the morning sun, as broad as the Thames at Westminster, and flowing slowly to THE EASTWARD. I hastened to the brink, and having drunk of the water, lifted up my fervent thanks in prayer to the Great Ruler of all things for having thus far crowned my endeavours with success.

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