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













 -   A little before sunset we arrived at the town of Samee, on
the banks of the Senegal, which is here - Page 60
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A Little Before Sunset We Arrived At The Town Of Samee, On The Banks Of The Senegal, Which Is Here A Beautiful But Shallow River, Moving Slowly Over A Bed Of Sand And Gravel.

The banks are high, and covered with verdure - the country is open and cultivated - and the rocky hills of Fellow and Bambouk add much to the beauty of the landscape.

December 28. - We departed from Samee, and arrived in the afternoon at Kayee, a large village, part of which is situated on the north and part on the south side of the river.

The ferryman then taking hold of the most steady of the horses by a rope, led him into the water, and paddled the canoe a little from the brink; upon which a general attack commenced upon the other horses, who, finding themselves pelted and kicked on all sides, unanimously plunged into the river, and followed their companion. A few boys swam in after them; and, by laving water upon them when they attempted to return, urged them onwards; and we had the satisfaction in about fifteen minutes to see them all safe on the other side. It was a matter of greater difficulty to manage the asses; their natural stubbornness of disposition made them endure a great deal of pelting and shoving before they would venture into the water; and when they had reached the middle of the stream, four of them turned back, in spite of every exertion to get them forwards. Two hours were spent in getting the whole of them over; an hour more was employed in transporting the baggage; and it was near sunset before the canoe returned, when Demba Sego and myself embarked in this dangerous passage-boat, which the least motion was like to overset.

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