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


By degrees, however, their apprehensions subsided, and when the
blacksmith assured them that I was perfectly inoffensive, and would
hurt - Page 70
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By Degrees, However, Their Apprehensions Subsided, And When The Blacksmith Assured Them That I Was Perfectly Inoffensive, And Would Hurt

Nobody, some of them ventured so far as to examine the texture of my clothes; but many of them were

Still very suspicious; and when by accident I happened to move myself, or look at the young children, their mothers would scamper off with them with the greatest precipitations. In a few hours, however, they all because reconciled to me.

With these worthy people I spent the remainder of that and the whole of the ensuing day, in feasting and merriment; and the blacksmith declared he would not quit me during my stay at Kooniakary - for which place we set out early on the morning of the 14th of January, and arrived about the middle of the day at Soolo, a small village three miles to the south of it.

As this place was somewhat out of the direct road, it is necessary to observe that I went thither to visit a slatee or Gambia trader, of great note and reputation, named Salim Daucari. He was well known to Dr. Laidley, who had trusted him with effects to the value of five slaves, and had given me an order for the whole of the debt. We luckily found him at home, and he received me with great kindness and attention.

It is remarkable, however, that the king of Kasson was by some means immediately apprised of my motions; for I had been at Soolo but a few hours before Sambo Sego, his second son, came thither with a party of horse, to inquire what had prevented me from proceeding to Kooniakary, and waiting immediately upon the king, who, he said, was impatient to see me.

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