On The 15th I Reached Dosita, A Large Town, Where I Stayed One Day
On Account Of The Rain; But I Continued Very Sickly, And Was
Slightly Delirious In The Night.
On the 17th I set out for Mansia,
a considerable town, where small quantities of gold are collected.
Road led over a high, rocky hill, and my strength and spirits
were so much exhausted that before I could reach the top of the hill
I was forced to lie down three times, being very faint and sickly.
I reached Mansia in the afternoon. The mansa of this town had the
character of being very inhospitable; he, however, sent me a little
corn for my supper, but demanded something in return; and when I
assured him that I had nothing of value in my possession, he told me
(as if in jest) that my white skin should not defend me if I told
him lies. He then showed me the hut wherein I was to sleep, but
took away my spear, saying that it should be returned to me in the
morning. This trifling circumstance, when joined to the character I
had heard of the man, made me rather suspicious of him, and I
privately desired one of the inhabitants of the place, who had a bow
and a quiver, to sleep in the same hunt with me. About midnight I
heard somebody approach the door, and, observing the moonlight
strike suddenly into the hut, I started up and saw a man stepping
cautiously over the threshold.
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