Travels Of Richard And John Lander Travels in West Africa (Congo Francais, Corisco and Cameroons) by Mary H. Kingsley




















 -   The ground, bestrewn with leaves and dried
wood, is a mass of large flies rather like our common house-fly - Page 560
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The Ground, Bestrewn With Leaves And Dried Wood, Is A Mass Of Large Flies Rather Like Our Common House-Fly, But Both Butterflies And Beetles Seem Scarce; And I Confess I Do Not Feel Up To Hunting Much After Yesterday's Work, And Deem It Advisable To Rest.

My face and particularly my lips are a misery to me, having been blistered all over by yesterday's sun,

And last night I inadvertently whipped the skin all off one cheek with the blanket, and it keeps on bleeding, and, horror of horrors, there is no tea until that water comes. I wish I had got the mountaineering spirit, for then I could say, "I'll never come to this sort of place again, for you can get all you want in the Alps." I have been told this by my mountaineering friends - I have never been there - and that you can go and do all sorts of stupendous things all day, and come back in the evening to table d'hote at an hotel; but as I have not got the mountaineering spirit, I suppose I shall come fooling into some such place as this as soon as I get the next chance.

About 8.30, to our delight, the gallant Monrovia boy comes through the bush with a demijohn of water, and I get my tea, and give the men the only half-pound of rice I have and a tin of meat, and they eat, become merry, and chat over their absent companions in a scornful, scandalous way.

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