By Frances Swayne

ISBN-10: 1483167755

ISBN-13: 9781483167756

This old ebook could have a variety of typos and lacking textual content. buyers can often obtain a unfastened scanned replica of the unique e-book (without typos) from the writer. no longer listed. now not illustrated. 1907 version. Excerpt: ...These shrubs sometimes develop jointly, and it's very curious to notice how, with unerring intuition, the animals will greedily feed upon the single and steer clear of the opposite. Ergin frequently provides covert for lions, yet to my nice unhappiness I by no means observed any of those noble beasts. there's not anything Somalis like loads as to be relocating on, or hate greater than staying quietly in a single position, for this reason they weren't the least bit placed out through having to take down all of the tents and pitch them afresh 5 miles additional on; the one distinction they made, used to be to ship at the mules with the entire eatables, etc., first, in order that after we arrived our dinner was once prepared, and whereas we have been eating our tents have been pitched and organized. This spot used to be the single campingground i used to be at, the place there has been no water; after all the nien knew this truth previously, and organized for it via taking a few camels in particular to hold the water tins containing water for our use, and for cooking reasons; yet we have been the single dwelling creatures supplied for, no different guy or beast had a drop, and so far as lets see, it made no distinction to their convenience. One guy to whom I spoke acknowledged, “ We drank the day before today, and shall drink the following day; lots of water to-morrow, it’s all right.” As Abdulla used to be a lot hired on the Sheikh camp, and had such a lot of issues to seem after, we took for our head guy this time Adan Yusuf, who had, twenty-one years sooner than, been head guy to Colonel S--, R.E., brother to the Commissioner, and had for the reason that then followed him with the Rodd challenge to Abyssinia and different exploring events. He got here up after dinner to obtain his orders for tomorrow, after which inquired so much quite of me approximately Colonel S, and enlarged upon his prowess as a sportsman....

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This river bed continued for some miles between frowning red cliffs, when we emerged into an open space, very well watered, and where there used to be a plantation of twenty-two fine fig-trees, of which now only one remains, the others having all been burnt down. This is sufficiently fine to make one regret the loss of its companions. When we passed it on our downward journey, at the end of my visit, it was bearing hundreds, if not thousands of figs, and our escort thoroughly enjoyed climbing it and eating the fruit.

I am told t h a t in the matter of tent pegs and camels, their probity cannot resist the temptation in Somaliland. 4i of annexing these desirable possessions; but my tents never suffered from want of pegs, and as to the care of camels, this was not my duty but t h a t of Abdulla Mohammed, the first of our two camp headmen^ so on those points I may be unable to give any opinion. But I do know this, that I had everything lying about in my tent exactly as if it had been in my bedroom at home, and never lost the worth of a penny.

The British officer was, of course, mounted. This is a smart record. The affair passed off satisfactorily. The Dervishes sold all their skins at Berbera, stayed there a fortnight or so, bought their stores of tobes and other things for disposal in their own country, marched back, escorted by another company of militia to the frontier, where they received back their own arms. As commerce, all the world over, is the surest guarantee of peace, let us hope t h a t this will show Abdulla Mohammed (the so-called " Mad " Mulla) t h a t peace pays better than war ; and t h a t for the future, in Somaliland.

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