The Search for Nitre, and the True Nature of Guano; Being an Account of a Voyage to the South-West Coast of Afric: Also a Description of The

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 90 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1846 Excerpt: ... mantle of skins (karosse), which being square, was folded after the manner of a shawl, and worn with the fur next the body. They were of middle stature, of an olive-brown complexion, short woolly hair, most of them with none about the face, but one or two with a slight show of beard and moustaches; slim in proportion, and straight limbed, with an upright gait, and only a slight tendency to the Hottentot protuberance. Their features bore an expression of mildness, and in all our intercourse we found them perfectly harmless and inoffensive. As I shouldered my musket I could observe that they were at first cautious of getting before me; but this soon wore off, and they became gay and lively. We proceeded in an east-north-east direction over a range of sand-hills, in which we sank up to our ankles; after passing these we came to rugged mountains of granite and gneiss, the sharp scales of which, being separated by the action of the weather, were very destructive to our shoes. At the foot of one of them is a plain, containing a bubbling spring of salt water. Upon our approach four antelopes, of very large size, were returning at their leisure from the spring, and took no notice of the noise of our muskets. As they were nearly a mile distant I could not judge of their species; but from their large size I supposed them to be the Eland of the Cape (Boselaphus oreas). We found the natives very useful in collecting ostrich feathers, which the birds had left behind them in the stunted shrubs and plants near the spring. These feathers are generally black and of inferior quality, but a few white ones may also be obtained. The plants are mostly succulent, exceedingly I believe it is customary among them to pluck out the beard. curious, and many of them unknown to botanis...

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