Explorations And Adventures In Equatorial Africa; With Accounts Of The Manners And Customs Of The…

Paperback | May 11, 2012

byPaul Belloni Du Chaillu

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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. 1871 Excerpt: ...on the black mud, and slipping off into the water to feed. I never saw so horrible a sight. Many were at least twenty feet long; and, when they opened their frightful mouths, looked capable of swallowing our little canoes without trouble. I determined to have a shot at these beasts, who seemed noways frighted at our approach. Making my men paddle pretty well in, I singled out the biggest of a school, and lodged a ball in his body by way of the joints of his fore legs, where the thick armor is defective. He tumbled over, and, after struggling in the water for a moment, sank into the mud. His companions turned their hideous snaky eyes down at him in momentary surprise, but did not know what to make of it, and dropped back to their sluggish comfort. I shot another, but he sank also; and as my men did not like to venture into the black mud after them, we got neither. When we came to the narrow and intricate channel of last May, we found, to my surprise, a tremendous current running. Last May the water of the lake had overflowed its shores, and its regular outlets had, therefore, no great pressure upon them. Now this outlet was crowded with water, which rushed through at such a rate that, at some of the turns in the crooked channel, we were actually swept back several times before we could make our way good. At one point, where two outlets joined, we could not pass till I made the men smoke their condonquai (a long reed pipe), which seems to give them new vigor, and gave them also a swallow of my brandy. This done, they gave a great shout and pushed through; and, in a short hour, we emerged upon the lake. The lake, alas! had changed with the season, too. It was still a beautiful sheet of water, and good enough for navigation. But all over its placid face the dry...

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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. 1871 Excerpt: ...on the black mud, and slipping off into the water to feed. I never saw so horrible a sight. Many were at least twenty feet long;...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:178 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.38 inPublished:May 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021783275X

ISBN - 13:9780217832755

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