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. 1893 Excerpt: ...than trials and hardships of a far more serious nature. Mr. Thomas I had also known as a very good miner and hardworking man in the "blue ...Read MoreThis 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. 1893 Excerpt: ...than trials and hardships of a far more serious nature. Mr. Thomas I had also known as a very good miner and hardworking man in the "blue jacket" shaft at Tati. Having suffered such heavy losses the previous year, I decided to accept Mr. Johnson's offer rather than go to the expense of fitting out another expedition to the Barotsi country; but, as it was not advisable to proceed to the Lower Zambesi until the rainy season was at an end, I took a trip home to England, which I reached in the end of February, returning to South Africa in May, in time to catch the Union S.S. Courland, which was advertised to leave Cape Town on 10th June for Mozambique, and the intermediate Portuguese settlements on the east coast of Africa. On 16th July we were landed at Ouillimani, which is situated on the eastern bank of the Quaqua river, and about fifteen miles from its mouth. Quillimani is, as is well known, one of the oldest of the Portuguese military posts and trading stations in South-Eastern Africa, having been established about three centuries ago. It is still quite a small place, but the houses of which the town consists are well built, and their redtiled roofs look very pretty and picturesque amongst the palm trees and banana groves by which they are surrounded. The one street is lighted on moonless nights by oil lamps. It took us some time to get our goods through the custom-house, as a large mission party, going up to the Scotch mission station at Blantyre, had been fellow-passengers with ourselves on the Courland, and had of course a large amount of stores with them, which together with our own belongings almost filled the custom-house. Thinking to do the authorities a good turn, Burnett, Steve Thomas, and myself and two of the Scotch missionaries pulled...Read Less
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