By Frances Swayne
This historical booklet can have a variety of typos and lacking textual content. buyers can often obtain a unfastened scanned replica of the unique booklet (without typos) from the writer. now not listed. no longer illustrated. 1907 variation. Excerpt: ...These shrubs sometimes develop jointly, and it's very curious to notice how, with unerring intuition, the animals will greedily feed upon the only and steer clear of the opposite. Ergin frequently gives covert for lions, yet to my nice unhappiness I by no means observed any of those noble beasts. there's not anything Somalis like lots as to be relocating on, or hate greater than staying quietly in a single position, for that reason they weren't in the slightest degree positioned out through having to take down all of the tents and pitch them afresh 5 miles additional on; the one distinction they made, was once to ship at the mules with the entire eatables, etc., first, in order that after we arrived our dinner used to be prepared, and whereas we have been eating our tents have been pitched and organized. This spot was once the one 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 by means of taking a few camels especially to hold the water tins containing water for our use, and for cooking reasons; yet we have been the one residing creatures supplied for, no different guy or beast had a drop, and so far as shall we see, it made no distinction to their convenience. One guy to whom I spoke stated, “ We drank the day prior to this, and shall drink the next day; lots of water to-morrow, it’s all right.” As Abdulla was once a lot hired on the Sheikh camp, and had such a lot of issues to appear after, we took for our head guy this time Adan Yusuf, who had, twenty-one years earlier than, been head guy to Colonel S--, R.E., brother to the Commissioner, and had on account 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 such a lot quite of me approximately Colonel S, and enlarged upon his prowess as a sportsman....
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Now for the first time we coulcf see the well-known Golis range, with its varied peaks and many picturesque spurs, well wooded in places, and looking quite misty and mysterious in the evening light. In the middle distance was a plain more or less broken up with ravines, the work of many waters in the rainy season, and diversified at intervals by beautiful conical hills of fine shape standing quite alone, of which the highest, called Demolewein, is also the most beautiful. The foreground was a river bed of brilliant golden sand, in which the necessary life was provided by our two Sowars who were riding just in front of us.
C. Swayne, in his book, Seventeen Trips in Somaliland, says that the only true Somali savages are those products of civilization the Aden hackney carriage drivers, or boatmen, and my small experience certainly makes me agree with him. During the three months t h a t I was living amongst them, I never saw or heard the very slightest thing I would rather not have witnessed ; and where, I would ask, in any other country, even our own, can the same be said ? It must be remembered also t h a t ours was not a small camp, with only our personal servants around us, but people of every tribe and in every rank of life were perpetually coming for one reason or another, and I scarcely ever went outside my tent without seeing many faces I did not recognize.
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.