Elephant Hunting in East Equatorial Africa (Library of African Adventure, Vol 3)

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9780312104580: Elephant Hunting in East Equatorial Africa (Library of African Adventure, Vol 3)

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...distance after issuing from the ravine before it disappeared in a little swamp in the flat, and some pleasant grassy meadows bordered it. It struck me as a pity such a suitable spot could not be utilised--say, for a mission station,--with its adaptability for irrigation. Baithai said that if elephants were anywhere in the neighbourhood they would certainly resort to this stream to drink; so, having searched its banks in vain for any indication of their recent visits, there was nothing for it but to turn back. I returned then to the carcase of the giraffe, in hopes of finding the lions there again, but they had not gone back to it nor could we find them anywhere about. I then took a round through the more open country to the eastward, in hopes of getting some fresh meat, but missed a chance at zebra through the sight of my Lee-Metford (which required careful adjustment, as it was incorrectly regulated) having got wrong, and got back to camp empty-handed and rather disgusted with this unlucky day. I had a talk with Baithai about further plans, and it was agreed that he was to send off two lads on the morrow to prospect for elephants still farther on than we had yet been. They were to return at once if they found spoor, but otherwise would not be back till the day but one after. I sent Juma to El Bogoi, the morning after, to fetch some more supplies ready for an expedition on to the mountains which I had in view, and instructed him, should he find the caravan there (as I thought very probable), to tell Abdulla (my headman) to come back with him. I went out to try for meat, making for some open country which could be seen out on the flats. But, while passing through the broad belt of thick bush which separated us from it, we cut the fresh...

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