In Unknown Africa; A Narrative of Twenty Months Travel and Sport in Unknown Lands and Among New Tribes

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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. 1904 Excerpt: ... the country round was quite quiet. This information determined me to push northwards as soon as possible, and procure my donkeys there. My decision was strengthened by the fact that, as the traders were just starting on a journey through Karamojo and Turkana, I should have the pleasure of their company as well as the benefit of their guides and interpreters. In this way my purchases would be made easy, as they knew the people of the country well. While the Greeks were making the necessary arrangements for their departure, and I was waiting for some important letters from Mumias, I filled in the interim by sending to Sabie to obtain mtama for my mule, and, if possible, procure some curios. These hill people raise a quantity of grain, which, in former times, they used to part with to safaris only after a great deal of chaffering and tedious negotiation. During his year at Kilim, Kanarakis had induced them to establish a market for their grain at a fixed rate of exchange, which was no small feather in his cap, for Government has never been able to bring about friendly relationships with the hill tribes on the northern and north-western flanks of Mount Elgon. Several expeditions visited their country, but in spite of these, the highlanders continued their outrages on caravans passing round the western side of the mountain, making the route unsafe for safaris. While I was still in the country, their audacity even led them so far as to loot the cattle which a Government expedition had captured from a neighbouring recalcitrant tribe, and when pursued, they disappeared off the face of the earth into the vast secret caves of their territory, and, for the time being, had the laugh on their side. My few days spent at Kilim were most interesting. The Greeks entertaine...

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