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prised by two of the natives, arm- changed our course from the S. E. ed with bows and arrows, appar- to the N. E. and rather ran than ently hunting. A half scream walked. expressed the first emotions of
We had to cross a mountain, their surprise ; our confusion was and after labouring to its summit, no less extreme, perhaps it was
we became expoled from the more 10.–They retired softly to some distance, and immediately elfe of vegetation but a light her
want of cover, there being little ran away with infinite speed, and bage and bruth wood. We viewed we foon lost sight of them. them from an elevated ground as
My perturbation may be con- they crotsed open patches, and ceived. I revolved past, present, then crept on our hands and and future, with the rapid glance knees, and crouched behind cluso of regret and apprehension : ters of the thicket to prevent disHurdee, too, was lost in reflec
covery. tion ; but foon collected himself, and endeavoured to cheer me.
From the different views we We lamented that we had not
had of them, we estimated them
at about three hundred in numkept the margin of the great river, where our dangers could not
ber: they were armed with clubs, have been greater than they now
lances, bows and
arrows, and were ; and that our journey in a very conpact body.
kept their usual order of battle could not be many days longer. dee now leemed fatisfied that
HurI saw the absurdity of this afterwisdom ; but it tended to rouse they were of the Galla nation, me. Hurdee could not distin- and he was certain we must be guish of what nation they were :
the objects of their pursuit. he fuppofed they might be of the
We rcfolved to keep them in Ebo country, but they also relem- view, and watch till they should bled natives of the Galla, from encamp, when we might take adwhich we could not be very dif- vantage of the night to countertant. If they were of the form- march them: we did so, and emer, we might deem ourselves fe- braced the cover of the night to cure ; if the latter, there was
return to our former course, disome danger : we concluded it to
rect to the eastward. be safeit to get out of their way. This whole night we travelled Hurdee suggested that their fur- without ceafing, under constant prise was principally excited by alarm from the roaring of wild the sight of a white man; and beants. The night was excessive that curiosity, as well as other dark, and we could not discern motives, might tempt them to any objects at a great distance. follow us with a large body of I drew the charge from one of men. -We made for the adjacent my pistols, and when we heard a hills, and as we ascended them, rustling among the bushes near could observe a numerous body us, burned priming, as the only of the natives pursuing the course expedient we could devise beside we had taken : we accordingly firing shot, which we would not
do, lest we should alarm our pur on does not remain in the wounds fuers.
and from the colour of the juice About day break my compan- being changed, I suppose it must ion trod upon a small green snake, be by a decomposition of the conwhich bit his right leg close to the stitutent parts; for a change in outer ankle. I was much alarm. its properties and appearance is ed; but he very cooly took some certainly effected* of the root out of his pouch, and Hunger, which we had difrechewed it as the good old Afri- garded in the moments of terror, can had before done ; the juice of now came on with the utmost the root was white like milk, but force ; and our dried beef and, on applying it to the wounditchan- other provisions growing short, it ged to a yellow, disagreeable col. was necessary that we should seek our: having repeatedly applied it for some fresh provisions.
We until the juice was no longer dis were not fufficiently remote from coloured, he tied a bandage round the Galla men to trust to our it, and we pursued our route, fire arms; but Hurdee being exhappy that he had escaped so pert with his bow and arrows, we well.
resolved to use them and spare This root I have repeatedly our powder and shot. seen ; but from a neglect of con He accordingly let fly at the cerns less important for the time,' first animal we met, and it fell, I unfortunately did not bring it we could find no wound but a with me.
The loss of my fight flight one in the leg. We collectwould prevent me from knowing ed wood, made a fire, and were it, should it be common in our about to dress our prey, when, lo! country ; which I think probable, it disappeared. We were about as the American Indians say they to go in search of fome other anipoffefs the knowledge of a similar mals, when we found it rustling powerful antidote.
This root in the bushes, and soon retook it. appears to me as acting upon the In shape and colour it resembled poison by decompofing it by the Opossum, except that it had some peculiar quality of its own no pouch or falfe belly ; the hair juice. It is certain that the poif-' also was much shorter- however,
A discovery was made a few years ago in the East Indies, by a physician that the Eau de Luce, commonly used as a restorative, by perfons of a nervous habit, is a sovereign antidote to the poison of the most venomous reptile. A variety of cases, in which it was tried and found to baffle the poison of the Couvre Capelle of India, and that of the deadly brown adder, have been publiflicd in the Afiatic Researches. A table spoonful has been found sufficient : it is taken inter. nally and applied externally with as little loss of time as possible. This, it is probable, acted by the volat. alk. which is its chief ingredient, neutralizing the virulence of the poifon --Might not the vegetable alkaline pnciple exist in the juice of our antidote above in a state either detached or easily separable, so as to neutralize the matter of poison in a similar manner ? This is merely conje&ure, but may be well worthy the further attention of medical men ; for if found juit, nothing more will be found necessary to cure the bite of a snake, than the applicae tion of a little pot-ash.
when dressed, it tafted deliciously; could not be remote from the and after breakfast, for the firit place of deftination. time, we lay down to fleep.
A few monkies, whose chatter. We awoke about ten o'clock, ing was no longer deem d an tolerably refreshed; and having annoyance, after our acquaintyet to pass a mountain which we ance with sounds so chilling and hoped would be the last, we judg- terrific, were our only disturbers ed it prudent to keep on the verge during the night ; we slept peaceof the woods, between that and ably, and rose with the dawn. the top of the ascent.
Having agreed to reconnoitre o'clock we discovered fires at a the country before we should distance, and vestiges of popula- proceed, we made a kind of festition in the pathways, which in- val of this charming morning. tersected each other, and appear- We unpacked our powder, and ed newly trodden. The appear- repacked our flints and trinkets ; ances of population to the north we cleaned our arms, and by the ward were very diitinguishable ; time we had partaken of a plenand therefore, apprehending that tiful breakfast, the sides of the we approached some of those nu- green hills and plains beneath us merous nations, that constantly were disclosed to our view by the inhabit the luxurious countries in opening sun, in a style of verdure the neighbourhood of the Congo and beauty truly delighting The river, near its fources, and the light shades of the floping hill on charming vallies at the feet the north-eastern aspect, contrastof the Galla mountains on ed by the dusky hue of the valthe south and eastern sides; we lies, on the southern and western determined to be circumspect, fides; and the irregularity of the and proceed by easy journics, to fades cast by the profile of the avoid falling into the hands af more elevated hills, on the plains cither of them.
scattered through the winding Night was approaching fast, - vallies, gradually descending, and we had descended the mountain the whole prospeet vividly brighttowards the Ealt,fomewhatsouth-ening without mist or cloud in wardly, and the fun was already the horizon, altogether exhibited hidden from us by the heights we a scene of serene grandeur that had passed, which threw their warmedmyheart, and made me alshadows over the beautiful val. most forget the inconveniences I lies that we could juit distinguish, had fuítained. expanded to a boundless distance The country was thickly peobefore us. We determined to pled, the marks of cultivation proceed flowly towards the low were visible on the sides of the country, and repose once more declining plains, and on the levsccure from the terror of the for- el ; but no river could be seen. est ; to view the country the next We considered it, however, as at day, and to take such steps as no great distance, and resolved might be most likely to ensure to pass the day as a time of rest, our safe arrival, now that we and to pursue our journey under