Afterwards, getting together some ships, he passed into Africa, and joined with Metellus Pius, an eminent person that had raised a very considerable force; but upon some difference between him and Metellus, he stayed not long there, but went over to Sylla, by whom he was very much esteemed.
The cadets gathered around the fires and sang song after song, and not a few practical jokes were played. "Hans, they tell me you feel cold and want your blood shook up," said Tom to Hans Mueller, the German cadet. "Coldt, is it?" queried Hans. "Vot you dinks, I vos coldt mid der borometer apout two hundred by der shade, ain't it? I vos so hot like I lif in Africa alretty!"
The first anniversary of his leaving the Valhalla found him in South Africa; from there he travelled eastward through China and Japan, across the highly industrialized islands of the Far Pacific, and from the Philippines he returned to the American mainland by jet express.
I am sure you know a great deal about the king of beasts, and I need not describe him, since you have probably both seen him and heard his terrible voice. Still, we can have little idea, from seeing lions in this country very likely born in captivity how majestic the king is in his forest home in Africa.
The 'Birkenhead' steam launch, which he took out with him to Africa, having proved a failure, he sent home orders for the construction of another vessel at an estimated cost of 2000l. This sum he proposed to defray out of the means which he had set aside for his children arising from the profits of his books of travels.
Frazer's book, The Golden Bough, I had got a semi-universal key to the underlying idea of native custom and belief. But I soon found this was very far from being the case. His idea is a true key to a certain quantity of facts, but in West Africa only to a limited quantity.
The straits had the appearance of a river, and the high land behind Ceuta formed the farther bank of it. 'There is Africa, said Concepcion gravely, and after a moment turned his horse's head uphill again. The people of these mountain regions were as wild in appearance as their country.
The subject is curious and interesting; we may, therefore, enter into some particulars. The palm, or date-tree, is a native of Africa and the East, where it grows to the height of fifty or sixty, and occasionally a hundred feet. A cluster of branches issues from the top of it, eight or nine feet long, bending towards the earth, and extending all round in the form of an umbrella.
Conformably with this, Captain Wilson had maintained that the funerals, which in Africa were accompanied with lamentations and cries of sorrow, were attended, in the West Indies with every mark of joy. He had now, he said, made good his first proposition that in the condition of the slaves there were causes, which should lead us to expect, that there would be a considerable decrease among them.
He had been three times wounded, and had obtained his rank, both as lieutenant and commander, for two remarkable deeds of gallantry; and now, as a special reward for his services, I suppose, he was sent out to the coast of Africa. A first-lieutenant also joined us Reuben Spry by name, and two mates, the senior of whom did duty as second lieutenant Holland and Waller.