Then followed a conversation with Haji Wali, whom age he was 77 "had only made a little fatter and a little greedier," and the specious old trickster promised to accompany the expedition. As usual Burton began with a preliminary canter, visiting Moilah, Aynunah Bay, Makna and Jebel Hassani, where he sketched, made plans, and collected metalliferous specimens.
If Ptolemy's latitudes are to be consulted, Jebel Hassani would be the Timagenes Island in north lat. 25 40'; and the corresponding Chersonesus Point is represented by the important and well-marked projection "Abu Madd," which intercepts the view to the south.
After rounding the southern spit, we turned to north-east and by east, and passed, with a minimum of seven fathoms under keel, between Hassani the Giant and the dwarf Umm Sahr, a flat sandbank hardly visible from the shore.
Uledi, not wishing to be plagued by his Satanic majesty's angels on the march, sacrificed a cow and fed the poor, according to the great Phepo's orders, and had been exempted from it; but Wadi Hamadi, who preferred taking his chance, had been visited several times: once at Usui, when he was told the journey would be prosperous, only the devil wanted one man's life, and one man would fall sick; which proved true, for Hassani was murdered, and Grant fell sick in Karague.
The consequence of yawing and of running half-speed by night was that we reached Jebel Hassani just before noon, instead of eight a.m., on the 25th. The island, whose profile slopes to the south-eastward, is a long yellow-white ridge, a lump of coralline four hundred feet high, bare and waterless in summer: yet it feeds the Bedawi flocks at certain seasons.