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            The Discovery of The Source of the Nile
                     by John Hanning Speke
John Hanning Speke, born 1827.  Served in the Punjab but left
in 1854 to explore Somaliland.  Discovered Lake Tanganyika with
Burton, and Lake Victoria independently.  Was, with Grant,
the first European to cross equatorial africa.  Died 1864.

Editor's Note

John Hanning Speke was a man of thirty-six, when his Nile Journal
appeared.  He had entered the army in 1844, and completed ten
years of service in India, serving through the Punjab Campaign. 
Already he had conceived the idea of exploring Africa, before his
ten years were up, and on their conclusion he was appointed a
member of the expedition preparing to start under Sir Richard
(then Lieutenant Burton) for the Somali country.  He was wounded
by the Somalis, and returned to England on sick leave; the
Crimean War then breaking out, be served through it, and later,
December 1856, joined another expedition under Burton.  Then it
was that the possibility of the source of the Nile being traced
to one of the inland lakes seems to have struck him.

Burton's illness prevented him accompanying Speke on the latter's
visit to the lake now known as Victoria Nyanza.  During this
expedition Speke reached the most southerly point of the lake,
and gave it its present name.  Speke arrived back in England in
the spring of 1859, Burton being left behind on account of his
illness.  The relations between the two had become strained, and
this was accentuated by Speke's hast to publish the account of
his explorations.  He was given the command of another expedition
which left England in April 1860, in company with Captain James
Augustus Grant, to ascertain still further if the Victoria Nyanza
were indeed the source of the Nile.  He met Sir Samuel Baker, to
whom he gave valuable assistance, and who with his clue
discovered the third lake, Albert Nyanza.

Speke telegraphed early in 1863, that the Nile source was traced. 
Returning to England that year he met with an ovation, and
addressed a special meeting of the Geographical Society, and the
same year, 1863, published his "Journal of the Discovery of the
Nile."  Opposed in his statements by Burton and M'Queen (The Nile
Basin, 1864"), it was arranged that he and Burton should meet for
a debate, when on the very day fixed, Speke accidentally shot
himself while out partridge-shooting.

Sir R. Murchison, addressing the Royal Geographical Society that
year, speaks of Speke's discovery of the source of the Nile as
solving the "problem of all ages."

Only two books were published by Speke--the "Journal" of 1863,
which follows, and its sequel--"What Led to the Discovery of the
Source of the Nile," which appeared in the year of his death,


In the following pages I have endeavoured to describe all that
appeared to me most important and interesting among the events
and the scenes that came under my notice during my sojourn in the
interior of Africa.  If my account should not entirely harmonise
with preconceived notions as to primitive races, I cannot help
it. I profess accurately to describe native Africa--Africa in
those places where it has not received the slightest impulse,
whether for good or evil, from European civilisation.  If the
picture be a dark one, we should, when contemplating these sons
of Noah, try and carry our mind back to that time when our poor
elder brother Ham was cursed by his father, and condemned to be
the slave of both Shem and Japheth; for as they were then, so
they appear to be now-- a strikingly existing proof of the Holy
Scriptures.  But one thing must be remembered: Whilst the people
of Europe and Asia were blessed by communion with God through the
medium of His prophets, and obtained divine laws to regulate
their ways and keep them in mind of Him who made them, the
Africans were excluded from this dispensation, and consequently
have no idea of an overruling Providence or a future state; they
therefore trust to luck and to charms, and think only of self-
preservation in this world. Whatever, then, may be said against
them for being too avaricious or too destitute of fellow-feeling,
should rather reflect on ourselves, who have been so much better
favoured, yet have neglected to teach them, than on those who,
whilst they are sinning, know not what they are doing.  To say a
negro is incapable of instruction, is a mere absurdity; for those
few boys who have been educated in our schools have proved
themselves even quicker than our own at learning; whilst, amongst
themselves, the deepness of their cunning and their power of
repartee are quite surprising, and are especially shown in their
proficiency for telling lies most appropriately in preference to
truth, and with an off-handed manner that makes them most

With these remarks, I now give, as an appropriate introduction to
my narrative--(1.) An account of the general geographical
features of the countries we are about to travel in, leaving the
details to be treated under each as we successively pass through
them; (2.) A general view of the atmospheric agents which wear
down and so continually help to reduce the continent, yet at the
same time assist to clothe it with vegetation; (3.) A general
view of the Flora; and, lastly, that which consumes it, (4.) Its
Fauna; ending with a few special remarks on the Wanguana, or men
freed from slavery.


The continent of Africa is something like a dish turned upside
down, having a high and flat central plateau, with a higher rim
of hills surrounding it; from below which, exterially, it
suddenly slopes down to the flat strip of land bordering on the
sea.  A dish, however, is generally uniform in shape--Africa is
not. For instance, we find in its centre a high group of hills
surrounding the head of the Tanganyika Lake, composed chiefly of
argillaceous sandstones which I suppose to be the Lunae Montes of
Ptolemy, or the Soma Giri of the ancient Hindus.  Further,
instead of a rim at the northern end, the country shelves down
from the equator to the Mediterranean Sea; and on the general
surface of the interior plateau there are basins full of water
(lakes), from which, when rains overflow them, rivers are formed,
that, cutting through the flanking rim of hills, find their way
to the sea.

Atmospheric Agents

On the east coast, near Zanzibar, we find the rains following the
track of the sun, and lasting not more than forty days on any
part that the sun crosses; whilst the winds blow from south-west
or north-east, towards the regions heated by its vertical
position. But in the centre of the continent, within 5 of the
equator, we find the rains much more lasting.  For instance, at
5 south latitude, for the whole six months that the sun is in
the south, rain continues to fall, and I have heard that the same
takes place at 5 north; whilst on the equator, or rather a
trifle to northward of it, it rains more or less the whole year
round, but most at the equinoxes, as shown in the table on the
following page.  The winds, though somewhat less steady, are
still very determinable.  With an easterly tending, they deflect
north and south, following the sun. In the drier season they blow
so cold that the sun's heat is not distressing; and in
consequence of this, and the average altitude of the plateau,
which is 3000 feet, the general temperature of the atmosphere is
very pleasant, as I found from experience; for I walked every
inch of the journey dressed in thick woollen clothes, and slept
every night between blankets.

The Number of Days on which Rain fell (more or less) during the
March of the East African Expedition from Zanzibar to Gondokoro.

1860      Days on     1861        Days on   1862         Days on
           which                   which                  which
         rain fell               rain fell              rain fell

 ***       ***         January     19         January       14
 ***       ***         February    21         February[FN#1]12
 ***       ***         March       17         March         21
 ***       ***         April       17         April         27
 ***       ***         May          3         May           26
 ***       ***         June         0         June          20
 ***       ***         July         1         July          22
 ***       ***         August       1         August        20
 ***       ***         September    9         September     18
 October    2          October     11         October       27
 November   0          November    17         November      20
 December  20          December    16         December       6


From what has been said regarding the condition of the
atmosphere, it may readily be imagined that Africa, in those
parts, after all, is not so bad as people supposed it was; for,
when so much moisture falls under a vertical sun, all vegetable
life must grow up almost spontaneously.  It does so on the
equator in the most profuse manner; but down at 5 south, where
there are six months' drought, the case is somewhat different;
and the people would be subject to famines if they did not take
advantage of their rainy season to lay in sufficient stores for
the fine: and here we touch on the misfortune of the country; for
the negro is too lazy to do so effectively, owing chiefly, as we
shall see presently, to want of a strong protecting government. 
One substantial fact has been established, owing to our having
crossed over ten degrees of latitude in the centre of the
continent, or from 5 south to 5 north latitude, which is this:
There exists a regular gradation of fertility, surprisingly rich
on the equator, but decreasing systematically from it; and the
reason why this great fertile zone is confined to the equatorial
regions, is the same as that which has constituted it the great
focus of water or lake supply, whence issue the principal rivers
of Africa.  On the equator lie the rainbearing influences of the
Mountains of the Moon.  The equatorial line is, in fact, the
centre of atmospheric motion.


In treating of this branch of natural history, we will first take
man--the true curly-head, flab-nosed, pouch-mouthed negro--not
the Wahuma.[FN#2]  They are well distributed all over these
latitudes, but are not found anywhere in dense communities. 
Their system of government is mostly of the patriarchal
character.  Some are pastorals, but most are agriculturalists;
and this difference, I believe, originates solely from want of a
stable government, to enable them to reap what they produce; for
where the negro can save his cattle, which is his wealth, by
eating grain, he will do it.  In the same way as all animals,
whether wild or tame, require a guide to lead their flocks, so do
the negroes find it necessary to have chiefs over their villages
and little communities, who are their referees on all domestic or
political questions. They have both their district and their
village chiefs, but, in the countries we are about to travel
over, no kings such as we shall find that the Wahuma have.  The
district chief is absolute, though guided in great measure by his
"grey-beards," who constantly attend his residence, and talk over
their affairs of state.  These commonly concern petty internal
matters; for they are too selfish and too narrow-minded to care
for anything but their own private concerns. The grey-beards
circulate the orders of the chief amongst the village chiefs, who
are fined when they do not comply with them; and hence all orders
are pretty well obeyed.

One thing only tends to disorganise the country, and that is war,
caused, in the first instance, by polygamy, producing a family of
half-brothers, who, all aspiring to succeed their father, fight
continually with one another, and make their chief aim slaves and
cattle; whilst, in the second instance, slavery keeps them ever
fighting and reducing their numbers.  The government revenues are
levied, on a very small scale, exclusively for the benefit of the
chief and his grey-beards.  For instance, as a sort of land-tax,
the chief has a right to drink free from the village brews of
pombe (a kind of beer made by fermentation), which are made in
turn by all the villagers successively.  In case of an elephant
being killed, he also takes a share of the meat, and claims one
of its tusks as his right; further, all leopard, lion, or zebra
skins are his by right.  On merchandise brought into the country
by traders, he has a general right to make any exactions he
thinks he has the power of enforcing, without any regard to
justice or a regulated tariff. This right is called Hongo, in the
plural Mahongo.  Another source of revenue is in the effects of
all people condemned for sorcery, who are either burnt, or
speared and cast into the jungles, and their property seized by
the grey-beards for their chief.

As to punishments, all irreclaimable thieves or murderers are
killed and disposed of in the same manner as these sorcerers;
whilst on minor thieves a penalty equivalent to the extent of the
depredation is levied.  Illicit intercourse being treated as
petty larceny, a value is fixed according to the value of the
woman--for it must be remembered all women are property.  Indeed,
marriages are considered a very profitable speculation, the
girl's hand being in the father's gift, who marries her to any
one who will pay her price.  This arrangement, however, is not
considered a simple matter of buying and selling, but delights in
the high-sounding title of "dowry." Slaves, cows, goats, fowls,
brass wire, or beads, are the usual things given for this species
of dowry.  The marriage-knot, however, is never irretrievably
tied; for if the wife finds a defect in her husband, she can
return to her father by refunding the dowry; whilst the husband,
if he objects to his wife, can claim half-price on sending her
home again, which is considered fair, because as a second-hand
article her future value would be diminished by half. By this
system, it must be observed, polygamy is a source of wealth,
since a man's means are measured by the number of his progeny;
but it has other advantages besides the dowry, for the women work
more than the men do, both in and out of doors; and, in addition
to the females, the sons work for the household until they marry,
and in after life take care of their parents in the same way as 
in the first instance the parents took care of them.

Twins are usually hailed with delight, because they swell the
power of the family, though in some instances they are put to
death. Albinos are valued, though their colour is not admired. 
If death occurs in a natural manner, the body is usually either
buried in the village or outside.  A large portion of the negro
races affect nudity, despising clothing as effeminate; but these
are chiefly the more boisterous roving pastorals, who are too
lazy either to grow cotton or strip the trees of their bark. 
Their young women go naked; but the mothers suspend a little tail
both before and behind. As the hair of the negro will not grow
long, a barber might be dispensed with, were it not that they
delight in odd fashions, and are therefore continually either
shaving it off altogether, or else fashioning it after the most
whimsical designs.  No people in the world are so proud and
headstrong as the negroes, whether they be pastoral or
agriculturalists.  With them, as with the rest of the world,
"familiarity breeds contempt"; hospitality lives only one day;
for though proud of a rich or white visitor--and they implore him
to stop, that they may keep feeding their eyes on his
curiosities--they seldom give more than a cow or a goat, though
professing to supply a whole camp with provisions.

Taking the negroes as a whole, one does not find very marked or
much difference in them.  Each tribe has its characteristics, it
is true. For instance, one cuts his teeth or tattoos his face in
a different manner from the others; but by the constant
intermarriage with slaves, much of this effect is lost, and it is
further lost sight of owing to the prevalence of migrations
caused by wars and the division of governments.  As with the
tribal marks so with their weapons; those most commonly in use
are the spear, assage, shield, bow and arrow.  It is true some
affect one, some the other; but in no way do we see that the
courage of tribes can be determined by the use of any particular
weapon: for the bravest use the arrow, which is the more dreaded;
while the weakest confine themselves to the spear.  Lines of
traffic are the worst tracks (there are no roads in the districts
here referred to) for a traveller to go upon, not only because
the hospitality of the people has been damped by frequent
communication with travellers, but, by intercourse with the semi-
civilised merchant, their natural honour and honesty are
corrupted, their cupidity is increased, and the show of firearms
ceases to frighten them.

Of paramount consideration is the power held by the magician
(Mganga), who rules the minds of the kings as did the old popes
of Europe.  They, indeed, are a curse to the traveller; for if it
suits their inclinations to keep him out of the country, they
have merely to prognosticate all sorts of calamities--as
droughts, famines, or wars--in the event of his setting eyes on
the soil, and the chiefs, people, and all, would believe them;
for, as may be imagined, with men unenlightened, supernatural and
imaginary predictions work with more force than substantial
reasons.  Their implement of divination, simple as it may appear,
is a cow's or antelope's horn (Uganga), which they stuff with
magic powder, also called Uganga. Stuck into the ground in front
of the village, it is supposed to have sufficient power to ward
off the attacks of an enemy.

By simply holding it in the hand, the magician pretends he can
discover anything that has been stolen or lost; and instances
have been told of its dragging four men after it with
irresistible impetus up to a thief, when it be-laboured the
culprit and drove him out of his senses.  So imbued are the
natives' minds with belief in the power of charms, that they pay
the magician for sticks, stones, or mud, which he has doctored
for them.  They believe certain flowers held in the hand will
conduct them to anything lost; as also that the voice of certain
wild animals, birds, or beasts, will insure them good-luck, or
warn them of danger.  With the utmost complacency our sable
brother builds a dwarf hut in his fields, and places some grain
on it to propitiate the evil spirit, and suffer him to reap the
fruits of his labour, and this too they call Uganga or church.

These are a few of the more innocent alternatives the poor
negroes resort to in place of a "Saviour."  They have also many
other and more horrible devices.  For instance, in times of
tribulation, the magician, if he ascertains a war is projected by
inspecting the blood and bones of a fowl which he has flayed for
that purpose, flays a young child, and having laid it lengthwise
on a path, directs all the warriors, on proceeding to battle, to
step over his sacrifice and insure themselves victory.  Another
of these extra barbarous devices takes place when a chief wishes
to make war on his neighbour by his calling in a magician to
discover a propitious time for commencing.  The doctor places a
large earthen vessel, half full of water, over a fire, and over
its mouth a grating of sticks, whereon he lays a small child and
a fowl side by side, and covers them over with a second large
earthen vessel, just like the first, only inverted, to keep the
steam in, when he sets fire below, cooks for a certain period of
time, and then looks to see if his victims are still living or
dead--when, should they be dead, the war must be deferred, but,
otherwise commenced at once.

These extremes, however, are not often resorted to, for the
natives are usually content with simpler means, such as flaying a
goat, instead of a child, to be walked over; while, to prevent
any evil approaching their dwellings a squashed frog, or any
other such absurdity, when place on the track, is considered a

How the negro has lived so many ages without advancing, seems
marvellous, when all the countries surrounding Africa are so
forward in comparison; and judging from the progressive state of
the world, one is led to suppose that the African must soon
either step out from his darkness, or be superseded by a being
superior to himself. Could a government be formed for them like
ours in India, they would be saved; but without it, I fear there
is very little chance; for at present the African neither can
help himself nor will he be helped about by others, because his
country is in such a constant state of turmoil he has too much
anxiety on hand looking out for his food to think of anything
else.  As his fathers ever did, so does he. He works his wife,
sells his children, enslaves all he can lay hands upon, and,
unless when fighting for the property of others, contents himself
with drinking, singing, and dancing like a baboon to drive dull
care away.  A few only make cotton cloth, or work in wood, iron,
copper, or salt; their rule being to do as little as possible,
and to store up nothing beyond the necessities of the next
season, lest their chiefs or neighbours should covet and take it
from them.

Slavery, I may add, is one great cause of laziness, for the
masters become too proud to work, lest they should be thought
slaves themselves.  In consequence of this, the women look after
the household work--such as brewing, cooking, grinding corn,
making pottery and baskets, and taking care of the house and the
children, besides helping the slaves whilst cultivating, or even
tending the cattle sometimes.

Now, descending to the inferior order of creation, I shall
commence with the domestic animals first, to show what the
traveller may expect to find for his usual support.  Cows, after
leaving the low lands near the coast, are found to be plentiful
everywhere, and to produce milk in small quantities, from which
butter is made. Goats are common all over Africa; but sheep are
not so plentiful, nor do they show such good breeding--being
generally lanky, with long fat tails.  Fowls, much like those in
India, are abundant everywhere.  A few Muscovy ducks are
imported, also pigeons and cats.  Dogs, like the Indian pariah,
are very plentiful, only much smaller; and a few donkeys are
found in certain localities.  Now, considering this good supply
of meat, whilst all tropical plants will grow just as well in
central equatorial Africa as they do in India, it surprises the
traveller there should be any famines; yet such is too often the
case, and the negro, with these bounties within his reach, is
sometimes found eating dogs, cats, rats, porcupines, snakes,
lizards, tortoises, locusts, and white ants, or is forced to seek
the seeds of wild grasses, or to pluck wild herbs, fruits, and
roots; whilst at the proper seasons they hunt the wild elephant,
buffalo, giraffe, zebra, pigs, and antelopes; or, going out with
their arrows, have battues against the guinea-fowls and small

The frequency with which collections of villages are found all
over the countries we are alluding to, leaves but very little
scope for the runs of wild animals, which are found only in dense
jungles, open forests, or praires generally speaking, where hills
can protect them, and near rivers whose marshes produce a thick
growth of vegetation to conceal them from their most dreaded
enemy--man. The prowling, restless elephant, for instance, though
rarely seen, leaves indications of his nocturnal excursions in
every wilderness, by wantonly knocking down the forest-trees. 
The morose rhinoceros, though less numerous, are found in every
thick jungle.  So is the savage buffalo, especially delighting in
dark places, where he can wallow in the mud and slake his thirst
without much trouble; and here also we find the wild pig.

The gruff hippopotamus is as widespread as any, being found
wherever there is water to float him; whilst the shy giraffe and
zebra affect all open forests and plains where the grass is not
too long; and antelopes, of great variety in species and habits,
are found wherever man will let them alone and they can find
water.  The lion is, however, rarely heard--much more seldom
seen.  Hyenas are numerous, and thievishly inclined.  Leopards,
less common, are the terror of the villagers.  Foxes are not
numerous, but frighten the black traveller by their ill-omened
bark.  Hares, about half the size of English ones--there are no
rabbits--are widely spread, but not numerous; porcupines the
same.  Wild cats, and animals of the ferret kind, destroy game. 
Monkeys of various kinds and squirrels harbour in the trees, but
are rarely seen.  Tortoises and snakes, in great variety, crawl
over the ground, mostly after the rains.  Rats and lizards--there
are but few mice--are very abundant, and feed both in the fields
and on the stores of the men.

The wily ostrich, bustard, and florikan affect all open places.
The guinea-fowl is the most numerous of all game-birds. 
Partridges come next, but do not afford good sport; and quails
are rare. Ducks and snipe appear to love Africa less than any
other country; and geese and storks are only found where water
most abounds.  Vultures are uncommon; hawks and crows much
abound, as in all other countries; but little birds, of every
colour and note, are discoverable in great quantities near water
and by the villages. Huge snails and small ones, as well as
fresh-water shells, are very abundant, though the conchologist
would find but little variety to repay his labours; and insects,
though innumerable, are best sought for after the rains have set

The Wanguana or Freed Men

The Wa-n-guana, as their name implies, are men freed from
slavery; and as it is to these singular negroes acting as hired
servants that I have been chiefly indebted for opening this large
section of Africa, a few general remarks on their character
cannot be out of place here.

Of course, having been born in Africa, and associated in
childhood with the untainted negroes, they retain all the
superstitious notions of the true aborigines, though somewhat
modified, and even corrupted, by that acquaintance with the outer
world which sharpens their wits.

Most of these men were doubtless caught in wars, as may be seen
every day in Africa, made slaves of, and sold to the Arabs for a
few yards of common cloth, brass wire, or beads.  They would then
be taken to the Zanzibar market, resold like horses to the
highest bidder, and then kept in bondage by their new masters,
more like children of his family than anything else.  In this new
position they were circumcised to make Mussulmans of them, that
their hands might be "clean" to slaughter their master's cattle,
and extend his creed; for the Arabs believe the day must come
when the tenets of Mohammed will be accepted by all men.

The slave in this new position finds himself much better off than
he ever was in his life before, with this exception, that as a
slave he feels himself much degraded in the social scale of
society, and his family ties are all cut off from him--probably
his relations have all been killed in the war in which he was
captured.  Still, after the first qualms have worn off, we find
him much attached to his master, who feeds him and finds him in
clothes in return for the menial services which he performs.  In
a few years after capture, or when confidence has been gained by
the attachment shown by the slave, if the master is a trader in
ivory, he will intrust him with the charge of his stores, and
send him all over the interior of the continent to purchase for
him both slaves and ivory; but should the master die, according
to the Mohammedan creed the slaves ought to be freed.  In Arabia
this would be the case; but at Zanzibar it more generally happens
that the slave is willed to his successor.

The whole system of slaveholding by the Arabs in Africa, or
rather on the coast or at Zanzibar, is exceedingly strange; for
the slaves, both in individual physical strength and in numbers,
are so superior to the Arab foreigners, that if they chose to
rebel, they might send the Arabs flying out of the land.  It
happens, however, that they are spell-bound, not knowing their
strength any more than domestic animals, and they even seem to
consider that they would be dishonest if they ran away after
being purchased, and so brought pecuniary loss on their owners.

There are many positions into which the slave may get by the
course of events, and I shall give here, as a specimen, the
ordinary case of one who has been freed by the death of his
master, that master having been a trader in ivory and slaves in
the interior.  In such a case, the slave so freed in all
probability would commence life afresh by taking service as a
porter with other merchants, and in the end would raise
sufficient capital to commence trading himself-- first in slaves,
because they are the most easily got, and then in ivory.  All his
accumulations would then go to the Zanzibar market, or else to
slavers looking out off the coast.  Slavery begets slavery.  To
catch slaves is the first thought of every chief in the interior;
hence fights and slavery impoverish the land, and that is the
reason both why Africa does not improve, and why we find men of
all tribes and tongues on the coast.  The ethnologist need only
go to Zanzibar to become acquainted with all the different tribes
to the centre of the continent on that side, or to Congo to find
the other half south of the equator there.

Some few freed slaves take service in vessels, of which they are
especially fond; but most return to Africa to trade in slaves and
ivory.  All slaves learn the coast language, called at Zanzibar
Kisuahili; and therefore the traveller, if judicious in his
selections, could find there interpreters to carry him throughout
the eastern half of South Africa.  To the north of the equator
the system of language entirely changes.

Laziness is inherent in these men, for which reason, although
extremely powerful, they will not work unless compelled to do so.
Having no God, in the Christian sense of the term, to fear or
worship, they have no love for truth, honour, or honesty.
Controlled by no government, nor yet by home ties, they have no
reason to think of or look to the future.  Any venture attracts
them when hard-up for food; and the more roving it is, the better
they like it.  The life of the sailor is most particularly
attractive to the freed slave; for he thinks, in his conceit,
that he is on an equality with all men when once on the muster-
rolls, and then he calls all his fellow-Africans "savages." 
Still the African's peculiarity sticks to him: he has gained no
permanent good.  The association of white men and the glitter of
money merely dazzle him. He apes like a monkey the jolly Jack
Tar, and spends his wages accordingly.  If chance brings him back
again to Zanzibar, he calls his old Arab master his father, and
goes into slavery with as much zest as ever.

I have spoken of these freed men as if they had no religion. This
is practically true, though theoretically not so; for the Arabs,
on circumcising them, teach them to repeat the words Allah and
Mohammed, and perhaps a few others; but not one in ten knows what
a soul means, nor do they expect to meet with either reward or
punishment in the next world, though they are taught to regard
animals as clean and unclean, and some go through the form of a
pilgrimage to Mecca.  Indeed the whole of their spiritual
education goes into oaths and ejaculations--Allah and Mohammed
being as common in their mouths as damn and blast are with our
soldiers and sailors. The long and short of this story is, that
the freed men generally turn out a loose, roving, reckless set of
beings, quick-witted as the Yankee, from the simple fact that
they imagine all political matters affect them, and therefore
they must have a word in every debate.  Nevertheless they are
seldom wise; and lying being more familiar to their constitution
than truth-saying, they are for ever concocting dodges with the
view, which they glory in of successfully cheating people. 
Sometimes they will show great kindness, even bravery amounting
to heroism, and proportionate affection; at another time, without
any cause, they will desert and be treacherous to their sworn
friends in the most dastardly manner. Whatever the freak of the
moment is, that they adopt in the most thoughtless manner, even
though they may have calculated on advantages beforehand in the
opposite direction.  In fact, no one can rely upon them even for
a moment.  Dog wit, or any silly remarks, will set them giggling. 
Any toy will amuse them.  Highly conceited of their personal
appearance, they are for ever cutting their hair in different
fashions, to surprise a friend; or if a rag be thrown away, they
will all in turn fight for it to bind on their heads, then on
their loins or spears, peacocking about with it before their
admiring comrades.  Even strange feathers or skins are treated by
them in the same way.

Should one happen to have anything specially to communicate to
his master in camp, he will enter giggling, sidle up to the pole
of a hut, commence scratching his back with it, then stretch and
yawn, and gradually, in bursts of loud laughter, slip down to the
ground on his stern, when he drums with his hands on the top of a
box until summoned to know what he has at heart, when he delivers
himself in a peculiar manner, laughs and yawns again, and, saying
it is time to go, walks off in the same way as he came.  At other
times when he is called, he will come sucking away at the spout
of a tea-pot, or, scratching his naked arm-pits with a table-
knife, or, perhaps, polishing the plates for dinner with his
dirty loin-cloth.  If sent to market to purchase a fowl, he comes
back with a cock tied by the legs to the end of a stick, swinging
and squalling in the most piteous manner.  Then, arrived at the
cook-shop, he throws the bird down on the ground, holds its head
between his toes, plucks the feathers to bare its throat, and
then, raising a prayer, cuts its head off.

But enough of the freed man in camp; on the march he is no
better. If you give him a gun and some ammunition to protect him
in case of emergencies, he will promise to save it, but forthwith
expends it by firing it off in the air, and demands more, else he
will fear to venture amongst the "savages."  Suppose you give him
a box of bottles to carry, or a desk, or anything else that
requires great care, and you caution him of its contents, the
first thing he does is to commence swinging it round and round,
or putting it topsy-turvy on the top of his head, when he will
run off at a jog-trot, singing and laughing in the most provoking
manner, and thinking no more about it than if it were an old
stone; even if rain were falling, he would put it in the best
place to get wet through.  Economy, care, or forethought never
enters his head; the first thing to hand is the right thing for
him; and rather then take the trouble even to look for his own
rope to tie up his bundle, he would cut off his master's tent-
ropes or steal his comrade's. His greatest delight is in the fair
sex, and when he can't get them, next comes beer, song, and a

Now, this is a mild specimen of the "rowdy" negro, who has
contributed more to open Africa to enterprise and civilisation
than any one else.  Possessed of a wonderful amount of loquacity,
great risibility, but no stability--a creature of impulse--a
grown child, in short--at first sight it seems wonderful how he
can be trained to work; for there is now law, no home to bind
him--he could run away at any moment; and presuming on this, he
sins, expecting to be forgiven.  Great forbearance, occasionally
tinctured with a little fatherly severity, is I believe, the best
dose for him; for he says to his master, in the most childish
manner, after sinning, "You ought to forgive and to forget; for
are you not a big man who should be above harbouring spite,
though for a moment you may be angry?  Flog me if you like, but
don't keep count against me, else I shall run away; and what will
you do then?"

The language of this people is just as strange as they are
themselves.  It is based on euphony, from which cause it is very
complex, the more especially so as it requires one to be
possessed of a negro's turn of mind to appreciate the system, and
unravel the secret of its euphonic concord.  A Kisuahili grammar,
written by Dr. Krapf, will exemplify what I mean.  There is one
peculiarity, however, to which I would direct the attention of
the reader most particularly, which is, that Wa prefixed to the
essential word of a country, means men or people; M prefixed,
means man or individual; U, in the same way, means place or
locality; and Ki prefixed indicates the language.  Example:--
Wagogo, is the people of Gogo; Mgogo, is a Gogo man; Ugogo, is
the country of Gogo; and Kigogo, the language of Gogo.

The only direction here necessary as regards pronunciation of
native words refers to the u, which represents a sound
corresponding to that of the oo in woo.

                    Journal of the Discovery
                     The Source of the Nile
                           Chapter 1

                   London to Zanzibar, 1859  
The design--The Preparations--Departure--The Cape--The Zulu
Kafirs-- Turtle-Turning--Capture of a Slaver--Arrive at Zanzibar-
-Local Politics and News Since Last Visit--Organisation of the

My third expedition in Africa, which was avowedly for the purpose
of establishing the truth of my assertion that the Victoria
N'yanza, which I discovered on the 30th July 1858, would
eventually prove to be the source of the Nile, may be said to
have commenced on the 9th May 1859, the first day after my return
to England from my second expedition, when, at the invitation of
Sir. R. I. Murchison, I called at his house to show him my map
for the information of the Royal Geographical Society.  Sir
Roderick, I need only say, at once accepted my views; and,
knowing my ardent desire to prove to the world, by actual
inspection of the exit, that the Victoria N'yanza was the source
of the Nile, seized the enlightened view, that such a discovery
should not be lost to the glory of England and the Society of
which he was President; and said to me, "Speke, we must send you
there again."  I was then officially directed, much against my
own inclination, to lecture at the Royal Geographical Society on
the geography of Africa, which I had, as the sole surveyor of the
second expedition, laid down on our maps.[FN#4]  A council of the
Geographical Society was now convened to ascertain what projects
I had in view for making good my discovery by connecting the lake
with the Nile, as also what assistance I should want for that

Some thought my best plan would be to go up the Nile, which
seemed to them the natural course to pursue, especially as the
Nile was said, though nobody believed it, to have been navigated
by expeditions sent out by Mehemet Ali, Viceroy of Egypt, up to
3 22 north latitude.  To this I objected, as so many had tried
it and failed, from reasons which had not transpired; and, at the
same time, I said that if they would give me 5000 down at once,
I would return to Zanzibar at the end of the year, March to Kaze
again, and make the necessary investigations of the Victoria
lake.  Although, in addition to the journey to the source of the
river, I also proposed spending three years in the country,
looking up tributaries, inspecting watersheds, navigating the
lake, and making collections on all branches of natural history,
yet 5000 was thought by the Geographical Society too large a sum
to expect from the Government; so I accepted the half, saying
that, whatever the expedition might cost, I would make good the
rest, as, under any circumstances, I would complete what I had
begun, or die in the attempt.

My motive for deferring the journey a year was the hope that I
might, in the meanwhile, send on fifty men, carrying beads and
brass wire, under charge of Arab ivory-traders, to Karague, and
fifty men more, in the same way, to Kaze; whilst I, arriving in
the best season for travelling (May, June, or July), would be
able to push on expeditiously to my depots so formed, and thus
escape the great disadvantages of travelling with a large caravan
in a country where no laws prevail to protect one against
desertions and theft. Moreover, I knew that the negroes who would
have to go with me, as long as they believed I had property in
advance, would work up to it willingly, as they would be the
gainers by doing so; whilst, with nothing before them, they would
be always endeavouring to thwart my advance, to save them from a
trouble which their natural laziness would prompt them to escape

This beautiful project, I am sorry to say, was doomed from the
first; for I did not get the 2500 grant of money or appointment
to the command until fully nine months had elapsed, when I wrote
to Colonel Rigby, our Consul at Zanzibar, to send on the first
instalment of property towards the interior.

As time then advanced, the Indian branch of the Government very
graciously gave me fifty artillery carbines, with belts and
sword-bayonets attached, and 20,000 rounds of ball ammunition.
They lent me as many surveying instruments as I wanted; and,
through Sir George Clerk, put at my disposal some rich presents,
in gold watches, for the chief Arabs who had so generously
assisted us in the last expedition.  Captain Grant, hearing that
I was bound on this journey, being an old friend and brother
sportsman in India, asked me to take him with me, and his
appointment was settled by Colonel Sykes, then chairman of a
committee of the Royal Geographical Society, who said it would
only be "a matter of charity" to allow me a companion.

Much at the same time, Mr Petherick, an ivory merchant, who had
spent many years on the Nile, arrived in England, and
gratuitously offered, as it would not interfere with his trade,
to place boats at Gondokoro, and send a party of men up the White
River to collect ivory in the meanwhile, and eventually to assist
me in coming down. Mr Petherick, I may add, showed great zeal for
geographical exploits, so, as I could not get money enough to do
all that I wished to accomplish myself, I drew out a project for
him to ascend the stream now known as the Usua river (reported to
be the larger branch of the Nile), and, if possible, ascertain
what connection it had with my lake.  This being agreed to, I did
my best, through the medium of Earl de Grey (then President of
the Royal Geographical Society), to advance him money to carry
out this desirable object.

The last difficulty I had now before me was to obtain a passage
to Zanzibar.  The Indian Government had promised me a vessel of
war to convey me from Aden to Zanzibar, provided it did not
interfere with the public interests.  This doubtful proviso
induced me to apply to Captain Playfair, Assistant-Political at
Aden, to know what Government vessel would be available; and
should there be none, to get for me a passage by some American
trader.  The China war, he assured me, had taken up all the
Government vessels, and there appeared no hope left for me that
season, as the last American trader was just then leaving for
Zanzibar.  In this dilemma it appeared that I must inevitably
lose the travelling season, and come in for the droughts and
famines.  The tide, however, turned in my favour a little; for I
obtained, by permission of the Admiralty, a passage in the
British screw steam-frigate Forte, under orders to convey Admiral
Sir H. Keppel to his command at the Cape; and Sir Charles Wood
most obligingly made a request that I should be forwarded thence
to Zanzibar in one of our slaver-hunting cruisers by the earliest

On the 27th April, Captain Grant and I embarked on board the new
steam-frigate Forte, commanded by Captain E. W. Turnour, at
Portsmouth; and after a long voyage, touching at Madeira and Rio
de Janeiro, we arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on the 4th July.
Here Sir George Grey, the Governor of the colony, who took a warm
and enlightened interest in the cause of the expedition, invited
both Grant and myself to reside at his house.  Sir George had
been an old explorer himself--was once wounded by savages in
Australia, much in the same manner as I had been in the Somali
country--and, with a spirit of sympathy, he called me his son,
and said he hoped I would succeed.  Then, thinking how best he
could serve me, he induced the Cape Parliament to advance to the
expedition a sum of 300, for the purpose of buying baggage-
mules; and induced Lieut.-General Wynyard, the Commander-in-
Chief, to detach ten volunteers from the Cape Mounted Rifle Corps
to accompany me. When this addition was made to my force, of
twelve mules and ten Hottentots, the Admiral of the station
placed the screw steam-corvette Brisk at my disposal, and we all
sailed for Zanzibar on the 16th July, under the command of
Captain A. F. de Horsey-- the Admiral himself accompanying us, on
one of his annual inspections to visit the east coast of Africa
and the Mauritius. In five days more we touched at East London,
and, thence proceeding north, made a short stay at Delagoa Bay,
where I first became acquainted with the Zulu Kafirs, a naked set
of negroes, whose national costume principally consists in having
their hair trussed up like a hoop on the top of the head, and an
appendage like a thimble, to which they attach a mysterious
importance.  They wear additional ornaments, charms, &c., of
birds' claws, hoofs and horns of wild animals tied on with
strings, and sometimes an article like a kilt, made of loose
strips of skin, or the entire skins of vermin strung close
together.  These things I have merely noticed in passing, because
I shall hereafter have occasion to allude to a migratory people,
the Watuta, who dressing much in the same manner, extend from
Lake N'yassa to Uzinza, and may originally have been a part of
this same Kafir race, who are themselves supposed to have
migrated from the regions at present occupied by the Gallas. Next
day (the 28th) we went on to Europa, a small island of coralline,
covered with salsolacious shrubs, and tenanted only by sea-birds,
owls, finches, rats, and turtles.  Of the last we succeeded in
turning three, the average weight of each being 360 lb., and we
took large numbers of their eggs.

We then went to Mozambique, and visited the Portuguese Governor,
John Travers de Almeida, who showed considerable interest in the
prospects of the expedition, and regretted that, as it cost so
much money to visit the interior from that place, his officers
were unable to go there.  One experimental trip only had been
accomplished by Mr Soares, who was forced to pay the Makua chiefs
120 dollars footing, to reach a small hill in view of the sea,
about twenty-five miles off.

Leaving Mozambique on the 9th August, bound for Johanna, we came
the next day, at 11.30 A.M., in sight of a slaver, ship-rigged,
bearing on us full sail, but so distant from us that her mast-
tops were only just visible.  As quick as ourselves, she saw who
we were and tried to escape by retreating.  This manoeuvre left
no doubt what she was, and the Brisk, all full of excitement,
gave chase at full speed, and in four hours more drew abreast of
her.  A great commotion ensued on board the slaver.  The sea-
pirates threw overboard their colours, bags, and numerous boxes,
but would not heave-to, although repeatedly challenged, until a
gun was fired across her bows. Our boats were then lowered, and
in a few minutes more the "prize" was taken, by her crew being
exchanged for some of our men, and we learnt all about her from
accurate reports furnished by Mr Frere, the Cape Slave
Commissioner.  Cleared from Havannah as "the Sunny South,"
professing to be destined for Hong-Kong, she changed her name to
the Manuela, and came slave-hunting in these regions. The
slaver's crew consisted of a captain, doctor, and several
sailors, mostly Spaniards.  The vessel was well stored with
provisions and medicines; but there was scarcely enough room in
her, though she was said to be only half freighted, for the 544
creatures they were transporting.  The next morning, as we
entered Pamoni harbour by an intricate approach to the rich
little island hill Johanna, the slaver, as she followed us,
stranded, and for a while caused considerable alarm to everybody
but her late captain. He thought his luck very bad, after
escaping so often, to be taken thus; for his vessel's power of
sailing were so good, that, had she had the wind in her favour,
the Brisk, even with the assistance of steam, could not have come
up with her.  On going on board her, I found the slaves to be
mostly Wahiyow.  A few of them were old women, but all the rest
children.  They had been captured during wars in their own
country, and sold to Arabs, who brought them to the coast, and
kept them half-starved until the slaver arrived, when they were
shipped in dhows and brought off to the slaver, where, for nearly
a week, whilst the bargains were in progress, they were kept
entirely without food.  It was no wonder then, every man of the
Brisk who first looked upon them did so with a feeling of
loathing and abhorrence of such a trade.  All over the vessel,
but more especially below, old women, stark naked, were dying in
the most disgusting "ferret-box" atmosphere; while all those who
had sufficient strength were pulling up the hatches, and tearing
at the salt fish they found below, like dogs in a kennel.

On the 15th the Manuela was sent to the Mauritius, and we, after
passing the Comoro Islands, arrived at our destination, Zanzibar-
- called Lunguja by the aborigines, the Wakhadim--and Unguja by
the present Wasuahili.

On the 17th, after the anchor was cast, without a moment's delay
I went off to the British Consulate to see my old friend Colonel
Rigby.  He was delighted to see us; and, in anticipation of our
arrival, had prepared rooms for our reception, that both Captain
Grant and myself might enjoy his hospitality until arrangements
could be made for our final start into the interior.  The town,
which I had left in so different a condition sixteen months
before, was in a state of great tranquillity, brought about by
the energy of the Bombay Government on the Muscat side, and
Colonel Rigby's exertions on this side, in preventing an
insurrection Sultan Majid's brothers had created with a view of
usurping his government.

The news of the place was as follows:--In addition to the
formerly constituted consulates--English, French, and American--a
fourth one, representing Hamburg, had been created.  Dr Roscher,
who during my absence had made a successful journey to the
N'yinyezi N'yassa, or Star Lake, was afterwards murdered by some
natives in Uhiyow; and Lieutentant-Colonel Baron van der Decken,
another enterprising German, was organising an expedition with a
view to search for the relics of his countryman, and, if
possible, complete the project poor Roscher had commenced.

Slavery had received a severe blow by the sharp measures Colonel
Rigby had taken in giving tickets of emancipation to all those
slaves whom our Indian subjects the Banyans had been secretly
keeping, and by fining the masters and giving the money to the
men to set them up in life.  The interior of the continent had
been greatly disturbed, owing to constant war between the natives
and Arab ivory merchants.  Mguru Mfupi (or Short-legs), the chief
of Khoko in Ugogo, for instance, had been shot, and Manua Sera
(the Tippler), who succeeded the old Sultan Fundi Kira, of
Unyanyembe, on his death, shortly after the late expedition left
Kaze, was out in the field fighting the Arabs.  Recent letters
from the Arabs in the interior, however, gave hopes of peace
being shortly restored.  Finally, in compliance with my request--
and this was the most important item of news to myself--Colonel
Rigby had sent on, thirteen days previously, fifty-six loads of
cloth and beads, in charge of two of Ramji's men, consigned to
Musa at Kaze.

To call on the Sultan, of course, was our first duty.  He
received us in his usually affable manner; made many trite
remarks concerning our plans; was surprised, if my only object in
view was to see the great river running out of the lake, that I
did not go by the more direct route across the Masai country and
Usoga; and then, finding I wished to see Karague, as well as to
settle many other great points of interest, he offered to assist
me with all the means in his power.

The Hottentots, the mules, and the baggage having been landed,
our preparatory work began in earnest.  It consisted in proving
the sextants; rating the watches; examining the compasses and
boiling thermometers; making tents and packsaddles; ordering
supplies of beads, cloth, and brass wire; and collecting servants
and porters.

Sheikh Said bin Salem, our late Cafila Bashi, or caravan captain,
was appointed to that post again, as he wished to prove his
character for honour and honesty; and it now transpired that he
had been ordered not to go with me when I discovered the Victoria
N'yanza.  Bombay and his brother Mabruki were bound to me of old,
and the first to greet me on my arrival here; while my old
friends the Beluchs begged me to take them again.  The
Hottentots, however, had usurped their place.  I was afterwards
sorry for this, though, if I ever travel again, I shall trust to
none but natives, as the climate of Africa is too trying to
foreigners.  Colonel Rigby, who had at heart as much as anybody
the success of the expedition, materially assisted me in
accomplishing my object--that men accustomed to discipline and a
knowledge of English honour and honesty should be enlisted, to
give confidence to the rest of the men; and he allowed me to
select from his boat's crew any men I could find who had served
as men-of-war, and had seen active service in India.

For this purpose my factotum, Bombay, prevailed on Baraka, Frij,
and Rahan--all of them old sailors, who, like himself, knew
Hindustani--to go with me.  With this nucleus to start with, I
gave orders that they should look out for as many Wanguana (freed
men-- i.e., men emancipated from slavery) as they could enlist,
to carry loads, or do any other work required of them, and to
follow men in Africa wherever I wished, until our arrival in
Egypt, when I would send them back to Zanzibar.  Each was to
receive one year's pay in advance, and the remainder when their
work was completed.

While this enlistment was going on here, Ladha Damji, the
customs' master, was appointed to collect a hundred pagazis
(Wanyamuezi porters) to carry each a load of cloth, beads, or
brass wire to Kaze, as they do for the ivory merchants. 
Meanwhile, at the invitation of the Admiral, and to show him some
sport in hippopotamus-shooting, I went with him in a dhow over to
Kusiki, near which there is a tidal lagoon, which at high tide is
filled with water, but at low water exposes sand islets covered
with mangrove shrub.  In these islets we sought for the animals,
knowing they were keen to lie wallowing in the mire, and we
bagged two. On my return to Zanzibar, the Brisk sailed for the
Mauritius, but fortune sent Grant and myself on a different
cruise.  Sultan Majid, having heard that a slaver was lying at
Pangani, and being anxious to show his good faith with the
English, begged me to take command of one his vessels of war and
run it down.  Accordingly, embarking at noon, as soon as the
vessel could be got ready, we lay-to that night at Tombat, with a
view of surprising the slaver next morning; but next day, on our
arrival at Pangani, we heard that she had merely put in to
provision there three days before, and had let immediately
afterwards.  As I had come so far, I thought we might go ashore
and look at the town, which was found greatly improved since I
last saw it, by the addition of several coralline houses and a
dockyard.  The natives were building a dhow with Lindi and
Madagascar timber.  On going ashore, I might add, we were
stranded on the sands, and, coming off again, nearly swamped by
the increasing surf on the bar of the river; but this was a
trifle; all we thought of was to return to Zanzibar, and hurry on
our preparations there.  This, however, was not so easy: the sea
current was running north, and the wind was too light to propel
our vessel against it; so, after trying in vain to make way in
her, Grant and I, leaving her to follow, took to a boat, after
giving the captain, who said we would get drowned, a letter, to
say we left the vessel against his advice.

We had a brave crew of young negroes to pull us; but, pull as
they would, the current was so strong that we feared, if we
persisted, we should be drawn into the broad Indian Ocean; so,
changing our line, we bore into the little coralline island,
Maziwa, where, after riding over some ugly coral surfs, we put in
for the night. There we found, to our relief, some fisherman, who
gave us fish for our dinner, and directions how to proceed.

Next morning, before daylight, we trusted to the boat and our
good luck.  After passing, without landmarks to guide us, by an
intricate channel, through foaming surfs, we arrived at Zanzibar
in the night, and found that the vessel had got in before us.

Colonel Rigby now gave me a most interesting paper, with a map
attached to it, about the Nile and the Mountains of the Moon. It
was written by Lieutenant Wilford, from the "Purans" of the
Ancient Hindus.  As it exemplifies, to a certain extent, the
supposition I formerly arrived at concerning the Mountains of the
Moon being associated with the country of the Moon, I would fain
draw the attention of the reader of my travels to the volume of
the "Asiatic Researches" in which it was published.[FN#5]  It is
remarkable that the Hindus have christened the source of the Nile
Amara, which is the name of a country at the north-east corner of
the Victoria N'yanza.  This, I think, shows clearly, that the
ancient Hindus must have had some kind of communication with both
the northern and southern ends of the Victoria N'yanza.

Having gone to work again, I found that Sheikh Said had brought
ten men, four of whom were purchased for one hundred dollars,
which I had to pay; Bombay, Baraka, Frij, and Rahan had brought
twenty-six more, all freed men; while the Sultan Majid, at the
suggestion of Colonel Rigby, gave me thirty-four men more, who
were all raw labourers taken from his gardens.  It was my
intention to have taken one hundred of this description of men
throughout the whole journey; but as so many could not be found
in Zanzibar, I still hoped to fill up the complement in
Unyamuezi, the land of the Moon, from the large establishments of
the Arab merchants residing there.  The payment of these men's
wages for the first year, as well as the terms of the agreement
made with them, by the kind consent of Colonel Rigby were now
entered in the Consular Office books, as a security to both
parties, and a precaution against disputes on the way.  Any one
who saw the grateful avidity with which they took the money, and
the warmth with which they pledged themselves to serve me
faithfully through all dangers and difficulties, would, had he
had no dealings with such men before, have thought that I had a
first-rate set of followers.  I lastly gave Sheikh Said a double-
barrelled rifle by Blissett, and distributed fifty carbines among
the seniors of the expedition, with the condition that they would
forfeit them to others more worthy if they did not behave well,
but would retain possession of them for ever if they carried them
through the journey to my satisfaction.

On the 21st, as everything was ready on the island, I sent Sheikh
Said and all the men, along with the Hottentots, mules, and
baggage, off in dhows to Bagamoyo, on the opposite mainland. 
Colonel Rigby, with Captain Grant and myself, then called on the
Sultan, to bid him adieu, when he graciously offered me, as a
guard of honour to escort me through Uzaramo, one jemadar and
twenty-five Beluch soldiers. These I accepted, more as a
government security in that country against the tricks of the
natives, than for any accession they made to our strength.  His
highness then places his 22-gun corvette, "Secundra Shah," at our
disposal, and we went all three over to Bagamoyo, arriving on the
25th.  Immediately on landing, Ladha and Sheikh Said showed us
into a hut prepared for us, and all things looked pretty well. 
Ladha's hundred loads of beads, cloths, and brass wire were all
tied up for the march, and seventy-five pagazis (porters from the
Moon country) had received their hire to carry these loads to
Kaze in the land of the Moon.  Competition, I found, had raised
these men's wages, for I had to pay, to go even as far as Kaze,
nine and a quarter dollars a-head!--as Masudi and some other
merchants were bound on the same line as myself, and all were
equally in a hurry to be off and avoid as much as possible the
famine we knew we should have to fight through at this late
season. Little troubles, of course, must always be expected, else
these blacks would not be true negroes.  Sheikh Said now reported
it quite impossible to buy anything at a moderate rate; for, as I
was a "big man," I ought to "pay a big price;" and my men had all
been obliged to fight in the bazaar before they could get even
tobacco at the same rate as other men, because they were the
servants of the big man, who could afford to give higher wages
than any one else. The Hottentots, too, began to fall sick, which
my Wanguana laughingly attributed to want of grog to keep their
spirits up, as these little creatures, the "Tots," had frequently
at Zanzibar, after heavy potations, boasted to the more sober
free men, that they "were strong, because they could stand plenty
drink."  The first step now taken was to pitch camp under large
shady mango-trees, and to instruct every man in his particular
duty.  At the same time, the Wanguana, who had carbines, were
obliged to be drilled in their use and formed into companies,
with captains of ten, headed by General Baraka, who was made

On the 30th September, as things were looking more orderly, I
sent forward half of the property, and all the men I had then
collected, to Ugeni, a shamba, or garden, two miles off; and on
the 2nd October, after settling with Ladha for my "African
money," as my pagazis were completed to a hundred and one, we
wished Rigby adieu, and all assembled together at Ugeni, which
resembles the richest parts of Bengal.

                           Chapter II


The Nature of the Country--The Order of March--The Beginning of
our Taxation--Sultan Lion's Claw, and Sultan Monkey's Tail--The
Kingani --Jealousies and Difficulties in the Camp--The Murderer
of M. Maizan.

We were now in U-za-Ramo, which may mean the country of Ramo,
though I have never found any natives who could enlighten me on
the derivation of this obviously triple word.  The extent of the
country, roughly speaking, stretches from the coast to the
junction or bifurcation of the Kingani and its upper branch the
Mgeta river, westwards; and from the Kingani, north, to the
Lufigi river, south; though in the southern portions several
subtribes have encroached upon the lands.  There are no hills in
Uzaramo; but the land in the central line, formed like a ridge
between the two rivers, furrow fashion, consists of slightly
elevated flats and terraces, which, in the rainy season, throw
off their surplus waters to the north and south by nullahs into
these rivers.  The country is uniformly well covered with trees
and large grasses, which, in the rainy season, are too thick,
tall, and green to be pleasant; though in the dry season, after
the grasses have been burnt, it is agreeable enough, though not
pretty, owing to the flatness of the land.  The villages are not
large or numerous, but widely spread, consisting generally of
conical grass huts, while others are gable-ended, after the
coast-fashion--a small collection of ten or twenty comprising one
village.  Over these villages certain headmen, titled Phanze,
hold jurisdiction, who take black-mail from travellers with high
presumption when they can.  Generally speaking, they live upon
the coast, and call themselves Diwans, headsmen, and subjects of
the Sultan Majid; but they no sooner hear of the march of a
caravan than they transpose their position, become sultans in
their own right, and levy taxes accordingly.

The Wazaramo are strictly agriculturists; they have no cows, and
but few goats.  They are of low stature and thick set and their
nature tends to the boisterous.  Expert slavehunters, they mostly
clothe themselves by the sale of their victims on the coast,
though they do business by the sale of goats and grain as well. 
Nowhere in the interior are natives so well clad as these
creatures.  In dressing up their hair, and otherwise smearing
their bodies with ochreish clay, they are great dandies.  They
always keep their bows and arrows, which form their national arm,
in excellent order, the latter well poisoned, and carried in
quivers nicely carved. To intimidate a caravan and extort a hongo
or tax, I have seen them drawn out in line as if prepared for
battle; but a few soft words were found sufficient to make them
all withdraw and settle the matter at issue by arbitration in
some appointed place.  A few men without property can cross their
lands fearlessly, though a single individual with property would
stand no chance, for they are insatiable thieves.  But little is
seen of these people on the journey, as the chiefs take their
taxes by deputy, partly out of pride, and partly because they
think they can extort more by keeping in the mysterious distance. 
At the same time, the caravan prefers camping in the jungles
beyond the villages to mingling with the inhabitants, where rows
might be engendered.  We sometimes noticed Albinos, with greyish-
blue eyes and light straw-coloured hair.  Not unfrequently we
would pass on the track side small heaps of white ashes, with a
calcined bone or two among them.  These, we were told, were the
relics of burnt witches.  The caravan track we had now to travel
on leads along the right bank of the Kingani valley, overlooking
Uzegura, which, corresponding with Uzaramo, only on the other
side of the Kigani, extends northwards to the Pangani river, and
is intersected in the centre by the Wami river, of which more

Starting on a march with a large mixed caravan, consisting of 1
corporal and 9 privates, Hottentots--1 jemadar and 25 privates,
Beluchs--1 Arab Cafila Bashi and 75 freed slaves--1 Kirangozi, or
leader, and 100 negro porters--12 mules untrained, 3 donkeys, and
22 goats--one could hardly expect to find everybody in his place
at the proper time for breaking ground; but, at the same time, it
could hardly be expected that ten men, who had actually received
their bounty-money, and had sworn fidelity, should give one the
slip the very first day.  Such, however, was the case.  Ten out
of the thirty-six given by the Sultan ran away, because they
feared that the white men, whom they believed to be cannibals,
were only taking them into the interior to eat them; and one
pagazi, more honest than the freed men, deposited his pay upon
the ground, and ran away too.  Go we must, however; for one
desertion is sure to lead to more; and go we did.  Our procession
was in this fashion: The Kirangozi, with a load on his shoulder,
led the way, flag in hand, followed by the pagazis carrying
spears of bows and arrows in their hands, and bearing their share
of the baggage in the shape either of bolster-shaped loads of
cloth and beads covered with matting, each tied into the fork of
a three-pronged stick, or else coils of brass or copper wire tied
in even weights to each end of sticks which they laid on the
shoulder; then helter-skelter came the
Wanguana, carrying carbines in their hands, and boxes, bundles,
tents, cooking-pots--all the miscellaneous property--on their
heads; next the Hottentots, dragging the refractory mules laden
with ammunition-boxes, but very lightly, to save the animals for
the future; and, finally, Sheikh Said and the Beluch escort;
while the goats, sick women, and stragglers, brought up the rear. 
From first to last, some of the sick Hottentots rode the hospital
donkeys, allowing the negroes to tug their animals; for the
smallest ailment threw them broadcast on their backs.  In a
little while we cleared from the rich gardens, mango clumps, and
cocoa-but trees, which characterise the fertile coast-line. After
traversing fields of grass well clothed with green trees, we
arrived at the little settlement of Bomani, where camp was
formed, and everybody fairly appointed to his place.  The process
of camp-forming would be thus: Sheikh Said, with Bombay under
him, issues cloths to the men for rations at the rate of one-
fourth load a-day (about 15 lb.) amongst 165; the Hottentots cook
our dinners and their own, or else lie rolling on the ground
overcome with fatigue; the Beluchs are supposed to guard the
camp, but prefer gossip and brightening their arms.  Some men are
told off to look after the mules, donkeys, and goats, whilst out
grazing; the rest have to pack the kit, pitch our tents, cut
boughs for huts, and for fencing in the camp--a thing rarely
done, by-the-by.  After cooking, when the night has set it, the
everlasting dance begins, attended with clapping of hands and
jingling small bells strapped to the legs--the whole being
accompanied by a constant repetition of senseless words, which
stand in place of the song to the negroes; for song they have
none, being mentally incapacitated for musical composition,
though as timists they are not to be surpassed.

What remains to be told is the daily occupation of Captain Grant,
myself, and our private servants.  Beginning at the foot: Rahan,
a very peppery little negro, who had served in a British man-of-
war at the taking of Rangoon, was my valet; and Baraka, who had
been trained much in the same manner, but had seen engagements at
Multan, was Captain Grant's.  They both knew Hindustani; but
while Rahan's services at sea had been short, Baraka had served
nearly all his life with Englishmen--was the smartest and most
intelligent negro I ever saw--was invaluable to Colonel Rigby as
a detector of slave-traders, and enjoyed his confidence
completely--so much so, that he said, on parting with him, that
he did not know where he should be able to find another man to
fill his post.  These two men had now charge of our tents and
personal kit, while Baraka was considered the general of the
Wanguana forces, and Rahan a captain of ten.

My first occupation was to map the country.  This is done by
timing the rate of march with a watch, taking compass-bearings
along the road, or on any conspicuous marks--as, for instance,
hills off it --and by noting the watershed--in short, all
topographical objects. On arrival in camp every day came the
ascertaining, by boiling a thermometer, of the altitude of the
station above the sea-level; of the latitude of the station by
the meridian altitude of the star taken with a sextant; and of
the compass variation by azimuth. Occasionally there was the
fixing of certain crucial stations, at intervals of sixty miles
or so, by lunar observations, or distances of the moon either
from the sun or from certain given stars, for determining the
longitude, by which the original-timed course can be drawn out
with certainty on the map by proportion. Should a date be lost,
you can always discover it by taking a lunar distance and
comparing it with the Nautical Almanac, by noting the time when a
star passes the meridian if your watch is right, or by observing
the phases of the moon, or her rising or setting, as compared
with the Nautical Almanac.  The rest of my work, besides
sketching and keeping a diary, which was the most troublesome of
all, consisted in making geological and zoological collections.
With Captain Grant rested the botanical collections and
thermometrical registers.  He also boiled one of the
thermometers, kept the rain-gauge, and undertook the photography;
but after a time I sent the instruments back, considering this
work too severe for the climate, and he tried instead sketching
with watercolours-- the results of which form the chief part of
the illustrations in this book.  The rest of our day went in
breakfasting after the march was over--a pipe, to prepare us for
rummaging the fields and villages to discover their contents for
scientific purposes-- dinner close to sunset, and tea and pipe
before turning in at night.

A short stage brought us to Ikamburu, included in the district of
Nzasa, where there is another small village presided over by
Phanze Khombe la Simba, meaning Claw of Lion.  He, immediately
after our arrival, sent us a present of a basket of rice, value
one dollar, of course expecting a return--for absolute generosity
is a thing unknown to the negro.  Not being aware of the value of
the offering, I simply requested the Sheikh to give him four
yards of American sheeting, and thought no more about the matter,
until presently I found the cloth returned.  The "Sultan" could
not think of receiving such a paltry present from me, when on the
former journey he got so much; if he showed this cloth at home,
nobody would believe him, but would say he took much more and
concealed it from his family, wishing to keep all his goods to
himself.  I answered that my footing in the country had been paid
for on the last journey, and unless he would accept me as any
other common traveller, he had better walk away; but the little
Sheikh, a timid, though very gentlemanly creature, knowing the
man, and dreading the consequences of too high a tone, pleaded
for him, and proposed as a fitting hongo, one dubuani, one
sahari, and eight yards merikani, as the American sheeting is
called here.  This was pressed by the jemadar, and acceded to by
myself, as the very utmost I could afford. Lion's Claw, however,
would not accept it; it was too far below the mark of what he got
last time.  He therefore returned the cloths to the Sheikh, as he
could get no hearing from myself, and retreated in high dudgeon,
threatening the caravan with a view of his terrible presence on
the morrow.  Meanwhile the little Sheikh, who always carried a
sword fully two-thirds the length of himself, commenced casting
bullets for his double-barrelled rifle, ordered the Wanguana to
load their guns, and came wheedling up to me for one more cloth,
as it was no use hazarding the expedition's safety for four yards
of cloth.  This is a fair specimen of tax-gathering, within
twelve miles of the coast, by a native who claims the protection
of Zanzibar.  We shall soon see what they are further on.  The
result of experience is, that, ardent as the traveller is to see
the interior of Africa, no sooner has he dealings with the
natives, than his whole thoughts tend to discovering some road
where he won't be molested, or a short cut, but long march, to
get over the ground.

Quite undisturbed, we packed and marched as usual, and soon
passed Nzasa close to the river, which is only indicated by a
line of trees running through a rich alluvial valley.  We camped
at the little settlement of Kizoto, inhospitably presided over by
Phanze Mukia ya Nyani or Monkey's Tail, who no sooner heard of
our arrival than he sent a demand for his "rights."  One dubani
was issued, with orders than no one need approach me again,
unless he wanted to smell my powder.  Two taxes in five miles was
a thing unheard of; and I heard no more about the matter, until
Bombay in the evening told me how Sheikh Said, fearing awkward
consequences, had settled to give two dubuani, one being taken
from his own store.  Lion's Claw also turned up again, getting
his cloths of yesterday--one more being added from the Sheikh's
stores--and he was then advised to go off quietly, as I was a
fire-eater whom nobody dared approach after my orders had been
issued.  This was our third march in Uzaramo; we had scarcely
seen a man of the country, and had no excessive desire to do so.

Deflecting from the serpentine course of the Kingani a little, we
crossed a small bitter rivulet, and entered on the elevated
cultivation of Kiranga Ranga, under Phanze Mkungu-pare, a very
mild man, who, wishing to give no offence, begged for a trifling
present. He came in person, and his manner having pleased us, I
have him one sahari, four yards merikani, and eight yards kiniki,
which pleased our friend so much that he begged us to consider
his estate our own, even to the extent of administering his
justice, should any Mzaramo be detected stealing from us.  Our
target-practice, whilst instructing the men, astonished him not a
little, and produced an exclamation that, with so many guns, we
need fear nothing, go where we would.  From this place a good
view is obtained of Uzegura. Beyond the flat alluvial valley of
the Kingani, seven to eight miles broad, the land rises suddenly
to a table-land of no great height, on which trees grow in
profusion.  In fact it appeared, as far as the eye could reach,
the very counterpart of that where we stood, with the exception
of a small hill, very distant, called Phongue.

A very welcome packet of quinine and other medicines reached us
here from Rigby, who, hearing our complaints that the Hottentots
could only be kept alive by daily potions of brandy and quinine,
feared our supplies were not enough, and sent us more.

We could not get the Sultan's men to chum with the Wanguana
proper; they were shy, like wild animals--built their huts by
themselves-- and ate and talked by themselves, for they felt
themselves inferiors; and I had to nominate one of their number
to be their chief, answerable for the actions of the whole. 
Being in the position of "boots" to the camp, the tending of
goats fell to their lot.  Three goats were missing this evening,
which the goatherds could not account for, nor any of their men. 
Suspecting that they were hidden for a private feast, I told
their chief to inquire farther, and report.  The upshot was, that
the man was thrashed for intermeddling, and came back only with
his scars.  This was a nice sort of insubordination, which of
course could not be endured. The goatherd was pinioned and
brought to trial, for the double offence of losing the goats and
rough-handling his chief. The tricking scoundrel--on quietly
saying he could not be answerable for other men's actions if they
stole goats, and he could not recognise a man as his chief whom
the Sheikh, merely by a whim of his own, thought proper to
appoint--was condemned to be tied up for the night with the
prospect of a flogging in the morning. Seeing his fate, the
cunning vagabond said, "Now I do see it was by your orders the
chief was appointed, and not by a whim of Sheikh Said's; I will
obey him for the future;" and these words were hardly pronounced
than the three missing goats rushed like magic into camp, nobody
of course knowing where they came from.

Skirting along the margin of the rising ground overlooking the
river, through thick woods, cleared in places for cultivation, we
arrived at Thumba Lhere.  The chief here took a hongo of three
yards merikani and two yards kiniki without much fuss, for he had
no power.  The pagazis struck, and said they would not move from
this unless I gave them one fundo or ten necklaces of beads each
daily, in lieu of rations, as they were promised by Ladha on the
coast that I would do so as soon as they had made four marches. 
This was an obvious invention, concocted to try my generosity,
for I had given the kirangozi a goat, which is customary, to
"make the journey prosperous"--had suspended a dollar to his neck
in recognition of his office, and given him four yards merikani,
that he might have a grand feast with his brothers; while neither
the Sheikh, myself, nor any one else in the camp, had heard of
such a compact. With high words the matter dropped, African

The pagazis would not start at the appointed time, hoping to
enforce their demands of last night; so we took the lead and
started, followed by the Wanguana.  Seeing this, the pagazis
cried out with one accord: "The master is gone, leaving the
responsibility of his property in our hands; let us follow, let
us follow, for verily he is our father;" and all came hurrying
after us.  Here the river, again making a bend, is lost to sight,
and we marched through large woods and cultivated fields to
Muhugue, observing, as we passed long, the ochreish colour of the
earth, and numerous pits which the copal-diggers had made
searching for their much-valued gum.  A large coast-bound
caravan, carrying ivory tusks with double-toned bells suspended
to them, ting-tonging as they moved along, was met on the way;
and as some of the pagazis composing it were men who had formerly
taken me to the Victoria N'yanza, warm recognitions passed
between us.  The water found here turned our brandy and tea as
black as ink.  The chief, being a man of small pretensions, took
only one sahari and four yards merikani.

Instead of going on to the next village we halted in this jungly
place for the day, that I might comply with the desire of the
Royal Geographical Society to inspect Muhonyera, and report if
there were really any indications of a "raised sea-beach" there,
such as their maps indicate.  An inspection brought me to the
conclusion that no mind but one prone to discovering sea-beaches
in the most unlikely places could have supposed for a moment that
one existed here. The form and appearance of the land are the
same as we have seen everywhere since leaving Bomani--a low
plateau subtended by a bank cut down by the Kingani river, and
nothing more.  There are no pebbles; the soil is rich reddish
loam, well covered with trees, bush, and grass, in which some
pigs and antelopes are found. From the top of this enbankment we
gain the first sight of the East Coast Range, due west of us,
represented by the high elephant's-back hill, Mkambaku, in
Usagara, which, joining Uraguru, stretches northwards across the
Pangani river to Usumbara and the Kilimandjaro, and southwards,
with a westerly deflection, across the Lufiji to Southern
N'yassa.  What course the range takes beyond those two extremes,
the rest of the world knows as well as I. Another conspicuous
landmark here is Kidunda (the little hill), which is the
southernmost point of a low chain of hills, also tending
northwards, and representing an advance-guard to the higher East
Coast Range in its rear.  At night, as we had no local "sultans"
to torment us, eight more men of sultan Majid's donation ran
away, and, adding injury to injury, took with them all our goats,
fifteen in number.  This was a sad loss.  We could keep ourselves
on guinea-fowls or green pigeons, doves, etc.; but the Hottentots
wanted nourishment much more than ourselves, and as their dinner
always consisted of what we left, "short-commons" was the fate in
store for them.  The Wanguana, instead of regarding these poor
creatures as soldiers, treated them like children; and once, as a
diminutive Tot--the common name they go by--was exerting himself
to lift his pack and place it on his mule, a fine Herculean
Mguana stepped up behind, grasped Tot, pack and all, in his
muscular arms, lifted the whole over his head, paraded the Tot
about, struggling for release, and put him down amidst the
laughter of the camp, then saddled his mule and patted him on the

After sending a party of Beluch to track down the deserters and
goats, in which they were not successful, we passed through the
village of Sagesera, and camped one mile beyond, close to the
river. Phanze Kirongo (which means Mr Pit) here paid us his
respects, with a presentation of rice.  In return he received
four yards merikani and one dubuani, which Bombay settled, as the
little Sheikh, ever done by the sultans, pleaded indisposition,
to avoid the double fire he was always subjected to on these
occasions, by the sultans grasping on the one side, and my
resisting on the other; for I relied on my strength, and thought
it very inadvisable to be generous with my cloth to the prejudice
of future travellers, by decreasing the value of merchandise, and
increasing proportionately the expectations of these negro
chiefs.  From the top of the bank bordering on the valley, a good
view was obtainable of the Uraguru hills, and the top of a very
distant cone to its northward; but I could see no signs of any
river joining the kingani on its left, though on the former
expedition I heard that the Mukondokua river, which was met with
in Usagara, joined the Kingani close to Sagesera, and actually
formed its largest head branch. Neither could Mr Pit inform me
what became of the Mukondokua, as the Wazaramo are not given to
travelling.  He had heard of it from the traders, but only knew
himself of one river beside the Kingani. It was called Wami in
Uegura, and mouths at Utondue, between the ports of Whindi and
Saadani.  To try and check the desertions of Sultan Majid's men,
I advised--ordering was of no use--that their camp should be
broken up, and they should be amalgamated with the Wanguana; but
it was found that the two would not mix.  In fact, the whole
native camp consisted of so many clubs of two, four, six, or ten
men, who originally belonged to one village or one master, or
were united by some other family tie which they preferred keeping
intact; so they cooked together, ate together, slept together,
and sometimes mutinied together.  The amalgamation having failed,
I wrote some emanicipation tickets, called the Sultan's men all
up together, selected the best, gave them these tickets,
announced that their pay and all rewards would be placed for the
future on the same conditions as those of the Wanguana, and as
soon as I saw any signs of improvement in the rest, they would
all be treated in the same manner; but should they desert, they
would find my arm long enough to arrest them on the coast and put
them into prison.

During this march we crossed three deep nullahs which drain the
Uzaramo plateau, and arrived at the Makutaniro, or junction of
this line with those of Mboamaji and Konduchi, which traverse
central Uzaramo, and which, on my former return journey, I went
down. The gum-copal diggings here cease.  The Dum palm is left
behind; the large rich green-leaved trees of the low plateau give
place to the mimosa; and now, having ascended the greater decline
of the Kingani river, instead of being confined by a bank, we
found ourselves on flat open-park land, where antelopes roam at
large, buffalo and zebra are sometimes met with, and guinea-fowl
are numerous.  The water for the camp is found in the river, but
supplies of grain come from the village of Kipora farther on.

A march through the park took us to a camp by a pond, from which,
by crossing the Kingani, rice and provisions for the men were
obtained on the opposite bank.  One can seldom afford to follow
wild animals on the line of march, otherwise we might have bagged
some antelopes to-day, which, scared by the interminable singing,
shouting, bell-jingling, horn-blowing, and other such merry
noises of the moving caravan, could be seen disappearing in the

Leaving the park, we now entered the riches part of Uzaramo,
affording crops as fine as any part of India.  Here it was, in
the district of Dege la Mhora, that the first expedition to this
country, guided by a Frenchman, M. Maizan, came to a fatal
termination, that gentleman having been barbarously murdered by
the sub-chief Hembe.  The cause of the affair was distinctly
explained to me by Hembe himself, who, with his cousin Darunga,
came to call upon me, presuming, as he was not maltreated by the
last expedition, that the matter would now be forgotten.  The two
men were very great friends of the little Sheikh, and as a
present was expected, which I should have to pay, we all talked
cheerfully and confidentially, bringing in the fate of Maizan for
no other reason than to satisfy curiosity.  Hembe, who lives in
the centre of an almost impenetrable thicket, confessed that he
was the murderer, but said the fault did not rest with him, as he
merely carried out the instructions of his father, Mzungera, who,
a Diwan on the coast, sent him a letter directing his actions. 
Thus it is proved that the plot against Maizan was concocted on
the coast by the Arab merchants--most likely from the same motive
which has induced one rival merchant to kill another as the best
means of checking rivalry or competition. When Arabs--and they
are the only class of people who would do such a deed--found a
European going into the very middle of their secret trading-
places, where such large profits were to be obtained, they would
never suppose that the scientific Maizan went for any other
purpose than to pry into their ivory stores, bring others into
the field after him, and destroy their monopoly.  The Sultan of
Zanzibar, in those days, was our old ally Said Said, commonly
called the Emam of Muscat; and our Consul, Colonel Hamerton, had
been M. Maizan's host as long as he lived upon the coast.  Both
the Emam and Consul were desirous of seeing the country surveyed,
and did everything in their power to assist Maizan, the former
even appointing the Indian Musa to conduct him safely as far as
Unyamuezi; but their power was not found sufficient to damp the
raging fire of jealousy in the ivory-trader's heart.  Musa
commenced the journey with Maizan, and they travelled together a
march or two, when one of Maizan's domestic establishment fell
sick and stopped his progress.  Musa remained with him eight or
ten days, to his own loss in trade and expense in keeping up a
large establishment, and then they parted by mutual consent,
Maizan thinking himself quite strong enough to take care of
himself.  This separation was, I believe, poor Maizan's death-
blow.  His power, on the Emam's side, went with Musa's going, and
left the Arabs free to carry out their wicked wills.

The presents I had to give here were one sahari and eight yards
merikani to Hembe, and the same to Darunga, for which they gave a
return in grain.  Still following close to the river--which,
unfortunately, is so enshrouded with thick bush that we could
seldom see it--a few of the last villages in Uzaramo were passed.
Here antelopes reappear amongst the tall mimosa, but we let them
alone in prosecution of the survey, and finally encamped opposite
the little hill of Kidunda, which lying on the left bank of the
Kingani, stretches north, a little east, into Uzegura.  The hill
crops out through pisolitic limestone, in which marine fossils
were observable.  It would be interesting to ascertain whether
this lime formation extends down the east coast of Africa from
the Somali country, where also, on my first expedition, I found
marine shells in the limestone, especially as a vast continuous
band of limestone is known to extend from the Tagus, through
Egypt and the Somali country, to the Burrumputra.  To obtain food
it was necessary here to ferry the river and purchase from the
Wazaramo, who, from fear of the passing caravans, had left their
own bank and formed a settlement immediately under this pretty
little hill--rendered all the more enchanting to our eyes, as it
was the first we had met since leaving the sea-coast.  The Diwan,
or head man, was a very civil creature; he presented us freely
with two fine goats--a thing at that time we were very much in
want of--and took, in return, without any comments, one dubani
and eight yards merikani.

The next day, as we had no further need of our Beluch escort, a
halt was made to enable me to draw up a "Progress Report," and
pack all the specimens of natural history collected on the way,
for the Royal Geographical Society.  Captain Grant, taking
advantage of the spare time, killed for the larder two buck
antelopes, and the Tots brought in, in high excited triumph, a
famous pig.

This march, which declines from the Kingani a little, leads
through rolling, jungly ground, full of game, to the tributary
stream Mgeta. It is fordable in the dry season, but has to be
bridged by throwing a tree across it in the wet one.  Rising in
the Usagara hills to the west of the hog-backed Mkambaku, this
branch intersects the province of Ukhutu in the centre, and
circles round until it unites with the Kingani about four miles
north of the ford.  Where the Kingani itself rises, I never could
find out; though I have heard that its sources lies in a gurgling
spring on the eastern face of the Mkambaku, by which account the
Mgeta is made the longer branch of the two.

                          Chapter III


Nature of the Country--Resumption of the March--A Hunt--Bombay
and Baraka--The Slave-Hunters--The Ivory-Merchants--Collection of
Natural-History Specimens--A Frightened Village--Tracking a Mule.

Under U-Sagara, or, as it might be interpreted, U-sa-Gara--
country of Gara--is included all the country lying between the
bifurcation of the Kingani and Mgeta rivers east, and Ugogo, the
first country on the interior plateau west,--a distance of a
hundred miles. On the north it is bounded by the Mukondokua, or
upper course of the Wami river and on the south by the Ruaha, or
northern great branch of the Lufiji river.  It forms a link of
the great East Coast Range; but though it is generally
comprehended under the single name Usagara, many sub-tribes
occupy and apply their own names to portions of it; as, for
instance, the people on whose ground we now stood at the foot of
the hills, are Wa-Khutu, and their possessions consequently are
U-Khutu, which is by far the best producing land hitherto alluded
to since leaving the sea-coast line.  Our ascent by the river,
though quite imperceptible to the eye, has been 500 feet. From
this level the range before us rises in some places to 5000 to
6000 feet, not as one grand mountain, but in two detached lines,
lying at an angle of 45 degrees from N.E. to S.W., and separated
one from the other by elevated valleys, tables, and crab-claw
spurs of hill which incline towards the flanking rivers.  The
whole having been thrown up by volcanic action, is based on a
strong foundation of granite and other igneous rocks, which are
exposed in many places in the shape of massive blocks; otherwise
the hill-range is covered in the upper part with sandstone, and
in the bottoms with alluvial clay.  This is the superficial
configuration of the land as it strikes the eye; but, knowing the
elevation of the interior plateau to be only 2500 feet above the
sea immediately on the western flank of these hills, whilst the
breath of the chain is 100 miles, the mean slope of incline of
the basal surface must be on a gradual rise of twenty feet per
mile.  The hill tops and sides, where not cultivated, are well
covered with bush and small trees, amongst which the bamboo is
conspicuous; whilst the bottoms, having a soil deeper and richer,
produce fine large fig-trees of exceeding beauty, the huge
calabash, and a variety of other trees.  Here, in certain places
where water is obtainable throughout the year, and wars, or
slave-hunts more properly speaking, do not disturb the industry
of the people, cultivation thrives surprisingly; but such a boon
is rarely granted them.  It is in consequence of these
constantly- recurring troubles that the majority of the Wasagara
villages are built on hill-spurs, where the people can the better
resist attack, or, failing, disperse and hide effectually.  The
normal habitation is the small conical hut of grass.  These
compose villages, varying in number according to the influence of
their head men.  There are, however, a few mud villages on the
table-lands, each built in a large irregular square of chambers
with a hollow yard in the centre, known as tembe.

As to the people of these uplands, poor, meagre-looking wretches,
they contrast unfavourably with the lowlanders on both sides of
them.  Dingy in colour, spiritless, shy, and timid, they invite
attack in a country where every human being has a market value,
and are little seen by the passing caravan.  In habits they are
semi-pastoral agriculturalists, and would be useful members of
society were they left alone to cultivate their own possessions,
rich and beautiful by nature, but poor and desolate by force of
circumstance.  Some of the men can afford a cloth, but the
greater part wear an article which I can only describe as a grass
kilt. In one or two places throughout the passage of these hills
a caravan may be taxed, but if so, only to a small amount; the
villagers more frequently fly to the hill-tops as soon as the
noise of the advancing caravan is heard, and no persuasions will
bring them down again, so much ground have they, from previous
experience, to fear treachery.  It is such sad sights, and the
obvious want of peace and prosperity, that weary the traveller,
and make him every think of pushing on to his journey's end from
the instant he enters Africa until he quits the country.

Knowing by old experience that the beautiful green park in the
fork of these rivers abounded in game of great variety and in
vast herds, where no men are ever seen except some savage hunters
sitting in the trees with poisoned arrows, or watching their
snares and pitfalls, I had all along determined on a hunt myself,
to feed and cheer the men, and also to collect some specimens for
the home museums. In the first object we succeeded well, as "the
bags" we made counted two brindled gnu, four water-boc, one
pallah-boc, and one pig,-- enough to feed abundantly the whole
camp round.  The feast was all the better relished as the men
knew well that no Arab master would have given them what he could
sell; for if a slave shot game, the animals would be the
master's, to be sold bit by bit among the porters, and
compensated from the proceeds of their pay.  In the variety and
number of our game we were disappointed, partly because so many
wounded got away, and partly because we could not find what we
knew the park to contain, in addition to what we killed--namely,
elephants, rhinoceros, giraffes, buffaloes, zebra, and many
varieties of antelopes, besides lions and hyenas.  In fact, "the
park," as well as all the adjacent land at the foot of the hills,
is worth thinking of, with a view to a sporting tour as well as
scientific investigation.

A circumstance arose here, which, insignificant though it
appeared, is worth noting, to show how careful one must be in
understanding and dealing with negro servants.  Quite
unaccountably to myself, the general of my Wanguana, Baraka,
after showing much discontent with his position as head of
Captain Grant's establishment, became so insolent, that it was
necessary to displace him, and leave him nothing to do but look
after the men.  This promoted Frij, who enjoyed his rise as much
as Baraka, if his profession was to be believed, enjoyed his
removal from that office.  Though he spoke in this manner, still
I knew that there was something rankling in his mind which
depressed his spirits as long as he remained with us, though what
it was I could not comprehend, nor did I fully understand it till
months afterwards.  It was ambition, which was fast making a
fiend of him; and had I known it, he would, and with great
advantage too, have been dismissed upon the spot.  The facts were
these: He was exceedingly clever, and he knew it.  His command
over men was surprising.  At Zanzibar he was the Consul's right-
hand man: he ranked above Bombay in the consular boat's crew, and
became a terror even to the Banyans who kept slaves.  He seemed,
in fact, in his own opinion, to have imbibed all the power of the
British Consul who had instructed him.  Such a man was an element
of discord in our peaceful caravan.  He was far too big-minded
for the sphere which he occupied; and my surprise now is that he
ever took service, knowing what he should, at the time of
enlistment, have expected, that no man would be degraded to make
room for him.  But this was evidently what he had expected,
though he dared not say it.  He was jealous of Bombay, because he
thought his position over the money department was superior to
his own over the men; and he had seen Bombay, on one occasion,
pay a tax in Uzaramo--a transaction which would give him
consequence with the native chiefs.  Of Sheikh Said he was
equally jealous, for a like reason; and his jealousy increased
the more that I found it necessary to censure the timidity of
this otherwise worthy little man.  Baraka thought, in his
conceit, that he could have done all things better, and gained
signal fame, had he been created chief.  Perhaps he thought he
had gained the first step towards this exalted rank, and hence
his appearing very happy for this time.  I could not see through
so deep a scheme and only hoped that he would shortly forget, in
the changes of the marching life, those beautiful wives he had
left behind him, which Bombay in his generosity tried to persuade
me was the cause of his mental distraction.

Our halt at the ford here was cut short by the increasing
sickness of the Hottentots, and the painful fact that Captain
Grant was seized with fever.[FN#6]  We had to change camp to the
little village of Kiruru, where, as rice was grown--an article
not to be procured again on this side of Unyamuezi--we stopped a
day to lay in supplies of this most valuable of all travelling
food.  Here I obtained the most consistent accounts of the river
system which, within five days' journey, trends through Uzegura;
and I concluded, from what I heard, that there is no doubt of the
Mukondokua and Wami rivers being one and the same stream.  My
informants were the natives of the settlement, and they all
concurred in saying that the Kingani above the junction is called
the Rufu, meaning the parent stream.  Beyond it, following under
the line of the hills, at one day's journey distant, there is a
smaller river called Msonge. At an equal distance beyond it,
another of the same size is known as Lungerengeri; and a fourth
river is the Wami, which mouths in the sea at Utondue, between
the ports of Whindi and Saadami.  In former years, the ivory-
merchants, ever seeking for an easy road for their trade, and
knowing they would have no hills to climb if they could only gain
a clear passage by this river from the interior plateau to the
sea, made friends with the native chiefs of Uzegura, and
succeeded in establishing it as a thoroughfare.  Avarice,
however, that fatal enemy to the negro chiefs, made them
overreach themselves by exorbitant demands of taxes.  Then
followed contests for the right of appropriating the taxes, and
the whole ended in the closing of the road, which both parties
were equally anxious to keep open for their mutual gain.  This
foolish disruption having at first only lasted for a while, the
road was again opened and again closed, for the merchants wanted
an easy passage, and the native chiefs desired cloths.  But it
was shut again; and now we heard of its being for a third time
opened, with what success the future only can determine--for
experience WILL not teach the negro, who thinks only for the
moment.  Had they only sense to see, and patience to wait, the
whole trade of the interior would inevitably pass through their
country instead of Uzaramo; and instead of being poor in cloths,
they would be rich and well dressed like their neighbours.  But
the curse of Noah sticks to these his grandchildren by Ham, and
no remedy that has yet been found will relieve them.  They
require a government like ours in India; and without it, the
slave trade will wipe them off the face of the earth.

Now leaving the open parks of pretty acacias, we followed up the
Mgazi branch of the Mgeta, traversed large tree-jungles, where
the tall palm is conspicuous, and drew up under the lumpy
Mkambaku, to find a residence for the day.  Here an Arab
merchant, Khamis, bound for Zanzibar, obliged us by agreeing for
a few dollars to convey our recent spoils in natural history to
the coast.

My plans for the present were to reach Zungomero as soon as
possible, as a few days' halt would be required there to fix the
longitude of the eastern flank of the East Coast Range by
astronomical observation; but on ordering the morning's march,
the porters--too well fed and lazy--thought our marching-rate
much too severe, and resolutely refused to move.  They ought to
have made ten miles a-day, but preferred doing five.  Argument
was useless, and I was reluctant to apply the stick, as the Arabs
would have done when they saw their porters trifling with their
pockets. Determining, however, not to be frustrated in this
puerile manner, I ordered the bugler to sound the march, and
started with the mules and coast-men, trusting to Sheikh and
Baraka to bring on the Wanyamuezi as soon as they could move
them.  The same day we crossed the Mgazi where we found several
Wakhutu spearing fish in the muddy hovers of its banks.

We slept under a tree, and this morning found a comfortable
residence under the eaves of a capacious hut.  The Wanyamuezi
porters next came in at their own time, and proved to us how
little worth are orders in a land where every man, in his own
opinion, is a lord, and no laws prevail.  Zungomero, bisected by
the Mgeta, lies on flat ground, in a very pretty amphitheatre of
hills, S. lat. 7 26' 53", and E. long. 37 36' 45".  It is
extremely fertile, and very populous, affording everything that
man can wish, even to the cocoa and papwa fruits; but the slave-
trade has almost depopulated it, and turned its once flourishing
gardens into jungles.  As I have already said, the people who
possess these lands are cowardly by nature, and that is the
reason why they are so much oppressed.  The Wasuahili, taking
advantage of their timidity, flock here in numbers to live upon
the fruits of their labours. The merchants on the coast, too,
though prohibited by their Sultan from interfering with the
natural course of trade, send their hungry slaves, as touters, to
entice all approaching caravans to trade with their particular
ports, authorising the touters to pay such premiums as may be
necessary for the purpose.  Where they came from we could not
ascertain; but during our residence, a large party of the
Wasuahili marched past, bound for the coast, with one hundred
head of cattle, fifty slaves in chains, and as many goats.  Halts
always end disastrously in Africa, giving men time for mischief;-
-and here was an example of it.  During the target-practice,
which was always instituted on such occasions to give confidence
to our men, the little pepper-box Rahan, my head valet,
challenged a comrade to a duel with carbines.  Being stopped by
those around him, he vented his wrath in terrible oaths, and
swung about his arms, until his gun accidentally went off, and
blew his middle finger off.

Baraka next, with a kind of natural influence of affinity when a
row is commenced, made himself so offensive to Bombay, as to send
him running to me so agitated with excitement that I thought him
drunk. He seized my hands, cried, and implored me to turn him
off.  What could this mean?  I could not divine; neither could he
explain, further than that he had come to a determination that I
must send either him or Baraka to the right-about; and his first
idea was that he, and not Baraka, should be the victim.  Baraka's
jealousy about his position had not struck me yet.  I called them
both together and asked what quarrel they had, but could not
extract the truth. Baraka protested that he had never given,
either by word or deed, the slightest cause of rupture; he only
desired the prosperity of the march, and that peace should reign
throughout the camp; but Bombay was suspicious of him, and
malignantly abused him, for what reason Baraka could not tell. 
When I spoke of this to Bombay, like a bird fascinated by the eye
of a viper, he shrank before the slippery tongue of his opponent,
and could only say, "No, Sahib--oh no, that is not it; you had
better turn me off, for his tongue is so long, and mine so short,
you never will believe me."  I tried to make them friends, hoping
it was merely a passing ill-wind which would soon blow over; but
before long the two disputants were tonguing it again, and I
distinctly heard Bombay ordering Baraka out of camp as he could
not keep from intermeddling, saying, which was true, he had
invited him to join the expedition, that his knowledge of
Hindustani might be useful to us; he was not wanted for any other
purpose, and unless he was satisfied with doing that alone, we
would get on much better without him.  To this provocation Baraka
mildly made the retort, "Pray don't put yourself in a passion,
nobody is hurting you, it is all in your own heart, which is full
of suspicions and jealousy without the slightest cause."

This complicated matters more than ever.  I knew Bombay to be a
generous, honest man, entitled by his former services to be in
the position he was now holding as fundi, or supervisor in the
camp. Baraka, who never would have joined the expedition
excepting through his invitation, was indebted to him for the
rank he now enjoyed-- a command over seventy men, a duty in which
he might have distinguished himself as a most useful accessory to
the camp. Again I called the two together, and begged them to act
in harmony like brothers, noticing that there was no cause for
entertaining jealousy on either side, as every order rested with
myself to reward for merit or to punish.  The relative position
in the camp was like that of the senior officers in India, Bombay
representing the Mulki lord, or Governor-General, and Baraka the
Jungi lord, or Commander- in-Chief.  To the influence of this
distinguished comparison they both gave way, acknowledging myself
their judge, and both protesting that they wished to serve in
peace and quietness for the benefit of the march.

Zungomero is a terminus or junction of two roads leading to the
interior--one, the northern, crossing over the Goma Pass, and
trenching on the Mukondokua river, and the other crossing over
the Mabruki Pass, and edging on the Ruaha river.  They both unite
again at Ugogi, the western terminus on the present great
Unyamuezi line.  On the former expedition I went by the northern
line and returned by the southern, finding both equally easy,
and, indeed, neither is worthy of special and permanent
preference.  In fact, every season makes a difference in the
supply of water and provisions; and with every year, owing to
incessant wars, or rather slave-hunts, the habitations of the
wretched inhabitants become constantly changed--generally
speaking, for the worse.  Our first and last object, therefore,
as might be supposed, from knowing these circumstances, was to
ascertain, before mounting the hill-range, which route would
afford us the best facilities for a speedy march now.  No one,
however, could or would advise us.  The whole country on ahead,
especially Ugogo, was oppressed by drought and famine. To avoid
this latter country, then, we selected the southern route, as by
doing so it was hoped we might follow the course of the Ruaha
river from Maroro to Usenga and Usanga, and thence strike across
to Unyanyembe, sweeping clear of Ugogo.

With this determination, after despatching a third set of
specimens, consisting of large game animals, birds, snakes,
insects, land and freshwater shells, and a few rock specimens, of
which one was fossiliferous, we turned southwards, penetrating
the forests which lie between the greater range and the little
outlying one.  At the foot of this is the Maji ya Wheta, a hot,
deep-seated spring of fresh water, which bubbles up through many
apertures in a large dome-shaped heap of soft lime--an
accumulation obviously thrown up by the force of the spring, as
the rocks on either side of it are of igneous character.  We
arrived at the deserted village of Kirengue. This was not an easy
go-ahead march, for the halt had disaffected both men and mules. 
Three of the former bolted, leaving their loads upon the ground;
and on the line of march, one of the mules, a full-conditioned
animal, gave up the ghost after an eighteen hours' sickness. 
What his disease was I never could ascertain; but as all the
remaining animals died afterwards much in the same manner, I may
state for once and for all, that these attacks commenced with
general swelling, at first on the face, then down the neck, along
the belly and down the legs.  It proved so obstinate that fire
had no effect upon it; and although we cut off the tails of some
to relieve them by bleeding, still they died.

In former days Kirengue was inhabited, and we reasonably hoped to
find some supplies for the jungly march before us.  But we had
calculated without our host, for the slave-hunters had driven
every vestige of humanity away; and now, as we were delayed by
our three loads behind, there was nothing left but to send back
and purchase more grain.  Such was one of the many days frittered
away in do-nothingness.

This day, all together again, we rose the first spurs of the
well-wooded Usagara hills, amongst which the familiar bamboo was
plentiful, and at night we bivouacked in the jungle.

Rising betimes in the morning, and starting with a good will, we
soon reached the first settlements of Mbuiga, from which could be
seen a curious blue mountain, standing up like a giant
overlooking all the rest of the hills.  The scenery here formed a
strong and very pleasing contrast to any we had seen since
leaving the coast. Emigrant Waziraha, who had been driven from
their homes across the Kingani river by the slave-hunters, had
taken possession of the place, and disposed their little conical-
hut villages on the heights of the hill-spurs in such a
picturesque manner, that one could not help hoping they would
here at least be allowed to rest in peace and quietness.  The
valleys, watered by little brooks, are far richer, and even
prettier, than the high lands above, being lined with fine trees
and evergreen shrubs; while the general state of prosperity was
such, that the people could afford, even at this late season of
the year, to turn their corn into malt to brew beer for sale; and
goats and fowls were plentiful in the market.

Passing by the old village of Mbuiga, which I occupied on my
former expedition, we entered some huts on the western flank of
the Mbuiga district; and here, finding a coast-man, a great
friend of the little sheikh's, willing to take back to Zanzibar
anything we might give him, a halt was made, and I drew up my
reports.  I then consigned to his charge three of the most sickly
of the Hottentots in a deplorable condition--one of the mules,
that they might ride by turns--and all the specimens that had
been collected.  With regret I also sent back the camera; because
I saw, had I allowed my companion to keep working it, the heat he
was subjected to in the little tent whilst preparing and fixing
his plates would very soon have killed him.  The number of
guinea-fowl seen here was most surprising.

A little lighter and much more comfortable for the good riddance
of those grumbling "Tots," we worked up to and soon breasted the
stiff ascent of the Mabruki Pass, which we surmounted without
much difficult.  This concluded the first range of these Usagara
hills; and once over, we dropped down to the elevated valley of
Makata, where we halted two days to shoot.  As a travelling Arab
informed me that the whole of the Maroro district had been laid
waste by the marauding Wahehe, I changed our plans again, and
directed our attention to a middle and entirely new line, which
in the end would lead us to Ugogi.  The first and only giraffe
killed upon the journey was here shot by Grant, with a little 40-
gauge Lancaster rifle, at 200 yards' distance.  Some smaller
animals were killed; but I wasted all my time in fruitlessly
stalking some wounded striped eland--magnificent animals, as
large as Delhi oxen--and some other animals, of which I wounded
three, about the size of hartebeest, and much their shape, only
cream-coloured, with a conspicuous black spot in the centre of
each flank.  The eland may probably be the animal first mentioned
by Livingstone, but the other animal is not known.

Though reluctant to leave a place where such rare animals were to
be found, the fear of remaining longer on the road induced us to
leave Kikobogo, and at a good stride we crossed the flat valley
of Makata, and ascended the higher lands beyond, where we no
sooner arrived than we met the last down trader from Unyamuezi,
well known to all my men as the great Mamba or Crocodile.  Mamba,
dressed in a dirty Arab gown, with coronet of lion's nails
decorating a thread-bare cutch cap, greeted us with all the
dignity of a savage potentate surrounded by his staff of half-
naked officials.  As usual, he had been the last to leave the
Unyamuezi, and so purchased all his stock of ivory at a cheap
rate, there being no competitors left to raise the value of that
commodity; but his journey had been a very trying one.  With a
party, at his own estimate, of two thousand souls-- we did not
see anything like that number--he had come from Ugogo to this, by
his own confession, living on the products of the jungle, and by
boiling down the skin aprons of his porters occasionally for a
soup.  Famines were raging throughout the land, and the Arabs
preceding him had so harried the country, that every village was
deserted.  On hearing our intention to march upon the direct
line, he frankly said he thought we should never get through for
my men could not travel as he had done, and therefore he advised
our deflecting northwards from New Mbumi to join the track
leading from Rumuma to Ugogi.  This was a sad disappointment;
but, rather than risk a failure, I resolved to follow his advice.

After reaching the elevated ground, we marched over rolling tops,
covered with small trees and a rich variety of pretty bulbs, and
reached the habitations of Muhanda, where we no sooner appeared
than the poor villagers, accustomed only to rough handling,
immediately dispersed in the jungles.  By dint of persuasion,
however, we induced them to sell us provisions, though at a
monstrous rate, such as no merchant could have afforded; and
having spent the night quietly, we proceeded on to the upper
courses of the M'yombo river, which trends its way northwards to
the Mukondokua river.  The scenery was most interesting, with
every variety of hill, roll, plateau, and ravine, wild and
prettily wooded; but we saw nothing of the people.  Like
frightened rats, as soon as they caught the sound of our
advancing march, they buried themselves in the jungles, carrying
off their grain with them.  Foraging parties, of necessity, were
sent out as soon as the camp was pitched, with cloth for
purchases, and strict orders not to use force; the upshot of
which was, that my people got nothing but a few arrows fired at
them by the lurking villagers, and I was abused for my
squeamishness.  Moreover, the villagers, emboldened by my lenity,
vauntingly declared they would attack the camp by night, as they
could only recognise in us such men as plunder their houses and
steal their children.  This caused a certain amount of alarm
among my men, which induced them to run up a stiff bush-fence
round the camp, and kept them talking all night.

This morning we marched on as usual, with one of the Hottentots
lashed on a donkey; for the wretched creature, after lying in the
sun asleep, became so sickly that he could not move or do
anything for himself, and nobody would do anything for him.  The
march was a long one, but under ordinary circumstances would have
been very interesting, for we passed an immense lagoon, where
hippopotami were snorting as if they invited an attack.  In the
larger tree-jungles the traces of elephants, buffaloes,
rhinoceros, and antelopes were very numerous; while a rich
variety of small birds, as often happened, made me wish I had
come on a shooting rather than on a long exploring expedition. 
Towards sunset we arrived at New Mbimi, a very pretty and fertile
place, lying at the foot of a cluster of steep hills, and pitched
camp for three days to lay in supplies for ten, as this was
reported to be the only place where we could buy corn until we
reached Ugogo, a span of 140 miles.  Mr Mbumi, the chief of the
place, a very affable negro, at once took us by the hand, and
said he would do anything we desired, for he had often been to
Zanzibar.  He knew that the English were the ruling power in that
land, and that they were opposed to slavery, the terrible effects
of which had led to his abandoning Old Mbumi, on the banks of the
Mukondokua river, and rising here.

The sick Hottentot died here, and we buried him with Christian
honours.  As his comrades said, he died because he had determined
to die,--an instance of that obstinate fatalism in their mulish
temperament which no kind words or threats can cure.  This
terrible catastrophe made me wish to send all the remaining
Hottentots back to Zanzibar; but as they all preferred serving
with me to returning to duty at the Cape, I selected two of the
MOST sickly, put them under Tabib, one of Rigby's old servants,
and told him to remain with them at Mbumi until such time as he
might find some party proceeding to the coasts; and, in the
meanwhile, for board and lodgings I have Mbumi beads and cloth. 
The prices of provisions here being a good specimen of what one
has to pay at this season of the year, I give a short list of
them:--sixteen rations corn, two yards cloth; three fowls, two
yards cloth; one goat, twenty yards cloth; one cow, forty yards
cloth,--the cloth being common American sheeting.  Before we left
Mbumi, a party of forty men and women of the Waquiva tribe,
pressed by famine, were driven there to purchase food.  The same
tribe had, however killed many of Mbumi's subjects not long
since, and therefore, in African revenge, the chief seized them
all, saying he would send them off for sale to Zanzibar market
unless they could give a legitimate reason for the cruelty they
had committed.  These Waquiva, I was given to understand,
occupied the steep hills surrounding this place. They were a
squalid-looking set, like the generality of the inhabitants of
this mountainous region.

This march led us over a high hill to the Mdunhwi river, another
tributary to the Mukondokua.  It is all clad in the upper regions
with the slender pole-trees which characterise these hills,
intermingled with bamboo; but the bottoms are characterised by a
fine growth of fig-trees of great variety along with high
grasses; whilst near the villages were found good gardens of
plantains, and numerous Palmyra trees.  The rainy season being
not far off, the villagers were busy in burning rubble and
breaking their ground. Within their reach everywhere is the
sarsaparilla vine, but growing as a weed, for they know nothing
of its value.

Rising up from the deep valley of Mdunhwi we had to cross another
high ridge before descending to the also deep valley of Chongue,
as picturesque a country as the middle heights of the Himalayas,
dotted on the ridges and spur-slopes by numerous small conical-
hut villages; but all so poor that we could not, had we wanted
it, have purchased provisions for a day's consumption.

Leaving this valley, we rose to the table of Manyovi, overhung
with much higher hills, looking, according to the accounts of our
Hottentots, as they eyed the fine herds of cattle grazing on the
slopes, so like the range in Kafraria, that they formed their
expectations accordingly, and appeared, for the first time since
leaving the coast, happy at the prospect before them, little
dreaming that such rich places were seldom to be met with.  The
Wanyamuezi porters even thought they had found a paradise, and
forthwith threw down their loads as the villagers came to offer
them grain for sale; so that, had I not had the Wanguana a little
under control, we should not have completed our distance that
day, and so reached Manyonge, which reminded me, by its ugliness,
of the sterile Somali land.  Proceeding through the semi-desert
rolling table-land--in one place occupied by men who build their
villages in large open squares of flat-topped mud huts, which,
when I have occasion to refer to them in future, I shall call by
their native name tembe--we could see on the right hand the
massive mountains overhanging the Mukondokua river, to the front
the western chain of these hills, and to the left the high crab-
claw shaped ridge, which, extending from the western chain,
circles round conspicuously above the swelling knolls which lie
between the two main rocky ridges.  Contorted green thorn-trees,
"elephant-foot" stumps, and aloes, seem to thrive best here, by
their very nature indicating what the country is, a poor stony
land.  Our camp was pitched by the river Rumuma, where, sheltered
from the winds, and enriched by alluvial soil, there ought to
have been no scarcity; but still the villagers had nothing to

On we went again to Marenga Mkhaili, the "Salt Water," to
breakfast, and camped in the crooked green thorns by night,
carrying water on for our supper.  This kind of travelling--
forced marches--hard as it may appear, was what we liked best,
for we felt that we were shortening the journey, and in doing so,
shortening the risks of failure by disease, by war, by famine,
and by mutiny.  We had here no grasping chiefs to detain us for
presents, nor had our men time to become irritable and truculent,
concoct devices for stopping the way, or fight amongst

On again, and at last we arrived at the foot of the western
chain; but not all together.  Some porters, overcome by heat and
thirst, lay scattered along the road, while the corporal of the
Hottentots allowed his mule to stray from him, never dreaming the
animal would travel far from his comrades, and, in following
after him, was led such a long way into the bush, that my men
became alarmed for his safety, knowing as they did that the
"savages" were out living like monkeys on the calabash fruit, and
looking out for any windfalls, such as stragglers worth
plundering, that might come in their way. At first the Wanguana
attempted to track down the corporal; but finding he would not
answer their repeated shots, and fearful for their own safety,
they came into camp and reported the case. Losing no time, I
ordered twenty men, armed with carbines, to carry water for the
distressed porters, and bring the corporal back as soon as
possible.  They all marched off, as they always do on such
exploits, in high good-humour with themselves for the valour
which they intended to show; and in the evening came in, firing
their guns in the most reckless manner, beaming with delight; for
they had the corporal in tow, two men and two women captives, and
a spear as a trophy.  Then in high impatience, all in a breath,
they began a recital of the great day's work.  The corporal had
followed on the spoor of the mule, occasionally finding some of
his things that had been torn from the beast's back by the
thorns, and, picking up these one by one, had become so burdened
with the weight of them, that he could follow no farther.  In
this fix the twenty men came up with him, but not until they had
had a scrimmage with the "savages," had secured four, and taken
the spear which had been thrown at them. Of the mule's position
no one could give an opinion, save that they imagined, in
consequence of the thickness of the bush, he would soon become
irretrievably entangled in the thicket, where the savages would
find him, and bring him in as a ransom for the prisoners.

What with the diminution of our supplies, the famished state of
the country, and the difficulties which frowned upon us in
advance, together with unwillingness to give up so good a mule,
with all its gear and ammunition, I must say I felt doubtful as
to what had better be done, until the corporal, who felt
confident he would find the beast, begged so hard that I sent him
in command of another expedition of sixteen men, ordering him to
take one of the prisoners with him to proclaim to his brethren
that we would give up the rest if they returned us the mule.  The
corporal then led off his band to the spot where he last saw
traces of the animal, and tracked on till sundown; while Grant
and myself went out pot-hunting and brought home a bag consisting
of one striped eland, one saltiana antelope, four guinea-fowl,
four ringdoves, and one partridge--a welcome supply, considering
we were quite out of flesh.

Next day, as there were no signs of the trackers, I went again to
the place of the elands, wounded a fine male, but gave up the
chase, as I heard the unmistakable gun-firing return of the
party, and straightway proceeded to camp.  Sure enough, there
they were; they had tracked the animal back to Marenga Mkhali,
through jungle-- for he had not taken to the footpath.  Then
finding he had gone on, they returned quite tired and famished. 
To make the most of a bad job, I now sent Grant on to the Robeho
(or windy) Pass, on the top of the western chain, with the mules
and heavy baggage, and directions to proceed thence across the
brow of the hill the following morning, while I remained behind
with the tired men, promising to join him by breakfast-time.  I
next released the prisoners, much to their disgust, for they had
not known such good feeding before, and dreaded being turned
adrift again in the jungles to live on calabash seeds; and then,
after shooting six guinea-fowl, turned in for the night.

Betimes in the morning we were off, mounting the Robeho, a good
stiff ascent, covered with trees and large blocks of granite,
excepting only where cleared for villages; and on we went
rapidly, until at noon the advance party was reached, located in
a village overlooking the great interior plateau--a picture, as
it were, of the common type of African scenery.  Here, taking a
hasty meal, we resumed the march all together, descended the
great western chain, and, as night set in, camped in a ravine at
the foot of it, not far from the great junction-station Ugogi,
where terminate the hills of Usagara.

                           Chapter IV

Ugogo, and the Wilderness of Mgunda Mkhali

The Lie of the Country--Rhinoceros-Stalking--Scuffle of Villagers
over a Carcass--Chief "Short-Legs" and His Successors-- Buffalo-
Shooting--Getting Lost--A Troublesome Sultan--Desertions from the
Camp--Getting Plundered--Wilderness March--Diplomatic Relations
with the Local Powers--Manua Sera's Story--Christmas-- The Relief
from Kaze

This day's work led us from the hilly Usagara range into the more
level lands of the interior.  Making a double march of it, we
first stopped to breakfast at the quiet little settlement of
Inenge, where cattle were abundant, but grain so scarce that the
villagers were living on calabash seeds.  Proceeding thence
across fields delightfully checkered with fine calabash and fig
trees, we marched, carrying water through thorny jungles, until
dark, when we bivouacked for the night, only to rest and push on
again next morning, arriving at Marenga Mkhali (the saline water)
to breakfast. Here a good view of the Usagara hills is obtained. 
Carrying water with us, we next marched half-way to the first
settlement of Ugogo, and bivouacked again, to eat the last of our
store of Mbumi grain.

At length the greater famine lands had been spanned; but we were
not in lands of plenty--for the Wagogo we found, like their
neighbours Wasagara, eating the seed of the calabash, to save
their small stores of grain.

The East Coast Range having been passed, no more hills had to be
crossed, for the land we next entered on is a plateau of rolling
ground, sloping southward to the Ruaha river, which forms a great
drain running from west to east, carrying off all the rainwaters
that fall in its neighbourhood through the East Coast Range to
the sea.  To the northward can be seen some low hills, which are
occupied by Wahumba, a subtribe of the warlike Masai; and on the
west is the large forest-wilderness of Mgunda Mkhali.  Ugogo,
lying under the lee side of the Usagara hills, is comparatively
sterile. Small outcrops of granite here and there poke through
the surface, which, like the rest of the rolling land, being
covered with bush, principally acacias, have a pleasing
appearance after the rains have set in, but are too brown and
desert-looking during the rest of the year.  Large prairies of
grass also are exposed in many places, and the villagers have
laid much ground bare for agricultural purposes.

Altogether, Ugogo has a very wild aspect, well in keeping with
the natives who occupy it, who, more like the Wazaramo than the
Wasagara, carry arms, intended for use rather than show.  The
men, indeed, are never seen without their usual arms--the spear,
the shield, and the assage.  They live in flat-topped, square,
tembe villages, wherever springs of water are found, keep cattle
in plenty, and farm enough generally to supply not only their own
wants, but those of the thousands who annually pass in caravans.
They are extremely fond of ornaments, the most common of which is
an ugly tube of the gourd thrust through the lower lobe of the
ear. Their colour is a soft ruddy brown, with a slight infusion
of black, not unlike that of a rich plum.  Impulsive by nature,
and exceedingly avaricious, they pester travellers beyond all
conception, by thronging the road, jeering, quizzing, and
pointing at them; and in camp, by intrusively forcing their way
into the midst of the kit, and even into the stranger's tent. 
Caravans, in consequence, never enter their villages, but camp
outside, generally under the big "gouty-limbed" trees--encircling
their entire camp sometimes with a ring-fence of thorns to
prevent any sudden attack.

To resume the thread of the journey: we found, on arrival in
Ugogo, very little more food than in Usagara for the Wagogo were
mixing their small stores of grain with the monkey-bread seeds of
the gouty-limbed tree.  Water was so scarce in the wells at this
season that we had to buy it at the normal price of country beer;
and, as may be imagined where such distress in food was existing,
cows, goats, sheep, and fowls were also selling at high rates.

Our mules here gave us the slip again, and walked all the way
back to Marenga Mkhali, where they were found and brought back by
some Wagogo, who took four yards of merikani in advance, with a
promise of four more on return, for the job--their chief being
security for their fidelity.  This business detained us two days,
during which time I shot a new variety of florikan, peculiar in
having a light blue band stretching from the nose over the eye to
the occiput. Each day, while we resided here, cries were raised
by the villagers that the Wahumba were coming, and then all the
cattle out in the plains, both far and near, were driven into the
village for protection.

At last, on the 26th, as the mules were brought it, I paid a
hongo or tax of four barsati and four yards of chintz to the
chief, and departed, but not until one of my porters, a Mhehe,
obtained a fat dog for his dinner; he had set his heart on it,
and would not move until he had killed it, and tied it on to his
load for the evening's repast.  Passing through the next
villages--a collection called Kifukuro--we had to pay another
small tax of two barsati and four yards of chintz to the chief. 
There we breakfasted, and pushed on, carrying water to a bivouac
in the jungles, as the famine precluded our taking the march more

Pushing on again, we cleared out of the woods, and arrived at the
eastern border of the largest clearance of Ugogo, Kanyenye.  Here
we were forced to halt a day, as the mules were done up, and
eight of the Wanyamuezi porters absconded, carrying with them the
best part of their loads.  There was also another inducement for
stopping here; for, after stacking the loads, as we usually did
on arriving in camp, against a large gouty-limbed tree, a hungry
Mgogo, on eyeing our guns, offered his services to show us some
bicornis rhinoceros, which, he said paid nightly visits to
certain bitter pools that lay in the nullah bottoms not far off. 
This exciting intelligence made me inquire if it was not possible
to find them at once; but, being assured that they lived very far
off, and that the best chance was the night, I gave way, and
settled on starting at ten, to arrive at the ground before the
full moon should rise.

I set forth with the guide and two of the sheikh's boys, each
carrying a single rifle, and ensconced myself in the nullah, to
hide until our expected visitors should arrive, and there
remained until midnight.  When the hitherto noisy villagers
turned into bed, the silvery moon shed her light on the desolate
scene, and the Mgogo guide, taking fright, bolted.  He had not,
however, gone long, when, looming above us, coming over the
horizon line, was the very animal we wanted.

In a fidgety manner the beast then descended, as if he expected
some danger in store--and he was not wrong; for, attaching a bit
of white paper to the fly-sight of my Blissett, I approached him,
crawling under cover of the banks until within eighty yards of
him, when, finding that the moon shone full on his flank, I
raised myself upright and planted a bullet behind his left
shoulder.  Thus died my first rhinoceros.

To make the most of the night, as I wanted meat for my men to
cook, as well as a stock to carry with them, or barter with the
villagers for grain, I now retired to my old position, and waited

After two hours had elapsed, two more rhinoceros approached me in
the same stealthy, fidgety way as the first one.  They came even
closer than the first, but, the moon having passed beyond their
meridian, I could not obtain so clear a mark.  Still they were
big marks, and I determined on doing my best before they had time
to wind us; so stepping out, with the sheikh's boys behind me
carrying the second rifle to meet all emergencies, I planted a
ball in the larger one, and brought him round with a roar and
whooh-whooh, exactly to the best position I could wish for
receiving a second shot; but, alas! on turning sharply round for
the spare rifle, I had the mortification to see that both the
black boys had made off, and were scrambling like monkeys up a
tree.  At the same time the rhinoceros, fortunately for me, on
second consideration turned to the right-about, and shuffled
away, leaving, as is usually the case when conical bullets are
used, no traces of blood.

Thus ended the night's work.  We now went home by dawn to apprise
all the porters that we had flesh in store for them, when the two
boys who had so shamelessly deserted me, instead of hiding their
heads, described all the night's scenes with such capital mimicry
as to set the whole camp in a roar.  We had all now to hurry back
to the carcass before the Wagogo could find it; but though this
precaution was quickly taken, still, before the tough skin of the
beast could be cut through, the Wagogo began assembling like
vultures, and fighting with my men.  A more savage, filthy,
disgusting, but at the same time grotesque, scene than that which
followed cannot be conceived.  All fell to work armed with
swords, spears, knives, and hatchets--cutting and slashing,
thumping and bawling, fighting and tearing, tumbling and
wrestling up to their knees in filth and blood in the middle of
the carcass.  When a tempting morsel fell to the possession of
any one, a stronger neighbour would seize and bear off the prize
in triumph.  All right was now a matter or pure might, and lucky
it was that it did not end in a fight between our men and the
villagers.  These might be afterwards seen, one by one, covered
with blood, scampering home each with his spoil--a piece of
tripe, or liver, or lights, or whatever else it might have been
his fortune to get off with.

We were still in great want of men; but rather than stop a day,
as all delays only lead to more difficulties, I pushed on to
Magomba's palace with the assistance of some Wagogo carrying our
baggage, each taking one cloth as his hire.  The chief wazir at
once come out to meet me on the way, and in an apparently affable
manner, as an old friend, begged that I would live in the palace-
-a bait which I did not take, as I knew my friend by experience a
little too well.  he then, in the politest possible manner, told
me that a great dearth of food was oppressing the land--so much
so, that pretty cloths only would purchase grain.  I now wished
to settle my hongo, but the great chief could not hear of such
indecent haste.

The next day, too, the chief was too drunk to listen to any one,
and I must have patience.  I took out this time in the jungles
very profitably, killing a fine buck and doe antelope, of a
species unknown.  These animals are much about the same size and
shape as the common Indian antelope, and, like them, roam about
in large herds.  The only marked difference between the two is in
the shape of their horns, as may be seen by the woodcut; and in
their colour, in which, in both sexes, the Ugogo antelopes
resemble the picticandata gazelle of Tibet, except that the
former have dark markings on the face.

At last, after thousands of difficulties much like those I
encountered in Uzaramo, the hongo was settled by a payment of one
kisutu, one dubani, four yards bendera, four yards kiniki, and
three yards merikani.  The wazir then thought he would do some
business on his own account, and commenced work by presenting me
with a pot of ghee and flour, saying at the same time "empty
words did not show true love," and hoping that I would prove mine
by making some slight return.  To get rid of the animal I gave
him the full value of his present in cloth, which he no sooner
pocketed than he had the audacity to accuse Grant of sacrilege
for having shot a lizard on a holy stone, and demanded four
cloths to pay atonement for this offence against the "church." 
As yet, he said, the chief was not aware of the damage done, and
it was well he was not; for he would himself, if I only paid him
the four cloths, settle matters quietly, otherwise there would be
no knowing what demands might be made on my cloth.  It was
necessary to get up hot temper, else there was no knowing how far
he would go; so I returned him his presents, and told the sheikh,
instead of giving four, to fling six cloths in his face, and tell
him that the holy-stone story was merely a humbug, and I would
take care no more white men ever came to see him again.

Some Wanyamuezi porters, who had been left sick here by former
caravans, now wished to take service with me as far as Kaze; but
the Wagogo, hearing of their desire, frightened them off it.  A
report also at this time was brought to us, that a caravan had
just arrived at our last ground, having come up from Whindi,
direct by the line of the Wami river, in its upper course called
Mukondokua, without crossing a single hill all the way; I
therefore sent three men to see if they had any porters to spare,
as it was said they had; but the three men, although they left
their bows and arrows behind, never came back.

Another mule died to-day.  This was perplexing indeed, but to
stop longer was useless; so we pushed forward as best we could to
a pond at the western end of the district where we found a party
of Makua sportsmen who had just killed an elephant.  They had
lived in Ugogo one year and a half, and had killed in all
seventeen elephants; half the tusks of which, as well as some
portion of the flesh, they gave to Magomba for the privilege of
residing there.  There were many antelopes there, some of which
both Grant and I shot for the good of the pot, and he also killed
a crocute hyena.  From the pond we went on to the middle of a
large jungle, and bivouacked for the night in a shower of rain,
the second of the season.

During a fierce downpour of rain, the porters all quivering and
quaking with cold, we at length emerged from the jungle, and
entered the prettiest spot in Ugogo--the populous district of
Usekhe--where little hills and huge columns of granite crop out. 
Here we halted.

Next day came the hongo business, which was settled by paying one
dubani, one kitambi, one msutu, four yards merikani, and two
yards kiniki; but whilst we were doing it eight porters ran away,
and four fresh ones were engaged (Wanyamuezi) who had run away
from Kanyenye.

With one more march from this we reached the last district in
Ugogo, Khoko.  Here the whole of the inhabitants turned out to
oppose us, imagining we had come there to revenge the Arab,
Mohinna, because the Wagogo attacked him a year ago, plundered
his camp, and drove him back to Kaze, for having shot their old
chief "Short-legs." They, however, no sooner found out who we
were than they allowed us to pass on, and encamp in the outskirts
of the Mgunda Mkhali wilderness.  To this position in the bush I
strongly objected, on the plea that guns could be best used
against arrows in the open; but none would go out in the field,
maintaining that the Wagogo would fear to attack us so far from
their villages, as we now were, lest we might cut them off in
their retreat.

Hori Hori was now chief in Short-leg's stead, and affected to be
much pleased that we were English, and not Arabs.  He told us we
might, he thought, be able to recruit all the men that we were in
want of, as many Wanyanuezi who had been left there sick wished
to go to their homes; and I would only, in addition to their
wages, have to pay their "hotel bills" to the Wagogo.  This, of
course, I was ready to do, though I knew the Wanyamuezi had paid
for themselves, as is usual, by their work in the fields of their
hosts. Still, as I should be depriving these of hands, I could
scarcely expect to get off for less than the value of a slave for
each, and told Sheikh said to look out for some men at once,
whilst at the same time he laid in provisions of grain to last us
eight days in the wilderness, and settle the hongo.

For this triple business, I allowed three days, during which
time, always eager to shoot something, either for science or the
pot, I killed a bicornis rhinoceros, at a distance of five paces
only, with my small 40-gauge Lancaster, as the beast stood
quietly feeding in the bush; and I also shot a bitch fox of the
genus Octocyon lalandii, whose ill-omened cry often alarms the
natives by forewarning them of danger.  This was rather tame
sport; but next day I had better fun.

Starting in the early morning, accompanied by two of Sheikh
Said's boys, Suliman and Faraj, each carrying a rifle, while I
carried a shot-gun, we followed a footpath to the westward in the
wilderness of Mgunda Mkhali.  There, after walking a short while
in the bush, as I heard the grunt of a buffalo close on my left,
I took "Blissett" in hand, and walked to where I soon espied a
large herd quietly feeding.  They were quite unconscious of my
approach, so I took a shot at a cow, and wounded her; then, after
reloading, put a ball in a bull and staggered him also.  This
caused great confusion among them; but as none of the animals
knew where the shots came from, they simply shifted about in a
fidgety manner, allowing me to kill the first cow, and even fire
a fourth shot, which sickened the great bull, and induced him to
walk off, leaving the herd to their fate, who, considerably
puzzled, began moving off also.

I now called up the boys, and determined on following the herd
down before either skinning the dead cow or following the bull,
who I knew could not go far.  Their footprints being well defined
in the moist sandy soil, we soon found the herd again; but as
they now knew they were pursued, they kept moving on in short
runs at a time, when, occasionally gaining glimpses of their
large dark bodies as they forced through the bush, I repeated my
shots and struck a good number, some more and some less severely. 
This was very provoking; for all of them being stern shots were
not likely to kill, and the jungle was so thick I could not get a
front view of them. Presently, however, one with her hind leg
broken pulled up on a white-ant hill, and, tossing her horns,
came down with a charge the instant I showed myself close to her. 
One crack of the rifle rolled her over, and gave me free scope to
improve the bag, which was very soon done; for on following the
spoors, the traces of blood led us up to another one as lame as
the last.  He then got a second bullet in the flank, and, after
hobbling a little, evaded our sight and threw himself into a
bush, where we not sooner arrived than he plunged headlong at us
from his ambush, just, and only just, giving me time to present
my small 40-gauge Lancaster.

It was a most ridiculous scene.  Suliman by my side, with the
instinct of a monkey, made a violent spring and swung himself by
a bough immediately over the beast, whilst Faraj bolted away and
left me single-gunned to polish him off.  There was only one
course to pursue, for in one instant more he would have been into
me; so, quick as thought, I fired the gun, and, as luck would
have it, my bullet, after passing through the edge of one of his
horns, stuck in the spine of his neck, and rolled him over at my
feet as dead as a rabbit.  Now, having cut the beast's throat to
make him "hilal," according to Mussulman usage, and thinking we
had done enough if I could only return to the first wounded bull
and settle him too, we commenced retracing our steps, and by
accident came on Grant.  He was passing by from another quarter,
and became amused by the glowing description of my boys, who
never omitted to narrate their own cowardice as an excellent
tale.  He begged us to go on in our course, whilst he would go
back and send us some porters to carry home the game.

Now, tracking back again to the first point of attack, we
followed the blood of the first bull, till at length I found him
standing like a stuck pig in some bushes, looking as if he would
like to be put out of his miseries.  Taking compassion, I
levelled my Blisset; but, as bad luck would have it, a bough
intercepted the flight of the bullet, and it went "pinging" into
the air, whilst the big bull went off at a gallop.  To follow on
was no difficulty, the spoor was so good; and in ten minutes
more, as I opened on a small clearance, Blisset in hand, the
great beast, from the thicket on the opposite side, charged down
like a mad bull, full of ferocity--as ugly an antagonist as ever
I saw, for the front of his head was all shielded with horn.  A
small mound fortunately stood between us, and as he rounded it, I
jumped to one side and let fly at his flank, but without the
effect of stopping him; for, as quick as thought, the huge
monster was at my feet, battling with the impalpable smoke of my
gun, which fortunately hung so thick on the ground at the height
of his head that he could not see me, though I was so close that
I might, had I been possessed of a hatchet, have chopped off his
head.  This was a predicament which looked very ugly, for my boys
had both bolted, taking with them my guns; but suddenly the
beast, evidently regarding the smoke as a phantom which could not
be mastered, turned round in a bustle, to my intense relief, and
galloped off at full speed, as if scared by some terrible

O what would I not then have given for a gun, the chance was such
a good one!  Still, angry though I was, I could not help laughing
as the dastardly boys came into the clearance full of their
mimicry, and joked over the scene they had witnessed in security,
whilst my life was in jeopardy because they were too frightened
to give me my gun.  But now came the worst part of the day; for,
though rain was falling, I had not the heart to relinquish my
game.  Tracking on through the bush, I thought every minute I
should come up with the brute; but his wounds ceased to bleed,
and in the confusion of the numerous tracks which scored all the
forest we lost our own.

Much disappointed at this, I now proposed to make for the track
we came by in the morning, and follow it down into camp; but this
luxury was not destined to be our lot that night, for the rain
had obliterated all our footprints of the morning, and we passed
the track, mistaking it for the run of wild beasts.  It struck me
we had done so; but say what I would, the boys thought they knew
better; and the consequence was that, after wandering for hours
no one knew where--for there was no sun to guide us--I pulled up,
and swore I would wait for the stars, else it might be our fate
to be lost in the wilderness, which I did not much relish.  We
were all at this time "hungry as hunters," and beginning to feel
very miserable from being wet through.  What little ammunition I
had left I fired off as signals, or made tinder of to get up a
fire, but the wood would not burn.  In this hapless condition the
black boys began murmuring, wishing to go on, pretending, though
both held opposite views, that each knew the way; for they
thought nothing could be worse than their present state of

Night with its gloom was then drawing on, heightened by thunder
and lightning, which set in all around us.  At times we thought
we heard musketry in camp, knowing that Grant would be sure to
fire signals for us; and doubtless we did so, but its sound and
the thunder so much resembled one another that we distrusted our
ears.  At any rate, the boys mistook the west for the east; and
as I thought they had done so, I stood firm to one spot, and
finally lay down with them to sleep upon the cold wet ground,
where we slept pretty well, being only disturbed occasionally by
some animals sniffing at our feet.  As the clouds broke towards
morning, my obstinate boys still swore that west was east, and
would hardly follow me when tracking down Venus; next up rose the
moon and then followed the sun, when, as good luck would have it,
we struck on the track, and walked straight into camp.

Here every one was in a great state of excitement: Grant had been
making the men fire volleys.  The little sheikh was warmly
congratulatory as he spoke of the numbers who had strayed away
and had been lost in that wilderness; whilst Bombay admitted he
thought we should turn up again if I did not listen to the advice
of the boys, which was his only fear.  Nothing as yet, I now
found, had been done to further our march.  The hongo, the sheikh
said, had to precede everything; yet that had not been settled,
because the chief deferred it the day of our arrival, on the plea
that it was the anniversary of Short-legs's death; and he also
said that till then all the Wagogo had been in mourning by
ceasing to wear all their brass bracelets and other ornaments,
and they now wished to solemnise the occasion by feasting and
renewing their finery. This being granted, the next day another
pretext for delay was found, by the Wahumba having made a raid on
their cattle, which necessitated the chief and all his men
turning out to drive them away; and to-day nothing could be
attended to, as a party of fugitive Wanyamuezi had arrived and
put them all in a fright. These Wanyamuezi, it then transpired,
were soldiers of Manua Sera, the "Tippler," who was at war with
the Arabs.  He had been defeated at Mguru, a district in
Unyamuezi, by the Arabs, and had sent these men to cut off the
caravan route, as the best way of retaliation that lay in his

At last the tax having been settled by the payment of one dubani,
two barsati, one sahari, six yards merikani, and three yards
kiniki (not, however, until I had our tents struck, and
threatened to march away if the chief would not take it), I
proposed going on with the journey, for our provisions were
stored.  but when the loads were being lifted, I found ten more
men were missing; and as nothing now could be done but throw ten
loads away, which seemed to great a sacrifice to be made in a
hurry, I simply changed ground to show we were ready to march,
and sent my men about, either to try to induce the fugitive
Wanyamuezi to take service with me or else to buy donkeys, as the
chief said he had some to sell.

We had already been here too long.  A report was now spread that
a lion had killed one of the chief's cows; and the Wagogo,
suspecting that our being here was the cause of this ill luck,
threatened to attack us.  This no sooner got noised over the camp
than all my Wanyamuezi porters, who had friends in Ugogo, left to
live with them, and would not come back again even when the
"storm had blown over," because they did not like the incessant
rains that half deluged the camp.  The chief, too, said he would
not sell us his donkeys, lest we should give them back to
Mohinna, from whom they were taken during his fight here. 
Intrigues of all sorts I could see were brewing, possibly at the
instigation of the fugitive Wanyamuezi, who suspected we were
bound to side with the Arabs-- possibly from some other cause, I
could not tell what; so, to clear out of this pandemonium as soon
as possible I issued cloths to buy double rations, intending to
cross the wilderness by successive relays in double the ordinary
number of days.  I determined at the same time to send forward
two freed men to Kaze to ask Musa and the Arabs to send me out
some provisions and men to meet us half-way.

Matters grew worse and worse.  The sultan, now finding me unable
to move, sent a message to say if I would not give him some
better cloths to make his hongo more respectable, he would attack
my camp; and advised all the Wanyamuezi who regarded their lives
not to go near me if I resisted.  This was by no means pleasant;
for the porters showed their uneasiness by extracting their own
cloths from my bundles, under the pretext that they wished to
make some purchases of their own.  I ought, perhaps, to have
stopped this; but I thought the best plan was to show total
indifference; so, at the same time that they were allowed to take
their cloths, I refused to comply with the chief's request, and
begged them to have no fear so long as they saw I could hold my
own ground with my guns.

The Wanyamuezi, however, were panic-stricken, and half of them
bolted, with the kirangozi at their head, carrying off all the
double-ration cloths as well as their own.  At this time, the
sultan, having changed tactics, as he saw us all ready to stand
on the defensive, sent back his hongo; but, instead of using
threats, said he would oblige us with donkeys or anything else if
we would only give him a few more pretty cloths.  With this
cringing, perfidious appeal I refused to comply, until the
sheikh, still more cringing, implored me to give way else not a
single man would remain with me.  I then told him to settle with
the chief himself, and give me the account, which amounted to
three barsati, two sahari, and three yards merikani; but the
donkeys were never alluded to.

With half my men gone, I still ordered the march, though strongly
opposed to the advice of one of old Mamba's men, who was then
passing by on his way to the coast, in command of his master's
rear detachment.  He thought it impossible for us to pull through
the wilderness, with its jungle grasses and roots, depending for
food only on Grant's gun and my own; still we made half-way to
the Mdaburu nullah, taking some of Mamba's out to camp with us,
as he promised to take letters and specimens down to the coast
for us, provided I paid him some cloths as ready money down, and
promised some more to be paid at Zanzibar.  These letters
eventually reached home, but not the specimens.

The rains were so heavy that the whole country was now flooded,
but we pushed on to the nullah by relays, and pitched on its left
bank. In the confusion of the march, however, we lost many more
porters, who at the same time relieved us of their loads, by
slipping off stealthily into the bush.

The fifteenth was a forced halt, as the stream was so deep and so
violent we could not cross it.  To make the best of this very
unfortunate interruption, I now sent on two men to Kaze, with
letters to Musa and Sheikh Snay, both old friends on the former
expedition, begging them to send me sixty men, each carrying
thirty rations of grain, and some country tobacco.  The tobacco
was to gratify my men, who said of all things they most wanted to
cheer them was something to smoke.  At the same time I sent back
some other men to Khoko, with cloth to buy grain for present
consumption, as some of my porters were already reduced to living
on wild herbs and white ants.  I then sent all the remaining men,
under the directions of Bombay and Baraka, to fell a tall tree
with hatchets, on the banks of the nullah, with a view to
bridging it; but the tree dropped to the wrong side, and thwarted
the plan.  The rain ceased on the 17th, just as we put the rain-
gauge out, which was at once interpreted to be our Uganga, or
religious charm, and therefore the cause of its ceasing.  It was
the first fine day for a fortnight, so we were only too glad to
put all our things out to dry, and rejoiced to think of the
stream's subsiding.  My men who went back to Khoko for grain
having returned with next to nothing-- though, of course, they
had spent all the cloths--I sent back another batch with pretty
cloths, as it was confidently stated that grain was so scarce
there, nothing but the best fabrics would but it.  This also
proved a dead failure; but although animals were very scarce,
Grant relieved our anxiety by shooting a zebra and an antelope.

After five halts, we forded the stream, middle deep, and pushed
forwards again, doing short stages of four or five miles a-day,
in the greatest possible confusion; for, whilst Grant and I were
compelled to go out shooting all day for the pot, the sheikh and
Bombay went on with the first half of the property and then,
keeping guard over it sent the men back again to Baraka, who kept
rear-guard, to have the rest brought on.  Order there was none:
the men hated this "double work;" all the Wanyamuezi but three
deserted, with the connivance of the coast-men, carrying off
their loads with them, under a mutual understanding, as I found
out afterwards, that the coast-men were to go shares in the
plunder as soon as we reached Unyamuezi.  The next great obstacle
in this tug-and-pull wilderness-march presented itself on the
24th, when, after the first half of the property had crossed the
Mabunguru nullah, it rose in flood and cut off the rear half.  It
soon, however, subsided; and the next day we reached "the
Springs," where we killed a pig and two rhinoceros.  Not content,
however, with this fare--notwithstanding the whole camp had been
living liberally on zebra's and antelope's flesh every day
previously-- some of my coast-men bolted on to the little
settlement of Jiwa la Mkoa, contrary to orders, to purchase some
grain; and in doing so, increased our transport difficulties.

Pulling on in the same way again--when not actually engaged in
shooting, scolding and storming at the men, to keep them up to
the mark, and prevent them from shirking their work, which they
were for every trying to do--we arrived on the 28th at the
"Boss," a huge granite block, from the top of which the green
foliage of the forest-trees looked like an interminable cloud,
soft and waving, fit for fairies to dwell upon.  Here the
patience of my men fairly gave way, for the village of Jiwa la
Mkoa was only one long march distance from us; and they, in
consequence, smelt food on in advance much sweeter than the wild
game and wild grasses they had been living on; and many more of
them could not resist deserting us, though they might, had we all
pulled together, have gone more comfortably in, as soon as the
rear property arrived next day with Baraka.

All the men who deserted on the 25th, save Johur and Mutwana, now
came into camp, and told us they had heard from travellers that
those men who had been sent on for reliefs to Kaze were bringing
us a large detachment of slaves to help us on.  My men had
brought no food either for us or their friends, as the cloths
they took with them, "which were their own," were scarcely
sufficient to purchase a meal--famines being as bad where they
had been as in Ugogo.  To try and get all the men together again,
I now sent off a party loaded with cloths to see what they could
get for us; but they returned on the 30th grinning and joking,
with nothing but a small fragment of goat-flesh, telling lies by
the dozens.  Johur then came into camp, unconscious that Baraka
by my orders had, during his absence, been inspecting his kit,
where he found concealed seventy-three yards of cloth, which
could only have been my property, as Johur had brought no akaba
or reserve fund from the coast.

The theft having been proved to the satisfaction of every one, I
ordered Baraka to strip him of everything and give him three
dozen lashes; but after twenty-one had been given, the rest were
remitted on his promising to turn Queen's evidence, when it
transpired that Mutwana had done as much as himself.  Johur, it
turned out, was a murderer, having obtained his freedom by
killing his master.  He was otherwise a notoriously bad
character; so, wishing to make an example, as I knew all my men
were robbing me daily, though I could not detect them, I had him
turned out of camp.  Baraka was a splendid detective, and could
do everything well when he wished it, so I sent him off now with
cloths to see what he could to at Jiwa la Mkoa, and next day he
returned triumphantly driving in cows and goats.  Three
Wanyamuezi, also, who heard we were given to shooting wild
animals continually, came with him to offer their services as

As nearly all the men had now returned, Grant and I spent New
Year's Day with the first detachment at Jiwa la Mkoa, or Round
Rock-- a single tembe village occupied by a few Wakimbu settlers,
who, by their presence and domestic habits, made us feel as
though we were well out of the wood.  So indeed we found it; for
although this wilderness was formerly an entire forest of trees
and wild animals, numerous Wakimbu, who formerly occupied the
banks of the Ruaha to the southward, had been driven to migrate
here, wherever they could find springs of water, by the
boisterous naked pastorals the Warori.

At night three slaves belonging to Sheikh Salem bin Saif stole
into our camp, and said they had been sent by their master to
seek for porters at Kaze, as all the Wanyamuezi porters of four
large caravans had deserted in Ugogo, and they could not move.  I
was rather pleased by this news, and thought it served the
merchants right, knowing, as I well did, that the Wanyamuezi,
being naturally honest, had they not been defrauded by foreigners
on the down march to the coast, would have been honest still. 
Some provisions were now obtained by sending men out to distant
villages; but we still supplied the camp with our guns, killing
rhinoceros, wild boar, antelope, and zebras.  The last of our
property did not come up till the 5th, when another thief being
caught, got fifty lashes, under the superintendence of Baraka, to
show that punishment was only inflicted to prevent further crime.

The next day my men came from Kaze with letters from Sheikh Snay
and Musa.  They had been detained there some days after arrival,
as those merchants' slaves had gone to Utambara to settle some
quarrel there; but as soon as they returned, Musa ordered them to
go and assist us, giving them beads to find rations for
themselves on the way, as the whole country about Kaze had been
half-starved by famines, though he did send a little rice and
tobacco for me. The whole party left Kaze together; but on
arrival at Tura the slaves said they had not enough beads and
would return for some more, when they would follow my men.  This
bit of news was the worst that could have befallen us; my men
were broken-hearted enough before, and this drove the last spark
of spirit out of them. To make the best of a bad job, I now sent
Bombay with two other men off to Musa to see what he could do,
and ordered my other men to hire Wakimbu from village to village. 
On the 7th, a nervous excitement was produced in the camp by some
of my men running in and calling all to arm, as the fugitive
chief Manua Sera was coming, with thirty armed followers carrying
muskets.  Such was the case: and by the time my men were all
under arms, with their sword-bayonets fixed, drawn up by my tent
the veritable "Tippler" arrived; but, not liking the look of such
a formidable array as my men presented, he passed on a short way,
and then sent back a deputation to make known his desire of
calling on me, which was no sooner complied with than he came in
person, attended by a body-guard.  On my requesting him to draw
near and sit, his wooden stool was placed for him.  He began the
conversation by telling me he had heard of my distress from want
of porters, and then offered to assist me with some, provided I
would take him to Kaze, and mediate between him and the Arabs;
for, through their unjustifiable interference in his government
affairs, a war had ensued, which terminated with the Arabs
driving him from his possessions a vagabond.  Manua Sera, I must
say, was as fine a young man as ever I looked upon.  He was very
handsome, and looked as I now saw him the very picture of a
captain of the banditti of the romances.  I begged him to tell me
his tale, and, in compliance, he gave me the following

"Shortly after you left Kaze for England, my old father, the late
chief Fundi Kira, died, and by his desire I became lawful chief;
for, though the son of a slave girl, and not of Fundi Kira's
wife, such is the law of inheritance--a constitutional policy
established to prevent any chance of intrigues between the sons
born in legitimate wedlock.  Well, after assuming the title of
chief, I gave presents of ivory to all the Arabs with a liberal
hand, but most so to Musa, which caused great jealousy amongst
the other merchants. Then after this I established a property tax
on all merchandise that entered my country.  Fundi Kira had never
done so, but I did not think that any reason why I should not,
especially as the Arabs were the only people who lived in my
country exempt from taxation. This measure, however, exasperated
the Arabs, and induced them to send me hostile messages, to the
effect that, if I ever meddled with them, they would dethrone me,
and place Mkisiwa, another illegitimate son, on the throne in my
stead.  This," Manua Sera continued, "I could not stand; the
merchants were living on sufferance only in my country.  I told
them so, and defied them to interfere with my orders, for I was
not a 'woman,' to be treated with contempt; and this got up a
quarrel.  Mkisiwa, seizing at the opportunity of the prize held
out to him by the Arabs as his supporters, then commenced a
system of bribery.  Words led to blows; we had a long and tough
fight; I killed many of their number, and they killed mine. 
Eventually they drove me from my palace, and placed Mkisiwa there
as chief in my stead.  My faithful followers however, never
deserted me; so I went to Rubuga, and put up with old Maula
there.  The Arabs followed--drove me to Nguru, and tried to kill
Maula for having fostered me.  He, however, escaped them; but
they destroyed his country, and then followed me down to Nguru. 
There we fought for many months, until all provisions were
exhausted, when I defied them to catch me, and forced my way
through their ranks.  It is needless to say I have been a
wanderer since; and though I wish to make friends, they will not
allow it, but do all they can to hunt me to death.  Now, as you
were a friend of my father, I do hope you will patch up this war
for me, which you must think is unjust."

I told Manua Sera I felt very much for him, and I would do my
best if he would follow me to Kaze; but I knew that nothing could
ever be done unless he returned to the free-trade principles of
his father. He then said he had never taken a single tax from the
Arabs, and would gladly relinquish his intention to do so.  The
whole affair was commenced in too great a hurry; but whatever
happened he would gladly forgive all if I would use my influence
to reinstate him, for by no other means could he ever get his
crown back again. I then assured him that I would do what I could
to restore the ruined trade of his country, observing that, as
all the ivory that went out of his country, came to ours, and all
imports were productions of our country also, this war injured us
as well as himself.  Manua Sera seemed highly delighted, and said
he had a little business to transact in Ugogo at present, but he
would overtake me in a few days.  He then sent me one of my
runaway porters, whom he had caught in the woods making off with
a load of my beads.  We then separated; and Baraka, by my orders,
gave the thief fifty lashes for his double offence of theft and

On the 9th, having bought two donkeys and engaged several men, we
left Jiwa la Mkoa, with half our traps, and marched to Garaeswi,
where, to my surprise, there were as many as twenty tembes-- a
recently-formed settlement of Wokimbu.  Here we halted a day for
the rear convoy, and then went on again by detachments to Zimbo,
where, to our intense delight, Bombay returned to us on the 13th,
triumphantly firing guns, with seventy slaves accompanying him,
and with letters from Snay and Musa, in which they said they
hoped, if I met with Manua Sera, that I would either put a bullet
through his head, or else bring him in a prisoner, that they
might do for him, for the scoundrel had destroyed all their trade
by cutting off caravans.  Their fights with him commenced by his
levying taxes in opposition to their treaties with his father,
Fundi Kira, and then preventing his subjects selling them grain.

Once more the whole caravan moved on; but as I had to pay each of
the seventy slaves sixteen yards of cloth, by order of their
masters, in the simple matter of expenditure it would have been
better had I thrown ten loads away at Ugogo, where my
difficulties first commenced.  On arrival at Mgongo Thembo--the
Elephant's Back-- called so in consequence of a large granitic
rock, which resembles the back of that animal, protruding through
the ground--we found a clearance in the forest, of two miles in
extent, under cultivation. Here the first man to meet me was the
fugitive chief of Rubuga, Maula.  This poor old man--one of the
honestest chiefs in the country--had been to the former
expedition a host and good friend. He now gave me a cow as a
present, and said he would give me ten more if I would assist him
in making friends with the Arabs, who had driven him out of his
country, and had destroyed all his belongings, even putting a
slave to reign in his stead, though he had committed no fault of
intentional injury towards them.  It was true Manua Sera, their
enemy, had taken refuge in his palace, but that was not his
fault; for, anticipating the difficulties that would arise, he
did his best to keep Manua Sera out of it, but Manua Sera being
too strong for him, forced his way in.  I need not say I tried to
console this unfortunate victim of circumstances as best I could,
inviting him to go with me to Kaze, and promising to protect him
with my life if he feared the Arabs; but the old man, being too
feeble to travel himself, said he would send his son with me.

Next day we pushed on a double march through the forest, and
reached a nullah.  As it crosses the track in a southerly
direction, this might either be the head of the Kululu mongo or
river, which, passing through  the district of Kiwele, drains
westward into the Malagarazi river, and thence into the
Tanganyika, or else the most westerly tributary to the Ruaha
river, draining eastward into the sea.  The plateau, however, is
apparently so flat here, that nothing b a minute survey, or
rather following the watercourse, could determine the matter. 
Then emerging from the wilderness, we came into the open
cultivated district of Tura, or "put down"--called so by the
natives because it was, only a few years ago, the first cleared
space in the wilderness, and served as a good halting-station,
after the normal ten day's march in the jungles, where we had now
been struggling more than a month.

The whole place, once so fertile, was now almost depopulated and
in a sad state of ruin, showing plainly the savage ravages of
war; for the Arabs and their slaves, when they take the field,
think more of plunder and slavery than the object they started
on--each man of the force looking out for himself.  The
incentives, too, are so great;--a young woman might be caught
(the greatest treasure of earth), or a boy or a girl, a cow or a
goat--all of the fortunes, of themselves too irresistible to be
overlooked when the future is doubtful.  Here Sheikh Said broke
down in health of a complaint which he formerly had suffered
from, and from which I at once saw he would never recover
sufficiently well to be ever effective again. It was a sad
misfortune, as the men had great confidence in him, being the
representative of their Zanzibar government: still it could not
be helped; for, as a sick man is, after all, the greatest
possible impediment to a march, it was better to be rid of him
than have the trouble of dragging him; so I made up my mind, as
soon as we reached Kaze, I would drop him there with the Arabs. 
He could not be moved on the 16th, so I marched across the plain
and put up in some villages on its western side.  Whilst waiting
for the sheikh's arrival, some villagers at night stole several
loads of beads, and ran off with them; but my men, finding the
theft out in time, hunted them down, and recovered all but one
load--for the thieves had thrown their loads down as soon as they
found they were hotly pursued.

Early this morning I called all the head men of the village
together, and demanded the beads to be restored to me; for, as I
was living with them, they were responsible, according to the
laws of the country.  They acknowledged the truth and force of my
demand, and said they would each give me a cow as an earnest,
until their chief, who was absent, arrived.  This, of course, was
objected to, as the chief, in his absence, must have deputed some
one to govern for him, and I expected him to settle at once, that
I might proceed with the march.  Then selecting five of my head
men to conduct the case, with five of their elders, it was
considered my losses were equivalent to thirty head of cattle. 
As I remitted the penalty to fifteen head, these were made over
to me, and we went on with the march--all feeling delighted with
the issue but the Hottentots, who, not liking the loss of the
second fifteen cows, said that in Kafirland, where the laws of
the country are the same as here, the whole would have been
taken, and, as it was, they thought I was depriving them of their
rights to beef.

By a double march, the sheikh riding in a hammock slung on a
pole, we now made Kuale, or "Partridge" nullah, which, crossing
the road to the northward, drains these lands to the Malagarazi
river, and thence into the Tanganyika lake.  Thence, having spent
the night in the jungle, we next morning pushed into the
cultivated district of Rubuga, and put up in some half-deserted
tembes, where the ravages of war were even more disgusting to
witness than at Tura. The chief, as I have said, was a slave,
placed there by the Arabs on the condition that he would allow
all traders and travellers to help themselves without payment as
long as they chose to reside there. In consequence of this wicked
arrangement, I found it impossible to keep my men from picking
and stealing.  They looked upon plunder as their fortune and
right, and my interference as unjustifiable.

By making another morning and evening march, we then reached the
western extremity of this cultivated opening; where, after
sleeping the night, we threaded through another forest to the
little clearance of Kigue, and in one more march through forest
arrived in the large and fertile district of Unyanyembe, the
centre of Unyamuezi--the Land of the Moon--within five miles of
Kaze which is the name of a well in the village of Tbora, now
constituted the great central slave and ivory merchants' depot. 
My losses up to this date (23d) were as follows:--One Hottentot
dead and five returned; one freeman sent back with the
Hottentots, and one flogged and turned off; twenty-five of Sultan
Majid's gardeners deserted; ninety-eight of the original
Wanyamuezi porters deserted; twelve mules and three donkeys dead. 
Besides which, more than half of my property had been stolen;
whilst the travelling expenses had been unprecedented, in
consequence of the severity of the famine throughout the whole
length of the march.

                           Chapter V


The Country and People of U-n-ya-muezi--Kaze, the Capital--Old
Musa --The Naked Wakidi--The N'yanza, and the Question of the
River Running in or out--The Contest between Mohinna and "Short-
legs"-- Famine--The Arabs and Local Wars--The Sultana of
Unyambewa--Ungurue "The Pig"--Pillage.

U-n-ya-muezi--Country of Moon--must have been one of the largest
kingdoms in Africa.  It is little inferior in size to England,
and of much the same shape, though now, instead of being united,
it is cut up into petty states.  In its northern extremities it
is known by the appellation U-sukuma--country north; and in the
southern, U-takama--country south.  There are no historical
traditions known to the people; neither was anything ever written
concerning their country, as far as we know, until the Hindus,
who traded with the east coast of Africa, opened commercial
dealings with its people in salves and ivory, possibly some time
prior to the birth of our Saviour, when, associated with their
name, Men of the Moon, sprang into existence the Mountains of the
Moon.  These Men of the Moon are hereditarily the greatest
traders in Africa, and are the only people who, for love of
barter and change, will leave their own country as porters and go
to the coast, and they do so with as much zest as our country-
folk go to a fair.  As far back as we can trace they have done
this, and they still do it as heretofore. The whole of their
country ranges from 3000 to 4000 feet above the sea-level--a high
plateau, studded with little outcropping hills of granite,
between which, in the valleys, there are numerous fertilising
springs of fresh water, and rich iron ore is found in sandstone. 
Generally industrious--much more so than most other negroes--they
cultivate extensively, make cloths of cotton in their own looms,
smelt iron and work it up very expertly, build tembes to live in
over a large portion of their country, but otherwise live in
grass huts, and keep flocks and herds of considerable extent.

The Wanyamuezi, however, are not a very well-favoured people in
physical appearance, and are much darker than either the Wazaramo
or the Wagogo, though many of their men are handsome and their
women pretty; neither are they well dressed or well armed, being
wanting in pluck and gallantry.  Their women, generally, are
better dressed than the men.  Cloths fastened round under the
arms are their national costume, along with a necklace of beads,
large brass or copper wire armlets, and a profusion of thin
circles, called sambo, made of the giraffe's tail-hairs bound
round by the thinnest iron or copper wire; whilst the men at home
wear loin-cloths, but in the field, or whilst travelling, simply
hang a goat-skin over their shoulders, exposing at least three-
fourths of their body in a rather indecorous manner.  In all
other respects they ornament themselves like the women, only,
instead of a long coil of wire wound up the arm, they content
themselves with having massive rings of copper or brass on the
wrist; and they carry for arms a spear and bow and arrows.  All
extract more or less their lower incisors, and cut a [upside-down
V shape] between their two upper incisors.  The whole tribe are
desperate smokers, and greatly given to drink.

On the 24th, we all, as many as were left of us, marched into the
merchant's depot, S. lat. 5 0' 52", and E. long. 33 1'
34",[FN#7] escorted by Musa, who advanced to meet us, and guided
us into his tembe, where he begged we would reside with him until
we could find men to carry our property on to Karague.  He added
that he would accompany us; for he was on the point of going
there when my first instalment of property arrived, but deferred
his intention out of respect to myself.  He had been detained at
Kaze ever since I last left it in consequence of the Arabs having
provoked a war with Manua Sera, to which he was adverse.  For a
long time also he had been a chained prisoner; as the Arabs,
jealous of the favour Manua Sera had shown to him in preference
to themselves, basely accused him of supplying Manua Sera with
gunpowder, and bound him hand and foot "like a slave."  It was
delightful to see old Musa's face again, and the supremely
hospitable, kind, and courteous manner in which he looked after
us, constantly bringing in all kind of small delicacies, and
seeing that nothing was wanting to make us happy. All the
property I had sent on in advance he had stored away; or rather,
I should say, as much as had reached him, for the road expenses
had eaten a great hole in it.

Once settled down into position, Sheikh Snay and the whole
conclave of Arab merchants came to call on me.  They said they
had an army of four hundred slaves armed with muskets ready to
take the field at once to hunt down Manua Sera, who was cutting
their caravan road to pieces, and had just seized, by their
latest reports, a whole convoy of their ammunition.  I begged
them strongly to listen to reason, and accept my advice as an old
soldier, not to carry on their guerilla warfare in such a
headlong hurry, else they would be led a dance by Manua Sera, as
we had been by Tantia Topee in India. I advised them to allow me
to mediate between them, after telling them what a favourable
interview I had had with Manua Sera and Maula, whose son was at
that moment concealed in Musa's tembe. My advice, however, was
not wanted.  Snay knew better than any one how to deal with
savages, and determined on setting out as soon as his army had
"eaten their beef-feast of war."

On my questioning him about the Nile, Snay still thought the
N'yanza was the source of the Jub river[FN#8] as he did in our
former journey, but gave way when I told him that vessels
frequented the Nile, as this also coincided with his knowledge of
navigators in vessels appearing on some waters to the northward
of Unyoro.  In a great hurry he then bade me good-bye; when, as
he thought it would be final, I gave him, in consideration of his
former good services to the last expedition, one of the gold
watches given me by the Indian Government.  I saw him no more,
though he and all the other Arabs sent me presents of cows,
goats, and rice, with a notice that they should have gone on
their war-oath before, only, hearing of my arrival, out of due
respect to my greatness they waited to welcome me in.  Further,
after doing for Manua Sera, they were determined to go on to
Ugogo to assist Salem bin Saif and the other merchants on, during
which, at the same time, they would fight all the Wagogo who
persisted in taking taxes and in harassing caravans.  At the
advice of Musa, I sent Maula's son off at night to tell the old
chief how sorry I was to find the Arabs so hot-headed I could not
even effect an arrangement with them.  It was a great pity; for
Manua Sera was so much liked by the Wanyamuezi, they would, had
they been able, have done anything to restore him.

Next day the non-belligerent Arabs left in charge of the station,
headed by my old friends Abdulla and Mohinna, came to pay their
respects again, recognising in me, as they said, a
"personification of their sultan," and therefore considering what
they were doing only due to my rank.  They regretted with myself
that Snay was so hot-headed; for they themselves thought a treaty
of peace would have been the best thing for them, for they were
more than half-ruined already, and saw no hope for the future. 
Then, turning to geography, I told Abdulla all I had written and
lectured in England concerning his stories about navigators on
the N'yanza, which I explained must be the Nile, and wished to
know if I should alter it in any way: but he said, "Do not; you
may depend it will all turn out right;" to which Musa added, all
the people in the north told him that when the N'yanza rose, the
stream rushed with such violence it tore up islands and floated
them away.

I was puzzled at this announcement, not then knowing that both
the lake and the Nile, as well as all ponds, were called N'yanza:
but we shall see afterwards that he was right; and it was in
consequence of this confusion in the treatment of distinctly
different geographical features under one common name by these
people, that in my former journey I could not determine where the
lake had ended and the Nile began.  Abdulla again--he had done so
on the former journey--spoke to me of a wonderful mountain to the
northward of Karague, so high and steep no one could ascend it. 
It was, he said, seldom visible, being up in the clouds, where
white matter, snow or hail, often fell.  Musa said this hill was
in Ruanda, a much larger country than Urundi; and further, both
men said, as they had said before, that the lands of Usoga and
Unyoro were islands, being surrounded by water; and a salt lake,
which was called N'yanza, though not the great Victoria N'yanza
lay on the other said of the Unyoro, from which direction
Rumanika, king of Karague, sometimes got beads forwarded to him
by Kamrasi, king of Unyoro, of a different sort from any brought
from Zanzibar.  Moreover, these beads were said to have been
plundered from white men by the Wakidi,--a stark-naked people who
live up in trees--have small stools fixed on behind, always ready
for sitting--wear their hair hanging down as far as the rump, all
covered with cowrie-shells--suspend beads from wire attached to
their ears and their lower lips--and wear strong iron collars and

This people, I was told, are so fierce in war that no other tribe
can stand against them, though they only fight with short spears.
When this discourse was ended, ever perplexed about the
Tanganyika being a still lake, I enquired of Mohinna and other
old friends what they thought about the Marungu river: did it run
into or out of the lake? and they all still adhered to its
running into the lake-- which, after all, in my mind, is the most
conclusive argument that it does run out of the lake, making it
one of a chain of lakes leading to the N'yanza, and through it by
the Zambezi into the sea; for all the Arabs on the former journey
said the Rusizi river ran out of the Tanganyika, as also the
Kitangule ran out of the N'yanza, and the Nile ran into it, even
though Snay said he thought the Jub river drained the N'yanza. 
All these statements were, when literally translated into
English, the reverse of what the speakers, using a peculiar Arab
idiom, meant to say; for all the statements made as to the flow
of rivers by the negroes--who apparently give the same meaning to
"out" and "in" as we do--contradicted the Arabs in their
descriptions of the direction of the flow of these rivers.

Mohinna now gave us a very graphic description of his fight with
Short-legs, the late chief of Khoko.  About a year ago, as he was
making his way down to the coast with his ivory merchandise, on
arrival at Khoko, and before his camp was fortified with a ring-
fence of thorns, some of his men went to drink at a well, where
they no sooner arrived than the natives began to bean them with
sticks, claiming the well as their property.  This commenced a
row, which brought out a large body of men, who demanded a
bullock at the point of their spears.  Mohinna hearing this, also
came to the well, and said he would not listen to their demand,
but would drink as he wished, for the water was the gift of God. 
Words then changed to blows.  All Mohinna's pagazis bolted, and
his merchandise fell into the hands of the Wagogo.  Had his camp
been fortified, he think he would have been too much for his
enemies; but, as it was, he retaliated by shooting Short-legs in
the head, and at once bolted back to Kaze with a few slaves as
followers, and his three wives.

The change that had taken place in Unyanyembe since I last left
it was quite surprising.  Instead of the Arabs appearing
merchants, as they did formerly, they looked more like great
farmers, with huge stalls of cattle attached to their houses;
whilst the native villages were all in ruins--so much so that, to
obtain corn for my men, I had to send out into the district
several days' journey off, and even then had to pay the most
severe famine prices for what I got.  The Wanyamuezi, I was
assured, were dying of starvation in all directions; for, in
addition to the war, the last rainy season had been so light, all
their crops had failed.

27th and 28th.--I now gave all my men presents for the severe
trials they had experienced in the wilderness, forgetting, as I
told them, the merciless manner in which they had plundered me;
but as I have a trifle more in proportion, to the three sole
remaining pagazis, because they had not finished their work, my
men were all discontented, and wished to throw back their
presents, saying I did not love them, although they were
"perminents," as much as the "temperaries."  They, however, gave
in, after some hours of futile arguments, on my making them
understand, through Baraka, that what they saw me give to the
pagazis would, if they reflected, only tend to prove to them that
I was not a bad master who forgot his obligations when he could
get no more out of his servants.

I then went into a long inquiry with Musa about our journey
northward to Karague; and as he said there were no men to be
found in or near Unyanyembe, for they were either all killed or
engaged in the war, it was settled he should send some of his
head men on to Rungua, where he had formerly resided, trading for
some years, and was a great favourite with the chief of the
place, by name Kiringuana.  He also settled that I might take out
of his establishment of slaves as many men as I could induce to
go with me, for he thought them more trouble than profit, hired
porters being more safe; moreover, he said the plan would be of
great advantage to him, as I offered to pay, both man and master,
each the same monthly stipend as I gave my present men.  This was
paying double, and all the heavier a burden, as the number I
should require to complete my establishment to one hundred armed
men would be sixty.  He, however, very generously advised me not
to take them, as they would give so much trouble; but finally
gave way when I told him I felt I could not advance beyond
Karague unless I was quite independent of the natives there--a
view in which he concurred.

29th and 30th.--Jafu, another Indian merchant here, and co-
partner of Musa, came in from a ten days' search after grain, and
described the whole country to be in the most dreadful state of
famine. Wanyamuezi were lying about dead from starvation in all
directions, and he did not think we should ever get through Usui,
as Suwarora, the chief, was so extortionate he would "tear us to
pieces"; but advised our waiting until the war was settled, when
all the Arabs would combine and go with us.  Musa even showed
fear, but arranged, at my suggestion, that he should send some
men to Rumanika, informing him of our intention to visit him, and
begging, at the same time, he would use his influence in
preventing our being detained in Usui.

I may here explain that the country Uzinza was once a large
kingdom, governed by a king named Ruma, of Wahuma blood.  At his
death, which took place in Dagara's time (the present Rumanika's
father), the kingdom was contested by his two sons, Rohinda and
Suwarora, but, at the intercession of Dagara, was divided--
Rohinda taking the eastern, called Ukhanga, and Suwarora the
western half of the country, called Usui.  This measure made Usui
feudatory to Karague, so that much of the produce of the
extortions committed in Usui went to Karague, and therefore they
were recognised, though the odium always rested on Suwarora, "the
savage extortioner," rather than on the mild-disposed king of
Karague, who kept up the most amicable relations with every one
who visited him.

Musa, I must say, was most loud in his praises of Rumanika; and
on the other hand, as Musa, eight years ago, had saved Rumanika's
throne for him against an insurrection got up by his younger
brother Rogero, Rumanika, always regarding Musa as his saviour,
never lost an opportunity to show his gratitude, and would have
done anything that Musa might have asked him.  Of this matter,
however, more in Karague.

31st.--To-day, Jafu, who had lost many ivories at Khoko when
Mohinna was attacked there, prepared 100 slaves, with Said bin
Osman, Mohinna's brother, with a view to follow down Snay, and,
combining forces, attack Hori Hori, hoping to recover their
losses; for it appeared to them the time had now come when their
only hope left in carrying their trade to a successful issue, lay
in force of arms. They would therefore not rest satisfied until
they had reduced Khoko and Usekhe both, by actual force, to
acknowledge their superiority, "feeding on them" until the
Ramazan, when they would return with all the merchants detained
in Ugogo, and, again combining their forces, they would fall on
Usui, to reduce that country also.

When these men had gone, a lunatic set the whole place in
commotion. He was a slave of Musa's, who had wounded some men
previously in his wild excesses, and had been tied up; but now,
breaking loose again, he swore he would not be satisfied until he
killed some "big man." His strength was so great no one could
confine him, though they hunted him into a hut, where, having
seized a gun and some arrows, he defied any one to put hands on
him.  Here, however, he was at last reduced to submission and a
better state of his senses by starvation: for I must add, the
African is much give to such mental fits of aberration at certain
periods: these are generally harmless, but sometimes not; but
they come and they go again without any visible cause.

1st.--Musa's men now started for Rungua, and promised to bring
all the porters we wanted by the first day of the next moon.  We
found that this would be early enough, for all the members of the
expedition, excepting myself, were suffering from the effects of
the wilderness life--some with fever, some with scurvy, and some
with ophthalmia--which made it desirable they should all have
rest. Little now was done besides counting out my property, and
making Sheikh Said, who became worse and worse, deliver his
charge of Cafila Bashi over to Bombay for good.  When it was
found so much had been stolen, especially of the best articles, I
was obliged to purchase many things from Musa, paying 400 per
cent, which he said was their value here, over the market price
of Zanzibar.  I also got him to have all my coils of brass and
copper wire made into bracelet, as is customary, to please the
northern people.

7th.--To-day information was brought here that whilst Manua Sera
was on his way from Ugogo to keep his appointment with me, Sheikh
Snay's army came on him at Tura, where he was ensconced in a
tembe. Hearing this, Snay, instead of attacking the village at
once, commenced negotiations with the chief of the place by
demanding him to set free his guest, otherwise they, the Arabs,
would storm the tembe.  The chief, unfortunately, did not comply
at once, but begged grace for one night, saying that if Manua
Sera was found there in the morning they might do as they liked. 
Of course Manua bolted; and the Arabs, seeing the Tura people all
under arms ready to defend themselves the next morning, set at
them in earnest, and shot, murdered, or plundered the whole of
the district.  Then, whilst Arabs were sending in their captures
of women, children, and cattle, Manua Sera made off to a district
called Dara, where he formed an alliance with its chief, Kifunja,
and boasted he would attack Kaze as soon as the travelling season
commenced, when the place would be weakened by the dispersion of
the Arabs on their ivory excursions.

The startling news set the place in a blaze, and brought all the
Arabs again to seek my advice for they condemned what Snay had
done in not listening to me before, and wished to know if I could
not now treat for them with Manua Sera, which they thought could
be easily managed, as Manua Sera himself was not only the first
to propose mediation, but was actually on his way here for the
purpose when Snay opposed him.  I said nothing could give me
greater pleasure than mediating for them, to put a stop to these
horrors, but it struck me the case had now gone too far.  Snay,
in opposition to my advice, was bent on fighting; he could not be
recalled and unless all the Arabs were of one mind, I ran the
risk of committing myself to a position I could not maintain.  To
this they replied that the majority were still at Kaze, all
wishing for peace at any price, and that whatever terms I might
wish to dictate they would agree to. Then I said, "What would you
do with Mkisiwa? you have made him chief, and cannot throw him
over."  "Oh, that," they said, "can be easily managed; for
formerly, when we confronted Manua Sera at Nguru, we offered to
give him as much territory as his father governed, though not
exactly in the same place; but he treated our message with
disdain, not knowing then what a fix he was in. Now, however, as
he has seen more, and wishes for peace himself, there can be no
difficulty."  I then ordered two of my men to go with two of
Musa's to acquaint Manua Sera with what we were about, and to
know his views on the subject; but these men returned to say
Manua Sera could not be found, for he was driven from "pillar to
post" by the different native chiefs, as, wherever he went, his
army ate up their stores, and brought nothing but calamities with
them. Thus died this second attempted treaty.  Musa then told me
it was well it turned out so; for Manua Sera would never believe
the Arabs, as they had broken faith so often before, even after
exchanging blood by cutting incision in one another's legs--the
most sacred bond or oath the natives know of.

As nothing more of importance was done, I set out with Grant to
have a week's shooting in the district, under the guidance of an
old friend, Fundi Sangoro, Musa's "head gamekeeper," who assured
me that the sable antelope and blanc boc, specimens of which I
had not yet seen, inhabited some low swampy place called N'yama,
or "Meat," not far distant, on the left bank of the Wale nullah. 
My companion unfortunately got fever here, and was prevented from
going out, and I did little better; for although I waded up to my
middle every day, and wounded several blanc boc, I only bagged
one, and should not have got even him, had it not happened that
some lions in the night pulled him down close to our camp, and
roared so violently that they told us the story.  The first thing
in the morning I wished to have at them; but they took the hint
of daybreak to make off, and left me only the half of the animal. 
I saw only one sable antelope.  We all went back to Kaze,
arriving there on the 24th.

25th to 13th.--Days rolled on, and nothing was done in
particular-- beyond increasing my stock of knowledge of distant
places and people, enlarging my zoological collection, and taking
long series of astronomical observations--until the 13th, when
the whole of Kaze was depressed by a sad scene of mourning and
tears.  Some slaves came in that night--having made their way
through the woods from Ugogo, avoiding the track to save
themselves from detection-- and gave information that Snay, Jafu,
and five other Arabs, had been killed, as well as a great number
of slaves.  The expedition, they said, had been defeated, and the
positions were so complicated nobody knew what to do.  At first
the Arabs achieved two brilliant successes, having succeeded in
killing Hori Hori of Khoko, when they recovered their ivory, made
slaves of all they could find, and took a vast number of cattle;
then attacking Usekhe they reduced that place to submission by
forcing a ransom out of its people.  At this period, however,
they heard that a whole caravan, carrying 5000 dollars' worth of
property, had been cut up by the people of Mzanza, a small
district ten miles north of Usekhe; so, instead of going on to
Kanyenye to relieve the caravans which were waiting there for
them, they foolishly divided their forces into three parts. Of
these they sent one to take their loot back to Kaze, another to
form a reserve force at Mdaburu, on the east flank of the
wilderness, and a third, headed by Snay and Jafu, to attack
Mzanza. At the first onset Snay and Jafu carried everything
before them, and became so excited over the amount of their loot
that they lost all feelings of care or precaution.

In this high exuberance of spirits, a sudden surprise turned
their momentary triumph into a total defeat; for some Wahumba,
having heard the cries of the Wagogo, joined in their cause, and
both together fell on the Arab force with such impetuosity that
the former victors were now scattered in all directions.  Those
who could run fast enough were saved--the rest were speared to
death by the natives.  Nobody knew how Jafu fell; but Snay, after
running a short distance, called one of his slaves, and begged
him to take his gun, saying, "I am too old to keep up with you;
keep this gun for my sake, for I will lie down here and take my
chance."  He never was seen again.  But this was not all their
misfortunes; for the slaves who brought in this information had
met the first detachment, sent with the Khoko loot, at Kigua,
where, they said, the detachment had been surprised by Manua
Sera, who, having fortified a village with four hundred men,
expecting this sort of thing, rushed out upon them, and cut them
all up.

The Arabs, after the first burst of their grief was over, came to
me again in a body, and begged me to assist them, for they were
utterly undone.  Manua Sera prevented their direct communication
with their detachment at Mdaburu, and that again was cut off from
their caravans at Kanyenye by the Mzanza people, and in fact all
the Wagogo; so they hoped at least I would not forsake them,
which they heard I was going to do, as Manua Sera had also
threatened to attack Kaze.  I then told them, finally that their
proposals were now beyond my power, for I had a duty to perform
as well as themselves, and in a day or two I should be off.

14th to 17th.--On the 14th thirty-nine porters were brought in
from Rungua by Musa's men, who said they had collected one
hundred and twenty, and brought them to within ten miles of this,
when some travellers frightened all but thirty-nine away, by
telling them, "Are you such fools as to venture into Kaze now?
all the Arabs have been killed, or were being cut up and pursued
by Manua Sera." This sad disappointment threw me on my "beam-
ends."  For some reason or other none of Musa's slaves would take
service, and the Arabs prevented theirs from leaving the place,
as it was already too short of hands.  To do the best under these
circumstances, I determined on going to Rungua with what kit
could be carried, leaving Bombay behind with Musa until such time
as I should arrive there, and, finding more men, could send them
back for the rest.  I then gave Musa the last of the gold watches
the Indian Government had given me;[FN#9] and, bidding Sheikh
Said take all our letters and specimens back to the coast as soon
as the road was found practicable, set out on the march
northwards with Grant and Baraka, and all the rest of my men who
were well enough to carry loads, as well as some of Musa's head
men, who knew where to get porters.

After passing Masange and Zimbili, we put up a night in the
village of Iviri, on the northern border of Unyanyembe, and found
several officers there, sent by Mkisiwa, to enforce a levy of
soldiers to take the field with the Arabs at Kaze against Manua
Sera; to effect which, they walked about ringing bells, and
bawling out that if a certain percentage of all the inhabitants
did not muster, the village chief would be seized, and their
plantations confiscated. My men all mutinied here for increase of
ration allowances.  To find themselves food with, I had given
them all one necklace of beads each per diem since leaving Kaze,
in lieu of cloth, which hitherto had been served out for that
purpose.  It was a very liberal allowance, because the Arabs
never gave more than one necklace to every three men, and that,
too, of inferior quality to what I served.  I brought them to at
last by starvation, and then we went on.  Dipping down into a
valley between two clusters of granitic hills, beautifully
clothed with trees and grass, studded here and there with rich
plantations, we entered the district of Usagari, and on the
second day forded the Gombe nullah again--in its upper course,
called Kuale.

Rising again up to the main level of the plantation, we walked
into the boma of the chief of Unyambewa, Singinya, whose wife was
my old friend the late sultana Ungugu's lady's-maid.  Immediately
on our entering her palace, she came forward to meet me with the
most affable air of a princess, begged I would always come to her
as I did then, and sought to make every one happy and
comfortable. Her old mistress, she said, died well stricken in
years; and, as she had succeeded her, the people of her country
invited Singinya to marry her, because feuds had arisen about the
rights of succession; and it was better a prince, whom they
thought best suited by birth and good qualities, should head
their warriors, and keep all in order.  At that moment Singinya
was out in the field fighting his enemies; and she was sure, when
he heard I was here, that he would be very sorry he had missed
seeing me.

We next went on to the district of Ukumbi, and put up in a
village there, on approaching which all the villagers turned out
to resist us, supposing we were an old enemy of theirs.  They
flew about brandishing their spears, and pulling their bows in
the most grotesque attitudes, alarming some of my porters so much
that they threw down their loads and bolted.  All the country is
richly cultivated, though Indian corn at that time was the only
grain ripe. The square, flat-topped tembes had now been left
behind, and instead the villagers lived in small collections of
grass huts, surrounded by palisades of tall poles.

Proceeding on we put up at the small settlement of Usenda, the
proprietor of which was a semi-negro Arab merchant called
Sangoro. He had a large collection of women here, but had himself
gone north with a view to trade in Karague.  Report, however,
assured us that he was then detained in Usui by Suwarora, its
chief, on the plea of requiring his force of musketeers to
prevent the Watuta from pillaging his country, for these Watuta
lived entirely on plunder of other people's cattle.

With one move, by alternately crossing strips of forest and
cultivation, studded here and there with small hills of granite,
we forded the Qaunde nullah--a tributary to the Gombe--and
entered the rich flat district of Mininga, where the gingerbread-
palm grows abundantly.  The greatest man we found here was a
broken-down ivory merchant called Sirboko, who gave us a good hut
to live in.  Next morning, I believe at the suggestion of my
Wanguana, with Baraka at their head, he induced me to stop there;
for he said Rungua had been very recently destroyed by the
Watuta, and this place could afford porters better than it.  To
all appearance this was the case, for this district was better
cultivated than any place I had seen. I also felt a certain
inclination to stop, as I was dragging on sick men, sorely
against my feelings; and I also thought I had better not go
farther away from my rear property; but, afraid of doing wrong in
not acting up to Musa's directions, I called up his head men who
were with me, and asked them what they thought of the matter, as
they had lately come from Rungua.  On their confirming Sirboki's
story, and advising my stopping, I acceded to their
recommendation, and immediately gave Musa's men orders to look
out for porters.

Hearing this, all my Wanguana danced with delight; and I, fearing
there was some treachery, called Musa's men again, saying I had
changed my mind, and wished to go on in the afternoon; but when
the time came, not one of our porters could be seen.  There was
now no help for it; so, taking it coolly, I gave Musa's men
presents, begged them to look sharp in getting the men up, and
trusted all would end well in the long-run.  Sirboko's attentions
were most warm and affecting.  He gave us cows, rice, and milk,
with the best place he had to live in, and looked after us as
constantly and tenderly as if he had been our father.  It seemed
quite unjust to harbour any suspicion against him.

He gave the following account of himself:--He used to trade in
ivory, on account of some Arabs at Zanzibar.  On crossing Usui,
he once had a fight with one of the chiefs of the country and
killed him; but he got through all right, because the natives,
after two or three of their number had been killed, dispersed,
and feared to come near his musket again.  He visited Uganda when
the late king Sunna was living, and even traded Usoga; but as he
was coming down from these northern countries he lost all his
property by a fire breaking out in a village he stopped in, which
drove him down here a ruined man.  As it happened, however, he
put up with the chief of this district, Ugali--Mr Paste--at a
time when the Watuta attacked the place and drove all the
inhabitants away.  The chief, too, was on the point of bolting,
when Sirboko prevented him by saying, "If you will only have
courage to stand by me, the Watuta shall not come near--at any
rate, if they do, let us both die together." The Watuta at that
time surrounded the district, crowning all the little hills
overlooking it; but fearing the Arabs' guns might be many, they
soon walked away, and left them in peace.  In return for this
magnanimity, and feeling a great security in firearms, Ugali then
built the large enclosure, with huts for Sirboko, we were now
living in.  Sirboko, afraid to return to the coast lest he should
be apprehended for debt, has resided here ever since, doing odd
jobs for other traders, increasing his family, and planting
extensively. His agricultural operations are confined chiefly to
rice, because the natives do not like it enough to be tempted to
steal it.

25th to 2d.--I now set to work, collecting, stuffing, and
drawing, until the 2d, when Musa's men came in with three hundred
men, whom I sent on to Kaze at once with my specimens and
letters, directing Musa and Bombay to come on and join us
immediately.  Whilst waiting for these men's return, one of
Sirboko's slaves, chained up by him, in the most piteous manner
cried out to me: "Hai Bana wangi, Bana wangi (Oh, my lord, my
lord), take pity on me!  When I was a free man I saw you at
Uvira, on the Tanganyika lake, when you were there; but since
then the Watuta, in a fight at Ujiji, speared me all over and
left me for dead, when I was seized by the people, sold to the
Arabs, and have been in chains ever since.  Oh, I saw, Bana
wangi, if you would only liberate me I would never run away, but
would serve you faithfully all my life."  This touching appeal
was too strong for my heart to withstand, so I called up Sirboko,
and told him, if he would liberate this one man to please me he
should be no loser; and the release was effected.  He was then
christened Farham (Joy), and was enrolled in my service with the
rest of my freed men.  I then inquired if it was true the Wabembe
were cannibals, and also circumcised.  In one of their slaves the
latter statement was easily confirmed.  I was assure that he was
not a cannibal; for the whole tribe of Wabembe, when they cannot
get human flesh otherwise, give a goat to their neighbours for a
sick or dying child, regarding such flesh as the best of all.  No
other cannibals, however, were known of; but the Masai, and their
cognates, the Wahumba, Wataturu, Wakasange, Wanyaramba, and even
the Wagogo and Wakimbu, circumcise.

On the 15th I was surprised to find Bombay come in with all my
rear property and a great quantity of Musa's, but with out the
old man. By a letter from Sheikh Said I then found that, since my
leaving Kaze, the Arabs had, along with Mkisiwa, invested the
position of Manua Sera at Kigue, and forced him to take flight
again. Afterwards the Arabs, returning to Kaze, found Musa
preparing to leave.  Angry at this attempt to desert them, they
persuaded him to give up his journey north for the present; so
that at the time Bombay left, Musa was engaged as public
auctioneer in selling the effects of Snay, Jafu, and others, but
privately said he would follow me on to Karague as soon as his
rice was cut.  Adding a little advice of his own, Sheikh Said
pressed me to go on with the journey as fast as possible, because
all the Arabs had accused me of conspiring with Manua Sera, and
would turn against me unless I soon got away.

2d to 30th.--Disgusted with Musa's vacillatory conduct, on the
22d I sent him a letter containing a bit of my mind.  I had given
him, as a present, sufficient cloth to pay for his porters, as
well as a watch and a good sum of money, and advised his coming
on at once, for the porters who had just brought in my rear
property would not take pay to go on to Karague; and so I was
detained again, waiting whilst his head man went to Rungua to
look for more.  Five days after this, a party of Sangoro's
arrived from Karague, saying they had been detained three months
in Usui by Suwarora, who had robbed them of an enormous quantity
of property, and oppressed them so that all their porters ran
away.  Now, slight as this little affair might appear, it was of
vital importance to me, as I found all my men shaking their heads
and predicting what might happen to us when we got there; so, as
a forlorn hope, I sent Baraka with another letter to Musa,
offering to pay as much money for fifty men carrying muskets as
would buy fifty slaves, and, in addition to that, I offered to
pay them what my men were receiving as servants. Next day (23d)
the chief Ugali came to pay his respects to us. He was a fine-
looking young man, about thirty years old, the husband of thirty
wives, but he had only three children.  Much surprised at the
various articles composing our kit, he remarked that our
"sleeping-clothes"--blankets--were much better than his royal
robes; but of all things that amused him most were our picture-
books, especially some birds drawn by Wolf.

Everything still seemed going against me; for on the following
day (24th) Musa's men came in from Rungua to say the Watuta were
"out." They had just seized fifty head of cattle from Rungua, and
the people were in such a state of alarm they dared not leave
their homes and families.  I knew not what to do, for there was
no hope left but in what Baraka might bring; and as that even
would be insufficient, I sent Musa's men into Kaze, to increase
the original number by thirty men more.

Patience, thank God, I had a good stock of, so I waited quietly
until the 30th, when I was fairly upset by the arrival of a
letter from Kaze, stating that Baraka had arrived, and had been
very insolent both to Musa and to Sheikh Said.  The bearer of the
letter was at once to go and search for porters at Rungua, but
not a word was said about the armed men I had ordered.  At the
same time reports from the other side came in, to the effect that
the Arabs at Kaze and Msene had bribed the Watuta to join them,
and overrun the whole country from Ugogo to Usui; and, in
consequence of this, all the natives on the line I should have to
take were in such dread of that terrible wandering race of
savages, who had laid waste in turn all the lands from N'yassa to
Usui on their west flank, that not a soul dared leave his home. 
I could now only suppose that this foolish and hasty
determination of the Arabs, who, quite unprepared to carry out
their wicked alliance to fight, still had set every one against
their own interests as well as mine, had not reached Musa, so I
made up my mind at once to return to Kaze, and settle all matters
I had in my heart with himself and the Arabs in person.

This settled, I next, in this terrible embarrassment, determined
on sending back the last of the Hottentots, as all four of them,
though still wishing to go on with me, distinctly said they had
not the power to continue the march, for they had never ceased
suffering from fever and jaundice, which had made them all yellow
as guineas, save one, who was too black to change colour.  It
felt to me as if I were selling my children, having once
undertaken to lead them through the journey; but if I did not
send them back then, I never could afterwards, and therefore I
allowed the more substantial feelings of humanity to overcome
these compunctions.

Next morning, then, after giving the Tots over in charge of some
men to escort them on to Kaze quietly, I set our myself with a
dozen men, and the following evening I put up with Musa, who told
me Baraka had just left without one man--all his slaves having
become afraid to go, since the news of the Arab alliance had
reached Kaze. Suwarora had ordered his subjects to run up a line
of bomas to protect his frontier, and had proclaimed his
intention to kill every coast-man who dared attempt to enter
Usui.  My heart was ready to sink as I turned into bed, and I was
driven to think of abandoning everybody who was not strong enough
to go on with me carrying a load.

3d to 13th.--Baraka, hearing I had arrived, then came back to me,
and confirmed Musa's words.  The Arabs, too, came flocking in to
beg, nay implore, me to help them out of their difficulties. Many
of them were absolutely ruined, they said; others had their
houses full of stores unemployed.  At Ugogo those who wished to
join them were unable to do so, for their porters, what few were
left, were all dying of starvation; and at that moment Manua Sera
was hovering about, shooting, both night and day, all the poor
villagers in the district, or driving them away.  Would to God,
they said, I would mediate for them with Manua Sera--they were
sure I would be successful--and then they would give me as many
armed men as I liked.  Their folly in all their actions, I said,
proved to me that anything I might attempt to do would be futile,
for their alliance with the Watuta, when they were not prepared
to act, at once damned them in my eyes as fools.  This they in
their terror acknowledged, but said it was not past remedy, if I
would join them, to counteract what had been done in that matter. 
Suffice it now to say, after a long conversation, arguing all the
pros and cons over, I settled I would write out all the articles
of a treaty of peace, by which they should be liable to have all
their property forfeited on the coast if they afterwards broke
faith; and I begged them to call the next day and sign it.

They were no sooner gone, however, than Musa assured me they had
killed old Maula of Rubuga in the most treacherous manner, as
follows:--Khamis, who is an Arab of most gentlemanly aspect, on
returning from Ugogo attended by slaves, having heard that Maula
was desirous of adjusting a peace, invited him with his son to do
so.  When old Maula came as desired, bringing his son with him,
and a suitable offering of ivory and cattle, the Arab induced
them both to kneel down and exchange blood with him, when, by a
previously concerted arrangement, Khamis had them shot down by
his slaves.  This disgusting story made me quite sorry, when next
day the Arabs arrived, expecting that I should attempt to help
them; but as the matter had gone so far, I asked them, in the
first place, how they could hope Manua Sera would have any faith
in them when they were so treacherous, or trust to my help, since
they had killed Maula, who was my protege?  They all replied in a
breath, "Oh, let the past be forgotten, and assist us now! for in
you alone we can look for a preserver."

At length an armistice was agreed to; but as no one dared go to
negotiated it but my men, I allowed them to take pay from the
Arabs, which was settled on the 4th by ten men taking four yards
of cloth each, with a promise of a feast on sweetmeats when they
returned. Ex Mrs Musa, who had been put aside by her husband
because she was too fat for her lord's taste, then gave me three
men of her private establishment, and abused Musa for being
wanting in "brains." She had repeatedly advised him to leave this
place and go with me, lest the Arabs, who were all in debt to
him, should put him to death; but he still hung on to recover his
remaining debts, a portion having been realised by the sale of
Snay's and Jafu's effects; for everything in the shape of
commodities had been sold at the enormous price of 500 per cent--
the male slaves even fetching 100 dollars per head, though the
females went for less. The Hottentots now arrived, with many more
of my men, who, seeing their old "flames," Snay's women, sold off
by auction, begged me to advance them money to purchase them
with, for they could not bear to see these women, who were their
own when they formerly stayed here, go off like cattle no one
knew where.  Compliance, of course, was impossible, as it would
have crowded the caravan with women. Indeed, to prevent my men
every thinking of matrimony on the march, as well as to incite
them on through the journey, I promised, as soon as we reached
Egypt, to give them all wives and gardens at Zanzibar, provided
they did not contract marriages on the road.

On the 6th, the deputation, headed by Baraka, returned
triumphantly into Kaze, leading in two of Manua Sera's ministers-
-one of them a man with one eye, whom I called Cyclops--and tow
others, ministers of a chief called Kitambi, or Little Blue
Cloth.  After going a day's journey, they said they came to where
Manua Sera was residing with Kitambi, and met with a most
cheerful and kind reception from both potentates, who, on hearing
of my proposition, warmly acceded to it, issued orders at once
that hostilities should cease, and, with one voice, said they
were convinced that, unless through my instrumentality, Manua
Sera would never regain his possessions. Kitambi was quite beside
himself, and wished my men to stop one night to enjoy his
hospitality.  Manua Sera, after reflecting seriously about the
treacherous murder of old Maula, hesitated, but gave way when it
had been explained away by my men, and said, "No; they shall go
at once, for my kingdom depends on the issue, and Bana Mzungu
(the White Lord) may get anxious if they do not return promptly." 
One thing, however, he insisted on, and that was, the only place
he would meet the Arabs in was Unyanyembe, as it would be beneath
his dignity to settle matters anywhere else. And further, he
specified that he wished all the transactions to take place in
Musa's house.

Next day, 7th, I assembled all the Arabs at Musa's "court," with
all my men and the two chiefs, four men attending, when Baraka,
"on his legs," told them all I proposed for the treaty of peace. 
The Arabs gave their assent to it; and Cyclops, for Manua Sera,
after giving a full narrative of the whole history of the war, in
such a rapid and eloquent manner as would have done justice to
our Prime Minister, said his chief was only embittered against
Snay, and now Snay was killed, he wished to make friends with
them.  To which the Arabs made a suitable answer, adding, that
all they found fault with was an insolent remark which, in his
wrath, Manua Sera had given utterance to, that their quarrel with
him was owing chiefly to a scurvy jest which he had passed on
them, and on the characteristic personal ceremony of initiation
to their Mussulman faith.  Now, however, as Manua Sera wished to
make friends, they would abide by anything that I might propose. 
Here the knotty question arose again, what territory they, the
Arabs, would give to Manua Sera? I thought he would not be
content unless he got the old place again; but as Cyclops said
no, that was not in his opinion absolutely necessary, as the
lands of Unyanyembe had once before been divided, the matter was
settled on the condition that another conference should be held
with Manua Sera himself on the subject.

I now (8th and 9th) sent these men all off again, inviting Manua
Sera to come over and settle matters at once, if he would,
otherwise I should go on with my journey, for I could not afford
to wait longer here.  Then, as soon as they left, I made Musa
order some of his men off to Rungua, requesting the chief of the
place to send porters to Mininga to remove all our baggage over
to his palace; at the same time I begged him not to fear the
Watuta's threat to attack him, as Musa would come as soon as the
treaty was concluded, in company with me, to build a boma
alongside his palace, as he did in former years, to be nearer his
trade with Karague.  I should have mentioned, by the way, that
Musa had now made up his mind not to go further than the borders
of Usui with me, lest I should be "torn to pieces," and he would
be "held responsible on the coast."  Musa's men, however, whom he
selected for this business, were then engaged making Mussulmans
of all the Arab slave boys, and said they would not go until they
had finished, although I offered to pay the "doctor's bill," or
allowance they expected to get.  The ceremony, at the same time
that it helps to extend their religion, as christening does ours,
also stamps the converts with a mark effective enough to prevent
desertion; because, after it has been performed, their own tribe
would not receive them again.  At last, when they did go, Musa,
who was suffering from a sharp illness, to prove to me that he
was bent on leaving Kaze the same time as myself, began eating
what he called his training pills--small dried buds of roses with
alternate bits of sugar-candy.  Ten of these buds, he said, eaten
dry, were sufficient for ordinary cases, and he gave a very
formidable description of the effect likely to follow the use of
the same number boiled in rice-water or milk.

Fearful stories of losses and distress came constantly in from
Ugogo by small bodies of men, who stole their way through the
jungles. To-day a tremendous commotion took place in Musa's tembe
amongst all the women, as one had been delivered of still-born
twins.  They went about in procession, painted and adorned in the
most grotesque fashion, bewailing and screeching, singing and
dancing, throwing their arms and legs about as if they were
drunk, until the evening set in, when they gathered a huge bundle
of bulrushes, and, covering it with a cloth, carried it up to the
door of the bereaved on their shoulders, as though it had been a
coffin.  Then setting it down on the ground, they planted some of
the rushes on either side of the entrance, and all kneeling
together, set to bewailing, shrieking, and howling incessantly
for hours together.

After this (10th to 12th), to my great relief, quite
unexpectedly, a man arrived from Usui conveying a present of some
ivories from a great mganga or magician, named Dr K'yengo, who
had sent them to Musa as a recollection from an old friend,
begging at the same time for some pretty cloths, as he said he
was then engaged as mtongi or caravan director, collecting
together all the native caravans desirous of making a grand march
to Uganda.  This seemed to me a heaven-born opportunity of making
friends with one who could help me so materially, and I begged
Musa to seal it by sending him something on my account, as I had
nothing by me; but Musa objected, thinking it better simply to
say I was coming, and if he, K'yengo, would assist me in Usui, I
would then give him some cloths as he wanted; otherwise, Musa
said, the man who had to convey it would in all probability make
away with it, and then do his best to prevent my seeing K'yengo. 
As soon as this was settled, against my wish and opinion, a
special messenger arrived from Suwarora, to inquire of Musa what
truth there was in the story of the Arabs having allied
themselves to the Watuta.  He had full faith in Musa, and hoped,
if the Arabs had no hostile intentions towards him, he, Musa,
would send him two of theirs; further, Suwarora wished Musa would
send him a cat.  A black cat was then given to the messenger for
Suwarora, and Musa sent an account of all that I had done towards
effecting a peace, saying that the Arabs had accepted my views,
and if he would have patience until I arrived in Usui, the four
men required would be sent with me.

In the evening my men returned again with Cyclops, who said, for
his master, that Manua Sera desired nothing more than peace, and
to make friends with the Arabs; but as nothing was settled about
deposing Mkisiwa, he could not come over here.  Could the Arabs,
was Manua Sera's rejoinder, suppose for a moment that he would
voluntarily divide his dominion with one whom he regarded as his
slave!  Death would be preferable; and although he would trust
his life in the Mzungu's hands if he called him again, he must
know it was his intention to hunt Mkisiwa down like a wild
animal, and would never rest satisfied until he was dead.  The
treaty thus broke down; for the same night Cyclops decamped like
a thief, after brandishing an arrow which Manua Sera had given
him to throw down as a gauntlet of defiance to fight Mkisiwa to
death.  After this the Arabs were too much ashamed of themselves
to come near me, though invited by letter, and Musa became so ill
he would not take my advice and ride in a hammock, the best
possible cure for his complaint; so, after being humbugged so
many times by his procrastinations, I gave Sheikh Said more
letters and specimens, with orders to take the Tots down to the
coast as soon as practicable, and started once more for the
north, expecting very shortly to hear of Musa's death, though he
promised to follow me the very next day or die in the attempt,
and he also said he would bring on the four men required by
Suwarora; for I was fully satisfied in my mind that he would have
marched with me then had he had the resolution to do so at all.

Before I had left the district I heard that Manua Sera had
collected a mixed force of Warori, Wagogo, and Wasakuma, and had
gone off to Kigue again, whilst the Arabs and Mkisiwa were
feeding their men on beef before setting out to fight him.  Manua
Sera, it was said, had vast resources.  His father, Fundi Kira,
was a very rich man, and had buried vast stores of property,
which no one knew of but Manua Sera, his heir.  The Wanyamuezi
all inwardly loved him for his great generosity, and all alike
thought him protected by a halo of charm-power so effective
against the arms of the Arabs that he could play with them just
as he liked.

On crossing Unyambewa (14th), when I a third time put up with my
old friend the sultana, her chief sent word to say he hoped I
would visit him at his fighting boma to eat a cow which he had in
store for me, as he could not go home and enjoy the society of
his wife whilst the war was going on; since, by so doing, it was
considered he "would lose strength."

On arriving at Mininga, I was rejoiced to see Grant greatly
recovered.  Three villagers had been attacked by two lions during
my absence.  Two of the people escaped, but the third was seized
as he was plunging into his hut, and was dragged off and devoured
by the animals.  A theft also had taken place, by which both
Grant and Sirboko lost property; and the thieves had been traced
over the borders of the next district.  No fear, however, was
entertained about the things being recovered, for Sirboko had
warned Ugali the chief, and he had promised to send his Waganga,
or magicians, out to track them down, unless the neighbouring
chief chose to give them up.  After waiting two days, as no men
came from Rungua, I begged Grant to push ahead on to Ukani, just
opposite Rungua, with all my coast-men, whilst I remained behind
for the arrival of Musa's men and porters to carry on the rest of
the kit--for I had now twenty-two in addition to men permanently
enlisted, who took service on the same rate of pay as my original
coast-men; though, as usual, when the order for marching was
issued, a great number were found to be either sick or

Two days afterwards, Musa's men came in with porters, who would
not hire themselves for more than two marches, having been
forbidden to do so by their chief on account of the supposed
Watuta invasion; and for these two marches they required a
quarter of the whole customary hire to Karague.  Musa's traps,
too, I found, were not to be moved, so I saw at once Musa had not
kept faith with me, and there would be a fresh set of
difficulties; but as every step onwards was of the greatest
importance--for my men were consuming my stores at a fearful
pace--I paid down the beads they demanded, and next day joined
Grant at Mbisu, a village of Ukuni held by a small chief called
Mchimeka, who had just concluded a war of two years' standing
with the great chief Ukulima (the Digger), of Nunda (the Hump). 
During the whole of the two years' warfare the loss was only
three men on each side.  Meanwhile Musa's men bolted like thieves
one night, on a report coming that the chief of Unyambewa, after
concluding the war, whilst amusing himself with his wife, had
been wounded on the foot by an arrow that fell from her hand. The
injury had at once taken a mortal turn, and the chief sent for
his magicians, who said it was not the fault of the wife--
somebody else must have charmed the arrow to cause such a deadly
result. They then seized hold of the magic horn, primed for the
purpose, and allowed it to drag them to where the culprits dwelt. 
Four poor men, who were convicted in this way, were at once put
to death, and the chief from that moment began to recover.

After a great many perplexities, I succeeded in getting a
kirangozi, or leader, by name Ungurue (the Pig).  He had several
times taken caravans to Karague, and knew all the languages well,
but unfortunately he afterwards proved to be what his name
implied. That, however, I could not foresee, so, trusting to him
and good-luck, I commenced making fresh enlistments of porters;
but they came and went in the most tantalising manner,
notwithstanding I offered three times the hire that any merchant
could afford to give. Every day seemed to be worse and worse. 
Some of Musa's men came to get palm-toddy for him, as he was too
weak to stand, and was so cold nothing would warm him.  There
was, however, no message brought for myself; and as the
deputation did not come to me, I could only infer that I was
quite forgotten, of that Musa, after all, had only been
humbugging me.  I scarcely knew what to do.  Everybody advised me
to stop where I was until the harvest was over, as no porters
could be found on ahead, for Ukuni was the last of the fertile
lands on this side of Usui.

Stopping, however, seemed endless; not so my supplies, I
therefore tried advancing in detachments again, sending the free
men off under Grant to Ukulima's, whilst I waited behind keeping
ourselves divided in the hopes of inducing all hands to see the
advisability of exerting themselves for the general good--as my
men, whilst we were all together, showed they did not care how
long they were kept doing no more fatiguing work than chaffing
each other, and feeding at my expense.

In the meanwhile the villagers were very merry, brewing and
drinking their pombe (beer) by turns, one house after the other
providing the treat.  On these occasions the chief--who always
drank freely, and more than any other--heading the public
gatherings of men and women, saw the large earthen pots placed
all in a row, and the company taking long draughts from bowls
made of plaited straw, laughing as they drank, until, half-
screwed, they would begin bawling and shouting.  To increase the
merriment, one or two jackanapes, with zebras' manes tied over
their heads, would advance with long tubes like monster bassoons,
blowing with all their might, contorting their faces and bodies,
and going through the most obscene and ridiculous motions to
captivate their simple admirers. This, however, was only the
feast; the ball then began, for the pots were no sooner emptied
than five drums at once, of different sizes and tones, suspended
in a line from a long horizontal bar, were beaten with fury, and
all the men, women, and children, singing and clapping their
hands in time, danced for hours together.

A report reached me, by some of Sirboko's men, whom he had sent
to convey to us a small present of rice, that an Arab, who was
crossing Msalala to our northward, had been treacherously robbed
of all his arms and guns by a small district chief, whose only
excuse was that the Wanyamuezi had always traded very well by
themselves until the Arabs came into the country; but now, as
they were robbed of their property, on account of the
disturbances caused by these Arabs, they intended for the future
to take all they could get, and challenged the Arabs to do the

My patience was beginning to suffer again, for I could not help
thinking that the chiefs of the place were preventing their
village men going with me in order that my presence here might
ward of the Watuta; so I called up the kirangozi, who had
thirteen "Watoto," as they are called, or children of his own,
wishing to go, and asked him if he knew why no other men could be
got.  As he could not tell me, saying some excused themselves on
the plea they were cutting their corn, and others that they
feared the Watuta, I resolved at once to move over to Nunda; and
if that place also failed to furnish men, I would go on to Usui
or Karague with what men I had, and send back for the rest of my
property; for though I could bear the idea of separating from
Grant, still the interests of old England were at stake, and
demanded it.

This resolve being strengthened by the kirangozi's assurance that
the row in Msalala had shaken the few men who had half dreaded to
go with me, I marched over to Hunda, and put up with Grant in
Ukulima's boma, when Grant informed me that the chief had
required four yards of cloth from him for having walked round a
dead lioness, as he had thus destroyed a charm that protected his
people against any more of these animals coming, although,
fortunately, the charm could be restored again by paying four
yards of cloth.  Ukulima, however, was a very kind and good man,
though he did stick the hands and heads of his victims on the
poles of his boma as a warning to others.  He kept five wives, of
whom the rest paid such respect to the elder one, it was quite
pleasing to see them.  A man of considerable age, he did
everything the state or his great establishment required himself. 
All the men of his district clapped their hands together as a
courteous salutation to him, and the women curtsied as well as
they do at our court--a proof that they respected him as a great
potentate--a homage rarely bestowed on the chiefs of other small
states.  Ukulima was also hospitable; for on one occasion, when
another chief came to visit him, he received his guest and
retainers with considerable ceremony, making all the men of the
village get up a dance; which they did, beating the drums and
firing off guns, like a lot of black devils let loose.

We were not the only travellers in misfortune here, for Masudi,
with several other Arabs, all formed in one large caravan, had
arrived at Mchimeka's, and could not advance for want of men. 
They told me it was the first time they had come on this line,
and they deeply regretted it, for they had lost 5000 dollar's
worth of beads by their porters running away with their loads,
and now they did not know how to proceed.  Indeed, they left the
coast and arrived at Kaze immediately in rear of us, and had,
like ourselves, found it as much as they could do even to reach
this, and now they were at a standstill for want of porters.

As all hopes of being able to get any more men were given up, I
called on Bombay and Baraka to make arrangements for my going
ahead with the best of my property as I had devised.  They both
shook their heads, and advised me to remain until the times
improved, when the Arabs, being freed from the pressure of war,
would come along and form with us a "sufari ku" or grand march,
as Ukulima and every one else had said we should be torn to
pieces in Usui if we tried to cross that district with so few
men.  I then told them again and again of the messages I had sent
on to Rumanika in Karague, and to Suwarora in Usui, and begged
them to listen to me, instancing as an example of what could be
done by perseverance the success of Columbus, who, opposed by his
sailors' misgivings, still when on and triumphed, creating for
himself immortal renown.

They gave way at last; so, after selecting all the best of my
property, I formed camp at Phunze, left Bombay with Grant behind,
as I thought Bombay the best and most honest man I had got, from
his having had so much experience, and then went ahead by myself,
with the Pig as my guide and interpreter, and Baraka as my
factotum. The Waguana then all mutinied for a cloth apiece,
saying they would not lift a load unless I gave it.  Of course a
severe contest followed; I said, as I had given them so much
before, they could not want it, and ought to be ashamed of
themselves.  They urged, however, they were doing double work,
and would not consent to carry loads as they had done at Mgunda
Mkhali again.

Arguments were useless, for, simply because they were tired of
going on, they WOULD not see that as they were receiving pay
every day, they therefore ought to work every day.  However, as
they yielded at last, by some few leaning to my side, I gave what
they asked for, and went to the next village, still inefficient
in men, as all the Pig's Watoto could not be collected together. 
This second move brought us into a small village, of which Ghiya,
a young man, was chief.

He was very civil to me, and offered to sell me a most charming
young woman, quite the belle of the country; but as he could not
bring me to terms, he looked over my picture-books with the
greatest delight, and afterwards went into a discourse on
geography with considerable perspicacity; seeming fully to
comprehend that if I got down the Nile it would afterwards result
in making the shores of the N'yanza like that of the coast at
Zanzibar, where the products of his country could be exchanged,
without much difficulty, for cloths, beads, and brass wire.  I
gave him a present; then a letter was brought to me from Sheikh
Said, announcing Musa's death, and the fact that Manua Sera was
still holding out at Kigue; in answer to which I desired the
sheikh to send me as many of Musa's slaves as would take service
with me, for they ought now, by the laws of the Koran, to be all

On packing up to leave Ghiya's, all the men of the village shut
the bars of the entrance, wishing to extract some cloths from me,
as I had not given enough, they said, to their chief.  They soon,
however, saw that we, being inside their own fort, had the best
of it, and they gave way.  We then pushed on to Ungurue's,
another chief of the same district.  Here the men and women of
the place came crowding to see me, the fair sex all playfully
offering themselves for wives, and wishing to know which I
admired most. They were so importunate, after a time, that I was
not sorry to hear an attack was made on their cattle because a
man of the village would not pay his dowry-money to his father-
in-law, and this set everybody flying out to the scene of action.

After this, as Bombay brought up the last of my skulking men, I
bade him good-bye again, and made an afternoon-march on to
Takina, in the district of Msalala, which we no sooner approached
than all the inhabitants turned out and fired their arrows at us. 
They did no harm, however, excepting to create a slight alarm,
which some neighbouring villagers took advantage of to run of
with two of my cows. To be returned to them, but called in vain,
as the scoundrels said, "Findings are keepings, by the laws of
our country; and as we found your cows, so we will keep them." 
For my part I was glad they were gone, as the Wanguana never yet
kept anything I put under their charge; so, instead of allowing
them to make a fuss the next morning, I marched straight on for
M'ynoga's, the chief of the district, who was famed for his
infamy and great extortions, having pushed his exactions so far
as to close the road.

On nearing his palace, we heard war-drums beat in every
surrounding village, and the kirangozi would go no farther until
permission was obtained from M'yonga.  This did not take long, as
the chief said he was most desirous to see a white man, never
having been to the coast, though his father-in-law had, and had
told him that the Wazungu were even greater people than the
sultan reigning there. On our drawing near the palace, a small,
newly-constructed boma was shown for my residence; but as I did
not wish to stop there, knowing how anxious Grant would be to
have his relief, I would not enter it, but instead sent Baraka to
pay the hongo as quickly as possible, that we might move on
again; at the same time ordering him to describe the position
both Grant and myself were in, and explain that what I paid now
was to frank both of us, as the whole of the property was my own. 
Should he make any remarks about the two cows that were stolen, I
said he must know that I could not wait for them, as my brother
would die of suspense if we did not finish the journey and send
back for him quickly.  Off went Baraka with a party of men,
stopping hours, of course, and firing volleys of ammunition away. 
He did not return again until the evening, when the palace-drums
announced that the hongo had been settled for one barsati, one
lugoi, and six yards merikani.  Baraka approached me
triumphantly, saying how well he had managed the business. 
M'yonga did not wish to see me, because he did not know the coast
language. He was immensely pleased with the present I had given
him, and said he was much and very unjustly abused by the Arabs,
who never came this way, saying he was a bad man.  He should be
very glad to see Grant, and would take nothing from him; and,
though he did not see me in person, he would feel much affronted
if I did not stop the night there.  In the meanwhile he would
have the cows brought in, for he could not allow any one to leave
his country abused in any way.

My men had greatly amused him by firing their guns off and
showing him the use of their sword-bayonets.  I knew, as a matter
of course, that if I stopped any longer I should be teased for
more cloths, and gave orders to my men to march the same instant,
saying, if they did not--for I saw them hesitate--I would give
the cows to the villagers, since I knew that was the thing that
weighed on their minds.  This raised a mutiny.  No one would go
forward with the two cows behind; besides which, the day was far
spent, and there was nothing but jungle, they said, beyond.  The
kirangozi would not show the way, nor would any man lift a load. 
A great confusion ensued. I knew they were telling lies, and
would not enter the village, but shot the cows when they arrived,
for the villagers to eat, to show them I cared for nothing but
making headway, and remained out in the open all night.  Next
morning, sure enough, before we could get under way, M'yonga sent
his prime minister to say that the king's sisters and other
members of his family had been crying and tormenting him all
night for having let me off so cheaply--they had got nothing to
cover their nakedness, and I must pay something more. This
provoked fresh squabbles.  The drums had beaten and the tax was
settled; I could not pay more.  The kirangozi, however, said he
would not move a peg unless I gave something more, else he would
be seized on his way back.  His "children' all said the same; and
as I thought Grant would only be worsted if I did not keep
friends with the scoundrel, I gave four yards more merikani, and
then went on my way.

For the first few miles there were villagers, but after that a
long tract of jungle, inhabited chiefly by antelopes and
rhinoceros.  It was wilder in appearance than most parts of
Unyamuezi.  In this
jungle a tributary nullah to the Gombe, called Nurhungure, is the
boundary-line between the great Country of the Moon and the
kingdom of Uzinza.

                           Chapter VI


The Politics of Uzinza--The Wahuma--"The Pig's" Trick--First
Taste of Usui Taxation--Pillaged by Mfumbi--Pillaged by Makaka--
Pillaged by Lumeresi--Grant Stripped by M'Yonga--Stripped Again
by Ruhe-- Terrors and Defections in the Camp--Driven back to Kaze
with new Tribulations and Impediments.

Uzinza, which we now entered, is ruled by two Wahuma chieftains
of foreign blood, descended from the Abyssinian stock, of whom we
saw specimens scattered all over Unyamuezi, and who extended even
down south as far as Fipa.  Travellers see very little, however,
of these Wahuma, because, being pastorals, they roam about with
their flocks and build huts as far away as they can from
cultivation.  Most of the small district chiefs, too, are the
descendants of those who ruled in the same places before the
country was invaded, and with them travellers put up and have
their dealings.  The dress of the Wahuma is very simple, composed
chiefly of cow-hide tanned black-- a few magic ornaments and
charms, brass or copper bracelets, and immense number of sambo
for stockings, which looked very awkward on their long legs. 
They smear themselves with rancid butter instead of macassar, and
are, in consequence, very offensive to all but the negro, who
seems, rather than otherwise, to enjoy a good sharp nose tickler. 
For arms they carry both bow and spear; more generally the
latter.  The Wazinza in the southern parts are so much like the
Wanyamuezi, as not to require any especial notice; but in the
north, where the country is more hilly, they are much more
energetic and actively built.  All alike live in grass-hut
villages, fenced round by bomas in the south, but open in the
north.  Their country rises in high rolls, increasing in altitude
as it approaches the Mountains of the Moon, and is generally well
cultivated, being subjected to more of the periodical rains than
the regions we have left, though springs are not so abundant, I
believe, as they are in the Land of the Moon, where they ooze out
by the flanks of the little granitic hills.

After tracking through several miles of low bush-jungle, we came
to the sites of some old bomas that had been destroyed by the
Watuta not long since.  Farther on, as we wished to enter a
newly- constructed boma, the chief of which was Mafumbu Wantu (a
Mr Balls), we felt the effects of those ruthless marauders; for
the villagers, thinking us Watuta in disguise, would not let us
in; for those savages, they said, had once tricked them by
entering their village, pretending to be traders carrying ivory
and merchandise, whilst they were actually spies.  This was
fortunate for me, however, as Mr Balls, like M'yonga, was noted
for his extortions on travellers. We then went on and put up in
the first village of Bogue, where I wished to get porters and
return for Grant, as the place seemed to be populous.  Finding,
however, that I could not get a sufficient number for that
purpose, I directed those who wished for employment to go off at
once and take service with Grant.

I found many people assembled here from all parts of the
district, for the purpose of fighting M'yonga; but the chief
Ruhe, having heard of my arrival, called me to his palace, which,
he said, was on my way, that he might see me, for he never in all
his life had a white man for his guest, and was so glad to hear
of my arrival that he would give orders for the dispersing of his
forces.  I wished to push past him, as I might be subjected to
such calls every day; but Ungurue, in the most piggish manner--
for he was related to Ruhe --insisted that neither himself nor
any of his children would advance one step farther with me unless
I complied with their wish, which was a simple conformity with
the laws of their country, and therefore absolute.  At length
giving in, I entered Ruhe's boma, the poles of which were decked
with the skulls of his enemies stuck upon them.  Instead,
however, of seeing him myself, as he feared my evil eye, I
conducted the arrangements for the hongo through Baraka, in the
same way as I did at M'yonga's, directing that it should be
limited to the small sum of one barsati and four yards kiniki.

The drum was beaten, as the public intimation of the payment of
the hongo, and consequently of our release, and we went on to
Mihambo, on the west border of the eastern division of Uzinza,
which is called Ukhanga.  It overlooks the small district of
Sorombo, belonging to the great western division, known as Usui,
and is presided over by a Sorombo chief, named Makaka, whose
extortions had been so notorious that no Arabs now ever went near
him.  I did not wish to do so either, though his palace lay in
the direct route. It was therefore agreed we should skirt round
by the east of this district, and I even promised the Pig I would
give him ten necklaces a-day in addition to his wages, if he
would avoid all the chiefs, and march steadily ten miles every
day.  By doing so, we should have avoided the wandering Watuta,
whose depredations had laid waste nearly all of this country; but
the designing blackguard, in opposition to my wishes, to
accomplish some object of his own, chose to mislead us all, and
quietly took us straight into Sorombo to Kague, the boma of a
sub-chief, called Mfumbi, where we no sooner arrived than the
inhospitable brute forbade any one of his subjects to sell us
food until the hongo was paid, for he was not sure that we were
not allied with the Watuta to rob his country.  After receiving
what he called his dues--one barsati, two yards merikani, and two
yards kiniki--the drums beat, and all was settled with him; but I
was told the head chief Makaka, who lived ten miles to the west,
and so much out of my road, had sent expressly to invite me to
see him.  He said it was his right I should go to him as the
principal chief of the district.  Moreover he longed for a sight
of a white man; for though he had travelled all across Uganda and
Usoga into Masawa, or the Masai country, as well as to the coast,
where he had seen both Arabs and Indians, he had never yet seen
an Englishman.  If I would oblige him, he said he would give me
guides to Suwarora, who was his mkama or king.  Of course I knew
well what all this meant; and at the same time that I said I
could not comply, I promised to send him a present of friendship
by the hands of Baraka.

This caused a halt.  Makaka would not hear of such an
arrangement. A present, he said, was due to him of course, but of
more importance than the present was his wish to see me.  Baraka
and all the men begged I would give in, as they were sure he must
be a good man to send such a kind message.  I strove in vain, for
no one would lift a load unless I complied; so, perforce, I went
there, in company, however, with Mfumbi, who now pretended to be
great friends; but what was the result?  On entering the palace
we were shown into a cowyard without a tree in it, or any shade;
and no one was allowed to sell us food until a present of
friendship was paid, after which the hongo would be discussed.

The price of friendship was not settled that day, however, and my
men had to go supperless to bed.  Baraka offered him one common
cloth, and then another--all of which he rejected with such
impetuosity that Baraka said his head was all on a whirl.  Makaka
insisted he would have a deole, or nothing at all.  I protested I
had no deoles I could give him; for all the expensive cloths
which I had brought from the coast had been stolen in Mgunda
Mkhali.  I had three, however, concealed at the time--which I had
bought from Musa, at forty dollars each--intended for the kings
of Karague and Uganda.

Incessant badgering went on for hours and hours, until at last
Baraka, clean done with the incessant worry of this hot-headed
young chief, told him, most unfortunately, he would see again if
he could find a deole, as he had one of his own.  Baraka then
brought one to my tent, and told me of his having bought it for
eight dollars at the coast; and as I now saw I was let in for it,
I told him to give it.  It was given, but Makaka no sooner saw it
than he said he must have another one; for it was all nonsense
saying a white man had no rich cloths.  Whenever he met Arabs,
they all said they were poor men, who obtained all their
merchandise from the white men on credit, which they refunded
afterwards, by levying a heavy percentage on the sale of their

I would not give way that night; but next day, after fearful
battling, the present of friendship was paid by Baraka's giving
first a dubuani, then one sahari, then one barsati, then one
kisutu, and then eight yards of merikani--all of which were
contested in the most sickening manner--when Baraka, fairly done
up, was relieved by Makaka's saying, "That will do for
friendship; if you had given the deole quietly, all this trouble
would have been saved; for I am not a bad man, as you will see." 
My men then had their first dinner here, after which the hongo
had to be paid.  This for the time was, however, more easily
settled; because Makaki at once said he would never be satisfied
until he had received, if I had really not got a deole, exactly
double in equivalents of all I had given him. This was a fearful
drain on my store; but the Pig, seeing my concern, merely laughed
at it, and said, "Oh, these savage chiefs are all alike here; you
will have one of these taxes to pay every stage to Uyofu, and
then the heavy work will begin; for all these men, although they
assume the dignity of chief to themselves, are mere officers, who
have to pay tribute to Suwarora, and he would be angry if they
were shortcoming."

The drums as yet had not beaten, for Makaka said he would not be
satisfied until we had exchanged presents, to prove that we were
the best of friends.  To do this last act properly, I was to get
ready whatever I wished to give him, whilst he would come and
visit me with a bullock; but I was to give him a royal salute, or
the drums would not beat.  I never felt so degraded as when I
complied, and gave orders to my men to fire a volley as he
approached my tent; but I ate the dirt with a good grace, and met
the young chief as if nothing had happened.  My men, however,
could not fire the salute fast enough for him; for he was one of
those excitable impulsive creatures who expect others to do
everything in as great a hurry as their minds wander.  The moment
the first volley was fired, he said, "Now, fire again, fire
again; be quick, be quick!  What's the use of those things?"
(meaning the guns).  "We could spear you all whilst you are
loading: be quick, be quick, I tell you."  But Baraka, to give
himself law, said: "No; I must ask Bana" (master) "first, as we
do everything by order; this is not fighting at all."

The men being ready, file-firing was ordered, and then the young
chief came into my tent.  I motioned him to take my chair, which,
after he sat down upon it, I was very sorry for, as he stained
the seat all black with the running colour of one of the new
barsati cloths he had got from me, which, to improve its
appearance, he had saturated with stinking butter, and had tied
round his loins. A fine-looking man of about thirty, he wore the
butt-end of a large sea-shell cut in a circle, and tied on his
forehead, for a coronet, and sundry small saltiana antelope
horns, stuffed with magic powder, to keep off the evil eye.  His
attendants all fawned on him, and snapped their fingers whenever
he sneezed.  After passing the first compliment, I gave him a
barsati, as my token of friendship, and asked him what he saw
when he went to the Masai country. He assured me "that there were
two lakes, and not one"; for, on going from Usoga to the Masai
country, he crossed over a broad strait, which connected the big
N'yanza with another one at its north-east corner.  Fearfully
impetuous, as soon as this answer was given, he said, "Now I have
replied to your questions, do you show me all the things you have
got, for I want to see everything, and be very good friends.  I
did not see you the first day, because you being a stranger, it
was necessary I should first look into the magic horn to see if
all was right and safe; and now I can assure you that, whilst I
saw I was safe, I also saw that your road would be prosperous.  I
am indeed delighted to see you, for neither my father, nor any of
my forefathers, ever were honoured with the company of a white
man in all their lives."

My guns, clothes, and everything were then inspected, and begged
for in the most importunate manner.  He asked for the picture-
books, examined the birds with intense delight--even trying to
insert under their feathers his long royal fingernails, which are
grown like a Chinaman's by these chiefs, to show they have a
privilege to live on meat.  Then turning to the animals, he
roared over each one in turn as he examined them, and called out
their names.  My bull's-eye lantern he coveted so much, I had to
pretend exceeding anger to stop his further importunities.  He
then began again begging for lucifers, which charmed him so
intensely I thought I should never get rid of him.  He would have
one box of them.  I swore I could not part with them.  He
continued to beg, and I to resist.  I offered a knife instead,
but this he would not have, because the lucifers would be so
valuable for his magical observances.  On went the storm, till at
last I drove him off with a pair of my slippers, which he had
stuck his dirty feet into without my leave.  I then refused to
take his bullock, because he had annoyed me.  On his part he was
resolved not to beat the drum; but he graciously said he would
think about it if I paid another lot of cloth equal to the second
deole I ought to have given him.

I began seriously to consider whether I should have this chief
shot, as a reward for his oppressive treachery, and a warning to
others; but the Pig said it was just what the Arabs were
subjected to in Ubena, and they found it best to pay down at
once, and do all they were ordered.  If I acted rightly, I would
take the bullock, and then give the cloth; whilst Baraka said,
"We will shoot him if you give the order, only remember Grant is
behind, and if you commence a row you will have to fight the
whole way, for every chief in the country will oppose you."

I then told the Pig and Baraka to settle at once.  They no sooner
did so than the drums beat, and Makaka, in the best humour
possible, came over to say I had permission to go when I liked,
but he hoped I would give him a gun and a box of lucifers.  This
was too provoking. The perpetual worry had given Baraka a fever,
and had made me feel quite sick; so I said, if he ever mentioned
a gun or lucifers again, I would fight the matter out with him,
for I had not come there to be bullied.  He then gave way, and
begged I would allow my men to fire a volley outside his boma, as
the Watuta were living behind a small line of granitic hills
flanking the west of his district, and he wished to show them
what a powerful force he had got with him.  This was permitted;
but his wisdom in showing off was turned into ridicule; for the
same evening the Watuta made and attack on his villages and
killed three of his subjects, but were deterred from committing
further damage by coming in contact with my men, who, as soon as
they saw the Watuta fighting, fired their muskets off in the air
and drove them away, they themselves at the same time bolting
into my camp, and as usual vaunting their prowess.

I then ordered a march for the next morning, and went out in the
fields to take my regular observations for latitude.  Whilst
engaged in this operation, Baraka, accompanied by Wadimoyo
(Heart's-stream), another of my freeman, approached me in great
consternation, whispering to themselves.  They said they had some
fearful news to communicate, which, when I heard it, they knew
would deter our progress: it was of such great moment and
magnitude, they thought they could not deliver it then.  I said,
"What nonsense! out with it at once.  Are we such chickens that
we cannot speak about matters like men? out with it at once."

Then Baraka said, "I have just heard from Makaka, that a man who
arrived from Usui only a few minutes ago has said Suwarora is so
angry with the Arabs that he has detained one caravan of theirs
in his country, and, separating the whole of their men, has
placed each of them in different bomas, with orders to his
village officers that, in case the Watuta came into his country,
without further ceremony they were to be all put to death."  I
said, "Oh, Baraka, how can you be such a fool?  Do you not see
through this humbug? Makaka only wishes to keep us here to
frighten away the Watuta; for Godsake be a man, and don't be
alarmed at such phantoms as these.  You always are nagging at me
that Bombay is the 'big' and you are the 'small' man.  Bombay
would never be frightened in this silly way.  Now, do you reflect
that I have selected you for this journey, as it would, if you
succeed with me in carrying out our object, stamp you for ever as
a man of great fame.  Pray, don't give way, but do your best to
encourage the men, and let us march in the morning."  On this, as
on other occasions of the same kind, I tried to impart
confidence, by explaining, in allusion to Petherick's expedition,
that I had arranged to meet white men coming up from the north. 
Baraka at last said, "All right--I am not afraid; I will do as
you desire."  But as the two were walking off, I heard Wadimoyo
say to Baraka, "Is he not afraid now? won't he go back?"--which,
if anything, alarmed me more than the first intelligence; for I
began to think that they, and not Makaka, had got up the story.

All night Makaka's men patrolled the village, drumming and
shouting to keep off the Watuta, and the next morning, instead of
a march, after striking my tent I found that the whole of my
porters, the Pig's children, were not to be found.  They had gone
off and hidden themselves, saying that they were not such fools
as to go any farther, as the Watuta were out, and would cut us up
on the road. This was sickening indeed.

I knew the porters had not gone far, so I told the Pig to bring
them to me, that we might talk the matter over; but say what I
would, they all swore they would not advance a step farther. 
Most of them were formerly men of Utambara.  The Watuta had
invaded their country and totally destroyed it, killing all their
wives and children, and despoiling everything they held dear to
them.  They did not wish to rob me, and would give up their hire,
but not one step more would they advance.  Makaka then came
forward and said, "Just stop here with me until this ill wind
blows over"; but Baraka, more in a fright at Makaka than at any
one else, said, No--he would do anything rather than that; for
Makaka's bullying had made him quite ill.  I then said to my men,
"If nothing else will suit you, the best plan I can think of is
to return to Mihambo in Bogue, and there form a depot, where,
having stored my property, I shall give the Pig a whole load, or
63 lb., of Mzizima beads if he will take Baraka in disguise on to
Suwarora, and ask him to send me eighty men, whilst I go back to
Unyanyembe to see what men I can get from the late Musa's
establishment, and then we might bring on Grant, and move in a
body together."  At first Baraka said, "Do you wish to have us
killed? Do you think if we went to Suwarora's you would ever see
us back again?  You would wait and wait for us, but we should
never return." To which I replied, "Oh, Baraka, do not think so! 
Bombay, if he were here, would go in a minute.  Suwarora by this
time knows I am coming, and you may depend on it he will be just
as anxious to have us in Usui as Makaka is to keep us here, and
he cannot hurt us, as Rumanika is over him, and also expects us." 
Baraka then, in the most doleful manner, said he would go if the
Pig would.  The Pig, however, did not like it either, but said
the matter was so important he would look into the magic horn all
night, and give his answer next morning as soon as we arrived at

On arrival at Mihambo next day, all the porters brought their pay
to me, and said they would not go, for nothing would induce them
to advance a step farther.  I said nothing; but, with "my heart
in my shoes," I gave what I thought their due for coming so far,
and motioned them to be off; then calling on the Pig for his
decision, I tried to argue again, though I saw it was no use, for
there was not one of my own men who wished to go on.  They were
unanimous in saying Usui was a "fire," and I had no right to
sacrifice them. The Pig then finally refused, saying three loads
even would not tempt him, for all were opposed to it. Of what
value, he observed, would the beads be to him if his life was
lost?  This was crushing; the whole camp was unanimous in
opposing me.  I then made Baraka place all my kit in the middle
of the boma, which was a very strong one, keeping out only such
beads as I wished him to use for the men's rations daily, and
ordered him to select a few men who would return with me to Kaze;
when I said, if I could not get all the men I wanted, I would try
and induce some one, who would not fear, to go on to Usui;
failing which, I would even walk back to Zanzibar for men, as
nothing in the world would ever induce me to give up the journey.

This appeal did not move him; but, without a reply, he sullenly
commenced collecting some men to accompany me back to Kaze. At
first no one would go; they then mutinied for more beads,
announcing all sorts of grievances, which they said they were
always talking over to themselves, though I did not hear them.
The greatest, however, that they could get up was, that I always
paid the Wanyamuezi "temporaries" more than they got, though
"permanents."  "They were the flesh, and I was the knife"; I cut
and did with them just as I liked, and they could not stand it
any longer.  However, they had to stand it; and next day, when I
had brought them to reason, I gave over the charge of my tent and
property to Baraka, and commenced the return with a bad hitching
cough, caused by those cold easterly winds that blow over the
plateau during the six dry months of the years, and which are, I
suppose, the Harmattan peculiar to Africa.

Next day I joined Grant once more, and found he had collected a
few Sorombo men, hoping to follow after me.  I then told him all
my mishaps in Sorombo, as well as of the "blue-devil" frights
that had seized all my men.  I felt greatly alarmed about the
prospects of the expedition, scarcely knowing what I should do. 
I resolved at last, if everything else failed, to make up a raft
at the southern end of the N'yanza, and try to go up to the Nile
in that way. My cough daily grew worse.  I could not lie or sleep
on either side. Still my mind was so excited and anxious that,
after remaining one day here to enjoy Grant's society, I pushed
ahead again, taking Bombay with me, and had breakfast at

There I found the Pig, who now said he wished he had taken my
offer of beads, for he had spoken with his chief, and saw that I
was right.  Baraka and the Wanguana were humbugs, and had they
not opposed his going, he would have gone then; even now, he
said, he wished I would take him again with Bombay.  Though half
inclined to accept his offer, which would have saved a long
trudge to Kaze, yet as he had tricked me so often, I felt there
would be no security unless I could get some coast interpreters,
who would not side with the chiefs against me as he had done. 
From this I went on to Sirboko's, and spent the next day with him
talking over my plans. The rafting up the lake he thought a good
scheme; but he did not think I should ever get through Usui until
all the Kaze merchants went north in a body, for it was no use
trying to force my men against their inclinations; and if I did
not take care how I handled them, he thought they would all

My cough still grew worse, and became so bad that, whilst
mounting a hill on entering Ungugu's the second day after, I blew
and grunted like a broken-winded horse, and it became so
distressing I had to halt a day.  In two more marches, however, I
reached Kaze, and put up with Musa's eldest son, Abdalla, on the
2nd July, who now was transformed from a drunken slovenly boy
into the appearance of a grand swell, squatting all day as his
old father used to do. The house, however, did not feel the same-
-no men respected him as they had done his father.  Sheikh Said
was his clerk and constant companion, and the Tots were well fed
on his goats--at my expense, however.  On hearing my fix, Abdalla
said I should have men; and, what's more, he would go with me as
his father had promised to do; but he had a large caravan
detained in Ugogo, and for that he must wait.

At that moment Manua Sera was in a boma at Kigue, in alliance
with the chief of that place; but there was no hope for him now,
as all the Arabs had allied themselves with the surrounding
chiefs, including Kitambi; and had invested his position by
forming a line, in concentric circles, four deep, cutting off his
supplies of water within it, so that they daily expected to hear
of his surrendering. The last news that had reached them brought
intelligence of one man killed and two Arabs wounded; whilst, on
the other side, Manua Sera had lost many men, and was put to such
straits that he had called out if it was the Arabs' determination
to kill him he would bolt again; to which the Arabs replied it
was all the same; if he ran up to the top of the highest mountain
or down into hell, they would follow after and put him to death.

3d.--After much bother and many disappointments, as I was assured
I could get no men to help me until after the war was over, and
the Arabs had been to Ugogo, and had brought up their property,
which was still lying there, I accepted two men as guides--one
named Bui, a very small creature, with very high pretensions, who
was given me by Abdalla--the other, a steady old traveller, named
Nasib (or Fortune), who was given me by Fundi Sangoro.  These two
slaves, both of whom knew all the chiefs and languages up to and
including Uganda, promised me faithfully they would go with
Bombay on to Usui, and bring back porters in sufficient number
for Grant and myself to go on together.  They laughed at the
stories I told them of the terror that had seized Baraka and all
the Wanguana, and told me, as old Musa had often done before,
that those men, especially Baraka, had from their first leaving
Kaze made up their minds they would not enter Usui, or go
anywhere very far north.

I placed those men on the same pay as Bombay, and then tried to
buy some beads from the Arabs, as I saw it was absolutely
necessary I should increase my fast-ebbing store if I ever hoped
to reach Gondokoro.  The attempt failed, as the Arabs would not
sell at a rate under 2000 per cent.; and I wrote a letter to
Colonel Rigby, ordering up fifty armed men laden with beads and
pretty cloths-- which would, I knew, cost me 1000 at the least--
and left once more for the north on the 5th.

Marching slowly, as my men kept falling sick, I did not reach
Grant again until the 11th.  His health had greatly improved, and
he had been dancing with Ukulima, as may be seen by the
accompanying woodcut.  So, as I was obliged to wait for a short
time to get a native guide for Bui, Nasib and Bombay, who would
show them a jungle-path to Usui, we enjoyed our leisure hours in
shooting guinea-fowls for the pot.  A report then came to us that
Suwarora had heard with displeasure that I had been endeavouring
to see him, but was deterred because evil reports concerning him
had been spread.  This unexpected good news delighted me
exceedingly; confirmed my belief that Baraka, after all, was a
coward, and induced me to recommend Bombay to make his cowardice
more indisputable by going on and doing what he had feared to do.
To which Bombay replied, "Of course I will.  It is all folly
pulling up for every ill wind that blows, because, until one
actually SEES there is something in it, you never can tell
amongst these savages-- 'shaves' are so common in Africa. 
Besides, a man has but one life, and God is the director of
everything."  "Bravo!" said I, "we will get on as long as you
keep to that way of thinking."

At length a guide was obtained, and with him came some of those
men of the Pig's who returned before; for they had a great desire
to go with me, but had been deterred, they said, by Baraka and
the rest of my men.  Seeing all this, I changed my plans again,
intending, on arrival at Baraka's camp, to prevail on the whole
of the party to go with me direct, which I thought they could not
now refuse, since Suwarora had sent us an invitation.  Moreover,
I did not like the idea of remaining still whilst the three men
went forwards, as it would be losing time.

These separations from Grant were most annoying, but they could
not be helped; so, when all was settled here, I bade him adieu--
both of us saying we would do our best--and set out on my
journey, thinking what a terrible thing it was I could not
prevail on my men to view things as I did.  Neither my experience
with native chiefs, nor my money and guns, were of any use to me,
simply because my men were such incomprehensible fools, though
many of them who had travelled before ought to have known better.

More reports came to us about Suwarora, all of the most inviting
nature; but nothing else worth mentioning occurred until we
reached the border of Msalala, where an officer of M'yonga's, who
said he was a bigger man than his chief, demanded a tax, which I
refused, and the dispute ended in his snatching Nasib's gun out
of his hands. I thought little of this affair myself, beyond
regretting the delay which it might occasion, as M'yonga, I knew,
would not permit such usage, if I chose to go round by his palace
and make a complaint. Both Bui and Nasib, however, were so
greatly alarmed, that before I could say a word they got the gun
back again by paying four yards merikani.  We had continued
bickering again, for Bui had taken such fright at this kind of
rough handling, and the "push-ahead" manner in which I persisted
"riding over the lords of the soil," that I could hardly drag the
party along.

However, on the 18th, after breakfasting at Ruhe's, we walked
into Mihambo, and took all the camp by surprise.  I found the
Union Jack hoisted upon a flag-staff, high above all the trees,
in the boma. Baraka said he had done this to show the Watuta that
the place was occupied by men with guns--a necessary precaution,
as all the villages in the neighbourhood had, since my departure,
been visited and plundered by them.  Lumeresi, the chief of the
district, who lived ten miles to the eastward, had been
constantly pressing him to leave this post and come to his
palace, as he felt greatly affronted at our having shunned him
and put up with Ruhe.  He did not want property, he said, but he
could not bear that the strangers had lived with his mtoto, or
child, which Ruhe was, and yet would not live with him.  He
thought Baraka's determined obstinacy on this could only be
caused by the influence of the head man of the village, and
threatened that if Baraka did not come to visit him at once, he
would have the head man beheaded.  Then, shifting round a bit, he
thought of ordering his subjects to starve the visitors into
submission, and said he must have a hongo equal to Ruhe's.  To
all this Baraka replied, that he was merely a servant, and as he
had orders to stop where he was, he could not leave it until I
came; but to show there was no ill-feeling towards him, he sent
the chief a cloth.

These first explanations over, I entered my tent, in which Baraka
had been living, and there I found a lot of my brass wires on the
ground, lying scattered about.  I did not like the look of this,
so ordered Bombay to resume his position of factotum, and count
over the kit.  Whilst this was going on, a villager came to me
with a wire, and asked me to change it for a cloth.  I saw at
once what the game was; so I asked my friend where he got it, on
which he at once pointed to Baraka.  I then heard the men who
were standing round us say one to another in under-tones,
giggling with the fun of it, "Oh, what a shame of him!  Did you
hear what Bana said, and that fool's reply to it?  What a shame
of him to tell in that way." Without appearing to know, or rather
to hear, the by-play that was going on, I now said to Baraka,
"How is it this man has got one of my wires, for I told you not
to touch or unpack them during my absence?"  To which he coolly
replied, in face of such evidence, "It is not one of your wires;
I never gave away one of yours; there are lots more wires besides
yours in the country.  The man tells a falsehood; he had the wire
before, but now, seeing your cloth open, wants to exchange it." 
"If that is the case," I said, taking things easy, "how is it you
have opened my loads and scattered the wires about in the tent?" 
"Oh, that was to take care of them; for I thought, if they were
left outside all night with the rest of the property, some one
would steal them, and I should get the blame of it."

Further parley was useless; for, though both my wires and cloths
were short, still it was better not to kick up a row, when I had
so much to do to keep all my men in good temper for the journey.
Baraka then, wishing to beguile me, as he thought he could do,
into believing him a wonderful man for both pluck and honesty,
said he had had many battles to fight with the men since I had
been gone to Kaze, for there were two strong parties in the camp;
those who, during the late rebellion at Zanzibar, had belonged to
the Arabs that sided with Sultan Majid, and were royalists, and
those who, having belonged to the rebellious Arabs, were on the
opposite side.  The battle commenced, he stated, by the one side
abusing the other for their deeds during that rebellion, the
rebels in this sort of contest proving themselves the stronger. 
But he, heading the royalist party, soon reduced them to order,
though only for a short while, as from that point they turned
round to open mutiny for more rations; and some of the rebels
tried to kill him, which, he said, they would have done had he
not settled the matter by buying some cows for them.  It was on
this account he had been obliged to open my loads.  And now he
had told me the case, he hoped I would forgive him if he had done
wrong.  Now, the real facts of the case were these--though I did
not find them out at the time:-- Baraka had bought some slaves
with my effects, and he had had a fight with some of my men
because they tampered with his temporary wife--a princess he had
picked up in Phunze.  To obtain her hand he had given ten
necklaces of MY beads to her mother, and had agreed to the
condition that he should keep the girl during the journey; and
after it was over, and he took her home, he would, if his wife
pleased him, give her mother ten necklaces more.

Next day Baraka told me his heart shrank to the dimensions of a
very small berry when he saw whom I had brought with me
yesterday-- meaning Bombay, and the same porters whom he had
prevented going on with me before.  I said, "Pooh, nonsense; have
done with such excuses, and let us get away out of this as fast
as we can.  Now, like a good man, just use your influence with
the chief of the village, and try and get from him five or six
men to complete the number we want, and then we will work round
the east of Sorombo up to Usui, for Suwarora has invited us to
him."  This, however, was not so easy; for Lumeresi, having heard
of my arrival, sent his Wanyapara, or grey-beards, to beg I would
visit him.  He had never seen a white man in all his life,
neither had his father, nor any of his forefathers, although he
had often been down to the coast; I must come and see him, as I
had seen his mtoto Ruhe.  He did not want property; it was only
the pleasure of my company that he wanted, to enable him to tell
all his friends what a great man had lived in his house.

This was terrible: I saw at once that all my difficulties in
Sorombo would have to be gone through again if I went there, and
groaned when I thought what a trick the Pig had played me when I
first of all came to this place; for if I had gone on then, as I
wished, I should have slipped past Lumeresi without his knowing

I had to get up a storm at the grey-beards, and said I could not
stand going out of my road to see any one now, for I had already
lost so much time by Makaka's trickery in Sorombo.  Bui then,
quaking with fright at my obstinacy, said, "You must--indeed you
must--give in and do with these savage chiefs as the Arabs when
they travel, for I will not be a party to riding rough-shod over
them." Still I stuck out, and the grey-beards departed to tell
their chief of it.  Next morning he sent them back to say he
would not be cheated out of his rights as the chief of the
district.  Still I would not give in, and the whole day kept
"jawing" without effect, for I could get no man to go with me
until the chief gave his sanction.  I then tried to send Bombay
off with Bui, Nasib, and their guide, by night; but though Bombay
was willing, the other two hung back on the old plea.  In this
state of perplexity, Bui begged I would allow him to go over to
Lumeresi and see what he could do with a present.  Bui really now
was my only stand-by, so I sent him off, and next had the
mortification to find that he had been humbugged by honeyed
words, as Baraka had been with Makaka, into believing that
Lumeresi was a good man, who really had no other desire at heart
than the love of seeing me.  His boma, he said, did not lie much
out of my line, and he did not wish a stitch of my cloth.  So far
from detaining me, he would give me as many men as I wanted; and,
as an earnest of his good intentions, he sent his copper hatchet,
the badge of office as chief of the district, as a guarantee for

To wait there any longer after this, I knew, would be a mere
waste of time, so I ordered my men to pack up that moment, and we
all marched over at once to Lumeresi's, when we put up in his
boma. Lumeresi was not in then, but, on his arrival at night, he
beat all his drums to celebrate the event, and fired a musket, in
reply to which I fired three shots.  The same night, whilst
sitting out to make astronomical observations, I became deadly
cold--so much so, that the instant I had taken the star, to fix
my position, I turned into bed, but could not get up again; for
the cough that had stuck to me for a month then became so
violent, heightened by fever succeeding the cold fit, that before
the next morning I was so reduced that I could not stand.  For
the last month, too, I had not been able to sleep on either side,
as interior pressure, caused by doing so, provoked the cough; but
now I had, in addition, to be propped in position to get any
repose whatever.  The symptoms, altogether, were rather alarming,
for the heart felt inflamed and ready to burst, pricking and
twingeing with every breath, which was exceedingly aggravated by
constant coughing, when streams of phlegm and bile were ejected. 
The left arm felt half-paralysed, the left nostril was choked
with mucus, and on the centre of the left shoulder blade I felt a
pain as if some one was branding me with a hot iron.  All this
was constant; and, in addition, I repeatedly felt severe pains--
rather paroxysms of fearful twinges--in the spleen, liver, and
lungs; whilst during my sleep I had all sorts of absurd dreams:
for instance--I planned a march across Africa with Sir Roderick
Murchison; and I fancied some curious creatures, half-men and
half-monkeys, came into my camp to inform me that Petherick was
waiting in boats at the south-west corner of the N'yanza, etc.,

Though my mind was so weak and excited when I woke up from these
trances, I thought of nothing but the march, and how I could get
out of Lumeresi's hands.  He, with the most benign countenance,
came in to see me, the very first thing in the morning, as he
said, to inquire after my health; when, to please him as much as
I could, I had a guard of honour drawn up at the tent door to
fire a salute as he entered; then giving him my iron camp-chair
to sit upon, which tickled him much--for he was very corpulent,
and he thought its legs would break down with his weight--we had
a long talk, though it was as much as I could do to remember
anything, my brain was so excited and weak.  Kind as he looked
and spoke, he forgot all his promises about coveting my property,
and scarcely got over the first salutation before he began
begging for many things that he saw, and more especially for a
deole, in order that he might wear it on all great occasions, to
show his contemporaries what a magnanimous man his white visitor
was.  I soon lost my temper whilst striving to settle the hongo. 
Lumeresi would have a deole, and I would not admit that I had

23d to 31st.--Next morning I was too weak to speak moderately,
and roared more like a madman than a rational being, as, breaking
his faith, he persisted in bullying me.  The day after, I took
pills and blistered my chest all over, still Lumeresi would not
let me alone, nor come to any kind of terms until the 25th, when
he said he would take a certain number of pretty common cloths
for his children if I would throw in a red blanket for himself. 
I jumped at this concession with the greatest eagerness, paid
down my cloths on the spot; and, thinking I was free at last,
ordered a hammock to be slung on a pole, that I might leave the
next day.  Next morning, however, on seeing me actually preparing
to start, Lumeresi found he could not let me go until I increased
the tax by three more cloths, as some of his family complained
that they had got nothing. After some badgering, I paid what he
asked for, and ordered the men to carry me out of the palace
before anything else was done, for I would not sleep another
night where I was.  Lumeresi then stood in my way, and said he
would never allow a man of his country to give me any assistance
until I was well, for he could not bear the idea of hearing it
said that, after taking so many cloths from me, he had allowed me
to die in the jungles--and dissuaded my men from obeying my

In vain I appealed to his mercy, declaring that the only chance
left me of saving my life would be from the change of air in the
hammock as I marched along.  He would not listen, professing
humanity, whilst he meant plunder; and I now found that he was
determined not to beat the drum until I had paid him some more,
which he was to think over and settle next day.  When the next
day came, he would not come near me, as he said I must possess a
deole, otherwise I would not venture on to Karague; for nobody
ever yet "saw" Rumanika without one.  This suspension of business
was worse than the rows; I felt very miserable, and became worse. 
At last, on my offering him anything that he might consider an
equivalent for the deole if he would but beat the drums of
satisfaction, he said I might consider myself his prisoner
instead of his guest if I persisted in my obstinacy in not giving
him Rumanika's deole; and then again peremptorily ordered all of
his subjects not to assist me in moving a load.  After this,
veering round for a moment on the generous tack, he offered me a
cow, which I declined.

1st to 4th.--Still I rejected the offered cow, until the 2nd,
when, finding him as dogged as ever, at the advice of my men I
accepted it, hoping thus to please him; but it was no use, for he
now said he must have two deoles, or he would never allow me to
leave his palace.  Every day matters got worse and worse. 
Mfumbi, the small chief of Sorombo, came over, in an Oily-Gammon
kind of manner, to say Makaka had sent him over to present his
compliments to me, and express his sorrow on hearing that I had
fallen sick here. He further informed me that the road was closed
between this and Usui, for he had just been fighting there, and
had killed the chief Gomba, burnt down all his villages, and
dispersed all the men in the jungle, where they now resided,
plundering every man who passed that way.  This gratuitous,
wicked, humbugging terrifier helped to cause another defeat.  It
was all nonsense, I knew, but both Bui and Nasib, taking fright,
begged for their discharges. In fearful alarm and anxiety, I
begged them to have patience and see the hongo settled first, for
there was no necessity, at any rate, for immediate hurry; I
wished them to go on ahead with Bombay, as in four days they
could reach Suwarora's.  But they said they could not hear of it-
-they would not go a step beyond this.  All the chiefs on ahead
would do the same as Lumeresi; the whole country was roused. I
had not even half enough cloths to satisfy the Wasui; and my
faithful followers would never consent to be witness to my being
"torn to pieces."

5th and 6th.--The whole day and half of the next went in
discussions.  At last, able for the first time to sit up a
little, I succeeded in prevailing on Bui to promise he would go
to Usui as soon as the hongo was settled, provided, as he said, I
took on myself all responsibilities of the result.  This cheered
me so greatly, I had my chair placed under a tree and smoked my
first pipe.  On seeing this, all my men struck up a dance, to the
sound of the drums, which they carried on throughout the whole
night, never ceasing until the evening of the next day.  These
protracted caperings were to be considered as their
congratulation for my improvement in health; for, until I got
into my chair, they always thought I was going to die.  They then
told me, with great mirth and good mimicry, of many absurd scenes
which, owing to the inflamed state of my brain, had taken place
during my interviews with Lumeresi.  Bombay at this time very
foolishly told Lumeresi, if he "really wanted a deole," he must
send to Grant for one. This set the chief raving.  He knew there
was one in my box, he said, and unless I gave it, the one with
Grant must be brought; for under no circumstances would he allow
of my proceeding northwards until that was given him.  Bui and
Nasib then gave me the slip, and slept that night in a
neighbouring boma without my knowledge.

7th to 9th.--As things had now gone so far, I gave Lumeresi the
deole I had stored away for Rumanika, telling him, at the same
time as he took it, that he was robbing Rumanika, and not myself;
but I hoped, now I had given it, he would beat the drums.  The
scoundrel only laughed as he wrapped my beautiful silk over his
great broad shoulders, and said, "Yes, this will complete our
present of friendship; now then for the hongo--I must have
exactly double of all you have given."  This Sorombo trick I
attributed to the instigation of Makaka, for these savages never
fail to take their revenge when they can.  I had doubled back
from his country, and now he was cutting me off in front.  I
expected as much when the oily blackguard Mfumbi came over from
his chief to ask after my health; so, judging from my experience
with Makaka, I told Lumeresi at once to tell me what he
considered his due, for this fearful haggling was killing me by
inches.  I had no more deoles, but would make that up in brass
wire.  He then fixed the hongo at fifteen masango or brass wire
bracelets, sixteen cloths of sorts, and a hundred necklaces of
samisami or red coral beads, which was to pay for Grant as well
as myself.  I paid it down on the spot; the drums beat the
"satisfaction," and I ordered the march with the greatest relief
of mind possible.

But Bui and Nasib were not to be found; they had bolted.  The
shock nearly killed me.  I had walked all the way to Kaze and
back again for these men, to show mine a good example--had given
them pay and treble rations, the same as Bombay and Baraka--and
yet they chose to desert.  I knew not what to do, for it appeared
to me that, do what I would, we would never succeed; and in my
weakness of body and mind I actually cried like a child over the
whole affair.  I would rather have died than have failed in my
journey, and yet failure seemed at this juncture inevitable.

8th.--As I had no interpreters, and could not go forward myself,
I made up my mind at once to send back all my men with Bombay, to
Grant; after joining whom, Bombay would go back to Kaze again for
other interpreters, and on his return would pick up Grant, and
bring him on here.  This sudden decision set all my men up in a
flame; they swore it was no use my trying to go on to Karague;
they would not go with me; they did not come here to be killed. 
If I chose to lose my life, it was no business of theirs, but
they would not be witness to it.  They all wanted their discharge
at once; they would not run away, but must have a letter of
satisfaction, and then they would go back to their homes at
Zanzibar.  But when they found they lost all their arguments and
could not move me, they said they would go back for Grant, but
when they had done that duty, then they would take their leave.

10th to 15th.--This business being at last settled, I wrote to
Grant on the subject, and sent all the men off who were not sick.
Thinking then how I could best cure the disease that was keeping
me down, as I found the blister of no use, I tried to stick a
packing needle, used as a seton, into my side; but finding it was
not sharp enough, in such weak hands a mine, to go through my
skin, I got Baraka to try; and he failing too, I then made him
fire me, for the coughing was so incessant I could get no sleep
at night.  I had now nothing whatever to think of but making
dodges for lying easy, and for relieving my pains, or else for
cooking strong broths to give me strength, for my legs were
reduced to the appearance of pipe-sticks, until the 15th, when
Baraka, in the same doleful manner as in Sorombo, came to me and
said he had something to communicate, which was so terrible, if I
heard it I should give up the march. Lumeresi was his authority,
but he would not tell it until Grant arrive.  I said to him, "Let
us wait till Grant arrives; we shall then have some one with us
who won't shrink from whispers"--meaning Bombay; and so I let the
matter drop for the time being.  But when Grant came, we had it
out of him, and found this terrible mystery all hung on
Lumeresi's prognostications that we never should get through Usui
with so little cloth.

16th to 19th.--At night, I had such a terrible air-catching fit,
and made such a noise whilst trying to fill my lungs, that it
alarmed all the camp, so much so that my men rushed into my tent
to see if I was dying.  Lumeresi, in the morning, then went on a
visiting excursion into the district, but no sooner left than the
chief of Isamiro, whose place lies close to the N'yanza, came
here to visit him (17th); but after waiting a day to make friends
with me, he departed (18th), as I heard afterwards, to tell his
great Mhuma chief, Rohinda, the ruler of Ukhanga, to which
district this state of Bogue belongs, what sort of presents I had
given to Lumeresi.  He was, in fact, a spy whom Rohinda had sent
to ascertain what exactions had been made from me, as he, being
the great chief, was entitled to the most of them himself.  On
Lumeresi's return, all the men of the village, as well as mine,
set up a dance, beating the drums all day and all night.

20th to 21st.--Next night they had to beat their drums for a very
different purpose, as the Watuta, after lifting all of Makaka's
cattle in Sorombo, came hovering about, and declared they would
never cease fighting until they had lifted all those that
Lumeresi harboured round his boma; for it so happened that
Lumeresi allowed a large party of Watosi, alias Wahuma, to keep
their cattle in large stalls all round his boma, and these the
Watuta had now set their hearts upon.  After a little reflection,
however, they thought better of it, as they were afraid to come
in at once on account of my guns.

Most gladdening news this day came in to cheer me.  A large mixed
caravan of Arabs and coast-men, arriving from Karague, announced
that both Rumanika and Suwarora were anxiously looking out for
us, wondering why we did not come.  So great, indeed, was
Suwarora's desire to see us, that he had sent four men to invite
us, and they would have been here now, only that one of them fell
sick on the way, and the rest had to stop for him.  I cannot say
what pleasure this gave me; my fortune, I thought, was made; and
so I told Baraka, and pretended he did not believe the news to be
true.  Without loss of time I wrote off to Grant, and got these
men to carry the letter.

Next day (22d) the Wasui from Suwarora arrived.  They were a very
gentle, nice-dispositioned-looking set of men--small, but well
knit together.  They advanced to my tent with much seeming grace;
then knelt at my feet, and began clapping their hands together,
saying, at the same time, "My great chief, my great chief, I hope
you are well; for Suwarora, having heard of your detention here,
has sent us over to assure you that all those reports that have
been circulated regarding his ill-treatment of caravans are
without foundation; he is sorry for what has happened to deter
your march, and hopes you will at once come to visit him."  I
then told them all that had happened--how Grant and myself were
situated--and begged them to assist me by going off to Grant's
camp to inspire all the men there with confidence, and bring my
rear property to me--saying, as they agreed to do so, "Here are
some cloths and some beads for your expenses, and when you return
I will give you more."  Baraka at once, seeing this, told me they
were not trustworthy, for at Mihambo an old man had come there
and tried to inveigle him in the same manner, but he kicked him
out of the camp, because he knew he was a touter, who wished
merely to allure him with sweet words to fleece him afterwards. 
I then wrote to Grant another letter to be delivered by these

Lumeresi no sooner heard of the presents I had given them, than
he flew into a passion, called them imposters, abused them for
not speaking to him before they came to me, and said he would not
allow them to go.  High words then ensued.  I said the business
was mine, and not his; he had no right to interfere, and they
should go. Still Lumeresi was obstinate, and determined they
should not, for I was his guest; he would not allow any one to
defraud me.  It was a great insult to himself, if true, that
Suwarora should attempt to snatch me out of his house; and he
could not bear to see me take these strangers by the hand, when,
as we have seen, it took him so long to entice me to his den, and
he could not prevail over me until he actually sent his copper

When this breeze blew over, by Lumeresi's walking away, I told
the Wasui not to mind him, but to do just as I bid them.  They
said they had their orders to bring me, and if Lumeresi would not
allow them to go for Grant, they would stop where they were, for
they knew that if Suwarora found them delaying long, he would
send more men to look after them.  There was no peace yet,
however; for Lumeresi, finding them quietly settled down eating
with my men, ordered them out of his district, threatening force
if they did not comply at once. I tried my best for them, but the
Wasui, fearing to stop any longer, said they would take leave to
see Suwarora, and in eight days more they would come back again,
bringing something with them, the sight of which would make
Lumeresi quake.  Further words were now useless, so I gave them
more cloth to keep them up to the mark, and sent them off. 
Baraka, who seemed to think this generosity a bit of insanity,
grumbled that if I had cloths to throw away it would have been
better had I disposed of them to my own men.

Next day (26th), as I was still unwell, I sent four men to Grant
with inquiries how he was getting on, and a request for
medicines. The messengers took four days to bring back the
information that Bombay had not returned from Kaze, but that
Grant, having got assistance, hoped to break ground about the 5th
of next month. They brought me at the same time information that
the Watuta had invested Ruhe's, after clearing off all the cattle
in the surrounding villages, and had proclaimed their intention
of serving out Lumeresi next.  In consequence of this, Lumeresi
daily assembled his grey-beards and had councils of war in his
drum-house; but though his subjects sent to him constantly for
troops, he would not assist them.

Another caravan then arrived (31st) from Karague, in which I
found an old friend, of half Arab breed, called Saim, who whilst
I was residing with Sheikh Snay at Kaze on my former expedition,
taught me the way to make plantain-wine.  He, like the rest of
the porters in the caravan, wore a shirt of fig-tree bark called
mbugu.  As I shall have frequently to use this word in the course
of the Journal, I may here give an explanation of its meaning. 
The porter here mentioned told me that the people about the
equator all wore this kind of covering, and made it up of
numerous pieces of bark sewn together, which they stripped from
the trees after cutting once round the trunk above and below, and
then once more down the tree from the upper to the lower circular
cutting.  This operation did not kill the trees, because, if they
covered the wound, whilst it was fresh, well over with plaintain-
leaves, shoots grew down from above, and a new bark came all over
it.  The way they softened the bark, to make it like cloth, was
by immersion in water, and a good strong application of a mill-
headed mallet, which ribbed it like corduroy. [FN#10]  Saim told
me he had lived ten years in Uganda, had crossed the Nile, and
had traded eastward as far as the Masai country. He thought the
N'yanza was the sources of the Ruvuma river; as the river which
drained the N'yanza, after passing between Uganda and Usoga, went
through Unyoro, and then all round the Tanganyika lake into the
Indian Ocean, south of Zanzibar.  Kiganda, he also said, he knew
as well as his own tongue; and as I wanted an interpreter, he
would gladly take service with me.  This was just what I wanted--
a heaven-born stroke of luck.  I seized at his offer with
avidity, gave him a new suit of clothes, which made him look
quite a gentleman, and arranged to send him next day with a
letter to Grant.

1st and 2d.--A great hubbub and confusion now seized all the
place, for the Watuta were out, and had killed a woman of the
place who had formerly been seized by them in war, but had since
escaped and resided here.  To avenge this, Lumeresi headed his
host, and was accompanied by my men; but they succeeded in
nothing save in frightening off their enemies, and regaining
possession of the body of the dead woman.  Then another hubbub
arose, for it was discovered that three Wahuma women were missing
(2d); and, as they did not turn up again, Lumeresi suspected the
men of the caravan, which left with Saim, must have taken them
off as slaves.  He sent for the chief of the caravan, and had him
brought back to account for this business. Of course the man
swore he knew nothing about the matter, whilst Lumeresi swore he
should stop there a prisoner until the women were freed, as it
was not the first time his women had been stolen in this manner. 
About the same time a man of this place, who had been to Sorombo
to purchase cows, came in with a herd, and was at once seized by
Lumeresi; for, during his absence, one of Lumeresi's daughters
had been discovered to be with child, and she, on being asked who
was the cause of it, pointed out that man.  To compensate for
damage done to himself, as his daughter by this means had become
reduced to half her market-value, Lumeresi seized all the cattle
this man had brought with him.

3d to 10th.--When two days had elapsed, one of the three missing
Wahuma women was discovered in a village close by.  As she said
she had absconded because her husband had ill-treated her, she
was flogged, to teach her better conduct.  It was reported they
had been seen in M'yonga's establishment; and I was at the same
time informed that the husbands who were out in search of them
would return, as M'yonga was likely to demand a price for them if
they were claimed, in virtue of their being his rightful property
under the acknowledged law of buni, or findings-keepings.

For the next four days nothing but wars and rumours of wars could
be heard.  The Watuta were out in all directions plundering
cattle and burning villages, and the Wahuma of this place had
taken such fright, they made a stealthy march with all their
herds to a neighbouring chief, to whom it happened that one of
Lumeresi's grey-beards was on a visit.  They thus caught a
Tartar; for the grey-beard no sooner saw them than he went and
flogged them all back again, rebuking them on the way for their
ingratitude to their chief, who had taken them in when they
sought his shelter, and was now deserted by them on the first
alarm of war.

10th.--Wishing now to gain further intelligence of Grant, I
ordered some of my men to carry a letter to him; but they all
feared the Watuta meeting them on the way, and would not.  Just
then a report came in that one of Lumeresi's sons, who had gone
near the capital of Ukhanga to purchase cows, was seized by
Rohinda in consequence of the Isamiro chief telling him that
Lumeresi had taken untold wealth from me, and he was to be
detained there a prisoner until Lumeresi either disgorged, or
sent me on to be fleeced again.  Lumeresi, of course, was greatly
perplexed at this, and sought my advice, but could get nothing
out of me, for I laughed in my sleeve, and told him such was the
consequence of his having been too greedy.

11th to 15th.--Masudi with his caravan arrived from Mchimeka--
Ungurue "the Pig," who had led me astray, was, by the way, his
kirangozi or caravan-leader.  Masudi told us he had suffered most
severely from losses by his men running away, one after the
other, as soon as they received their pay.  He thought Grant
would soon join me, as, the harvest being all in, the men about
Rungua would naturally be anxious for service.  He had had
fearful work with M'yonga, having paid him a gun, some gunpowder,
and a great quantity of cloth; and he had to give the same to
Ruhe, with the addition of twenty brass wires, one load of
mzizima, and one load of red coral beads.  This was startling,
and induced me to send all the men I could prudently spare off to
Grant at once, cautioning him to avoid Ruhe's, as Lumeresi had
promised me he would not allow one other thing to be taken from
me.  Lumeresi by this time was improving, from lessons on the
policy of moderation which I had been teaching him; for when he
tried to squeeze as much more out of Masudi as Ruhe had taken, he
gave way, and let him off cheaply at my intercession. He had seen
enough to be persuaded that this unlimited taxation or plunder
system would turn out a losing game, such as Unyamyembe and Ugogo
were at that time suffering from.  Moreover, he was rather put to
shame by my saying, "Pray, who now is biggest--Ruhe or yourself?
for any one entering this country would suspect that he was, as
he levies the first tax, and gives people to understand that, by
their paying it, the whole district will be free to them; such at
any rate he told me, and so it appears he told Masudi.  If you
are the sultan, and will take my advice, I would strongly
recommend your teaching Ruhe a lesson, by taking from him what
the Arabs paid, and giving it back to Masudi.

At midnight (16th) I was startled in my sleep by the hurried
tramp of several men, who rushed in to say they were Grant's
porters-- Bogue men who had deserted him.  Grant, they said, in
incoherent, short, rapid, and excited sentences, was left by them
standing under a tree, with nothing but his gun in his hand.  All
the Wanguana had been either killed or driven away by M'yonga's
men, who all turned out and fell upon the caravan, shooting,
spearing, and plundering, until nothing was left.  The porters
then, seeing Grant all alone, unable to help him, bolted off to
inform me and Lumeresi, as the best thing they could do.  Though
disbelieving the story in all its minutiae, I felt that something
serious must have happened; so, without a moment's delay, I sent
off the last of my men strong enough to walk to succour Grant,
carrying with them a bag of beads. Baraka then stepped outside my
tent, and said in a loud voice, purposely for my edification,
"There, now, what is the use of thinking any more about going to
Karague?  I said all along it was impossible"; upon hearing which
I had him up before all the remaining men, and gave him a
lecture, saying, happen what would, I must die or go on with the
journey, for shame would not allow me to give way as Baraka was
doing.  Baraka replied, he was not afraid --he only meant to
imply that men could not act against impossibilities. 
"Impossibilities!" I said; "what is impossible? Could I not go on
as a servant with the first caravan, or buy up a whole caravan if
I liked?  What is impossible?  For Godsake don't try any more to
frighten my men, for you have nearly killed me already in doing

Next day (17th) I received a letter from Grant, narrating the
whole of his catastrophes:--

   "In the Jungles, near M'yonga's,     16th Sept. 1861.

"My dear Speke,--The caravan was attacked, plundered, and the men
driven to the winds, while marching this morning into M'yonga's

"Awaking at cock-crow, I roused the camp, all anxious to rejoin
you; and while the loads were being packed, my attention was
drawn to an angry discussion between the head men and seven or
eight armed fellows sent by Sultan M'yonga, to insist upon my
putting up for the day in his village.  They were summarily told
that as YOU had already made him a present, he need not expect a
visit from ME. Adhering, I doubt not, to their master's
instructions, they officiously constituted themselves our guides
till we chose to strike off their path, when, quickly heading our
party, they stopped the way, planted their spears, and DARED our

"This menace made us firmer in our determination, and we swept
past the spears.  After we had marched unmolested for some seven
miles, a loud yelping from the woods excited our attention, and a
sudden rush was made upon us by, say two hundred men, who came
down seemingly in great glee.  In an instant, at the caravan's
centre, they fastened upon the poor porters.  The struggle was
short; and with the threat of an arrow or spear at their breasts,
men were robbed of their cloths and ornaments, loads were yielded
and run away with before resistance could be organised; only
three men of a hundred stood by me, the others, whose only
thought was their lives, fled into the woods, where I went
shouting for them.  One man, little Rahan--rip as he is--stood
with cocked gun, defending his load, against five savages with
uplifted spears.  No one else could be seen.  Two or three were
reported killed; some were wounded. Beads, boxes, cloths, etc.,
lay strewed about the woods.  In fact, I felt wrecked.  My
attempt to go and demand redress from the sultan was resisted,
and, in utter despair, I seated myself among a mass of rascals
jeering round me, and insolent after the success of the day.
Several were dressed in the very cloths, etc., they had stolen
from my men.

"In the afternoon, about fifteen men and loads were brought me,
with a message from the sultan, that the attack had been a
mistake of his subjects--that one man had had a hand cut off for
it, and that all the property would be restored!

Yours sincerely,    J. W. Grant."

Now, judging from the message sent to Grant by M'yonga, it
appeared to me that his men had mistaken their chief's orders,
and had gone one step beyond his intentions.  It was obvious that
the chief merely intended to prevent Grant from passing through
or evading his district without paying a hongo, else he would not
have sent his men to invite him to his palace, doubtless with
instructions, if necessary, to use force.  This appears the more
evident from the fact of his subsequent contrition, and finding
it necessary to send excuses when the property was in his hands;
for these chiefs, grasping as they are, know they must conform to
some kind of system, to save themselves from a general war, or
the avoidance of their territories by all travellers in future. 
To assist Grant, I begged Lumeresi to send him some aid in men at
once; but he refused, on the plea that M'yonga was at war with
him, and would kill them if they went.  This was all the more
provoking, as Grant, in a letter next evening, told me he could
not get all his men together again, and wished to know what
should be done.  He had recovered all the property except six
loads of beads, eighty yards of American sheeting, and many minor
articles, besides what had been rifled more or less from every
load.  In the same letter he asked me to deliver up a Mhuma woman
to a man who came with the bearers of his missive, as she had
made love to Saim at Ukulima's, and had bolted with my men to
escape from her husband.

On inquiring into this matter, she told me her face had been her
misfortune, for the man who now claimed her stole her from her
parents at Ujiji, and forcibly made her his wife, but ever since
had ill-treated her, often thrashing her, and never giving her
proper food or clothing.  It was on this account she fell in love
with Saim; for he, taking compassion on her doleful stories, had
promised to keep her as long as he travelled with me, and in the
end to send her back to her parents at Ujiji.  She was a
beautiful woman, with gazelle eyes, oval face, high thin nose,
and fine lips, and would have made a good match for Saim, who had
a good deal of Arab blood in him, and was therefore, in my
opinion, much of the same mixed Shem-Hamitic breed.  But as I did
not want more women in my camp, I have her some beads, and sent
her off with the messenger who claimed her, much against my own
feelings.  I had proposed to Grant that, as Lumeresi's
territories extended to within eight miles of M'yonga's, he
should try to move over the Msalala border by relays, when I
would send some Bogue men to meet him; for though Lumeresi would
not risk sending his men into the clutches of M'yonga, he was
most anxious to have another white visitor.

20th and 21st.--I again urged Lumeresi to help on Grant, saying
it was incumbent on him to call M'yonga to account for
maltreating Grant's porters, who were his own subjects, else the
road would be shut up--he would lose all the hongos he laid on
caravans--and he would not be able to send his own ivory down to
the coast.  This appeal had its effect: he called on his men to
volunteer, and twelve porters came forward, who no sooner left,
than in came another letter from Grant, informing me that he had
collected almost enough men to march with, and that M'yonga had
returned on of the six missing loads, and promised to right him
in everything.

Next day, however, I had from Grant two very opposite accounts--
one, in the morning, full of exultation, in which he said he
hoped to reach Ruhe's this very day, as his complement of porters
was then completed; while by the other, which came in the
evening, I was shocked to hear that M'yonga, after returning all
the loads, much reduced by rifling, had demanded as a hongo two
guns, two boxed ammunition, forty brass wires, and 160 yards of
American sheeting, in default of which he, Grant, must lend
M'yonga ten Wanguana to build a boma on the west of his district,
to enable him to fight some Wasona who were invading his
territory, otherwise he would not allow Grant to move from his
palace.  Grant knew not what to do. He dared not part with the
guns, because he knew it was against my principle, and therefore
deferred the answer until he heard from me, although all his
already collected porters were getting fidgety, and two had
bolted.  In this fearful fix I sent Baraka off with strict orders
to bring Grant away at any price, except the threatened sacrifice
of men, guns, and ammunition, which I would not listen to, as one
more day's delay might end in further exactions; at the same
time, I cautioned him to save my property as far as he could, for
it was to him that M'yonga had formerly said that what I paid him
should do for all.

Some of M'yonga's men who had plundered Grant now "caught a
Tartar." After rifling his loads of a kilyndo, or bark box of
beads, they, it appeared, received orders from M'yonga to sell a
lot of female slaves, amongst whom were the two Wahuma women who
had absconded from this.  The men in charge, not knowing their
history, brought them for sale into this district, where they
were instantly recognised by some of Lumeresi's men, and brought
in to him. The case was not examined at once, Lumeresi happening
to be absent; so, to make good their time, the men in charge
brought their beads to me to be exchanged for something else, not
knowing that both camps were mine, and that they held my beads
and not Grant's. Of course I took them from them, but did not
give them a flogging, as I knew if I did so they would at once
retaliate upon Grant. The poor Wahuma women, as soon as Lumeresi
arrived, were put to death by their husbands, because, by
becoming slaves, they had broken the laws of their race.

22d to 24th.--At last I began to recover.  All this exciting
news, with the prospect of soon seeing Grant, did me a world of
good,-- so much so, that I began shooting small birds for
specimens-- watching the blacksmiths as they made tools, spears,
ad bracelets-- and doctoring some of the Wahuma women who came to
be treated for ophthalmia, in return for which they gave me milk. 
The milk, however, I could not boil excepting in secrecy, else
they would have stopped their donations on the plea that this
process would be an incantation or bewitchment, from which their
cattle would fall sick and dry up.  I now succeeded in getting
Lumeresi to send his Wanyapara to go and threaten M'yonga, that
if he did not release Grant at once, we would combine to force
him to do so.  They, however, left too late, for the hongo had
been settled, as I was informed by a letter from Grant next day,
brought to my by Bombay, who had just returned from Kaze after
six weeks' absence. He brought with him old Nasib and another
man, and told me both Bui and Nasib had hidden themselves in a
Boma close to Lumeresi's the day when my hongo was settled; but
they bolted the instant the drums beat, and my men fired guns to
celebrate the event, supposing that the noise was occasioned by
our fighting with Lumeresi.  These cowards then made straight for
Kaze, when Fundi Sangoro gave Nasib a flogging for deserting me,
and made him so ashamed of his conduct that he said he would
never do it again.  Bui also was flogged, but, admitting himself
to be a coward, was set to the "right-about." With him Bombay
also brought three new deoles, for which I had to pay 160
dollars, and news that the war with Manua Sera was not then over. 
He had effected his escape in the usual manner, and was leading
the Arabs another long march after him.

Expecting to meet Grant this morning (25th), I strolled as far as
my strength and wind would allow me towards Ruhe's; but I was
sold, for Ruhe had detained him for a hongo.  Lumeresi also
having heard of it, tried to interpose, according to a plan
arranged between us in case of such a thing happening, by sending
his officers to Ruhe, with an order not to check my "brother's"
march, as I had settled accounts for all.  Later in the day,
however, I heard from Grant that Ruhe would not let him go until
he had paid sixteen pretty cloths, six wires, one gun, one box of
ammunition, and one load of mzizima beads, coolly saying that I
had only given him a trifle, under the condition that, when the
big caravan arrived, Grant would make good the rest.  I
immediately read this letter to Lumeresi, and asked him how I
should answer it, as Grant refused to pay anything until I gave
the order.

To which Lumeresi replied, Ruhe, "my child," could not dare to
interfere with Grant after his officers arrived, and advised me
to wait until the evening.  At all events, if there were any
further impediments, he himself would go over there with a force
and release Grant.  In the evening another messenger arrived from
Grant, giving a list of his losses and expenses at M'yonga's.
They amounted to an equivalent of eight loads, and were as
follows: --100 yards cloth, and 4600 necklaces of beads (these
had been set aside as the wages paid to the porters, but being in
my custody, I had to make them good); 300 necklaces of beads
stolen from the loads; one brass wire stolen; one sword-bayonet
stolen; Grant's looking-glass stolen; one saw stolen; one box
ammunition stolen. Then paid in hongo, 160 yards cloth; 150
necklaces; one scarlet blanket, double; one case ammunition; ten
brass wires.  Lastly, there was one donkey beaten to death by the
savages.  This was the worst of all; for this poor brute carried
me on the former journey to the southern end of the N'yanza, and
in consequence was a great pet.

As nothing further transpired, and I was all in the dark (26th),
I wrote to Grant telling him of my interviews with Lumeresi, and
requesting him to pay nothing; but it was too late, for Grant, to
my inexpressible delight, was the next person I saw; he walked
into camp, and then he was a good laugh over all our misfortunes.
Poor Grant, he had indeed had a most troublesome time of it. The
scoundrel Ruhe, who only laughed at Lumeresi's orders, had
stopped his getting supplies of food for himself and his men;
told him it was lucky that he came direct to the palace, for full
preparations had been made for stopping him had he attempted to
avoid it; would not listen to any reference being made to avoid
myself; badgered and bullied over every article that he
extracted; and, finally, when he found compliance with his
extortionate requests was not readily granted, he beat the
wardrums to frighten the porters, and ordered the caravan out of
his palace, to where he said they would find his men ready to
fight it out with them. It happened that Grant had just given
Ruhe a gun when my note arrived, on which they made an agreement,
that it was to be restored, provided that, after the full
knowledge of all these transactions had reached us, it was both
Lumeresi's and my desire that it should be so.

I called Lumeresi (27th), and begged he would show whether he was
the chief or not, by requiring Ruhe to disgorge the property he
had taken from me.  His Wanyapara had been despised, and I had
been most unjustly treated.  Upon this the old chief hung down
his head, and said it touched his heart more than words could
tell to hear my complaint, for until I came that way no one had
come, and I had paid him handsomely.  He fully appreciated the
good service I had done to him and his country by opening a road
which all caravans for the future would follow if property dealt
with.  Having two heads in a country was a most dangerous thing,
but it could not be helped for the present, as his hands were too
completely occupied already. There were Rohinda, the Watuta, and
M'yonga, whom he must settle with before he could attend to Ruhe;
but when he was free, then Ruhe should know who was the chief. 
To bring the matter to a climax, Mrs. Lumeresi then said she
ought to have something, because Ruhe was her son, whilst
Lumeresi was only her second husband and consort, for Ruhe was
born to her by her former husband. She therefore was queen.

Difficulties now commenced again (28th).  All the Wanguana
struck, and said they would go no further.  I argued--they
argued; they wanted more pay--I would not give more.  Bombay, who
appeared the only one of my men anxious to go on with Grant and
myself, advised me to give in, else they would all run away, he
said. I still stuck out, saying that if they did go, they should
be seized on the coast and cast into jail for desertion.  I had
sent for fifty more men on the same terms as themselves, and
nothing in the world would make me alter what had been
established at the British Consulate.  There all their
engagements were written down in the office-book, and the Consul
was our judge.

29th to 4th.--This shut them up, but at night two of them
deserted; the Wanyamuezi porters also deserted, and I had to find
more. Whilst this was going on, I wrote letters and packed up my
specimens, and sent them back by my late valet, Rahan, who also
got orders to direct Sheikh Said to seize the two men who
deserted, and take them down chained to the coast when he went
there.  On the 4th, Lumeresi was again greatly perplexed by his
sovereign Rohinda calling on him for some cloths; he must have
thirty at least, else he would not give up Lumeresi's son. 
Further, he commanded in a bullying tone that all the Wahuma who
were with Lumeresi should be sent to him at once, adding, at the
same time, if his royal mandate was not complied with as soon as
he expected, he would at once send a force to seize Lumeresi, and
place another man in his stead to rule over the district.

Lumeresi, on hearing this, first consulted me, saying his chief
was displeased with him, accusing him of being too proud, in
having at once two such distinguished guests, and meant by these
acts only to humble him.  I replied, if that was the case, the
sooner he allowed us to go, the better it would be for him; and,
reminding him of his original promise to give me assistance on to
Usui, said he could do so now with a very good grace.

Quite approving himself of this suggestion, Lumeresi then gave me
one of his officers to be my guide--his name was Sangizo.  This
man no sooner received his orders than, proud of his office as
the guide of such a distinguished caravan, he set to work to find
us porters. Meanwhile my Wasui friends, who left on the 25th of
August, returned, bearing what might be called Suwarora's mace--a
long rod of brass bound up in stick charms, and called
Kaquenzingiriri, "the commander of all things."  This they said
was their chief's invitation to see us, and sent this
Kaquenzingiriri, to command us respect wherever we went.

5th.--Without seeing us again, Lumeresi, evidently ashamed of the
power held over him by this rod of Suwarora's, walked off in the
night, leaving word that he was on his way to Ruhe's, to get back
my gun and all the other things that had been taken from Grant.
The same night a large herd of cattle was stolen from the boma
without any one knowing it; so next morning, when the loss was
discovered, all the Wahuma set off on the spoor to track them
down; but with what effect I never knew.

As I had now men enough to remove half our property, I made a
start of it, leaving Grant to bring up the rest.  I believe I was
a most miserable spectre in appearance, puffing and blowing at
each step I took, with shoulder drooping, and left arm hanging
like a dead leg, which I was unable ever to swing.  Grant,
remarking this, told me then, although fro a friendly delicacy he
had abstained from saying so earlier, that my condition, when he
first saw me on rejoining, gave him a sickening shock.  Next day
(7th) he came up with the rest of the property, carried by men
who had taken service for that one march only.

Before us now lay a wilderness of five marches' duration, as the
few villages that once lined it had all been depopulated by the
Sorombo people and the Watuta.  We therefore had to lay in
rations for those days, and as no men could be found who would
take service to Karague, we filled up our complement with men at
exorbitant wages to carry our things on to Usui.  At this place,
to our intense joy, three of Sheikh Said's boys came to us with a
letter from Rigby; but, on opening it, our spirits at once fell
far below zero, for it only informed us that he had sent us all
kinds of nice things, and letters from home, which were packed up
in boxes, and despatched from the coast on the 30th October 1860.

The boys then told me that a merchant, nickname Msopora, had left
the boxes in Ugogo, in charge of some of those Arabs who were
detained there, whilst he went rapidly round by the south,
following up the Ruaha river to Usanga and Usenga, whence he
struck across to Kaze.  Sheikh Said, they said, sent his
particular respects to me; he had heard of Grant's disasters with
great alarm.  If he could be of service, he would readily come to
me; but he had dreamed three times that he saw me marching into
Cairo, which, as three times were lucky, he was sure would prove
good, and he begged I would still keep my nose well to the front,
and push boldly on.  Manua Sera was still in the field, and all
was uncertain.  Bombay then told me-- he had forgotten to do so
before--that when he was last at Kaze, Sheikh said told him he
was sure we would succeed if both he and myself pulled together,
although it was well known no one else of my party wished to go

With at last a sufficiency of porters, we all set out together,
walking over a new style of country.  Instead of the constantly-
recurring outcrops of granite, as in Unyamuezi, with valleys
between, there were only two lines of little hills visible, one
right and one left of us, a good way off; whilst the ground over
which we were travelling, instead of being confined like a
valley, rose in long high swells of sandstone formation, covered
with small forest-trees, among which flowers like primroses, only
very much larger, and mostly of a pink colour, were frequently
met with. Indeed, we ought all to have been happy together, for
all my men were paid and rationed trebly--far better than they
would have been if they had been travelling with any one else;
but I had not paid all, as they thought, proportionably, and
therefore there were constant heartburnings, with strikes and
rows every day.  It was useless to tell them that they were all
paid according to their own agreements--that all short-service
men had a right to expect more in proportion to their work than
long-service ones; they called it all love and partiality, and in
their envy would think themselves ill-used.

At night the kirangozi would harangue the camp, cautioning all
hands to keep together on the line of march, as the Watuta were
constantly hovering about, and the men should not squabble and
fight with their master, else no more white men would come this
way again. On the 11th we were out of Bogue, in the district of
Ugomba, and next march brought us into Ugombe (12th), where we
crossed the Ukongo nullah, draining westwards to the Malagarai
river.  Here some of the porters, attempting to bolt, were
intercepted by my coast-men and had a fight of it, for they fired
arrows, and in return the coast-men cut their bows.  The whole
camp, of course, was in a blaze at this; their tribe was
insulted, and they would not stand it, until Bombay put down
their pride with a few strings of beads, as the best means of
restoring peace in the camp.

At this place we were visited by the chief of the district, Pongo
(Bush-boc), who had left his palace to see us and invite us his
way, for he feared we might give him the slip by going west into
Uyofu. He sent us a cow, and said he should like some return; for
Masudi, who had gone ahead, only gave him a trifle, professing to
be our vanguard, and telling him that as soon as we came with the
large caravan we would satisfy him to his heart's content.  We
wished for an interview, but he would not see us, as he was
engaged looking into his magic horn, with an endeavour to see
what sort of men we were, as none of our sort had ever come that
way before.

The old sort of thing occurred again.  I sent him one kitambi and
eight yards kiniki, explaining how fearfully I was reduced from
theft and desertions, and begging he would have mercy; but
instead of doing so he sent the things back in a huff, after a
whole day's delay, and said he required, besides, one sahari, one
kitambi, and eight yards kiniki.  In a moment I sent them over,
and begged he would beat the drums; but no, he thought he was
entitled to ten brass wires, in addition, and would accept them
at his palace the next day, as he could not think of allowing us
to leave his country until we had done him that honour, else all
the surrounding chiefs would call him inhospitable.

Too knowing now to be caught with such chaff, I told him, through
Bombay, if he would consider the ten brass wires final, I would
give them, and then go to his palace, not otherwise.  He acceded
to this, but no sooner got them, than he broke his faith, and
said he must either have more pretty cloths, or five more brass
wires, and then, without doubt, he would beat the drums.  A long
badgering bargain ensued, at which I made all my men be present
as witnesses, and we finally concluded the hongo with four more
brass wires.

The drums then no sooner beat the satisfaction, than the Wasui
mace-bearers, in the most feeling and good-mannered possible
manner, dropped down on their knees before me, and congratulated
me on the cessation of this tormenting business.  Feeling much
freer, we now went over and put up in Pong's palace, for we had
to halt there a day to collect more porters, as half my men had
just bolted.  This was by no means an easy job, for all my
American sheeting was out, and so was the kiniki.  Pongo then for
the first time showed himself, sneaking about with an escort,
hiding his head in a cloth lest our "evil eyes" might bewitch
him.  Still he did us a good turn; for on the 16th he persuaded
his men to take service with us at the enormous hire of ten
necklaces of beads per man for every day's march--nearly ten
times what an Arab pays.  Fowls were as plentiful here as
elsewhere, though the people only kept them to sell to
travellers, or else for cutting them open for diving purposes, by
inspection of their blood and bones.

From the frying pan we went into the fire in crossing from Ugombe
into the district of Wanga, where we beat up the chief,
N'yaruwamba, and at once went into the hongo business.  He
offered a cow to commence with, which I would not accept until
the tax was paid, and then I made my offering of two wires, one
kitambi, and one kisutu. Badgering then commenced: I must add two
wires, and six makete or necklaces of mzizima beads, the latter
being due to the chief for negotiating the tax.  When this
addition was paid, we should be freed by beat of drum.

I complied at once, by way of offering a special mark of respect
And friendship, and on the reliance that he would keep his word.
The scoundrel, however, no sooner got the articles, than he said
a man had just come there to inform hi that I gave Pongo ten
wires and ten cloths; he, therefore, could not be satisfied until
I added one more wire, when, without fail, he would beat the
drums.  It was given, after many angry words; but it was the old
story over again-- he would have one more wire and a cloth, or
else he would not allow us to proceed on the morrow.  My men,
this time really provoked, said they would fight it out;--a king
breaking his word in that way! But in the end the demand had to
be paid; and at last, at 9 P.M., the drums beat the satisfaction.

From this we went on to the north end of Wanga, in front of which
was a wilderness, separating the possessions of Rohinda from
those of Suwarora.  We put up in a boma, but were not long
ensconced there when the villagers got up a pretext for a
quarrel, thinking they could plunder us of all our goods, and
began pitching into my men. We, however, proved more than a match
for them.  Our show of guns frightened them all out of the place;
my men then gave chase, firing off in the air, which sent them
flying over the fields, and left us to do there as we liked until
night, when a few of the villagers came back and took up their
abode with us quietly.  Next, after dark, the little village was
on the alert again.  The Watuta were out marching, and it was
rumoured that they were bound for M'yaruwamba's.  The porters who
were engaged at Pongo's now gave us the slip: we were
consequently detained here next day (19th), when, after engaging
a fresh set, we crossed the wilderness, and in Usui put up with
Suwarora's border officer of this post, N'yamanira.

Here we were again brought to a standstill.

                          Chapter VII


Taxation recommenced--A Great Doctor--Suwarora pillaging--The
Arabs --Conference with an Ambassador from Uganda--Disputes in
Camp-- Rivalry of Bombay and Baraka--Departure from the
Inhospitable Districts.

We were now in Usui, and so the mace-bearers, being on their own
ground forgot their manners, and peremptorily demanded their pay
before they would allow us to move one step farther.  At first I
tried to stave the matter off, promising great rewards if they
took us quickly on to Suwarora; but they would take no
alternative--their rights were four wires each.  I could not
afford such a sum, and tried to beat them down, but without
effect; for they said, they had it in their power to detain us
here a whole month, and they could get us bullied at every stage
by the officers of the stations. No threats of reporting them to
their chief had any effect, so, knowing that treachery in these
countries was a powerful enemy, I ordered them to be paid. 
N'yamanira, the Mkungu, then gave us a goat and two pots of
pombe, begging, at the same time, for four wires, which I paid,
hoping thus to get on in the morning.

I then made friends with him, and found he was a great doctor as
well as an officer.  In front of his hut he had his church or
uganga--a tree, in which was fixed a blaue boc's horn charged
with magic powder, and a zebra's hoof, suspended by a string over
a pot of water sunk in the earth below it.  His badges of office
he had tied on his head; the butt of a shell, representing the
officer's badge, being fixed on the forehead, whilst a small
sheep's horn, fixed jauntily over the temple, denoted that he was
a magician. Wishing to try my powers in magical arts, as I
laughed at his church, he begged me to produce an everlasting
spring of water by simply scratching the ground.  He, however,
drew short up, to the intense delight of my men, on my promising
that I would do so if he made one first.

At night, 22d, a steel scabbard and some cloths were extracted
from our camp, so I begged my friend the great doctor would show
us the use of his horn.  This was promised, but never performed. 
I then wished to leave, as the Wasui guides, on receiving their
pay, promised we should; but they deferred, on the plea that one
of them must see their chief first, and get him to frank us
through, else, they said, we should be torn to pieces.  I said I
thought the Kaquenzingiriri could do this; but they said, "No;
Suwarora must be told first of your arrival, to prepare him
properly for your coming; so stop here for three days with two of
us, whilst the third one goes to the palace and returns again;
for you know the chiefs of these countries do not feel safe until
they have a look at the uganga."

One of them then went away, but no sooner had left than a man
named Makinga arrived to invite us on, as he said, at his adopted
brother K'yengo's request.  Makinga then told us that Suwarora,
on first hearing that we were coming, became greatly afraid, and
said he would not let us set eyes on his country, as he was sure
we were king-dethroners; but, referring for opinion to Dr
K'yengo, his fears were overcome by the doctor assuring him that
he had seen hosts of our sort at Zanzibar; and he knew, moreover,
that some years ago we had been to Ujiji and to Ukerewe without
having done any harm in those places; and, further, since Musa
had sent word that I had done my best to subdue the war at
Unyanyembe, and had promised to do my best here, he, Suwarora,
had been anxiously watching our movements, and longed for our
arrival.  This looked famous, and it was agreed we should move
the next morning.  Just then a new light broke in on my defeat at
Sorombo, for with Makinga I recognised one of my former porters,
who I had supposed was a "child" of the Pig's.  This man now said
before all my men, Baraka included, that he wished to accept the
load of mzizima I had offered the Pig if he would go forward with
Baraka and tell Suwarora I wanted some porters to help me to
reach him.  He was not a "child" of the Pig's, but a "child" of
K'yengo's; and as Baraka would not allow him to accept the load
of mzizima, he went on to K'yengo by himself, and told all that
had happened.  It was now quite clear what motives induced
Suwarora to send out the three Wasui; but how I blessed Baraka
for this in my heart, though I said nothing about it to him, for
fear of his playing some more treacherous tricks.  Grant then
told me Baraka had been frightened at Mininga, by a blackguard
Mganga to whom he would not give a present, into the belief that
our journey would encounter some terrible mishap; for, when the
M'yonga catastrophe happened, he thought that a fulfillment of
the Mganga's prophecy.

I wished to move in the morning (23d), and had all hands ready,
but was told by Makinga he must be settled with first.  His dues
for the present were four brass wires, and as many more when we
reached the palace.  I could not stand this: we were literally,
as Musa said we should be, being "torn to pieces"; so I appealed
to the mace-bearers, protested that Makinga could have no claims
on me, as he was not a man of Usui, but a native of Utambara, and
brought on a row.  On the other hand, as he could not refute
this, Makinga swore the mace was all a pretence, and set a-
fighting with the Wasui and all the men in turn.

To put a stop to this, I ordered a halt, and called on the
district officer to assist us, on which he said he would escort
us on to Suwarora's if we would stop till next morning.  This was
agreed to; but in the night we were robbed of three goats, which
he said he could not allow to be passed over, lest Suwarora might
hear of it, and he would get into a scrape.  He pressed us
strongly to stop another day whilst he sought for them, but I
told him I would not, as his magic powder was weak, else he would
have found the scabbard we lost long before this.

At last we got under way, and, after winding through a long
forest, we emerged on the first of the populous parts of Usui, a
most convulsed-looking country, of well-rounded hills composed of
sandstone.  In all the parts not under cultivation they were
covered with brushwood.  Here the little grass-hut villages were
not fenced by a boma, but were hidden in large fields of
plantains.  Cattle were numerous, kept by the Wahuma, who could
not sell their milk to us because we ate fowls and a bean called

Happily no one tried to pillage us here, so on we went to
Vikora's, another officer, living at N'yakasenye, under a
sandstone hill, faced with a dyke of white quartz, over which
leaped a small stream of water--a seventy-feet drop--which, it is
said, Suwarora sometimes paid homage to when the land was
oppressed by drought.  Vikora's father it was whom Sirboko of
Mininga shot.  Usually he was very severe with merchants in
consequence of that act; but he did not molest us, as the
messenger who went on to Suwarora returned here just as we
arrived, to say we must come on at once, as Suwarora was anxious
to see us, and had ordered his Wakungu not to molest us. Thieves
that night entered our ringfence of thorns, and stole a cloth
from off one of my men while he was sleeping.

We set down Suwarora, after this very polite message, "a regular
trump," and walked up the hill of N'yakasenye with considerable
mirth, singing his praises; but we no sooner planted ourselves on
the summit than we sang a very different tune.  We were ordered
to stop by a huge body of men, and to pay toll.

Suwarora, on second thoughts, had changed his mind, or else he
had been overruled by two of his officers--Kariwami, who lived
here, and Virembo, who lived two stages back, but were then with
their chief.  There was no help for it, so I ordered the camp to
be formed, and sent Nasib and the mace-bearers at once off to the
palace to express to his highness how insulted I felt as his
guest, being stopped in this manner, even when I had his
Kaquenzingiriri with me as his authority that I was invited there
as a guest.  I was not a merchant who carried merchandise, but a
prince like himself, come on a friendly mission to see him and
Rumanika.  I was waiting at night for the return of the
messengers, and sitting out with my sextant observing the stars,
to fix my position, when some daring thieves, in the dark bushes
close by, accosted two of the women of the camp, pretending a
desire to know what I was doing.  They were no sooner told by the
unsuspecting women, than they whipped off their cloths and ran
away with them, allowing their victims to pass me in a state of
absolute nudity.  I could stand this thieving no longer.  My
goats and other things had been taken away without causing me
much distress of mind, but now, after this shocking event, I
ordered my men to shoot at any thieves that came near them.

This night one was shot, without any mistake about it; for the
next morning we tracked him by his blood, and afterwards heard he
had died of his wound.  The Wasui elders, contrary to my
expectation, then came and congratulated us on our success.  They
thought us most wonderful men, and possessed of supernatural
powers; for the thief in question was a magician, who until now
was thought to be invulnerable.  Indeed, they said Arabs with
enormous caravans had often been plundered by these people; but
though they had so many more guns than ourselves, they never
succeeded in killing one.

Nasib then returned to inform us that the king had heard our
complaint, and was sorry for it, but said he could not interfere
with the rights of his officers.  He did not wish himself to take
anything from us, and hoped we would come on to him as soon as we
had satisfied his officers with the trifle they wanted.  Virembo
then sent us some pombe by his officers, and begged us to have
patience, for he was then fleecing Masudi at the encamping-ground
near the palace.  This place was alive with thieves.  During the
day they lured my men into their huts by inviting them to dinner;
but when they got them they stripped them stark-naked and let
them go again; whilst at night they stone our camp.  After this,
one more was shot dead and two others wounded.

I knew that Suwarora's message was all humbug, and that his
officers merely kept about one per cent. of what they took from
travellers, paying the balance into the royal coffers.  Thinking
I was now well in for a good fleecing myself, I sent Bombay off
to Masudi's camp, to tell Insangez, who was travelling with him
on a mission of his master's, old Musa's son, that I would reward
him handsomely if he would, on arrival at Karague, get Rumanika
to send us his mace here in the same way as Suwarora had done to
help us out of Bogue, as he knew Musa at one time said he would
go with us to Karague in person. When Bombay was gone, Virembo
then deputed Kariwami to take the hongo for both at once, mildly
requiring 40 wires, 80 cloths, and 400 necklaces of every kind of
bead we possessed.  This was, indeed, too much of a joke.  I
complained of all the losses I had suffered, and begged for
mercy; but all he said, after waiting the whole day, was, "Do not
stick at trifles; for, after settling with us, you will have to
give as much more to Vikora, who lives down below."

Next morning, as I said I could not by any means pay such an
exorbitant tax as was demanded, Kariwami begged me to make an
offer which I did by sending him four wires.  These, of course,
were rejected with scorn; so, in addition, I sent an old box.
That, too, was thrown back on me, as nothing short of 20 wires,
40 cloths, and 200 necklaces of all sorts of beads, would satisfy
him; and this I ought to be contented to pay, as he had been so
moderate because I was the king's guest, and had been so reduced
by robbery.  I now sent six wires more, and said this was the
last I could give--they were worth so many goats to me--and now
by giving them away, I should have to live on grain like a poor
man, though I was a prince in my own country, just like Suwarora. 
Surely Suwarora could not permit this if he knew it; and if they
would not suffice, I should have to stop here until called again
by Suwarora. The ruffian, on hearing this, allowed the wires to
lie in his hut, and said he was going away, but hoped, when he
returned, I should have, as I had got no cloths, 20 wires, and
1000 necklaces of extra length, strung and all ready for him.

Just then Bombay returned flushed with the excitement of a great
success.  He had been in Masudi's camp, and had delivered my
message to Insangez.  Asudi, he said, had been there a fortnight
unable to settle his hongo, for the great Mkama had not deigned
to see him, though the Arab had been daily to his palace
requesting an interview.  "Well," I said, "that is all very
interesting, but what next?--will the big king see us?"  "O no;
by the very best good fortune in the world, on going into the
palace I saw Suwarora, and spoke to him at once; but he was so
tremendously drunk, he could not understand me."  "What luck was
there in that?" I asked. On which Bombay said, "Oh, everybody in
the place congratulated me on my success in having obtained an
interview with that great monarch the very first day, when Arabs
had seldom that privilege under one full month of squatting; even
Masudi had not yet seen him."  To which Nasib also added, "Ah,
yes--indeed it is so-- a monstrous success; there is great
ceremony as well as business at these courts; you will better see
what I mean when you get to Uganda.  These Wahuma kings are not
like those you ever saw in Unyamuezi or anywhere else; they have
officers and soldiers like Said Majid, the Sultan at Zanzibar." 
"Well," said I to Bombay, "what was Suwarora like?"  "Oh, he is a
very fine man--just as tall, and in the face very like Grant; in
fact, if Grant were black you would not know the difference." 
"And were his officers drunk too?" "O yes, they were all drunk
together; men were bringing in pombe all day."  "And did you get
drunk?"  "O yes," said Bombay, grinning, and showing his whole
row of sharp-pointed teeth, "they WOULD make me drink; and then
they showed me the place they assigned for your camp when you
come over there.  It was not in the palace, but outside, without
a tree near it; anything but a nice-looking residence."  I then
sent Bombay to work at the hongo business; but, after haggling
till night with Kariwami, he was told he must bring fourteen
brass wires, two cloths, and five mukhnai of kanyera, or white
porcelain beads--which, reduced, amounted to three hundred
necklaces; else he said I might stop there for a month.

At last I settled this confounded hongo, by paying seven
additional wires in lieu of the cloth; and, delighted at the
termination of this tedious affair, I ordered a march.  Like
magic, however, Vikora turned up, and said we must wait until he
was settled with. His rank was the same as the others, and one
bead less than I had given them he would not take.  I fought all
the day out, but the next morning, as he deputed his officers to
take nine wires, these were given, and then we went on with the

Tripping along over the hill, we descended to a deep miry
watercourse, full of bulrushes, then over another hill, from the
heights of which we saw Suwarora's palace, lying down in the
Uthungu valley, behind which again rose another hill of
sandstone, faced on the top with a dyke of white quartz.  The
scene was very striking, for the palace enclosures, of great
extent, were well laid out to give effect.  Three circles of milk
bush, one within the other, formed the boma, or ring-fence.  The
chief's hut (I do not think him worthy of the name of king, since
the kingdom is divided in two) was three times as large as any of
the others, and stood by itself at the farther end; whilst the
smaller huts, containing his officers and domestics, were
arranged in little groups within a circle, at certain distances
apart from one another, sufficient to allow of their stalling
their cattle at night.

On descending into the Uthungu valley, Grant, who was preceding
the men, found Makinga opposed to the progress of the caravan
until his dues were paid.  He was a stranger like ourselves, and
was consequently treated with scorn, until he tried to maintain
what he called his right, by pulling the loads off my men's
shoulders, whereupon Grant cowed him into submission, and all
went on again-- not to the palace, as we had supposed, but, by
the direction of the mace-bearers, to the huts of Suwarora's
commander-in-chief, two miles from the palace; and here we found
Masudi's camp also. We had no sooner formed camp for ourselves
and arranged all our loads, than the eternal Vikora, whom I
thought we had settled with before we started, made a claim for
some more wire, cloth, and beads, as he had not received as much
as Kariwani and Virembo. Of course I would not listen to this, as
I had paid what his men asked for, and that was enough for me. 
Just then Masudi, with the other Arabs who were travelling with
him, came over to pay us a visit, and inquire what we thought of
the Usui taxes.  He had just concluded his hongo to Suwarora by
paying 80 wires, 120 yards of cloth, and 130 lb. of beads, whilst
he had also paid to every officer from 20 to 40 wires, as well as
cloths and beads. On hearing of my transactions, he gave it as
his opinion that I had got off surprisingly well.

Next morning, (1st) Masudi and his party started for Karague.
They had been more than a year between this and Kaze, trying all
the time to get along.  Provisions here were abundant--hawked
about by the people, who wore a very neat skin kilt strapped
round the waist, but otherwise were decorated like the
Wanyamuezi.  It was difficult to say who were of true breed here,
for the intercourse of the natives with the Wahuma and the
Wanyamuezi produced a great variety of facial features amongst
the people.  Nowhere did I ever see so many men and women with
hazel eyes as at this place.

In the evening, an Uganda man, by name N'yamgundu, came to pay
his respects to us.  He was dressed in a large skin wrapper, made
up of a number of very small antelope skins: it was as soft as
kid, and just as well sewn as our gloves.  To our surprise the
manners of the man were quite in keeping with his becoming dress. 
I was enchanted with his appearance, and so were my men, though
no one could speak to him but Nasib, who told us he knew him
before.  He was the brother of the dowager queen of Uganda, and,
along with a proper body of officers, he had been sent by Mtesa,
the present king of Uganda, to demand the daughter of Suwarora,
as reports had reached his king that she was surprisingly
beautiful.  They had been here more than a year, during which
time this beautiful virgin had died; and now Suwarora, fearful of
the great king's wrath, consequent on his procrastinations, was
endeavouring to make amends for it, by sending, instead of his
daughter, a suitable tribute in wires. I thought it not wonderful
that we should be fleeced.

Next day (2d) Sirhid paid us a visit, and said he was the first
man in the state.  He certainly was a nice-looking young man,
with a good deal of the Wahuma blood in him.  Flashily dressed in
coloured cloths and a turban, he sat down in one of our chairs as
if he had been accustomed to such a seat all his life, and spoke
with great suavity.  I explained our difficulties as those of
great men in misfortune; and, after listening to our tale, he
said he would tell Suwarora of the way we had been plundered, and
impress upon him to deal lightly with us.  I said I had brought
with me a few articles of European manufacture for Suwarora,
which I hoped would be accepted if I presented them, for they
were such things as only great men like his chief every
possessed.  One was a five-barrelled pistol, another a large
block-in box, and so fourth; but after looking at them, and
seeing the pistol fired, he said; "No; you must not shew these
things at first, or the Mkama might get frightened, thinking them
magic.  I might lose my head for presuming to offer them, and
then there is no knowing what might happen afterwards." "Then can
I not see him at once and pay my respects, for I have come a
great way to obtain that pleasure?"  "No," said Sirhid, "I will
see him first; for he is not a man like myself, but requires to
be well assured before he sees anybody."  "Then why did he invite
me here!"  "He heard that Makaka, and afterwards Lumeresi, had
stopped your progress; and as he wished to see what you were
like, he ordered me to send some men to you, which, as you know,
I did twice.  He wishes to see you, but does not like doing
things in a hurry.  Superstition, you know, preys on these men's
minds who have not seen the world like you and myself."  Sirhid
then said he would ask Suwarora to grant us an interview as soon
as possible; then, whilst leaving, he begged for the iron chair
he had sat upon; but hearing we did not know how to sit on the
ground, and therefore could not spare it, he withdrew without any
more words about it.

Virembo then said (3d) he must have some more wire and beads, as
his proxy Kariwami had been satisfied with too little.  I drove
him off in a huff, but he soon came back again with half the
hongo I had paid to Kariwami, and said he must have some cloths
or he would not have anything.  As fortune decreed it, just then
Sirhid dropped in, and stopped him importunity for the time by
saying that if we had possessed cloths his men must have known
it, for they had been travelling with us.  No sooner, however,
did Virembo turn tail than the Sirhid gave us a broad hint that
he usually received a trifle from the Arabs before he made an
attempt at arranging the hongo with Suwarora.  Any trifle would
do but he preferred cloth.

This was rather perplexing.  Sirhid knew very well that I had a
small reserve of pretty cloths, though all the common ones had
been expended; so, to keep in good terms with him who was to be
our intercessor, I said I would give him the last I had got if he
would not tell Suwarora or any one else what I had done.  Of
course he was quite ready to undertake the condition, so I gave
him two pretty cloths, and he in return gave me two goats.  But
when this little business had been transacted, to my surprise he
said: "I have orders from Suwarora to be absent five days to
doctor a sick relation of his, for there is no man in the country
so skilled in medicines as myself; but whilst I am gone I will
leave Karambule, my brother, to officiate in my stead about
taking your hongo; but the work will not commence until to-
morrow, for I must see Suwarora on the subject myself first."

Irungu, a very fine-looking man of Uganda, now called on me and
begged for beads.  He said his king had heard of our approach,
and was most anxious to see us.  Hearing this I begged him to
wait here until my hongo was paid, that we might travel on to
Uganda together.  He said, No, he could not wait, for he had been
detained here a whole year already; but, if I liked, he would
leave some of his children behind with me, as their presence
would intimidate Suwarora, and incite him to let us off quickly.

I then begged him to convey a Colt's six-chamber revolving rifle
to his king, Mtesa, as an earnest that I was a prince most
desirous of seeing him.  No one, I said, but myself could tell
what dangers and difficulties I had encountered to come thus far
for the purpose, and all was owing to his great fame, as the king
of kings, having reached me even as far off as Zanzibar.  The
ambassador would not take the rifle, lest his master, who had
never seen such a wonderful weapon before, should think he had
brought him a malign charm, and he would be in danger of losing
his head.  I then tried to prevail on him to take a knife and
some other pretty things, but he feared them all; so, as a last
chance--for I wished to send some token, by way of card or
letter, for announcing my approach and securing the road--I gave
him a red six-penny pocket-handkerchief, which he accepted; and
he then told me he was surprised I had come all this way round to
Uganda, when the road by the Masai country was so much shorter. 
He told me how, shortly after the late king of Uganda, Sunna,
died, and before Mtesa had been selected by the officers of the
country to be their king, an Arab caravan came across the Masai
as far as Usoga, and begged for permission to enter Uganda; but
as the country was disturbed by the elections, the officers of
the state advised the Arabs to wait, or come again when the king
was elected.  I told him I had heard of this before, but also
heard that those Arabs had met with great disasters, owing to the
turbulence of the Masai.  To which he replied: "That is true;
there were great difficulties in those times, but now the Masai
country was in better order; and as Mtesa was most anxious to
open that line, he would give me as many men as I liked if I
wished to go home that way."

This was pleasant information, but not quite new, for the Arabs
had told me Mtesa was so anxious to open that route, he had
frequently offered to aid them in it himself.  Still it was most
gratifying to myself as I had written to the Geographical
Society, on leaving Bogue, that if I found Petherick in Uganda,
or on the northern end of the N'yanza, so that the Nile question
was settled, I would endeavour to reach Zanzibar via the Masai
country.  In former days, I knew, the kings of Uganda were in the
habit of sending men to Karague when they heard that Arabs wished
to visit them--even as many as two hundred at a time--to carry
their kit; so I now begged Irungu to tell Mtesa that I should
want at least sixty men; and then, on his promising that he would
be my commissioner, I gave him the beads he had begged for

4th to 6th.--Karambule now told us to string our beads on the
fibre of the Mwale tree, which was sold here by the Wasui, as he
intended to live in the palace for a couple of days, arranging
with Suwarora what tax we should have to pay, after which he
would come and take it from us; but we must mind and be ready,
for whatever Suwarora said, it must be done instantly.  There was
no such thing as haggling with him; you must pay and be off at
once, failing which you might be detained a whole month before
there would be an opportunity to speak on the subject again. 
Beads were then served out to all my men to be strung, a certain
quantity to every kambi or mess, and our work was progressing;
but next day we heard that Karambule was sick or feigning to be
so, and therefore had never gone to the palace at all.  On the
6th, provoked at last by the shameful manner in which we were
treated, I send word to him to say, if he did not go at once I
would go myself, and force my way in with my guns, for I could
not submit to being treated like a slave, stuck out here in the
jungle with nothing to do but shoot for specimens, or make
collections of rocks, etc.  This brought on another row; for he
said both Virembo and Vikora had returned their hongos, and until
their tongues were quieted he could not speak to Suwarora.

To expedite matters (7th), as our daily consumption in camp was a
tax of itself, I gave these tormenting creatures one wire, one
pretty cloth, and five hundred necklaces of white beads, which
were no sooner accepted than Karambule, in the same way as Sirhid
had done, said it would be greatly to my advantage if I gave him
something worth having before he saw the Mkama.  Only too glad to
being work I gave him a red blanket, called joho, and five
strings of mzizima beads, which were equal to fifty of the common

8th and 9th.--All this time nothing but confusion reigned in
camp, khambi fighting against khambi.  Both men and women got
drunk, whilst from outside we were tormented by the Wasui, both
men and women pertinaciously pressing into our hut, watching us
eat, and begging in the most shameless manner.  They did not know
the word bakhshish, or present; but, as bad as the Egyptians,
they held our their hands, patted their bellies, and said
Kaniwani (my friend) until we were sick of the sound of that
word.  Still it was impossible to dislike these simple creatures
altogether, they were such perfect children.  If we threw water
at them to drive them away, they came back again, thinking it

Ten days now had elapsed since we came here, still nothing was
done (10th), as Karambule said, because Suwarora had been so
fully occupied collecting an army to punish an officer who had
refused to pay his taxes, had ignored his authority, and had set
himself us as king of the district he was appointed to
superintend.  After this, at midnight, Karambule, in an excited
manner, said he had seen Suwarora, and it then was appointed
that, not he, but Virembo should take the royal hongo, as well as
the Wahinda, or princes' shares, the next morning--after which we
might go as fast as we liked, for Suwarora was so full occupied
with his army he could not see us this time.  Before, however,
the hongo could be paid, I must give the Sirhid and himself
twenty brass wires, three joho, three barsati, twenty strings of
mzizima, and one thousand strings of white beads.  They were

A fearful row now broke out between Bombay and Baraka (11th).
Many of my men had by this time been married, notwithstanding my
prohibition.  Baraka, for instance, had with him the daughter of
Ungurue, chief of Phunze; Wadimoyo, a woman called Manamaka;
Sangizo, his wife and sister; but Bombay had not got one, and
mourned for a girl he had set his eyes on, unfortunately for
himself letting Baraka into his confidence.  This set Baraka on
the qui vive to catch Bombay tripping; for Baraka knew he could
not get her without paying a good price for her, and therefore
watched his opportunity to lay a complaint against him of
purloining my property, by which scheme he would, he thought, get
Bombay's place as storekeeper himself.  In a sly manner Bombay
employed some of my other men to take five wires, a red blanket,
and 500 strings of beads, to his would-be father-in-law, which,
by a previously-concocted arrangement, was to be her dowry price.
These men did as they were bid; but the father-in-law returned
things, saying he must have one more wire.  That being also
supplied, the scoundrel wanted more, and made so much fuss about
it, that Baraka became conversant with all that was going on, and
told me of it.

This set the whole camp in a flame, for Bombay and Baraka were
both very drunk, as well as most of the other men, so that it was
with great difficulty I could get hold of the rights of their
stories. Bombay acknowledged he had tried to get the girl, for
they had been sentimentalising together for several days, and
both alike wished to be married.  Baraka, he said, was allowed to
keep a wife, and his position, demanded that he should have one
also; but the wires were his own property, and not mine, for he
was given them by the chiefs as a perquisite when I paid their
hongo through him.  He thought it most unjust and unfair of
Baraka to call him to account in that way, but he was not
surprised at it, as Baraka, from the beginning of the journey to
the present moment, had always been backbiting him, to try and
usurp his position.  Baraka, at this, somewhat taken aback, said
there were no such things as perquisites on a journey like this;
for whatever could be saved from the chiefs was for the common
good of all, and all alike ought to share in it--repeating words
I had often expressed.  Then Bombay retorted trembling and
foaming in his liquor: "I know I shall get the worst of it, for
whilst Baraka's tongue is a yard long, mine is only an inch; but
I would not have spent any wires of master's to purchase slaves
with (alluding to what Baraka had done at Mihambo); nor would I,
for any purpose of making myself richer; but when it comes to a
wife, that's a different thing."

In my heart I liked Bombay all the more for this confession, but
thought it necessary to extol Baraka for his quickness in finding
him out, which drove Bombay nearly wild.  He wished me to degrade
him, if I thought him dishonest; threw himself on the ground, and
kissed my feet.  I might thrash him, turn him into a porter, or
do anything else that I liked with him, as long as I did not
bring a charge of dishonesty against him.  He could not explain
himself with Baraka's long tongue opposed to him, but there were
many deficiencies in my wires before he took overcharge at Bogue,
which he must leave for settlement till the journey was over, and
then, the whole question having been sifted at Zanzibar, we would
see who was the most honest.  I then counted all the wires over,
at Bombay's request, and found them complete in numbers, without
those he had set aside from the dowry money.  Still there was a
doubt, for the wires might have been cut by him without
detection, as from the commencement they were of different
lengths.  However, I tried to make them friends, claimed all the
wires myself, and cautioned every man in the camp again, that
they were all losers when anything was misappropriated; for I
brought this property to pay our way with and whatever balance
was over at the end of the journey I would divide amongst the
whole of them.

12th and 13th.--When more sober, Bombay again came to crave a
thousand pardons for what he had done, threw himself down at my
feet, then at Grant's, kissed our toes, swore I was his Ma Pap
(father and mother); he had no father or mother to teach him
better; he owed all his prosperity to me; men must err sometimes;
oh, if I would only forgive him,--and so forth.  Then being
assured that I knew he never would have done as he had if a
woman's attractions had not led him astray, he went to his work
again like a man, and consoled himself by taking Sangizo's sister
to wife on credit instead of the old love, promising to pay the
needful out of his pay, and to return her to her brother when the
journey was over.

In the evening Virembo and Karambule came to receive the hongo
for their chief, demanding 60 wires, 160 yards merikani, 300
strings of mzizima, and 5000 strings of white beads; but they
allowed themselves to be beaten down to 50 wires, 20 pretty
cloths, 100 strings mzizima, and 4000 kutuamnazi, or cocoa-nut-
leaf coloured beads, my white being all done.  It was too late,
however, to count all the things out, so they came the next day
and took them. They then said we might go as soon as we had
settled with the Wahinda or Wanawami (the king's children), for
Suwarora could not see us this time, as he was so engaged with
his army; but he hoped to see us and pay us more respect when we
returned from Uganda, little thinking that I had sworn in my mind
never to see him, or return that way again.  I said to those men,
I thought he was ashamed to see us, as he had robbed us so after
inviting us into the country, else he was too superstitious, for
he ought at least to have given us a place in his palace.  They
both rebutted the insinuation; and, to change the subject,
commenced levying the remaining dues to the princes, which ended
by my giving thirty-four wires and six pretty cloths in a lump.

Early in the morning we were on foot again, only too thankful to
have got off so cheaply.  Then men were appointed as guides and
protectors, to look after us as far as the border.  What an
honour! We had come into the country drawn there by a combination
of pride and avarice and now we were leaving it in hot haste
under the guidance of an escort of officers, who were in reality
appointed to watch us as dangerous wizards and objects of terror. 
It was all the same to us, as we now only thought of the prospect
of relief before us, and laughed at what we had gone through.

Rising out of the Uthungu valley, we walked over rolling ground,
drained in the dips by miry rush rivulets.  The population was
thinly scattered in small groups of grass huts, where the scrub
jungle had been cleared away.  On the road we passed cairns, to
which every passer-by contributed a stone.  Of the origin of the
cairns I could not gain any information, though it struck me as
curious I should find them in the first country we had entered
governed by the Wahuma, as I formerly saw the same thing in the
Somali country, which doubtless, in earlier days, was governed by
a branch of the Abyssinians.  Arrived at our camping, we were
immediately pounced upon by a deputation of officers, who said
they had been sent by Semamba, the officer of this district.  He
lived ten miles from the road; but hearing of our approach, he
had sent these men to take his dues.  At first I objected to pay,
lest he should afterwards treat me as Virembo had done; but I
gave way in the end, and paid nine wires, two chintz and two
bindera cloths, as the guides said they would stand my security
against any further molestation.

Rattling on again as merry as larks, over the same red sandstone
formation, we entered a fine forest, and trended on through it as
a stiff pace until we arrived at the head of a deep valley called
Lohuati, which was so beautiful we instinctively pulled up to
admire it.  Deep down its well-wooded side below us was a stream,
of most inviting aspect for a trout-fisher, flowing towards the
N'yanza. Just beyond it the valley was clothed with fine trees
and luxuriant vegetation of all descriptions, amongst which was
conspicuous the pretty pandana palm, and rich gardens of
plantains; whilst thistles of extraordinary size and wild indigo
were the more common weeds. The land beyond that again rolled
back in high undulations, over which, in the far distance, we
could see a line of cones, red and bare on their tops, guttered
down with white streaks, looking for all the world like recent
volcanoes; and in the far background, rising higher than all,
were the rich grassy hills of Karague and Kishakka.

On resuming our march, a bird, called khongota, flew across our
path; seeing which, old Nasib, beaming with joy, in his
superstitious belief cried out with delight, "Ah, look at that
good omen!--now our journey will be sure to be prosperous." 
After fording the stream, we sat down to rest, and were visited
by all the inhabitants, who were more naked than any people we
had yet seen. All the maidens, even at the age of puberty, did
not hesitate to stand boldly in front of us--for evil thoughts
were not in their minds.  From this we rose over a stony hill to
the settlement of Vihembe, which, being the last on the Usui
frontier, induced me to give our guides three wires each, and
four yards of bindera, which Nasib said was their proper fee. 
Here Bombay's would-be, but disappointed, father-in-law sent
after us to say that he required a hongo; Suwarora had never
given his sanction to our quitting his country; his hongo even
was not settled.  He wished, moreover, particularly to see us;
and if we did not return in a friendly manner, an army would
arrest our march immediately.

                          Chapter VIII


Relief from Protectors and Pillagers--The Scenery and Geology--
Meeting with the Friendly King Rumanika--His Hospitalities and
Attention--His Services to the Expedition--Philosophical and
Theological Inquiries--The Royal Family of Karague--The M-Fumbiro
Mountain--Navigation of "The Little Windermere"--The New-Moon
Levee --Rhinoceros and Hippopotamus Hunting--Measurement of a
Fattened Queen--Political Polygamy--Christmas--Rumours of
Petherick's Expedition--Arrangements to meet it--March to Uganda.

This was a day of relief and happiness.  A load was removed from
us in seeing the Wasui "protectors" depart, with the truly
cheering information that we now had nothing but wild animals to
contend with before reaching Karague.  This land is "neutral," by
which is meant that it is untenanted by human beings; and we
might now hope to bid adieu for a time to the scourging system of
taxation to which we had been subjected.

Gradually descending from the spur which separates the Lohugati
valley from the bed of the Lueru lo Urigi, or Lake of Urigi, the
track led us first through a meadow of much pleasing beauty, and
then through a passage between the "saddle-back" domes we had
seen from the heights above Lohugati, where a new geological
formation especially attracted my notice.  From the green slopes
of the hills, set up at a slant, as if the central line of
pressure on the dome top had weighed on the inside plates,
protruded soft slabs of argillaceous sandstone, whose laminae
presented a beef-sandwich appearance, puce or purple alternating
with creamy-white. Quartz and other igneous rocks were also
scattered about, lying like superficial accumulations in the dips
at the foot of the hills, and red sandstone conglomerates clearly
indicated the presence of iron. The soil itself looked rich and
red, not unlike our own fine country of Devon.

On arriving in camp we pitched under some trees, and at once were
greeted by an officer sent by Rumanika to help us out of Usui. 
This was Kachuchu, an old friend of Nasib's, who no sooner saw
him than, beaming with delight, he said to us, "Now, was I not
right when I told you the birds flying about on Lohugati hill
were a good omen? Look here what this man says: Rumanika has
ordered him to bring you on to his palace at once, and wherever
you stop a day, the village officers are instructed to supply you
with food at the king's expenses, for there are no taxes gathered
from strangers in the kingdom of Karague.  Presents may be
exchanged, but the name of tax is ignored."  Grant here shot a
rhinoceros, which came well into play to mix with the day's flour
we had carried on from Vihembe.

Deluded yesterday by the sight of the broad waters of the Lueru
lo Urigi, espied in the distance from the top of a hill, into the
belief that we were in view of the N'yanza itself, we walked
triumphantly along, thinking how well the Arabs at Kaze had
described this to be a creek of the great lake; but on arrival in
camp we heard from the village officer that we had been
misinformed, and that it was a detached lake, but connected with
the Victoria N'yanza by a passage in the hills and the Kitangule
river. Formerly, he said, the Urigi valley was covered with
water, extending up to Uhha, when all the low lands we had
crossed from Usui had to be ferried, and the saddle-back hills
were a mere chain of islands in the water.  But the country had
dried up, and the lake of Urigi became a small swamp.  He further
informed us, that even in the late king Dagara's time it was a
large sheet of water; but the instant he ceased to exist, the
lake shrank to what we now saw.

Our day's march had been novel and very amusing.  The hilly
country surrounding us, together with the valley, brought back to
recollection many happy days I had once spent with the Tartars in
the Thibetian valley of the Indus--only this was more
picturesque; for though both countries are wild, and very thinly
inhabited, this was greened over with grass, and dotted here and
there on the higher slopes with thick bush of acacias, the haunts
of rhinoceros, both white and black; whilst in the flat of the
valley, herds of hartebeests and fine cattle roamed about like
the kiyang and tame yak of Thibet.  Then, to enhance all these
pleasure, so different from our former experiences, we were
treated like guests by the chief of the place, who, obeying the
orders of his king, Rumanika, brought me presents, as soon as we
arrived, of sheep, fowls, and sweet potatoes, and was very
thankful for a few yards of red blanketing as a return, without
begging for more.

The farther we went in this country the better we liked it, as
the people were all kept in good order; and the village chiefs
were so civil, that we could do as we liked.  After following
down the left side of the valley and entering the village, the
customary presents and returns were made.  Wishing then to obtain
a better view of the country, I strolled over the nearest hills,
and found the less exposed slopes well covered with trees.  Small
antelopes occasionally sprang up from the grass.  I shot a
florikan for the pot; and as I had never before seen white
rhinoceros, killed one now; though, as no one would eat him, I
felt sorry rather than otherwise for what I had done.  When I
returned in the evening, small boys brought me sparrows for sale;
and then I remembered the stories I had heard from Musa Mzuri--
that in the whole of Karague the small birds were so numerous,
the people, to save themselves from starvation were obliged to
grow a bitter corn which the birds disliked; and so I found it. 
At night, whilst observing for latitude, I was struck by surprise
to see a long noisy procession pass by where I sat, led by some
men who carried on their shoulders a woman covered up in a
blackened skin.  On inquiry, however, I heard she was being taken
to the hut of her espoused, where, "bundling fashion," she would
be put in bed; but it was only with virgins they took so much

A strange but characteristic story now reached my ears.  Masudi,
the merchant who took up Insangez, had been trying his best to
deter Rumanika from allowing us to enter his country, by saying
we were addicted to sorcery; and had it not been for Insangez's
remonstrances, who said we were sent up by Musa, our fate would
have been doubtful.  Rumanika, it appeared, as I always had
heard, considered old Musa his saviour, for having eight years
before quelled a rebellion, when his younger brother, Rogero,
aspired to the throne; whilst Musa's honour and honesty were
quite unimpeachable.  But more of this hereafter.

Khonze, the next place, lying in the bending concave of this
swamp lake, and facing Hangiro, was commanded by a fine elderly
man called Muzegi, who was chief officer during Dagara's time. 
He told me with the greatest possible gravity, that he remembered
well the time when a boat could have gone from this to Vigura; as
also when fish and crocodiles came up from the Kitangule; but the
old king no sooner died than the waters dried up; which showed as
plainly as words could tell, that the king had designed it, to
make men remember him with sorrow in all future ages.  Our
presents after this having been exchanged, the good old man, at
my desire, explained the position of all the surrounding
countries, in his own peculiar manner, by laying a long stick on
the ground pointing due north and south, to which he attached
shorter ones pointing to the centre of each distant country.  He
thus assisted me in the protractions of the map, to the countries
which lie east and west of the route.

Shortly after starting this morning, we were summoned by the last
officer on the Urigi to take breakfast with him, as he could not
allow us to pass by without paying his respects to the king's
guests.  He was a man of most affable manners, and loth we should
part company without one night's entertainment at least; but as
it was a matter of necessity, he gave us provisions to eat on the
way, adding, at the same time, he was sorry he could not give
more, as a famine was then oppressing the land.  We parted with
reiterated compliments on both sides; and shortly after, diving
into the old bed of the Urigi, were constantly amused with the
variety of game which met our view.  On several occasions the
rhinoceros were so numerous and impudent as to contest the right
of the road with us, and the greatest sport was occasioned by our
bold Wanguana going at them in parties of threes and fours, when,
taking good care of themselves at considerable distances, they
fired their carbines all together, and whilst the rhinoceros ran
one way, they ran the other. Whilst we were pitching our tents
after sunset by some pools on the plain, Dr K'yengo arrived with
the hongo of brass and copper wires sent by Suwarora for the
great king Mtesa, in lieu of his daughter who died; so next
morning we all marched together on to Uthenga.

Rising out of the bed of the Urigi, we passed over a low spur of
beef-sandwich clay sandstones, and descended into the close, rich
valley of Uthenga, bound in by steep hills hanging over us more
than a thousand feet high, as prettily clothed as the mountains
of Scotland; whilst in the valley there were not only magnificent
trees of extraordinary height, but also a surprising amount of
the richest cultivation, amongst which the banana may be said to
prevail. Notwithstanding this apparent richness in the land, the
Wanyambo, living in their small squalid huts, seem poor.  The
tobacco they smoke is imported from the coffee-growing country of
Uhaiya.  After arrival in the village, who should we see but the
Uganda officer, Irungu!  The scoundrel, instead of going on to
Uganda, as he had promised to do, conveying my present to Mtesa,
had stopped here plundering the Wanyambo, and getting drunk on
their pombe, called, in their language, marwa--a delicious kind
of wine made from the banana.  He, or course, begged for more
beads; but, not able to trick me again, set his drummers and
fifers at work, in hopes that he would get over our feelings in
that way.

Henceforth, as we marched, Irungu's drummers and fifers kept us
alive on the way.  This we heard was a privilege that Uganda
Wakungu enjoyed both at home and abroad, although in all other
countries the sound of the drum is considered a notice of war,
unless where it happens to accompany a dance or festival. 
Leaving the valley of Uthenga, we rose over the spur of
N'yamwara, where we found we had attained the delightful altitude
of 5000 odd feet.  Oh, how we enjoyed it! every one feeling so
happy at the prospect of meeting so soon the good king Rumanika. 
Tripping down the greensward, we now worked our way to the Rozoka
valley, and pitched our tents in the village.

Kachuchu here told us he had orders to precede us, and prepare
Rumanika for our coming, as his king wished to know what place we
would prefer to live at--the Arab depot at kufro, on the direct
line to Uganda, in his palace with himself, or outside his
enclosures. Such politeness rather took us aback; so, giving our
friend a coil of copper wire to keep him in good spirits, I said
all our pleasure rested in seeing the king; whatever honours he
liked to confer on us we should take with good grace, but one
thing he must understand, we came not to trade, but to see him
and great kings and therefore the Arabs had no relations with us. 
This little point settled, off started Kachuchu in his usual
merry manner, whilst I took a look at the hills, to see their
geological formation, and found them much as before, based on
streaky clay sandstones, with the slight addition of pure blue
shales, and above sections of quartzose sandstone lying in flags,
as well as other metamorphic and igneous rocks scattered about.

Moving on the next morning over hill and dale, we came to the
junction of two roads, where Irungu, with his drummers, fifers
and amazon followers, took one way to Kufro, followed by the men
carrying Suwarora's hongo, and we led off on the other, directed
to the palace.  The hill-tops in many places were breasted with
dykes of pure white quartz, just as we had seen in Usui, only
that here their direction tended more to the north.  It was most
curious to contemplate, seeing that the chief substance of the
hills was a pure blue, or otherwise streaky clay sandstone, which
must have been formed when the land was low, but has now been
elevated, making these hills the axis of the centre of the
continent, and therefore probably the oldest of all.

When within a few miles of the palace we were ordered to stop and
wait for Kachuchu's return; but no sooner put up in a plaintain
grove, where pombe was brewing, and our men were all taking a
suck at it, than the worthy arrived to call us on the same
instant, as the king was most anxious to see us.  The love of
good beer of course made our men all too tired to march again; so
I sent off Bombay with Nasib to make our excuses, and in the
evening found them returning with a huge pot of pombe and some
royal tobacco, which Rumanika sent with a notice that he intended
it exclusively for our own use, for though there was abundance
for my men, there was nothing so good as what came from the
palace; the royal tobacco was as sweet and strong as honey-dew,
and the beer so strong it required a strong man to drink it.

After breakfast next morning, we crossed the hill-spur called
Waeranhanje, the grassy tops of which were 5500 feet above the
sea. Descending a little, we came suddenly in view of what
appeared to us a rich clump of trees, in S. lat. 1 42' 42", and
E. long.  31 1' 49"; and, 500 feet below it, we saw a beautiful
sheet of water lying snugly within the folds of the hills.  We
were not altogether unprepared for it, as Musa of old had
described it, and Bombay, on his return yesterday, told us he had
seen a great pond.  The clump, indeed, was the palace enclosure. 
As to the lake, for want of a native name, I christened it the
Little Winderemere, because Grant thought it so like our own
English lake of that name.  It was one of many others which, like
that of Urigi, drains the moisture of the overhanging hills, and
gets drained into the Victoria N'yanza through the Kitangule

To do royal honours to the king of this charming land, I ordered
my men to put down their loads and fire a volley.  This was no
sooner done than, as we went to the palace gate, we received an
invitation to come in at once, for the king wished to see us
before attending to anything else.  Now, leaving our traps
outside, both Grant and myself, attended by Bombay and a few of
the seniors of my Wanguana, entered the vestibule, and, walking
through extensive enclosures studded with huts of kingly
dimensions, were escorted to a pent-roofed baraza, which the
Arabs had built as a sort of government office where the king
might conduct his state affairs.

Here, as we entered, we saw sitting cross-legged on the ground
Rumanika the king, and his brother Nnanaji, both of them men of
noble appearance and size.  The king was plainly dressed in an
Arab's black choga, and wore, for ornament, dress-stockings of
rich-coloured beads, and neatly-worked wristlets of copper.
Nnanaji, being a doctor of very high pretensions, in addition to
a check cloth wrapped round him, was covered with charms.  At
their sides lay huge pipes of black clay.  In their rear,
squatting quiet as mice, were all the king's sons, some six or
seven lads, who wore leather middle-coverings, and little dream-
charms tied under their chins.  The first greetings of the king,
delivered in good Kisuahili, were warm and affecting, and in an
instant we both felt and saw we were in the company of men who
were as unlike as they could be to the common order of the
natives of the surrounding districts.  They had fine oval faces,
large eyes, and high noses, denoting the best blood of Abyssinia. 
Having shaken hands in true English style, which is the peculiar
custom of the men of this country, the ever-smiling Rumanika
begged us to be seated on the ground opposite to him, and at once
wished to know what we thought of Karague, for it had struck him
his mountains were the finest in the world; and the lake, too,
did we not admire it?  Then laughing, he inquired--for he knew
all the story--what we thought of Suwarora, and the reception we
had met with in Usui.  When this was explained to him, I showed
him that it was for the interest of his own kingdom to keep a
check on Suwarora, whose exorbitant taxations prevented the Arabs
from coming to see him and bringing things from all parts of the
world.  He made inquiries for the purpose of knowing how we found
our way all over the world; for on the former expedition a letter
had come to him for Musa, who no sooner read it than he said I
had called him and he must leave, as I was bound for Ujiji.

This of course led to a long story, describing the world, the
proportions of land and water, and the power of ships, which
conveyed even elephants and rhinoceros--in fact, all the animals
in the world--to fill our menageries at home,--etc., etc.; as
well as the strange announcement that we lived to the northward,
and had only come this way because his friend Musa had assured me
without doubt that he would give us the road on through Uganda. 
Time flew like magic, the king's mind was so quick and enquiring;
but as the day was wasting away, he generously gave us our option
to choose a place for our residence in or out of his palace, and
allowed us time to select one.  We found the view overlooking the
lake to be so charming, that we preferred camping outside, and
set our men at once to work cutting sticks and long grass to
erect themselves sheds.

One of the young princes--for the king ordered them all to be
constantly in attendance on us--happening to see me sit on an
iron chair, rushed back to his father and told him about it. 
This set all the royals in the palace in a state of high wonder,
and ended by my getting a summons to show off the white man
sitting on his throne; for of course I could only be, as all of
them called me, a king of great dignity, to indulge in such
state.  Rather reluctantly I did as I was bid, and allowed myself
once more to be dragged into court.  Rumanika, as gentle as ever,
then burst into a fresh fit of merriment, and after making sundry
enlightened remarks of enquire, which of course were responded to
with the greatest satisfaction, finished off by saying, with a
very expressive shake of the head, "Oh, these Wazungu, these
Wazungu! they know and do everything."

I then put in a word for myself.  Since we had entered Karague we
never could get one drop of milk either for love or for money,
and I wished to know what motive the Wahuma had for withholding
it. We had heard they held superstitious dreads; that any one who
ate the flesh of pigs, fish, or fowls, or the bean called
Maharague, if he tasted the products of their cows, would destroy
their cattle --and I hoped he did not labour under any such
absurd delusions. To which he replied, It was only the poor who
thought so; and as he now saw we were in want, he would set apart
one of his cows expressly for our use.  On bidding adieu, the
usual formalities of handshaking were gone through; and on
entering camp, I found the good thoughtful king had sent us some
more of his excellent beer.

The Wanguana were now all in the highest of good-honour; for time
after time goats and fowls were brought into camp by the officers
of the king, who had received orders from all parts of the
country to bring in supplies for his guests; and this kind of
treatment went on for a month, though it did not diminish my
daily expenditures of beads, as grain and plantains were not
enough thought of.  The cold winds, however, made the coast-men
all shiver, and suspect, in their ignorance, we must be drawing
close to England, the only cold place they had heard of.

16th.--Hearing it would be considered indecent haste to present
my tributary offering at once, I paid my morning's visit, only
taking my revolving-pistol, as I knew Rumanika had expressed a
strong wish to see it.  The impression it made was surprising--he
had never seen such a thing in his life; so, in return for his
great generosity, as well as to show I placed no value on
property, not being a merchant, I begged him to accept it.  We
then adjourned to his private hut, which rather surprised me by
the neatness with which it was kept.  The roof was supported by
numerous clean poles, to which he had fastened a large assortment
of spears--brass-headed with iron handles, and iron-headed with
wooden ones--of excellent workmanship. A large standing-screen,
of fine straw-plait work, in elegant devices, partitioned off one
part of the room; and on the opposite side, as mere ornaments,
were placed a number of brass grapnels and small models of cows,
made in iron for his amusement by the Arabs at Kufro.  A little
later in the day, as soon as we had done breakfast, both Rumanika
and Nnanaji came over to pay us a visit; for they thought, as we
could find our way all over the world, so we should not find much
difficulty in prescribing some magic charms to kill his brother,
Rogero, who lived on a hill overlooking the Kitangule. Seating
them both on our chairs, which amused them intensely, I asked
Rumanika, although I had heard before the whole facts of the
case, what motives now induced him to wish the committal of such
a terrible act, and brought out the whole story afresh.

Before their old father Dagara died, he had unwittingly said to
the mother of Rogero, although he was the youngest born, what a
fine king he would make; and the mother, in consequence, tutored
her son to expect the command of the country, although the law of
the land in the royal family is the primogeniture system,
extending, however, only to those sons who are born after the
accession of the king to the throne.

As soon, therefore, as Dagara died, leaving the three sons
alluded to, all by different mothers, a contest took place with
the brothers, which, as Nnanaji held by Rumanika, ended in the
two elder driving Rogero away.  It happened, however, that half
the men of the country, either from fear or love, attached
themselves to Rogero. Feeling his power, he raised an army and
attempted to fight for the crown, which it is generally admitted
would have succeeded, had not Musa, with unparalleled
magnanimity, employed all the ivory merchandise at his command to
engage the services of all the Arabs' slaves residing at Kufro,
to bring muskets against him.  Rogero was thus frightened away;
but he went away swearing that he would carry out his intentions
at some future date, when the Arabs had withdrawn from the

Magic charms, of course, we had none; but the king would not
believe it, and, to wheedle some out of us, said they would not
kill their brother even if they caught him--for fratricide was
considered an unnatural crime in their country--but they would
merely gouge out his eyes and set him at large again; for without
the power of sight he could do them no harm.

I then recommended, as the best advice I could give him for the
time being, to take some strong measures against Suwarora and the
system of taxation carried on in Usui.  These would have the
effect of bringing men with superior knowledge into the country--
for it was only through the power of knowledge that good
government could be obtained.  Suwarora at present stopped eight-
tenths of the ivory-merchants who might be inclined to trade here
from coming into the country, by the foolish system of excessive
taxation he had established.  Next I told him, if he would give
me one or two of his children, I would have them instructed in
England; for I admired his race, and believed them to have sprung
from our old friends the Abyssinians, whose king, Sahela
Selassie, had received rich presents from our Queen.  They were
Christians like ourselves, and had the Wahuma not lost their
knowledge of God they would be so also. A long theological and
historical discussion ensued, which so pleased the king, that he
said he would be delighted if I would take two of his sons to
England, that they might bring him a knowledge of everything. 
Then turning again to the old point, his utter amazement that we
should spend so much property in travelling, he wished to know
what we did it for; when men had such means they would surely sit
down and enjoy it.  "Oh no," was the reply; "we have had our fill
of the luxuries of life; eating, drinking, or sleeping have no
charms for us now; we are above trade, therefore require no
profits, and seek for enjoyment the run of the world. To observe
and admire the beauties of creation are worth much more than
beads to us.  But what led us this way we have told you before;
it was to see your majesty in particular, and the great kings of
Africa--and at the same time to open another road to the north,
whereby the best manufactures or Europe would find their way to
Karague, and you would get so many more guests."  In the highest
good-humour the king said, "As you have come to see me and see
sights, I will order some boats and show you over the lake, with
musicians to play before you, or anything else that you like."
Then, after looking over our pictures with intensest delight, and
admiring our beds, boxes, and outfit in general, he left for the

In the afternoon, as I had heard from Musa that the wives of the
king and princes were fattened to such an extent that they could
not stand upright, I paid my respects to Wazezeru, the king's
eldest brother--who, having been born before his father ascended
the throne, did not come in the line of succession--with the hope
of being able to see for myself the truth of the story.  There
was no mistake about it.  On entering the hut I found the old man
and his chief wife sitting side by side on a bench of earth
strewed over with grass, and partitioned like stalls for sleeping
apartments, whilst in front of them were placed numerous wooden
pots of milk, and hanging from the poles that supported the
beehive-shaped hut, a large collection of bows six feet in
length, whilst below them were tied an even larger collection of
spears, intermixed with a goodly assortment of heavy-headed
assages.  I was struck with no small surprise at the way he
received me, as well as with the extraordinary dimensions, yet
pleasing beauty, of the immoderately fat fair one his wife.  She
could not rise; and so large were her arms that, between the
joints, the flesh hung down like large, loose-stuffed puddings. 
Then in came their children, all models of the Abyssinian type of
beauty, and as polite in their manners as thorough-bred
gentlemen.  They had heard of my picture-books from the king, and
all wished to see them; which they no sooner did, to their
infinite delight, especially when they recognised any of the
animals, then the subject was turned by my inquiring what they
did with so many milk-pots.  This was easily explained by
Wazezeru himself, who, pointing to his wife, said, "This is all
the product of those pots: from early youth upwards we keep those
pots to their mouths, as it is the fashion at court to have very
fat wives."

27th.--Ever anxious to push on with the journey, as I felt every
day's delay only tended to diminish my means--that is, my beads
and copper wire--I instructed Bombay to take the under-mentioned
articles to Rumanika as a small sample of the products of my
country;[FN#11] to say I felt quite ashamed of their being so few
and so poor, but I hoped he would forgive my shortcomings, as he
knew I had been so often robbed on the way to him; and I trusted,
in recollection of Musa, he would give me leave to go on to
Uganda, for every day's delay was consuming my supplies. 
Nnanaji, however, it was said, should get something; so, in
addition to the king's present, I apportioned one out for him,
and Bombay took both up to the palace.[FN#12]  Everybody, I was
pleased to hear, was surprised with both the quantity and quality
of what I had been able to find for them; for, after the
plundering in Ugogo, the immense consumption caused by such long
delays on the road, the fearful prices I had had to pay for my
porters' wages, the enormous taxes I had been forced to give both
in Msalala and Uzinza, besides the constant thievings in camp,
all of which was made public by the constantly-recurring tales of
my men, nobody thought I had got anything left.

Rumanika, above all, was as delighted as if he had come in for a
fortune, and sent to say the Raglan coat was a marvel, and the
scarlet broadcloth the finest thing he had ever seen.  Nobody but
Musa had ever given him such beautiful beads before, and none
ever gave with such free liberality.  Whatever I wanted I should
have in return for it, as it was evident to him I had really done
him a great honour in visiting him.  Neither his father nor any
of his forefathers had had such a great favour shown them.  He
was alarmed, he confessed, when he heard we were coming to visit
him, thinking we might prove some fearful monsters that were not
quite human, but now he was delighted beyond all measure with
what he saw of us. A messenger should be sent at once to the king
of Uganda to inform him of our intention to visit him, with his
own favourable report of us.  This was necessary according to the
etiquette of the country. Without such a recommendation our
progress would be stopped by the people, whilst with one word
from him all would go straight; for was he not the gatekeeper,
enjoying the full confidence of Uganda? A month, however, must
elapse, as the distance to the palace of Uganda was great; but,
in the meantime, he would give me leave to go about in his
country to do and see what I liked, Nnanaji and his sons
escorting me everywhere.  Moreover, when the time came for my
going on to Uganda, if I had not enough presents to give the
king, he would fill up the complement from his own stores, and
either go with me himself, or send Nnanaji to conduct me as far
as the boundary of Uganda, in order that Rogero might not molest
us on the way.  In the evening, Masudi, with Sangoro and several
other merchants, came up from Kufro to pay us a visit of respect.

28th and 29th.--A gentle hint having come to us that the king's
brother, Wazezeru, expected a trifle in virtue of his rank, I
sent him a blanket and seventy-five blue egg-beads.  These were
accepted with the usual good grace of these people.  The king
then, ever attentive to our position as guests, sent his royal
musicians to give us a tune.  The men composing the band were a
mixture of Waganda and Wanyambo, who played on reed instruments
made telescope fashion, marking time by hand-drums.  At first
they marched up and down, playing tunes exactly like the
regimental bands of the Turks, and then commenced dancing a
species of "hornpipe," blowing furiously all the while.  When
dismissed with some beads, Nnanaji dropped in and invited me to
accompany him out shooting on the slopes of the hills overlooking
the lake.  He had in attendance all the king's sons, as well as a
large number of beaters, with three or four dogs.  Tripping down
the greensward of the hills together, these tall, athletic
princes every now and then stopped to see who could shoot
furthest, and I must say I never witnessed better feats in my
life.  With powerful six-feet-long bows they pulled their arrows'
heads up to the wood, and made wonderful shots in the distance. 
They then placed me in position, and arranging the field, drove
the covers like men well accustomed to sport--indeed, it struck
me they indulged too much in that pleasure, for we saw nothing
but two or three montana and some diminutive antelopes, about the
size of mouse deer, and so exceedingly shy that not one was

Returning home to the tents as the evening sky was illumined with
the red glare of the sun, my attention was attracted by observing
in the distance some bold sky-scraping cones situated in the
country Ruanda, which at once brought back to recollection the
ill-defined story I had heard from the Arabs of a wonderful hill
always covered with clouds, on which snow or hail was constantly
falling.  This was a valuable discovery, for I found these hills
to be the great turn-point of the Central African watershed. 
Without loss of time I set to work, and, gathering all the
travellers I could in the country, protracted, from their
descriptions, all the distance topographical features set down in
the map, as far north as 3 of north latitude, as far east as
36, and as far west as 26 of east longitude; only afterwards
slightly corrected, as I was better able to connect and clear up
some trifling but doubtful points.

Indeed, I was not only surprised at the amount of information
about distant places I was enabled to get here from these men,
but also at the correctness of their vast and varied knowledge,
as I afterwards tested it by observation and the statements of
others.  I rely so far on the geographical information I thus
received, that I would advise no one to doubt the accuracy of
these protractions until he has been on the spot to test them by
actual inspection.  About the size only of the minor lakes do I
feel doubtful, more especially the Little Luta Nzige, which on
the former journey I heard was a salt lake, because salt was
found on its shores and in one of its islands.  Now, without
going into any lengthy details, and giving Rumanika due credit
for everything--for had he not ordered his men to give me every
information that lay in their power, they would not have done so-
-I will merely say for the present that, whilst they conceived
the Victoria N'yanza would take a whole month for a canoe to
cross it, they thought the Little Luta Nzige might be crossed in
a week.  The Mfumbiro cones in Ruanda, which I believe reach
10,000 feet, are said to be the highest of the "Mountains of the
Moon." At their base are both salt and copper mines, as well as
hot springs.  There are also hot springs in Mpororo, and one in
Karague near where Rogero lived.

30th.--The important business of announcing our approach to
Uganda was completed by Rumanika appointing Kachuchu to go to
king Mtesa as quickly as possible, to say we were coming to visit
him.  He was told that we were very great men, who only travelled
to see great kings and great countries; and, as such, Rumanika
trusted we should be received with courteous respect, and allowed
to roam all over the country wherever we liked, he holding
himself responsible for our actions for the time being.  In the
end, however, we were to be restored to him, as he considered
himself our father, and therefore must see that no accident
befell us.

To put the royal message in proper shape, I was now requested to
send some trifle by way of a letter or visiting card; but, on
taking out a Colt's revolving rifle for the purpose, Rumanika
advised me not to send it, as Mtesa might take fright, and,
considering it a charm of evil quality, reject us as bad
magicians, and close his gates on us.  Three bits of cotton cloth
were then selected as the best thing for the purpose; and,
relying implicitly on the advice of Rumanika, who declared his
only object was to further our views, I arranged accordingly, and
off went Kachuchu.

To keep my friend in good-humour, and show him how well the
English can appreciate a kindness, I presented him with a hammer,
a sailor's knife, a Rodger's three-bladed penknife, a gilt
letter-slip with paper and envelopes, some gilt pens, an ivory
holder, and a variety of other small articles.  Of each of these
he asked the use, and then in high glee put it into the big
block-tin box, in which he kept his other curiosities, and which
I think he felt more proud of than any other possession.  After
this, on adjourning to his baraza, Ungurue the Pig, who had
floored my march in Sorombo, and Makinga, our persecutor in Usui,
came in to report that the Watuta had been fighting in Usui, and
taken six bomas, upon which Rumanika asked me what I thought of
it, and if I knew where the Watuta came from. I said I was not
surprised to hear Usui had attracted the Watuta's cupidity, for
every one knew of the plundering propensities of the inhabitants,
and as they became rich by their robberies, they must in turn
expect to be robbed.  Where the Watuta came from, nobody could
tell; they were dressed something like the Zulu Kaffirs of the
South, but appeared to be now gradually migrating from the
regions of N'yazza.  To this Dr K'yengo, who was now living with
Rumanika as his head magician, added that, whilst he was living
in Utambara, the Watuta invested his boma six months; and
finally, when all their cows and stores were exhausted, they
killed all the inhabitants but himself, and he only escaped by
the power of the charms which he carried about him.  These were
so powerful, that although he lay on the ground, and the Watuta
struck at him with their spears, not one could penetrate his

In the evening after this, as the king wished to see all my
scientific instruments, we walked down to the camp; and as he did
not beg for anything, I gave him some gold and mother-of-pearl
shirt studs to swell up his trinket-box.  The same evening I made
up my mind, if possible, to purchase a stock of beads from the
Arabs, and sent Baraka off to Kufro, to see what kind of a
bargain he could make with them; for, whilst I trembled to think
what those "blood-suckers" would have the impudence to demand
when they found me at their mercy, I felt that the beads must be
bought, or the expedition would certainly come to grief.

1st and 2d.--Two days after this the merchants came in a body to
see me, and said their worst beads would stand me 80 dollars per
frasala, as they would realise that value in ivory on arrival at
the coast.  Of course no business was done, for the thing was
preposterous by all calculation, being close on 2500 per cent.
above Zanzibar valuation.  I was "game" to give 50 dollars, but
as they would not take this, I thought of dealing with Rumanika
instead. I then gave Nnanaji, who had been constantly throwing
out hints that I ought to give him a gun as he was a great
sportsman, a lappet of beadwork to keep his tongue quiet, and he
in return sent me a bullock and sundry pots of pombe, which, in
addition to the daily allowance sent by Rumanika, made all my
people drunk, and so affected Baraka that one of the women--also
drunk--having given him some sharp abuse, he beat her in so
violent a manner that the whole drunken camp set upon him, and
turned the place into a pandemonium. A row amongst the negroes
means a general rising of arms, legs, and voices; all are in a
state of the greatest excitement; and each individual thinks he
is doing the best to mend matters, but is actually doing his best
to create confusion.

By dint of perseverance, I now succeeded in having Baraka
separated from the crowd and dragged before me for justice.  I
found that the woman, who fully understood the jealous hatred
which existed in Baraka's heart against Bombay, flirted with both
of them; and, pretending to show a preference for Bombay, set
Baraka against her, when from high words they came to blows, and
set the place in a blaze.  It was useless to remonstrate--Baraka
insisted he would beat the woman if she abused him, no matter
whether I thought it cowardly or not; he did not come with me
expecting to be bullied in this way--the whole fault lay with
Bombay--I did not do him justice-- when he proved Bombay a thief
at Usui, I did not turn him off, but now, instead, I showed the
preference to Bombay by always taking him when I went to
Rumanika.  It was useless to argue with such a passionate man, so
I told him to go away and cool himself before morning.

When he was gone, Bombay said there was not one man in the camp,
besides his own set, who wished to go on to Egypt--for they had
constant arguments amongst themselves about it; and whilst Bombay
always said he would follow me wherever I led, Baraka and those
who held by him abused him and his set for having tricked them
away from Zanzibar, under the false hopes that the road was quite
safe. Bombay said his arguments were, that Bana knew better than
anybody else what he was about, and he would follow him, trusting
to luck, as God was the disposer of all things, and men could die
but once. Whilst Baraka's arguments all rested the other way;--
that no one could tell what was ahead of him--Bana had sold
himself to luck and the devil--but though he did not care for his
own safety, he ought not to sacrifice the lives of others--Bombay
and his lot were fools for their pains in trusting to him.

3d.--At daybreak Rumanika sent us word he was off to Moga-
Namarinzi, a spur of a hill beyond "the Little Windermere,"
overlooking the Ingezi Kagera, or river which separates Kishakka
from Karague, to show me how the Kiangule river was fed by small
lakes and marshes, in accordance with my expressed wish to have a
better comprehension of the drainage system of the Mountains of
the Moon. He hoped we would follow him, not by the land route he
intended to take, but in canoes which he had ordered at the ferry
below. Starting off shortly afterwards, I made for the lake, and
found the canoes all ready, but so small that, besides two
paddlers, only two men could sit down in each.  After pushing
through the tall reeds with which the end of the lake is covered,
we emerged in the clear open, and skirted the further side of the
water until a small strait was gained, which led us into another
lake, drained at the northern end with a vast swampy plain,
covered entirely with tall rushes, excepting only in a few places
where bald patches expose the surface of the water, or where the
main streams of the Ingezi and Luchoro valleys cut a clear drain
for themselves.

The whole scenery was most beautiful.  Green and fresh, the
slopes of the hills were covered with grass, with small clumps of
soft cloudy-looking acacias growing at a few feet only above the
water, and above them, facing over the hills, fine detached
trees, and here and there the gigantic medicinal aloe.  Arrived
near the end of the Moga-Namirinzi hill in the second lake, the
paddlers splashed into shore, where a large concourse of people,
headed by Nnanaji, were drawn up to receive me.  I landed with
all the dignity of a prince, when the royal band struck up a
march, and we all moved on to Rumanika's frontier palace, talking
away in a very complimentary manner, not unlike the very polite
and flowery fashion of educated Orientals.

Rumanika we found sitting dressed in a wrapper made of an nzoe
antelope's skin, smiling blandly as we approached him.  In the
warmest manner possible he pressed me to sit by his side, asked
how I had enjoyed myself, what I thought of his country, and if I
did not feel hungry; when a pic-nic dinner was spread, and we all
set to at cooked plantains and pombe, ending with a pipe of his
best tobacco.  Bit by bit Rumanika became more interested in
geography, and seemed highly ambitious of gaining a world-wide
reputation through the medium of my pen.  At his invitation we
now crossed over the spur to the Ingezi Kagera side, when, to
surprise me, the canoes I had come up the lake in appeared before
us.  They had gone out of the lake at its northern end, paddled
into, and then up the Kagera to where we stood, showing, by
actual navigation, the connection of these highland lakes with
the rivers which drain the various spurs of the Mountains of the
Moon.  The Kagera was deep and dark, of itself a very fine
stream, and, considering it was only one-- and that, too, a minor
one--of the various affluents which drain the mountain valleys
into the Victoria N'yanza through the medium of the Kitangule
river, I saw at once there must be water sufficient to make the
Kitangule a very powerful tributary to the lake.

On leaving this interesting place, with the widespread
information of all the surrounding countries I had gained, my
mind was so impressed with the topographical features of all this
part of Africa, that in my heart I resolved I would make Rumanika
as happy as he had made me, and asked K'yengo his doctor, of all
things I possessed what the king would like best.  To my surprise
I then learnt that Rumanika had set his heart on the revolving
rifle I had brought for Mtesa--the one, in fact, which he had
prevented my sending on to Uganda in the hands of Kachuchu, and
he would have begged me for it before had his high-minded
dignity, and the principle he had established of never begging
for anything, not interfered.  I then said he should certainly
have it; for as strongly as I had withheld from giving anything
to those begging scoundrels who wished to rob me of all I
possessed in the lower countries, so strongly now did I feel
inclined to be generous with this exceptional man Rumanika.  We
then had another pic-nic together, and whilst I went home to join
Grant, Rumanika spent the night doing homage and sacrificing a
bullock at the tomb of his father Dagara.

Instead of paddling all down the lake again, I walked over the
hill, and, on crossing at its northern end, whished to shoot
ducks; but the superstitious boatmen put a stop to my intended
amusement by imploring me not to do so, lest the spirit of the
lake should be roused to dry up the waters.

4th.--Rumanika returned in the morning, walking up the hill,
followed by a long train of his officers, and a party of men
carrying on their shoulders his state carriage, which consisted
of a large open basket laid on the top of two very long poles.
After entering his palace, I immediately called on him to thank
him for the great treat he had given me, and presented him, as an
earnest of what I thought, with the Colt's revolving rifle and a
fair allowance of ammunition.  His delight knew no bounds on
becoming the proprietor of such an extraordinary weapon, and
induced him to dwell on his advantages over his brother Rogero,
whose antipathy to him was ever preying on his mind.  He urged me
again to devise some plan for overcoming him; and, becoming more
and more confidential, favoured me with the following narrative,
by way of evidence how the spirits were inclined to show all the
world that he was the rightful successor to the throne:--When
Dagara died, and he, Nnanaji, and Rogero, were the only three
sons left in line of succession to the crown, a small mystic drum
of diminutive size was placed before them by the officers of
state.  It was only feather weight in reality, but, being loaded
with charms, became so heavy to those who were not entitled to
the crown, that no one could lift it but the one person whom the
spirits were inclined towards as the rightful successor.  Now, of
all the three brothers, he, Rumanika, alone could raise it from
the ground; and whilst his brothers laboured hard, in vain
attempting to move it, he with his little finger held it up
without any exertion.

This little disclosure in the history of Karague led us on to
further particulars of Dagara's death and burial, when it
transpired that the old king's body, after the fashion of his
predecessors, was sewn up in a cow-skin, and placed in a boat
floating on the lake, where it remained for three days, until
decomposition set in and maggots were engendered, of which three
were taken into the palace and given in charge to the heir-elect;
but instead of remaining as they were, one worm was transformed
into a lion, another into a leopard, and the third into a stick. 
After this the body of the king was taken up and deposited on the
hill Moga-Namirinzi, where, instead of putting him underground,
the people erected a hut over him, and, thrusting in five maidens
and fifty cows, enclosed the doorway in such a manner that the
whole of them subsequently died from starvation.

This, as may naturally be supposed, led into further genealogical
disclosures of a similar nature, and I was told by Rumanika that
his grandfather was a most wonderful man; indeed, Karague was
blessed with more supernatural agencies than any other country. 
Rohinda the Sixth, who was his grandfather, numbered so many
years that people thought he would never die; and he even became
so concerned himself about it, reflecting that his son Dagara
would never enjoy the benefit of his position as successor to the
crown of Karague, that he took some magic powders and charmed
away his life. His remains were then taken to Moga-Namirinzi, in
the same manner as were those of Dagara; but, as an improvement
on the maggot story, a young lion emerged from the heart of the
corpse and kept guard over the hill, from whom other lions came
into existence, until the whole place has become infested by
them, and has since made Karague a power and dread to all other
nations; for these lions became subject to the will of Dagara,
who, when attacked by the countries to the northward, instead of
assembling an army of men, assembled his lion force, and so swept
all before him.

Another test was then advanced at the instigation of K'yengo, who
thought Rumanika not quite impressive enough of his right to the
throne; and this was, that each heir in succession, even after
the drum dodge, was required to sit on the ground in a certain
place of the country, where, if he had courage to plant himself,
the land would gradually rise up, telescope fashion, until it
reached the skies, when, if the aspirant was considered by the
spirits the proper person to inherit Karague, he would gradually
be lowered again without any harm happening; but, otherwise, the
elastic hill would suddenly collapse, and he would be dashed to
pieces.  Now, Rumanika, by his own confession, had gone through
this ordeal with marked success; so I asked him if he found the
atmosphere cold when so far up aloft, and as he said he did so,
laughing at the quaintness of the question, I told him I saw he
had learnt a good practical lesson on the structure of the
universe, which I wished he would explain to me.  In a state of
perplexity, K'yengo and the rest, on seeing me laughing, thought
something was wrong; so, turning about, they thought again, and
said, "No, it must have been hot, because the higher one ascended
the nearer he got to the sun."

This led on to one argument after another, on geology, geography,
and all the natural sciences, and ended by Rumanika showing me an
iron much the shape and size of a carrot.  This he said was found
by one of his villagers whilst tilling the ground, buried some
way down below the surface; but dig as he would, he could not
remove it, and therefore called some men to his help.  Still the
whole of them united could not lift the iron, which induced them,
considering there must be some magic in it, to inform the king. 
"Now," says Rumanika, "I no sooner went there and saw the iron,
and brought it here as you see it.  What can such a sign mean?" 
"Of course that you are the rightful king," said his flatterers. 
"Then," said Rumanika, in exuberant spirits, "during Dagara's
time, as the king was sitting with many other men outside his
hut, a fearful storm of thunder and lightning arose, and a
thunderbolt struck the ground in the midst of them, which
dispersed all the men but Dagara, who calmly took up the
thunderbolt and places it in the palace. I, however, no sooner
came into possession, and Rogero began to contend with me, than
the thunderbolt vanished.  How would you account for this?"  The
flatterers said, "It is as clear as possible; God gave the
thunderbolt to Dagaro as a sign he was pleased with him and his
rule; but when he found two brothers contending, he withdrew it
to show their conduct was wicked."

5th.-- Rumanika in the morning sent me a young male nzoe (water-
boc)[FN#13] which his canoe-men had caught in the high rushes at
the head of the lake, by the king's order, to please me; for I
had heard this peculiar animal described in such strange ways at
Kaze, both by Musa and the Arabs, I was desirous of having a look
at one. It proved to be closely allied to a water-boc found by
Livingstone on the Ngami Lake; but, instead of being striped, was
very faintly spotted, and so long were its toes, it could hardly
walk on the dry ground; whilst its coat, also well adapted to the
moist element it lived in, was long, and of such excellent
quality that the natives prize it for wearing almost more than
any other of the antelope tribe.  The only food it would eat were
the tops of the tall papyrus rushes; but though it ate and drank
freely, and lay down very quietly, it always charged with
ferocity any person who went near it.

In the afternoon Rumanika invited both Grant and myself to
witness his New Moon Levee, a ceremony which takes place every
month with a view of ascertaining how many of his subjects are
loyal. On entering his palace enclosure, the first thing we saw
was a blaue boc's horn stuffed full of magic powder, with very
imposing effect, by K'yengo, and stuck in the ground, with its
mouth pointing in the direction of Rogero.  In the second court,
we found thirty-five drums ranged on the ground, with as many
drummers standing behind them, and a knot of young princes and
officers of high dignity waiting to escort us into the third
enclosure, where, in his principal hut, we found Rumanika
squatting on the ground, half-concealed by the portal, but
showing his smiling face to welcome us in.  His head was got up
with a tiara of beads, from the centre of which, directly over
the forehead, stood a plume of red feathers, and encircling the
lower face with a fine large white beard set in a stock or band
of beads.  We were beckoned to squat alongside Nnanaji, the
master of ceremonies, and a large group of high officials outside
the porch.  Then the thirty-five drums all struck up together in
very good harmony; and when their deafening noise was over, a
smaller band of hand-drums and reed instruments was ordered in to
amuse us.

This second performance over, from want of breath only, district
officers, one by one, came advancing on tip-toe, then pausing,
contorting and quivering their bodies, advancing again with a
springing gait and outspread arms, which they moved as if they
wished to force them out of their joints, in all of which actions
they held drum-sticks or twigs in their hands, swore with a
maniacal voice an oath of their loyalty and devotion to their
king, backed by the expression of a hope that he would cut off
their heads if they ever turned from his enemies, and then,
kneeling before him, they held out their sticks that he might
touch them.  With a constant reiteration of these scenes--the
saluting at one time, the music at another--interrupted only once
by a number of girls dancing something like a good rough Highland
fling whilst the little band played, the day's ceremonies ended.

6th and 7th.--During the next two days, as my men had all worn
out their clothes, I gave them each thirty necklaces of beads to
purchase a suit of the bark cloth called mbugu, already
described. Finding the flour of the country too bitter to eat by
itself, we sweetened it with ripe plantains, and made a good cake
of it. The king now, finding me disinclined to fight his brother
Rogero, either with guns or magic horns, asked me to give him a
"doctor" or charm to create longevity and to promote the increase
of his family, as his was not large enough to maintain the
dignity of so great a man as himself.  I gave him a blister, and,
changing the subject, told him the history of the creation of
man.  After listening to it attentively, he asked what thing in
creation I considered the greatest of all things in the world;
for whilst a man at most could only live one hundred years, a
tree lived many; but the earth ought to be biggest, for it never

I then told him again I wished one of his sons would accompany me
to England, that he might learn the history of Moses, wherein he
would find that men had souls which live for ever, but that the
earth would come to an end in the fullness of time.  This
conversation, diversified by numerous shrewd remarks on the part
of Rumanika, led to his asking how I could account for the
decline of countries, instancing the dismemberment of the Wahuma
in Kittara, and remarking that formerly Karague included Urundi,
Ruanda, and Kishakka, which collectively were known as the
kingdom of Meru, governed by one man. Christian principles, I
said, made us what we are, and feeling a sympathy for him made me
desirous of taking one of his children to learn in the same
school with us, who, on returning to him, could impart what he
knew, and, extending the same by course of instruction, would
doubtless end by elevating his country to a higher position than
it ever knew before,--etc., etc.  The policy and government of
the vast possessions of Great Britain were then duly discussed,
and Rumanika acknowledged that the pen was superior to that of
the sword, and the electric telegraph and steam engine the most
wonderful powers he had ever heard of.

Before breaking up, Rumanika wished to give me any number of
ivories I might like to mention, even three or four hundred, as a
lasting remembrance that I had done him the honour of visiting
Karague in his lifetime, for though Dagara had given to coloured
merchants, he would be the first who had given to a white man. 
Of course this royal offer was declined with politeness; he must
understand that it was not the custom of big men in my country to
accept presents of value when we made visits of pleasure.  I had
enjoyed my residence in Karague, his intellectual conversations
and his kind hospitality, all of which I should record in my
books to hand down to posterity; but if he would give me a cow's
horn, I would keep it as a trophy of the happy days I had spent
in his country.  He gave me one, measuring 3 feet 5 inches in
length, and 18 3/4 inches in circumference at the base.  He then
offered me a large sheet, made up of a patchwork of very small
N'yera antelope skins, most exquisitely cured and sewn.  This I
rejected, as he told me it had been given to himself, explaining
that we prided ourselves on never parting with the gifts of a
friend; and this speech tickled his fancy so much, that he said
he never would part with anything I gave him.

8th and 9th.--The 8th went off much in the usual way, by my
calling on the king, when I gave him a pack of playing-cards,
which he put into his curiosity-box.  He explained to me, at my
request, what sort of things he would like any future visitors to
bring him-- a piece of gold and silver embroidery; but, before
anything else, I found he would like to have toys--such as Yankee
clocks with the face in a man's stomach, to wind up behind, his
eyes rolling with every beat of the pendulum; or a china-cow
milk-pot, a jack-in-the- box, models of men, carriages, and
horses--all animals in fact, and railways in particular.

On the 9th I went out shooting, as Rumanika, with his usual
politeness, on hearing my desire to kill some rhinoceros, ordered
his sons to conduct the filed for me.  Off we started by sunrise
to the bottom of the hills overlooking the head of the Little
Windermere lake.  On arrival at the scene of action--a thicket or
acacia shrubs--all the men in the neighbourhood were assembled to
beat.  Taking post myself, by direction, in the most likely place
to catch a sight of the animals, the day's work began by the
beaters driving the covers in my direction.  In a very short
time, a fine male was discovered making towards me, but not
exactly knowing where he should bolt to.  While he was in this
perplexity, I stole along between the bushes, and caught sight of
him standing as if anchored by the side of a tree and gave him a
broadsider with Blissett, which, too much for his constitution to
stand, sent him off trotting, till exhausted by bleeding he lay
down to die, and allowed me to give him a settler.

In a minute or two afterwards, the good young princes, attracted
by the sound of the gun, came to see what was done.  Their
surprise knew no bounds; they could scarcely believe what they
saw; and then, on recovering, with the spirit of true gentlemen,
they seized both my hands, congratulating me on the magnitude of
my success, and pointed out, as an example of it, a bystander who
showed fearful scars, both on his abdomen and at the blade of his
shoulder, who they declared had been run through by one of these
animals.  It was, therefore, wonderful to them, they observed,
with what calmness I went up to such formidable beasts.

Just at this time a distant cry was heard that another rhinoceros
was concealed in a thicket, and off we set to pursue her. 
Arriving at the place mentioned, I settled at once I would enter
with only two spare men carrying guns, for the acacia thorns were
so thick that the only tracks into the thicket were runs made by
these animals.  Leading myself, bending down to steal in, I
tracked up a run till half-way through cover, when suddenly
before me, like a pig from a hole, a large female, with her young
one behind her, came straight down whoof-whoofing upon me.  In
this awkward fix I forced myself to one side, though pricked all
over with thorns in doing so, and gave her one on the head which
knocked her out of my path, and induced her for safety to make
for the open, where I followed her down and gave her another. 
She then took to the hills and crossed over a spur, when,
following after her, in another dense thicket, near the head of a
glen, I came upon three, who no sooner sighted me, than all in
line they charged down my way.  Fortunately at the time my gun-
bearers were with me; so, jumping to one side, I struck them all
three in turn.  One of them dropped dead a little way on; but the
others only pulled up when they arrived at the bottom.  To please
myself now I had done quite enough; but as the princes would have
it, I went on with the chase.  As one of the two, I could see,
had one of his fore-legs broken, I went at the sounder one, and
gave him another shot, which simply induced him to walk over the
lower end of the hill.  Then turning to the last one, which could
not escape, I asked the Wanyambo to polish him off with their
spears and arrows, that I might see their mode of sport.  As we
moved up to the animal, he kept charging with such impetuous
fury, they could not go into him; so I gave him a second ball,
which brought him to anchor.  In this helpless state the men set
at him in earnest, and a more barbarous finale I never did
witness.  Every man sent his spear, assage, or arrow, into his
sides, until, completely exhausted, he sank like a porcupine
covered with quills.  The day's sport was now ended, so I went
home to breakfast, leaving instructions that the heads should be
cut off and sent to the king as a trophy of what the white man
could do.

10th and 11th.--The next day, when I called on Rumanika, the
spoils were brought into court, and in utter astonishment he
said, "Well, this must have been done with something more potent
than powder, for neither the Arabs nor Nnanaji, although they
talk of their shooting powers, could have accomplished such a
great feat as this. It is no wonder the English are the greatest
men in the world."

Neither the Wanyambo nor the Wahuma would eat the rhinoceros, so
I was not sorry to find all the Wanyamuezi porters of the Arabs
at Kufro, on hearing of the sport, come over and carry away all
the flesh.  They passed by our camp half borne down with their
burdens of sliced flesh, suspended from poles which they carried
on their shoulders; but the following day I was disgusted by
hearing that their masters had forbidden their eating "the
carrion," as the throats of the animals had not been cut; and,
moreover, had thrashed them soundly because they complained they
were half starved, which was perfectly true, by the poor food
that they got as their pay.

12th.--On visiting Rumanika again, and going through my
geographical lessons, he told me, in confirmation of Musa's old
stories, that in Ruanda there existed pigmies who lived in trees,
but occasionally came down at night, and, listening at the hut
doors of the men, would wait until they heard the name of one of
its inmates, when they would call him out, and, firing an arrow
into his heart, disappear again in the same way as they came. 
But, more formidable even than these little men, there were
monsters who could not converse with me, and never showed
themselves unless they saw women pass by; then, in voluptuous
excitement, they squeezed them to death.  Many other similar
stories were then told, when I, wishing to go, was asked if I
could kill hippopotami.  Having answered that I could, the king
graciously said he would order some canoes for me the next
morning; and as I declined because Grant could not accompany me,
as a terrible disease had broken out in his leg, he ordered a
pig-shooting party.  Agreeably with this, the next day I went out
with his sons, numerously attended; but although we beat the
covers all day, the rain was so frequent that the pigs would not

14th.--After a long and amusing conversation with Rumanika in the
morning, I called on one of his sisters-in-law, married to an
elder brother who was born before Dagara ascended the throne. 
She was another of those wonders of obesity, unable to stand
excepting on all fours.  I was desirous to obtain a good view of
her, and actually to measure her, and induced her to give me
facilities for doing so, by offering in return to show her a bit
of my naked legs and arms.  The bait took as I wished it, and
after getting her to sidle and wriggle into the middle of the
hut, I did as I promised, and then took her dimensions as noted
below.[FN#14]  All of these are exact except the height, and I
believe I could have obtained this more accurately if I could
have her laid on the floor. Not knowing what difficulties I
should have to contend with in such a piece of engineering, I
tried to get her height by raising her up. This, after infinite
exertions on the part of us both, was accomplished, when she sank
down again, fainting, for her blood had rushed to her head. 
Meanwhile, the daughter, a lass of sixteen, sat stark-naked
before us, sucking at a milk-pot, on which the father kept her at
work by holding a rod in his hand, for as fattening is the first
duty of fashionable female life, it must be duly enforced by the
rod if necessary.  I got up a bit of flirtation with missy, and
induced her to rise and shake hands with me. Her features were
lovely, but her body was as round as a ball.

In the evening we had another row with my head men--Baraka having
accused Bombay of trying to kill him with magic.  Bombay, who was
so incessantly bullied by Baraka's officious attempts to form
party cliques opposed to the interests of the journey, and get
him turned out of the camp, indiscreetly went to one of K'yengo's
men, and asked him if he knew of any medicine that would affect
the hearts of the Wanguana so as to incline them towards him; and
on the sub-doctor saying Yes, Bombay gave him some beads, and
bought the medicine required, which, put into a pot of pombe, was
placed by Baraka's side.  Baraka in the meanwhile got wind of the
matter through K'yengo, who, misunderstanding the true facts of
the case, said it was a charm to deprive Baraka of his life.  A
court of inquiry having been convened, with all the parties
concerned in attendance, K'yengo's mistake was discovered, and
Bombay was lectured for his folly, as he had a thousand times
before abjured his belief in such magical follies; moreover, to
punish him for the future, I took Baraka, whenever I could, with
me to visit the king, which, little as it may appear to others,
was of the greatest consequence to the hostile parties.

15th and 16th.--When I next called on Rumanika I gave him a
Vautier's binocular and prismatic compass; on which he politely
remarked he was afraid he was robbing me of everything. More
compliments went round, and then he asked if it was true we could
open a man's skull, look at his brains, and close it up again;
also if it was true we sailed all round the world into regions
where there was no difference between night and day, and how,
when he ploughed the seas in such enormous vessels as would carry
at once 20,000 men, we could explain to the sailors what they
ought to do; for, although he had heard of these things, no one
was able to explain them to him.

After all the explanations were given, he promised me a boat-hunt
after the nzoe in the morning; but when the time came, as
difficulties were raised, I asked him to allow us to anticipate
the arrival of Kachuchu, and march on to Kitangule.  He answered,
with his usual courtesy, That he would be very glad to oblige us
in any way that we liked; but he feared that, as the Waganda were
such superstitious people, some difficulties would arise, and he
must decline to comply with our request.  "You must not," he
added, "expect ever to find again a reasonable man like myself." 
I then gave him a book on "Kafir laws," which he said he would
keep for my sake, with all the rest of the presents, which he was
determined never to give away, though it was usual for him to
send novelties of this sort to Mtesa, king of Uganda, and
Kamrasi, king of Unyoro, as a friendly recognition of their
superior positions in the world of great monarchies.

17th.--Rumanika next introduced me to an old woman who came from
the island of Gasi, situated in the little Luta Nzige.  Both her
upper and lower incisors had been extracted, and her upper lip
perforated by a number of small holes, extending in an arch from
one corner to the other.  This interesting but ugly old lady
narrated the circumstances by which she had been enslaved, and
then sent by Kamrasi as a curiosity to Rumanika, who had ever
since kept her as a servant in his palace.  A man from Ruanda
then told us of the Wilyanwantu (men-eaters), who disdained all
food but human flesh; and Rumanika confirmed the statement. 
Though I felt very sceptical about it, I could not help thinking
it a curious coincidence that the position they were said to
occupy agreed with Petherick's Nyam Nyams (men-eaters).

Of far more interest were the results of a conversation which I
had with another of Kamrasi's servants, a man of Amara, as it
threw some light upon certain statements made by Mr Leon of the
people of Amara being Christians.  He said they bore single holes
in the centres both of their upper and lower lips, as well as in
the lobes of both of their ears, in which they wear small brass
rings.  They live near the N'yanza--where it is connected by a
strait with a salt lake, and drained by a river to the northward-
-in comfortable houses, built like the tembes of Unyamuezi.  When
killing a cow, they kneel down in an attitude of prayer, with
both hands together, held palm upwards, and utter Zu, a word the
meaning of which he did not know. I questioned him to try if the
word had any trace of a Christian meaning--for instance, a
corruption of Jesu--but without success. Circumcision is not
known amongst them, neither have they any knowledge of God or a
soul.  A tribe called Wakuavi, who are white, and described as
not unlike myself, often came over the water and made raids on
their cattle, using the double-edged sime as their chief weapon
of war.  These attacks were as often resented, and sometimes led
the Wamara in pursuit a long way into their enemy's country,
where, at a place called Kisiguisi, they found men robed in red
cloths.  Beads were imported, he thought, both from the east and
from Ukidi.  Associated with the countries Masau or Masai, and
Usamburu, which he knew, there was a large mountain, the exact
position of which he could not describe.

I took down many words of his language, and found they
corresponded with the North African dialects, as spoken by the
people of Kidi, Gani, and Madi.  The southerners, speaking of
these, would call them Wakidi, Wagani, and Wamadi, but among
themselves the syllable was is not prefixed, as in the southern
dialects, to signify people. Rumanika, who appeared immensely
delighted as he assisted me in putting the questions I wanted,
and saw me note them down in my book, was more confirmed than
ever in the truth of my stories that I came from the north, and
thought as the beads came to Amara, so should I be able to open
the road and bring him more visitors. This he knew was his only
chance of ever seeing me more, for I swore I would never go back
through Usui, so greatly did I feel the indignities imposed on me
by Suwarora.

18th.--To keep the king in good-humour, I now took a table-knife,
spoon, and fork to the palace, which, after their several uses
were explained, were consigned to his curiosity-box.  Still
Rumanika could not understand how it was I spent so much and
travelled so far, or how it happened such a great country as ours
could be ruled by a woman.  He asked the Queen's name, how many
children she had, and the mode of succession; then, when fully
satisfied, led the way to show me what his father Dagara had done
when wishing to know of what the centre of the earth was
composed.  At the back of the palace a deep ditch was cut,
several yards long, the end of which was carried by a
subterranean passage into the palace, where it was ended off with
a cavern led into by a very small aperture.  It then appeared
that Dagara, having failed, in his own opinion, to arrive any
nearer to the object in view, gave the excavating up as a bad
job, and turned the cave into a mysterious abode, where it was
confidently asserted he spent many days without eating or
drinking, and turned sometimes into a young man, and then an old
one, alternately, as the humour seized him.

19th to 22d.--On the 19th I went fishing, but without success,
for they said the fish would not take in the lake; and on the
following day, as Grant's recovery seemed hopeless, for a long
time at least, I went with all the young princes to se what I
could do with the hippopotami in the lake, said to inhabit the
small island of Conty.  The part was an exceedingly merry one. 
We went off to the island in several canoes, and at once found an
immense number of crocodiles basking in the sun, but not a single
hippopotamus was in sight.  The princes then, thinking me "green"
at this kind of sport, said the place was enchanted, but I need
not fear, for they would bring them out to my feet by simply
calling out certain names, and this was no sooner done than four
old and one young one came immediately in font of us.  It seemed
quite a sin to touch them, they looked all so innocent; but as
the king wanted to try me again, I gave one a ball on the head
which sent him under, never again to be seen, for on the 22nd, by
which time I supposed he ought to have risen inflated with gases,
the king sent out his men to look out for him; but they returned
to say, that whilst all the rest were in the old place, that one,
in particular, could not be found.

On this K'yengo, who happened to be present whilst our interview
lasted, explained that the demons of the deep were annoyed with
me for intruding on their preserves, without having the courtesy
to commemorate the event by the sacrifice of a goat or a cow. 
Rumanika then, at my suggestions, gave Nnanaji the revolving
pistol I first gave him, but not without a sharp rebuke for his
having had the audacity to beg a gun of me in consideration of
his being a sportsman.  We then went into a discourse on
astrology, when the intelligent Rumanika asked me if the same sun
we saw one day appeared again, or whether fresh suns came every
day, and whether or not the moon made different faces, to laugh
at us mortals on earth.

23d and 24th.--This day was spent by the king introducing me to
his five fat wives, to show with what esteem he was held by all
the different kings of the countries surrounding.  From Mpororo--
which, by the by, is a republic--he was wedded to Kaogez, the
daughter of Kahaya, who is the greatest chief in the country;
from Unyoro he received Kauyangi, Kamrasi's daughter; from Nkole,
Kambiri, the late Kasiyonga's daughter; from Utumbi, Kirangu, the
late Kiteimbua's daughter; and lastly, the daughter of
Chiuarungi, his head cook.

After presenting Rumanika with an india-rubber band--which, as
usual, amused him immensely--for the honour he had done me in
showing me his wives, a party of Waziwa, who had brought some
ivory from Kidi, came to pay their respects to him.  On being
questioned by me, they said that they once saw some men like my
Wanguana there; they had come from the north to trade, but,
though they carried firearms, they were all killed by the people
of Kidi.  This was famous; it corroborated what I knew, but could
not convince others of,--that traders could find their way up to
Kidi by the Nile. It in a manner explained also how it was that
Kamrasi, some years before, had obtained some pink beads, of a
variety the Zanzibar merchants had never thought of bringing into
the country. Bombay was now quite convinced, and we all became
transported with joy, until Rumanika, reflecting on the sad state
of Grant's leg, turned that joy into grief by saying that the
rules of Uganda are so strict, that no one who is sick could
enter the country.  "To show," he said, "how absurd they are,
your donkey would not be permitted because he has no trousers;
and you even will have to put on a gown, as your unmentionables
will be considered indecorous."  I now asked Rumanika if he would
assist me in replenishing my fast-ebbing store of beads, by
selling tusks to the Arabs at Kufro, when for every 35lb. weight
I would give him 50 dollars by orders on Zanzibar, and would
insure him from being cheated, by sending a letter of advice to
our Consul residing there.  At first he demurred, on the high-
toned principle that he could not have any commercial dealings
with myself; but, at the instigation of Bombay and Baraka, who
viewed it in its true character, as tending merely to assist my
journey in the best manner he could, without any sacrifice to
dignity, he eventually yielded, and, to prove his earnestness,
sent me a large tusk, with a notice that his ivory was not kept
in the palace, but with his officers, and as soon as they could
collect it, so soon I should get it.

Rumanika, on hearing that it was our custom to celebrate the
birth of our Saviour with a good feast of beef, sent us an ox. I
immediately paid him a visit to offer the compliments of the
season, and at the same time regretted, much to his amusement,
that he, as one of the old stock of Abyssinians, who are the
oldest Christians on record, should have forgotten this rite; but
I hoped the time would come when, by making it known that his
tribe had lapsed into a state of heathenism, white teachers would
be induced to set it all to rights again.  At this time some
Wahaiya traders (who had been invited at my request by Rumanika)
arrived.  Like the Waziwa, they had traded with Kidi, and they
not only confirmed what the Waziwa had said, but added that, when
trading in those distant parts, they heard of Wanguana coming in
vessels to trade to the north of Unyoro; but the natives there
were so savage, they only fought with these foreign traders.  A
man of Ruanda now informed us that the cowrie-shells, so
plentiful in that country, come there from the other or western
side, but he could not tell whence they were originally obtained. 
Rumanika then told me Suwarora had been so frightened by the
Watuta, and their boastful threats to demolish Usui bit by bit,
reserving him only as a tit-bit for the end, that he wanted a
plot of ground in Karague to preserve his property in.

26th, 27th, and 28th.--Some other travellers from the north again
informed us that they had heard of Wanguana who attempted to
trade in Gani and Chopi, but were killed by the natives.  I now
assured Rumanika that in two or three years he would have a
greater trade with Egypt than he ever could have with Zanzibar;
for when I opened the road, all those men he heard of would swarm
up here to visit him.  He, however, only laughed at my folly in
proposing to go to a place of which all I heard was merely that
every stranger who went there was killed.  He began to show a
disinclination to allow my going there, and though from the most
friendly intention, this view was alarming, for one word from him
could have ruined my projects. As it was, I feared my followers
might take fright and refuse to advance with me.  I thought it
good policy to talk of there being many roads leading through
Africa, so that Rumanika might see he had not got, as he thought,
the sole key to the interior.  I told him again of certain views
I once held of coming to see him from the north up the Nile, and
from the east through the Masai.  He observed that, "To open
either of those routes, you would require at least two hundred
guns."  He would, however, do something when we returned from
Uganda; for as Mtesa followed his advice in everything, so did
Kamrasi, for both held the highest opinion of him.

The conversation then turning on London, and the way men and
carriages moved up the streets like strings of ants on their
migrations, Rumanika said the villages in Ruanda were of enormous
extent, and the people great sportsmen, for they turned out in
multitudes, with small dogs on whose necks were tied bells, and
blowing horns themselves, to hunt leopards.  They were, however,
highly superstitious, and would not allow any strangers to enter
their country; for some years ago, when Arabs went there, a great
drought and famine set in, which they attributed to evil
influences brought by them, and, turning them out of their
country, said they would never admit any of their like amongst
them again.  I said, in return, I thought his Wanyambo just as
superstitious, for I observed, whilst walking one day, that they
had placed a gourd on the path, and on inquiry found they had
done so to gain the sympathy of all passers-by to their crop
close at hand, which was blighted, imagining that the voice of
the sympathiser heard by the spirits would induce them to relent,
and restore a healthy tone to the crop.

During this time an interesting case was brought before us for
judgment.  Two men having married one woman, laid claim to her
child, which, as it was a male one, belonged to the father. 
Baraka was appointed the umpire, and immediately comparing the
infant's face with those of its claimants, gave a decision which
all approved of but the loser.  It was pronounced amidst peals of
laughter from my men; for whenever any little excitement is going
forward, the Wanguana all rush to the scene of action to give
their opinions, and joke over it afterwards.

29th and 30th.--On telling Rumanika this story next morning, he
said, "Many funny things happen in Karague"; and related some
domestic incidents, concluding with the moral that "Marriage in
Karague was a mere matter of money."  Cows, sheep, and slaves
have to be given to the father for the value of his daughter; but
if she finds she has made a mistake, she can return the dowry-
money, and gain her release.  The Wahuma, although they keep
slaves and marry with pure negroes, do not allow their daughters
to taint their blood by marrying out of their clan.  In warfare
it is the rule that the Wahinda, or princes, head their own
soldiers, and set them the example of courage, when, after firing
a few arrows, they throw their bows away, and close at once with
their spears and assages. Life is never taken in Karague, either
for murder or cowardice, as they value so much their Wahuma
breed; but, for all offences, fines of cows are exacted according
to the extent of the crime.

31st.--Ever proud of his history since I had traced his descent
from Abyssinia and King David, whose hair was as straight as my
own, Rumanika dwelt on my theological disclosures with the
greatest delight, and wished to know what difference existed
between the Arabs and ourselves; to which Baraka replied, as the
best means of making him understand, that whilst the Arabs had
only one Book, we had two; to which I added, Yes, that is true in
a sense; but the real merits lie in the fact that we have got the
better BOOK, as may be inferred from the obvious fact that we are
more prosperous, and their superiors in all things, as I would
prove to him if he would allow me to take one of his sons home to
learn that BOOK; for then he would find his tribe, after a while,
better off than the Arabs are.  Much delighted, he said he would
be very glad to give me two boys for that purpose.

Then, changing the subject, I pressed Rumanika, as he said he had
no idea of a God or future state, to tell me what advantage he
expected from sacrificing a cow yearly at his father's grave.  He
laughingly replied he did not know, but he hoped he might be
favoured with better crops if he did so.  He also place pombe and
grain, he said, for the same reason, before a large stone on the
hillside, although it could not eat, or make any use of it; but
the coast-men were of the same belief as himself, and so were all
the natives.  No one in Africa, as far as he knew, doubted the
power of magic and spells; and if a fox barked when he was
leading an army to battle, he would retire at once, knowing that
this prognosticated evil.  There were many other animals, and
lucky and unlucky birds, which all believed in.

I then told him it was fortunate he had no disbelievers like us
to contend with in battle, for we, instead of trusting to luck
and such omens, put our faith only in skill and pluck, which
Baraka elucidated from his military experience in the wars in
British India.  Lastly, I explained to him how England formerly
was as unenlightened as Africa, and believing in the same sort of
superstitions, and the inhabitants were all as naked as his skin-
wearing Wanyambo; but now, since they had grown wiser, and saw
through such impostures, they were the greatest men in the world.
He said, for the future he would disregard what the Arabs said,
and trust to my doctrines, for without doubt he had never seen
such a wise man as myself; and the Arabs themselves confirmed
this when they told him that all their beads and cloths came from
the land of the Wazungu, or white men.

1st, 2d, and 3d.--The new year was ushered in by the most
exciting intelligence, which drove us half wild with delight, for
we fully believed Mr Petherick was indeed on his road up the
Nile, endeavouring to meet us.  It was this:--An officer of
Rumanika's, who had been sent four years before on a mission to
Kamrasi, had just then returned with a party of Kamrasi's who
brought ivory for sale to the Arabs at Kufro, along with a
vaunting commission to inform Rumanika that Kamrasi had foreign
visitors as well as himself.  They had not actually come into
Unyoro, but were in his dependency, the country of Gani, coming
up the Nile in vessels. They had been attacked by the Gani
people, and driven back with considerable loss both of men and
property, although they were in sailing vessels, and fired guns
which even broke down the trees on the banks.  Some of their
property had been brought to him, and he in return had ordered
his subjects not to molest them, but allow them to come on to
him.  Rumanika enjoyed this news as much as myself, especially
when I told him of Petherick's promise to meet us, just as these
men said he was trying to do; and more especially so, when I told
him that if he would assist me in trying to communicate with
Petherick, the latter would either come here himself, or send one
of his men, conveying a suitable present, whilst I was away in
Uganda; and then in the end we would all go off to Kamrasi's

4th.--Entering warmly into the spirit of this important
intelligence, Rumanika inquired into its truth; and, finding no
reason to doubt it, said he would send some men back with
Kamrasi's men, if I could have patience until they were ready to
go. There would be no danger, as Kamrasi was his brother-in-law,
and would do all that he told him.

I now proposed to send Baraka, who, ashamed to cry off, said he
would go with Rumanika's officers if I allowed him a companion of
his own choosing, who would take care of him if he got sick on
the way, otherwise he should be afraid they would leave him to
die, like a dog, in the jungles.  We consoled him by assenting to
the companion he wished, and making Rumanika responsible that no
harm should come to him from any of the risks which his
imagination conjured up.  Rumanika then gave him and Uledi, his
selected companion, some sheets of mbugu, in order that they
might disguise themselves as his officers whilst crossing the
territories of the king of Uganda.  On inquiring as to the reason
of this, it transpired that, to reach Unyoro, the party would
have to cross a portion of Uddu, which the late king Sunna, on
annexing that country to Uganda, had divided, not in halves, but
by alternate bands running transversely from Nkole to the
Victoria N'yanza.

5th and 6th.--To keep Rumanika up to the mark, I introduced to
him Saidi, one of my men, who was formerly a slave, captured in
Walamo, on the borders of Abyssinia, to show him, by his
similarity to the Wahuma, how it was I had come to the conclusion
that he was of the same race.  Saidi told him his tribe kept
cattle with the same stupendous horns as those of the Wahuma; and
also that, in the same manner, they all mixed blood and milk for
their dinners, which, to his mind, confirmed my statement.  At
night, as there was a partial eclipse of the moon, all the
Wanguana marched up and down from Rumanika's to Nnanaji's huts,
singing and beating our tin cooking-pots to frighten off the
spirit of the sun from consuming entirely the chief object of
reverence, the moon.

7th.--Our spirits were now further raised by the arrival of a
semi-Hindu-Suahili, named Juma, who had just returned from a
visit to the king of Uganda, bringing back with him a large
present of ivory and slaves; for he said he had heard from the
king of our intention to visit him, and that he had despatched
officers to call us immediately.  This intelligence delighted
Rumanika as much as it did us, and he no sooner heard it than he
said, with ecstasies, "I will open Africa, since the white men
desire it; for did not Dagara command us to show deference to
strangers?"  Then, turning to me, he added, "My only regret is,
you will not take something as a return for the great expenses
you have been put to in coming to visit me."  The expense was
admitted, for I had now been obliged to purchase from the Arabs
upwards of 400 worth of beads, to keep such a store in reserve
for my return from Uganda as would enable me to push on to
Gondokoro.  I thought this necessary, as every report that
arrived from Unyamuezi only told us of further disasters with the
merchants in that country.  Sheikh Said was there even then, with
my poor Hottentots, unable to convey my post to the coast.

8th to 10th.--At last we heard the familiar sound of the Uganda
drum.  Maula, a royal officer, with a large escort of smartly-
dressed men, women, and boys, leading their dogs and playing
their reeds, announced to our straining ears the welcome
intelligence that their king had sent them to call us. 
N'yamgundu, who had seen us in Usui, had marched on to inform the
king of our advance and desire to see him; and he, intensely
delighted at the prospect of having white men for his guests,
desired no time should be lost in our coming on.  Maula told us
that his officers had orders to supply us with everything we
wanted whilst passing through his country, and that there would
be nothing to pay.

One thing only now embarrassed me--Grant was worse, without hope
of recovery for at least one or two months.  This large body of
Waganda could not be kept waiting.  To get on as fast as possible
was the only chance of ever bringing the journey to a successful
issue; so, unable to help myself, with great remorse at another
separation, on the following day I consigned my companion, with
several Wanguana, to the care of my friend Rumanika.  I then
separated ten loads of beads and thirty copper wires for my
expenses in Uganda; wrote a letter to Petherick, which I gave to
Baraka; and gave him and his companion beads to last as money for
six months, and also a present both for Kamrasi and the Gani
chief.  To Nsangez I gave charge of my collections in natural
history, and the reports of my progress, addressed to the
Geographical Society, which he was to convey to Sheikh Said at
Kaze, for conveyance as far as Zanzibar.

This business concluded in camp, I started my men and went to the
palace to bid adieu to Rumanika, who appointed Rozaro, one of his
officers, to accompany me wherever I went in Uganda, and to bring
me back safely again.  At Rumanika's request I then gave Mtesa's
pages some ammunition to hurry on with to the great king of
Uganda, as his majesty had ordered them to bring him, as quickly
as possible, some strengthening powder, and also some powder for
his gun.  Then, finally, to Maula, also under Rumanika's
instructions, I gave two copper wires and five bundles of beads;
and, when all was completed, set out on the march, perfectly sure
in my mind that before very long I should settle the great Nile
problem for ever; and, with this consciousness, only hoping that
Grant would be able to join me before I should have to return
again, for it was never supposed for a moment that it was
possible I ever could go north from Uganda. Rumanika was the most
resolute in this belief, as the kings of Uganda, ever since that
country was detached from Unyoro, had been making constant raids,
seizing cattle and slaves from the surrounding communities.

                           Chapter IX

                     History of the Wahuma

The Abyssinians and Gallas--Theory of Conquest of Inferior by
Superior Races--The Wahuma and the Kingdom of Kittara--Legendary
History of the Kingdom of Uganda--Its Constitution, and the
Ceremonials of the Court.

The reader has now had my experience of several of the minor
states, and has presently to be introduced to Uganda, the most
powerful state in the ancient but now divided great kingdom of
Kittara. I shall have to record a residence of considerable
duration at the court there; and, before entering on it, I
propose to state my theory of the ethnology of that part of
Africa inhabited by the people collectively styled Wahuma--
otherwise Gallas or Abyssinians. My theory is founded on the
traditions of the several nations, as checked by my own
observations of what I saw when passing through them.  It appears
impossible to believe, judging from the physical appearance of
the Wahuma, that they can be of any other race than the semi-
Shem-Hamitic of Ethiopia.  The traditions of the imperial
government of Abyssinia go as far back as the scriptural age of
King David, from whom the late reigning king of Abyssinia, Sahela
Selassie, traced his descent.

Most people appear to regard the Abyssinians as a different race
from the Gallas, but, I believe, without foundation.  Both alike
are Christians of the greatest antiquity.  It is true that,
whilst the aboriginal Abyssinians in Abyssinia proper are more
commonly agriculturists, the Gallas are chiefly a pastoral
people; but I conceive that the two may have had the same
relations with each other which I found the Wahuma kings and
Wahuma herdsmen holding with the agricultural Wazinza in Uzinza,
the Wanyambo in Karague, the Waganda in Uganda, and the Wanyoro
in Unyoro.

In these countries the government is in the hands of foreigners,
who had invaded and taken possession of them, leaving the
agricultural aborigines to till the ground, whilst the junior
members of the usurping clans herded cattle--just as in
Abyssinia, or wherever the Abyssinians or Gallas have shown
themselves. There a pastoral clan from the Asiatic side took the
government of Abyssinia from its people and have ruled over them
ever since, changing, by intermarriage with the Africans, the
texture of their hair and colour to a certain extent, but still
maintaining a high stamp of Asiatic feature, of which a market
characteristic is a bridged instead of bridgeless nose.

It may be presumed that there once existed a foreign but compact
government in Abyssinia, which, becoming great and powerful, sent
out armies on all sides of it, especially to the south, south-
east, and west, slave-hunting and devastating wherever they went,
and in process of time becoming too great for one ruler to
control. Junior members of the royal family then, pushing their
fortunes, dismembered themselves from the parent stock, created
separate governments, and, for reasons which cannot be traced,
changed their names.  In this manner we may suppose that the
Gallas separated from the Abyssinians, and located themselves to
the south of their native land.

Other Abyssinians, or possibly Gallas--it matters not which they
were or what we call them--likewise detaching themselves, fought
in the Somali country, subjugated that land, were defeated to a
certain extent by the Arabs from the opposite continent, and
tried their hands south as far as the Jub river, where they also
left many of their numbers behind.  Again they attacked Omwita
(the present Mombas), were repulsed, were lost sight of in the
interior of the continent, and, crossing the Nile close to its
source, discovered the rich pasture-lands of Unyoro, and founded
the great kingdom of Kittara, where they lost their religion,
forgot their language, extracted their lower incisors like the
natives, changed their national name to Wahuma, and no longer
remembered the names of Hubshi or Galla--though even the present
reigning kings retain a singular traditional account of their
having once been half white and half black, with hair on the
white side straight, and on the black side frizzly.  It was a
curious indication of the prevailing idea still entertained by
them of their foreign extraction, that it was surmised in Unyoro
that the approach of us white men into their country from both
sides at once, augured an intention on our part to take back the
country from them.  Believing, as they do, that Africa formerly
belonged to Europeans, from whom it was taken by negroes with
whom they had allied themselves, the Wahuma make themselves a
small residue of the original European stock driven from the
land-- an idea which seems natural enough when we consider that
the Wahuma are, in numbers, quite insignificant compared with the

Again, the princes of Unyoro are called Wawitu, and point to the
north when asked where their country Uwitu is situated,
doubtfully saying, when questioned about its distance, "How can
we tell circumstances which took place in our forefathers' times?
we only think it is somewhere near your country."  Although,
however, this very interesting people, the Wahuma, delight in
supposing themselves to be of European origin, they are forced to
confess, on closer examination, that although they came in the
first instance from the doubtful north, they came latterly from
the east, as part of a powerful Wahuma tribe, beyond Kidi, who
excel in arms, and are so fierce no Kidi people, terrible in war
as these too are described to be, can stand against them.  This
points, if our maps are true, to the Gallas--for all pastorals in
these people's minds are Wahuma; and if we could only reconcile
ourselves to the belief that the Wawitu derived their name from
Omwita, the last place they attacked on the east coast of Africa,
then all would be clear: for it must be noticed the Wakama, or
kings, when asked to what race they owe their origin, invariably
reply, in the first place, from princes--giving, for instance,
the titles Wawitu in Unyoro, and Wahinda in Karague-- which is
most likely caused by their never having been asked such a close
question before, whilst the idiom of the language generally
induces them to call themselves after the name applied to their

So much for ethnological conjecture.  Let us now deal with the
Wahuma since they crossed the Nile and founded the kingdom of
Kittara, a large tract of land bounded by the Victoria N'yanza
and Kitangule Kagera or River on the south, the Nile on the east,
the Little Luta-Nzige Lake[FN#15] on the north, and the kingdoms
of Utubi and Nkole on the west.

The general name Kittara is gradually becoming extinct, and is
seldom applied to any but the western portions; whilst the north-
eastern, in which the capital is situated, is called Unyoro, and
the other, Uddu apart from Uganda, as we shall presently see.

Nobody has been able to inform us how many generations old the
Wahuma government of Unyoro is.  The last three kings are
Chiawambi, N'yawongo, and the present king Kamrasi.  In very
early times dissensions amongst the royal family, probably
contending for the crown, such as we presume must have occurred
in Abyssinia, separated the parent stock, and drove the weaker to
find refuge in Nkole, where a second and independent government
of Wahuma was established.  Since then, twenty generations ago,
it is said the Wahuma government of Karague was established in
the same manner.  The conspirator Rohinda fled from Kittara to
Karague with a large party of Wahuma; sought the protection of
Nono, who, a Myambo, was king over the Wanyambo of that country;
ingratiated himself and his followers with the Wanyambo; and,
finally, designing a crown for himself, gave a feast,
treacherously killed King Nono in his cups, and set himself on
the throne, the first mkama or king who ruled in Karague. 
Rohinda was succeeded by Ntare, then Rohinda II., then Ntare II.,
which order only changed with the eleventh reign, when Rusatira
ascended the throne, and was succeeded by Mehinga, then Kalimera,
then Ntare VII., then Rohinda VI., then Dagara, and now Rumanika. 
During this time the Wahuma were well south of the equator, and
still destined to spread.  Brothers again contended for the crown
of their father, and the weaker took refuge in Uzinza, where the
fourth Wahuma government was created, and so remained under one
king until the last generation, when King Ruma died, and his two
sons, Rohinda, the eldest, and Suwarora, contended for the crown,
but divided the country between them, Rohinda taking the eastern
half, and Suwarora the western, at the instigation of the late
King Dagara of Karague.

This is the most southerly kingdom of the Wahuma, though not the
farthest spread of its people, for we find the Watusi, who are
emigrants from Karague of the same stock, overlooking the
Tanganyika Lake from the hills of Uhha, and tending their cattle
all over Unyamuezi under the protection of the native negro
chiefs; and we also hear that the Wapoka of Fipa, south of the
Rukwa Lake are the same.  How or when their name became changed
from Wahuma to Watusi no one is able to explain; but, again
deducing the past from the present, we cannot help suspecting
that, in the same way as this change has taken place, the name
Galla may have been changed from Hubshi, and Wahuma from Gallas. 
But though in these southern regions the name of the clan has
been changed, the princes still retain the title of Wahinda as in
Karague, instead of Wawitu as in Unyoro, and are considered of
such noble breed that many of the pure negro chiefs delight in
saying, I am a Mhinda, or prince, to the confusion of travellers,
which confusion is increased by the Wahuma habits of conforming
to the regulations of the different countries they adopt.  For
instance, the Wahuma of Uganda and Karague, though so close to
Unyoro, do not extract their lower incisors; and though the
Wanyoro only use the spear in war, the Wahuma in Karague are the
most expert archers in Africa.  We are thus left only the one
very distinguishing mark, the physical appearance of this
remarkable race, partaking even more of the phlegmatic nature of
the Shemitic father than the nervous boisterous temperament of
the Hamitic mother, as a certain clue to their Shem-Hamitic

It remains to speak of the separation of Uddu from Unyoro, the
present kingdom of Uganda--which, to say the least of it, is
extremely interesting, inasmuch as the government there is as
different from the other surrounding countries as those of Europe
are compared to Asia.

In the earliest times the Wahuma of Unyoro regarded all their
lands bordering on the Victoria Lake as their garden, owing to
its exceeding fertility, and imposed the epithet of Wiru, or
slaves, upon its people, because they had to supply the imperial
government with food and clothing.  Coffee was conveyed to the
capital by the Wiru, also mbugu (bark-cloaks), from an
inexhaustible fig-tree; in short, the lands of the Wiru were
famous for their rich productions.

Now Wiru in the northern dialect changes to Waddu in the
southern; hence Uddu, the land of the slaves, which remained in
one connected line from the Nile to the Kitangule Kagera until
eight generations back, when, according to tradition, a sportsman
from Unyoro, by name Uganda, came with a pack of dogs, a woman, a
spear, and a shield, hunting on the left bank of Katonga valley,
not far from the lake. He was but a poor man, though so
successful in hunting that vast numbers of the Wiru flocked to
him for flesh, and became so fond of him as to invite him to be
their king, saying, "Of what avail to us is our present king,
living so far away that when we sent him a cow as a tributary
offering, that cow on the journey gave a calf, and the calf
became a cow and gave another calf, and so on, and yet the
present has not reached its destination?"

At first Uganda hesitated, on the plea that they had a king
already, but on being farther pressed consented; when the people
hearing his name said, "Well, let it be so; and for the future
let this country between the Nile and Katonga be called Uganda,
and let your name be Kimera, the first king of Uganda."

The same night Kimera stood upon a stone with a spear in his
hand, and a woman and dog sitting by his side; and to this day
people assert that his footprints and the mark left by his spear-
end, as well as the seats of the woman and dog, are visible.  The
report of these circumstances soon reached the great king of
Unyoro, who, in his magnificence, merely said, "The poor creature
must be starving; allow him to feed there if he likes."  The
kings who have succeeded Kimera are: 1. Mahanda; 2. Katereza; 3.
Chabago; 4. Simakokiro; 5. Kamanya; 6. Sunna; 7. Mtesa, not yet

These kings have all carried on the same system of government as
that commenced by Kimera, and proved themselves a perfect terror
to Unyoro, as we shall see in the sequel.  Kimera, suddenly risen
to eminence, grew proud and headstrong--formed a strong clan
around him, whom he appointed to be his Wakunga, or officers--
rewarded well, punished severely, and soon became magnificent. 
Nothing short of the grandest palace, a throne to sit upon, the
largest harem, the smartest officers, the best dressed people,
even a menagerie for pleasure--in fact, only the best of
everything--would content him. Fleets of boats, not canoes, were
built for war, and armies formed, that the glory of the king
might never decrease.  In short, the system of government,
according to barbarous ideas was perfect. Highways were cut from
one extremity of the country to the other, and all rivers
bridged.  No house could be built without its necessary
appendages for cleanliness; no person, however poor, could expose
his person; and to disobey these laws was death.

After the death of Kimera, the prosperity of Uganda never
decreased, but rather improved.  The clan of officers formed by
him were as proud of their emancipation from slavery, as the king
they had created was of his dominion over them.  They buried
Kimera with state honours, giving charge of the body to the late
king's most favourite consort, whose duty it was to dry the
corpse by placing it on a board resting on the mouth of an
earthen open pot heated by fire from below.  When this drying
process was completed, at the expiration of three months, the
lower jaw was cut out and neatly worked over with beads; the
umbilical cord, which had been preserved from birth, was also
worked with beads.  These were kept apart, but the body was
consigned to a tomb, and guarded ever after by this officer and a
certain number of the king's next most favourite women, all of
whom planted gardens for their maintenance, and were restricted
from seeing the succeeding king.

By his large establishment of wives, Kimera left a number of
princes or Warangira, and as many princesses.  From the Warangira
the Wakunga now chose as their king the one whom they thought
best suited for the government of the country--not of too high
rank by the mother's side, lest their selection in his pride
should kill them all, but one of low birth.  The rest were placed
with wives in a suite of huts, under charge of a keeper, to
prevent any chance of intrigues and dissensions.  They were to
enjoy life until the prince-elect should arrive at the age of
discretion and be crowned, when all but two of the princes would
be burnt to death, the two being reserved in case of accident as
long as the king wanted brother companions, when one would be
banished to Unyoro, and the other pensioned with suitable
possessions in Uganda.  The mother of the king by this measure
became queen-dowager, or N'yamasore. She halved with her son all
the wives of the deceased king not stationed at his grave, taking
second choice; kept up a palace only little inferior to her son's
with large estates, guided the prince-elect in the government of
the country, and remained until the end of his minority the
virtual ruler of the land; at any rate, no radical political
changes could take place without her sanction. The princesses
became the wives of the king; no one else could marry them.

Both mother and son had their Ktikiros or commander-in-chief,
also titled Kamraviona, as well as other officers of high rank.
Amongst them in due order of gradation are the Ilmas, a woman who
had the good fortune to have cut the umbilical cord at the king's
birth; the Sawaganzi, queen's sister and king's barber; Kaggao,
Polino, Sakibobo, Kitunzi, and others, governors of provinces;
Jumab, admiral of the fleet; Kasugu, guardian of the king's
sister; Mkuenda, factor; Kunsa and Usungu, first and second class
executioners; Mgemma, commissioner in charge of tombs; Seruti,
brewer; Mfumbiro, cook; numerous pages to run messages and look
after the women, and minor Wakungu in hundreds.  One Mkungu is
always over the palace, in command of the Wanagalali, or guards
which are changed monthly; another is ever in attendance as
seizer of refractory persons.  There are also in the palace
almost constantly the Wanangalavi, or drummers; Nsase, pea-gourd
rattlers; Milele, flute-players; Mukonderi, clarionet-players;
also players on wooden harmonicons and lap-harps, to which the
players sing accompaniments; and, lastly, men who whistle on
their fingers--for music is half the amusement of these courts. 
Everybody in Uganda is expected to keep spears, shields and dogs,
the Uganda arms and cognisance; whilst the Wakungu are entitled
to drums.  There is also a Neptune Mgussa, or spirit, who lives
in the depths of the N'yanza, communicates through the medium of
his temporal Mkungu, and guides to a certain extent the naval
destiny of the king.

It is the duty of all officers, generally speaking, to attend at
court as constantly as possible; should they fail, they forfeit
their lands, wives, and all belongings.  These will be seized and
given to others more worthy of them; as it is presumed that
either insolence or disaffection can be the only motive which
would induce any person to absent himself for any length of time
from the pleasure of seeing his sovereign.  Tidiness in dress is
imperatively necessary, and for any neglect of this rule the head
may be the forfeit.  The punishment for such offences, however,
may be commuted by fines of cattle, goats, fowls, or brass wire. 
All acts of the king are counted benefits, for which he must be
thanked; and so every deed done to his subjects is a gift
received by them, though it should assume the shape of flogging
or fine; for are not these, which make better men of them, as
necessary as anything?  The thanks are rendered by gravelling on
the ground, floundering about and whining after the manner of
happy dogs, after which they rise up suddenly, take up sticks--
spears are not allowed to be carried in court--make as if
charging the king, jabbering as fast as tongues can rattle, and
so they swear fidelity for all their lives.

This is the greater salutation; the lesser one is performed
kneeling in an attitude of prayer, continually throwing open the
hands, and repeating sundry words.  Among them the word
"n'yanzig" is the most frequent and conspicuous; and hence these
gesticulations receive the general designation n'yanzig--a term
which will be frequently met with, and which I have found it
necessary to use like an English verb.  In consequence of these
salutations, there is more ceremony in court than business,
though the king, ever having an eye to his treasury, continually
finds some trifling fault, condemns the head of the culprit,
takes his liquidation-present, if he has anything to pay, and
thus keeps up his revenue.

No one dare stand before the king whilst he is either standing
still or sitting, but must approach him with downcast eyes and
bended knees, and kneel or sit when arrived.  To touch the king's
throne or clothes, even by accident, or to look upon his women is
certain death.  When sitting in court holding a levee, the king
invariably has in attendance several women, Wabandwa, evil-eye
averters or sorcerers.  They talk in feigned voices raised to a
shrillness almost amounting to a scream.  They wear dried lizards
on their heads, small goat-skin aprons trimmed with little bells,
diminutive shields and spears set off with cock-hackles--their
functions in attendance being to administer cups of marwa
(plantain wine). To complete the picture of the court, one must
imagine a crowd of pages to run royal messages; they dare not
walk for such deficiency in zeal to their master might cost their
life.  A further feature of the court consists in the national
symbols already referred to-- a dog, two spears, and shield.

With the company squatting in large half-circle or three sides of
a square many deep before him, in the hollow of which are
drummers and other musicians, the king, sitting on his throne in
high dignity, issues his orders for the day much to the following
effect:-- "Cattle, women, and children are short in Uganda; an
army must be formed of one to two thousand strong, to plunder
Unyoro.  The Wasoga have been insulting his subjects, and must be
reduced to subjection: for this emergency another army must be
formed, of equal strength, to act by land in conjunction with the
fleet.  The Wahaiya have paid no tribute to his greatness lately
and must be taxed."  For all these matters the commander-in-chief
tells off the divisional officers, who are approved by the king,
and the matter is ended in court.  The divisional officers then
find subordinate officers, who find men, and the army proceeds
with its march.  Should any fail with their mission,
reinforcements are sent, and the runaways, called women, are
drilled with a red-hot iron until they are men no longer, and die
for their cowardice.,  All heroism, however, ensures promotion. 
The king receives his army of officers with great ceremony,
listens to their exploits, and gives as rewards, women, cattle,
and command over men--the greatest elements of wealth in Uganda--
with a liberal hand.

As to the minor business transacted in court, culprits are
brought in bound by officers, and reported.  At once the sentence
is given, perhaps awarding the most torturous, lingering death--
probably without trial or investigation, and, for all the king
knows, at the instigation of some one influenced by wicked spite. 
If the accused endeavour to plead his defence, his voice is at
once drowned, and the miserable victim dragged off in the
roughest manner possible by those officers who love their king,
and delight in promptly carrying out his orders.  Young virgins,
the daughters of Wakungu, stark naked, and smeared with grease,
but holding, for decency's sake, a small square of mbugu at the
upper corners in both hands before them, are presented by their
fathers in propitiation for some offence, and to fill the harem. 
Seizing-officers receive orders to hunt down Wakungu who have
committed some indiscretions, and to confiscate their lands,
wives, children, and property.  An officer observed to salute
informally is ordered for execution, when everybody near him
rises in an instant, the drums beat, drowning his cries, and the
victim of carelessness is dragged off, bound by cords, by a dozen
men at once.  Another man, perhaps, exposes an inch of naked leg
whilst squatting, or has his mbugu tied contrary to regulations,
and is condemned to the same fate.

Fines of cows, goats, and fowls are brought in and presented;
they are smoothed down by the offender's hands, and then applied
to his face, to show there is no evil spirit lurking in the gift;
then thanks are proferred for the leniency of the king in letting
the presenter off so cheaply, and the pardoned man retires, full
of smiles, to the ranks of the squatters.  Thousands of cattle,
and strings of women and children, sometimes the result of a
victorious plundering hunt, or else the accumulated seizures from
refractory Wakungu, are brought in; for there is no more common
or acceptable offering to appease the king's wrath towards any
refractory or blundering officer than a present of a few young
beauties, who may perhaps be afterwards given as the reward of
good service to other officers.

Stick-charms, being pieces of wood of all shapes, supposed to
have supernatural virtues, and coloured earths, endowed with
similar qualities, are produced by the royal magicians.  The
master of the hunt exposes his spoils--such as antelopes, cats,
porcupines, curious rats, etc., all caught in nets, and placed in
baskets-- zebra, lion, and buffalo skins being added.  The
fishermen bring their spoils; also the gardeners.  The cutlers
show knives and forks made of iron inlaid with brass and copper;
the furriers, most beautifully-sewn patchwork of antelopes'
skins; the habit-maker, sheets of mbugu barkcloth; the
blacksmith, spears; the maker of shields, his productions;--and
so forth; but nothing is ever given without rubbing it down, then
rubbing the face, and going through a long form of salutation for
the gracious favour the king has shown in accepting it.

When tired of business, the king rises, spear in hand, and,
leading his dog, walked off without word or comment leaving his
company, like dogs, to take care of themselves.

Strict as the discipline of the exterior court is, that of the
interior is not less severe.  The pages all wear turbans of cord
made from aloe fibres.  Should a wife commit any trifling
indiscretion, either by word or deed, she is condemned to
execution on the spot, bound by the pages and dragged out. 
Notwithstanding the stringent laws for the preservation of
decorum by all male attendants, stark-naked full-grown women are
the valets.

On the first appearance of the new moon every month, the king
shuts himself up, contemplating and arranging his magic horns--
the horns of wild animals stuffed with charm-powder--for two or
three days. These may be counted his Sundays or church festivals,
which he dedicates to devotion.  On other days he takes his
women, some hundreds, to bathe or sport in ponds; or, when tired
of that, takes long walks, his women running after him, when all
the musicians fall in, take precedence of the party, followed by
the Wakungu and pages, with the king in the centre of the
procession, separating the male company from the fair sex.  On
these excursions no common man dare look upon the royal
procession.  Should anybody by chance happen to be seen, he is at
once hunted down by the pages, robbed of everything he possessed,
and may count himself very lucky if nothing worse happens. 
Pilgrimages are not uncommon, and sometimes the king spends a
fortnight yachting; but whatever he does, or wherever he goes,
the same ceremonies prevail--his musicians, Wakungu, pages, and
the wives take part in all.

But the greatest of all ceremonies takes place at the time of the
coronation.  The prince-elect then first seeks favour from the
kings of all the surrounding countries, demanding in his might
and power one of each of their daughters in marriage, or else
recognition in some other way, when the Ilmas makes a pilgrimage
to the deceased king's tomb, to observe, by the growth an other
signs of certain trees, and plants, what destiny awaits the king. 
According to the prognostics, they report that he will either
have to live a life of peace, or after coronation take the field
at the head of an army to fight either east, west, or both ways,
when usually the first march is on Kittara, and the second on
Usoga.  The Mgussa's voice is also heard, but in what manner I do
not know, as all communication on state matters is forbidden in
Uganda.  These preliminaries being arranged, the actual
coronation takes place, when the king ceases to hold any farther
communion with his mother.  The brothers are burnt to death, and
the king, we shall suppose, takes the field at the head of his

It is as the result of these expeditions that one-half Usogo and
the remaining half of Uddu have been annexed to Uganda.

                           Chapter X

                       Karague and Uganda

Escape from Protectors--Cross the Kitangule, the First Affluent
of the Nile--Enter Uddu--Uganda--A Rich Country--Driving away the
Devil--A Conflict in the Camp--A Pretending Prince--Three Pages
with a Diplomatic Message from the King of Uganda--Crime in

Crossing back over the Weranhanje spur, I put up with the Arabs
at Kufro.  Here, for the first time in this part of the world, I
found good English peas growing.  Next day (11th), crossing over
a succession of forks, supporters to the main spur, we encamped
at Luandalo.  Here we were overtaken by Rozaro, who had remained
behind, as I now found, to collect a large number of Wanyambo,
whom he called his children, to share with him the gratuitous
living these creatures always look out for on a march of this

After working round the end of the great spur whilst following
down the crest of a fork, we found Karague separated by a deep
valley from the hilly country of Uhaiya, famous for its ivory and
coffee productions.  On entering the rich plantain gardens of
Kisaho, I was informed we must halt there a day for Maula to join
us, as he had been detained by Rumanika, who, wishing to give him
a present, had summoned Rozaro's sister to his palace for that
purpose.  She was married to another, and had two children by
him, but that did not signify, as it was found in time her
husband had committed a fault, on account of which it was thought
necessary to confiscate all his property.

At this place all the people were in a constant state of
inebriety, drinking pombe all day and all night.  I shot a
montana antelope, and sent its head and skin back to Grant,
accompanied with my daily report to Rumanika.

Maula having joined me, we marched down to near the end of the
fork overlooking the plain of Kitangule--the Waganada drums
beating, and whistles playing all the way we went along.

We next descended from the Mountains of the Moon, and spanned a
long alluvial plain to the settlement of the so-long-heard-of
Kitangule, where Rumanika keeps his thousands and thousands of
cows.  In former days the dense green forests peculiar to the
tropics, which grow in swampy places about this plain, were said
to have been stocked by vast herds of elephants; but, since the
ivory trade had increased, these animals had all been driven off
to the hills of Kisiwa and Uhaiya, or into Uddu beyond the river,
and all the way down to the N'yanza.

To-day we reached the Kitangule Kagera, or river, which, as I
ascertained in the year 1858, falls into the Victoria N'yanza on
the west side.  Most unfortunately, as we led off to cross it,
rain began to pour, so that everybody and everything was thrown
into confusion.  I could not get a sketch of it, though Grant was
more fortunate afterwards; neither could I measure or fathom it;
and it was only after a long contest with the superstitious
boatmen that they allowed me to cross in their canoe with my
shoes on, as they thought the vessel would either upset, or else
the river would dry up, in consequence of their Neptune taking
offence at me.  Once over, I looked down on the noble stream with
considerable pride. About eight yards broad, it was sunk down a
considerable depth below the surface of the land, like a huge
canal, and is so deep, it could not be poled by the canoemen;
while it runs at a velocity of from three to four knots an hour.

I say I viewed it with pride, because I had formed my judgment of
its being fed from high-seated springs in the Mountains of the
Moon solely on scientific geographical reasonings; and, from the
bulk of the stream, I also believed those mountains must obtain
an altitude of 8000 feet[FN#16] or more, just as we find they do
in Ruanda. I thought then to myself, as I did at Rumanika's, when
I first viewed the Mfumbiro cones, and gathered all my distant
geographical information there, that these highly saturated
Mountains of the Moon give birth to the Congo as well as to the
Nile, and also to the Shire branch of the Zambeze.

I came, at the same time, to the conclusion that all our previous
information concerning the hydrography of these regions, as well
as the Mountains of the Moon, originated with the ancient Hindus,
who told it to the priests of the Nile; and that all those busy
Egyptian geographers, who disseminated their knowledge with a
view to be famous for their long-sightedness, in solving the
deep-seated mystery with enshrouded the source of their holy
river, were so many hypothetical humbugs.  Reasoning thus, the
Hindu traders alone, in those days, I believed, had a firm basis
to stand upon, from their intercourse with the Abyssinians--
through whom they must have heard of the country of Amara, which
they applied to the N'yanza-- and with the Wanyamuezi or men of
the Moon, from whom they heard of the Tanganyika and Karague
mountains.  I was all the more impressed with this belief, by
knowing that the two church missionaries, Rebmann and Erhardt,
without the smallest knowledge of the Hindus' map, constructed a
map of their own, deduced from the Zanzibar traders, something on
the same scale, by blending the Victoria N'yanza, Tanganyida, and
N'yazza into one; whilst to their triuned lake they gave the name
Moon, because the men of the Moon happened to live in front of
the central lake.  And later still, Mr Leon, another missionary,
heard of the N'yanza and the country Amara, near which he heard
the Nile made its escape.

Going on with the march we next came to Ndongo, a perfect garden
of plantains.  The whole country was rich--most surprisingly so.
The same streaky argillaceous sandstones prevailed as in Karague.
There was nothing, in fact, that would not have grown here, if it
liked moisture and a temperate heat.  It was a perfect paradise
for negroes: as fast as they sowed they were sure of a crop
without much trouble; though, I must say, they kept their huts
and their gardens in excellent order.

As Maula would stop here, I had to halt also.  The whole country
along the banks of the river, and near some impenetrable forests,
was alive with antelopes, principally hartebeests, but I would
not fire at them until it was time to return, as the villagers
led me to expect buffaloes.  The consequence was, as no buffaloes
were to be found, I got no sport, though I wounded a hartebeest,
and followed him almost into camp, when I gave up the chase to
some negroes, and amused myself by writing to Rumanika, to say if
Grant did not reach me by a certain date, I would try to navigate
the N'yanza, and return to him in boats up the Kitangule river.

We crossed over a low spur of hill extending from the mountainous
kingdom of Nkole, on our left, towards the N'yanza.  Here I was
shown by Nasib a village called Ngandu, which was the farthest
trading depot of the Zanzibar ivory-merchants.  It was
established by Musa Mzuri, by the permission of Rumanika; for, as
I shall have presently to mention, Sunna, after annexing this
part of Uddu to Uganda, gave Rumanika certain bands of territory
in it as a means of security against the possibility of its being
wrested out of his hands again by the future kings of Unyoro. 
Following on Musa's wake, many Arabs also came here to trade; but
they were so oppressive to the Waganda that they were recalled by
Rumanika, and obliged to locate themselves at Kufro.  To the
right, at the end of the spur, stretching as far as the eye could
reach towards the N'yanza, was a rich, well-wooded, swampy plain,
containing large open patches of water, which not many years
since, I was assured, were navigable for miles, but now, like the
Urigi lake, were gradually drying up.  indeed, it appeared to me
as if the N'yanza must have once washed the foot of these hills,
but had since shrunk away from its original margin.

On arrival at Ngambezi, I was immensely struck with the neatness
and good arrangement of the place, as well as its excessive
beauty and richness.  No part of Bengal or Zanzibar could excel
it in either respect; and my men, with one voice, exclaimed, "Ah,
what people these Waganda are!" and passed other remarks, which
may be abridged as follows:--"They build their huts and keep
their gardens just as well as we do at Unguja, with screens and
enclosures for privacy, a clearance in front of their
establishments, and a baraza or reception-hut facing the
buildings.  Then, too, what a beautiful prospect it has!--rich
marshy plains studded with mounds, on each of which grow the
umbrella cactus, or some other evergreen tree; and beyond, again,
another hill-spur such as the one we have crossed over."  One of
king Mtesa's uncles, who had not been burnt to death by the order
of the late king Sunna on his ascension to the throne, was the
proprietor of this place, but unfortunately he was from home. 
However, his substitute gave me his baraza to live in, and
brought many presents of goats, fowls, sweet potatoes, yams,
plantains, sugarcane, and Indian corn, and apologised in the end
for deficiency in hospitality.  I, of course, gave him beads in

Continuing over the same kind of ground in the next succeeding
spurs of the streaky red-clay sandstone hills, we put up at the
residence of Isamgevi, a Mkungu or district officer of
Rumanika's.  His residence was as well kept as Mtesa's uncle's;
but instead of a baraza fronting his house, he had a small
enclosure, with three small huts in it, kept apart for devotional
purposes, or to propitiate the evil spirits--in short, according
to the notions of the place, a church.  This officer gave me a
cow and some plantains, and I in return gave him a wire and some
beads.  Many mendicant women, called by some Wichwezi, by others
Mabandwa, all wearing the most fantastic dresses of mbugu,
covered with beads, shells, and sticks, danced before us, singing
a comic song, the chorus of which was a long shrill rolling Coo-
roo-coo-roo, coo-roo-coo-roo, delivered as they came to a
standstill.  Their true functions were just as obscure as the
religion of the negroes generally; some called them devil-
drivers, other evil-eye averters; but, whatever it was for, they
imposed a tax on the people, whose minds being governed by a
necessity for making some self-sacrifice to propitiate something,
they could not tell what, for their welfare in the world, they
always gave them a trifle in the same way as the East Indians do
their fakirs.

After crossing another low swampy flat, we reached a much larger
group, or rather ramification, of hill-spurs pointing to the
N'yanza, called Kisuere, and commanded by M'yombo, Rumanika's
frontier officer.  Immediately behind this, to the northward,
commenced the kingdom of Unyoro; and here it was, they said,
Baraka would branch off my line on his way to Kamrasi.  Maula's
home was one march distant from this, so the scoundrel now left
me to enjoy himself there, giving as his pretext for doing so,
that Mtesa required him, as soon as I arrived here, to send on a
messenger that order might be taken for my proper protection on
the line of march; for the Waganda were a turbulent set of
people, who could only be kept in order by the executioner; and
doubtless many, as was customary on such occasions, would be
beheaded, as soon as Mtesa heard of my coming, to put the rest in
a fright.  I knew this was all humbug, of course, and I told him
so; but it was of no use, and I was compelled to halt.

On the 23d another officer, named Maribu, came to me and said,
Mtesa, having heard that Grant was left sick behind at Karague,
had given him orders to go there and fetch him, whether sick or
well, for Mtesa was most anxious to see white men.  Hearing this
I at once wrote to Grant, begging him to come on if he could do
so, and to bring with him all the best of my property, or as much
as he could of it, as I now saw there was more cunning humbug
than honesty in what Rumanika had told me about the impossibility
of our going north from Uganda, as well as in his saying sick men
could not go into Uganda, and donkeys without trousers would not
be admitted there, because they were considered indecent.  If he
was not well enough to move, I advised him to wait there until I
reached Mtesa's, when I would either go up the lake and Kitangule
to fetch him away, or would make the king send boats for him,
which I more expressly wished, as it would tend to give us a much
better knowledge of the lake.

Maula now came again, after receiving repeated and angry
messages, and I forced him to make a move.  He led me straight up
to his home, a very nice place, in which he gave me a very large,
clean, and comfortable hut--had no end of plantains brought for
me and my men--and said, "Now you have really entered the kingdom
of Uganda, for the future you must buy no more food.  At every
place that you stop for the day, the officer in charge will bring
you plantains, otherwise your men can help themselves in the
gardens, for such are the laws of the land when a king's guest
travels in it. Any one found selling anything to either yourself
or your men would be punished."  Accordingly, I stopped the daily
issue of beads; but no sooner had I done so, than all my men
declared they could not eat plantains.  It was all very well,
they said, for the Waganda to do so, because they were used to
it, but it did not satisfy their hunger.

Maula, all smirks and smiles, on seeing me order the things out
for the march, begged I would have patience, and wait till the
messenger returned from the king; it would not take more than ten
days at the most.  Much annoyed at this nonsense, I ordered my
tent to be pitched.  I refused all Maula's plantains, and gave my
men beads to buy grain with; and, finding it necessary to get up
some indignation, said I would not stand being chained like a
dog; if he would not go on ahead, I should go without him.  Maula
then said he would go to a friend's and come back again.  I said,
if he did not, I should go off; and so the conversation ended.

26th.--Drumming, singing, screaming, yelling, and dancing had
been going on these last two days and two nights to drive the
Phepo or devil out of a village.  The whole of the ceremonies
were most ludicrous.  An old man and woman, smeared with white
mud, and holding pots of pombe in their laps, sat in front of a
hut, whilst other people kept constantly bringing them baskets
full of plantain-squash, and more pots of pombe.  In the
courtyard fronting them, were hundreds of men and women dressed
in smart mbugus-- the males wearing for turbans, strings of
abrus-seeds wound round their heads, with polished boars' tusks
stuck in in a jaunty manner. These were the people who, drunk as
fifers, were keeping up such a continual row to frighten the
devil away.  In the midst of this assembly I now found Kachuchu,
Rumanika's representative, who went on ahead from Karague palace
to tell Mtesa that I wished to see him. With him, he said, were
two other Wakungu of Mtesa's, who had orders to bring on my party
and Dr K'yengo's.  Mtesa, he said, was so mad to see us, that the
instant he arrived at the palace and told him we wished to visit
him, the king caused "fifty big men and four hundred small ones"
to be executed, because, he said, his subjects were so bumptious
they would not allow any visitors to come near him, else he would
have had white men before.

27th.--N'yamgundu, my old friend at Usui, then came to me, and
said he was the first man to tell Mtesa of our arrival in Usui,
and wish to visit him.  The handkerchief I had given Irungu at
Usui to present as a letter to Mtesa he had snatched away from
him, and given, himself, to his king, who no sooner received it
than he bound it round his head, and said, in ecstasies of
delight, "Oh, the Mzungu, the Mzungu! he does indeed want to see
me."  Then giving him four cows as a return letter to take to me,
he said, "Hurry off as quickly as possible and bring him here." 
"The cows," said N'yamgundu, "have gone on to Kisuere by another
route, but I will bring them here; and then, as Maula is taking
you, I will go and fetch Grant."  I then told him not to be in
such a hurry.  I had turned off Maula for treating me like a dog,
and I would not be escorted by him again.  He replied that his
orders would not be fully accomplished as long as any part of my
establishment was behind; so he would, if I wished it, leave part
of his "children" to guide me on to Mtesa's, whilst he went to
fetch Grant. An officer, I assured him, had just gone on to fetch
Grant, so he need not trouble his head on that score; at any
rate, he might reverse his plan, and send his children for Grant,
whilst he went on with me, by which means he would fully
accomplish his mission. Long arguments ensued, and I at length
turned the tables by asking who was the greatest--myself or my
children; when he said, "As I see you are the greatest, I will do
as you wish; and after fetching the cows from Kisuere, we will
march to-morrow at sunrise."

The sun rose, but N'yamgundu did not appear.  I was greatly
annoyed lest Maula should come and try to drive him away.  I
waited, restraining my impatience until noon, when, as I could
stand it no longer, I ordered Bombay to strike my tent, and
commence the march. A scene followed, which brought out my
commander-in-chief's temper in a rather surprising shape.  "How
can we go in?" said Bombay. "Strike the tent," said I.  "Who will
guide us?" said Bombay. "Strike the tent," I said again.  "But
Rumanika's men have all gone away, and there is no one to show us
the way."  "Never mind; obey my orders, and strike the tent." 
Then, as Bombay would not do it, I commenced myself, assisted by
some of my other men, and pulled it down over his head, all the
women who were assembled under it, and all the property.  On
this, Bombay flew into a passion, abusing the men who were
helping me, as there were fires and powder-boxes under the tent. 
I of course had to fly into a passion and abuse Bombay. He, in a
still greater rage, said he would pitch into the men, for the
whole place would be blown up.  "That is no reason why you should
abuse my men," I said, "who are better than you by obeying my
orders.  If I choose to blow up my property, that is my look-out;
and if you don't do your duty, I will blow you up also."  Foaming
and roaring with rage, Bombay said he would not stand being thus
insulted.  I then gave him a dig on the head with my fist. He
squared up, and pouted like an enraged chameleon, looking
savagely at me.  I gave him another dig, which sent him
staggering. He squared again: I gave him another; till at last,
as the claret was flowing, he sulked off, and said he would not
serve me any more. I then gave Nasib orders to take Bombay's
post, and commence the march; but the good old man made Bombay
give in, and off we went, amidst crowds of Waganda, who had
collected to witness with comedy, and were all digging at one
another's heads, showing off in pantomime the strange ways of the
white man.  N'yamgundu then jointed us, and begged us to halt
only one more day, as some of his women were still at Kisuere;
but Bombay, showing his nozzle rather flatter than usual, said,
"No; I got this on account of your lies. I won't tell Bana any
more of your excuses for stopping; you may tell him yourself if
you like."  N'yamgundu, however, did not think this advisable,
and so we went on as we were doing.  It was the first and last
time I had ever occasion to lose my dignity by striking a blow
with my own hands; but I could not help it on this occasion
without losing command and respect; for although I often had
occasion to award 100 and even 150 lashes to my men for stealing,
I could not, for the sake of due subordination, allow any
inferior officer to strike Bombay, and therefore had to do the
work myself.

Skirting the hills on the left, with a large low plain to the
right we soon came on one of those numerous rush-drains that
appear to me to be the last waters left of the old bed of the
N'yanza.  This one in particular was rather large, being 150
yards wide.  It was sunk where I crossed it, like a canal, 14
feet below the plain; and what with mire and water combined, so
deep, I was obliged to take off my trousers whilst fording it. 
Once across, we sought for and put up in a village beneath a
small hill, from the top of which I saw the Victoria N'yanza for
the first time on this march.  N'yamgundu delighted me much:
treating me as king, he always fell down on his knees to address
me, and made all his "children" look after my comfort in camp.

We marched on again over the same kind of ground, alternately
crossing rush-drains of minor importance, though provokingly
frequent, and rich gardens, from which, as we passed, all the
inhabitants bolted at the sound of our drums, knowing well that
they would be seized and punished if found gazing at the king's
visitors. Even on our arrival at Ukara not one soul was visible. 
The huts of the villagers were shown to myself and my men without
any ceremony. The Wanyambo escort stole what they liked out of
them, and I got into no end of troubles trying to stop the
practice; for they said the Waganda served them the same way when
they went to Karague, and they had a right to retaliate now.  To
obviate this distressing sort of plundering, I still served out
beads to my men, and so kept them in hand a little; but they were
fearfully unruly, and did not like my interference with what by
the laws of the country they considered their right.

Here I had to stop a day for some of N'yamgundu's women, who, in
my hurry at leaving Maula's, were left behind.  A letter from
Grant was now brought to me by a very nice-looking young man, who
had the skin of a leopard-cat (F. Serval) tied round his neck--a
badge which royal personages only were entitled to wear. 
N'yamgundu seeing this, as he knew the young man was not entitled
to wear it, immediately ordered his "children" to wrench it from
him. Two ruffianly fellows then seized him by his hands, and
twisted his arms round and round until I thought they would come
out of their sockets.  Without uttering a sound the young man
resisted, until N'yamgundu told them to be quiet, for he would
hold a court on the subject, and see if the young man could
defend himself. The ruffians then sat on the ground, but still
holding on to him; whilst N'yamgundu took up a long stick, and
breaking it into sundry bits of equal length, placed one by one
in front of him, each of which was supposed to represent one
number in line of succession to his forefathers.  By this it was
proved he did not branch in any way from the royal stock. 
N'yamgundu then turning to the company, said, What would he do
now to expiate his folly?  If the matter was taken before Mtesa
he would lose his head; was it not better he should pay one
hundred cows  All agreeing to this, the young man said he would
do so, and quietly allowed the skin to be untied and taken off by
the ruffians.

Next day, after crossing more of those abominable rush-drains,
whilst in sight of the Victoria N'yanza, we ascended the most
beautiful hills, covered with verdure of all descriptions. At
Meruka, where I put up, there resided some grandees, the chief of
whom was the king's aunt.  She sent me a goat, a hen, a basket of
eggs, and some plantains, in return for which I sent her a wire
and some beads.  I felt inclined to stop here a month, everything
was so very pleasant.  The temperature was perfect.  The roads,
as indeed they were everywhere, were as broad as our coach-roads,
cut through the long grasses, straight over the hills and down
through the woods in the dells--a strange contrast to the
wretched tracks in all the adjacent countries.  The huts were
kept so clean and so neat, not a fault could be found with them--
the gardens the same.  Wherever I strolled I saw nothing but
richness, and what ought to be wealth. The whole land was a
picture of quiescent beauty, with a boundless sea in the
background.  Looking over the hills, it struck the fancy at once
that at one period the whole land must have been at a uniform
level with their present tops, but that by the constant
denudation it was subjected to by frequent rains, it had been cut
down and sloped into those beautiful hills and dales which now so
much pleased the eye; for there were none of those quartz dykes I
had seen protruding through the same kink of aqueous formations
in Usui and Karague; nor were there any other sorts of volcanic
disturbance to distort the calm quiet aspect of the scene.

From this, the country being all hill and dale, with miry rush-
drains in the bottoms, I walked, carrying my shoes and stockings
in my hands, nearly all the way.  Rozaro's "children" became more
and more troublesome, stealing everything they could lay their
hands upon out of the village huts we passed on the way. On
arrival at Sangua, I found many of them had been seized by some
men who, bolder than the rest, had overtaken them whilst gutting
their huts, and made them prisoners, demanding of me two slaves
and one load of beads for their restitution.  I sent my men back
to see what had happened, and ordered them to bring all the men
on to me, that I might see fair play.  They, however, took the
law into their own hands, drove off the Waganda villagers by
firing their muskets, and relieved the thieves.  A complaint was
then laid against Nyamgundu by the chief officer of the village,
and I was requested to halt.  That I would not do, leaving the
matter in the hands of the governor-general, Mr Pokino, whom I
heard we should find at the next station, Masaka.

On arrival there at the government establishment--a large
collection of grass huts, separated one from the other within
large enclosures, which overspread the whole top of a low hill--I
was requested to withdraw and put up in some huts a short
distance off, and wait until his excellency, who was from home,
could come and see me; which the next day he did, coming in state
with a large number of officers, who brought with them a cow,
sundry pots of pombe, enormous sticks of sugar-cane, and a large
bundle of country coffee. This grows in great profusion all over
this land in large bushy trees, the berries sticking on the
branches like clusters of hollyberries.

I was then introduced, and told that his excellency was the
appointed governor of all the land lying between the Katonga and
the Kitangule rivers.  After the first formalities were over, the
complaint about the officers at Sangua was preferred for
decision, on which Pokino at once gave it against the villagers,
as they had no right, by the laws of the land, to lay hands on a
king's guest. Just then Maula arrived, and began to abuse
N'yamgundu.  Of course I would not stand this; and, after telling
all the facts of the case, I begged Pokino to send Maula away out
of my camp.  Pokino said he could not do this, as it was by the
king's order he was appointed; but he put Maula in the
background, laughing at the way he had "let the bird fly out of
his hands," and settled that N'yamgundu should be my guide.  I
then gave him a wire, and he gave me three large sheets of mbugu,
which he said I should require, as there were so many water-
courses to cross on the road I was going.  A second day's halt
was necessitated by many of my men catching fever, probably owing
to the constant crossing of those abominable rush-drains.  There
was no want of food here, for I never saw such a profusion of
plantains anywhere.  They were literally lying in heaps on the
ground, though the people were brewing pombe all day, and cooking
them for dinner every evening.

After crossing many more hills and miry bottoms, constantly
coming in view of the lake, we reached Ugonzi, and after another
march of the same description, came to Kituntu, the last
officer's residence in Uddu.  Formerly it was the property of a
Beluch named Eseau, who came to this country with merchandise,
trading on account of Said Said, late Sultan of Zanzibar; but
having lost it all on his way here, paying mahongo, or taxes, and
so forth he feared returning, and instead made great friends with
the late king Sunna, who took an especial fancy to him because he
had a very large beard, and raised him to the rank of Mkungu.  A
few years ago, however, Eseau died, and left all his family and
property to a slave named Uledi, who now, in consequence, is the
border officer.

I became now quite puzzled whilst thinking which was the finest
spot I had seen in Uddu, so many were exceedingly beautiful; but
I think I gave the preference to this, both for its own immediate
neighbourhood and the long range of view it afforded of Uganda
proper, the lake, and the large island, or group of islands,
called Sese where the king of Uganda keeps one of his fleets of

Some little boys came here who had all their hair shaved off
excepting two round tufts on either side of the head.  They were
the king's pages; and, producing three sticks, said they had
brought them to me from their king, who wanted three charms or
medicines. Then placing one stick on the ground before me, they
said, "This one is a head which, being affected by dreams of a
deceased relative, requires relief"; the second symbolised the
king's desire for the accomplishment of a phenomenon to which the
old phalic worship was devoted; "and this third one," they said,
"is a sign that the king wants a charm to keep all his subjects
in awe of him."  I then promised I would do what I could when I
reached the palace, but feared to do anything in the distance.  I
wished to go on with the march, but was dissuaded by N'yamgundu,
who said he had received orders to find me some cows here, as his
king was most anxious I should be well fed.  Next day, however,
we descended into the Katonga valley, where, instead of finding a
magnificent broad sheet of water, as I had been led to expect by
the Arabs' account of it, I found I had to wade through a
succession of rush-drains divided one from the other by islands. 
It took me two hours, with my clothes tucked up under my arms, to
get through them all; and many of them were so matted with weeds,
that my feet sank down as though I trod in a bog.

The Waganda all said that at certain times in the year no one
could ford these drains, as they all flooded; but, strangely
enough, they were always lowest when most rain fell in Uganda. 
No one, however, could account for this singular fact.  No one
knew of a lake to supply the waters, nor where they came from. 
That they flowed into the lake there was no doubt--as I could see
by the trickling waters in some few places--and they lay exactly
on the equator.  Rising out of the valley, I found all the
country just as hilly as before, but many of the rush-drains
going to northward; and in the dells were such magnificent trees,
they quite took me by surprise.  Clean-trunked, they towered up
just as so many great pillars, and then spread out their high
branches like a canopy over us.  I thought of the blue gums of
Australia, and believed these would beat them.  At the village of
Mbule we were gracefully received by the local officer, who
brought a small present, and assured me that the king was in a
nervous state of excitement, always asking after me.  Whilst
speaking he trembled, and he was so restless he could never sit

Up and down we went on again through this wonderful country,
surprisingly rich in grass, cultivation, and trees.  Watercourses
were as frequent as ever, though not quite so troublesome to the
traveller, as they were more frequently bridged with poles or
palm-tree trunks.

This, the next place we arrived at, was N'yamgundu's own
residence, where I stopped a day to try and shoot buffaloes. 
Maula here had the coolness to tell me he must inspect all the
things I had brought for presentation to the king, as he said it
was the custom; after which he would hurry on and inform his
majesty.  Of course I refused, saying it was uncourteous to both
the king and myself. Still he persisted, until, finding it
hopeless, he spitefully told N'yamgundu to keep me here at least
two days.  N'yamgundu, however, very prudently told him he should
obey his orders, which were to take me on as fast as he could.  I
then gave N'yamgundu wires and beads for himself and all his
family round, which made Maula slink further away from me than

The buffaloes were very numerous in the tall grasses that lined
the sides and bottoms of the hills; but although I saw some, I
could not get a shot, for the grasses being double the height of
myself, afforded them means of dashing out of view as soon as
seen, and the rustling noise made whilst I followed them kept
them on the alert. At night a hyena came into my hut, and carried
off one of my goats that was tied to a log between two of my
sleeping men.

During the next march, after passing some of the most
beautifully- wooded dells, in which lay small rush-lakes on the
right of the road, draining, as I fancied, into the Victoria
Lake, I met with a party of the king's gamekeepers, staking their
nets all along the side of a hill, hoping to catch antelopes by
driving the covers with dogs and men.  Farther on, also, I came
on a party driving one hundred cows, as a present from Mtesa to
Rumanika, which the officers in charge said was their king's
return for the favour Rumanika had done him in sending me on to
him.  It was in this way that great kings sent "letters" to one

Next day, after going a short distance, we came on the Mwarango
river, a broad rush-drain of three hundred yards' span, two-
thirds of which was bridged over.  Until now I did not feel sure
where the various rush-drains I had been crossing since leaving
the Katonga valley all went to, but here my mind was made up, for
I found a large volume of water going to the northwards.  I took
off my clothes at the end of the bridge and jumped into the
stream, which I found was twelve yards or so broad, and deeper
than my height. I was delighted beyond measure at this very
surprising fact, that I was indeed on the northern slopes of the
continent, and had, to all appearance, found one of the branches
of the Nile's exit from the N'yanza.  I drew Bombay's attention
to the current; and, collecting all the men of the country,
inquired of them where the river sprang from.  Some of them said,
in the hills to the southward; but most of them said, from the
lake.  I argued the point with them; for I felt quite sure so
large a body of flowing water could not be collected together in
any place but the lake.  They then all agreed to this view, and
further assured me it went to Kamrasi's palace in Unyoro, where
it joined the N'yanza, meaning the Nile.

Pushing on again we arrived at N'yama Goma, where I found Irungu-
- the great ambassador I had first met in Usui, with all his
"children"--my enemy Makinga, and Suwarora's deputation with
wire,-- altogether, a collection of one hundred souls.  They had
been here a month waiting for leave to approach the king's
palace.  Not a villager was to be seen for miles round; not a
plantain remained on the trees, nor was there even a sweet potato
to be found in the ground.  The whole of the provisions of this
beautiful place had been devoured by the king's guests, simply
because he had been too proud to see them in a hurry.  This was
alarming, for I feared I should be served the same trick,
especially as all the people said this kind of treatment was a
mere matter of custom which those great kings demanded as a
respect due to their dignity; and Bombay added, with laughter,
they make all manner of fuss to entice one to come when in the
distance, but when they have got you in their power they become
haughty about it, and think only of how they can best impose on
your mind the great consequence which they affect before their
own people.

Here I was also brought to a standstill, for N'yamgundu said I
must wait for leave to approach the palace.  He wished to have a
look at the presents I had brought for Mtesa.  I declined to
gratify it, taking my stand on my dignity; there was no occasion
for any distrust on such a trifling matter as that, for I was not
a merchant who sought for gain, but had come, at great expense,
to see the king of this region.  I begged, however, he would go
as fast as possible to announce my arrival, explain my motive for
coming here, and ask for an early interview, as I had left my
brother Grant behind at Karague, and found my position, for want
of a friend to talk to, almost intolerable.  It was not the
custom of my country for great men to consort with servants, and
until I saw him, and made friends, I should not be happy.  I had
a great deal to tell him about, as he was the father of the Nile,
which river drained the N'yanza down to my country to the
northward.  With this message N'yamgundu hurried off as fast as

Next day (15th) I gave each of my men a fez cap, and a piece of
red blanket to make up military jackets.  I then instructed them
how to form a guard of honour when I went to the palace, and
taught Bombay the way Nazirs was presented at courts in India. 
Altogether we made a good show.  When this was concluded I went
with Nasib up a hill, from which we could see the lake on one
side, and on the other a large range of huts said to belong to
the king's uncle, the second of the late king Sunna's brothers,
who was not burnt to death when he ascended the throne.

I then (16th) very much wished to go and see the escape of the
Mwerango river, as I still felt a little sceptical as to its
origin, whether or not it came off those smaller lakes I had seen
on the road the day before I crossed the river; but no one would
listen to my project.  They all said I must have the king's
sanction first, else people, from not knowing my object, would
accuse me of practising witchcraft, and would tell their king so. 
They still all maintained that the river did come out of the
lake, and said, if I liked to ask the king's leave to visit the
spot, then they would go and show it me.  I gave way, thinking it
prudent to do so, but resolved in my mind I would get Grant to
see it in boats on his voyage from Karague.  There were not
guinea-fowls to be found here, nor a fowl, in any of the huts, so
I requested Rozaro to hurry off to Mtesa, and ask him to send me
something to eat.  He simply laughed at my request, and said I
did not know what I was doing. It would be as much as his life
was worth to go one yard in advance of this until the king's
leave was obtained.  I said, rather than be starved to death in
this ignominious manner, I would return to Karague; to which he
replied, laughing, "Whose leave have you got to do that?  Do you
suppose you can do as you like in this country?"

Next day (17th), in the evening, N'yamgundu returned full of
smirks and smiles, dropped on his knees at my feet, and, in
company with his "children," set to n'yanzigging, according to
the form of that state ceremonial already described.[FN#17]  In
his excitement he was hardly able to say all he had to
communicate.  Bit by bit, however, I learned that he first went
to the palace, and, finding the king had gone off yachting to the
Murchison Creek, he followed him there.  The king for a long
while would not believe his tale that I had come, but, being
assured, he danced with delight, and swore he would not taste
food until he had seen me.  "Oh," he said, over and over again
and again, according to my informer, "can this be true?  Can the
white man have come all this way to see me?  What a strong man he
must be too, to come so quickly!  Here are seven cows, four of
them milch ones, as you say he likes milk, which you will give
him; and there are three for yourself for having brought him so
quickly.  Now, hurry off as fast as you can, and tell him I am
more delighted at the prospect of seeing him than he can be to
see me.  There is no place here fit for his reception.  I was on
a pilgrimage which would have kept me here seven days longer but
as I am so impatient to see him, I will go off to my palace at
once, and will send word for him to advance as soon as I arrive

About noon the succeeding day, some pages ran in to say we were
to come along without a moment's delay, as their king had ordered
it. He would not taste food until he saw me, so that everybody
might know what great respect he felt for me.  In the meanwhile,
however, he wished for some gunpowder.  I packed the pages off as
fast as I could with some, and tried myself to follow, but my men
were all either sick or out foraging, and therefore we could not
get under way until the evening.  After going a certain distance,
we came on a rush-drain, of much greater breadth even than the
Mwerango, called the Moga (or river) Myanza, which was so deep I
had to take off my trousers and tuck my clothes under my arms. 
It flowed into the Mwerango, but with scarcely any current at
all.  This rush-drain, all the natives assured me, rose in the
hills to the southward-- not in the lake, as the Mwerango did--
and it was never bridged over like that river, because it was
always fordable.  This account seemed to me reasonable; for
though so much broader in its bed than the Mwerango, it had no
central, deep-flowing current.

                           Chapter XI

                         Palace, Uganda

Preparations for the Reception at the Court of Mtesa, King of
Uganda--The Ceremonial--African Diplomacy and Dignity--Feats with
the Rifle--Cruelty, and Wastefulness of Life--The Pages--The
Queen- Dowager of Uganda--Her Court Reception--I negotiate for a
Palace-- Conversations with the King and Queen--The Queen's grand
Entertainment--Royal Dissipation.

To-day the king sent his pages to announce his intention of
holding a levee in my honour.  I prepared for my first
presentation at court, attired in my best, though in it I cut a
poor figure in comparison with the display of the dressy Waganda. 
They wore neat bark cloaks resembling the best yellow corduroy
cloth, crimp and well set, as if stiffened with starch, and over
that, as upper-cloaks, a patchwork of small antelope skins, which
I observed were sewn together as well as any English glovers
could have pieced them; whilst their head-dresses, generally,
were abrus turbans, set off with highly-polished boar-tusks,
stick-charms, seeds, beads, or shells; and on their necks, arms,
and ankles they wore other charms of wood, or small horns stuffed
with magic powder, and fastened on by strings generally covered
with snake-skin. N'yamgundu and Maula demanded, as their official
privilege, a first peep; and this being refused, they tried to
persuade me that the articles comprising the present required to
be covered with chintz, for it was considered indecorous to offer
anything to his majesty in a naked state.  This little
interruption over, the articles enumerated below[FN#18] were
conveyed to the palace in solemn procession thus:--With
N'yamgundu, Maula, the pages, and myself on the flanks, the
Union-Jack carried by the kirangozi guide led the way, followed
by twelve men as a guard of honour, dressed in red flannel
cloaks, and carrying their arms sloped, with fixed bayonets;
whilst in their rear were the rest of my men, each carrying some
article as a present.

On the march towards the palace, the admiring courtiers, wonder-
struck at such an unusual display, exclaimed, in raptures of
astonishment, some with both hands at their mouths, and others
clasping their heads with their hands, "Irungi! irungi!" which
may be translated "Beautiful! beautiful!"  I thought myself
everything was going on as well as could be wished; but before
entering the royal enclosures, I found, to my disagreeable
surprise, that the men with Suwarora's hongo or offering, which
consisted of more than a hundred coils of wire, were ordered to
lead the procession, and take precedence of me.  There was
something specially aggravating in this precedence; for it will
be remembered that these very brass wires which they saw, I had
myself intended for Mtesa, that they were taken from me by
Suwarora as far back as Usui, and it would never do, without
remonstrance, to have them boastfully paraded before my eyes in
this fashion.  My protests, however, had no effect upon the
escorting Wakungu.  Resolving to make them catch it, I walked
along as if ruminating in anger up the broad high road into a
cleared square, which divides Mtesa's domain on the south from
his Kamraviona's, or commander-in-chief, on the north, and then
turned into the court.  The palace or entrance quite surprised me
by its extraordinary dimensions, and the neatness with which it
was kept. The whole brow and sides of the hill on which we stood
were covered with gigantic grass huts, thatched as neatly as so
many heads dressed by a London barber, and fenced all round with
the tall yellow reeds of the common Uganda tiger-grass; whilst
within the enclosure, the lines of huts were joined together, or
partitioned off into courts, with walls of the same grass.  It is
here most of Mtesa's three or four hundred women are kept, the
rest being quartered chiefly with his mother, known by the title
of N'yamasore, or queen-dowager.  They stood in little groups at
the doors, looking at us, and evidently passing their own
remarks, and enjoying their own jokes, on the triumphal
procession.  At each gate as we passed, officers on duty opened
and shut it for us, jingling the big bells which are hung upon
them, as they sometimes are at shop-doors, to prevent silent,
stealthy entrance.

The first court passed, I was even more surprised to find the
unusual ceremonies that awaited me.  There courtiers of high
dignity stepped forward to greet me, dressed in the most
scrupulously neat fashions.  Men, women, bulls, dogs, and goats,
were led about by strings; cocks and hens were carried in men's
arms; and little pages, with rope-turbans, rushed about,
conveying messages, as if their lives depended on their
swiftness, every one holding his skin-cloak tightly round him
lest his naked legs might by accident be shown.

This, then, was the ante-reception court; and I might have taken
possession of the hut, in which musicians were playing and
singing on large nine-stringed harps, like the Nubian tambira,
accompanied by harmonicons.  By the chief officers in waiting,
however, who thought fit to treat us like Arab merchants, I was
requested to sit on the ground outside in the sun with my
servants.  Now, I had made up my mind never to sit upon the
ground as the natives and Arabs are obliged to do, nor to make my
obeisance in any other manner than is customary in England,
though the Arabs had told me that from fear they had always
complied with the manners of the court.  I felt that if I did not
stand up for my social position at once, I should be treated with
contempt during the remainder of my visit, and thus lose the
vantage-ground I had assumed of appearing rather as a prince than
a trader, for the purpose of better gaining the confidence of the
king.  To avert over-hastiness, however--for my servants began to
be alarmed as I demurred against doing as I was bid--I allowed
five minutes to the court to give me a proper reception, saying,
if it were not conceded I would then walk away.

Nothing, however, was done.  My own men, knowing me, feared for
me, as they did not know what a "savage" king would do in case I
carried out my threat; whilst the Waganda, lost in amazement at
what seemed little less than blasphemy, stood still as posts. 
The affair ended by my walking straight away home, giving Bombay
orders to leave the present on the ground, and to follow me.

Although the king is said to be unapproachable, excepting when he
chooses to attend court--a ceremony which rarely happens--
intelligence of my hot wrath and hasty departure reached him in
an instant.  He first, it seems, thought of leaving his toilet-
room to follow me, but, finding I was walking fast, and had gone
far, changed his mind, and sent Wakungu running after me. Poor
creatures! they caught me up, fell upon their knees, and implored
I would return at once, for the king had not tasted food, and
would not until he saw me.  I felt grieved at their touching
appeals; but, as I did not understand all they said, I simply
replied by patting my heart and shaking my head, walking if
anything all the faster.

On my arrival at my hut, Bombay and others came in, wet through
with perspiration, saying the king had heard of all my
grievances. Suwarora's hongo was turned out of court, and, if I
desired it, I might bring my own chair with me, for he was very
anxious to show me great respect--although such a seat was
exclusively the attribute of the king, no one else in Uganda
daring to sit on an artificial seat.

My point was gained, so I cooled myself with coffee and a pipe,
and returned rejoicing in my victory, especially over Suwarora.
After returning to the second tier of huts from which I had
retired, everybody appeared to be in a hurried, confused state of
excitement, not knowing what to make out of so unprecedented an
exhibition of temper.  In the most polite manner, the officers in
waiting begged me to be seated on my iron stool, which I had
brought with me, whilst others hurried in to announce my arrival. 
But for a few minutes only I was kept in suspense, when a band of
music, the musicians wearing on their backs long-haired goat-
skins, passed me, dancing as they went along, like bears in a
fair, and playing on reed instruments worked over with pretty
beads in various patters, from which depended leopard-cat skins--
the time being regulated by the beating of long hand-drums.

The mighty king was now reported to be sitting on his throne in
the statehut of the third tier.  I advanced, hat in hand, with my
guard of honour following, formed in "open ranks," who in their
turn were followed by the bearers carrying the present.  I did
not walk straight up to him as if to shake hands, but went
outside the ranks of a three-sided square of squatting Wakungu,
all inhabited in skins, mostly cow-skins; some few of whom had,
in addition, leopard-cat skins girt round the waist, the sign of
royal blood. Here I was desired to halt and sit in the glaring
sun; so I donned my hat, mounted my umbrella, a phenomenon which
set them all a-wondering and laughing, ordered the guard to close
ranks, and sat gazing at the novel spectacle!  A more theatrical
sight I never saw. The king, a good-looking, well-figured, tall
young man of twenty-five, was sitting on a red blanket spread
upon a square platform of royal grass, encased in tiger-grass
reeds, scrupulously well dressed in a new mbugu.  The hair of his
head was cut short, excepting on the top, where it was combed up
into a high ridge, running from stem to stern like a cockscomb. 
On his neck was a very neat ornament--a large ring, of
beautifully-worked small beads, forming elegant patterns by their
various colours.  On one arm was another bead ornament, prettily
devised; and on the other a wooden charm, tied by a string
covered with snakeskin.  On every finger and every toe, he had
alternate brass and copper rings; and above the ankles, halfway
up to the calf, a stocking of very pretty beads. Everything was
light, neat, and elegant in its way; not a fault could be found
with the taste of his "getting up."  For a handkerchief he held a
well-folded piece of bark, and a piece of gold-embroidered silk,
which he constantly employed to hide his large mouth when
laughing, or to wipe it after a drink of plantain-wine, of which
he took constant and copious draughts from neat little gourd-
cups, administered by his ladies-in-waiting, who were at once his
sisters and wives.  A white dog, spear, shield, and woman--the
Uganda cognisance--were by his side, as also a knot of staff
officers, with whom he kept up a brisk conversation on one side;
and on the other was a band of Wichezi, or lady-sorcerers, such
as I have already described.

I was now asked to draw nearer within the hollow square of
squatters, where leopard-skins were strewed upon the ground, and
a large copper kettledrum, surmounted with brass bells on arching
wires, along with two other smaller drums covered with cowrie-
shells, and beads of colour worked into patterns, were placed.  I
now longed to open conversation, but knew not the language, and
no one near me dared speak, or even lift his head from fear of
being accused of eyeing the women; so the king and myself sat
staring at one another for full an hour--I mute, but he pointing
and remarking with those around him on the novelty of my guard
and general appearance, and even requiring to see my hat lifted,
the umbrella shut and opened, and the guards face about and show
off their red cloaks--for such wonders had never been seen in

Then, finding the day waning, he sent Maula on an embassy to ask
me if I had seen him; and on receiving my reply, "Yes, for full
one hour," I was glad to find him rise, spear in hand, lead his
dog, and walk unceremoniously away through the enclosure into the
fourth tier of huts; for this being a pure levee day, no business
was transacted.  The king's gait in retiring was intended to be
very majestic, but did not succeed in conveying to me that
impression. It was the traditional walk of his race, founded on
the step of the lion; but the outward sweep of the legs, intended
to represent the stride of the noble beast, appeared to me only
to realise a very ludicrous kind of waddle, which made me ask
Bombay if anything serious was the matter with the royal person.

I had now to wait for some time, almost as an act of humanity;
for I was told the state secret, that the king had retired to
break his fast and eat for the first time since hearing of my
arrival; but the repast was no sooner over than he prepared for
the second act, to show off his splendour, and I was invited in,
with all my men, to the exclusion of all his own officers save my
two guides. Entering as before, I found him standing on a red
blanket, leaning against the right portal of the hut, talking and
laughing, handkerchief in hand, to a hundred or more of his
admiring wives, who, all squatting on the ground outside, in two
groups, were dressed in mew mbugus.  My men dared not advance
upright, nor look upon the women, but, stooping, with lowered
heads and averted eyes, came cringing after me.  Unconscious
myself, I gave loud and impatient orders to my guard, rebuking
them for moving like frightened geese, and, with hat in hand,
stood gazing on the fair sex till directed to sit and cap.

Mtesa then inquired what messages were brought from Rumanika; to
which Maula, delighted with the favour of speaking to royalty,
replied by saying, Rumanika had gained intelligence of Englishmen
coming up the Nile to Gani and Kidi.  The king acknowledged the
truthfulness of their story, saying he had heard the same
himself; and both Wakungu, as is the custom in Uganda, thanked
their lord in a very enthusiastic manner, kneeling on the ground-
-for no one can stand in the presence of his majesty--in an
attitude of prayer, and throwing out their hands as they repeated
the words N'yanzig, N'yanzig, ai N'yanzig Mkahma wangi, etc.,
etc., for a considerable time; when, thinking they had done
enough of this, and heated with the exertion, they threw
themselves flat upon their stomachs, and, floundering about like
fish on land, repeated the same words over again and again, and
rose doing the same, with their faces covered with earth; for
majesty in Uganda is never satisfied till subjects have grovelled
before it like the most abject worms. This conversation over,
after gazing at me, and chatting with his women for a
considerable time, the second scene ended.  The third scene was
more easily arranged, for the day was fast declining. He simply
moved his train of women to another hut, where, after seating
himself upon his throne, with his women around him, he invited me
to approach the nearest limits of propriety, and to sit as
before.  Again he asked me if I had seen him--evidently desirous
of indulging in his regal pride; so I made the most of the
opportunity thus afforded me of opening a conversation by telling
him of those grand reports I had formerly heard about him, which
induced me to come all his way to see him, and the trouble it had
cost me to reach the object of my desire; at the same time taking
a gold ring from off my finger, and presenting it to him, I said,
"This is a small token of friendship; if you will inspect it, it
is made after the fashion of a dog-collar, and, being the king of
metals, gold, is in every respect appropriate to your illustrious

He said, in return, "If friendship is your desire, what would you
say if I showed you a road by which you might reach your home in
one month?"  Now everything had to be told to Bombay, then to
Nasib, my Kiganda interpreter, and then to either Maula or
N'yamgundu, before it was delivered to the king, for it was
considered indecorous to transmit any message to his majesty
excepting through the medium of one of his officers.  Hence I
could not get an answer put in; for as all Waganda are rapid and
impetuous in their conversation, the king, probably forgetting he
had put a question, hastily changed the conversation and said,
"What guns have you got? Let me see the one you shoot with."  I
wished still to answer the first question first, as I knew he
referred to the direct line to Zanzibar across the Masai, and was
anxious, without delay, to open the subject of Petherick and
Grant; but no one dared to deliver my statement.  Much
disappointed, I then said, "I had brought the best shooting-gun
in the world--Whitworth's rifle--which I begged he would accept,
with a few other trifles; and, with his permission, I would lay
them upon a carpet at his feet, as is the custom of my country
when visiting sultans."  He assented, sent all his women away,
and had an mbugu spread for the purpose, on which Bombay, obeying
my order, first spread a red blanket, and then opened each
article one after the other, when Nasib, according to the usage
already mentioned, smoothed them down with his dirty hands, or
rubbed them against his sooty face, and handed them to the king
to show there was no poison or witchcraft in them.  Mtesa
appeared quite confused with the various wonders as he handled
them, made silly remarks, and pondered over them like a perfect
child, until it was quite dark.  Torches were then lit, and guns,
pistols, powder, boxes, tools, beads--the whole collection, in
short--were tossed together topsy-turvy, bundled into mbugus, and
carried away by the pages.  Mtesa now said, "It is late, and time
to break up; what provisions would you wish to have?"  I said, "A
little of everything, but no one thing constantly."  "And would
you like to see me to-morrow?"  "Yes, every day."  "Then you
can't to-morrow, for I have business; but the next day come if
you like.  You can now go away, and here are six pots of
plantain-wine for you; my men will search for food to-morrow."

21st.--In the morning, whilst it rained, some pages drove in
twenty cows and ten goats, with a polite metaphorical message
from their king, to the effect that I had pleased him much, and
he hoped I would accept these few "chickens" until he could send
more, --when both Maula and N'yamgundu, charmed with their
success in having brought a welcome guest to Uganda, never ceased
showering eulogiums on me for my fortune in having gained the
countenance of their king.  The rain falling was considered at
court a good omen, and everybody declared the king mad with
delight.  Wishing to have a talk with him about Petherick and
Grant, I at once started off the Wakungu to thank him for the
present, and to beg pardon for my apparent rudeness of yesterday,
at the same time requesting I might have an early interview with
his majesty, as I had much of importance to communicate; but the
solemn court formalities which these African kings affect as much
as Oriental emperors, precluded my message from reaching the
king.  I heard, however, that he had spent the day receiving
Suwarora's hongo of wire, and that the officer who brought them
was made to sit in an empty court, whilst the king sat behind a
screen, never deigning to show his majestic person.  I was told,
too, that he opened conversation by demanding to know how it
happened that Suwarora became possessed of the wires, for they
were made by the white men to be given to himself, and Suwarora
must therefore have robbed me of them; and it was by such
practices he, Mtesa, never could see any visitors. The officer's
reply was, Suwarora would not show the white men any respect,
because they were wizards would did not sleep in houses at night,
but flew up to the tops of hills, and practised sorcery of every
abominable kind.  The king to this retorted, in a truly African
fashion, "That's a lie; I can see no harm in this white man; and
if he had been a bad man, Rumanika would not have sent him on to
me."  At night, when in bed, the king sent his pages to say, if I
desired his friendship I would lend him one musket to make up six
with what I had given him, for he intended visiting his relations
the following morning.  I sent three, feeling that nothing would
be lost by being "open-handed."

22d.--To-day the king went the round of his relations, showing
the beautiful things given him by the white man--a clear proof
that he was much favoured by the "spirits," for neither his
father nor any of his forefathers had been so recognised and
distinguished by any "sign" as a rightful inheritor to the Uganda
throne: an anti-Christian interpretation of omens, as rife in
these dark regions now as it was in the time of King
Nebuchadnezzar. At midnight the three muskets were returned, and
I was so pleased with the young king's promptitude and honesty, I
begged he would accept them.

23d.--At noon Mtesa sent his pages to invite me to his palace. I
went, with my guard of honour and my stool, but found I had to
sit waiting in an ante-hut three hours with his commander-in-
chief and other high officers before he was ready to see me. 
During this time Wasoga minstrels, playing on tambira, and
accompanied by boys playing on a harmonicon, kept us amused; and
a small page, with a large bundle of grass, came to me and said,
"The king hopes you won't be offended if required to sit on it
before him; for no person in Uganda, however high in office, is
ever allowed to sit upon anything raised above the ground, nor
can anybody but himself sit upon such grass as this; it is all
that his throne is made of. The first day he only allowed you to
sit on your stool to appease your wrath."

On consenting to do in "Rome as the Romans do," when my position
was so handsomely acknowledged, I was called in, and found the
court sitting much as it was on the first day's interview, only
that the number of squatting Wakungu was much diminished; and the
king, instead of wearing his ten brass and copper rings, had my
gold one on his third finger.  This day, however, was cut out for
business, as, in addition to the assemblage of officers, there
were women, cows, goats, fowls, confiscations, baskets of fish,
baskets of small antelopes, porcupines, and curious rats caught
by his gamekeepers, bundles of mbugu, etc., etc., made by his
linen-drapers, coloured earths and sticks by his magician, all
ready for presentation; but, as rain fell, the court broke up,
and I had nothing for it but to walk about under my umbrella,
indulging in angry reflections against the haughty king for not
inviting me into his hut.

When the rain had ceased, and we were again called in, he was
found sitting in state as before, but this time with the head of
a black bull placed before him, one horn of which, knocked off,
was placed alongside, whilst four living cows walked about the

I was now requested to shoot the four cows as quickly as
possible; but having no bullets for my gun, I borrowed the
revolving pistol I had given him, and shot all four in a second
of time; but as the last one, only wounded, turned sharply upon
me, I gave him the fifth and settled him.  Great applause
followed this wonderful feat, and the cows were given to my men. 
The king now loaded one of the carbines I had given him with his
own hands, and giving it full-cock to a page, told him to go out
and shoot a man in the outer court; which was no sooner
accomplished than the little urchin returned to announce his
success, with a look of glee such as one would see in the face of
a boy who had robbed a bird's nest, caught a trout, or done any
other boyish trick.  The king said to him, "And did you do it
well?"  "Oh, yes, capitally."  He spoke the truth, no doubt, for
he dared not have trifled with the king; but the affair created
hardly any interest.  I never heard, and there appeared no
curiosity to know, what individual human being the urchin had
deprived of life.

The Wakungu were not dismissed, and I asked to draw near, when
the king showed me a book I had given to Rumanika, and begged for
the inspiring medicine which he had before applied for through
the mystic stick.  The day was now gone, so torches were lit, and
we were ordered to go, though as yet I had not been able to speak
one word I wished to impart about Petherick and Grant; for my
interpreters were so afraid of the king they dared not open their
mouths until they were spoken to.  The king was now rising to go,
when, in great fear and anxiety that the day would be lost, I
said, in Kisuahili, "I wish you would send a letter by post to
Grant, and also send a boat up the Kitangule, as far as
Rumanika's palace, for him, for he is totally unable to walk."  I
thus attracted his notice, though he did not understand one word
I uttered.  The result was, that he waited for the
interpretation, and replied that a post would be no use, for no
one would be responsible for the safe delivery of the message; he
would send N'yamgundu to fetch him, but he thought Rumanika would
not consent to his sending boats up the Kitangule as far as the
Little Windermere; and then, turning round with true Mganda
impetuosity, he walked away without taking a word from me in

24th.--Early this morning the pages came to say Mtesa desired I
would send him three of my Wanguaga to shoot cows before him. 
This was just what I wanted.  It had struck me that personal
conferences with me so roused the excitable king, that there was
no bringing plain matters of business home to him; so, detaching
seven men with Bombay, I told him, before shooting, to be sure
and elicit the matter I wanted--which was, to excite the king's
cupidity by telling him I had a boat full of stores with two
white men at Gani, whom I wished to call to me if he would
furnish some guides to accompany my men; and further, as Grant
could not walk, I wished boats sent for him, at least as far as
the ferry on the Kitangule, to which place Rumanika, at any rate,
would slip him down in canoes.  At once, on arriving, Mtesa
admitted the men, and ordered them to shoot at some cows; but
Bombay, obeying my orders to first have his talk out, said, No--
before he could shoot he must obey master and deliver his
message; which no sooner was told than the king, in a hurry,
excited by the prospects of sport, impatiently said, "Very good;
I will send men either by water or overland through Kidi,[FN#19]
just as your master likes; only some of his men had better go
with mine: but now shoot cows, shoot cows; for I want to see how
the Waguana shoot." They shot seven, and all were given to them
when they were dismissed.  In the evening the pages came to ask
me if I would like to shoot kites in the palace with their king;
but I declined shooting anything less than elephants, rhinoceros,
or buffaloes; and even for these I would not go out unless the
king went with me; --a dodge I conceived would tend more than any
other to bring us together, and so break through those ceremonial
restraints of the court, which at present were stopping all pans
of progression.

25th.--The king invited me to shoot with him--really buffaloes--
close to the palace; but as the pages had been sent off in a
hurry, without being fully instructed, I declined, on the plea
that I had always been gulled and kept waiting or treated with
incivility, for hours before I obtained an interview; and as I
did not wish to have any more ruptures in the palace, I proposed
Bombay should go to make proper arrangements for my reception on
the morrow--as anyhow, at present I felt indisposed.  The pages
dreaded their master's wrath, departed for a while, and then sent
another lad to tell me he was sorry to hear I felt unwell, but he
hoped I would come if only for a minute, bringing my medicines
with me, for he himself felt pain.  That this second message was
a forged one I had no doubt, for the boys had not been long
enough gone; still, I packed up my medicines and went, leaving
the onus, should any accident happen, upon the mischievous story-

As I anticipated, on arrival at the palace I found the king was
not ready to receive me, and the pages desired me to sit with the
officers in waiting until he might appear.  I found it necessary
to fly at once into a rage, called the pages a set of deceiving
young blackguards, turned upon my heel, and walked straight back
through the courts, intending to leave the palace.  Everybody was
alarmed; information of my retreat at once reached the king, and
he sent his Wakungu to prevent my egress.  These officers passed
me, as I was walking hurriedly along under my umbrella, in the
last court, and shut the entrance-gate in front of me.  This was
too much, so I stamped, and, pointing my finger, swore in every
language I knew, that if they did not open the gate again, as
they had shut it at once, and that, too, before my face, I would
never leave the spot I stood upon alive.  Terror-stricken, the
Wakungu fell on their knees before me, doing as they were bid;
and, to please them, I returned at once, and went up to the king,
who, now sitting on his throne, asked the officers how they had
managed to entice me back; to which they all replied in a breath,
n'yanzigging heartily, "Oh, we were so afraid--he was so
terrible! but he turned at once as soon as we opened the gate." 
"How? what gate? tell us all about it."  And when the whole story
was fully narrated, the matter was thought a good joke.  After
pausing a little, I asked the king what ailed him, for I was
sorry to hear he had been sick; but instead of replying, he shook
his head, as much as to say, I had put a very uncouth question to
his majesty--and ordered some men to shoot cows.

Instead of admiring this childish pastime, which in Uganda is
considered royal sport, I rather looked disdainful, until,
apparently disappointed at my indifference, he asked what the box
I had brought contained.  On being told it was the medicine he
desired, he asked me to draw near, and sent his courtiers away.
When only the interpreters and one confidential officer were
left, besides myself, he wished to know if I could apply the
medicine without its touching the afflicted part.  To give him
confidence in my surgical skill, I moved my finger, and asked him
if he knew what gave it action; and on his replying in the
negative, I have him an anatomical lecture, which so pleased him,
he at once consented to be operated on, and I applied a blister
accordingly.  The whole operation was rather ridiculous; for the
blister, after being applied, had to be rubbed in turn on the
hands and faces of both Bombay and Nasib, to show there was no
evil spirit in the "doctor." Now, thought I to myself, is the
right time for business; for I had the king all to myself, then
considered a most fortunate occurrence in Uganda, where every man
courts the favour of a word with his king, and adores him as a
deity, and he in turn makes himself as distance as he can, to
give greater effect to his exalted position. The matter, however,
was merely deferred: for I no sooner told him my plans for
communicating quickly with Petherick and Grant, than, after
saying he desired their coming even more than myself, he promised
to arrange everything on the morrow.

26th.--In the morning, as agreed, I called on the king, and found
the blister had drawn nicely; so I let off the water, which
Bombay called the malady, and so delighted the king amazingly.  A
basket of fruit, like Indian loquots, was then ordered in, and we
ate them together, holding a discussion about Grant and
Petherick, which ended by the king promising to send an officer
by water to Kitangule, and another with two of my men, via Usoga
and Kidi, to Gani; but as it was necessary my men should go in
disguise, I asked the king to send me four mbugu and two spears;
when, with the liberality of a great king, he sent me twenty
sheets of the former, four spears, and a load of sun-dried fish
strung on a stick in shape of a shield.

27th.--At last something was done.  One Uganda officer and one
Kidi guide were sent to my hut by the king, as agreed upon
yesterday, when I detached Mabruki and Bilal from my men, gave
them letters and maps addressed to Petherick; and giving the
officers a load of Mtende to pay their hotel bills on the way, I
gave them, at the same time, strict orders to keep by the Nile;
then, having dismissed them, I called on the king to make
arrangements for Grant, and to complain that my residence in
Uganda was anything but cheerful, as my hut was a mile from the
palace, in an unhealthy place, where he kept his Arab visitors. 
It did not become my dignity to live in houses appropriated to
persons in the rank of servants, which I considered the ivory
merchants to be; and as I had come only to see him and the high
officers of Uganda, not seeking for ivory or slaves, I begged he
would change my place of residence to the west end, when I also
trusted his officers would not be ashamed to visit me, as
appeared to be the case at present.  Silence being the provoking
resort of the king, when he did not know exactly what to say, he
made no answer to my appeal, but instead, he began a discourse on
geography, and then desired me to call upon his mother,
N'yamasore, at her palace Masorisori, vulgarly called Soli Soli,
for she also required medicine; and, moreover, I was cautioned
that for the future the Uganda court etiquette required I should
attend on the king two days in succession, and every third day on
his mother the queen-dowager, as such were their respective

Till now, owing to the strict laws of the country, I had not been
able to call upon anybody but the king himself.  I had not been
able to send presents or bribes to any one, nor had any one,
except the cockaded pages, by the king's order, visited me;
neither was anybody permitted to sell me provisions, so that my
men had to feed themselves by taking anything they chose from
certain gardens pointed out by the king's officers, or by seizing
pombe or plantains which they might find Waganda carrying towards
the palace. This non-interventive order was part of the royal
policy, in order that the king might have the full fleecing of
his visitors.

To call upon the queen-mother respectfully, as it was the opening
visit, I too, besides the medicine-chest, a present of eight
brass and copper wire, thirty blue-egg beads, one bundle of
diminutive beads, and sixteen cubits of chintz, a small guard,
and my throne of royal grass.  The palace to be visited lay half
a mile beyond the king's, but the highroad to it was forbidden
me, as it is considered uncourteous to pass the king's gate
without going in.  So after winding through back-gardens, the
slums of Bandowaroga, I struck upon the highroad close to her
majesty's, where everything looked like the royal palace on a
miniature scale.  A large cleared space divided the queen's
residence from her Kamraviona's.  The outer enclosures and courts
were fenced with tiger-grass; and the huts, though neither so
numerous nor so large, were constructed after the same fashion as
the king's.  Guards also kept the doors, on which large bells
were hung to give alarm, and officers in waiting watched the
throne-rooms.  All the huts were full of women, save those kept
as waiting-rooms; where drums and harmonicons were played for
amusement.  On first entering, I was required to sit in a
waiting-hut till my arrival was announced; but that did not take
long, as the queen was prepared to receive me; and being of a
more affable disposition than her son, she held rather a levee of
amusement than a stiff court of show.  I entered the throne-hut
as the gate of that court was thrown open, with my hat off, but
umbrella held over my head, and walked straight towards her till
ordered to sit upon my bundle of grass.

Her majesty--fat, fair, and forty-five--was sitting, plainly
garbed in mbugu, upon a carpet spread upon the ground within a
curtain of mbugu, her elbow resting on a pillow of the same bark
material; the only ornaments on her person being an abrus
necklace, and a piece of mbugu tied round her head, whilst a
folding looking-glass, much the worse for wear, stood open by her
side.  An iron rod like a spit, with a cup on the top, charged
with magic powder, and other magic wands, were placed before the
entrance; and within the room, four Mabandwa sorceresses or
devil-drivers, fantastically dressed, as before described, and a
mass of other women, formed the company. For a short while we sat
at a distance, exchanging inquiring glances at one another, when
the women were dismissed, and a band of music, with a court full
of Wakungu, was ordered in to change the scene. I also got orders
to draw near and sit fronting her within the hut. Pombe, the best
in Uganda, was then drunk by the queen, and handed to me and to
all the high officers about her, when she smoked her pipe, and
bade me smoke mine.  The musicians, dressed in long-haired Usoga
goat-skins, were now ordered to strike up, which they did, with
their bodies swaying or dancing like bears in a fair. Different
drums were then beat, and I was asked if I could distinguish
their different tones.

The queen, full of mirth, now suddenly rose, leaving me sitting,
whilst she went to another hut, changed her mbugu for a deole,
and came back again for us to admire her, which was no sooner
done to her heart's content, than a second time, by her order,
the court was cleared, and, when only three or four confidential
Wakungu were left, she took up a small faggot of well-trimmed
sticks, and, selecting three, told me she had three complains. 
"This stick," she says, "represents my stomach, which gives me
much uneasiness; this second stick my liver, which causes
shooting pains all over my body; and this third one my heart, for
I get constant dreams at night about Sunna, my late husband, and
they are not pleasant." The dreams and sleeplessness I told her
was a common widow's complaint, and could only be cured by her
majesty making up her mind to marry a second time; but before I
could advise for the bodily complaints, it would be necessary for
me to see her tongue, feel her pulse, and perhaps, also, her
sides.  Hearing this, the Wakungu said, "Oh, that can never be
allowed without the sanction of the king"; but the queen, rising
in her seat, expressed her scorn at the idea to taking advice
from a mere stripling, and submitted herself for examination.

I then took out two pills, the powder of which was tasted by the
Wakungu to prove that there was no devilry in "the doctor," and
gave orders for them to be eaten at night, restricting her pombe
and food until I saw her again.  My game was now advancing, for I
found through her I should get the key to an influence that might
bear on the king, and was much pleased to hear her express
herself delighted with me for everything I had done except
stopping her grog, which, naturally enough in this great pombe-
drinking country, she said would be a very trying abstinence.

The doctoring over, her majesty expressed herself ready to
inspect the honorarium I had brought for her, and the articles
were no sooner presented by Bombay and Nasib, with the usual
formalities of stroking to insure their purity, than she, boiling
with pleasure, showed them all to her officers, who declared,
with a voice of most exquisite triumph, that she was indeed the
most favoured of queens. Then, in excellent good taste, after
saying that nobody had ever given her such treasures, she gave
me, in return, a beautifully- worked pombe sucking-pipe, which
was acknowledged by every one to be the greatest honour she could
pay me.

Not satisfied with this, she made me select, though against my
desire, a number of sambo, called here gundu, rings of giraffe
hair wound round with thin iron or copper wire, and worn as
anklets; and crowned with all sundry pots of pombe, a cow, and a
bundle of dried fish, of the description given in the woodcut,
called by my men Samaki Kambari.  This business over, she begged
me to show her my picture-books, and was so amused with them that
she ordered her sorceresses and all the other women in again to
inspect them with her.  Then began a warm and complimentary
conversation, which ended by an inspection of my rings and al the
contents of my pockets, as well as of my watch, which she called
Lubari--a term equivalent to a place of worship, the object of
worship itself, or the iron horn or magic pan.   Still she said I
had not yet satisfied her; I must return again two days hence,
for she like me much-- excessively--she could not say how much;
but now the day was gone, I might go.  With this queer kind of
adieu she rose and walked away, leaving me with my servants to
carry the royal present home.

28th.--My whole thoughts were now occupied in devising some
scheme to obtain a hut in the palace, not only the better to
maintain my dignity, and so gain superior influence in the court,
but also that I might have a better insight into the manners and
customs of these strange people.  I was not sorry to find the
king attempting to draw me to court, daily to sit in attendance
on him as his officers were obliged to do all day long, in order
that he might always have a full court or escort whenever by
chance he might emerge from his palace, for it gave me an opening
for asserting my proper position.

Instead, therefore, of going at the call of his pages this
morning I sent Bombay with some men to say that although I was
desirous of seeing him daily, I could not so expose myself to the
sun.  In all other countries I received, as my right, a palace to
live in when I called on the king of my country, and unless he
gave one now I should feel slighted; moreover, I should like a
hut in the same enclosure as himself, when I could sit and
converse with him constantly, and teach him the use of the things
I had given him. By Bombay's account, the king was much struck
with the force of my humble request, and replied that he should
like to have Bana, meaning myself, ever by his side, but his huts
were all full of women, and therefore it could not be managed;
if, however, Bana would but have patience for a while, a hut
should be built for him in the environs, which would be a mark of
distinction he had never paid to any visitor before.  Then
changing the subject by inspecting my men, he fell so much in
love with their little red "fez" caps, that he sent off his pages
to beg me for a specimen, and, on finding them sent by the boys,
he remarked, with warm approbation, how generous I was in
supplying his wishes, and then, turning to Bombay, wished to know
what sort of return-presents would please me best. Bombay,
already primed, instantly said, "Oh, Bana, being a great man in
his own country, and not thirsting for gain in ivory or slaves,
would only accept such things as a spear, shield, or drum, which
he could take to his own country as a specimen of the
manufactures of Uganda, and a pleasing recollection of his visit
to the king."

"Ah," says Mtesa, "if that is all he wants, then indeed will I
satisfy him, for I will give him the two spears with which I took
all this country, and, when engaged in so doing, pierced three
men with one stab.

"But, for the present, is it true what I have heard, that Bana
would like to go out with me shooting?"  "Oh yes, he is a most
wonderful sportsman--shoots elephants and buffaloes, and birds on
the wing. He would like to go out on a shooting excursion and
teach you the way."

Then turning the subject, in the highest good-humour the king
made centurions of N'yamgundu and Maula, my two Wakungu, for
their good service, he said, in bringing him such a valuable
guest.  This delighted them so much that as soon as they could
they came back to my camp, threw themselves at my feet, and
n'yanzigging incessantly, narrated their fortunes, and begged, as
a great man, I would lend them some cows to present to the king
as an acknowledgement for the favour he had shown them.  The
cows, I then told them, had come from the king, and could not go
back again, for it was not the habit of white men to part with
their presents; but as I felt their promotion redounded on
myself, and was certainly the highest compliment their king could
have paid me, I would give them each a wire to make their salaam

This was enough; both officers got drunk, and, beating their
drums, serenaded the camp until the evening set in, when, to my
utter surprise, an elderly Mganda woman was brought into camp
with the commander-in-chief's metaphorical compliments, hoping I
would accept her "to carry my water"; with this trifling
addition, that in case I did not think her pretty enough, he
hoped I would not hesitate to select which I liked from ten
others, of "all colours," Wahuma included, who, for that purpose,
were then waiting in his palace.

Unprepared for this social addition in my camp, I must now
confess I felt in a fix, knowing full well that nothing so
offends as rejecting an offer at once, so I kept her for the time
being, intending in the morning to send her back with a string of
blue beads on her neck; but during the night she relieved me of
my anxieties by running away, which Bombay said was no wonder,
for she had obviously been seized as part of some confiscated
estate, and without doubt knew where to find some of her friends.

To-day, for the first time since I have been here, I received a
quantity of plantains.  This was in consequence of my complaining
that the king's orders to my men to feed themselves at others'
expense was virtually making them a pack of thieves.

1st.--I received a letter from Grant, dated 10th February,
reporting Baraka's departure for Unyoro on the 30th January,
escorted by Kamrasi's men on their return, and a large party of
Rumanika's bearing presents as a letter from their king; whilst
Grant himself hoped to leave Karague before the end of the month. 
I then sent Bombay to see the queen, to ask after her health, beg
for a hut in the palace enclosures, and say I should have gone
myself, only I feared her gate might be shut, and I cannot go
backwards and forwards so far in the sun without a horse or an
elephant to ride upon.  She begged I would come next morning.  A
wonderful report came that the king put two tops of powder into
his Whitworth rifle to shoot a cow, and the bullet not only
passed through the cow, but through the court fence, then through
the centre of a woman, and, after passing the outer fence, flew
whizzing along no one knew where.

2d.--Calling on the queen early, she admitted me at once,
scolding me severely for not having come or sent my men to see
her after she had taken the pills.  She said they did her no
good, and prevailed on me to give her another prescription.  Then
sending her servant for a bag full of drinking-gourds, she made
me select six of the best, and begged for my watch.  That, of
course, I could not part with; but I took the opportunity of
telling her I did not like my residence; it was not only far away
from everybody, but it was unworthy of my dignity.  I came to
Uganda to see the king and queen, because the Arabs said they
were always treated with great respect; but now I could perceive
those Arabs did not know what true respect means.  Being poor
men, they thought much of a cow or goat given gratis, and were
content to live in any hovels.  Such, I must inform her, was not
my case.  I could neither sit in the sun nor live in a poor man's
hut.  When I rose to leave for breakfast, she requested me to
stop, but I declined, and walked away.  I saw, however, there was
something wrong; for Maula, always ordered to be in attendance
when anybody visits, was retained by her order to answer why I
would not stay with her longer.  If I wanted food or pombe, there
was plenty of it in her palace, and her cooks were the cleverest
in the world; she hoped I would return to see her in the morning.

3d.--Our cross purposes seemed to increase; for, while I could
not get a satisfactory interview, the king sent for N'yamgundu to
ascertain why I had given him good guns and many pretty things
which he did not know the use of, and yet I would not visit him
to explain their several uses.  N'yamgundu told him I lived too
far off, and wanted a palace.  After this I walked off to see
N'yamasore, taking my blankets, a pillow, and some cooking-pots
to make a day of it, and try to win the affections of the queen
with sixteen cubits bindera, three pints peke, and three pints
mtende beads, which, as Waganda are all fond of figurative
language, I called a trifle for her servants.

I was shown in at once, and found her majesty sitting on an
Indian carpet, dressed in a red linen wrapper with a gold border,
and a box, in shape of a lady's work-box, prettily coloured in
divers patters with minute beads, by her side.  Her councillors
were in attendance; and in the yard a band of music, with many
minor Wakungu squatting in a semicircle, completed her levee. 
Maula on my behalf opened conversation, in allusion to her
yesterday's question, by saying I had applied to Mtesa for a
palace, that I might be near enough both their majesties to pay
them constant visits. She replied, in a good hearty manner, that
indeed was a very proper request, which showed my good sense, and
ought to have been complied with at once; but Mtesa was only a
Kijana or stripling, and as she influenced all the government of
the country, she would have it carried into effect.  Compliments
were now passed, my presents given and approved of; and the
queen, thinking I must be hungry, for she wanted to eat herself,
requested me to refresh myself in another hut.  I complied,
spread my bedding, and ordered in my breakfast; but as the hut
was full of men, I suspended a Scotch plain, and quite eclipsed
her mbugu curtain.

Reports of this magnificence at once flew to the queen, who sent
to know how many more blankets I had in my possession, and
whether, if she asked for one, she would get it.  She also
desired to see my spoons, fork, and pipe--an English meerschaum,
mounted with silver; so, after breakfast, I returned to see her,
showed her the spoons and forks, and smoked my pipe, but told her
I had no blankets left but what formed my bed.  She appeared very
happy and very well, did not say another word about the blankets,
but ordered a pipe for herself, and sat chatting, laughing, and
smoking in concert with me.

I told her I had visited all the four quarters of the globe, and
had seen all colours of people, but wondered where she got her
pipe from, for it was much after the Rumish (Turkish) fashion,
with a long stick.  Greatly tickled at the flattery, she said,
"We hear men like yourself come to Amara from the other side, and
drive cattle away."  "The Gallas, or Abyssinians, who are tall
and fair, like Rumanika," I said, "might do so, for they live not
far off on the other side of Amara, but we never fight for such
paltry objects. If cows fall into our hands when fighting, we
allow our soldiers to eat them, while we take the government of
the country into our hands."  She then said, "We hear you don't
like the Unyamuezi route, we will open the Ukori one for you." 
"Thank your majesty," said I, in a figurative kind of speech to
please Waganda ears; and turning the advantage of the project on
her side, "You have indeed hit the right nail on the head.  I do
not like the Unyamuezi route, as you may imagine when I tell you
I have lost so much property there by mere robbery of the people
and their kings.  The Waganda do not see me in a true light; but
if they have patience for a year or two, until the Ukori road is
open, and trade between our respective countries shall commence,
they will then see the fruits of my advent; so much so, that
every Mganda will say the first Uganda year dates from the
arrival of the first Mzundu (white) visitor.  As one coffee-seed
sown brings forth fruit in plenty, so my coming here may be
considered."  All appreciated this speech, saying, "The white
man, he even speaks beautifully! beautifully! beautifully!
beautifully!" and, putting their hands to their mouths, they
looked askance at me, nodding their admiring approval.

The queen and her ministers then plunged into pombe and became
uproarious, laughing with all their might and main.  Small bugu
cups were not enough to keep up the excitement of the time, so a
large wooden trough was placed before the queen and filled with
liquor. If any was spilt, the Wakungu instantly fought over it,
dabbing their noses on the ground, or grabbing it with their
hands, that not one atom of the queen's favour might be lost; for
everything must be adored that comes from royalty, whether by
design or accident. The queen put her head to the trough and
drank like a pig from it, and was followed by her ministers.  The
band, by order, then struck up a tune called the Milele, playing
on a dozen reeds, ornamented with beads and cow-tips, and five
drums, of various tones and sizes, keeping time.  The musicians
dancing with zest, were led by four bandmasters, also dancing,
but with their backs turned to the company to show off their
long, shaggy, goat-skin jackets, sometimes upright, at other
times bending and on their heels, like the hornpipe-dancers or
western countries.

It was a merry scene, but soon became tiresome; when Bombay, by
way of flattery, and wishing to see what the queen's wardrobe
embraced, told her, Any woman, however ugly, would assume a
goodly appearance if prettily dressed; upon which her gracious
majesty immediately rose, retired to her toilet-hut, and soon
returned attired in a common check cloth, and abrus tiara, a bead
necklace, and with a folding looking-glass, when she sat, as
before, and was handed a blown-glass cup of pombe, with a cork
floating on the liquor, and a napkin mbugu covering the top, by a
naked virgin.  For her kind condescension in assuming plain
raiment, everybody, of course, n'yanzigged.  Next she ordered her
slave girls to bring a large number of sambo (anklets), and
begged me to select the best, for she liked me much.  In vain I
tried to refuse them: she had given more than enough for a
keepsake before, and I was not hungry for property; still I had
to choose some, or I would give offence. She then gave me a
basket of tobacco, and a nest of hen eggs for her "son's"
breakfast.  When this was over, the Mukonderi, another dancing-
tune, with instruments something like clarionets, was ordered;
but it had scarcely been struck up, before a drenching rain, with
strong wind, set in and spoilt the music, though not the playing-
-for none dared stop without an order; and the queen, instead of
taking pity, laughed most boisterously over the exercise of her
savage power as the unfortunate musicians were nearly beaten down
by the violence of the weather.

When the rain ceased, her majesty retired a second time to her
toilet-hut, and changed her dress for a puce-coloured wrapper,
when I, ashamed of having robbed her of so many sambo, asked her
if she would allow me to present her with a little English "wool"
to hang up instead of her mbugu curtain on cold days like this.
Of course she could not decline, and a large double scarlet
blanket was placed before her.  "Oh, wonder of wonders!"
exclaimed all the spectators, holding their mouths in both hands
at a time--such a "pattern" had never been seen here before.  It
stretched across the hut, was higher than the men could reach--
indeed it was a perfect marvel; and the man must be a good one
who brought such a treasure as this to Uddu.  "And why not say
Uganda?" I asked.  "Because all this country is called Uddu. 
Uganda is personified by Mtesa; and no one can say he has seen
Uganda until he has been presented to the king."

As I had them all in a good humour now, I complained I did not
see enough of the Waganda--and as every one dressed so remarkably
well, I could not discern the big men from the small; could she
not issue some order by which they might call on me, as they did
not dare do so without instruction, and then I, in turn, would
call on them? Hearing this, she introduced me to her prime
minister, chancellor of exchequer, women-keepers, hangmen, and
cooks, as the first nobles in the land, that I might recognise
them again if I met them on the road.  All n'yanzigged for this
great condescension, and said they were delighted with their
guest; then producing a strip of common joho to compare it with
my blanket, they asked if I could recognise it.  Of course, said
I, it is made in my country, of the same material, only of
coarser quality, and everything of the same sort is made in
Uzungu.  Then, indeed, said the whole company, in one voice, we
do like you, and your cloth too--but you most.  I modestly bowed
my head, and said their friendship was my chief desire.

This speech also created great hilarity; the queen and
councillors all became uproarious.  The queen began to sing, and
the councillors to join in chorus; then all sang and all drank,
and drank and sang, till, in their heated excitement, they turned
the palace into a pandemonium; still there was not noise enough,
so the band and drums were called again, and tomfool--for Uganda,
like the old European monarchies, always keeps a jester--was made
to sing in the gruff, hoarse, unnatural voice which he ever
affects to maintain his character, and furnished with pombe when
his throat was dry.

Now all of a sudden, as if a devil had taken possession of the
company, the prime minister with all the courtiers jumped upon
their legs, seized their sticks, for nobody can carry a spear
when visiting, swore the queen had lost her heart to me, and
running into the yard, returned, charging and jabbering at the
queen; retreated and returned again, as if they were going to put
an end to her for the guilt of loving me, but really to show
their devotion and true love to her.  The queen professed to take
this ceremony with calm indifference, but her face showed that
she enjoyed it.  I was not getting very tired of sitting on my
low stool, and begged for leave to depart, but N'yamasore would
not hear of it; she loved me a great deal too much to let me go
away at this time of day, and forthwith ordered in more pombe. 
The same roystering scene was repeated; cups were too small, so
the trough was employed; and the queen graced it by drinking,
pig-fashion, first, and then handing it round to the company.

Now, hoping to produce gravity and then to slip away, I asked if
my medicines had given her any relief, that I might give her more
to strengthen her.  She said she could not answer that question
just yet; for though the medicine had moved her copiously, as yet
she had seen no snake depart from her.  I told her I would give
her some strengthening medicine in the morning: for the present,
however, I would take my leave, as the day was far gone, and the
distance home very great; but though I dragged my body away, my
heart would still remain here, for I loved her much.

This announcement took all by surprise; they looked at me and
then at her, and looked again and laughed, whilst I rose, waved
my hat, and said, "Kua heri, Bibi" (good-bye, madam).  On
reaching home I found Maribu, a Mkungu, with a gang of men sent
by Mtesa to fetch Grant from Kitangule by water.  He would not
take any of my men with him to fetch the kit from Karague, as
Mtesa, he said, had given him orders to find all the means of
transport; so I gave him a letter to Grant, and told him to look
sharp, else Grant would have passed the Kitangule before he
arrived there.  "Never mind," says Maribu, "I shall walk to the
mouth of the Katonga, boat it to Sese island, where Mtesa keeps
all his large vessels, and I shall be at Kitangule in a very
short time."

4th.--I sent Bombay off to administer quinine to the queen; but
the king's pages, who watched him making for her gateway, hurried
up to him, and turned him back by force.  He pleaded earnestly
that I would flog him if he disobeyed my orders, but they would
take all the responsibility--the king had ordered it; and then
they, forging a lie, bade him run back as fast as he could,
saying I wanted to see the king, but could not till his return. 
In this way poor Bombay returned to me half-drowned in
perspiration.  Just then another page hurried in with orders to
bring me to the palace at once, for I had not been there these
four days; and while I was preparing to express the proper amount
of indignation at this unceremonious message, the last impudent
page began rolling like a pig upon my mbugued or carpeted floor,
till I stormed and swore I would turn him out unless he chose to
behave more respectfully before my majesty, for I was no peddling
merchant, as he had been accustomed to see, and would not stand
it; moreover, I would not leave my hut at the summons of the king
or anybody else, until I chose to do so.

This expression of becoming wrath brought every one to a sense of
his duty; and I then told them all I was excessively angry with
Mtesa for turning back my messenger; nobody had ever dared do
such a thing before, and I would never forgive the king until my
medicines had been given to the queen.  As for my going to the
palace, it was out of the question, as I had been repeatedly
before told the king, unless it pleased him to give me a fitting
residence near himself. In order now that full weight should be
given to my expressions, I sent Bombay with the quinine to the
king, in company with the boys, to give an account of all that
had happened; and further, to say I felt exceedingly distressed I
could not go to see him constantly--that I was ashamed of my
domicile--the sun was hot to walk in; and when I went to the
palace, his officers in waiting always kept me waiting like a
servant--a matter hurtful to my honour and dignity.  It now
rested with himself to remove these obstacles. Everybody
concerned in this matter left for the palace but Maula, who said
he must stop in camp to look after Bana.  Bombay no sooner
arrived in the palace, and saw the king upon his throne, than
Mtesa asked him why he came?  "By the instructions of Bana," was
his reply--"for Bana cannot walk in the sun; no white man of the
sultan's breed can do so."

Hearing this, the king rose in a huff, without deigning to reply,
and busied himself in another court.  Bombay, still sitting,
waited for hours till quite tired, when he sent a boy in to say
he had not delivered half my message; he had brought medicine for
the queen, and as yet he had no reply for Bana.  Either with
haughty indifference, or else with injured pride at his not being
able to command me at his pleasure, the king sent word, if
medicine is brought for the queen, then let it be taken to her;
and so Bombay walked off to the queen's palace.  Arrived there,
he sent in to say he had brought medicine, and waited without a
reply till nightfall, when, tired of his charge, he gave the
quinine into N'yamgundu's hands for delivery, and returned h
home.  Soon after, however, N'yamgundu also returned to say the
queen would not take the dose to-day, but hoped I would
administer it personally in the morning.

Whilst all this vexations business had been going on in court--
evidently dictated by extreme jealousy because I showed, as they
all thought, a preference for the queen--Maula, more than tipsy,
brought a Mkungu of some standing at court before me, contrary to
all law-- for as yet no Mganda, save the king's pages, had ever
dared enter even the precincts of my camp.  With a scowling,
determined, hang-dog-looking countenance, he walked impudently
into my hut, and taking down the pombe-suckers the queen had
given me, showed them with many queer gesticulations, intended to
insinuate there was something between the queen and me.  Among
his jokes were, that I must never drink pombe excepting with
these sticks; if I wanted any when I leave Uganda, to show my
friends, she would give me twenty more sticks of that sort if I
liked them; and, turning from verbal to practical jocularity, the
dirty fellow took my common sucker out of the pot, inserted one
of the queen's, and sucked at it himself, when I snatched and
threw it away.

Maula's friend, who, I imagined, was a spy, then asked me whom I
liked most--the mother or the son; but, without waiting to hear
me, Maula hastily said, "The mother, the mother of course! he
does not care for Mtesa, and won't go to see him."  The friend
coaxingly responded, "Oh no; he likes Mtesa, and will go and see
him too; won't you?"  I declined, however, to answer from fear of
mistake, as both interpreters were away.  Still the two went on
talking to themselves, Maula swearing that I loved the mother
most, whilst the friend said, No, he loves the son, and asking me
with anxious looks, till they found I was not to be caught by
chaff, and then, both tired, walked away--the friend advising me,
next time I went to court, to put on an Arab's gown, as trousers
are indecent in the estimation of every Mganda.

5th.--Alarmed at having got involved in something that looked
like court intrigues, I called up N'yamgundu; told him all that
happened yesterday, both at the two courts and with Maula at
home; and begged him to apply to the king for a meeting of five
elders, that a proper understanding might be arrived at; but
instead of doing as I desired, he got into a terrible fright,
calling Maula, and told me if I pressed the matter in this way
men would lose their lives. Meanwhile the cunning blackguard
Maula begged for pardon; said I quite misunderstood his meaning;
all he had said was that I was very fortunate, being in such
favour at court, for the king and queen both equally loved me.

N'yamgundu now got orders to go to Karague overland for Dr
K'yengo; but, dreading to tell me of it, as I had been so kind to
him, he forged a falsehood, said he had leave to visit his home
for six days, and begged for a wire to sacrifice to his church. 
I gave him what he wanted, and away he went.  I then heard his
servants had received orders to go overland for Grant and
K'yengo; so I wrote another note to Grant, telling him to come
sharp, and bring all the property by boat that he could carry,
leaving what he could not behind in charge of Rumanika.

At noon, the plaguy little imps of pages hurried in to order the
attendance of all my men fully armed before the king, as he
wished to seize some refractory officer.  I declined this abuse
of my arms, and said I should first go and speak to the king on
the subject myself, ordering the men on no account to go on such
an errand; and saying this, I proceeded towards the palace,
leaving instructions for those men who were not ready to follow. 
As the court messengers, however, objected to our going in
detachments, I told Bombay to wait for the rest, and hurry on to
overtake me. Whilst lingering on the way, every minute expecting
to see my men, the Wazinza, who had also received orders to seize
the same officer, passed me, going to the place of attack, and,
at the same time, I heard my men firing in a direction exactly
opposite to the palace. I now saw I had been duped, and returned
to my hut to see the issue. The boys had deceived us all. 
Bombay, tricked on the plea of their taking him by a short cut to
the palace, suddenly found himself with all the men opposite the
fenced gardens that had to be taken-- the establishment of the
recusant officer,--and the boys, knowing how eager all blacks are
to loot, said, "Now, then, at the houses; seize all you can,
sparing nothing--men, women, or children, mbugus or cowries, all
alike--for it is the order of the king;" and in an instant my men
surrounded the place, fired their guns, and rushed upon the
inmates.  One was speared forcing his way through the fence, but
the rest were taken and brought triumphantly into my camp.  It
formed a strange sight in the establishment of an English
gentleman, to see my men flushed with the excitement of their
spoils, staggering under loads of mbugu, or leading children,
mothers, goats, and dogs off in triumph to their respective huts.
Bombay alone, of all my men, obeyed my orders, touching nothing;
and when remonstrated with for having lead the men, he said he
could not help it--the boys had deceived him in the same way as
they had tricked me.

It was now necessary that I should take some critical step in
African diplomacy; so, after ordering all the seizures to be
given up to Maula on behalf of the king, and threatening to
discharge any of my men who dared retain one item of the
property, I shut the door of my hut to do penance for two days,
giving orders that nobody but my cook Ilmas, not even Bombay,
should come near me; for the king had caused my men to sin--had
disgraced their red cloth--and had inflicted on me a greater
insult than I could bear.  I was ashamed to show my face.  Just
as the door was closed, other pages from the king brought the
Whitworth rifle to be cleaned, and demanded an admittance; but no
one dared approach me, and they went on their way again.

6th.--I still continued to do penance.  Bombay, by my orders,
issued from within, prepared for a visit to the king, to tell him
all that had happened yesterday, and also to ascertain if the
orders for sending my men on a plundering mission had really
emanated from himself, when the bothering pages came again,
bringing a gun and knife to be mended.  My door was found shut,
so they went to Bombay, asked him to do it, and told him the king
desired to know if I would go shooting with him in the morning. 
The reply was, "No; Bana is praying to-day that Mtesa's sins
might be forgiven him for having committed such an injury to him,
sending his soldiers on a mission that did not become them, and
without his sanction too.  He is very angry about it, and wished
to know if it was done by the king's orders."  The boys said,
"Nothing can be done without the king's orders."  After further
discussion, Bombay intimated that I wished the king to send me a
party of five elderly officers to counsel with, and set all
disagreeables to rights, or I would not go to the palace again;
but the boys said there were no elderly gentlemen at court, only
boys such as themselves.  Bombay now wished to go with them
before the king, to explain matters to him, and to give him all
the red cloths of my men, which I took from them, because they
defiled their uniform when plundering women and children; but the
boys said the king was unapproachable just them, being engaged
shooting cows before his women.  He then wished the boys to carry
the cloth; but they declined, saying it was contrary to orders
for anybody to handle cloth, and they could not do it.

                          Chapter XII

                   Palace, Uganda--Continued

Continued Diplomatic Difficulties--Negro Chaffing--The King in a
New Costume--Adjutant and Heron Shooting at Court--My Residence
Changed --Scenes at Court--The Kamraviona, or Commander-in-Chief-
-Quarrels-- Confidential Communications with the King--Court
Executions and Executioners--Another Day with the Queen.

7th.--The farce continued, and how to manage these haughty
capricious blacks puzzled my brains considerably; but I felt that
if I did not stand up now, no one would ever be treated better
hereafter.  I sent Nasib to the queen, to explain why I had not
been to see her.  I desired to do so, because I admired her
wisdom; but before I went I must first see the king, to provide
against any insult being offered to me, such as befell Bombay
when I sent him with medicine.  Having despatched him, I repaired
again to the palace.  In the antechamber I found a number of
Wakungu, as usual, lounging about on the ground, smoking,
chatting, and drinking pombe, whilst Wasoga amused them singing
and playing on lap-harps, and little boys kept time on the

These Wakungu are naturally patient attendants, being well
trained to the duty; but their very lives depend upon their
presenting themselves at court a certain number of months every
year, no matter from what distant part of the country they have
to come.  If they failed, their estates would be confiscated, and
their lives taken unless they could escape.  I found a messenger
who consented to tell the king of my desire to see him.  He
returned to say that the king was sleeping--a palpable falsehood. 
In a huff, I walked home to breakfast, leaving my attendants,
Maula and Uledi, behind to make explanations.  They saw the king,
who simply asked, "Where is Bana?" And on being told that I came,
but went off again, he said, as I was informed, "That is a lie,
for had he come here to see me he would not have returned"; then
rising, he walked away and left the men to follow me.

I continued ruminating on these absurd entanglements, and the
best way of dealing with them, when lo! to perplex me still more,
in ran a bevy of the royal pages to ask for mtende beads--a whole
sack of them; for the king wished to go with his women on a
pilgrimage to the N'yanza.  Thinking myself very lucky to buy the
king's ear so cheaply, I sent Maula as before, adding that I
considered my luck very bad, as nobody here knew my position in
society, else they would not treat me as they did.  My proper
sphere was the palace, and unless I got a hut there, I wished to
leave the country. My first desire had always been to see the
king; and if he went to the N'yanza, I trusted he would allow me
to go there also.  The boys replied, "How can you go with his
women?  No one ever is permitted to see them."  "Well," said I,
"if I cannot go to the N'yanza with him" (thinking only of the
great lake, whereas they probably meant a pond in the palace
enclosures, where Mtesa constantly frolics with his women), "I
wish to go to Usoga and Amara, as far as the Masai; for I have no
companions here but crows and vultures." They promised to take
the message, but its delivery was quite another thing; for no one
can speak at this court till he is spoken to, and a word put in
out of season is a life lost.

On Maula's return, I was told the king would not believe so
generous a man as Bana could have sent him so few beads; he
believed most of my store must have been stolen on the road, and
would ask me about that to-morrow.  He intimated that for the
future I must fire a gun at the waiting-hut whenever I entered
the palace, so that he might hear of my arrival, for he had been
up that morning, and would have been glad to see me, only the
boys, from fear of entering his cabinet, had forged a lie, and
deprived him of any interview with me, which he had long wished
to get.  This ready cordiality was as perplexing as all the rest. 
Could it be possible, I thought, I had been fighting with a
phantom all this while, and yet the king had not been able to
perceive it?  At all events, now, as the key to his door had been
given, I would make good use of it and watch the result. 
Meanwhile Nasib returned from the queen-dowager's palace without
having seen her majesty, though he had waited there patiently the
whole day long, for she was engaged in festivities, incessantly
drumming and playing, in consequence of the birth of twins
(Mabassa), which had just taken place in her palace; but he was
advised to return on the morrow.

8th.--After breakfast I walked to the palace, thinking I had
gained all I wanted; entered, and fired guns, expecting an
instant admittance; but, as usual, I was required to sit and
wait; the king was expected immediately.  All the Wagungu talked
in whispers, and nothing was heard but the never-ceasing harps
and harmonicons. In a little while I felt tired of the monotony,
and wished to hang up a curtain, that I might lie down in privacy
and sleep till the king was ready; but the officers in waiting
forbade this, as contrary to law, and left me the only
alternative of walking up and down the court to kill time,
spreading my umbrella against the powerful rays of the sun.  A
very little of that made me fidgety and impetuous, which the
Waganda noticed, and, from fear of the consequences, they began
to close the gate to prevent my walking away.  I flew out on
them, told Bombay to notice the disrespect, and shamed them into
opening it again.  The king immediately, on hearing of this, sent
me pombe to keep me quiet; but as I would not touch it, saying I
was sick at heart, another page rushed out to say the king was
ready to receive me; and, opening a side gate leading into a
small open court without a hut in it, there, to be sure, was his
majesty, sitting on an Arab's donkey run, propped against one
page, and encompassed by four others.

On confronting him, he motioned me to sit, which I did upon my
bundle of grass, and, finding it warm, asked leave to open my
umbrella.  He was much struck at the facility with which I could
make shade, but wondered still more at my requiring it.  I
explained to him that my skin was white because I lived in a
colder country than his, and therefore was much more sensitive to
the heat of the sun than his black skin; adding, at the same
time, if it gave no offence, I would prefer sitting in the shade
of the court fence. He had no objection, and opened conversation
by asking who it was that gave me such offence in taking my guard
from me to seize his Wakungu.  The boy who had provoked me was
then dragged in, tied by his neck and hands, when the king asked
him by whose orders he had acted in such a manner, knowing that I
objected to it, and wished to speak to him on the subject first. 
The poor boy, in a dreadful fright, said he had acted under the
instructions of the Kamraviona: there was no harm done, for
Bana's men were not hurt.  "Well, then," said the king, "if they
were not injured, and you only did as you were ordered, no fault
rests with you; but begone out of my sight, for I cannot bear to
see you, and the Kamraviona shall be taught a lesson not to
meddle with my guests again until I give him authority to do so."

I now hoped, as I had got the king all by himself, and apparently
in a good humour with me, that I might give him a wholesome
lesson on the manners and customs of the English nation, to show
how much I felt the slights I had received since my residence in
Uganda; but he never lost his dignity and fussiness as an Uganda
king.  My words must pass through his Mkungu, as well as my
interpreter's, before they reached him; and, as he had no
patience, everything was lost till he suddenly asked Maula,
pretending not to know, where my hut was; why everybody said I
lived so far away; and when told, he said, "Oh! that is very far,
he must come nearer."  Still I could not say a word, his
fussiness and self-importance overcoming his inquisitiveness.

Rain now fell, and the king retired by one gate, whilst I was
shown out of another, until the shower was over.  As soon as the
sky was clear again, we returned to the little court, and this
time became more confidential, as he asked many questions about
England-- such as, Whether the Queen knew anything about
medicines? Whether she kept a number of women as he did? and what
her palace was like? --which gave me an opportunity of saying I
would like to see his ships, for I heard they were very numerous-
-and also his menagerie, said to be full of wonderful animals. 
He said the vessels were far off, but he would send for them; and
although he once kept a large number of animals, he killed them
all in practising with his guns. The Whitworth rifle was then
brought in for me to take to pieces and teach him the use of; and
then the chronometer.  He then inquired if I would like to go
shooting?  I said, "Yes, if he would accompany me--not
otherwise."  "Hippopotami?"  "Yes; there is great fun in that,
for they knock the boats over when they charge from below." "Can
you swim?"  "Yes."  "So can I.  And would you like to shoot
buffalo?"  "Yes, if you will go."  "At night, then, I will send
my keepers to look out for them.  Here is a leopard-car, with
white behind its ears, and a Ndezi porcupine of the short-quilled
kind, which my people eat with great relish; and if you are fond
of animals, I will give you any number of specimens, for my
keepers net and bring in live animals of every kind daily; for
the present, you can take this basket of porcupines home for your
dinner." My men n'yanzigged--the king walked away, giving orders
for another officer to follow up the first who went to Ukori, and
bring Petherick quickly--and I went home.

This was to be a day of varied success.  When I arrived at my hut
I found a messenger sent by the queen, with a present of a goat,
called "fowls for Bana, my son," and a load of plantains, called
potatoes, waiting for me; so I gave the bearer fundo of mtende
beads, and told again the reasons why I had not been able to call
upon the queen, but I hoped to do so shortly, as the king had
promised me a house near at hand.  I doubt, however, whether one
word of my message ever reached her.  That she wanted me at her
palace was evident by the present, though she was either too
proud or too cautious to say so.

At night I overheard a chat between Sangizo, a Myamuezi, and
Ntalo, a freed man of Zanzibar, very characteristic of their way
of chaffing.  Sangizo opened the battle by saying, "Ntalo, who
are you?"  N. "A Mguana" (freed man). S. "A Mguana, indeed! then
where is your mother?"  N. "She died at Anguja."  S. "Your mother
died at Anguja! then where is your father?"  N. "He died at
Anguja likewise."  S. "Well, that is strange; and where are your
brothers and sister?"  N. "They all died at Anguja."  S. (then
changing the word Anguja for Anguza, says to Ntalo) "I think you
said your mother and father both died at Anguza, did you not?" 
N. "Yes, at Anguza." S. "Then you had two mothers and two
fathers--one set died at Anguja, and the other set at Anguza; you
are a humbug; I don't believe you; you are no Mguana, but a slave
who has been snatched from his family, and does not know where
any of his family are. Ah! ah! ah!"  And all the men of the camp
laugh together at the wretched Ntalo's defeat; but Ntalo won't be
done, so retorts by saying, "Sangizo, you may laugh at me because
I am an orphan, but what are you? you are a savage--a Mshezi; you
come from the Mashenzi, and you wear skins, not cloths, as men
do; so hold your impudent tongue";--and the camp pealed with
merry boisterous laughter again.

9th.--Early in the morning, and whilst I was in bed, the king
sent his pages to request me to visit his royal mother, with some
specific for the itch, with which her majesty was then afflicted.
I said I could not go so far in the sun; I would wait till I
received the promised palace near her.  In the meanwhile I
prepared to call on him.  I observed, in fact, that I was an
object of jealousy between the two courts, and that, if I acted
skilfully and decidedly, I might become master of the situation,
and secure my darling object of a passage northwards.  The boys
returned, bringing a pistol to be cleaned, and a message to say
it was no use my thinking of calling on the king--that I must go
to the queen immediately, for she was very ill.  So far the queen
won the day, but I did not obtain my new residence, which I
considered the first step to accomplishing the greater object; I
therefore put the iron farther in the fire by saying I was no
man's slave, and I should not go until I got a house in the
palace--Bombay could teach the boys the way to clean the pistol. 
The perk monkeys, however, turned up their noses at such menial
service, and Uledi was instructed in their stead.

10th.--To surprise the queen, and try another dodge, I called on
her with all my dining things and bedding, to make a day of it,
and sleep the night.  She admitted me at once, when I gave her
quinine, on the proviso that I should stop there all day and
night to repeat the dose, and tell her the reason why I did not
come before.  She affected great anger at Mtesa having interfered
with my servants when coming to see her--sympathised with me on
the distance I had to travel--ordered a hut to be cleared for me
ere night--told me to eat my breakfast in the next court--and,
rising abruptly, walked away.  At noon we heard the king
approaching with his drums and rattle-traps, but I still waited
on till 5 p.m., when, on summons, I repaired to the throne-hut. 
Here I heard, in an adjoining court, the boisterous, explosive
laughs of both mother and son--royal shouts loud enough to be
heard a mile off, and inform the community that their sovereigns
were pleased to indulge in hilarity. Immediately afterwards, the
gate between us being thrown open, the king, like a very child,
stood before us, dressed for the first time, in public, in what
Europeans would call clothes.  For a cap he wore a Muscat alfia,
on his neck a silk Arab turban, fastened with a ring.  Then for a
coat he had an Indian kizbow, and for trousers a yellow woollen
doti; whilst in his hand, in imitation of myself, he kept running
his ramrod backwards and forwards through his fingers.  As I
advanced and doffed my hat, the king, smiling, entered the court,
followed by a budding damsel dressed in red bindera, who carried
the chair I had presented to him, and two new spears.

He now took his seat for the first time upon the chair, for I had
told him, at my last interview, that all kings were expected to
bring out some new fashion, or else the world would never make
progress; and I was directed to sit before him on my grass
throne. Talking, though I longed to enter into conversation, was
out of the question; for no one dared speak for me, and I could
not talk myself; so we sat and grinned, till in a few minutes the
queen, full of smirks and smiles, joined us, and sat on a mbugu. 
I offered the medicine-chest as a seat, but she dared not take
it; in fact, by the constitution of Uganda, no one, however high
in rank, not even his mother, can sit before the king.  After
sundry jokes, whilst we were all bursting with laughter at the
theatrical phenomenon, the Wakungu who were present, some twenty
in number, threw themselves in line upon their bellies, and
wriggling like fish, n'yanzigged, n'goned, and demaned, and
uttered other wonderful words of rejoining--as, for instance,
"Hai Minange!  Hai Mkama wangi!"  (O my chief!  O my king!)--
whilst they continued floundering, kicking about their legs,
rubbing their faces, and patting their hands upon the ground, as
if the king had performed some act of extraordinary munificence
by showing himself to them in that strange and new position--a
thing quite enough to date a new Uganda era from.

The king, without deigning to look upon his grovelling subjects,
said, "Now, mother, take your medicine"; for he had been called
solemnly to witness the medical treatment she was undergoing at
my hands.  When she had swallowed her quinine with a wry face,
two very black virgins appeared on the stage holding up the
double red blanket I had given the queen; for nothing, however
trifling, can be kept secret from the king.  The whole court was
in raptures. The king signified his approval by holding his
mouth, putting his head on one side, and looking askance at it. 
The queen looked at me, then at the blanket and her son in turn;
whilst my men hung down their heads, fearful lest they should be
accused of looking at the ladies of the court; and the Wakungu
n'yanzigged again, as if they could not contain the gratification
they felt at the favour shown them.  Nobody had ever brought such
wonderful things to Uganda before, and all loved Bana.

Till now I had expected to vent my wrath on both together for all
past grievances, but this childish, merry, homely scene--the
mother holding up her pride, her son, before the state officers--
melted my heart at once.  I laughed as well as they did, and said
it pleased me excessively to see them both so happy together.  It
was well the king had broken through the old-fashioned laws of
Uganda, by sitting on an iron chair, and adopting European
dresses; for now he was opening a road to cement his own
dominions with my country. I should know what things to send that
would please him.  The king listened, but without replying; and
said, at the conclusion, "It is late, now let us move"; and
walked away, preserving famously the lion's gait.  The mother
also vanished, and I was led away to a hut outside, prepared for
my night's residence.  It was a small, newly-built hut, just
large enough for my bed, with a corner for one servant; so I
turned all my men away, save one--ate my dinner, and hoped to
have a quiet cool night of it, when suddenly Maula flounced in
with all his boys, lighting a fire, and they spread their mbugus
for the night.  In vain I pleaded I could not stand the
suffocation of so many men, especially of Waganda, who eat raw
plantains; and unless they turned out, I should do so, to benefit
by the pure air.  Maula said he had the queen's orders to sleep
with Bana, and sleep there he would; so rather than kick him out,
which I felt inclined to do, I smoked my pipe and drank pombe all
night, turning the people out and myself in, in the morning, to
prepare for a small house-fight with the queen.

11th.--Early in the morning, as I expected, she demanded my
immediate attendance; and so the little diplomatic affair I had
anticipated came on.  I began the affair by intimating that I am
in bed, and have not breakfasted.  So at 10 a.m. another
messenger arrives, to say her majesty is much surprised at my not
coming. What can such conduct mean, when she arranged everything
so nicely for me after my own desire, that she might drink her
medicine properly?  Still I am not up; but nobody will let me
rest for fear of the queen; so, to while away the time, I order
Bombay to call upon her, give the quinine, and tell her all that
has happened; at which she flies into a towering rage, says she
will never touch medicine administered by any other hands but
mine, and will not believe in one word Bombay says, either about
Maula or the hut; for Maula, whose duty necessarily obliged him
to take my servants before her majesty, had primed her with a lot
of falsehoods on the subject; and she had a fondness for Maula,
because he was a clever humbug and exceeding rogue--and sent
Bombay back to fetch me, for nobody had ever dared disobey her
mandates before.

It had now turned noon, and being ready for the visit, I went to
see the queen.  Determined to have her turn, she kept me waiting
for a long time before she would show herself; and at last, when
she came, she flounced up to her curtain, lay down in a huff, and
vented her wrath, holding her head very high, and wishing to know
how I could expect officers, with large establishments, to be
turned out of their homes merely to give me room for one night; I
ought to have been content with my fare; it was no fault of
Maula's.  I tried to explain through Nasib, but she called Nasib
a liar, and listened to Maula who told the lies; then asked for
her medicine; drank it, saying it was a small dose; and walked
off in ill humour as she had come.  I now made up my mind to sit
till 3 p.m., hoping to see the queen again, whilst talking with
some Kidi officers, who, contrary to the general law of the
country, indulged me with some discourses on geography, from
which I gathered, though their stories were rather confused, that
beyond the Asua river, in the Galla country, there was another
lake which was navigated by the inhabitants in very large
vessels; and somewhere in the same neighbourhood there was an
exceedingly high mountain covered with yellow dust, which the
natives collected, etc., etc.

Time was drawing on, and as the queen would not appear of her own
accord, I sent to request a friendly conversation with her before
I left, endeavouring, as well as I could, to persuade her that
the want of cordiality between us was owing to the mistakes of
interpreters, who had not conveyed to her my profound sentiments
of devotion.  This brought her gracious corpulence out all smirks
and smiles, preceded by a basket of potatoes for "Bana, my son."
I began conversation with a  speech of courtesy, explaining how I
had left my brother Grant and my great friend Rumanika at Karague
--hastening, in compliance with the invitation of the king, to
visit him and herself, with the full hope of making friends in
Uganda; but now I had come, I was greatly disappointed; for I
neither saw half enough of their majesties, nor did any of their
officers ever call upon me to converse and pass away the dreary
hours.  All seemed highly pleased, and complimented my speech;
while the queen, turning to her officers, said, "If that is the
case, I will send these men to you"; whereupon the officers,
highly delighted at the prospect of coming to see me, and its
consequence a present, n'yanzigged until I thought their hands
would drop off.  Then her majesty to my thorough annoyance, and
before I had finished half I had to say, rose from her seat, and,
showing her broad stern to the company, walked straight away. 
The officers then drew near me, and begged I would sleep there
another night; but as they had nothing better to offer than the
hut of last night, I declined and went my way, begging them to
call and make friends with me.

12th.--Immediately after breakfast the king sent his pages in a
great hurry to say he was waiting on the hill for me, and begged
I would bring all my guns immediately.  I prepared, thinking,
naturally enough, that some buffaloes had been marked down; for
the boys, as usual, were perfectly ignorant of his designs.  To
my surprise, however, when I mounted the hill half-way to the
palace, I found the king standing, dressed in a rich filagreed
waistcoat, trimmed with gold embroidery, tweedling the loading-
rod in his fingers, and an alfia cap on his head, whilst his
pages held his chair and guns, and a number of officers, with
dogs and goats for offerings, squatted before him.

When I arrived, hat in hand, he smiled, examined my firearms, and
proceeded for sport, leading the way to a high tree, on which
some adjutant birds were nesting, and numerous vultures resting.
This was the sport; Bana must shoot a nundo (adjutant) for the
king's gratification.  I begged him to take a shot himself, as I
really could not demean myself by firing at birds sitting on a
tree; but it was all of no use--no one could shoot as I could,
and they must be shot.  I proposed frightening them out with
stones, but no stone could reach so high; so, to cut the matter
short, I killed an adjutant on the nest, and, as the vultures
flew away, brought one down on the wing, which fell in a garden

The Waganda were for a minute all spell-bound with astonishment,
when the king jumped frantically in the air, clapping his hands
above his head, and singing out, "Woh, woh, woh! what wonders!
Oh, Bana, Bana! what miracles he performs!"--and all the Wakungu
followed in chorus.  "Now load, Bana--load, and let us see you do
it," cried the excited king; but before I was half loaded, he
said, "Come along, come along, and let us see the bird."  Then
directing the officers which way to go--for, by the etiquette of
the court of Uganda, every one must precede the king--he sent
them through a court where his women, afraid of the gun, had been
concealed. Here the rush onward was stopped by newly made fences,
but the king roared to the officers to knock them down. This was
no sooner said than done, by the attendants in a body shoving on
and trampling them under, as an elephant would crush small trees
to keep his course. So pushing, floundering through plaintain and
shrub, pell-mell one upon the other, that the king's pace might
not be checked, or any one come in for a royal kick or blow, they
came upon the prostrate bird.  "Woh, woh, woh!" cried the king
again, "there he is, sure enough; come here, women--come and look
what wonders!"  And all the women, in the highest excitement,
"woh-wohed" as loud as any of the men.  But that was not enough. 
"Come along, Bana," said the king, "we must have some more
sport;" and, saying this he directed the way towards the queen's
palace, the attendants leading, followed by the pages, then the
king, next myself--for I never would walk before him--and finally
the women, some forty or fifty, who constantly attended him.

To make the most of the king's good-humour, while I wanted to
screen myself from the blazing sun, I asked him if he would like
to enjoy the pleasures of an umbrella; and before he had time to
answer, held mine over him as we walked side by side.  The
Wakungu were astonished, and the women prattled in great delight;
whilst the king, hardly able to control himself, sidled and spoke
to his flatterers as if he were doubly created monarch of all he
surveyed. He then, growing more familiar, said, "Now, Bana, do
tell me-- did you not shoot that bird with something more than
common ammunition?  I am sure you did, now; there was magic in
it." And all I said to the contrary would not convince him.  "But
we will see again."  "At buffaloes?" I said.  "No, the buffaloes
are too far off now; we will wait to go after then until I have
given you a hut close by."  Presently, as some herons were flying
overhead, he said, "Now, shoot, shoot!" and I brought a couple
down right and left. He stared, and everybody stared, believing
me to be a magician, when the king said he would like to have
pictures of the birds drawn and hung up in the palace; "but let
us go and shoot some more, for it is truly wonderful."  Similar
results followed, for the herons were continually whirling round,
as they had their nests upon a neighbouring tree; and then the
king ordered his pages to carry all the birds, save the vulture--
which, for some reason, they did not touch--and show them to the

He then gave the order to move on, and we all repaired to the
palace.  Arrived at the usual throne-room, he took his seat,
dismissed the party of wives who had been following him, as well
as the Wakungu, received pombe from his female evil-eye averters,
and ordered me, with my men, to sit in the sun facing him, till I
complained of the heat, and was allowed to sit by his side. 
Kites, crows, and sparrows were flying about in all directions,
and as they came within shot, nothing would satisfy the excited
boy-king but I must shoot them, and his pages take them to the
queen, till my ammunition was totally expended.  He then wanted
me to send for more shot; and as I told him he must wait for more
until my brothers come, he contented himself with taking two or
three sample grains and ordering his iron-smiths to make some
like them.

Cows were now driven in for me to kill two with one bullet; but
as the off one jumped away when the gun fired, the bullet passed
through the near one, then through all the courts and fences, and
away no one knew where.  The king was delighted, and said he must
keep the rifle to look at for the night.  I now asked permission
to speak with him on some important matters, when he sent his
women away and listened.  I said I felt anxious about the road on
which Mabruki was travelling, to which I added that I had ordered
him to tell Petherick to come here or else to send property to
the value of one thousand dollars; and I felt anxious because
some of the queen's officers felt doubtful about Waganda being
able to penetrate Kidi.  He said I need not concern myself on
that score; he was much more anxious for the white men to come
here than even I was, and he would not send my men into any
danger; but it was highly improper for any of his people to speak
about such subjects.  Then, assembling the women again, he asked
me to load Whitworth for him, when he shot the remaining cow,
holding the rifle in both hands close to his thigh.  The feat, of
course, brought forth great and uproarious congratulations from
his women.  The day thus ended, and I was dismissed.

13th.--Mabriki and Bilal come into camp: they returned last
night; but the Waganda escort, afraid of my obtaining information
of them before the king received it, kept them concealed.  They
had been defeated in Usoga, two marches each of Kira, at the
residence of Nagozigombi, Mtesa's border officer, who gave them
two bullocks, but advised their returning at once to inform the
king that the independent Wasoga had been fighting with his
dependent Wasoga subjects for some time, and the battle would not
be over for two months or more, unless he sent an army to their

I now sent Bombay to the king to request an interview, as I had
much of importance to tell him; but the could not be seen, as he
was deep in the interior of the palace enjoying the society of
his wives. The Kamraviona, however, was found there waiting, as
usual, on the mere chance of his majesty taking it into his head
to come out. He asked Bombay if it was true the woman he gave me
ran away; and when Bombay told him, he said, "Oh, he should have
chained her for two or three days, until she became accustomed to
her residence; for women often take fright and run away in that
way, believing strangers to be cannibals."  But Bombay replied,
"She was not good enough for Bana; he let her go off like a dog;
he wants a young and beautiful Mhuma, or none at all."  "Ah,
well, then, if he is so particular, he must wait a bit, for we
have none on hand.  What I gave him is the sort of creature we
give all our guests."  A Msoga was sent by the king to take the
dead adjutant of yesterday out of the nest--for all Wasoga are
expert climbers, which is not the case with the Waganda; but the
man was attacked half-way up the tree by a swarm of bees, and
driven down again.

14th.--After all the vexatious haggling for a house, I gained my
object to-day by a judicious piece of bribery which I had
intended to accomplish whenever I could.  I now succeeded in
sending--for I could not, under the jealous eyes in Uganda, get
it done earlier-- a present of fifteen pints mixed beads, twenty
blue eggs, and five copper bracelets, to the commander-in-chief,
as a mark of friendship.  At the same time I hinted that I should
like him to use his influence in obtaining for me a near and
respectable residence, where I hoped he, as well as all the
Waganda nobility, would call upon me; for my life in Uganda was
utterly miserable, being shut up like a hermit by myself every
day.  The result was, that a number of huts in a large plantain
garden were at once assigned to me, on the face of a hill,
immediately overlooking and close to the main road. It was
considered the "West End."  It had never before been occupied by
any visitors excepting Wahinda ambassadors; and being near, and
in full view of the palace, was pleasant and advantageous, as I
could both hear the constant music, and see the throngs of people
ever wending their way to and from the royal abodes.  I lost no
time in moving all my property, turning out the original
occupants--in selecting the best hut for myself, giving the rest
to my three officers--and ordering my men to build barracks for
themselves, in street form, from my hut to the main road.  There
was one thing only left to be done; the sanitary orders of Uganda
required every man to build himself a house of parliament, such
being the neat and cleanly nature of the Waganda--a pattern to
all other negro tribes.

15th.--As nobody could obtain an interview with the king
yesterday, I went to the palace to-day, and fired three shots--a
signal which was at once answered from within by a double
discharge of a gun I had just lent him on his returning my rifle. 
In a little while, as soon as he had time to dress, the king,
walking like a lion, sallied forth, leading his white dog, and
beckoned me to follow him to the state hut, the court of which
was filled with squatting men as usual, well dressed, and keeping
perfect order.  He planted himself on his throne, and begged me
to sit by his side.  Then took place the usual scene of a court
levee, as described in Chapter X., with the specialty, in this
instance, that the son of the chief executioner--one of the
highest officers of state--was led off for execution, for some
omission or informality in his n'yanzigs, or salutes.

At this levee sundry Wakungu of rank complained that the Wanyambo
plundered their houses at night, and rough-handled their women,
without any respect for their greatness, and, when caught, said
they were Bana's men.  Bombay, who was present, heard the
complaint, and declared these were Suwarora's men, who made use
of the proximity of my camp to cover their own transgressions. 
Then Suwarora's deputation, who were also present, cringed
forward, n'yanzigging like Waganda, and denied the accusation,
when the king gave all warning that he would find out the truth
by placing guards on the look-out at night.

Till this time the king had not heard one word about the defeat
of the party sent for Petherick.  His kingdom might have been
lost, and he would have been no wiser; when the officer who led
Mabruki came forward and told him all that had happened, stating,
in addition to what I heard before, that they took eighty men
with them, and went into battle three times successfully. 
Dismissing business, however, the king turned to me, and said he
never saw anything so wonderful as my shooting in his life; he
was sure it was done by magic, as my gun never missed, and he
wished I would instruct him in the art.  When I denied there was
any art in shooting, further than holding the gun straight, he
shook his head, and getting me to load his revolving pistol for
him, he fired all five barrels into two cows before the
multitude.  He then thought of adjutant-shooting with ball, left
the court sitting, desired me to follow him, and leading the way,
went into the interior of the palace, where only a few select
officers were permitted to follow us.  The birds were wild, and
as nothing was done, I instructed him in the way to fire from his
shoulder, placing the gun in position. He was shy at first, and
all the people laughed at my handling royalty like a schoolboy;
but he soon took to it very good-naturedly, when I gave him my
silk necktie and gold crest-ring, explaining their value, which
he could not comprehend, and telling him we gentlemen prided
ourselves on never wearing brass or copper.

He now begged hard for shot; but I told him again his only chance
of getting any lay in opening the road onwards; it was on this
account, I said, I had come to see him to-day.  He answered, "I
am going to send an army to Usoga to force the way from where
your men were turned back."  But this, I said, would not do for
me, as I saw his people travelled like geese, not knowing the
direction of Gani, or where they were going to when sent.  I
proposed that if he would call all his travelling men of
experience together, I would explain matters to them by a map I
had brought; for I should never be content till I saw Petherick.

The map was then produced.  He seemed to comprehend it
immediately, and assembled the desired Wakungu; but, to my
mortification, he kept all the conversation to himself, Waganda
fashion; spoke a lot of nonsense; and then asked his men what
they thought had better be done.  The sages replied, "Oh, make
friends, and do the matter gently."  But the king proudly raised
his head, laughed them to scorn, and said, "Make friends with men
who have crossed their spears with us already!  Nonsense! they
would only laugh at us; the Uganda spear alone shall do it." 
Hearing this bravado, the Kamraviona, the pages, and the elders,
all rose to a man, with their sticks, and came charging at their
king, swearing they would carry out his wished with their lives. 
The meeting now broke up in the usual unsatisfactory, unfinished
manner, by the king rising and walking away, whilst I returned
with the Kamraviona, who begged for ten more blue eggs in
addition to my present to make a full necklace, and told my men
to call upon him in the morning, when he would give me anything I
wished to eat.  Bombay was then ordered to describe what sort of
food I lived on usually; when, Mganda fashion, he broke a stick
into ten bits, each representing a differing article, and said,
"Bana eat mixed food always"; and explained that stick No. 1
represented beef; No. 2, mutton; No. 3, fowl; No. 4, eggs; No. 5,
fish; No. 6, potatoes; No. 7, plantains; No. 8, pombe; No. 9,
butter; No. 10, flour.

16th.--To-day the king was amusing himself among his women again,
and not to be seen.  I sent Bombay with ten blue eggs as a
present for the Kamraviona, intimating my desire to call upon
him.  He sent me a goat and ten fowls' eggs, saying he was not
visible to strangers on business to-day.  I inferred that he
required the king's permission to receive me.  This double
failure was a more serious affair then a mere slight; for my cows
were eaten up, and my men clamouring incessantly for food; and
though they might by orders help themselves "ku n'yangania"--by
seizing--from the Waganda, it hurt my feelings so much to witness
this, that I tried from the first to dispense with it, telling
the king I had always flogged my men for stealing, and now he
turned them into a pack of thieves. I urged that he should either
allow me to purchase rations, or else feed them from the palace
as Rumanika did; but he always turned a deaf ear, or said that
what Sunna his father had introduced it ill became him to
subvert; and unless my men helped themselves they would die of

On the present emergency I resolved to call upon the queen. On
reaching the palace, I sent an officer in to announce my arrival,
and sat waiting for the reply fully half an hour, smoking my
pipe, and listening to her in the adjoining court, where music
was playing, and her voice occasionally rent the air with merry
boisterous laughing.

The messenger returned to say no one could approach her sanctuary
or disturb her pleasure at this hour; I must wait and bide my
time, as the Uganda officers do.  Whew!  Here was another
diplomatic crisis, which had to be dealt with in the usual way. 
"I bide my time!" I said, rising in a towering passion, and
thrashing the air with my ramrod walking-stick, before all the
visiting Wakungu, "when the queen has assured me her door would
always be open to me! I shall leave this court at once, and I
solemnly swear I shall never set foot in it again, unless some
apology be made for treating me like a dog."  Then, returning
home, I tied up all the presents her majesty had given me in a
bundle, and calling Maula and my men together, told them to take
them where they came from; for it ill became me to keep tokens of
friendship when no friendship existed between us.  I came to make
friends with the queen, not to trade or take things from her--and
so forth.  The blackguard Maula, laughing, said, "Bana does not
know what he is doing; it is a heinous offence in Uganda sending
presents back; nobody for their lives dare do so to the queen;
her wrath would know no bounds.  She will say, "I took a few
trifles from Bana as specimens of his country, but they shall all
go back, and the things the king has received shall go back also,
for we are all of one family'; and then won't Bana be very sorry? 
Moreover, Wakungu will be killed by dozens, and lamentations will
reign throughout the court to propitiate the devils who brought
such disasters on them."  Bombay, also in a fright, said, "Pray
don't do so; you don't know these savages as we do; there is no
knowing what will happen; it may defeat our journey altogether.
Further, we have had no food these four days, because row
succeeds row.  If we steal, you flog us; and if we ask the
Waganda for food, they beat us.  We don't know what to do."  I
was imperative, however, and said, "Maula must take back these
things in the morning, or stand the consequences."  In fact, I
found that, like the organ-grinders in London, to get myself
moved on I must make myself troublesome.

17th.--The queen's presents were taken back by Maula and Nasib,
whilst I went to see the Kamraviona.  Even this gentleman kept me
waiting for some time to show his own importance, and then
admitted me into one of his interior courts, where I found him
sitting on the ground with several elders; whilst Wasoga
minstrels played on their lap-harps, and sang songs in praise of
their king, and the noble stranger who wore fine clothes and
eclipsed all previous visitors. At first, on my approach, the
haughty young chief, very handsome, and twenty years of age, did
not raise his head; then he begged me to be seated, and even
enquired after my health, in a listless, condescending kind of
manner, as if the exertion of talking was too much for his
constitution or his rank; but he soon gave up this nonsense as I
began to talk, inquired, amongst other things, why I did not see
the Waganda at my house, when I said I should so much like to
make acquaintance with them, and begged to be introduced to the
company who were present.

I was now enabled to enlarge the list of topics on which it is
prohibited to the Waganda to speak or act under pain of death. No
one even dare ever talk about the royal pedigree of the countries
that have been conquered, or even of any neighbouring countries;
no one dare visit the king's guests, or be visited by them,
without leave, else the king, fearing sharers in his plunder,
would say, What are you plucking our goose for?  Neither can any
one cast his eye for a moment on the women of the palace, whether
out walking or at home, lest he should be accused of amorous
intentions.  Beads and brass wire, exchanged for ivory or slaves,
are the only articles of foreign manufacture any Mganda can hold
in his possession. Should anything else be seen in his house--for
instance, cloth-- his property would be confiscated and his life

I was now introduced to the company present, of whom one Mgema,
an elderly gentleman of great dignity, had the honour to carry
Sunna the late king; Mpungu, who cooked for Sunna, also ranks
high in court; then Usungu and Kunza, executioners, rank very
high, enjoying the greatest confidence with the king; and,
finally, Jumba and Natigo, who traced their pedigree to the age
of the first Uganda king.  As I took down a note of their several
names, each seemed delighted at finding his name written down by
me; and Kunza, the executioner, begged as a great favour that I
would plead to the king to spare his son's life, who, as I have
mentioned, was ordered out to execution on the last levee day. 
At first I thought it necessary, for the sake of maintaining my
dignity, to raise objections, and said it would ill become one of
my rank to make any request that might possibly be rejected; but
as the Kamraviona assured me there would be no chance of failure,
and everybody else agreed with him, I said it would give me
intense satisfaction to serve him; and the old man squeezed my
hand as if overpowered with joy.

This meeting, as might be imagined, was a very dull one, because
the company, being tongue-tied as regards everything of external
interest, occupied themselves solely on matters of home business,
or indulged their busy tongues, Waganda fashion, in gross
flattery of their "illustrious visitor."  In imitation of the
king, the Kamraviona now went from one hut to another, requesting
us to follow that we might see all his greatness, and then took
me alone into a separate court, to show me his women, some five-
and-twenty of the ugliest in Uganda.  This, he added, was a mark
of respect he had never conferred on any person before; but,
fearing lest I should misunderstand his meaning and covet any of
them, he said, "Mind they are only to be looked at."

As we retired to the other visitors, the Kamraviona, in return
for some courteous remarks of mine, said all the Waganda were
immensely pleased with my having come to visit them; and as he
heard my country is governed by a woman, what would I say if he
made the Waganda dethrone her, and create me king instead? 
Without specially replying, I showed him a map, marking off the
comparative sizes of British and Waganda possessions, and shut
him up.  The great Kamraviona, or commander-in-chief, with all
his wives, has no children, and was eager to know if my skill
could avail to remove this cloud in his fortunes.  He generously
gave me a goat and eggs, telling my men they might help
themselves to plantains from any gardens they liked beyond
certain limits, provided they did not enter houses or take
anything else.  He then said he was tired and walked away without
another word.

On returning home I found Nasib and Maula waiting for me, with
all the articles that had been returned to the queen very neatly
tied together.  They had seen her majesty, who, on receiving my
message, pretended excessive anger with her doorkeeper for not
announcing my arrival yesterday--flogged him severely--inspected
all the things returned--folded them up again very neatly with
her own hands-- said she felt much hurt at the mistake which had
arisen, and hoped I would forgive and forget it, as her doors
would always be open to me.

I now had a laugh at my friends Maula and Bombay for their
misgivings of yesterday, telling them I knew more of human nature
than they did; but they shook their heads, and said it was all
very well Bana having done it, but if Arabs or any other person
had tried the same trick, it would have been another affair. 
"Just so," said I; "but then, don't you see, I know my value
here, which makes all the difference you speak of."

18th.--Whilst walking towards the palace to pay the king a
friendly visit, I met two of my men speared on the head, and
streaming with blood; they had been trying to help themselves to
plantains carried on the heads of Waganda; but the latter proving
too strong, my people seized a boy and woman from their party as
witnesses, according to Uganda law, and ran away with them, tied
hand and neck together.  With this addition to my attendance I
first called in at the Kamraviona's for justice; but as he was
too proud to appear at once, I went on to the king's fired three
shots as usual, and obtained admittance at once, when I found him
standing in a yard dressed in cloth, with his iron chair behind
him, and my double-gun loaded with half charges of powder and a
few grains of iron shot, looking eagerly about for kites to fly
over.  His quick eye, however, readily detected my wounded men
and prisoners, as also some Wazinza prisoners led in by Waganda
police, who had been taken in the act of entering Waganda houses
and assailing their women. Thus my men were cleared of a false
stigma; and the king, whilst praising them, ordered all the
Wazinza to leave his dominions on the morrow.

The other case was easily settled by my wounded men receiving
orders to keep their prisoners till claimed, when, should any
people come forward, they would be punished, otherwise their loss
in human stock would be enough.  The Wanguana had done quite
right to seize on the highway, else they would have starved; such
was the old law, and such is the present one.  It was no use our
applying for a change of system.  At this stage of the business,
the birds he was watching having appeared, the king, in a great
state of excitement, said, "Shoot that kite," and then "Shoot
that other"; but the charges were too light; and the birds flew
away, kicking with their claws as if merely stung a little.

Whilst this was going on, the Kamraviona, taking advantage of my
having opened the door with the gun, walked in to make his
salutations.  A blacksmith produced two very handsome spears, and
a fisherman a basket of fish, from which two fish were taken out
and given to me.  The king then sat on his iron chair, and I on a
wooden box which I had contrived to stuff with the royal grass he
gave me, and so made a complete miniature imitation of his
throne.  The folly in now allowing me to sit upon my portable
iron stool, as an ingenious device for carrying out my
determination to sit before him like an Englishman.  I wished to
be communicative, and, giving him a purse of money, told him the
use and value of the several coins; but he paid little regard to
them, and soon put them down. The small-talk of Uganda had much
more attractions to his mind than the wonders of the outer world,
and he kept it up with his Kamraviona until rain fell and
dispersed the company.

19th.--As the queen, to avoid future difficulties, desired my
officers to acquaint her beforehand whenever I wished to call
upon her, I sent Nasib early to say I would call in the
afternoon; but he had to wait till the evening before he could
deliver the message, though she had been drumming and playing all
the day.  She then complained against my men for robbing her
gardeners on the highway, wished to know why I didn't call upon
her oftener, appointed the following morning for an interview,
and begged I would bring her some liver medicines, as she
suffered from constant twinges in her right side, sealing her
"letter" with a present of a nest of eggs and one fowl.

Whilst Nasib was away, I went to the Kamraviona to treat him as I
had the king.  He appeared a little more affable to-day, yet
still delighted in nothing but what was frivolous.  My beard, for
instance, engrossed the major part of the conversation; all the
Waganda would come out in future with hairy faces; but when I
told them that, to produce such a growth, they must wash their
faces with milk, and allow a cat to lick it off, they turned up
their noses in utter contempt.

20th.--I became dead tired of living all alone, with nothing else
to occupy my time save making these notes every day in my office
letter-book, as my store of stationery was left at Karague.  I
had no chance of seeing any visitors, save the tiresome pages,
who asked me to give or to do something for the king every day;
and my prospect was cheerless, as I had been flatly refused a
visit to Usoga until Grant should come.  For want of better
amusement, I made a page of Lugoi, a sharp little lad, son of the
late Beluch, but adopted by Uledi, and treated him as a son,
which he declared he wished to be, for he liked me better than
Uledi as a father. He said he disliked Uganda, where people's
lives are taken like those of fowls; and wished to live at the
coast, the only place he ever heard of, where all the Wanguana
come from--great swells in Lugoi's estimation.  Now, with Lugoi
dressed in a new white pillow-case, with holes trimmed with black
tape for his head and arms to go through, a dagger tied with red
bindera round his waist, and a square of red blanket rolled on
his shoulder as a napkin, for my gun to rest on, or in place of a
goat-skin run when he wished to sit down, I walked off to inquire
how the Kamraviona was, and took my pictures with me.

Lugoi's dress, however, absorbed all their thoughts, and he was
made to take it off and put it on again as often as any fresh
visitor came to call.  Hardly a word was said about anything
else; even the pictures, which generally are in such demand,
attracted but little notice.  I asked the Kamraviona to allow me
to draw his pet dog; when the king's sister Miengo came in and
sat down, laughing and joking with me immoderately.

At first there was a demur about my drawing the dog--whether from
fear of bewitching the animal or not, I cannot say; but instead
of producing the pet--a beautifully-formed cream-coloured dog--a
common black one was brought in, which I tied in front of Miengo,
and then drew both woman and dog together.  After this unlawful
act was discovered, of drawing the king's sister without his
consent, the whole company roared with laughter, and pretended
nervous excitement lest I should book them likewise.  One of my
men, Sangoro, did not return to camp last night from foraging;
and as my men suspect the Waganda must have murdered him, I told
the Kamraviona, requesting him to find out; but he coolly said,
"Look for him yourselves two days more, for Wanguana often make
friends with our people, and so slip away from their masters; but
as they are also often murdered, provided you cannot find him in
that time, we will have the Mganga out."

21st.--Last night I was turned out of my bed by a terrible hue
and cry from the quarter allotted to Rozaro and his Wanyambo
companions; for the Waganda had threatened to demolish my men,
one by one, for seizing their pombe and plaintains, though done
according to the orders of the king; and now, finding the
Wanyambo nearest to the road, they set on them by moonlight, with
spear and club, maltreating them severely, till, with
reinforcements, the Wanyambo gained the ascendancy, seized two
spears and one shield as a trophy, and drove their enemies off. 
In the morning, I sent the Wakungu off with the trophies to the
king, again complaining that he had turned my men into a pack of
highwaymen, and, as I foresaw, had thus created enmity between
the Waganda and them, much to my annoyance. I therefore begged he
would institute some means to prevent any further occurrence of
such scenes, otherwise I would use firearms in self-defence.

Whilst these men were on this mission, I went on a like errand to
the queen, taking my page Lugoi with the liver medicine.  The
first object of remark was Lugoi, as indeed it was everywhere;
for, as I walked along, crowds ran after the little phenomenon. 
Then came the liver questions; and, finally what I wanted--her
complaint against my men for robbing on the road, as it gave me
the opportunity of telling her the king was doing what I had been
trying to undo with my stick ever since I left the coast; and I
begged she would use influence to correct these disagreeables. 
She told me for the future to send my men to her palace for food,
and rob no more; in the meanwhile, here were some plantains for
them.  She then rose and walked away, leaving me extremely
disappointed that I could not make some more tangible arrangement
with her--such as, if my men came and found the gate shut, what
were they to do then? there were forty-five of them; how much
would she allow; etc. etc.  But this was a true specimen of the
method of transacting business among the royal family of Uganda. 
They gave orders without knowing how they are to be carried out,
and treat all practical arrangements as trifling details not
worth attending to.

After this unsatisfactory interview, I repaired to the king's,
knowing the power of my gun to obtain an interview, whilst
doubting the ability of the Wakungu to gain an audience for me. 
Such was the case.  These men had been sitting all day without
seeing the king, and three shots opened his gate immediately to
me.  He was sitting on the iron chair in the shade of the court,
attended by some eighty women, tweedling the loading rod in his
fingers; but as my rod appeared a better one than his, they were
exchanged.  I then gave him a tortoise-shell comb to comb his
hair straight with, as he invariably remarked on the beautiful
manner in which I dressed my hair, making my uncap to show it to
his women, and afterwards asked my men to bring on the affair of
last night.  They feared, they said, to speak on such subjects
whilst the women were present. I begged for a private audience;
still they would not speak until encouraged and urged beyond all
patience.  I said, in Kisuahili, "Kbakka" (king), "my men are
afraid to tell you what I want to say"; when Maula, taking
advantage of my having engaged his attention, though the king did
not understand one word I said, said of himself, by way of
currying favour, "I saw a wonderful gun in Rumankika's hands,
with six barrells; not a short one like your fiver" (meaning the
revolving pistol) "but a long one, as long as my arm." "Indeed,"
says the king, "we must have that."  A page was then sent for by
Maula, who, giving him a bit of stick representing the gun
required, told him to fetch it immediately.

The king then said to me, "What is powder made of?"  I began with
sulphur (kibriti), intending to explain everything; but the word
kibriti was enough for him, and a second stick was sent for
kibriti, the bearer being told to hurry for his life and fetch
it.  The king now ordered some high officers who were in waiting
to approach. They come, almost crouching to their knees, with
eyes averted from the women, and n'yanzigged for the favour of
being called, till they streamed with perspiration.  Four young
women, virgins, the daughters of these high officers, nicely
dressed, were shown in as brides, and ordered to sit with the
other women.  A gamekeeper brought in baskets small antelopes,
called mpeo--with straight horns resembling those of the
saltiana, but with coats like the hog-deer of India--intended for
the royal kitchen.  Elderly gentlemen led in goats as commutation
for offences, and went through the ceremonies due for the favour
of being relieved of so much property.  Ten cows were then driven
in, plundered from Unyoro, and outside, the voices of the brave
army who captured them were heard n'yanzigging vehemently. 
Lastly, some beautifully made shields were presented, and,
because extolled, n'yanzigged over; when the king rose abruptly
and walked straight away, leaving my fools of men no better off
for food, no reparation for their broken heads, than if I had
never gone there.

22d.--I called on the queen to inquire after her health, and to
know how my men were to be fed; but, without giving me time to
speak, she flew at me again about my men plundering.  The old
story was repeated; I had forty-five hungry men, who must have
food, and unless either she or the king would make some proper
provision for them, I could not help it.  Again she promised to
feed them, but she objected to them bearing swords, "for of what
use are swords? If the Waganda don't like the Wanguana, can
swords prevail in our country?"  And, saying this, she walked
away.  I thought to myself that she must have directed the attack
upon my camp last night and is angry at the Wanguana swords
driving her men away.  At 3 p.m. I visited the king, to have a
private chat, and state my grievances; but the three shots fired
brought him out to levee, when animals and sundry other things
were presented; and appointments of Wakungu were made for the
late gallant services of some of the men in plundering Unyoro.

The old executioner, Kunza, being present, I asked the king to
pardon his son.  Surprised, at first Mtesa said, "Can it be
possible Bana has asked for this?"  And when assured, in great
glee he ordered the lad's release, amidst shouts of laughter from
everybody but the agitated father, who n'yanzigged, cried, and
fell at my feet, making a host of powerful signs as a token of
his gratitude; for his heart was too full of emotion to give
utterance to his feelings.  The king them, in high good-humour,
said, "You have called on me many times without broaching the
subject of Usoga, and perhaps you may fancy we are not exerting
ourselves in the matter; but my army is only now returning from
war" (meaning plundering in Unyoro), "and I am collecting another
one, which will open Usoga effectually."  Before I could say
anything, the king started up in his usual manner, inviting a
select few to follow him to another court, when my medicine-chest
was inspected, and I was asked to operate for fistula on one of
the royal executioners.  I had no opportunity of incurring this
responsibility; for while professing to prepare for the
operation, the king went off it a fling.

When I got home I found Sangoro, whom we thought lost or
murdered, quietly ensconced in camp.  He had been foraging by
himself a long way from camp, in a neighbourhood where many of
the king's women are kept; and it being forbidden ground, he was
taken up by the keepers, placed in the stocks, and fed, until to-
day, when he extricated his legs by means of his sword, and ran
away.  My ever-grumbling men mobbed me again, clamouring for
food, saying, as they eyed my goats, I lived at ease and
overlooked their wants.  In vain I told them they had fared more
abundantly than I had since we entered Uganda; whilst I spared my
goats to have a little flesh of their cows as rapidly as
possible, selling the skins for pombe, which I seldom tasted;
they robbed me as long as I had cloth or beads, and now they had
all become as fat as hogs by lifting food off the Waganda lands.
As I could not quiet them, I directed that, early next morning,
Maula should go to the king and Nasib to the queen, while I
proposed going to Kamraviona's to work them all three about this
affair of food.

23d.--According to the plan of last night, I called early on the
Kamraviona.  He promised me assistance, but with an air which
seemed to say, What are the sufferings of other men to me?  So I
went home to breakfast, doubting if anything ever would be done. 
As Kaggo, however, the second officer of importance, had
expressed a wish to see me, I sent Bombay to him for food, and
waited the upshot. Presently the king sent to say he wished to
see me with my compass; for the blackguard Maula had told him I
possessed a wonderful instrument, by looking at which I could
find my way all over the world.  I went as requested, and found
the king sitting outside the palace on my chair dressed in
cloths, with my silk neckerchief and crest-ring, playing his
flute in concert with his brothers, some thirty-odd young men and
boys, one half of them manacled, the other half free, with an
officer watching over them to see that they committed no

We then both sat side by side in the shade of the courtwalls,
conversed and had music by turns; for the king had invited his
brothers here to please me, the first step towards winning the
coveted compass.  My hair must now be shown and admired, then my
shoes taken off and inspected, and my trousers tucked up to show
that I am white all over.  Just at this time Bombay, who had been
in great request, came before us laden with plantains.  This was
most opportune; for the king asked what he had been about, and
then the true state of the case as regards my difficulties in
obtaining food were, I fancy, for the first time, made known to
him.  In a great fit of indignation he said, "I once killed a
hundred Wakungu in a single day, and now, if they won't feed my
guests, I will kill a hundred more; for I know the physic for
bumptiousness."  Then, sending his brothers away, he asked me to
follow him into the back part of the palace, as he loved me so
much he must show me everything.  We walked along under the
umbrella, first looking down one street of huts, then up another,
and, finally, passing the sleeping-chamber, stopped at one
adjoining it.  "That hut," said the king, "is the one I sleep in;
no one of my wives dare venture within it unless I call her."  He
let me feel immediately that for the distinction conferred on me
in showing me this sacred hut a return was expected.  Could I
after that refuse him such a mere trifle as a compass?  I told
him he might as well put my eyes out and ask me to walk home, as
take away that little instrument, which could be of no use to
him, as he could not read or understand it.  But this only
excited his cupidity; he watched it twirling round and pointing
to the north, and looked and begged again, until, tired of his
importunities, I told him I must wait until the Usoga road was
open before I could part with it, and then the compass would be
nothing to what I would give him.  Hearing this, "That is all on
my shoulders; as sure as I live it shall be done; for that
country has no king, and I have long been desirous of taking it." 
I declined, however, to give him the instrument on the security
of his promise, and he went to breakfast.

I walked off to Usungu to see what I could do for him in his
misery. I found that he had a complication of evils entirely
beyond my healing power, and among them inveterate forms of the
diseases which are generally associated with civilisation and its
social evils. I could do nothing to cure him, but promised to do
whatever was in my power to alleviate his sufferings.

24th.--Before breakfast I called on poor Usungu, prescribing hot
coffee to be drunk with milk every morning, which astonished him
not a little, as the negroes only use coffee for chewing.  He
gave my men pombe and plantains.  On my return I met a page sent
to invite me to the palace.  I found the king sitting with a
number of women. He was dressed in European clothes, part of them
being a pair of trousers he begged for yesterday, that he might
appear like Bana. This was his first appearance in trousers, and
his whole attire, contrasting strangely with his native
habiliments, was in his opinion very becoming, though to me a
little ridiculous; for the legs of the trousers, as well as the
sleeves of the waistcoat, were much too short, so that his black
feet and hands stuck out at the extremities as an organ-player's
monkey's do, whilst the cockscomb on his head prevented a fez
cap, which was part of his special costume for the occasion, from
sitting properly. This display over, the women were sent away,
and I saw shown into a court, where a large number of plantains
were placed in a line upon the ground for my men to take away,
and we were promised the same treat every day.  From this we
proceeded to another court, where we sat in the shade together,
when the women returned again, but were all dumb, because my
interpreters dared not for their lives say anything, even on my
account, to the king's women.  Getting tired, I took out my
sketch-book and drew Lubuga, the pet, which amused the king
immensely as he recognised her cockscomb.

Then twenty naked virgins, the daughters of Wakungu, all smeared
and shining with grease, each holding a small square of mbugu for
a fig-leaf, marched in a line before us, as a fresh addition to
the harem, whilst the happy fathers floundered n'yanzigging on
the ground, delighted to find their darlings appreciated by the
king. Seeing this done in such a quiet mild way before all my
men, who dared not lift their heads to see it, made me burst into
a roar of laughter, and the king, catching the infection from me,
laughed as well: but the laughing did not end there--for the
pages, for once giving way to nature, kept bursting--my men
chuckled in sudden gusts--while even the women, holding their
mouths for fear of detection, responded--and we all laughed
together.  Then a sedate old dame rose from the squatting mass,
ordered the virgins to right-about, and marched them off, showing
their still more naked reverses.  I now obtained permission for
the Wakungu to call upon me, and fancied I only required my
interpreters to speak out like men when I had anything to say, to
make my residence in Uganda both amusing and instructive; but
though the king, carried off by the prevailing good-humour of the
scene we had both witnessed, supported me, I found that he had
counter-ordered what he had said as soon as I had gone, and, in
fact, no Mkungu ever dared come near me.

25th.--To-day I visited Usungu again, and found him better.  He
gave pombe and plantains for my people, but would not talk to me,
though I told him he had permission to call on me.

I have now been for some time within the court precincts, and
have consequently had an opportunity of witnessing court customs. 
Among these, nearly every day since I have changed my residence,
incredible as it may appear to be, I have seen one, two, or three
of the wretched palace women led away to execution, tied by the
hand, and dragged along by one of the body-guard, crying out, as
she went to premature death, "Hai Minange!" (O my lord!)
"Kbakka!" (My king!) "Hai N'yawo!" (My mother!) at the top of her
voice, in the utmost despair and lamentation; and yet there was
not a soul who dared lift hand to save any of them, though many
might be heard privately commenting on their beauty.

26th.--To-day, to amuse the king, I drew a picture of himself
holding a levee, and proceeded to visit him.  On the way I found
the highroad thronged with cattle captured in Unyoro; and on
arrival at the ante-chamber, amongst the officers in waiting,
Masimbi (Mr Cowries or Shells), the queen's uncle, and Congow, a
young general, who once led an army into Unyoro, past Kamrasi's
palace. They said they had obtained leave for me to visit them,
and were eagerly looking out for the happy event.  At once, on
firing, I was admitted to the king's favourite place, which, now
that the king had a movable chair to sit upon, was the shade of
the court screen. We had a chat; the picture was shown to the
women; the king would like to have some more, and gave me leave
to draw in the palace any time I liked.  At the same time he
asked for my paint-box, merely to look at it.  Though I
repeatedly dunned him for it, I could never get it back from him
until I was preparing to leave Uganda.

27th.--After breakfast I started on a visit to Congow; but
finding he had gone to the king as usual, called at Masimbi's and
he being absent also, I took advantage of my proximity to the
queen's palace to call on her majesty.  For hours I was kept
waiting; firstly, because she was at breakfast; secondly, because
she was "putting on medicine"; and, thirdly, because the sun was
too powerful for her complexion; when I became tired of her
nonsense, and said, "If she does not wish to see me, she had
better say so at once, else I shall walk away; for the last time
I came I saw her but for a minute, when she rudely turned her
back upon me, and left me sitting by myself." I was told not to
be in a hurry--she would see me in the evening. This promise
might probably be fulfilled six blessed hours from the time when
it was made; but I thought to myself, every place in Uganda is
alike when there is no company at home, and so I resolved to sit
the time out, like Patience on a monument, hoping something funny
might turn up after all.

At last her majesty stumps out, squats behind my red blanket,
which is converted into a permanent screen, and says hastily, or
rather testily, "Can't Bana perceive the angry state of the
weather?--clouds flying about, and the wind blowing half a gale?
Whenever that is the case, I cannot venture out."  Taking her lie
without an answer, I said, I had now been fifty days or so doing
nothing in Uganda--not one single visitor of my own rank ever
came near me, and I could not associated with people far below
her condition and mine--in fact, all I had to amuse me at home
now was watching a hen lay her eggs upon my spare bed.  Her
majesty became genial, as she had been before, and promised to
provide me with suitable society.  I then told her I had desired
my officers several times to ask the king how marriages were
conducted in this country, as they appeared so different from
ours, but they always said they dared not put such a question to
him, and now I hoped she would explain it to me.  To tell her I
could not get anything from the king, I knew would be the surest
way of eliciting what I wanted from her, because of the jealousy
between the two courts; and in this instance it was fully proved,
for she brightened up at once, and, when I got her to understand
something of what I meant by a marriage ceremony, in high good
humour entered on a long explanation, to the following effect:--

There are no such things as marriages in Uganda; there are no
ceremonies attached to it.  If any Mkungu possessed of a pretty
daughter committed an offence, he might give her to the king as a
peace-offering; if any neighbouring king had a pretty daughter,
and the king of Uganda wanted her, she might be demanded as a
fitting tribute.  The Wakungu in Uganda are supplied with women
by the king, according to their merits, from seizures in battle
abroad, or seizures from refractory officers at home.  The women
are not regarded as property according to the Wanyamuezi
practice, though many exchange their daughters; and some women,
for misdemeanours, are sold into slavery; whilst others are
flogged, or are degraded to do all the menial services of the

The Wakungu then changed the subject by asking, if I married a
black woman, would there be any offspring, and what would be
their colour? The company now became jovial, when the queen
improved it by making a significant gesture, and with roars of
laughter asking me if I would like to be her son-in-law, for she
had some beautiful daughters, either of the Wahuma, or Waganda
breed. Rather staggered at first by this awful proposal, I
consulted Bombay what I should do with one if I got her.  He,
looking more to number one than my convenience, said, "By all
means accept the offer, for if YOU don't like her, WE should, and
it would be a good means of getting her out of this land of
death, for all black people love Zanzibar." The rest need not be
told; as a matter of course I had to appear very much gratified,
and as the bowl went round, all became uproarious.  I must wait a
day or two, however, that a proper selection might be made; and
when the marriage came off, I was to chain the fair one two or
three days, until she became used to me, else, from mere fright,
she might run away.

To keep up the spirits of the queen, though her frequent potions
of pombe had wellnigh done enough, I admired her neck-ring,
composed of copper wire, with a running inlaid twist of iron, and
asked her why she wore such a wreath of vine-leaves, as I had
often seen on some of the Wakungu.  On this she produced a number
of rings similar to the one she wore, and taking off her own,
placed it round my neck. Then, pointing to her wreath, she said,
"This is the badge of a kidnapper's office--whoever wears it,
catches little children." I inferred that its possession, as an
insignia of royalty, conferred on the bearer the power of
seizure, as the great seal in this country confers power on
public officers.

The queen's dinner was now announced; and, desiring me to remain
where I was for a short time, she went to it.  She sent me
several dishes (plantain-leaves), with well-cooked beef and
mutton, and a variety of vegetables, from her table, as well as a
number of round moist napkins, made in the shape of wafers, from
the freshly-drawn plantain fibres, to wash the hands and face
with.  There was no doubt now about her culinary accomplishments. 
I told her so when she returned, and that I enjoyed her parties
all the more because they ended with a dinner.  "More pombe, more
pombe," cried the queen, full of mirth and glee, helping
everybody round in turn, and shouting and laughing at their
Kiganda witticisms--making, though I knew not a word said, an
amusing scene to behold--till the sun sank; and her majesty
remarking it, turned to her court and said, "If I get up, will
Bana also rise, and not accuse me of deserting him?"  With this
speech a general rising took place, and, watching the queen's
retiring, I stood with my hat in hand, whilst all the Wakungu
fell upon their knees, and then all separated.

28th.--I went to the palace, and found, as usual, a large levee
waiting the king's pleasure to appear; amongst whom were the
Kamraviona, Masimbi, and the king's sister Miengo.  I fired my
gun, and admitted at once, but none of the others could follow me
save Miengo.  The king, sitting on the chair with his women by
his side, ordered twelve cloths, the presents of former Arab
visitors, to be brought before him; and all of these I was
desired to turn into European garments, like my own coats,
trousers, and waistcoats. It was no use saying I had no tailors--
the thing must be done somehow; for he admired my costume
exceedingly, and wished to imitate it now he had cloth enough for
ever to dispense with the mbugu.

As I had often begged the king to induce his men, who are all
wonderfully clever artisans, to imitate the chair and other
things I gave him, I now told him if he would order some of his
sempsters, who are far cleverer with the needle than my men, to
my camp, I would cut up some old clothes, and so teach them how
to work. This was agreed to, and five cows were offered as a
reward; but as his men never came, mine had to do the job.

Maula then engaged the king's attention for fully an hour,
relating what wonderful things Bana kept in his house, if his
majesty would only deign to see them; and for this humbug got
rewarded by a present of three women.  Just at this juncture an
adjutant flew overhead, and, by way of fun, I presented my gun,
when the excited king, like a boy from school, jumped up,
forgetting his company, and cried, "Come, Bana, and shoot the
nundo; I know where he has gone--follow me."  And away we went,
first through one court, then through another, till we found the
nundo perched on a tree, looking like a sedate old gentleman with
a bald head, and very sharp, long nose.  Politeness lost the
bird; for whilst I wished the king to shoot, he wished me to do
so, from fear of missing it himself.  He did not care about
vultures--he could practise at them at any time; but he wanted a
nundo above all things.  The bird, however, took the hint, and
flew away.

                          Chapter XIII

                   Palace, Uganda--Continued

A Visit to a Distinguished Statesman--A Visit from the King--
Royal Sport--The Queen's Present of Wives--The Court Beauties and
their Reverses--Judicial Procedure in Uganda--Buffalo-Hunting--A
Musical Party--My Medical Practice--A Royal Excursion on the
N'yanza-- The Canoes of Uganda--A Regatta--Rifle Practice--
Domestic Difficulties--Interference of a Magician--The King's

29th.--According to appointment I went early this morning to
visit Congow.  He kept me some time waiting in his outer hut, and
then called me in to where I found him sitting with his women--a
large group, by no means pretty.  His huts are numerous, the
gardens and courts all very neat and well kept.  He was much
delighted with my coming, produced pombe, and asked me what I
thought of his women, stripping them to the waist.  He assured me
that he had thus paid me such a compliment as nobody else had
ever obtained, since the Waganda are very jealous of one another-
-so much so, that any one would be killed if found starring upon
a woman even in the highways. I asked him what use he had for so
many women?  To which he replied, "None whatever; the king gives
them to us to keep up our rank, sometimes as many as one hundred
together, and we either turn them into wives, or make servants of
them, as we please."  Just then I heard that Mkuenda, the queen's
woman-keeper, was outside waiting for me, but dared not come in,
because Congow's women were all out; so I asked leave to go home
to breakfast, much to the surprise of Congow, who thought I was
his guest for the whole day.  It is considered very indecorous in
Uganda to call upon two persons in one day, though even the king
or the queen should be one of them.  Then, as there was no help
for it--Congow could not detain me when hungry--he showed me a
little boy, the only child he had, and said, with much fatherly
pride, "Both the king and queen have called on me to see this
fine little fellow"; and we parted to meet again some other day. 
Outside his gate I found Mkuenda, who said the queen had sent him
to invite "her son" to bring her some stomach medicine in the
morning, and come to have a chat with her.  With Mkuenda I walked
home; but he was so awed by the splendour of my hut, with its few
blankets and bit of chintz, that he would not even sit upon a
cow-skin, but asked if any Waganda dared venture in there.  He
was either too dazzled or too timid to answer any questions, and
in a few minutes walked away again.

After this, I had scarcely swallowed by breakfast before I
received a summons from the king to meet him out shooting, with
all the Wanguana armed, and my guns; and going towards the
palace, found him with a large staff, pages and officers as well
as women, in a plantain garden, looking eagerly out for birds,
whilst his band was playing.  In addition to his English dress,
he wore a turban, and pretended that the glare of the sun was
distressing his eyes--for, in fact, he wanted me to give him a
wideawake like my own.  Then, as if a sudden freak had seized
him, though I knew it was on account of Maula's having excited
his curiosity, he said, "Where does Bana live? lead away." 
Bounding and scrambling, the Wakungu, the women and all, went
pell-mell through everything towards my hut.  If the Kamraviona
or any of the boys could not move fast enough, on account of the
crops on the fields, they were piked in the back till half
knocked over; but, instead of minding, they trotted on,
n'yanzigging as if honoured by a kingly poke, though treated like
so many dogs.

Arrived at the hut, the king took off his turban as I took off my
hat, and seated himself on my stool; whilst the Kamraviona, with
much difficulty, was induced to sit upon a cowskin, and the women
at first were ordered to squat outside.  Everything that struck
the eye was much admired and begged for, though nothing so much
as my wideawake and mosquito-curtains; then, as the women were
allowed to have a peep in and see Bana in his den, I gave them
two sacks of beads, to make the visit profitable, the only
alternative left me from being forced into inhospitality, for no
one would drink from my cup.  Moreover, a present was demanded by
the laws of the country.

The king, excitedly impatient, now led the way again, shooting
hurry-scurry through my men's lines, which were much commented on
as being different from Waganda hutting, on to the tall tree with
the adjutant's nest.  One young bird was still living in it. 
There was no shot, so bullets must be fired; and the cunning
king, wishing to show off, desired me to fire simultaneously with
himself.  We fired, but my bullet struck the bough the nest was
resting on; we fired again, and the bullet passed through the
nest without touching the bird.  I then asked the king to allow
me to try his Whitworth, to which a little bit of stick, as a
charm to secure a correct aim, had been tied below the trigger-
guard.  This time I broke the bird's leg, and knocked him half
out of the nest; so, running up to the king, I pointed to the
charm, saying, That has done it--hoping to laugh him out of the
folly; but he took my joke in earnest, and he turned to his men,
commenting on the potency of the charm.  Whilst thus engaged, I
took another rifle and brought the bird down altogether.  "Woh,
woh, woh!" shouted the king; "Bana, Mzungu, Mzungu!" he repeated,
leaping and clapping his hands, as he ran full speed to the
prostrate bird, whilst the drums beat, and the Wakungu followed
him: "Now, is not this a wonder? but we must go and shoot
another."  "Where?" I said; "we may walk a long way without
finding, if we have nothing but our eyes to see with.  Just send
for your telescope, and then I will show you how to look for
birds." Surprised at this announcement, the king sent his pages
flying for the instrument, and when it came I instructed him how
to use it; when he could see with it, and understand its powers,
his astonishment knew no bounds; and, turning to his Wakungu, he
said, laughing, "Now I do see the use of this thing I have been
shutting up in the palace.  On that distant tree I can see three
vultures.  To its right there is a hut, with a woman sitting
inside the portal, and many goats are feeding all about the
palace, just as large and distinct as if I was close by them."

The day was now far spent, and all proceeded towards the palace.
On the way a mistletoe was pointed out as a rain-producing tree,
probably because, on a former occasion, I had advised the king to
grow groves of coffee-trees about his palace to improve its
appearance, and supply the court with wholesome food--at the same
time informing him that trees increase the falls of rain in a
country, though very high ones would be dangerous, because they
attract lightning.  Next the guns must be fired off; and, as it
would be a pity to waste lead, the king, amidst thunders of
applause, shot five cows, presenting his gun from the shoulder.

So ended the day's work in the field, but not at home; for I had
hardly arrived there before the pages hurried in to beg for
powder and shot, then caps, then cloth, and, everything else
failing, a load of beads.  Such are the persecutions of this
negro land-- the host every day must beg something in the most
shameless manner from his guest, on the mere chance of gaining
something gratis, though I generally gave the king some trifle
when he least expected it, and made an excuse that he must wait
for the arrival of fresh stores from Gani when he asked.

30th.--To fulfil my engagement with the queen, I walked off to
her palace with stomach medicine, thinking we were now such warm
friends, all pride and distant ceremonies would be dispensed
with; but, on the contrary, I was kept waiting for hours till I
sent in word to say, if she did not want medicine, I wished to go
home, for I was tired of Uganda and everything belonging to it. 
This message brought her to her gate, where she stood laughing
till the Wahuma girls she had promised me, one of twelve and the
other a little older, were brought in and made to squat in front
of us. The elder, who was in the prime of youth and beauty, very
large of limb, dark in colour, cried considerably; whilst the
younger one, though very fair, had a snubby nose and everted
lips, and laughed as if she thought the change in her destiny
very good fun.  I had now to make my selection, and took the
smaller one, promising her to Bombay as soon as we arrived on the
coast, where, he said, she would be considered a Hubshi or
Abyssinian.  But when the queen saw what I had done, she gave me
the other as well, saying the little one was too young to go
alone, and, if separated, she would take fright and run away. 
Then with a gracious bow I walked of with my two fine specimens
of natural history, though I would rather have had princes, that
I might have taken them home to be instructed in England; but the
queen, as soon as we had cleared the palace, sent word to say she
must have another parting look at her son with his wives.  Still
laughing, she said, "That will do; you look beautiful; now go
away home"; and off we trotted, the elder sobbing bitterly, the
younger laughing.

As soon as we reached home, my first inquiry was concerning their
histories, of which they appeared to know but very little. The
elder, whom I named Meri (plantains), was obtained by Sunna, the
late king, as a wife, from Nkole; and though she was a mere
Kahala, or girl, when the old king died, he was so attached to
her he gave her twenty cows, in order that she might fatten up on
milk after her native fashion; but on Sunna's death, when the
establishment of women was divided, Meri fell to N'yamasore's
(the queen's) lot.  The lesser one, who still retains the name of
Kahala, said she was seized in Unyoro by the Waganda, who took
her to N'yamasore, but what became of her father and mother she
could not say.

It was now dinner-time, and as the usual sweet potatoes and
goat's flesh were put upon my box-table, I asked them to dine
with me, and we became great friends, for they were assured they
would finally get good houses and gardens at Zanzibar; but
nothing would induce either of them to touch food that had been
cooked with butter.  A dish of plantains and goat-flesh was then
prepared; but though Kahala wished to eat it, Meri rejected the
goat's flesh, and would not allow Kahala to taste it either; and
thus began a series of domestic difficulties.  On inquiring how I
could best deal with my difficult charge, I was told the Wahuma
pride was so great, and their tempers so strong, they were more
difficult to break in than a phunda, or donkey, though when once
tamed, they became the best of wives.

31st.--I wished to call upon the queen and thank her for her
charming present, but my hungry men drove me to the king's palace
in search of food.  The gun firing brought Mtesa out, prepared
for a shooting trip, with his Wakungu leading, the pages carrying
his rifle and ammunition, and a train of women behind.  The first
thing seen outside the palace gate was a herd of cows, from which
four were selected and shot at fifty paces by the king, firing
from his shoulder, amidst thunders of applause and hand-shakings
of the elders.  I never saw them dare touch the king's hand
before. Then Mtesa, turning kindly to me, said, "Pray take a
shot"; but I waived the offer off, saying he could kill better
himself. Ambitious of a cut above cows, the king tried his hand
at some herons perched on a tree, and, after five or six
attempts, hit one in the eye.  Hardly able to believe in his own
skill, he stood petrified at first, and then ran madly to the
fallen bird, crying, "Woh, woh, woh! can this be?--is it true? 
Woh, woh!"  He jumped in the air, and all his men and women
shouted in concert with him. Then he rushes at me, takes both my
hands--shakes, shakes--woh, woh!--then runs to his women, then to
his men; shakes them all, woh-wohing, but yet not shaking or
wohing half enough for his satisfaction, for he is mad with joy
at his own exploit.

The bird is then sent immediately to his mother, whilst he
retires to his palace, woh-wohing, and taking "ten to the dozen"
all the way and boasting of his prowess.  "Now, Bana, tell me--do
you not think, if two such shots as you and I were opposed to an
elephant, would he have any chance before us?  I know I can
shoot--I am certain of it now.  You have often asked me to go
hippopotamus-shooting with you, but I staved it off until I
learnt the way to shoot.  Now, however, I can shoot--and that
remarkably well too, I flatter myself.  I will have at them, and
both of us will go on the lake together." The palace was now
reached; musicians were ordered to play before the king, and
Wakungu appointments were made to celebrate the feats of the day. 
Then the royal cutler brought in dinner-knives made of iron,
inlaid with squares of copper and brass, and goats and vegetables
were presented as usual, when by torchlight we were dismissed, my
men taking with them as many plantains as they could carry.

1st.--I stayed at home all this day, because the king and queen
had set it apart for looking at and arranging their horns--
mapembe, or fetishes, as the learned call such things--to see
that there are no imperfections in the Uganga.  This was
something like an inquiry into the ecclesiastical condition of
the country, while, at the same time, it was a religious
ceremony, and, as such, was appropriate to the first day after
the new moon appears.  This being the third moon by account, in
pursuance of ancient customs, all the people about court,
including the king, shaved their heads--the king, however,
retaining his cockscomb, the pages their double cockades, and the
other officers their single cockades on the back of the head, or
either side, according to the official rank of each.  My men were
occupied making trousers for the king all day; whilst the pages,
and those sent to learn the art of tailoring, instead of doing
their duty, kept continually begging for something to present the

2d.--The queen now taking a sporting fit into her head, sent for
me early in the morning, with all my men, armed, to shoot a
crested crane in her palace; but though we were there as
required, we were kept waiting till late in the afternoon, when,
instead of talking about shooting, as her Wakungu had forbidden
her doing it, she asked after her two daughters--whether they had
run away, or if they liked their new abode?  I replied I was
sorry circumstances did not permit my coming to thank her sooner,
for I felt grateful beyond measure to her for having charmed my
house with such beautiful society.  I did not follow her advice
to chain either of them with iron, for I found cords of love, the
only instrument white men know the use of, quite strong enough. 
Fascinated with this speech, she said she would give me another
of a middle age between the two, expecting, as I thought, that
she would thus induce me to visit her more frequently than I did
her son; but, though I thanked her, it frightened me from
visiting her for ages after.

She then said, with glowing pride, casting a sneer on the king's
hospitality, "In the days of yore, Sunna, whenever visitors came
to see him, immediately presented them with women, and, secondly,
with food; for he was very particular in looking after his
guests' welfare, which is not exactly what you find the case now,
I presume."  The rest of the business of the day consisted in
applications for medicine and medical treatment, which it was
difficult satisfactorily to meet.

3d.--To-day Katumba, the king's head page, was sent to me with
deoles to be made into trousers and waistcoats, and a large
sixty-dollar silk I had given him to cover the chair with.  The
king likes rich colours, and I was solemnly informed that he will
never wear anything but clothes like Bana.

4th.--By invitation I went to the palace at noon, with guns, and
found the king holding a levee, the first since the new moon,
with all heads shaved in the manner I have mentioned.  Soon
rising, he showed the way through the palace to a pond, which is
described as his bathing N'yanza, his women attending, and pages
leading the way with his guns.  From this we passed on to a
jungle lying between the palace hill and another situated at the
northern end of the lake, where wild buffaloes frequently lie
concealed in the huge papyrus rushes of a miry drain; but as none
could be seen at that moment, we returned again to the palace. 
He showed me large mounds of earth, in the shape of cocked hats,
which are private observatories, from which the surrounding
country can be seen. By the side of these observatories are huts,
smaller than the ordinary ones used for residing in, where the
king, after the exertion of "looking out," takes his repose. 
Here he ordered fruit to be brought--the Matunguru, a crimson pod
filled with acid seeds, which has only been observed growing by
the rivers or waters of Uganda--and Kasori, a sort of liquorice-
root.  He then commenced eating with us, and begging again,
unsuccessfully, for my compass. I tried again to make him see the
absurdity of tying a charm on Whitworth's rifle, but without the
least effect.  In fact he mistook all my answers for admiration,
and asked me, in the simplest manner possible, if I would like to
possess a charm; and even when I said "No, I should be afraid of
provoking Lubari's" (God's) "anger if I did so," he only wondered
at my obstinacy, so thoroughly was he wedded to his belief.  He
then called for his wideawake, and walked with us into another
quarter of his palace, when he entered a dressing-hut, followed
by a number of full-grown, stark-naked women, his valets; at the
same time ordering a large body of women to sit on one side the
entrance, whilst I, with Bombay, were directed to sit on the
other, waiting till he was ready to hold another levee. From
this, we repaired to the great throne-hut, where all his Wakungu
at once formed court, and business was commenced.  Amongst other
things, an officer, by name Mbogo, or the Buffalo, who had been
sent on a wild-goose chase to look after Mr Petherick, described
a journey he had made, following down the morning sun. After he
had passed the limits of plantain-eating men, he came upon men
who lived upon meat alone, who never wore mbugus, but either
cloth or skins, and instead of the spear they used the double-
edged sime.  He called the people Wasewe, and their chief Kisawa;
but the company pronounced them to be Masawa (Masai).

After this, about eighty men were marched into the court, with
their faces blackened, and strips of plantain-bark tied on their
heads, each holding up a stick in his hand in place of a spear,
under the regulation that no person is permitted to carry weapons
of any sort in the palace.  They were led by an officer, who,
standing like a captain before his company, ordered them to jump
and praise the king, acting the part of fugleman himself. Then
said the king, turning to me, "Did I not tell you I had sent many
men to fight? These are some of my army returned; the rest are
coming, and will eventually, when all are collected, go in a body
to fight in Usoga." Goats and other peace-offerings were then
presented; and, finally a large body of officers came in with an
old man, with his two ears shorn off for having been too handsome
in his youth, and a young woman who, after four days' search, had
been discovered in his house.  They were brought for judgment
before the king.

Nothing was listened to but the plaintiff's statement, who said
he had lost the woman four days, and, after considerable search,
had found her concealed by the old man, who was indeed old enough
to be her grandfather.  From all appearances one would have said
the wretched girl had run away from the plaintiff's house in
consequence of ill treatment, and had harboured herself on this
decrepid old man without asking his leave; but their voices in
defence were never heard, for the king instantly sentenced both
to death, to prevent the occurrence of such impropriety again;
and, to make the example more severe, decreed that their lives
should not be taken at once, but, being fed to preserve life as
long as possible, they were to be dismembered bit by bit, as
rations for the vultures, every day, until life was extinct.  The
dismayed criminals, struggling to be heard, in utter despair,
were dragged away boisterously in the most barbarous manner, to
the drowning music of the milele and drums.

The king, in total unconcern about the tragedy he had thus
enacted, immediately on their departure said, "Now, then, for
shooting, Bana; let us look at your gun."  It happened to be
loaded, but fortunately only with powder, to fire my announcement
at the palace; for he instantly placed caps on the nipples, and
let off one barrel by accident, the contents of which stuck in
the thatch.  This created a momentary alarm, for it was supposed
the thatch had taken fire; but it was no sooner suppressed than
the childish king, still sitting on his throne, to astonish his
officers still more, levelled the gun from his shoulder, fired
the contents of the second barrel into the faces of his squatting
Wakungu, and then laughed at his own trick.  In the meanwhile
cows were driven in, which the king ordered his Wakungu to shoot
with carbines; and as they missed them, he showed them the way to
shoot with the Whitworth, never missing. The company now broke
up, but I still clung to the king, begging him to allow me to
purchase food with beads, as I wanted it, for my establishment
was always more or less in a starving state; but he only said,
"Let us know what you want and you shall always have it"; which,
in Uganda, I knew from experience only meant, Don't bother me any
more, but give me your spare money, and help yourself from my
spacious gardens--Uganda is before you.

5th--To-day the king went on a visit with his mother, and
therefore neither of them could be seen by visitors.  I took a
stroll towards the N'yanza, passing through the plantain-groves
occupied by the king's women, where my man Sangoro had been twice
taken up by the Mgemma and put in the stocks.  The plantain
gardens were beautifully kept by numerous women, who all ran away
from fright at seeing me, save one who, taken by surprise, threw
herself flat on the ground, rolled herself up in her mbugu, and,
kicking with her naked heels, roared murder and help, until I
poked her up, and reproached her for her folly.  This little
incident made my fairies bolder, and, sidling up to me one by
one, they sat in a knot with me upon the ground; then clasping
their heads with their hands, they woh-wohed in admiration of the
white man; they never in all their lives saw anything so
wonderful; his wife and children must be like him; what would not
Sunna have given for such a treat?--but it was destined to
Mtesa's lot.  What is the interpretation of this sign, if it does
not point to the favour in which Mtesa is upheld by the spirits? 
I wished to go, but no: "Stop a little more," they said, all in a
breath, or rather out of breath in their excitement; "remove the
hat and show the hair; take off the shoes and tuck up the
trousers; what on earth is kept in the pockets?  Oh, wonder of
wonders!--and the iron!"  As I put the watch close to the ear of
one of them, "Tick, tick, ticks--woh, woh, woh"--everybody must
hear it; and then the works had to be seen.  "Oh, fearful!" said
one, "hide your faces: it is the Lubari.  Shut it up, Bana, shut
it up; we have seen enough; but you will come again and bring us
beads."  So ended the day's work.

6th.--To-day I sent Bombay to the palace for food.  Though rain
fell in torrents, he found the king holding a levee, giving
appointments, plantations, and women, according to merit, to his
officers.  As one officer, to whom only one woman was given,
asked for more, the king called him an ingrate, and ordered him
to be cut to pieces on the spot; and the sentence was, as Bombay
told me, carried into effect-- not with knives, for they are
prohibited, but with strips of sharp-edged grass, after the
executioners had first dislocated his neck by a blow delivered
behind the head, with a sharp, heavy-headed club.

No food, however, was given to my men, though the king,
anticipating Bombay's coming, sent me one load of tobacco, one of
butter, and one of coffee.  My residence in Uganda became much
more merry now, for all the women of the camp came daily to call
on my two little girls; during which time they smoked my tobacco,
chewed my coffee, drank my pombe, and used to amuse me with queer
stories of their native land. Rozaro's sister also came, and
proposed to marry me, for Maula, she said, was a brutal man; he
killed one of his women because he did not like her, and now he
had clipped one of this poor creature's ears off for trying to
run away from him; and when abused for his brutality, he only
replied, "It was no fault of his, as the king set the example in
the country."

In the evening I took a walk with Kahala, dressed in a red scarf,
and in company with Lugoi, to show my children off in the gardens
to my fair friends of yesterday.  Everybody was surprised.  The
Mgemma begged us to sit with him and drink pombe, which he
generously supplied to our heart's content; wondered at the
beauty of Kahala, wished I would give him a wife like her, and
lamented that the king would not allow his to wear such pretty
clothes.  We passed on a little farther, and were invited to sit
with another man, Lukanikka, to drink pombe and chew coffee--
which we did as before, meeting with the same remarks; for all
Waganda, instructed by the court, know the art of flattery better
than any people in the world, even including the French.

7th.--In the morning, whilst it rained hard, the king sent to say
that he had started buffalo-shooting, and expected me to join
him. After walking a mile beyond the palace, we found him in a
plantain garden, dressed in imitation of myself, wideawake and
all, the perfect picture of a snob.  He sent me a pot of pombe,
which I sent home to the women, and walked off for the shooting-
ground, two miles further on, the band playing in the front,
followed by some hundred Wakungu--then the pages, then the king,
next myself, and finally the women--the best in front, the worst
bringing up the rear, with the king's spears and shield, as also
pots of pombe, a luxury the king never moves without.  It was
easy to see there would be no sport, still more useless of offer
any remarks, therefore all did as they were bid.  The broad road,
like all in Uganda, went straight over hill and dale, the heights
covered with high grass or plantain groves, and the valleys with
dense masses of magnificent forest-trees surrounding swamps
covered with tall rushes half bridged.  Proceeding on, as we came
to the first water, I commenced flirtations with Mtesa's women,
much to the surprise of the king and every one.  The bridge was
broken, as a matter of course; and the logs which composed it,
lying concealed beneath the water, were toed successively by the
leading men, that those who followed should not be tripped up by
them.  This favour the king did for me, and I in return for the
women behind; they had never been favoured in their lives with
such gallantry, and therefore could not refrain from laughing,
which attracted the king's notice and set everybody in a giggle;
for till now no mortal man had ever dared communicate with his

Shortly after this we left the highway, and, turning westwards,
passed through a dense jungle towards the eastern shores of the
Murchison Creek, cut by runnels and rivulets, where on one
occasion I offered, by dumb signs to carry the fair ones pick-a-
back over, and after crossing a second myself by a floating log,
offered my hand.  The leading wife first fears to take it, then
grows bold and accepts it; when the prime beauty, Lubuga,
following in her wake, and anxious to feel, I fancy, what the
white man is like, with an imploring face holds out both her
hands in such a captivating manner, that though I feared to draw
attention by waiting any longer, I could not resist compliance. 
The king noticed it; but instead of upbraiding me, passed it off
as a joke, and running up to the Kamraviona, gave him a poke in
the ribs, and whispered what he had seen, as if it had been a
secret.  "Woh, woh!" says the Kamraviona, "what wonders will
happen next?"

We were now on the buffalo ground; but nothing could be seen save
some old footprints of buffaloes, and a pitfall made for catching
them.  By this time the king was tired; and as he saw me
searching for a log to sit upon, he made one of his pages kneel
upon all fours and sat upon his back, acting the monkey in aping
myself; for otherwise he would have sat on a mbugu, in his
customary manner, spread on the ground.  We returned, pushing
along, up one way, then another, without a word, in thorough
confusion, for the king delights in boyish tricks, which he has
learned to play successfully.  Leaving the road and plunging into
thickets of tall grass, the band and Wakungu must run for their
lives, to maintain the order of march, by heading him at some
distant point of exit from the jungle; whilst the Kamraviona,
leading the pages and my men, must push head first, like a herd
of buffaloes, through the sharp-cutting grass, at a sufficient
rate to prevent the royal walk from being impeded; and the poor
women, ready to sink with exhaustion, can only be kept in their
places by fear of losing their lives.

We had been out the whole day; still he did not tire of these
tricks, and played them incessantly till near sundown, when we
entered the palace.  Then the women and Wakungu separating from
us, we--that is, the king, the Kamraviona, pages, and myself--sat
down to a warm feast of sweet potatoes and plantains, ending with
pombe and fruit, whilst moist circular napkins, made in the shape
of magnificent wafers out of plantain fibre, acted at once both
the part of water and towel.  This over, as the guns had to be
emptied, and it was thought sinful to waste the bullets, four
cows were ordered in and shot by the king.  Thus ended the day,
my men receiving one of the cows.

8th.--As Mtesa was tired with his yesterday's work, and would not
see anybody, I took Lugoi and Kahala, with a bundle of beads, to
give a return to the Mgemma for his late treat of pombe. His
household men and women were immensely delighted with us, but
more so, they said, for the honour of the visit.  They gave us
more pombe, and introduced us to one of N'yamasore's numerous
sisters, who was equally charmed with myself and my children. The
Mgemma did not know how he could treat us properly, he said, for
he was only a poor man; but he would order some fowls, that I
might carry them away.  When I refused this offer, because we
came to see him, and not to rob him, he thought it the most
beautiful language, and said he would bring them to the house
himself. I added, I hoped he would do so in company with his
wife, which he promised, though he never dared fulfil the
promise; and, on our leaving, set all his servants to escort us
beyond the premises. In the evening, as the king's musicians
passed the camp, I ordered them in to play the milele, and give
my men and children a treat of dancing.  The performers received
a bundle of beads and went away happy.

9th.--I called on Congow, but found him absent, waiting on the
king, as usual; and the king sent for my big rifle to shoot birds

10th.--In consequence of my having explained to the king the
effect of the process of distilling, and the way of doing it, he
sent a number of earthen pots and bugus of pombe that I might
produce some spirits for him; but as the pots sent were not made
after the proper fashion, I called at the palace and waited all
day in the hope of seeing him.  No one, however, dared enter his
cabinet, where he had been practising "Uganga" all day, and so
the pombe turned sour and useless.  Such are the ways of Uganda
all over.

11th.--The king was out shooting; and as nothing else could be
done, I invited Uledi's pretty wife Guriku to eat a mutton
breakfast, and teach my child Meri not to be so proud.  In this
we were successful; but whether her head had been turned, as
Bombay thought, or what else, we know not; but she would neither
walk, nor talk, nor do anything but lie at full length all day
long, smoking and lounging in thorough indolence.

12th.--I distilled some fresh pombe for the king; and taking it
to him in the afternoon, fired guns to announce arrival.  He was
not visible, while fearful shrieks were heard from within, and
presently a beautiful woman, one of the king's sisters, with
cockscomb erect, was dragged out to execution, bewailing and
calling on her king, the Kamraviona, and Mzungu, by turns, to
save her life.  Would to God I could have done it! but I did not
know her crime, if crime she had committed, and therefore had to
hold my tongue, whilst the Kamraviona, and other Wakungu present,
looked on with utter unconcern, not daring to make the slightest
remark.  It happened that Irungu was present in the ante-chamber
at this time; and as Maula came with my party, they had a fight
in respect to their merits for having brought welcome guests to
their king.  Mtesa, it was argued, had given N'yamgundu more
women and men than he did to Maula, because he was the first to
bring intelligence of our coming, as well as that of K'yengo, and
Suworora's hongo to his king; whilst, finally, he superseded
Maula by taking me out of his charge, and had done a further good
service by sending men on to Karague to fetch both Grant and

Maula, although he had received the second reward, had literally
done nothing, whilst Irungu had been years absent at Usui, and
finally had brought a valuable hongo, yet he got less than Maula. 
This, Irungu said, was an injustice he would not stand;
N'yamgundu fairly earned his reward, but Maula must have been
tricking to get more than himself.  He would get a suitable
offering of wire, and lay his complaint in court the first
opportunity. "Pooh, pooh! nonsense!" says Maula, laughing; "I
will give him more wires than you, and then let us see who will
win the king's ear." Upon this the two great children began
collecting wire and quarrelling until the sun went down, and I
went home.  I did not return to a quiet dinner, as I had hoped,
but to meet the summons of the king.  Thinking it policy to obey,
I found him waiting my coming in the palace.  He made apologies
for not answering my gun, and tasted some spirits resembling
toddy, which I had succeeded in distilling.  He imbibed it with
great surprise; it was wonderful tipple; he must have some more;
and, for the purpose of brewing better, would send the barrel of
an old Brown Bess musket, as well as more pombe and wood in the

13th.--As nothing was done all day, I took the usual promenade in
the Seraglio Park, and was accosted by a very pretty little
woman, Kariana, wife of Dumba, who, very neatly dressed, was
returning from a visit.  At first she came trotting after me,
then timidly paused, then advanced, and, as I approached, stood
spellbound at my remarkable appearance.  At last recovering
herself, she woh-wohed with all the coquetry of a Mganda woman,
and a flirtation followed; she must see my hair, my watch, the
contents of my pockets-- everything; but that was not enough.  I
waved adieu, but still she followed.  I offered my arm, showing
her how to take it in European fashion, and we walked along to
the surprise of everybody, as if we had been in Hyde Park rather
than in Central Africa, flirting and coquetting all the way.  I
was surprised that no one came to prevent her forwardness; but
not till I almost reached home did any one appear; and then, with
great scolding, she was ordered to return-- not, however, without
her begging I would call in and see her on some future occasion,
when she would like to give me some pombe.

14th.--As conflicting reports came about Grant, the king very
courteously, at my request, forwarded letters to him.  I passed
the day in distilling pombe, and the evening in calling on Mrs
Dumba, with Meri, Kahala, Lugoi, and a troop of Wanyamuezi women. 
She was very agreeable; but as her husband was attending the
palace, could not give pombe, and instead gave my female escort
sundry baskets of plaintains and potatoes, signifying a dinner,
and walked half-way home, flirting with me as before.

15th--I called on the king with all the spirits I had made, as
well as the saccharine residue.  We found him holding a levee,
and receiving his offerings of a batch of girls, cows, goats, and
other things of an ordinary nature.  One of the goats presented
gave me an opportunity of hearing one of the strangest stories I
had yet heard in this strange country: it was a fine for
attempted regicide, which happened yesterday, when a boy, finding
the king alone, which is very unusual, walked up to him and
threatened to kill him, because, he said, he took the lives of
men unjustly.  The king explained by description and pantomime
how the affair passed. When the youth attacked him he had in his
hand the revolving pistol I had given him, and showed us, holding
the pistol to his cheek, how he had presented the muzzle to the
boy, which, though it was unloaded, so frightened him that he ran
away.  All the courtiers n'yanzigged vigorously for the
condescension of the king in telling the story.  There must have
been some special reason why, in a court where trifling breaches
of etiquette were punished with a cruel death, so grave a crime
should have been so leniently dealt with; but I could not get at
the bottom of the affair.  The culprit, a good-looking young
fellow of sixteen or seventeen, who brought in the goat, made his
n'yanzigs, stroked the goat and his own face with his hands,
n'yanzigged again with prostrations, and retired.

After this scene, officers announced the startling fact that two
white men had been seen at Kamrasi's, one with a beard like
myself, the other smooth-faced.  I jumped at this news, and said,
"Of course, they are there; do let me send a letter to them." I
believed it to be Petherick and a companion whom I knew he was to
bring with him.  The king, however, damped my ardour by saying
the information was not perfect, and we must wait until certain
Wakungu, whom he sent to search in Unyoro, returned.

16th.--The regions about the palace were all in a state of
commotion to-day, men and women running for their lives in all
directions, followed by Wakungu and their retainers.  The cause
of all this commotion was a royal order to seize sundry
refractory Wakungu, with their property, wives, concubines--if
such a distinction can be made in this country--and families all
together.  At the palace Mtesa had a musical party, playing the
flute occasionally himself. After this he called me aside, and
said, "Now, Bana, I wish you would instruct me, as you have often
proposed doing, for I wish to learn everything, though I have
little opportunity for doing so." Not knowing what was uppermost
in his mind, I begged him to put whatever questions he liked, and
he should be answered seriatim-- hoping to find him inquisitive
on foreign matters; but nothing was more foreign to his mind:
none of his countrymen ever seemed to think beyond the sphere of

The whole conversation turned on medicines, or the cause and
effects of diseases.  Cholera, for instance, very much affected
the land at certain seasons, creating much mortality, and
vanishing again as mysteriously as it came.  What brought this
scourge? and what would cure it?  Supposing a man had a headache,
what should he take for it? or a leg ache, or a stomach-ache, or
itch; in fact, going the rounds of every disease he knew, until,
exhausting the ordinary complaints, he went into particulars in
which he was personally much interested; but I was unfortunately
unable to prescribe medicines which produce the physical
phenomenon next to his heart.

17th.--I called upon the king by appointment, and found a large
court, where the Wakungu caught yesterday, and sentenced to
execution, received their reprieve on paying fines of cattle and
young damsels--their daughters.  A variety of charms, amongst
which were some bits of stick strung on leather and covered with
serpent-skin, were presented and approved of.  Kaggao, a large
district officer, considered the second in rank here, received
permission for me to call upon him with my medicines.  I pressed
the king again to send men with mine to Kamrasi's to call
Petherick. At first he objected that they would be killed, but
finally he yielded, and appointed Budja, his Unyoro ambassador,
for the service.  Then, breaking up the court, he retired with a
select party of Wakungu, headed by the Kamraviona, and opened a
conversation on the subject which is ever uppermost with the king
and his courtiers.

18th.--To-day I visited Kaggao with my medicine-chest.  He had a
local disease, which he said came to him by magic, though a
different cause was sufficiently obvious, and wanted medicine
such as I gave Mkuenda, who reported that I gave him a most
wonderful draught.  Unfortunately I had nothing suitable to give
my new patient, but cautioned him to have a care lest contagion
should run throughout his immense establishment, and explained
the whole of the circumstances to him.  Still he was not
satisfied; he would give me slaves, cows, or ivory, if I would
only cure him.  He was a very great man, as I could see, with
numerous houses, numerous wives, and plenty of everything, so
that it was ill-becoming of him to be without his usual habits. 
Rejecting his munificent offers, I gave him a cooling dose of
calomel and jalap, which he drank like pombe, and pronounced
beautiful--holding up his hands, and repeating the words
"Beautiful, beautiful! they are all beautiful together! There is
Bana beautiful! his box is beautiful! and his medicine
beautiful!"--and, saying this, led us in to see his women, who at
my request were grouped in war apparel--viz., a dirk fastened to
the waist by many strings of coloured beads.  There were from
fifty to sixty women present, all very lady-like, but none of
them pretty. Kaggao then informed me the king had told all his
Wakungu he would keep me as his guest four months longer to see
if Petherick came; and should he not by that time, he would give
me an estate, stocked with men, women, and cattle, in perpetuity,
so that, if I ever wished to leave Uganda, I should always have
something to come back to; so I might now know what my fate was
to be.  Before leaving, Kaggao presented us with two cows and ten
baskets of potatoes.

19th.--I sent a return present of two wires and twelve fundo of
beads of sorts to Kaggao, and heard that the king had gone to
show himself off to his mother dressed Bana fashion.  In the
evening Katunzi, N'yamasore's brother, just returned from the
Unyoro plunder, called on me whilst I was at dinner.  Not knowing
who he was, and surprised at such audacity in Uganda, for he was
the first officer who ever ventured to come near me in this
manner, I offered him a knife and fork, and a share in the
repast, which rather abashed him; for, taking it as a rebuff, he
apologised immediately for the liberty he had taken, contrary to
the etiquette of Uganda society, in coming to a house when the
master was at dinner; and he would have left again had I not
pressed him to remain.  Katunzi then told me the whole army had
returned from Unyoro, with immense numbers of cows, women, and
children, but not men, for those who did not run away were killed
fighting.  He offered me a present of a woman, and pressed me to
call on him.

20th.--Still I found that the king would not send his Wakungu for
the Unyoro expedition, so I called on him about it.  Fortunately
he asked me to speak a sentence in English, that he might hear
how it sounds; and this gave me an opportunity of saying, if he
had kept his promise by sending Budja to me, I should have
despatched letters to Petherick.  This was no sooner interpreted
than he said, if I would send my men to him with letters in the
morning he would forward them on, accompanied with an army.  On
my asking if the army was intended to fight, he replied, in
short, "First to feel the way."  On hearing this, I strongly
advised him, if he wished the road to be kept permanently open,
to try conciliation with Kamrasi, and send him some trifling

Now were brought in some thirty-odd women for punishment and
execution, which the king, who of late had been trying to learn
Kisuahili, in order that we might be able to converse together,
asked me, in that language, if I would like to have some of these
women; and if so, how many?  On my replying "One," he begged me
to have my choice, and a very pretty one was selected.  God only
knows what became of the rest; but the one I selected, on
reaching home, I gave to Ilmas, my valet, for a wife.  He and all
the other household servants were much delighted with this
charming acquisition; but the poor girl, from the time she had
been selected, had flattered herself she was to be Bana's wife,
and became immensely indignant at the supposed transfer, though
from the first I had intended her for Ilmas, not only to favour
him for his past good services, but as an example to my other
men, as I had promised to give them all, provided they behaved
well upon the journey, a "free-man's garden," with one wife each
and a purse of money, to begin a new life upon, as soon as they
reached Zanzibar. The temper of Meri and Kahala was shown in a
very forcible manner: they wanted this maid as an addition to my
family, called her into the hut and chatted till midnight,
instructing her not to wed with Ilmas; and then, instead of
turning into bed as usual, they all three slept upon the ground. 
My patience could stand this phase of henpecking no longer, so I
called in Manamaka, the head Myamuezi woman, whom I had selected
for their governess, and directed her to assist Ilmas, and put
them to bed "bundling."

21st.--In the morning, before I had time to write letters, the
king invited me to join him at some new tank he was making
between his palace and the residence of his brothers.  I found
him sitting with his brothers, all playing in concert on flutes. 
I asked him, in Kisuahili, if he knew where Grant was?  On
replying in the negative, I proposed sending a letter, which he
approved of; and Budja was again ordered to go with an army for

22d.--Mabruki and Bilal, with Budja, started to meet Petherick,
and three more men, with another letter to Grant.  I called on
the king, who appointed the 24th instant for an excursion of
three days' hippopotamus-shooting on the N'yanza.

23d.--To-day occurred a brilliant instance of the capricious
restlessness and self-willedness of this despotic king.  At noon,
pages hurried in to say that he had started for the N'yanza, and
wished me to follow him without delay.  N'yanza, as I have
mentioned, merely means a piece of water, whether a pond, river,
or lake; and as no one knew which N'yanza he meant, or what
project was on foot, I started off in a hurry, leaving everything
behind, and walked rapidly through gardens, over hills, and
across rushy swamps, down the west flank of the Murchison Creek,
till 3 p.m., when I found the king dressed in red, with his
Wakungu in front and women behind, travelling along in the
confused manner of a pack of hounds, occasionally firing his
rifle that I might know his whereabouts.  He had just, it seems,
mingled a little business with pleasure; for noticing, as he
passed, a woman tied by the hands to be punished for some
offence, the nature of which I did not learn, he took the
executioner's duty on himself, fired at her, and killed her

On this occasion, to test all his followers, and prove their
readiness to serve him, he had started on a sudden freak for the
three days' excursion on the lake one day before the appointed
time, expecting everybody to fall into place by magic, without
the smallest regard to each one's property, feelings, or comfort.
The home must be forsaken without a last adieu, the dinner
untasted, and no provision made for the coming night, in order
that his impetuous majesty should not suffer one moment's
disappointment. The result was natural; many who would have come
were nowhere to be found; my guns, bed, bedding, and note-books,
as well as cooking utensils, were all left behind, and, though
sent for, did not arrive till the following day.

On arriving at the mooring station, not one boat was to be found,
nor did any arrive until after dark, when, on the beating of
drums and firing of guns, some fifty large ones appeared.  They
were all painted with red clay, and averaged from ten to thirty
paddles, with long prows standing out like the neck of a syphon
or swan, decorated on the head with the horns of the Nsunnu
(lencotis) antelope, between which was stuck upright a tuft of
feathers exactly like a grenadier's plume.  These arrived to
convey us across the mouth of a deep rushy swamp to the royal
yachting establishment, the Cowes of Uganda, distant five hours'
travelling from the palace.  We reached the Cowes by torchlight
at 9 p.m., when the king had a picnic dinner with me, turned in
with his women in great comfort, and sent me off to a dreary hut,
where I had to sleep upon a grass-strew floor. I was surprised we
had to walk so far, when, by appearance, we might have boated it
from the head of the creek all the way down; but, on inquiry, was
informed of the swampy nature of the ground at the head of the
creek precluded any approach to the clear water there, and hence
the long overland journey, which, though fatiguing to the
unfortunate women, who had to trot the whole way behind Mtesa's
four-mile-an-hour strides, was very amusing.  The whole of the
scenery--hill, dale, and lake--was extremely beautiful. The
Wanguana in my escort compared the view to their own beautiful
Poani (coast); but in my opinion it far surpassed anything I ever
saw, either from the sea or upon the coast of Zanzibar.

The king rose betimes in the morning and called me, unwashed and
very uncomfortable, to picnic with him, during the collection of
the boats.  The breakfast, eaten in the open court, consisted of
sundry baskets of roast-beef and plantain-squash, folded in
plantain-leaves.  He sometimes ate with a copper knife and
picker, not forked--but more usually like a dog, with both hands. 
The bits too tough for his mastication he would take from his
mouth and give as a treat to the pages, who n'yanzigged, and
swallowed them with much seeming relish.  Whatever remained over
was then divided by the boys, and the baskets taken to the cooks. 
Pombe served as tea, coffee, and beer for the king; but his
guests might think themselves very lucky if they ever got a drop
of it.

Now for the lake.  Everybody in a hurry falls into his place the
best way he can--Wakungu leading, and women behind.  They rattle
along, through plantains and shrubs, under large trees, seven,
eight, and nine feet in diameter, till the beautiful waters are
reached--a picture of the Rio scenery, barring that of the higher
mountains in the background of that lovely place, which are here
represented by the most beautiful little hills.  A band of
fifteen drums of all sizes, called the Mazaguzo, playing with the
regularity of a lot of factory engines at work, announced the
king's arrival, and brought all the boats to the shore--but not
as in England, where Jack, with all the consequence of a lord at
home, invites the ladies to be seated, and enjoys the sight of so
many pretty faces. Here every poor fellow, with his apprehensions
written in his face, leaps over the gunwale into the water--
ducking his head for fear of being accused of gazing on the fair
sex, which is death--and bides patiently his time.  They were
dressed in plantain leaves, looking like grotesque Neptunes.  The
king, in his red coat and wideawake, conducted the arrangements,
ordering all to their proper places-- the women, in certain
boats, the Wakungu and Wanguana in others, whilst I sat in the
same boat with him at his feet, three women holding mbugus of
pombe behind.  The king's Kisuahali now came into play, and he
was prompt in carrying out the directions he got from myself to
approach the hippopotami.  But the waters were too large and the
animals too shy, so we toiled all the day without any effect,
going only once ashore to picnic; not for the women to eat-- for
they, poor things, got nothing--but the king, myself, the pages,
and the principal Wakungu.  As a wind-up to the day's amusement,
the king led the band of drums, changed the men according to
their powers, put them into concert pitch, and readily detected
every slight irregularity, showing himself a thorough musician.

This day requires no remark, everything done being the
counterpart of yesterday, excepting that the king, growing bolder
with me in consequence of our talking together, became more
playful and familiar--amusing himself, for instance, sometimes by
catching hold of my beard as the rolling of the boat unsteadied

We started early in the usual manner; but after working up and
down the creek, inspecting the inlets for hippopotami, and tiring
from want of sport, the king changed his tactics, and, paddling
and steering himself with a pair of new white paddles, finally
directing the boats to an island occupied by the Mgussa, or
Neptune of the N'yanza, not in person--for Mgussa is a spirit--
but by his familiar or deputy, the great medium who communicates
the secrets of the deep to the king of Uganda.  In another sense,
he might be said to be the presiding priest of the source of the
mighty Nile, and as such was, of course, an interesting person
for me to meet.  The first operation on shore was picnicking,
when many large bugus of pombe were brought for the king; next,
the whole party took a walk, winking through the trees, and
picking fruit, enjoying themselves amazingly, till, by some
unlucky chance, one of the royal wives, a most charming creature,
and truly one of the best of the lot, plucked a fruit and offered
it to the king, thinking, doubtless, to please him greatly; but
he, like a madman, flew into a towering passion, said it was the
first time a woman ever had the impudence to offer him anything,
and ordered the pages to seize, bind, and lead her off to

These words were no sooner uttered by the king than the whole
bevy of pages slipped their cord turbans from their heads, and
rushed, like a pack of cupid beagles upon the fairy queen, who,
indignant at the little urchins daring to touch her majesty,
remonstrated with the king, and tried to beat them off like
flies, but was soon captured, overcome, and dragged away, crying,
in the names of the Kamraviona and Mzungu (myself), for help and
protection; whilst Lubuga, the pet sister, and all the other
women, clasped the king by his legs, and, kneeling, implored
forgiveness for their sister. The more they craved for mercy, the
more brutal he became, till at last he took a heavy stick and
began to belabour the poor victim on the head.

Hitherto I had been extremely careful not to interfere with any
of the king's acts of arbitrary cruelty, knowing that such
interference, at an early stage, would produce more harm than
good. This last act of barbarism, however, was too much for my
English blood to stand; and as I heard my name, Mzungu,
imploringly pronounced, I rushed at the king, and, staying his
uplifted arm, demanded from him the woman's life.  Of course I
ran imminent risk of losing my own in thus thwarting the
capricious tyrant; but his caprice proved the friend of both. 
The novelty of interference even made him smile, and the woman
was instantly released.

Proceeding on through the trees of this beautiful island, we next
turned into the hut of the Mgussa's familiar, which at the
farther end was decorated with many mystic symbols amongst others
a paddle, the badge of his high office--and for some time we sat
chatting, when pombe was brought, and the spiritual medium
arrived.  He was dressed Wichwezi fashion, with a little white
goat-skin apron, adorned with numerous charms, and used a paddle
for a mace or walking stick.  He was not an old man, though he
affected to be so-- walking very slowly and deliberately,
coughing asthmatically, glimmering with his eyes, and mumbling
like a witch.  With much affected difficulty he sat at the end of
the hut beside the symbols alluded to, and continued his coughing
full half an hour, when his wife came in in the same manner,
without saying a word, and assumed the same affected style.  The
king jokingly looked at me and laughed, and then at these strange
creatures, by turn, as much as to say, What do you think of them?
but no voice was heard save that of the old wife, who croaked
like a frog for water, and, when some was brought, croaked again
because it was not the purest of the lake's produce--had the
first cup changed, wetted her lips with the second, and hobbled
away in the same manner as she came.

At this juncture the Mgussa's familiar motioned the Kamraviona
and several officers to draw around him, when, in a very low
tone, he gave them all the orders of the deep, and walked away. 
His revelations seemed unpropitious, for we immediately repaired
to our boats and returned to our quarters.  Here we no sooner
arrived than a host of Wakungu, lately returned from the Unyoro
war, came to pay their respects to the king: they had returned
six days or more, but etiquette had forbidden their approaching
majesty sooner. Their successes had been great, their losses,
nil, for not one man had lost his life fighting.  To these men
the king narrated all the adventures of the day; dwelling more
particularly on my defending his wife's life, whom he had
destined for execution.  This was highly approved of by all; and
they unanimously said Bana knew what he was about, because he
dispenses justice like a king in his own country.

Early in the morning a great hue and cry was made because the
Wanguana had been seen bathing in the N'yanza naked, without the
slightest regard to decency.  We went boating as usual all day
long, sometimes after hippopotami, at others racing up and down
the lake, the king and Wakungu paddling and steering by turns,
the only break to this fatigue being when we went ashore to
picnic, or the king took a turn at the drums.  During the evening
some of the principal Wakungu were collected to listen to an
intellectual discourse on the peculiarities of the different
women in the royal establishment, and the king in good-honour
described the benefits he had derived from this pleasant tour on
the water.

Whilst I was preparing my Massey's log to show the use of it to
the king, he went off boating without me; and as the few
remaining boats would not take me off because they had received
no orders to do so, I fired guns, but, getting no reply, went
into the country hoping to find game; but, disappointed in that
also, I spent the first half of the day with a hospitable old
lady, who treated us to the last drop of pombe in her house--for
the king's servants had robbed her of nearly everything--smoked
her pipe with me, and chatted incessantly on the honour paid her
by the white king's visit, as well as of the horrors of Uganda
punishment, when my servants told her I saved the life of one
queen.  Returning homewards, the afternoon was spent at a
hospitable officer's, who would not allow us to depart until my
men were all fuddled with pombe, and the evening setting in
warned us to wend our way.  On arrival at camp, the king, quite
shocked with himself for having deserted me, asked me if I did
not hear his guns fire.  He had sent twenty officers to scour the
country, looking for me everywhere.  He had been on the lake the
whole day himself, and was now amusing his officers with a little
archery practice, even using the bow himself, and making them
shoot by turns.  A lucky shot brought forth immense applause, all
jumping and n'yanzigging with delight, whether it was done by
their own bows or the king's.

A shield was the mark, stuck up at only thirty paces; still they
were such bad shots that they hardly ever hit it.  Now tired of
this slow sport, and to show his superior prowess, the king
ordered sixteen shields to be placed before him, one in front of
the other, and with one shot from Whitworth pierced the whole of
them, the bullet passing through the bosses of nearly every one. 
"Ah!" says the king, strutting about with gigantic strides, and
brandishing the rifle over his head before all his men, "what is
the use of spears and bows?  I shall never fight with anything
but guns in the future."  These Wakungu, having only just then
returned from plundering Unyoro, had never before seen their king
in a chair, or anybody sitting, as I was, by his side; and it
being foreign to their notions, as well as, perhaps, unpleasant
to their feelings, to find a stranger sitting higher than
themselves, they complained against this outrage to custom, and
induced the king to order my dethronement.  The result was, as my
iron stool was objectionable, I stood for a moment to see that I
thoroughly understood their meaning; and then showing them my
back, walked straightway home to make a grass throne, and dodge
them that way.

There was nothing for dinner last night, nothing again this
morning, yet no one would go in to report this fact, as rain was
falling, and the king was shut up with his women.  Presently the
thought struck me that the rifle, which was always infallible in
gaining me admittance at the palace, might be of the same service
now. I therefore shot a dove close to the royal abode, and, as I
expected, roused the king at once, who sent his pages to know
what the firing was about.  When told the truth--that I had been
trying to shoot a dish of doves for breakfast, as I could get
neither meat nor drink from his kitchen--the head boy, rather
guessing than understanding what was told him, distorted my
message, and said to the king, as I could not obtain a regular
supply of food from his house, I did not wish to accept anything
further at his hands, but intended foraging for the future in the
jungles.  The king, as might be imagined, did not believe the
boy's story, and sent other pages to ascertain the truth of the
case, bidding them listen well, and beware of what they were
about.  This second lot of boys conveyed the story rightly, when
the king sent me a cow.  As I afterwards heard, he cut off the
ears of the unfortunate little mischief-maker for not making a
proper use of those organs; and then, as the lad was the son of
one of his own officers he was sent home to have the sores
healed.  After breakfast the king called me to go boating, when I
used my grass throne, to the annoyance of the attendants.  This
induced the king to say before them, laughing, "Bana, you see, is
not to be done; he is accustomed to sit before kings, and sit he
will."  Then by way of a change, he ordered all the drums to
embark and play upon the waters; whilst he and his attendants
paddled and steered by turns, first up the creek, and then down
nearly to the broad waters of the lake.

There was a passage this way, it was said, leading up to Usoga,
but very circuitous, on account of reefs or shoals, and on the
way the Kitiri island was passed; but no other Kitiri was known
to the Waganda, though boats went sometimes coasting down the
western side of the lake to Ukerewe.  The largest island on the
lake is the Sese,[FN#20] off the mouth of the Katonga river,
where another of the high priests of the Neptune of the N'yanza
resides.  The king's largest vessels are kept there, and it is
famous for its supply of mbugu barks.  We next went on shore to
picnic, when a young hippopotamus, speared by harpoon, one pig,
and a pongo or bush-boc, were presented to the king.  I now
advised boat-racing, which was duly ordered, and afforded much
amusement as the whole fifty boats formed in line, and paddle
furiously to the beat of drum to the goal which I indicated.

The day was done.  In great glee the king, ever much attached to
the blackguard Maula, in consequence of his amusing stories,
appointed him to the office of seizer, or chief kidnapper of
Wakungu; observing that, after the return of so many officers
from war, much business in that line would naturally have to be
done, and there was none so trustworthy now at court to carry out
the king's orders.  All now went to the camp; but what was my
astonishment on reaching the hut to find every servant gone,
along with the pots, pans, meat, everything; and all in
consequence of the king's having taken the drums on board, which,
being unusual, was regarded as one of his delusive tricks, and a
sign of immediate departure.  He had told no one he was going to
the N'yanza, and now it was thought he would return in the same
way.  I fired for my supper, but fired in vain.  Boys came out,
by the king's order to inquire what I wanted, but left again
without doing anything further.

At my request the king sent off boats to inquire after the one
that left, or was supposed to have left, for Grant on the 3d of
March, and he then ordered the return home, much to my delight;
for, beautiful as the N'yanza was, the want of consideration for
other people's comfort, the tiring, incessant boating, all day
long and every day, in the sun, as well as the king's hurry-
scurry about everything he undertook to do, without the smallest
forethought, preparation, or warning, made me dream of my
children, and look forward with pleasure to rejoining them. 
Strange as it may appear to Englishmen, I had a sort of paternal
love for those little blackamoors as if they had been my
offspring; and I enjoyed the simple stories that their sable
visitors told me every day they came over to smoke their pipes,
which they did with the utmost familiarity, helping themselves
from my stores just as they liked.

Without any breakfast, we returned by the same route by which we
had come, at four miles an hour, till half the way was cleared,
when the king said, laughing, "Bana, are you hungry?"--a
ridiculous question after twenty-four hours of starvation, which
he knew full well-- and led the way into a plantain-grove, where
the first hut that was found was turned inside out for the king's
accommodation, and picnic was prepared.  As, however, he ordered
my portion to be given outside with the pages', and allowed
neither pombe or water, I gave him the slip, and walked hurriedly
home, where I found Kahala smirking, and apparently glad to see
us, but Meri shamming ill in bed, whilst Manamaka, the governess,
was full of smiles and conversation.  She declared Meri had
neither tasted food or slept since my departure, but had been
retching all the time.  Dreadfully concerned at the doleful story
I immediately thought of giving relief with medicines, but
neither pulse, tongue, nor anything else indicated the slightest
disorder; and to add to these troubles, Ilmas's woman had tried
during my absence to hang herself, because she would not serve as
servant but wished to be my wife; and Bombay's wife, after taking
a doze of quinine, was delivered of a still-born child.

1st.--I visited the king, at his request, with the medicine-
chest. He had caught a cold.  He showed me several of his women
grievously affected with boils, and expected me to cure them at
once.  I then went home, and found twenty men who had passed
Grant, coming on a stretcher from Karague, without any of the
rear property.  Meri, still persistent, rejected strengthening
medicines, but said, in a confidential manner, if I would give
her a goat to sacrifice to the Uganga she would recover in no
time.  There was something in her manner when she said this that
I did not like--it looked suspicious; and I contented myself by
saying, "No, I am a wiser doctor than any in these lands; if
anybody could cure you, that person is myself: and further, if I
gave you a goat to sacrifice, God would be angry with both of us
for our superstitious credulity; you must therefore say no more
about it."

2d.--The whole country around the palace was in a state of
commotion to-day, from Maula and his children hunting down those
officers who had returned from the war, yet had not paid their
respects to the king at the N'yanza, because they thought they
would not be justified in calling on him so quickly after their
arrival. Maula's house, in consequence of this, was full of beef
and pombe; whilst, in his courtyard, men, women, and children,
with feet in stocks, very like the old parish stocks in England,
waited his pleasure, to see what demands he would make upon them
as the price of their release.  After anxiously watching, I found
out that Meri was angry with me for not allowing Ilmas's woman to
live in my house; and, to conquer my resolution against it--
although I ordered it with a view to please Ilmas, for he was
desperately in love with her--she made herself sick by putting
her finger down her throat. I scolded her for her obstinacy.  She
said she was ill--it was not feigned; and if I would give her a
goat to sacrifice she would be well at once; for she had looked
into the magic horn already, and discovered that if I have her a
goat for that purpose it would prove that I loved her, and her
health would be restored to her at once.  Hallo!  Here was a
transformation from the paternal position into that of a
henpecked husband!  Somebody, I smelt at once, had been tampering
with my household whilst I was away.  I commenced investigations,
and after a while found out that Rozaro's sister had brought a
magician belonging to her family into the hut during my absence,
who had put Meri up to this trick of extorting a goat from me, in
order that he might benefit by it himself, for the magician eats
the sacrifice, and keeps the skin.

I immediately ordered him to be seized and bound to the flag-
staff, whilst Maula, Uledi, Rozaro, and Bombay were summoned to
witness the process of investigation.  Rozaro flew into a
passion, and tried to release the magician as soon as he saw him,
affecting intense indignation that I should take the law into my
own hands when one of Rumanika's subjects was accused; but only
lost his dignity still more on being told he had acknowledged his
inability to control his men so often when they had misbehaved,
that I scorned to ask his assistance any longer.  He took huff at
this, and, as he could not help himself, walked away, leaving us
to do as we liked.  The charge was fully proved.  The impudent
magician, without leave, and contrary to all the usages of the
country, had entered and set my house against itself during my
absence, and had schemed to rob me of a goat.  I therefore
sentenced him to fifty lashes--twenty-five for the injury he had
inflicted on my by working up a rebellion in my house, and the
remaining twenty-five for attempting larceny-- saying, as he had
wanted my goat and its skin, so now in return I wanted his skin. 
These words were no sooner pronounced than the wretched Meri
cried out against it, saying all the fault was hers: "Let the
stick skin my back, but spare my doctor; it would kill me to see
him touched."

This appeal let me see that there was something in the whole
matter too deep and intricate to be remedied by my skill.  I
therefore dismissed her on the spot, and gave her, as a sister
and free woman, to Uledi and his pretty Mhmula wife, giving
Bombay orders to carry the sentences into execution.  After
walking about till after dark, on returning to the empty house, I
had some misgivings as to the apparent cruelty of abandoning one
so helpless to the uncertainties of this wicked world.  Ilmas's
woman also ran away, doubtless at the instigation of Rozaro's
sister, for she had been denied any further access to the house
as being at the bottom of all this mischief.

3d.--I was haunted all night by my fancied cruelty, and in the
morning sent its victim, after Uganda fashion, some symbolical
presents, including a goat, in token of esteem; a black blanket,
as a sign of mourning; a bundle of gundu anklets; and a packet of
tobacco, in proof of my forgiveness.

                          Chapter XIV

                   Palace, Uganda--Continued

Reception of a Victorious Army at Court--Royal Sport--A Review of
the Troops--Negotiations for the Opening of the Road along the
Nile --Grant's Return--Pillagings--Court Marriages--The King's
Brothers-- Divinations and Sacrifices--The Road granted at last--
The Preparations for continuing the Expedition--The Departure.

I now received a letter from Grant to say he was coming by boat
from Kitangule, and at once went to the palace to give the
welcome news to the king.  The road to the palace I found
thronged with people; and in the square outside the entrance
there squatted a multitude of attendants, headed by the king,
sitting on a cloth, dressed in his national costume, with two
spears and a shield by his side.  On his right hand the pages sat
waiting for orders, while on his left there was a small squatting
cluster of women, headed by Wichwezis, or attendant sorceresses,
offering pombe.  In front of the king, in form of a hollow
square, many ranks deep, sat the victorious officers, lately
returned from the war, variously dressed; the nobles
distinguished by their leopard-cat skins and dirks, the commoners
by coloured mbugu and cow or antelope skin cloaks; but all their
faces and arms were painted red, black, or smoke-colour.  Within
the square of men, immediately fronting the king, the war-arms of
Uganda were arranged in three ranks; the great war-drum, covered
with a leopard-skin, and standing on a large carpeting of them,
was placed in advance; behind this, propped or hung on a rack of
iron, were a variety of the implements of war in common use,
offensive and defensive, as spears--of which two were of copper,
the rest iron--and shields of wood and leather; whilst in the
last row or lot were arranged systematically, with great taste
and powerful effect, the supernatural arms, the god of Uganda,
consisting of charms of various descriptions and in great
numbers. Outside the square again, in a line with the king, were
the household arms, a very handsome copper kettledrum, of French
manufacture, surmounted on the outer edge with pretty little
brass bells depending from swan-neck-shaped copper wire, two new
spears, a painted leather shield, and magic wands of various
devices, deposited on a carpet of leopard-skins--the whole scene
giving the effect of true barbarous royalty in its uttermost

Approaching, as usual, to take my seat beside the king, some
slight sensation was perceptible, and I was directed to sit
beyond the women.  The whole ceremonies of this grand assemblage
were now obvious.  Each regimental commandant in turn narrated
the whole services of his party, distinguishing those subs who
executed his orders well and successfully from those who either
deserted before the enemy or feared to follow up their success. 
The king listened attentively, making, let us suppose, very
shrewd remarks concerning them; when to the worthy he awarded
pombe, helped with gourd-cups from large earthen jars, which has
n'yanzigged for vehemently; and to the unworthy execution.  When
the fatal sentence was pronounced, a terrible bustle ensued, the
convict wrestling and defying, whilst the other men seized,
pulled and tore the struggling wretch from the crowd, bound him
hands and head together, and led or rather tumbled him away.

After a while, and when all business was over, the king begged me
to follow him into the palace.  He asked again for stimulants--a
matter ever uppermost in his mind--and would not be convinced
that such things can do him no possible good, but would in the
end be deleterious.  Grant's letter was then read to him before
his women, and I asked for the dismissal of all the Wanyambo, for
they had not only destroyed my peace and home, but were always
getting me into disrepute by plundering the Waganda in the
highways.  No answer was given to this; and on walking home, I
found one of the king's women at my hut, imploring protection
against the Wanyambo, who had robbed and bruised her so often,
she could not stand such abuse any longer.

4th.--I sent Maula, early in the morning, with the plundered
woman, and desired him to request that the Wanyambo might be
dismissed. He returned, saying he delivered my message, but no
reply was given. I then searched for the king, and found him at
his brothers' suite of huts playing the flute before them.  On
taking my seat, he proudly pointed to two vultures which he had
shot with bullet, saying to his brothers, "There, do you see
these birds?  Bana shoots with shot, but I kill with bullets." 
To try him, I then asked for leave to go to Usoga, as Grant was
so far off; but he said, "No, wait until he comes, and you shall
both go together then; you fancy he is far off, but I know
better.  One of my men saw him coming along carried on a
stretcher."  I said, "No; that must be a mistake, for he told me
by letter he would come by water."

Heavy rain now set in, and we got under cover; but the brothers
never moved, some even sitting in the streaming gutter, and
n'yanzigging whenever noticed.  The eldest brother offered me his
cup of pombe, thinking I would not drink it; but when he saw its
contents vanishing fast, he cried "lekerow!" (hold fast!) and as
I pretended not to understand him, continuing to drink, he rudely
snatched the cup from my lips.  Alternate concerts with the
brothers, and conversation about hunting, in consequence of a
bump caused by a fall with steeple-chasing, which as discovered
on my forehead, ended this day's entertainment.

5th.--As all the Wanguana went foraging, I was compelled to stop
at home.  The king, however, sent an officer for Grant, because I
would not believe in his statement yesterday that he was coming
by land; and I also sent a lot of men with a litter to help him
on, and bring me an answer.

6th.--I went to the palace at the king's command.  He kept us
waiting an hour, and then passing out by a side gate, beckoned us
to follow.  He was dressed in European clothes, with his guns and
tin box of clothes leading the way.  His first question was,
"Well, Bana, where are your guns? for I have called you to go
shooting." "The pages never said anything about shooting, and
therefore the guns were left behind."  Totally unconcerned, the
king walked on to his brothers, headed by a band and attendants,
who were much lauded for being ready at a moment's notice.  A
grand flute concert was then played, one of the younger brothers
keeping time with a long hand-drum; then the band played; and
dancing and duets and singing followed.  After the usual
presentations, fines, and n'yanziggings, I asked for leave to go
and meet Grant by water, but was hastily told that two boats had
been sent for him when we returned from the N'yanza, and that two
runners, just returned from Karague, said he was on the way not
far off.  The child-king then changed his dress for another suit
of clothes for his brothers to admire, and I retired, much
annoyed, as he would neither give pombe for myself, nor plantains
for my men: and I was further annoyed on my arrival at home, to
find the Wanguana mobbing my hut and clamouring for food, and
calling for an order to plunder if I did not give them beads,
which, as the stock had run short, I could only do by their
returning to Karague for the beads stored there; and, even if
they were obtained, it was questionable if the king would revoke
his order prohibiting the sale of provisions to us.

7th.--To-day I called at the queen's, but had to wait five hours
in company with some attendants, to whom she sent pombe
occasionally; but after waiting for her nearly all day, they were
dismissed, because excess of business prevented her seeing them,
though I was desired to remain.  I asked these attendants to sell
me food for beads, but they declared they could not without
obtaining permission.  In the evening the queen stumped out of
her chambers and walked to the other end of her palace, where the
head or queen of the Wichwezi women lived, to whom everybody paid
the profoundest respect.  On the way I joined her, she saying, in
a state of high anger, "You won't call on me, now I have given
you such a charming damsel: you have quite forgotten us in your
love of home." Of course Meri's misdemeanour had to be explained,
when she said, "As that is the case, I will give you another; but
you must take Meri out of the country, else she will bring
trouble on us; for, you know, I never gave girls who lived in the
palace to any one in my life before, because they would tell
domestic affairs not proper for common people to know."  I then
said my reason for not seeing her before was, that the four times
I had sent messengers to make an appointment for the following
day, they had been repulsed from her doors.   This she would not
believe, but called me a story-teller in very coarse language,
until the men who had been sent were pointed out to her, and they
corroborated me.

The Wichwezi queen met her majesty with her head held very high,
and instead of permitting me to sit on my box of grass, threw out
a bundle of grass for that purpose.  All conversation was kept
between the two queens; but her Wichwezi majesty had a platter of
clay-stone brought, which she ate with great relish, making a
noise of satisfaction like a happy guinea-pig.  She threw me a
bit, which to the surprise of everybody, I caught and threw it
into my mouth, thinking it was some confection; but the harsh
taste soon made me spit it out again, to the amusement of the
company.  On returning home I found the king had requested me to
call on him as soon as possible with the medicine-chest.

8th.--Without a morsel to eat for dinner last night, or anything
this morning, we proceeded early to the palace, in great
expectation that the medicines in request would bring us
something; but after waiting all day till 4 p.m., as the king did
not appear, leaving Bombay behind, I walked away to shoot a
guinea-fowl within earshot of the palace.  The scheme was
successful, for the report of the gun which killed the bird
reached the king's ear, and induced him to say that if Bana was
present he would be glad to see him.  This gave Bombay an
opportunity of telling all the facts of the case; which were no
sooner heard than the king gave his starving guests a number of
plantains, and vanished at once, taking my page Lugoi with him,
to instruct him in Kisuahili (Zanzibar language).

9th.--As the fruit of last night's scheme, the king sent us four
goats and two cows.  In great good-humour I now called on him,
and found him walking about the palace environs with a carbine,
looking eagerly for sport, whilst his pages dragged about five
half-dead vultures tied in a bundle by their legs to a string.
"These birds," said he, tossing his head proudly, "were all shot
flying, with iron slugs, as the boys will tell you.  I like the
carbine very well, but you must give me a double smooth gun."
This I promised to give when Grant arrived, for his good-nature
in sending so many officers to fetch him.

We next tried for guinea-fowl, as I tell him they are the game
the English delight in; but the day was far spent, and none could
be found.  A boy then in attendance was pointed out, as having
seen Grant in Uddu ten days ago.  If the statement were true, he
must have crossed the Katonga.  But though told with great
apparent circumspection, I did not credit it, because my men sent
on the 15th ultimo for a letter to ascertain his whereabouts had
not returned, and they certainly would have done so had he been
so near.  To make sure, the king then proposed sending the boy
again with some of my men; but this I objected to as useless,
considering the boy had spoken falsely.  Hearing this, the king
looked at the boy and then at the women in turn, to ascertain
what they thought of my opinion, whereupon the boy cried.  Late
in the evening the sly little girl Kahala changed her cloth
wrapper for a mbugu, and slipped quietly away.  I did not suspect
her intention, because of late she had appeared much more than
ordinary happy, behaving to me in every respect like a dutiful
child to a parent.  A search was made, and guns fired, in the
hopes of frightening her back again, but without effect.

10th.--I had promised that this morning I would teach the king
the art of guinea-fowl shooting, and when I reached the palace at
6 a.m., I found him already on the ground.  He listened to the
tale of the missing girl, and sent orders for her apprehension at
once; then proceeding with the gun, fired eight shots
successively at guinea-birds sitting on trees, but missed them
all.  After this, as the birds were scared away, and both iron
shot and bullets were expended, he took us to his dressing-hut,
went inside himself, attended by full-grown naked women, and
ordered a breakfast of pork, beef, fish, and plantains to be
served me outside on the left of the entrance; whilst a large
batch of his women sat on the right side, silently coquetting,
and amusing themselves by mimicking the white man eating.  Poor
little Lugoi joined in the repast, and said he longed to return
to my hut, for he was half starved here, and no one took any
notice of him; but he was destined to be a royal page, for the
king would not part with him.  A cold fit then seized me, and as
I asked for leave to go, the king gave orders for one of his
wives to be flogged.  The reason for this act of brutality I did
not discover; but the moment the order was issued, the victim
begged the pages to do it quickly, that the king's wrath might be
appeased; and in an instant I saw a dozen boys tear their cord-
turbans from their heads pull her roughly into the middle of the
court, and belabour her with sticks, whilst she lay floundering
about, screeching to me for protection.  All I did was to turn my
head away and walk rapidly out of sight, thinking it better not
to interfere again with the discipline of the palace; indeed, I
thought it not improbable that the king did these things
sometimes merely that his guests might see his savage power.  On
reaching home I found Kahala standing like a culprit before my
door.  She would not admit, what I suspected, that Meri had
induced her to run away; but said she was very happy in my house
until yester-evening, when Rozaro's sister told her she was very
stupid living with the Mzungu all alone, and told her to run
away; which she did, taking the direction of N'yamasore's, until
some officers finding her, and noticing beads on her neck, and
her hair cut, according to the common court fashion, in slopes
from a point in the forehead to the breadth of her ears,
suspected her to be one of the king's women, and kept her in
confinement all night, till Mtesa's men came this morning and
brought her back again.  As a punishment, I ordered her to live
with Bombay; but my house was so dull again from want of some one
to eat dinner with me, that I remitted the punishment, to her
great delight.

11th.--To-day I received letters from Grant, dated 22d., 25th,
28th April and 2d May.  They were brought by my three men, with
Karague pease, flour, and ammunition.  He was at Maula's house,
which proved the king's boy to be correct; for the convoy, afraid
of encountering the voyage on the lake, had deceived my companion
and brought him on by land, like true negroes.

12th.--I sent the three men who had returned from Grant to lay a
complaint against the convoy, who had tricked him out of a
pleasant voyage, and myself out of the long-wished-for survey of
the lake. They carried at the same time a present of a canister
of shot from me to the king.  Delighted with this unexpected
prize, he immediately shot fifteen birds flying, and ordered the
men to acquaint me with his prowess.

13th.--To-day the king sent me four cows and a load of butter as
a return-present for the shot, and allowed one of his officers,
at my solicitation, to go with ten of my men to help Grant on. 
He also sent a message that he had just shot thirteen birds

14th.--Mabuki and Bilal returned with Budja and his ten children
from Unyoro, attended by a deputation of four men sent by
Kamrasi, who were headed by Kidgwiga.  Mtesa, it now transpired,
had followed my advice of making friendship with Kamrasi by
sending two brass wires as a hongo instead of an army, and
Kamrasi in return, sent him two elephant-tusks.  Kidgwiga said
Petherick's party was not in Unyoro--they had never reached
there, but were lying at anchor off Gani.  Two white men only had
been seen--one, they said, a hairy man, the other smooth-faced;
they were as anxiously inquiring after us as we were after them:
they sat on chairs, dressed like myself, and had guns and
everything precisely like those in my hut.  On one occasion they
sent up a necklace of beads to Kamrasi, and he, in return, gave
them a number of women and tusks.  If I wished to go that way,
Kamrasi would forward me on to their position in boats; for the
land route, leading through Kidi, was a jungle of ten days,
tenanted by a savage set of people, who hunt everybody, and seize
everything they see.

This tract is sometimes, however, traversed by the Wanyoro and
Gani people, who are traders in cows and tippet monkey-skins,
stealthily travelling at night; but they seldom attempt it from
fear of being murdered.  Baraka and Uledi, sent from Karague on
the 30th January, had been at Kamrasi's palace upwards of a
month, applying for the road to Gani, and as they could not get
that, wished to come with Mabruki to me; but this Kamrasi also
refused, on the plea that, as they had come from Karague, so they
must return there.  Kamrasi had heard of my shooting with Mtesa,
as also of the attempt made by Mabruki and Uledi to reach Gani
via Usoga.  He had received my present of beads from Baraka, and,
in addition, took Uledi's sword, saying, "If you do not wish to
part with it, you must remain a prisoner in my country all your
life, for you have not paid your footing."  Mabruki then told me
he was kept waiting at a village, one hour's walk from Kamrasi's
palace, five days before they were allowed to approach his
majesty; but when they were seen, and the presents exchanged,
they were ordered to pack off the following morning, as Kamrasi
said the Waganda were a set of plundering blackguards.

This information, to say the least of it, was very embarrassing--
a mixture of good and bad.  Petherick, I now felt certain, was on
the look-out for us; but his men had reached Kamrasi's, and
returned again before Baraka's arrival.  Baraka was not allowed
to go on to him and acquaint him of our proximity, and the
Waganda were so much disliked in Unyoro, that there seemed no
hopes of our ever being able to communicate by letter.  To add to
my embarrassments, Grant had not been able to survey the lake
from Kitangule, nor had Usoga and the eastern side of the lake
been seen.

15th.--I was still laid up with the cold fit of the 10th, which
turned into a low kind of fever.  I sent Bombay to the king to
tell him the news, and ask him what he thought of doing next.  He
replied that he would push for Gani direct; and sent back a pot
of pombe for the sick man.

16th.--The king to-day inquired after my health, and, strange to
say, did not accompany his message with a begging request.

17th.--My respite, however, was not long.  At the earliest
possible hour in the morning the king sent begging for things one
hundred times refused, supposing, apparently, that I had some
little reserve store which I wished to conceal from him.

18th and 19th.--I sent Bombay to the palace to beg for pombe, as
it was the only thing I had an appetite for, but the king would
see no person but myself.  He had broken his rifle washing-rod,
and this must be mended, the pages who brought it saying that no
one dared take it back to him until it was repaired.  A guinea-
fowl was sent after dark for me to see, as a proof that the king
was a sportsman complete.

20th.--The king going out shooting borrowed my powder-horn. The
Wanguana mobbed the hut and bullied me for food, merely because
they did not like the trouble of helping themselves from the
king's garden, though they knew I had purchased their privilege
to do so at the price of a gold chronometer and the best guns
England could produce.

21st.--I now, for the first time, saw the way in which the king
collected his army together.  The highroads were all thronged
with Waganda warriors, painted in divers colours, with plantain-
leaf bands round their heads, scanty goat-skin fastened to their
loins, and spears and shield in their hands, singing the tambure
or march, ending with a repetition of the word Mkavia, or
Monarch. They surpassed in number, according to Bombay, the
troops and ragamuffins enlisted by Sultain Majid when Sayyid
Sweni threatened to attack Zanzibar; in fact, he never saw such a
large army collected anywhere.

Bombay, on going to the palace, hoping to obtain plantains for
the men, found the king holding a levee, for the purpose of
despatching this said army somewhere, but where no one would
pronounce. The king, then, observing my men who had gone to
Unyoro together with Kamrasi's, questioned them on their mission;
and when told that no white men were there, he waxed wrathful,
and said it was a falsehood, for his men had seen them, and could
not be mistaken. Kamrasi, he said, must have hidden them
somewhere, fearful of the number of guns which now surrounded
him; and, for the same reason, he told lies, yes, lies--but no
man living shall dare tell himself lies; and now, as he could not
obtain his object by fair means, he would use arms and force it
out.  Then, turning to Bombay, he said, "What does your master
think of this business?" upon which Bombay replied, according to
his instructions, "Bana wishes nothing done until Grant arrives,
when all will go together."  On this the king turned his back and
walked away.

22d.--Kitunzi called on me early, because he heard I was sick. I
asked him why the Waganda objected to my sitting on a chair; but,
to avoid the inconvenience of answering a troublesome question,
without replying, he walked off, saying he heard a noise in the
neighbourhood of the palace which must be caused by the king
ordering some persons to be seized, and his presence was so
necessary he could not wait another moment.  My men went for
plantains to the palace and for pombe on my behalf; but the king,
instead of giving them anything, took two fez caps off their
heads, keeping them to himself, and ordered them to tell Bana all
his beer was done.

23d.--Kidgwiga called on me to say Kamrasi so very much wanted
the white men at Gani to visit him, he had sent a hongo of thirty
tusks to the chief of that country in hopes that it would insure
their coming to see him.  He also felt sure if I went there his
king would treat me with the greatest respect.  This afforded an
opportunity for putting in a word of reconciliation.  I said that
it was at my request that Mtesa sent Kamrasi a present; and so
now, if Kamrasi made friends with the Waganda, there would be no
difficulty about the matter.

24th.--The army still thronged the highways, some going, others
coming, like a swarm of ants, the whole day long.  Kidgwiga paid
another visit, and I went to the palace without my gun, wishing
the king to fancy all my powder was done, as he had nearly
consumed all my store; but the consequence was that, after
waiting the whole day, I never saw him at all.  In the evening
pages informed me that Grant had arrived at N'yama Goma, one
march distant.

25th.--I prepared twenty men, with a quarter of mutton for Grant
to help him on the way, but they could not go without a native
officer, lest they should be seized, and no officer would lead
the way. The king came shooting close to my hut and ordered me
out.  I found him marching Rozaro about in custody with four
other Wanyambo, who, detected plundering by Kitunzi, had set upon
and beaten him severely.  The king, pointing them out to me,
said, he did not like the system of plundering, and wished to
know if it was the practice in Karague.  Of course I took the
opportunity to renew my protest against the plundering system;
but the king, changing the subject, told me the Wazungu were at
Gani inquiring after us, and wishing to come here.  To this I
proposed fetching them myself in boats, but he objected, saying
he would send men first, for they were not farther off to the
northward than the place he sent boats to, to bring Grant.  He
said he did not like Unyoro, because Kamrasi hides himself like a
Neptune in the Nile, whenever his men go on a visit there, and
instead of treating his guests with respect, he keeps them beyond
the river.  For this reason he had himself determined on adopting
the passage by Kidi.

I was anxious, of course, to go on with the subject thus
unexpectedly opened, but, as ill-luck would have it, an adjutant
was espied sitting on a tree, when a terrible fuss and excitement
ensued.  The women were ordered one way and the attendants
another, whilst I had to load the gun on the best way I could
with the last charge and a half left in the king's pouch.  Ten
grains were all he would have allowed himself, reserving the
residue, without reflecting that a large bird required much shot;
and he was shocked to find me lavishly use the whole, and still
say it was not enough.

The bird was then at a great height, so that the first shot
merely tickled him, and drove him to another tree.  "Woh! woh!"
cried the king, "I am sure he is hit; look there, look there;"
and away he rushed after the bird; down with one fence, then with
another, in the utmost confusion, everybody trying to keep his
proper place, till at last the tree to which the bird had flown
was reached, and then, with the last charge of shot, the king
killed his first nundo. The bird, however, did not fall, but lay
like a spread eagle in the upper branches.  Wasoga were called to
climb the tree and pull it down; whilst the king, in ecstasies of
joy and excitement, rushed up and down the potato-field like a
mad bull, jumping and plunging, waving and brandishing the gun
above his head; whilst the drums beat, the attendants all woh-
wohed, and the women, joining with their lord, rushed about
lullalooing and dancing like insane creatures.  Then began
congratulations and hand-shakings, and, finally, the inspection
of the bird, which, by this time, the Wasoga had thrown down. 
Oh! oh! what a wonder!  Its wings outspread reached further than
the height of a man; we must go and show it to the brothers. 
Even that was not enough--we must show it to the mother; and away
we all rattled as fast as our legs could carry us.

Arrived at the queen's palace, out of respect to his mother, the
king changed his European clothes for a white kid-skin wrapper,
and then walked in to see her, leaving us waiting outside.  By
this time Colonel Congow, in his full-dress uniform, had arrived
in the square outside, with his regiment drawn up in review
order. The king, hearing the announcement, at once came out with
spears and shield, preceded by the bird, and took post, standing
armed, by the entrance, encircled by his staff, all squatting,
when the adjutant was placed in the middle of the company. 
Before us was a large open square, with the huts of the queen's
Kamraviona or commander-in- chief beyond.  The battalion,
consisting of what might be termed three companies, each
containing 200 men, being drawn up on the left extremity of the
parade-ground, received orders to march past in single file from
the right of companies, at a long trot, and re-form again at the
other end of the square.

Nothing conceivable could be more wild or fantastic than the
sight which ensued--the men all nearly naked, with goat or cat
skins depending from their girdles, and smeared with war colours
according to the taste of each individual; one-half of the body
red or black, the other blue, not in regular order--as, for
instance, one stocking would be red, the other black, whilst the
breeches above would be the opposite colours, and so with the
sleeves and waistcoat.  Every man carried the same arms--two
spears and one shield--held as if approaching an enemy, and they
thus moved in three lines of single rank and file, at fifteen to
twenty paces asunder, with the same high action and elongated
step, the ground leg only being bent, to give their strides the
greater force. After the men had all started, the captains of
companies followed, even more fantastically dressed; and last of
all came the great Colonel Congow, a perfect Robinson Crusoe,
with his long white-haired goat-skins, a fiddle-shaped leather
shield, tufted with white hair at all six extremities, bands of
long hair tied below the knees, and a magnificent helmet, covered
with rich beads of every colour, in excellent taste, surmounted
with a plume of crimson feathers, from the centre of which rose a
bent stem, tufted with goat-hair.  Next they charged in companies
to and fro; and, finally, the senior officers came charging at
their king, making violent professions of faith and honesty, for
which they were applauded. The parade then broke up, and all went

26th.--One of king Mtesa's officers now consenting to go to
N'yama Goma with some of my men, I sent Grant a quarter of goat. 
The reply brought to me was, that he was very thankful for it;
that he cooked it and ate it on the spot; and begged I would see
the king, to get him released from that starving place.  Rozaro
was given over to the custody of Kitunzi for punishment.  At the
same time, the queen, having heard of the outrages committed
against her brother and women, commanded that neither my men nor
any of Rozaro's should get any more food at the palace; for as we
all came to Uganda in one body, so all alike were, by her logic,
answerable for the offence. I called at the palace for
explanation but could not obtain admittance because I would not
fire the gun.

27th.--The king sent to say he wanted medicine to propitiate
lightning.  I called and described the effects of a lightning-
rod, and tried to enter into the Unyoro business, wishing to go
there at once myself.  He objected, because he had not seen
Grant, but appointed an officer to go through Unyoro on to Gani,
and begged I would also send men with letters.  Our talk was
agreeably interrupted by guns in the distance announcing Grant's
arrival, and I took my leave to welcome my friend.  How we
enjoyed ourselves after so much anxiety and want of one another's
company, I need not describe.  For my part, I was only too
rejoiced to see Grant could limp about a bit, and was able to
laugh over the picturesque and amusing account he gave me of his
own rough travels.

28th.--The king in the morning sent Budja, his ambassador, with
Kamrasi's Kidgwiga, over to me for my men and letters, to go to
Kamrasi's again and ask for the road to Gani.  I wished to speak
to the king first, but they said they had no orders to stop for
that, and walked straight away.  I sent the king a present of a
double-barrelled gun and ammunition, and received in answer a
request that both Grant and myself would attend a levee, which he
was to hold in state, accompanied by his bodyguard, as when I was
first presented to him.  In the afternoon we proceeded to court
accordingly, but found it scantily attended; and after the first
sitting, which was speedily over, retired to another court, and
saw the women.  Of this dumb show the king soon got tired; he
therefore called for his iron chair, and entered into
conversation, at first about the ever-engrossing subject of
stimulants, till we changed it by asking him how he liked the
gun?  He pronounced it a famous weapon, which he would use
intensely.  We then began to talk in a general way about Suwarora
and Rumanika, as well as the road through Unyamuezi, which we
hoped would soon cease to exist, and be superseded by one through

It will be kept in view that the hanging about at this court, and
all the perplexing and irritating negotiations here described,
had always one end in view--that of reaching the Nile where it
pours out of the N'yanza, as I was long certain that it did. 
Without the consent and even the aid of this capricious barbarian
I was now talking to, such a project was hopeless.  I naturally
seized every opportunity for putting in a word in the direction
of my great object, and here seemed to be an opportunity.  We now
ventured on a plump application for boats that we might feel our
way to Gani by water, supposing the lake and river to be
navigable all the way; and begged Kitunzi might be appointed to
accompany us, in order that whatever was done might be done all
with good effect in opening up a new line of commerce, by which
articles of European manufacture might find a permanent route to
Uganda.  It was "no go," however. The appeal, though listened to,
and commented on, showing that it was well understood, got no
direct reply.  It was not my policy to make our object appear too
important to ourselves, so I had to appear tolerably indifferent,
and took the opportunity to ask for my paint-box, which he had
borrowed for a day and had kept in his possession for months.  I
got no answer to that request either, but was immediately dunned
for the compass, which had been promised on Grant's arrival. 
Now, with a promise that the compass would be sent him in the
morning, he said he would see what pombe his women could spare
us; and, bidding good evening, walked away.

29th.--I sent Bombay with the compass, much to the delight of the
king, who no sooner saw it than he jumped and woh-wohed with
intense excitement at the treasure he had gained, said it was the
greatest present Bana had ever given him, for it was the thing by
which he found out all the roads and countries--it was, in fact,
half his knowledge; and the parting with it showed plainly that
Bana entertained an everlasting friendship for him.  The king
then called Maula, and said, "Maula, indeed you have spoken the
truth; there is nothing like this instrument," etc., etc.,
repeating what he had already told Bombay.  In the evening, the
king, accompanied by all his brothers, with iron chair and box,
came to visit us, and inspected all Grant's recently brought
pictures of the natives, with great acclamation.  We did not give
him anything this time, but, instead, dunned him for the paint-
box, and afterwards took a walk to my observatory hill, where I
acted as guide.  On the summit of this hill the king instructed
his brothers on the extent of his dominions; and as I asked where
Lubari or God resides, he pointed to the skies.

30th.--The king at last sent the paint-box, with some birds of
his own shooting, which he wished painted.  He also wanted
himself drawn, and all Grant's pictures copied.  Then, to wind up
these mild requests, a demand was made for more powder, and that
all our guns be sent to the palace for inspection.

31st.--I drew a large white and black hornbill and a green pigeon
sent by himself; but he was not satisfied; he sent more birds,
and wanted to see my shoes.  The pages who came with the second
message, however, proving impertinent, got a book flung at their
heads, and a warning to be off, as I intended to see the king
myself, and ask for food to keep my ever-complaining Wanguana
quiet. Proceeding to the palace, as I found Mtesa had gone out
shooting, I called on the Kamraviona, complained that my camp was
starving, and as I had nothing left to give the king said I
wished to leave the country.  Ashamed of its being supposed that
his king would not give me any food because I had no more
presents to give him, the Kamraviona, from his own stores, gave
me a goat and pombe, and said he would speak to the king on the

1st.--I drew for the king a picture of a guinea-fowl which he
shot in the early morning, and proceeded on a visit with Grant to
the queen's, accompanied only by seven men, as the rest preferred
foraging for themselves, to the chance of picking up a few
plantains at her majesty's.  After an hour's waiting, the queen
received us with smiles, and gave pombe and plantains to her new
visitor, stating pointedly she had none for me.  There was deep
Uganda policy in this: it was for the purpose of treating Grant
as a separate, independent person, and so obtaining a fresh hongo
or tax.  Laughing at the trick, I thanked her for the beer,
taking it personally on my household, and told her when my
property arrived from Karague, she should have a few more things
as I promised her; but the men sent had neither brought my
brother in a vessel, as they were ordered, not did they bring my
property from Karague.

Still the queen was not content: she certainly expected something
from Grant, if it was ever so little, for she was entitled to it,
and would not listen to our being one house.  Turning the
subject, to put in a word for my great object, I asked her to use
her influence in opening the road to Gani, as, after all, that
was the best way to get new things into Uganda.  Cunning as a
fox, the queen agreed to this project, provided Grant remained
behind, for she had not seen enough of him yet, and she would
speak to her son about the matter in the morning.

This was really the first gleam of hope, and I set to putting our
future operations into a shape that might lead to practical
results without alarming our capricious host.  I thought that
whilst I could be employed in inspecting the river, and in
feeling the route by water to Gani, Grant could return to Karague
by water, bringing up our rear traps, and, in navigating the
lake, obtain the information he had been frustrated in getting by
the machinations of his attendant Maribu.  It was agreed to, and
all seemed well; for there was much left to be done in Uganda and
Usoga, if we could only make sure of communicating once with
Petherick.  Before going home we had some more polite
conversation, during which the queen played with a toy in the
shape of a cocoa du mer, studded all over with cowries: this was
a sort of doll, or symbol of a baby and her dandling it was held
to indicate that she would ever remain a widow.  In the evening
the king returned all our rifles and guns, with a request for one
of them; as also for the iron chair he sat upon when calling on
us, an iron bedstead, and the Union Jack, for he did not honour
us with a visit for nothing; and the head page was sent to
witness the transfer of the goods, and see there was no humbug
about it.  It was absolutely necessary to get into a rage, and
tell the head page we did not come to Uganda to be swindled in
that manner, and he might tell the king I would not part with one
of them.

2d.--K'yengo, who came with Grant, now tried to obtain an
interview with the king, but could not get admission.  I had some
further trouble about the disposal of the child Meri, who said
she never before had lived in a poor man's house since she was
born. I thought to content her by offering to marry her to one of
Rumanika's sons, a prince of her own breed, but she would not
listen to the proposal.

3d.--For days past, streams of men have been carrying faggots of
firewood, clean-cut timber, into the palaces of the king, queen,
and the Kamraviona; and to-day, on calling on the king, I found
him engaged having these faggots removed by Colonel Mkavia's
regiment from one court into another, this being his way of
ascertaining their quantity, instead of counting them.  About
1600 men were engaged on this service, when the king, standing on
a carpet in front of the middle hut of the first court, with two
spears in his hand and his dog by his side, surrounded by his
brothers and a large staff of officers, gave orders for the
regiment to run to and fro in column, that he might see them
well; then turning to his staff, ordered them to run up and down
the regiment, and see what they thought of it.  This ridiculous
order set them all flying, and soon they returned, charging at
the king with their sticks, dancing and jabbering that their
numbers were many, he was the greatest king on earth, and their
lives and services were his for ever.  The regiment now received
orders to put down their faggots, and, taking up their own sticks
in imitation of spears, followed the antics of their officers in
charging and vociferating.  Next, Mkavia presented five hairy
Usoga goats, n'yanzigging and performing the other appropriate
ceremonies.  On asking the king if he had any knowledge of the
extent of his army, he merely said, "How can I, when these you
see are a portion of them just ordered here to carry wood?"

The regiment was now dismissed; but the officers were invited to
follow the king into another court, when he complimented them on
assembling so many men; they, instead of leaving well alone,
foolishly replied they were sorry they were not more numerous, as
some of the men lived so far away they shirked the summons;
Maula, then, ever forward in mischief, put a cap on it by saying,
if he could only impress upon the Waganda to listen to his
orders, there would never be a deficiency.  Upon which the king
said, "If they fail to obey you, they disobey me; for I have
appointed you as my orderly, and thereby you personify the orders
of the king." Up jumped Maula in a moment as soon as these words
were uttered, charging with his stick, then floundering and
n'yanzigging as if he had been signally rewarded.  I expected
some piece of cruel mischief to come of all this, but the king,
in his usual capricious way, suddenly rising, walked off to a
third court, followed only by a select few.

Here, turning to me, he said, "Bana, I love you, because you have
come so far to see me, and have taught me so many things since
you have been here."  Rising, with my hand to my heart, and
gracefully bowing at this strange announcement--for at that
moment I was full of hunger and wrath--I intimated I was much
flattered at hearing it, but as my house was in a state of
starvation, I trusted he would consider it.  "What!" said he, "do
you want goats?"  "Yes, very much."  The pages then received
orders to furnish me with ten that moment, as the king's farmyard
was empty, and he would reimburse them as soon as more
confiscations took place.  But this, I said, was not enough; the
Wanguana wanted plantains, for they had received none these
fifteen days.  "What!" said the king, turning to his pages again,
"have you given these men no plantains, as I ordered? Go and
fetch them this moment, and pombe too, for Bana."

The subject then turned on the plan I had formed of going to Gani
by water, and of sending Grant to Karague by the lake; but the
king's mind was fully occupied with the compass I had given him.
He required me to explain its use, and then broke up the meeting.

4th.--Viarungi, an officer sent by Rumanika to escort Grant to
Uganda, as well as to apply to king Mtesa for a force to fight
his brother Rogero, called on me with Rozaro, and said he had
received instructions from his king to apply to me for forty cows
and two slave-boys, because the Arabs who pass through his
country to Uganda always make him a present of that sort after
receiving them from Mtesa.  After telling him we English never
give the presents they have received away to any one, and never
make slaves, but free them, I laid a complaint against Rozaro for
having brought much trouble and disgrace upon my camp, as well as
much trouble on myself, and begged that he might be removed from
my camp.  Rozaro then attempted to excuse himself, but without
success, and said he had already detached his residence from my
camp, and taken up a separate residence with Viarungi, his
superior officer.

I called on the king in the afternoon, and found the pages had
already issued plantains for my men and pombe for myself.  The
king addressed me with great cordiality, and asked if I wished to
go to Gani.  I answered him with all promptitude,--Yes, at once,
with some of his officers competent to judge of the value of all
I point out to them for future purposes in keeping the road
permanently open. His provoking capriciousness, however, again
broke in, and he put me off till his messengers should return
from Unyoro.  I told him his men had gone in vain, for Budja left
without my letter or my men; and further, that the river route is
the only one that will ever be of advantage to Uganda, and the
sooner it was opened up the better. I entreated him to listen to
my advice, and send some of my men to Kamrasi direct, to acquaint
him with my intention to go down the river in boats to him; but I
could get no answer to this. Bombay then asked for cows for the
Wanguana, getting laughed at for his audacity, and the king broke
up the court and walked away.

5th.--I started on a visit to the queen, but half-way met Congow,
who informed me he had just escorted her majesty from his house,
where she was visiting, to her palace.  By way of a joke and
feeler, I took it in my head to try, by taking a harmless rise
out of Congow, whether the Nile is understood by the natives to
be navigable near its exit from the N'yanza.  I told him he had
been appointed by the king to escort us down the river to Gani. 
He took the affair very seriously, delivering himself to the
following purport: "Well, then, my days are numbered; for if I
refuse compliance I shall lose my head; and if I attempt to pass
Kamrasi's, which is on the river, I shall lose my life; for I am
a marked man there, having once led an army past his palace and
back again. It would be no use calling it a peaceful mission, as
you propose; for the Wanyoro distrust the Waganda to such an
extent, they would fly to arms at once."

Proceeding to the queen's palace, we met Murondo, who had once
travelled to the Masai frontier.  He said it would take a month
to go in boats from Kira, the most easterly district in Uganda,
to Masai, where there is another N'yanza, joined by a strait to
the big N'yanza, which king Mtesa's boats frequent for salt; but
the same distance could be accomplished in four days overland,
and three days afterwards by boat.  The queen, after keeping us
all day waiting, sent three bunches of plantains and a pot of
pombe, with a message that she was too tired to receive visitors,
and hoped we would call another day.

6th.--I met Pokino, the governor-general of Uddu, in the
morning's walk, who came here at the same time as Grant to visit
the king, and was invited into his house to drink pombe.  His
badge of office is an iron hatchet, inlaid with copper and
handled with ivory. He wished to give us a cow, but put it off
for another day, and was surprised we dared venture into his
premises without permission from the king.  After this, we called
at the palace, just as the king was returning from a walk with
his brothers.  He saw us, and sent for Bana.  We entered, and
presented him with some pictures, which he greatly admired,
looked at close and far, showed to the brothers, and inspected
again.  Pokino at this time came in with a number of well-made
shields, and presented them grovelling and n'yanzigging; but
though the governor of an important province, who had not been
seen by the king for years, he was taken no more notice of than
any common Mkungu.  A plan of the lake and Nile, which I brought
with me to explain our projects for reaching Karague and Gani,
engaged the king's attention for a while; but still he would not
agree to let anything be done until the messenger returned from
Unyoro.  Finding him inflexible, I proposed sending a letter,
arranging that his men should be under the guidance of my men
after they pass Unyoro on the way to Gani; and this was acceded
to, provided I should write a letter to Petherick by the morrow. 
I then tried to teach the king the use of the compass.  To make a
stand for it, I turned a drum on its head, when all the courtiers
flew at me as if to prevent an outrage, and the king laughed.  I
found that, as the instrument was supposed to be a magic charm of
very wonderful powers, my meddling with it and treating it as an
ordinary movable was considered a kind of sacrilege.

7th.--I wrote a letter to Petherick, but the promised Wakungu
never came for it.  As K'yengo was ordered to attend court with
Rumanika's hongo, consisting of a few wires, small beads, and a
cloth I gave him, as well as a trifle from Nnanji, I sent Bombay,
in place of going myself, to remind the king of his promises for
the Wakungu to Gani, as well as for boats to Karague, but a grunt
was the only reply which my messenger said he obtained.

8th.--Calling at the palace, I found the king issuing for a walk,
and joined him, when he suddenly turned round in the rudest
manner, re-entered his palace, and left me to go home without
speaking a word.  The capricious creature then reissued, and,
finding me gone, inquired after me, presuming I ought to have
waited for him.

9th.--During the night, when sleeping profoundly, some person
stealthily entered my hut and ran off with a box of bullets
towards the palace, but on the way dropped his burden.  Maula, on
the way home, happening to see it, and knowing it to be mine,
brought it back again.  I stayed at home, not feeling well.

10th.--K'yengo paid his hongo in wire to the king, and received a
return of six cows.  Still at home, an invalid, I received a
visit from Meri, who seemed to have quite recovered herself. 
Speaking of her present quarters, she said she loved Uledi's wife
very much, thinking birds of a feather ought to live together. 
She helped herself to a quarter of mutton, and said she would
come again.

11th.--To-day Viarungi, finding Rozaro's men had stolen thirty
cows, twelve slaves, and a load of mbugu from the Waganda, laid
hands on them himself for Rumanika, instead of giving them to
King Mtesa. Such are the daily incidents among our neighbours.

12th.--At night a box of ammunition and a bag of shot, which were
placed out as a reserve present for the king, to be given on our
departure, were stolen, obviously by the king's boys, and most
likely by the king's orders; for he is the only person who could
have made any use of them, and his boys alone know the way into
the hut; besides which, the previous box of bullets was found on
the direct road to the palace, while it was well known that no
one dared to touch an article of European manufacture without the
consent of the king.

13th.--I sent a message to the king about the theft, requiring
him, if an honest man, to set his detectives to work, and ferret
it out; his boys, at the same time, to show our suspicions, were
peremptorily forbidden ever to enter the hut again.  Twice the
king sent down a hasty message to say he was collecting all his
men to make a search, and, if they do not succeed, the Mganga
would be sent; but nothing was done.  The Kamraviona was sharply
rebuked by the king for allowing K'yengo to visit him before
permission was given, and thus defrauding the royal exchequer of
many pretty things, which were brought for majesty alone.  At
night the rascally boys returned again to plunder, but Kahala,
more wakeful than myself, heard them trying to untie the door-
handle, and frightened them away in endeavouring to awaken me.

14th and 15th.--Grant, doing duty for me, tried a day's penance
at the palace, but though he sat all day in the ante-chamber, and
musicians were ordered into the presence, nobody called for him.
K'yengo was sent with all his men on a Wakungu-seizing
expedition, --a good job for him, as it was his perquisite to
receive the major part of the plunder himself.

16th.--I sent Kahala out of the house, giving her finally over to
Bombay as a wife, because she preferred playing with dirty little
children to behaving like a young lady, and had caught the itch.
This was much against her wish, and the child vowed she would not
leave me until force compelled her; but I had really no other way
of dealing with the remnant of the awkward burden which the
queen's generosity had thrown on me.  K'yengo went to the palace
with fifty prisoners; but as the king had taken his women to the
small pond, where he has recently placed a tub canoe for purposes
of amusement, they did no business.

17th.--I took a first convalescent walk.  The king, who was out
shooting all day, begged for powder in the evening.  Uledi
returned from his expedition against a recusant officer at
Kituntu, bringing with him a spoil of ten women.  It appeared
that the officer himself had bolted from his landed possessions,
and as they belonged to "the church," or were in some way or
other sacred from civil execution, they could not be touched, so
that Uledi lost an estate which the king had promised him.  We
heard that Ilmas, wife of Majanja, who, as I already mentioned,
had achieved an illustrious position by services at the birth of
the king, had been sent to visit the late king Sunna's tomb,
whence, after observing certain trees which were planted, and
divining by mystic arts what the future state of Uganda required,
she would return at a specific time, to order the king at the
time of his coronation either to take the field with an army, to
make a pilgrimage, or to live a life of ease at home; whichever
of these courses the influence of the ordeal at the grave might
prompt her to order, must be complied with by the king.

18th.--I called at the palace with Grant, taking with us some
pictures of soldiers, horses, elephants, etc.  We found the guard
fighting over their beef and plantain dinner.  Bombay remarked
that this daily feeding on beef would be the lot of the Wanguana
if they had no religious scruples about the throat-cutting of
animals for food.  This, I told him, was all their own fault, for
they have really no religion or opinions of their own; and had
they been brought up in England instead of Africa, it would have
been all the other way with them as a matter of course; but
Bombay replied, "We could no more throw off the Mussulman faith
than you could yours."  A man with a maniacal voice sang and
whistled by turns. Katumba, the officer of the guards, saw our
pictures, and being a favourite, acquainted the king, which
gained us an admittance.

We found his majesty sitting on the ground, within a hut, behind
a portal, encompassed by his women, and took our seats outside.
At first all was silence, till one told the king we had some
wonderful pictures to show him; in an instant he grew lively,
crying out, "Oh, let us see them!" and they were shown, Bombay
explaining. Three of the king's wives then came in, and offered
him their two virgin sisters, n'yanzigging incessantly, and
beseeching their acceptance, as by that means they themselves
would become doubly related to him.  Nothing, however, seemed to
be done to promote the union, until one old lady, sitting by the
king's side, who was evidently learned in the etiquette and
traditions of the court, said, "Wait and see if he embraces,
otherwise you may know he is not pleased."  At this announcement
the girls received a hint to pass on, and the king commenced
bestowing on them a series of huggings, first sitting on the lap
of one, whom he clasped to his bosom, crossing his neck with hers
to the right, then to the left, and, having finished with her,
took post in the second one's lap, then on that of the third,
performing on each of them the same evolutions. He then retired
to his original position, and the marriage ceremony was supposed
to be concluded, and the settlements adjusted, when all went on
as before.

The pictures were again looked at, and again admired, when we
asked for a private interview on business, and drew the king
outside. I then begged he would allow me, whilst his men were
absent at Unyoro, to go to the Masai country, and see the Salt
Lake at the north-east corner of the N'yanza, and to lend me some
of his boats for Grant to fetch powder and beads from Karague. 
This important arrangement being conceded by the king more
promptly than we expected, a cow, plantains, and pombe were
requested; but the cow only was given, though our men were said
to be feeding on grass. Taking the king, as it appeared, in a
good humour, to show him the abuses arising from the system of
allowing his guests to help themselves by force upon the
highways, I reported the late seizures made of thirty cows and
twelve slaves by the Wanyambo; but, though surprised to hear the
news, he merely remarked that there were indeed a great number of
visitors in Uganda.  During this one day we heard the sad voice
of no less than four women, dragged from the palace to the

19th.--To follow up our success in the marching question and keep
the king to his promise, I called at his palace, but found he had
gone out shooting.  To push my object further, I then marched off
to the queen's to bid her good-bye, as if we were certain to
leave the next day; but as no one would dare to approach her
cabinet to apprise her of our arrival, we returned home tired and

20th.--The king sent for us at noon; but when we reached the
palace we found he had started on a shooting tour; so, to make
the best of our time, we called again upon the queen for the same
purpose as yesterday, as also to get my books of birds and
animals, which, taken merely to look at for a day or so, had been
kept for months. After hours of waiting, her majesty appeared
standing in an open gateway; beckoned us to advance, and offered
pombe; then, as two or three drops of rain fell, she said she
could not stand the violence of the weather, and forthwith
retired without one word being obtained.  An officer, however,
venturing in for the books, at length I got them.

21st.--To-day I went to the palace, but found no one; the king
was out shooting again.

22d.--We resolved to-day to try on a new political influence at
the court.  Grant had taken to the court of Karague a jumping-
jack, to amuse the young princes; but it had a higher destiny,
for it so fascinated the king Rumanika himself that he would not
part with it --unless, indeed, Grant would make him a big one out
of a tree which was handed to him for the purpose.  We resolved
to try the influence of such a toy on king Mtesa, and brought
with us, in addition, a mask and some pictures.  But although the
king took a visiting card, the gate was never opened to us. 
Finding this, and the day closing, we deposited the mask and
pictures on a throne, and walked away.  We found that we had thus
committed a serious breach of state etiquette; for the guard, as
soon as they saw what we had done, seized the Wanguana for our
offences in defiling the royal seat, and would have bound them,
had they not offered to return the articles to us.

23d.--Early in the morning, hearing the royal procession marching
off on a shooting excursion, we sent Bombay running after it with
the mask and pictures, to aquaint the king with our desire to see
him, and explain that we had been four days successively foiled
in attempts to find him in his palace, our object being an eager
wish to come to some speedy understanding about the appointed
journeys to the Salt Lake and Karague.  The toys produced the
desired effect; for the king stopped and played with them, making
Bombay and the pages don the masks by turns.  He appointed the
morrow for an interview, at the same time excusing himself for
not having seen us yesterday on the plea of illness.  In the
evening Kahala absconded with another little girl of the camp in
an opposite direction from the one she took last time; but as
both of them wandered about not knowing where to go to, and as
they omitted to take off all their finery, they were soon
recognised as in some way connected with my party, taken up, and
brought into camp, where they were well laughed at for their
folly, and laughed in turn at the absurdity of their futile

24th.--Hoping to keep the king to his promise, I went to the
palace early, but found he had already gone to see his brothers,
so followed him down, and found him engaged playing on a
harmonicon with them.  Surprised at my intrusion, he first asked
how I managed to find him out; then went on playing for a while;
but suddenly stopping to talk with me, he gave me an opportunity
of telling him I wished to send Grant off to Karague, and start
myself for Usoga and the Salt Lake in the morning.  "What! going
away?" said the king, as if he had never heard a word about it
before; and then, after talking the whole subject over again,
especially dwelling on the quantity of powder I had in store at
Karague, he promised to send the necessary officers for escorting
us on our respective journeys in the morning.

The brothers' wives then wished to see me, and came before us,
when I had to take off my hat and shoes as usual, my ready
compliance inducing the princes to pass various compliments of my
person and disposition. The brothers then showed me a stool made
of wood after the fashion of our sketching-stool, and a gun-cover
of leather, made by themselves, of as good workmanship as is to
be found in India.  The king then rose, followed by his brothers,
and we all walked off to the pond.  The effect of stimulants was
mooted, as well as other physiological phenomena, when a second
move took us to the palace by torchlight, and the king showed a
number of new huts just finished and beautifully made.  Finally,
he settled down to a musical concert, in which he took the lead
himself.  At eight o'clock, being tired and hungry, I reminded
the king of his promises, and he appointed the morning to call on
him for the Wakungu, and took leave.

25th.--Makinga, hearing of the intended march through Usoga, was
pleased to say he would like to join my camp and spend his time
in buying slaves and ivory there.  I went to the palace for the
promised escort, but was no sooner announced by the pages than
the king walked off into the interior of his harem, and left me
no alternative but to try my luck with the Kamraviona, who,
equally proud with his master, would not answer my call,--and so
another day was lost.

26th.--This morning we had the assuring intelligence from Kaddu
that he had received orders to hold himself in readiness for a
voyage to Karague in twenty boats with Grant, but the date of
departure was not fixed.  The passage was expected to be rough,
as the water off the mouth of the Kitangule Kagera (river) always
runs high, so that no boats can go there except at night, when
the winds of day subside, and are replaced by the calms of night. 
I called at the palace, but saw nothing of the king, though the
court was full of officials; and there were no less than 150
women, besides girls, goats, and various other things, seizures
from refractory state officers, who, it was said, had been too
proud to present themselves at court for a period exceeding

All these creatures, I was assured, would afterwards be given
away as return-presents for the hongos or presents received from
the king's visitors.  No wonder the tribes of Africa are mixed
breeds. Amongst the officers in waiting was my friend Budja, the
ambassador that had been sent to Unyoro with Kidgwiga, Kamrasi's
deputy. He had returned three days before, but had not yet seen
the king. As might have been expected, he said he had been
anything but welcomed in Unyoro.  Kamrasi, after keeping him
half-starved and in suspense eight days, sent a message--for he
would not see him--that he did not desire any communication with
blackguard Waganda thieves, and therefore advised him, if he
valued his life, to return by the road by which he came as
speedily as possible.  Turning to Congow, I playfully told him
that, as the road through Unyoro was closed, he would have to go
with me through Usoga and Kidi; but the gallant colonel merely
shuddered, and said that would be a terrible undertaking.

27th.--The king would not show, for some reason or other, and we
still feared to fire guns lest he should think our store of
powder inexhaustible, and so keep us here until he had extorted
the last of it.  I found that the Waganda have the same absurd
notion here as the Wanyambo have in Karague, of Kamrasi's
supernatural power in being able to divide the waters of the Nile
in the same manner as Moses did the Red Sea.

28th.--The king sent a messenger-boy to inform us that he had
just heard from Unyoro that the white men were still at Gani
inquiring after us; but nothing was said of Budja's defeat.  I
sent Bombay immediately off to tell him we had changed our plans,
and now simply required a large escort to accompany us through
Usoga and Kidi to Gani, as further delay in communicating with
Petherick might frustrate all chance of opening the Nile trade
with Uganda. He answered that he would assemble all his officers
in the morning to consult with them on the subject, when he hoped
we would attend, as he wished to further our views.  A herd of
cows, about eighty in number, were driven in from Unyoro, showing
that the silly king was actually robbing Kamrasi at the same time
that he was trying to treat with him.  K'yengo informed us that
the king, considering the surprising events which had lately
occurred at his court, being very anxious to pry into the future,
had resolved to take a very strong measure for accomplishing that
end.  This was the sacrifice of a child by cooking, as described
in the introduction--a ceremony which it fell to K'yengo to carry

29th.--To have two strings to my bow, and press our departure as
hotly as possible, I sent first Frij off with Nasib to the queen,
conveying, as a parting present, a block-tin brush-box, a watch
without a key, two sixpenny pocket-handkerchiefs, and a white
towel, with an intimation that we were going, as the king had
expressed his desire of sending us to Gani.  Her majesty accepted
the present, finding fault with the watch for not ticking like
the king's, and would not believe her son Mtesa had been so hasty
in giving us leave to depart, as she had not been consulted on
the subject yet. Setting off to attend the king at his appointed
time, I found the Kamraviona already there, with a large court
attendance, patiently awaiting his majesty's advent.  As we were
all waiting on, I took a rise out of the Kamraviona by telling
him I wanted a thousand men to march with me through Kidi to
Gani.  Surprised at the extent of my requisition, he wished to
know if my purpose was fighting.  I made him a present of the
great principle that power commands respect, and it was to
prevent any chance of fighting that we required so formidable an
escort.  His reply was that he would tell the king; and he
immediately rose and walked away home.

K'yengo and the representatives of Usui and Karague now arrived
by order of the king to bid farewell, and received the slaves and
cattle lately captured.  As I was very hungry, I set off home to
breakfast.  Just as I had gone, the provoking king inquired after
me, and so brought me back again, though I never saw him the
whole day.  K'yengo, however, was very communicative.  He said he
was present when Sunna, with all the forces he could muster,
tried to take the very countries I now proposed to travel
through; but, though in person exciting his army to victory, he
could make nothing of it.  He advised my returning to Karague,
when Rumanika would give me an escort through Nkole to Unyoro;
but finding that did not suit my views, as I swore I would never
retrace one step, he proposed my going by boat to Unyoro,
following down the Nile.

This, of course, was exactly what I wanted; but how could king
Mtesa, after the rebuff he had received from Kamrasi be induced
to consent to it?  My intention, I said, was to try the king on
the Usoga and Kidi route first, then on the Masai route to
Zanzibar, affecting perfect indifference about Kamrasi; and all
those failing--which, of course, they would--I would ask for
Unyoro as a last and only resource.  Still I could not see the
king to open my heart to him, and therefore felt quite
nonplussed.  "Oh," says K'yengo, "the reason why you do not see
him is merely because he is Ashamed to show his face, having made
so many fair promises to you which he knows he can never carry
out: bide your time, and all will be well."  At 4 p.m., as no
hope of seeing the king was left, all retired.

30th.--Unexpectedly, and for reasons only known to himself, the
king sent us a cow and load of butter, which had been asked for
many days ago.  The new moon seen last night kept the king
engaged at home, paying his devotions with his magic horns or
fetishes in the manner already described.  The spirit of this
religion--if such it can be called--is not so much adoration of a
Being supreme and beneficent, as a tax to certain malignant
furies--a propitiation, in fact, to prevent them bringing evil on
the land, and to insure a fruitful harvest.  It was rather
ominous that hail fell with violence, and lightning burnt down
one of the palace huts, while the king was in the midst of his
propitiatory devotions.

1st.--As Bombay was ordered to the palace to instruct the king in
the art of casting bullets, I primed him well to plead for the
road, and he reported to me the results, thus: First, he asked
one thousand men to go through Kidi.  This the king said was
impracticable, as the Waganda had tried it so often before
without success.  Then, as that could not be managed, what would
the king devise himself?  Bana only proposed the Usoga and Kidi
route, because he thought it would be to the advantage of Uganda. 
"Oh," says the king, cunningly, "if Bana merely wishes to see
Usoga, he can do so, and I will send a suitable escort, but no
more." To this Bombay replied, "Bana never could return; he would
sooner do anything than return--even penetrate the Masai to
Zanzibar, or go through Unyoro"; to which the king, ashamed of
his impotence, hung down his head and walked away.

In the meanwhile, and whilst this was going on at the king's
palace, I went with Grant, by appointment, to see the queen.  As
usual, she kept us waiting some time, then appeared sitting by an
open gate, and invited us, together with many Wakungu and
Wasumbua to approach.  Very lavish with stale sour pombe, she
gave us all some, saving the Wasumbua, whom she addressed very
angrily, asking what they wanted, as they have been months in the
country.  These poor creatures, in a desponding mood, defended
themselves by saying, which was quite true, that they had left
their homes in Sorombo to visit her, and to trade.  They had,
since their arrival in the country, been daily in attendance at
her palace, but never had the good fortune to see her excepting
on such lucky occasions as brought the Wazungu (white men) here,
when she opened her gates to them, but otherwise kept them shut. 
The queen retorted, "And what have you brought me, pray? where is
it?  Until I touch it you will neither see me nor obtain
permission to trade.  Uganda is no place for idle vagabonds."  We
then asked for a private interview, when, a few drops of rain
falling, the queen walked away, and we had orders to wait a
little.  During this time two boys were birched by the queen's
orders, and an officer was sent out to inquire why the watch he
had given her did not go.  This was easily explained. It had no
key; and, never losing sight of the main object, we took
advantage of the opportunity to add, that if she did not approve
of it, we could easily exchange it for another on arrival at
Gani, provided she would send an officer with us.

The queen, squatting within her hut, now ordered both Grant and
myself to sit outside and receive a present of five eggs and one
cock each, saying coaxingly, "These are for my children." Then
taking out the presents, she learned the way of wearing her watch
with a tape guard round her neck, reposing the instrument in her
bare bosom, and of opening and shutting it, which so pleased her,
that she declared it quite satisfactory.  The key was quite a
minor consideration, for she could show it to her attendants just
as well without one.  The towel and handkerchiefs were also very
beautiful, but what use could they be put to?  "Oh, your majesty,
to wipe the mouth after drinking pombe."  "Of course," is the
reply --"excellent; I won't use a mbugu napkin any more, but have
one of these placed on my cup when it is brought to drink, and
wipe my mouth with it afterwards.  But what does Bana want?" 
"The road to Gani," says Bombay for me.  "The king won't see him
when he goes to The palace, so now he comes here, trusting your
superior influence and good-nature will be more practicable." 
"Oh!" says her majesty, "Bana does not know the facts of the
case.  My son has tried all the roads without success, and now he
is ashamed to meet Bana face to face."  "Then what is to be done,
your majesty?"  "Bana must go back to Karague and wait for a
year, until my son is crowned, when he will make friends with the
surrounding chiefs, and the roads will be opened."  "But Bana
says he will not retrace one step; he would sooner lose his
life."  "Oh, that's nonsense! he must not be headstrong; but
before anything more can be said, I will send a message to my
son, and Bana can then go with Kaddu, K'yengo, and Viarungi, and
tell all they have to say to Mtesa to-morrow, and the following
day return to me, when everything will be concluded." We all now
left but Kaddu and some of the queen's officers, who waited for
the message to her son about us.  To judge from Kaddu, it must
have been very different from what she led us to expect, as, on
joining us, he said there was not the smallest chance of our
getting the road we required, for the queen was so decided about
it no further argument would be listened to.

2d.--Three goats were stolen, and suspicion falling on the king's
cooks, who are expert foragers, we sent to the Kamraviona, and
asked him to order out the Mganga; but his only reply was, that
he often loses goats in the same way.  He sent us one of his own
for present purposes, and gave thirty baskets of potatoes to my
men.  As the king held a court, and broke it up before 8 a.m.,
and no one would go there for fear of his not appearing again, I
waited, till the evening for Bombay, Kaddu, K'yengo, and
Viarungi, when, finding them drunk, I went by myself, fired a
gun, and was admitted to where the king was hunting guinea-fowl. 
On seeing me, he took me affectionately by the hand, and, as we
walked along together, he asked me what I wanted, showed me the
house which was burnt down, and promised to settle the road
question in the morning.

3d.--With Kaddu, K'yengo, and Viarungi all in attendance, we went
to the palace, where there was a large assemblage prepared for a
levee, and fired a gun, which brought the king out in state.  The
Sakibobo, or provincial governor, arrived with a body of soldiers
armed with sticks, made a speech, and danced at the head of his
men, all pointing sticks upwards, and singing fidelity to their

The king then turned to me, and said, "I have come out to listen
to your request of last night.  What is it you do want?"  I said,
"To open the country to the north, that an uninterrupted line of
commerce might exist between England and this country by means of
the Nile.  I might go round by Nkole" (K'yengo looked daggers at
me); "but that is out of the way, and not suitable to the
purpose." The queen's deputation was now ordered to draw near,
and questioned in a whisper.  As K'yengo was supposed to know all
about me, and spoke fluently both in Kiganda and Kisuahili, he
had to speak first; but K'yengo, to everybody's surprise, said,
"One white man wishes to go to Kamrasi's, whilst the other wishes
to return through Unyamuezi."  This announcement made the king
reflect; for he had been privately primed by his mother's
attendants, that we both wished to go to Gani, and therefore
shrewdly inquired if Rumanika knew we wished to visit Kamrasi,
and whether he was aware we should attempt the passage north from
Uganda.  "Oh yes! of course Bana wrote to Bana Mdogo" (the little
master) "as soon as he arrived in Uganda and told him and
Rumanika all about it."  "Wrote! what does that mean?" and I was
called upon to explain.  Mtesa, then seeing a flaw in K'yengo's
statements, called him a story-teller; ordered him and his party
away, and bade me draw near.

The moment of triumph had come at last, and suddenly the road was
granted!  The king presently let us see the motive by which he
had been influenced.  He said he did not like having to send to
Rumanika for everything: he wanted his visitors to come to him
direct; moreover, Rumanika had sent him a message to the effect
that we were not to be shown anything out of Uganda, and when we
had done with it, were to be returned to him.  Rumanika, indeed!
who cared about Rumanika?  Was not Mtesa the king of the country,
to do as he liked? and we all laughed.  Then the king, swelling
with pride, asked me whom I liked best--Rumanika or himself,--an
awkward question, which I disposed of by saying I liked Rumanika
very much because he spoke well, and was very communicative; but
I also liked Mtesa, because his habits were much like my own--
fond of shooting and roaming about; whilst he had learned so many
things from my teaching, I must ever feel a yearning towards him.

With much satisfaction I felt that my business was now done; for
Budja was appointed to escort us to Unyoro, and Jumba to prepare
us boats, that we might go all the way to Kamrasi's by water.
Viarungi made a petition, on Rumanika's behalf, for an army of
Waganda to go to Karague, and fight the refractory brother,
Rogero; but this was refused, on the plea that the whole army was
out fighting at the present moment.  The court then broke up and
we went home.

To keep the king up to the mark, and seal our passage, in the
evening I took a Lancaster rifle, with ammunition, and the iron
chair he formerly asked for, as a parting present, to the palace,
but did not find him, as he had gone out shooting with his

4th.--Grant and I now called together on the king to present the
rifle, chair, and ammunition, as we could not thank him in words
sufficiently for the favour he had done us in granting the road
through Unyoro.  I said the parting gift was not half as much as
I should like to have been able to give; but we hoped, on
reaching Gani, to send Petherick up to him with everything that
he could desire.  We regretted we had no more powder or shot, as
what was intended, and actually placed out expressly to be
presented on this occasion, was stolen.  The king looked hard at
his head page, who was once sent to get these very things now
given, and then turning the subject adroitly, asked me how many
cows and women I would like, holding his hand up with spread
fingers, and desiring me to count by hundreds; but the reply was,
Five cows and goats would be enough, for we wished to travel
lightly in boats, starting from the Murchison Creek.  Women were
declined on such grounds as would seem rational to him.  But if
the king would clothe my naked men with one mbugu (bark cloth)
each, and give a small tusk each to nine Wanyamuezi porters, who
desired to return to their home, the obligation would be great.

Everything was granted without the slightest hesitation; and then
the king, turning to me, said, "Well, Bana, so you really wish to
go?"  "Yes, for I have not seen my home for four years and
upwards" --reckoning five months to the year, Uganda fashion. 
"And you can give no stimulants?"  "No."  "Then you will send me
some from Gani-- brandy if you like; it makes people sleep sound,
and gives them strength."  Next we went to the queen to bid her
farewell, but did not see her.

On returning home I found half my men in a state of mutiny. They
had been on their own account to beg for the women and cows which
had been refused, saying, If Bana does not want them we do, for
we have been starved here ever since we came, and when we go for
food get broken heads; we will not serve with Bana any longer;
but as he goes north, we will return to Karague and Unyanyembe.
Bombay, however, told them they never had fed so well in all
their lives as they had in Uganda, counting from fifty to sixty
cows killed, and pombe and plantains every day, whenever they
took the trouble to forage; and for their broken heads they
invariably received a compensation in women; so that Bana had
reason to regret every day spent in asking for food for them at
the palace--a favour which none but his men received, but which
they had not, as they might have done, turned to good effect by
changing the system of plundering for food in Uganda.

5th.--By the king's order we attended at the palace early.  The
gun obtained us all a speedy admittance, when the king opened
conversation by saying, "Well, Bana, so you really are going?"
"Yes; I have enjoyed your hospitality for a long time, and now
wish to return to my home."  "What provision do you want?"  I
said, Five cows and five goats, as we shan't be long in Uganda;
and it is not the custom of our country, when we go visiting, to
carry anything away with us.  The king then said, "Well, I wish
to give you much, but you won't have it"; when Budja spoke out,
saying, "Bana does not know the country he had to travel through;
there is nothing but jungle and famine on the way, and he must
have cows"; on which the king ordered us sixty cows, fourteen
goats, ten loads of butter, a load of coffee and tobacco, one
hundred sheets of mbugu, as clothes for my men, at a suggestion
of Bombay's, as all my cloth had been expended even before I left

This magnificent order created a pause, which K'yengo took
advantage of by producing a little bundle of peculiarly-shaped
sticks and a lump of earth--all of which have their own
particular magical powers, as K'yengo described to the king's
satisfaction. After this, Viarungi pleaded the cause of my
mutinous followers, till I shook my finger angrily at him before
the king, rebuked him for intermeddling in other people's
affairs, and told my own story, which gained the sympathy of the
king, and induced him to say, "Supposing they desert Bana, what
road do they expect to get?" Maula was now appointed to go with
Rozaro to Karague for the powder and other things promised
yesterday, whilst Viarungi and all his party, though exceedingly
anxious to get away, had orders to remain here prisoners as a
surety for the things arriving.  Further, Kaddu and two other
Wakungu received orders to go to Usui with two tusks of ivory to
purchase gunpowder, caps, and flints, failing which they would
proceed to Unyanyembe, and even to Zanzibar, for the king must
not be disappointed, and failure would cost them their lives.

Not another word was said, and away the two parties went, with no
more arrangement than a set of geese--Maula without a letter, and
Kaddu without any provision for the way, as if all the world
belonged to Mtesa, and he could help himself from any man's
garden that he liked, no matter where he was.  In the evening my
men made a humble petition for their discharge, even if I did not
pay them, producing a hundred reasons for wishing to leave me,
but none which would stand a moment's argument: the fact was,
they were afraid of the road to Unyoro, thinking I had not
sufficient ammunition.

6th.--I visited the king, and asked leave for boats to go at
once; but the fleet admiral put a veto on this by making out that
dangerous shallows exist between the Murchison Creek and the Kira
district station, so that the boats of one place never visit the
other; and further, if we went to Kira, we should find
impracticable cataracts to the Urondogani boat-station; our
better plan would therefore be, to deposit our property at the
Urondogani station, and walk by land up the river, if a sight of
the falls at the mouth of the lake was of such material
consequence to us.

Of course this man carried everything his own way, for there was
nobody able to contradict him, and we could not afford time to
visit Usoga first, lest by the delay we might lose an opportunity
of communicating with Petherick.  Grant now took a portrait of
Mtesa by royal permission, the king sitting as quietly as his
impatient nature would permit.  Then at home the Wanyamuezi
porters received their tusks of ivory, weighing from 16 to 50 lb.
each, and took a note besides on Rumanika each for twenty fundo
of beads, barring one Bogue man, who, having lent a cloth to the
expedition some months previously, thought it would not be paid
him, and therefore seized a sword as security; the consequence
was, his tusk was seized until the sword was returned, and he was
dismissed minus his beads, for having so misconducted himself. 
The impudent fellow then said, "It will be well for Bana if he
succeeds in getting the road through Unyoro; for, should he fail,
I will stand in his path at Bogue." Kitunzi offered an ivory for
beads, and when told we were not merchants, and advised to try
K'yengo, he said he dared not even approach K'yengo's camp lest
people should tell the king of it, and accuse him of seeking for
magical powers against his sovereign. Old Nasib begged for his
discharge.  It was granted, and he took a $50 letter on the
coast, and a letter of emancipation for himself and family,
besides an order, written in Kisuahili, for ten fundo of beads on
Rumanika, which made him very happy.

In the evening we called again at the palace with pictures of the
things the king required from Rumanika, and a letter informing
Rumanika what we wished done with them, in order that there might
be no mistake, requesting the king to forward them after Mula.
Just then Kaddu's men returned to say they wanted provisions for
the way, as the Wazinza, hearing of their mission, asked them if
they knew what they were about, going to a strange country
without any means of paying their way.  But the king instead of
listening to reason, impetuously said, "If you do not pack off at
once, and bring me the things I want, every man of you shall lose
his head; and as for the Wazinza, for interfering with my orders,
they shall be kept here prisoners until you return."

On the way home, one of the king's favourite women overtook us,
walking, with her hands clasped at the back of her head, to
execution, crying, "N'uawo!" in the most pitiful manner.  A man
was preceding her, but did not touch her; for she loved to obey
the orders of her king voluntarily, and in consequence of
previous attachment, was permitted, as a mark of distinction, to
walk free. Wondrous world! it was not ten minutes since we parted
from the king, yet he had found time to transact this bloody
piece of business.

7th.--Early in the morning the king bade us come to him to say
farewell.  Wishing to leave behind a favourable impression, I
instantly complied.  On the breast of my coat I suspended the
necklace the queen had given me, as well as his knife, and my
medals.  I talked with him in as friendly and flattering a manner
as I could, dwelling on his shooting, the pleasant cruising on
the lake, and our sundry picnics, as well as the grand prospect
there was now of opening the country to trade, by which his guns,
the best in the world, would be fed with powder--and other small
matters of a like nature,--to which he replied with great feeling
and good taste. We then all rose with an English bow, placing the
hand on the heart whilst saying adieu; and there was a complete
uniformity in the ceremonial, for whatever I did, Mtesa, in an
instant, mimicked with the instinct of a monkey.

We had, however, scarcely quitted the palace gate before the king
issued himself, with his attendants and his brothers leading, and
women bringing up the rear; here K'yengo and all the Wazinza
joined in the procession with ourselves, they kneeling and
clapping their hands after the fashion of their own country. 
Budja just then made me feel very anxious, by pointing out the
position of Urondogani, as I thought, too far north.  I called
the king's attention to it, and in a moment he said he would
speak to Budja in such a manner that would leave no doubts in my
mind, for he liked me much, and desired to please me in all
things.  As the procession now drew to our camp, and Mtesa
expressed a wish to have a final look at my men, I ordered them
to turn out with their arms and n'yanzig for the many favours
they had received.  Mtesa, much pleased, complimented them on
their goodly appearance, remarking that with such a force I would
have no difficulty in reaching Gani, and exhorted them to follow
me through fire and water; then exchanging adieus again he walked
ahead in gigantic strides up the hill, the pretty favourite of
his harem, Lubuga--beckoning and waving with her little hands,
and crying, "Bana! Bana!"--trotting after him conspicuous amongst
the rest, though all showed a little feeling at the severance. 
We saw them no more.

                           Chapter XV

            March Down the Northern Slopes of Africa

Kari--Tragic Incident there--Renewals of Troubles--Quarrels with
the Natives--Reach the Nile--Description of the Scene there--
Sport-- Church Estate--Ascend the River to the Junction with the
Lake--Ripon Falls--General Account of the Source of the Nile--
Descend again to Urondogani--The Truculent Sakibobo.

7th to 11th.--With Budja appointed as the general director, a
lieutenant of the Sakibobo's to furnish us with sixty cows in his
division at the first halting-place, and Kasoro (Mr Cat), a
lieutenant of Jumba's, to provide the boats at Urondogani, we
started at 1 p.m., on the journey northwards.  The Wanguana still
grumbled, swearing they would carry no loads, as they got no
rations, and threatening to shoot us if we pressed them,
forgetting that their food had been paid for to the king in
rifles, chronometers, and other articles, costing about 2000
dollars, and, what was more to the point, that all the ammunition
was in our hands.  A judicious threat of the stick, however, put
things right, and on we marched five successive days to Kari--as
the place was afterwards named, in consequence of the tragedy
mentioned below-- the whole distance accomplished being thirty
miles from the capital, through a fine hilly country, with
jungles and rich cultivation alternating.  The second march,
after crossing the Katawana river with its many branches flowing
north-east into the huge rush-drain of Luajerri, carried us
beyond the influence of the higher hills, and away from the huge
grasses which characterise the southern boundary of Uganda
bordering on the lake.

Each day's march to Kari was directed much in the same manner.
After a certain number of hours' travelling, Budja appointed some
village of residence for the night, avoiding those which belonged
to the queen, lest any rows should take place in them, which
would create disagreeable consequences with the king, and
preferring those the heads of which had been lately seized by the
orders of the king. Nevertheless, wherever we went, all the
villagers forsook their homes, and left their houses, property,
and gardens an easy prey to the thieving propensities of the
escort.  To put a stop to this vile practice was now beyond my
power; the king allowed it, and his men were the first in every
house, taking goats, fowls, skins, mbugus, cowries, beads, drums,
spears, tobacco, pombe,--in short, everything they could lay
their hands on--in the most ruthless manner.  It was a perfect
marauding campaign for them all, and all alike were soon laden
with as much as they could carry.

A halt of some days had become necessary at Kari to collect the
cows given by the king; and, as it is one of the most extensive
pasture- grounds, I strolled with my rifle (11th) to see what new
animals could be found; but no sooner did I wound a zebra than
messengers came running after me to say Kari, one of my men, had
been murdered by the villagers three miles off; and such was the
fact.  He, with others of my men, had been induced to go
plundering, with a few boys of the Waganda escort, to a certain
village of potters, as pots were required by Budja for making
plantain-wine, the first thing ever thought of when a camp is
formed.  On nearing the place, however, the women of the village,
who were the only people visible, instead of running away, as our
braves expected, commenced hullalooing, and brought out their
husbands.  Flight was now the only thought of our men, and all
would have escaped had Kari not been slow and his musket empty. 
The potters overtook him, and, as he pointed his gun, which they
considered a magic-horn, they speared him to death, and then fled
at once.  Our survivors were not long in bringing the news into
camp, when a party went out, and in the evening brought in the
man's corpse and everything belonging to him, for nothing had
been taken.

12th.--To enable me at my leisure to trace up the Nile to its
exit from the lake, and then go on with the journey as quickly as
possible, I wished the cattle to be collected and taken by Budja
and some of my men with the heavy baggage overland to Kamrasi's.
Another reason for doing so was, that I thought it advisable
Kamrasi should be forewarned that we were coming by the water
route, lest we should be suspected and stopped as spies by his
officers on the river, or regarded as enemies, which would
provoke a fight.  Budja, however, objected to move until a report
of Kari's murder had been forwarded to the king, lest the people,
getting bumptious, should try the same trick again; and Kasoro
said he would not go up the river, as he had received no orders
to do so.

In this fix I ordered a march back to the palace, mentioning the
king's last words, and should have gone, had not Budja ordered
Kasoro to go with me.  A page then arrived from the king to ask
after Bana's health, carrying the Whitworth rifle as his master's
card, and begging for a heavy double-barrelled gun to be sent him
from Gani.  I called this lad to witness the agreement I had made
with Budja, and told him, if Kasoro satisfied me, I would return
by him, in addition to the heavy gun, a Massey's patent log.  I
had taken it for the navigation of the lake, and it was now of no
further use to me, but, being an instrument of complicated
structure, it would be a valuable addition to the king's museum
of magic charms.  I added I should like the king to send me the
robes of honour and spears he had once promised me, in order that
I might, on reaching England, be able to show my countrymen a
specimen of the manufactures of his country.  The men who were
with Kari were now sent to the palace, under accusation of having
led him into ambush, and a complaint was made against the
villagers, which we waited the reply to.  As Budja forbade it, no
men would follow me out shooting, saying the villagers were out
surrounding our camp, and threatening destruction on any one who
dared show his face; for this was not the highroad to Uganda, and
therefore no one had a right to turn them out of their houses and
pillage their gardens.

13th.--Budja lost two cows given to his party last night, and
seeing ours securely tied by their legs to trees, asked by what
spells we had secured them; and would not believe our assurance
that the ropes that bound them were all the medicines we knew of. 
One of the Queen's sisters, hearing of Kari's murder, came on a
visit to condole with us, bringing a pot of pombe, for which she
received some beads.  On being asked how many sisters the queen
had, for we could not help suspecting some imposition, she
replied she was the only one, till assured ten other ladies had
presented themselves as the queen's sisters before, when she
changed her tone, and said, "That is true, I am not the only one;
but if I had told you the truth I might have lost my head."  This
was a significant expression of the danger to telling court

I suspected that there must be a considerable quantity of game in
this district, as stake-nets and other traps were found in all
the huts, as well as numbers of small antelope hoofs spitted on
pipe-sticks--an ornament which is counted the special badge of
the sportsman in this part of Africa.  Despite, therefore, of the
warnings of Budja, I strolled again with my rifle, and saw
pallah, small plovers, and green antelopes with straight horns,
called mpeo, the skin of which makes a favourite apron for the

14th.--I met to-day a Mhuma cowherd in my strolls with the rifle,
and asked him if he knew where the game lay.  The unmannerly
creature, standing among a thousand of the sleekest cattle,
gruffishly replied, "What can I know of any other animals than
cows?" and went on with his work, as if nothing in the world
could interest him but his cattle-tending.  I shot a doe,
leucotis, called here nsunnu, the first one seen upon the

15th.--In the morning, when our men went for water to the
springs, some Waganda in ambush threw a spear at them, and this
time caught a Tartar, for the "horns," as they called their guns,
were loaded, and two of them received shot-wounds.  In the
evening, whilst we were returning from shooting, a party of
Waganda, also lying in the bush, called out to know what we were
about; saying, "Is it not enough that you have turned us out of
our homes and plantations, leaving us to live like animals in the
wilderness?" and when told we were only searching for sport,
would not believe that our motive was any other than hostility to

At night one of Budja's men returned from the palace, to say the
king was highly pleased with the measures adopted by his Wakungu,
in prosecution of Kari's affair.  He hoped now as we had cows to
eat, there would be no necessity for wandering for food, but all
would keep together "in one garden."  At present no notice would
be taken of the murderers, as all the culprits would have fled
far away in their fright to escape chastisement.  But when a
little time had elapsed, and all would appear to have been
forgotten, officers would be sent and the miscreants apprehended,
for it was impossible to suppose anybody could be ignorant of the
white men being the guests of the king, considering they had
lived at the palace for so long. The king took this opportunity
again to remind me that he wanted a heavy solid double gun, such
as would last him all his life; and intimated that in a few days
the arms and robes of honour were to be sent.

16th.--Most of the cows for ourselves and the guides--for the
king gave them also a present, ten each--were driven into camp. 
We also got 50 lb. of butter, the remainder to be picked up on
the way. I strolled with the gun, and shot two zebras, to be sent
to the king, as, by the constitution of Uganda, he alone can keep
their royal skins.

17th.--We had to halt again, as the guides had lost most of their
cows, so I strolled with my rifle and shot a ndjezza doe, the
first I had ever seen.  It is a brown animal, a little smaller
than leucotis, and frequents much the same kind of ground.

18th.--We had still to wait another day for Budja's cows, when,
as it appeared all-important to communicate quickly with
Petherick, and as Grant's leg was considered too weak for
travelling fast, we took counsel together, and altered our plans. 
I arranged that Grant should go to Kamrasi's direct with the
property, cattle, and women, taking my letters and a map for
immediate despatch to Petherick at Gani, whilst I should go up
the river to its source or exit from the lake, and come down
again navigating as far as practicable.

At night the Waganda startled us by setting fire to the huts our
men were sleeping in, but providentially did more damage to
themselves than to us, for one sword only was buried in the fire,
whilst their own huts, intended to be vacated in the morning,
were burnt to the ground.  To fortify ourselves against another
invasion, we cut down all their plaintains to make a boma or

We started all together on our respective journeys; but, after
the third mile, Grant turned west, to join the highroad to
Kamrasi's, whilst I went east for Urondogani, crossing the
Luajerri, a huge rush-drain three miles broad, fordable nearly to
the right bank, where we had to ferry in boats, and the cows to
be swum over with men holding on to their tails.  It was larger
than the Katonga, and more tedious to cross, for it took no less
than four hours mosquitoes in myriads biting our bare backs and
legs all the while. The Luajerri is said to rise in the lake and
fall into the Nile, due south of our crossing-point.  On the
right bank wild buffalo are described to be as numerous as cows,
but we did not see any, though the country is covered with a most
inviting jungle for sport, which intermediate lays of fine
grazing grass.  Such is the nature of the country all the way to
Urondogani, except in some favoured spots, kept as tidily as in
any part of Uganda, where plantains grow in the utmost
luxuriance.  From want of guides, and misguided by the exclusive
ill-natured Wahuma who were here in great numbers tending their
king's cattle, we lost our way continually, so that we did not
reach the boat-station until the morning of the 21st.

Here at last I stood on the brink of the Nile; most beautiful was
the scene, nothing could surpass it!  It was the very perfection
of the kind of effect aimed at in a highly kept park; with a
magnificent stream from 600 to 700 yards wide, dotted with islets
and rocks, the former occupied by fishermen's huts, the latter by
sterns and crocodiles basking in the sun,--flowing between the
fine high grassy banks, with rich trees and plantains in the
background, where herds of the nsunnu and hartebeest could be
seen grazing, while the hippopotami were snorting in the water,
and florikan and guinea-fowl rising at our feet.  Unfortunately,
the chief district officer, Mlondo, was from home, but we took
possession of his huts-- clean, extensive, and tidily kept--
facing the river, and felt as if a residence here would do one
good.  Delays and subterfuges, however, soon came to damp our
spirits.  The acting officer was sent for, and asked for the
boats; they were all scattered, and could not be collected for a
day or two; but, even if they were at hand, no boat ever went up
or down the river.  The chief was away and would be sent for, as
the king often changed his orders, and, after all, might not mean
what had been said.  The district belonged to the Sakibobo, and
no representative of his had come here. These excuses, of course,
would not satisfy us.  The boats must be collected, seven, if
there are not ten, for we must try them, and come to some
understanding about them, before we march up stream, when, if the
officer values his life, he will let us have them, and
acknowledge Karoso as the king's representative, otherwise a
complaint will be sent to the palace, for we won't stand

We were now confronting Usoga, a country which may be said to be
the very counterpart of Uganda in its richness and beauty.  Here
the people use such huge iron-headed spears with short handles,
that, on seeing one to-day, my people remarked that they were
better fitted for digging potatoes than piercing men.  Elephants,
as we had seen by their devastations during the last two marches,
were very numerous in this neighbourhood.  Till lately, a party
from Unyoro, ivory-hunting, had driven them away.  Lions were
also described as very numerous and destructive to human life. 
Antelopes were common in the jungle, and the hippopotami, though
frequenters of the plantain-garden and constantly heard, were
seldom seen on land in consequence of their unsteady habits.

The king's page again came, begging I would not forget the gun
and stimulants, and bringing with him the things I asked for--
two spears, one shield, one dirk, two leopard-cat skins, and two
sheets of small antelope skins.  I told my men they ought to
shave their heads and bathe in the holy river, the cradle of
Moses-- the waters of which, sweetened with sugar, men carry all
the way from Egypt to Mecca, and sell to the pilgrims.  But
Bombay, who is a philosopher of the Epicurean school, said, "We
don't look on those things in the same fanciful manner that you
do; we are contented with all the common-places of life, and look
for nothing beyond the present.  If things don't go well, it is
God's will; and if they do go well, that is His will also."

22d.--The acting chief brought a present of one cow, one goat,
and pombe, with a mob of his courtiers to pay his respects. He
promised that the seven boats, which are all the station he could
muster, would be ready next day, and in the meanwhile a number of
men would conduct me to the shooting-ground.  He asked to be
shown the books of birds and animals, and no sooner saw some
specimens of Wolf's handiwork, than, in utter surprise, he
exclaimed, "I know how these are done; a bird was caught and
stamped upon the paper," using action to his words, and showing
what he meant, while all his followers n'yanzigged for the favour
of the exhibition.

In the evening I strolled in the antelope parks, enjoying the
scenery and sport excessively.  A noble buck nsunnu, standing by
himself, was the first thing seen on this side, though a herd of
hertebeests were grazing on the Usoga banks.  One bullet rolled
my fine friend over, but the rabble looking on no sooner saw the
hit than they rushed upon him and drove him off, for he was only
wounded.  A chase ensued, and he was tracked by his blood when a
pongo (bush box) was started and divided the party.  It also
brought me to another single buck nsunnu, which was floored at
once, and left to be carried home by some of my men in company
with Waganda, whilst I went on, shot a third nsunnu buck, and
tracked him by his blood till dark, for the bullet had pierced
his lungs and passed out on the other side.  Failing to find him
on the way home, I shot, besides florikan and guinea-chicks, a
wonderful goatsucker, remarkable for the exceeding length of some
of its feathers floating out far beyond the rest in both
wings.[FN#21]  Returning home, I found the men who had charge of
the dead buck all in a state of excitement; they no sooner
removed his carcass, than two lions came out of the jungle and
lapped his blood.  All the Waganda ran away at once; but my
braves feared my answer more than the lions, and came off safely
with the buck on their shoulders.

23d.--Three boats arrived, like those used on the Murchison
Creek, and when I demanded the rest, as well as a decisive answer
about going to Kamrasi's, the acting Mkungu said he was afraid
accidents might happen, and he would not take me.  Nothing would
frighten this pig-headed creature into compliance, though I told
him I had arranged with the king to make the Nile the channel of
communication with England.  I therefore applied to him for
guides to conduct me up the river, and ordered Bombay and Kasoro
to obtain fresh orders from the king, as all future Wazungu,
coming to Uganda to visit or trade, would prefer the passage by
the river.  I shot another buck in the evening, as the Waganda
love their skins, and also a load of guinea-fowl--three, four,
and five at a shot--as Kasoro and his boys prefer them to

24th.--The acting officer absconded, but another man came in his
place, and offered to take us on the way up the river to-morrow,
humbugging Kasoro into the belief that his road to the palace
would branch off from the first state, though in reality it was
here. The Mkungu's women brought pombe, and spent the day gazing
at us, till, in the evening, when I took up my rifle, one ran
after Bana to see him shoot, and followed like a man; but the
only sport she got was on an ant-hill, where she fixed herself
some time, popping into her mouth and devouring the white ants as
fast as they emanated from their cells--for, disdaining does, I
missed the only pongo buck I got a shot at in my anxiety to show
the fair one what she came for.

Reports came to-day of new cruelties at the palace.  Kasoro
improved on their off-hand manslaughter by saying that two
Kamravionas and two Sakibobos, as well as all the old Wakungu of
Sunna's time, had been executed by the orders of king Mtesa.  He
told us, moreover, that if Mtesa ever has a dream that his father
directs him to kill anybody as being dangerous to his person, the
order is religiously kept.  I wished to send a message to Mtesa
by an officer who is starting at once to pay his respects at
court; but although he received it, and promised to deliver it,
Kasoro laughed at me for expecting that one word of it would ever
reach the king; for, however, appropriate or important the matter
might be, it was more than anybody dare do to tell the king, as
it would be an infringement of the rule that no one is to speak
to him unless in answer to a question.  My second buck of the
first day was brought in by the natives, but they would not allow
it to approach the hut until it had been skinned; and I found
their reason to be a superstition that otherwise no others would
ever be killed by the inmates of that establishment.

I marched up the left bank of the Nile at a considerable distance
from the water, to the Isamba rapids, passing through rich jungle
and plantain-gardens.  Nango, an old friend, and district officer
of the place, first refreshed us with a dish of plantain-squash
and dried fish, with pombe.  He told us he is often threatened by
elephants, but he sedulously keeps them off with charms; for if
they ever tasted a plantain they would never leave the garden
until they had cleared it out.  He then took us to see the
nearest falls of the Nile--extremely beautiful, but very
confined.  The water ran deep between its banks, which were
covered with fine grass, soft cloudy acacias, and festoons of
lilac convolvuli; whilst here and there, where the land had
slipped above the rapids, bared places of red earth could be
seen, like that of Devonshire; there, too, the waters, impeded by
a natural dam, looked like a huge mill-pond, sullen and dark, in
which two crocodiles, laving about, were looking out for prey. 
From the high banks we looked down upon a line of sloping wooded
islets lying across the stream, which divide its waters, and, by
interrupting them, cause at once both dam and rapids.  The whole
was more fairy-like, wild, and romantic than-- I must confess
that my thoughts took that shape--anything I ever saw outside of
a theatre.  It was exactly the sort of place, in fact, where,
bridged across from one side-slip to the other, on a moonlight
night, brigands would assemble to enact some dreadful tragedy. 
Even the Wanguana seemed spellbound at the novel beauty of the
sight, and no one thought of moving till hunger warned us night
was setting in, and we had better look out for lodgings.

Start again, and after drinking pombe with Nango, when we heard
that three Wakungu had been seized at Kari, in consequence of the
murder, the march was commenced, but soon after stopped by the
mischievous machinations of our guide, who pretended it was too
late in the day to cross the jungles on ahead, either by the road
to the source or the palace, and therefore would not move till
the morning; then, leaving us, on the pretext of business, he
vanished, and was never seen again.  A small black fly, with
thick shoulders and bullet-head, infests the place, and torments
the naked arms and legs of the people with its sharp stings to an
extent that must render life miserable to them.

After a long struggling march, plodding through huge grasses and
jungle, we reached a district which I cannot otherwise describe
than by calling it a "Church Estate."  It is dedicated in some
mysterious manner to Lubari (Almighty), and although the king
appeared to have authority over some of the inhabitants of it,
yet others had apparently a sacred character, exempting them from
the civil power, and he had no right to dispose of the land
itself.  In this territory there are small villages only at every
fifth mile, for there is no road, and the lands run high again,
whilst, from want of a guide, we often lost the track.  It now
transpired that Budja, when he told at the palace that there was
no road down the banks of the Nile, did so in consequence of his
fear that if he sent my whole party here they would rob these
church lands, and so bring him into a scrape with the wizards or
ecclesiastical authorities. Had my party not been under control,
we could not have put up here; but on my being answerable that no
thefts should take place, the people kindly consented to provide
us with board and lodgings, and we found them very obliging.  One
elderly man, half-witted-- they said the king had driven his
senses from him by seizing his house and family--came at once on
hearing of our arrival, laughing and singing in a loose jaunty
maniacal manner, carrying odd sticks, shells, and a bundle of
mbugu rags, which he deposited before me, dancing and singing
again, then retreating and bringing some more, with a few
plantains from a garden, when I was to eat, as kings lived upon
flesh, and "poor Tom" wanted some, for he lived with lions and
elephants in a hovel beyond the gardens, and his belly was empty. 
He was precisely a black specimen of the English parish idiot.

At last, with a good push for it, crossing hills and threading
huge grasses, as well as extensive village plantations lately
devastated by elephants--they had eaten all that was eatable, and
what would not serve for food they had destroyed with their
trunks, not one plantain or one hut being left entire--we arrived
at the extreme end of the journey, the farthest point ever
visited by the expedition on the same parallel of latitude as
king Mtesa's palace, and just forty miles east of it.

We were well rewarded; for the "stones," as the Waganda call the
falls, was by far the most interesting sight I had seen in
Africa. Everybody ran to see them at once, though the march had
been long and fatiguing, and even my sketch-block was called into
play. Though beautiful, the scene was not exactly what I
expected; for the broad surface of the lake was shut out from
view by a spur of hill, and the falls, about 12 feet deep, and
400 to 500 feet broad, were broken by rocks.  Still it was a
sight that attracted one to it for hours--the roar of the waters,
the thousands of passenger-fish, leaping at the falls with all
their might; the Wasoga and Waganda fisherman coming out in boats
and taking post on all the rocks with rod and hook, hippopotami
and crocodiles lying sleepily on the water, the ferry at work
above the falls, and cattle driven down to drink at the margin of
the lake,--made, in all, with the pretty nature of the country--
small hills, grassy-topped, with trees in the folds, and gardens
on the lower slopes--as interesting a picture as one could wish
to see.

The expedition had now performed its functions.  I saw that old
father Nile without any doubt rises in the Victoria N'yanza, and,
as I had foretold, that lake is the great source of the holy
river which cradled the first expounder of our religious belief.
I mourned, however, when I thought how much I had lost by the
delays in the journey having deprived me of the pleasure of going
to look at the north-east corner of the N'yanza to see what
connection there was, by the strait so often spoken of, with it
and the other lake where the Waganda went to get their salt, and
from which another river flowed to the north, making "Usoga an
island."  But I felt I ought to be content with what I had been
spared to accomplish; for I had seen full half of the lake, and
had information given me of the other half, by means of which I
knew all about the lake, as far, at least, as the chief objects
of geographical importance were concerned.

Let us now sum up the whole and see what it is worth. 
Comparative information assured me that there was as much water
on the eastern side of the lake as there is on the western--if
anything, rather more.  The most remote waters, or top head of
the Nile, is the southern end of the lake, situated close on the
third degree of south latitude, which gives to the Nile the
surprising length, in direct measurement, rolling over thirty-
four degrees of latitude, of above 2300 miles, or more than one-
eleventh of the circumference of our globe.  Now from this
southern point, round by the west, to where the great Nile stream
issues, there is only one feeder of any importance, and that is
the Kitangule river; whilst from the southernmost point, round by
the east, to the strait, there are no rivers at all of any
importance; for the travelled Arabs one and all aver, that from
the west of the snow-clad Kilimandjaro to the lake where it is
cut by the second degree, and also the first degree of south
latitude, there are salt lakes and salt plains, and the country
is hilly, not unlike Unyamuezi; but they said there were no great
rivers, and the country was so scantily watered, having only
occasional runnels and rivulets, that they always had to make
long marches in order to find water when they went on their
trading journeys: and further, those Arabs who crossed the strait
when they reached Usoga, as mentioned before, during the late
interregnum, crossed no river either.

There remains to be disposed of the "salt lake," which I believe
is not a salt, but a fresh-water lake; and my reasons are, as
before stated, that the natives call all lakes salt, if they find
salt beds or salt islands in such places.  Dr Krapf, when he
obtained a sight of the Kenia mountain, heard from the natives
there that there was a salt lake to its northward, and he also
heard that a river ran from Kenia towards the Nile.  If his
information was true on this latter point, then, without doubt,
there must exist some connection between his river and the salt
lake I have heard of, and this in all probability would also
establish a connection between my salt lake and his salt lake
which he heard was called Baringo.[FN#22] In no view that can be
taken of it, however, does this unsettled matter touch the
established fact that the head of the Nile is in 3 south
latitude, where in the year 1858, I discovered the head of the
Victoria N'yanza to be.

I now christened the "stones" Ripon Falls, after the nobleman who
presided over the Royal Geographical Society when my expedition
was got up; and the arm of water from which the Nile issued,
Napoleon Channel, in token of respect to the French Geographical
Society, for the honour they had done me, just before leaving
England, in presenting me with their gold medal for the discovery
of the Victoria N'yanza.  One thing seemed at first perplexing--
the volume of water in the Kitangule looked as large as that of
the Nile; but then the one was a slow river and the other swift,
and on this account I could form no adequate judgment of their
relative values.

Not satisfied with my first sketch of the falls, I could not
resist sketching them again; and then, as the cloudy state of the
weather prevented my observing for latitude, and the officer of
the place said a magnificent view of the lake could be obtained
from the hill alluded to as intercepting the view from the falls,
we proposed going there; but Kasoro, who had been indulged with
nsunnu antelope skins, and with guinea-fowl for dinner, resisted
this, on the plea that I never should be satisfied.  There were
orders given only to see the "stones," and if he took me to one
hill I should wish to see another and another, and so on.  It
made me laugh, for that had been my nature all my life; but,
vexed at heart, and wishing to trick the young tyrant, I asked
for boats to shoot hippopotami, in the hope of reaching the hills
to picnic; but boating had never been ordered, and he would not
listen to it.  "Then bring fish," I said, that I might draw them:
no, that was not ordered.  "Then go you to the palace, and leave
me to go to Urondogani to-morrow, after I have taken a latitude;"
but the wilful creature would not go until he saw me under way. 
And as nobody would do anything for me without Kasoro's orders, I
amused the people by firing at the ferry-boat upon the Usoga
side, which they defied me to hit, the distance being 500 yards;
but nevertheless a bullet went through her, and was afterwards
brought by the Wasoga nicely folded up in a piece of mbugu. 
Bombay then shot a sleeping crocodile with his carbine, whilst I
spent the day out watching the falls.

This day also I spent watching the fish flying at the falls, and
felt as if I only wanted a wife and family, garden and yacht,
rifle and rod, to make me happy here for life, so charming was
the place.  What a place, I thought to myself, this would be for
missionaries!  They never could fear starvation, the land is so
rich; and, if farming were introduced by them, they might have
hundreds of pupils.  I need say no more.

In addition to the rod-and-line fishing, a number of men, armed
with long heavy poles with two iron spikes, tied prong-fashion to
one end, rushed to a place over a break in the falls, which tired
fish seemed to use as a baiting-room, dashed in their forks,
holding on by the shaft, and sent men down to disengaged the
pined fish and relieve their spears.  The shot they made in this
manner is a blind one--only on the chance of fish being there--
and therefore always doubtful in its result.

Church Estate again.  As the clouds and Kasoro's wilfulness were
still against me, and the weather did not give hopes of a change,
I sacrificed the taking of the latitude to gain time.  I sent
Bombay with Kasoro to the palace, asking for the Sakibobo himself
to be sent with an order for five boats, five cows, and five
goats, and also for a general order to go where I like, and do
what I like, and have fish supplied me; "for, though I know the
king likes me, his officers do not;" and then on separating I
retraced my steps to the Church Estate.

1st.--To-day, after marching an hour, as there was now no need
for hurrying, and a fine pongo buck, the Ngubbi of Uganda,
offered a tempting shot, I proposed to shoot it for the men, and
breakfast in a neighbouring village.  This being agreed to, the
animal was despatched, and we no sooner entered the village than
we heard that nsamma, a magnificent description of antelope,
abound in the long grasses close by, and that a rogue elephant
frequents the plantains every night.  This tempting news created
a halt.  In the evening I killed a nsamma doe, an animal very
much like the Kobus Ellipsiprymnus, but without the lunated mark
over the rump; and at night, about 1 a.m., turned out to shoot an
elephant, which we distinctly heard feasting on plantains; but
rain was falling, and the night so dark, he was left till the

2d.--I followed up the elephant some way, till a pongo offering
an irresistible shot I sent a bullet through him, but he was lost
after hours' tracking in the interminable large grasses.  An
enormous snake, with fearful mouth and fangs, was speared by the
men.  In the evening I wounded a buck nsamma, which, after
tracking till dark, was left to stiffen ere the following
morning; and just after this on the way home, we heard the rogue
elephant crunching the branches not far off from the track; but
as no one would dare follow me against the monster at this late
hour, he was reluctantly left to do more injury to the gardens.

3d.--After a warm search in the morning we found the nsamma buck
lying in some water; the men tried to spear him, but he stood at
bay, and took another bullet.  This was all we wanted, affording
one good specimen; so, after breakfast, we marched to Kirindi,
where the villagers, hearing of the sport we had had, and excited
with the hopes of getting flesh, begged us to halt a day.

4th.--Not crediting the stories told by the people about the
sport here, we packed to leave, but were no sooner ready than
several men ran hastily in to say some fine bucks were waiting to
be shot close by.  This was too powerful a temptation to be
withstood, so, shouldering the rifle, and followed by half the
village, if not more, women included, we went to the place, but,
instead of finding a buck--for the men had stretched a point to
keep me at their village--we found a herd of does, and shot one
at the people's urgent request.

We reached this in one stretch, and put up in our old quarters,
where the women of Mlondo provided pombe, plantains, and
potatoes, as before, with occasional fish, and we lived very
happily till the 10th, shooting buck, guinea-fowl, and florikan,
when, Bombay and Kasoro arriving, my work began again.  These two
worthies reached the palace, after crossing twelve considerable
streams, of which one was the Luajerri, rising in the lake.  The
evening of the next day after leaving me at Kira, they obtained
an interview with the king immediately; for the thought flashed
across his mind that Bombay had come to report our death, the
Waganda having been too much for the party.  He was speedily
undeceived by the announcement that nothing was the matter,
excepting the inability to procure boats, because the officers at
Urondogani denied all authority but the Sakibobo's, and no one
would show Bana anything, however trifling, without an express
order for it.

Irate at this announcement, the king ordered the Sakibobo, who
happened to be present, to be seized and bound at once, and said
warmly, "Pray, who is the king, that the Sakibobo's orders should
be preferred to mine?" and then turning to the Sakibobo himself,
asked what he would pay to be released?  The Sakibobo, alive to
his danger, replied at once, and without the slightest
hesitation, Eighty cows, eighty goats, eighty slaves, eighty
mbugu, eighty butter, eighty coffee, eighty tobacco, eighty
jowari, and eighty of all the produce of Uganda.  He was then
released.  Bombay said Bana wished the Sakibobo to come to
Urondogani, and gave him a start with five boats, five cows, and
five goats; to which the king replied, "Bana shall have all he
wants, nothing shall be denied him, not even fish; but it is not
necessary to send the Sakibobo, as boys carry all my orders to
kings as well as subjects.  Kasoro will return again with you,
fully instructed in everything, and, moreover, both he and Budja
will follow Bana to Gani."  Four days, however, my men were kept
at the palace ere the king gave them the cattle and leave to join
me, accompanied with one more officer, who had orders to find the
boats at once, see us off, and report the circumstance at court. 
Just as at the last interview, the king had four women, lately
seized and condemned to execution, squatting in his court. He
wished to send them to Bana, and when Bombay demurred, saying he
had no authority to take women in that way, the king gave him
one, and asked him if he would like to see some sport, as he
would have the remaining women cut to pieces before him.  Bombay,
by his own account, behaved with great propriety, saying Bana
never wished to see sport of that cruel kind, and it would ill
become him to see sights which his master had not.  Viarungi sent
me some tobacco, with kind regards, and said he and the Wazina
had just obtained leave to return to their homes, K'yengo alone,
of all the guests, remaining behind as a hostage until Mtesa's
powder-seeking Wakungu returned.  Finally, the little boy Lugoi
had been sent to his home. Such was the tenor of Bombay's report.

11th.--The officer sent to procure boats, impudently saying there
were none, was put in the stocks by Kasoro, whilst other men went
to Kirindi for sailors, and down the stream for boats.  On
hearing the king's order that I was to be supplied with fish, the
fishermen ran away, and pombe was no longer brewed for fear of

12th.--To-day we slaughtered and cooked two cows for the journey-
- the remaining three and one goat having been lost in the
Luajerri-- and gave the women of the place beads in return for
their hospitality.  They are nearly all Wanyoro, having been
captured in that country by king Mtesa and given to Mlondo.  They
said their teeth were extracted, four to six lower incisors, when
they were young, because no Myoro would allow a person to drink
from his cup unless he conformed to that custom.  The same law
exists in Usoga.

                          Chapter XVI

                         Bahr El Abiad

First Voyage on the Nile--The Starting--Description of the River
and the Country--Meet a Hostile Vessel--A Naval Engagement--
Difficulties and Dangers--Judicial Procedure--Messages from the
King of Uganda-- His Efforts to get us back--Desertion--The
Wanyoro Troops--Kamrasi-- Elephant-Stalking--Diabolical

In five boats of five planks each, tied together and caulked with
mbugu rags, I started with twelve Wanguana, Kasoro and his page-
followers, and a small crew, to reach Kamrasi's palace in Unyoro-
-goats, dogs, and kit, besides grain and dried meat, filling up
the complement--but how many days it would take nobody knew.
Paddles propelled these vessels, but the lazy crew were slow in
the use of them, indulging sometimes in racing spurts, then
composedly resting on their paddles whilst the gentle current
drifted us along. The river, very unlike what it was from the
Ripon Falls downward, bore at once the character of river and
lake--clear in the centre, but fringed in most places with tall
rush, above which the green banks sloped back like park lands. 
It was all very pretty and very interesting, and would have
continued so, had not Kasoro disgraced the Union Jack, turning it
to piratical purposes in less than one hour.

A party of Wanyoro, in twelve or fifteen canoes, made of single
tree trunks, had come up the river to trade with the Wasoga, and
having stored their vessels with mbugu, dried fish, plantains
cooked and raw, pombe, and other things, were taking their last
meal on shore before they returned to their homes.  Kasoro seeing
this, and bent on a boyish spree, quite forgetting we were bound
for the very ports they were bound for, ordered our sailors to
drive in amongst them, landed himself, and sent the Wanyoro
flying before I knew what game was up, and then set to pillaging
and feasting on the property of those very men whom it was our
interest to propitiate, as we expected them shortly to be our

The ground we were on belonged to king Mtesa, being a dependency
of Uganda, and it struck me as singular that Wanyoro should be
found here; but I no sooner discovered the truth than I made our
boatmen disgorge everything they had taken, called back the
Wanyoro to take care of their things, and extracted a promise
from Kasoro that he would not practise such wicked tricks again,
otherwise we could not travel together.  Getting to boat again,
after a very little paddling we pulled in to shore, on the Uganda
side, to stop for the night, and thus allowed the injured Wanyoro
to go down the river before us.  I was much annoyed by this
interruption, but no argument would prevail on Kasoro to go on. 
This was the last village on the Uganda frontier, and before we
could go any farther on boats it would be necessary to ask leave
of Kamrasi's frontier officer, N'yamyonjo, to enter Unyoro.  The
Wanguana demanded ammunition in the most imperious manner, whilst
I, in the same tone, refused to issue any lest a row should take
place and they then would desert, alluding to their dastardly
desertion in Msalala, when Grant was attacked.  If a fight should
take place, I said they must flock to me at once, and ammunition,
which was always ready, would be served out to them.  They
laughed at this, and asked, Who would stop with me when the fight
began?  This was making a jest of what I was most afraid of--that
they would all run away.

I held a levee to decide on the best manner of proceeding. The
Waganda wanted us to stop for the day and feel the way gently,
arguing that etiquette demands it.  Then, trying to terrify me,
they said, N'yamyonjo had a hundred boats, and would drive us
back to a certainty if we tried to force past them, if he were
not first spoken with, as the Waganda had often tried the passage
and been repulsed.  On the other hand, I argued that Grant must
have arrived long ago at Kamrasi's, and removed all these
difficulties for us; but, I said, if they would send men, let
Bombay start at once by land, and we will follow in boats, after
giving him time to say we are coming.  This point gained after a
hot debate, Bombay started at 10 a.m., and we not till 5 p.m., it
being but one hour's journey by water.  The frontier line was
soon crossed; and then both sides of the river, Usoga as well as
Unyoro, belong to Kamrasi.

I flattered myself all my walking this journey was over, and
there was nothing left but to float quietly down the Nile, for
Kidgwiga had promised boats, on Kamrasi's account, from Unyoro to
Gani, where Petherick's vessels were said to be stationed; but
this hope shared the fate of so many others in Africa.  In a
little while an enormous canoe, full of well-dressed and well-
armed men, was seen approaching us.  We worked on, and found they
turned, as if afraid. Our men paddled faster, they did the same,
the pages keeping time playfully by beat of drum, until at last
it became an exciting chase, won by the Wanyoro by their superior
numbers.  The sun was now setting as we approached N'yamyongo's. 
On a rock by the river stood a number of armed men, jumping,
jabbering, and thrusting with their spears, just as the Waganda
do.  I thought, indeed, they were Waganda doing this to welcome
us; but a glance at Kasoro's glassy eyes told me such was not the
case, but, on the contrary, their language and gestures were
threats, defying us to land.

The bank of the river, as we advanced, then rose higher, and was
crowned with huts and plantations, before which stood groups and
lines of men, all fully armed.  Further, at this juncture, the
canoe we had chased turned broadside on us, and joined in the
threatening demonstrations of the people on shore.  I could not
believe them to be serious--thought they had mistaken us--and
stood up in the boat to show myself, hat in hand.  I said I was
an Englishman going to Kamrasi's, and did all I could, but
without creating the slightest impression.  They had heard a drum
beat, they said, and that was a signal of war, so war it should
be; and Kamrasi's drums rattled up both sides the river,
preparing everybody to arm.  This was serious. Further, a second
canoe full of armed men issued out from the rushes behind us, as
if with a view to cut off our retreat, and the one in front
advanced upon us, hemming us in.  To retreat together seemed our
only chance, but it was getting dark, and my boats were badly
manned.  I gave the order to close together and retire, offering
ammunition as an incentive, and all came to me but one boat,
which seemed so paralysed with fright, it kept spinning round and
round like a crippled duck.

The Wanyoro, as they saw us retreating, were now heard to say,
"They are women, they are running, let us at them;" whilst I kept
roaring to my men, "Keep together--come for powder;" and myself
loaded with small shot, which even made Kasoro laugh and inquire
if it was intended for the Wanyoro.  "Yes, to shoot them like
guinea-fowl;" and he laughed again.  But confound my men! they
would not keep together, and retreat with me.  One of those
served with ammunition went as hard as he could go up stream to
be out of harm's way, and another preferred hugging the dark
shade of the rushes to keeping the clear open, which I desired
for the benefit of our guns. It was not getting painfully dark,
and the Wanyoro were stealing on us, as we could hear, though
nothing could be seen.  Presently the shade-seeking boat was
attacked, spears were thrown, fortunately into the river instead
of into our men, and grappling-hooks were used to link the boats
together.  My men cried, "Help, Bana! they are killing us;"
whilst I roared to my crew, "Go in, go in, and the victory will
be ours;" but not a soul would--they were spell-bound to the
place; we might have been cut up in detail, it was all the same
to those cowardly Waganda, whose only action consisted in crying,
"N'yawo! n'yawo!"--mother, mother, help us!

Three shots from the hooked boat now finished the action. The
Wanyoro had caught a Tartar.  Two of their men fell--one killed,
one wounded.  They were heard saying their opponents were not
Waganda, it were better to leave them alone; and retreated,
leaving us, totally uninjured, a clear passage up the river.  But
where was Bombay all this while!  He did not return till after
us, and then, in considerable excitement, he told his tale.  He
reached N'yamyongo's village before noon, asked for the officer,
but was desired to wait in a hut until the chief should arrive,
as he had gone out on business; the villagers inquired, however,
why we had robbed the Wanyoro yesterday, for they had laid a
complaint against us.  Bombay replied it was no fault of Bana's,
he did everything he could to prevent it, and returned all that
the boatmen took.

These men then departed, and did not return until evening, when
they asked Bombay, impudently, why he was sitting there, as he
had received no invitation to spend the night; and unless he
walked off soon they would set fire to his hut.  Bombay, without
the smallest intention of moving, said he had orders to see
N'yamyonjo, and until he did so he would not budge.  "Well," said
the people, "you have got your warning, now look our for
yourselves;" and Bombay, with his Waganda escort, was left again. 
Drums then began to beat, and men to hurry to and fro with spears
and shields, until at last our guns were heard, and, guessing the
cause, Bombay with his Waganda escort rushed out of the hut into
the jungle, and, without daring to venture on the beaten track,
through thorns and thicket worked his way back to me, lame, and
scratched all over with thorns.

Crowds of Waganda, all armed as if for war, came to congratulate
us in the morning, jumping, jabbering, and shaking their spears
at us, denoting a victory gained--for we had shot Wanyoro and no
harm had befallen us.  "But the road," I cried, "has that been
gained?  I am not going to show my back.  We must go again, for
there is some mistake; Grant is with Kamrasi, and N'yamyongo
cannot stop us. If you won't go in boats, let us go by land to
N'yamyongo's, and the boats will follow after."  Not a soul,
however, would stir. N'yamyongo was described as an independent
chief, who listened to Kamrasi only when he liked.  He did not
like strange eyes to see his secret lodges on the N'yanza; and if
he did not wish us to go down the river, Kamrasi's orders would
go for nothing.  His men had now been shot; to go within his
reach would be certain death.  Argument was useless, boating
slow, to send messages worse; so I gave in, turned my back on the
Nile, and the following day (16th) came on the Luajerri.

Here, to my intense surprise, I heard that Grant's camp was not
far off, on its return from Kamrasi's.  I could not, rather would
not, believe it, suspicious as it now appeared after my reverse.
The men, however, were positive, and advised my going to king
Mtesa's--a ridiculous proposition, at once rejected; for I had
yet to receive Kamrasi's answer to our Queen, about opening a
trade with England.  I must ascertain why he despised Englishmen
without speaking with them, and I could not believe Kamrasi would
prove less avaricious than either Rumanika or Mtesa, especially
as Rumanika had made himself responsible for our actions.  We
slept that night near Kari, the Waganda eating two goats which
had been drowned in the Luajerri; and the messenger-page, having
been a third time to the palace and back again, called to ask
after our welfare, on behalf of his king, and remind us about the
gun and brandy promised.

17th and 18th.--The two following days were spent wandering about
without guides, trying to keep the track Grant had taken after
leaving us, crossing at first a line of small hills, then
traversing grass and jungle, like the dak of India.  Plantain-
gardens were frequently met, and the people seemed very
hospitably inclined, though they complained sadly of the pages
rudely rushing into every hut, seizing everything they could lay
their hands on, and even eating the food which they had just
prepared for their own dinners, saying, in a mournful manner, "If
it were not out of respect for you we should fight those little
rascals, for it is not the king's guest nor his men who do us
injury, but the king's own servants, without leave or licence." 
I observed that special bomas or fences were erected to protect
these villages against the incursions of lions. Buffaloes were
about, but the villagers cautioned us not to shoot them, holding
them as sacred animals; and, to judge from the appearance of the
country, wild animals should abound, were it not for the fact
that every Mganda seems by instinct to be a sportsman.

At last, after numerous and various reports about Grant, we heard
his drums last night, but we arrived this morning just in time to
be too late.  He was on his march back to the capital of Uganda,
as the people had told us, and passed through N'yakinyama just
before I reached it.  What had really happened I knew not, and
was puzzled to think.  To insist on a treaty, demanding an
answer, to the Queen, seemed the only chance left; so I wrote to
Grant to let me know all about it, and waited the result.  He
very obligingly came himself, said he left Unyoro after stopping
there an age asking for the road without effect, and left by the
orders of Kamrasi, thinking obedience the better policy to obtain
our ends.  Two great objections had been raised against us; one
was that we were reported to be cannibals, and the other that our
advancing by two roads at once was suspicious, the more
especially so as the Waganda were his enemies; had we come from
Rumanika direct, there would have been no objection to us.

When all was duly considered, it appeared evident to me that the
great king of Unyoro, "the father of all the kings," was merely a
nervous, fidgety creature, half afraid of us because we were
attempting his country by the unusual mode of taking two routes
at once, but wholly so of the Waganda, who had never ceased
plundering his country for years.  As it appeared that he would
have accepted us had we come by the friendly route of Kisuere, a
further parley was absolutely necessary, and the more especially
so, as now we were all together and in Uganda, which, in
consequence, must relieve him from the fear of our harbouring
evil designs against him.  No one present, however, could be
prevailed on to go to him in the capacity of ambassador, as the
frontier officer had warned the Wageni or guests that, if they
ever attempted to cross the border again, he was bound in duty,
agreeably to the orders of his king, to expel them by force;
therefore, should the Wageni attempt it after this warning, their
first appearance would be considered a casus belli; and so the
matter rested for the day.

To make the best of a bad bargain, and as N'yakinyama was "eaten
up," we repaired to Grant's camp to consult with Budja; but Budja
was found firm and inflexible against sending men up to Unyoro.
His pride had been injured by the rebuffs we had sustained. He
would wait here three or four days as I proposed, to see what
fortune sent us, if I would not be convinced that Kamrasi wished
to reject us, and he would communicate with his king in the
meantime, but nothing more.  Here was altogether a staggerer: I
would stop for three or four days, but if Kamrasi would not have
us by that time, what was to be done?  Would it be prudent to try
Kisuere now Baraka had been refused the Gani route? or would it
not be better still for me to sell Kamrasi altogether, by
offering Mtesa five hundred loads of ammunition, cloth and beads,
if he would give us a thousand Waganda as a force to pass through
the Masai to Zanzibar, this property to be sent back by the
escort from the coast?  Kamrasi would no doubt catch it if we
took this course, but it was expensive.

Thus were we ruminating, when lo, to our delight, as if they had
been listening to us, up came Kidgwiga, my old friend, who, at
Mtesa'a place, had said Kamrasi would be very glad to see me, and
Vittagura, Kamrasi's commander-in-chief, to say their king was
very anxious to see us, and the Waganda might come or not as they
liked.  Until now, the deputation said, Kamrasi had doubted
Budja's word about our friendly intentions, but since he saw us
withdrawing from his country, those doubts were removed.  The
N'yamswenge, they said--meaning, I thought, Petherick--was still
at Gani; no English or others on the Nile ever expressed a wish
to enter Unyoro, otherwise they might have done so; and Baraka
had left for Karague, carrying off an ivory as a present from

21st.--I ordered the march to Unyoro; Budja, however, kept
brooding over the message sent to the Waganda, to the effect that
they might come or not as they liked, and considering us with
himself to have all been treated "like dogs," begged me to give
him my opinion as to what course he had better pursue; for he
must, in the first instance, report the whole circumstances to
the king, and could not march at once.  This was a blight on our
prospects, and appeared very vexatious, in the event of Budja
waiting for an answer, which, considering Mtesa had ordered his
Wakungu to accompany us all the way to Gani, might stop our march

I therefore argued that Kamrasi's treatment of us was easily
accounted for: he heard of us coming by two routes from an
enemy's country, and was naturally suspicious of us; that had now
been changed by our withdrawing, and he invited us to him. 
Without doubt, his commander-in-chief was never very far away,
and followed on our heels.  Such precaution was only natural and
reasonable on Kamrasi's part, and what had been done need not
alarm any one. "If you do your duty properly, you will take us at
once into Unyoro, make your charge over to these men, and return
or not as you like; for in doing so you will have fulfilled both
Mtesa's, and Kamrasi's orders at once."  "Very good," says Budja,
"let it be so; for there is great wisdom in your words: but I
must first send to my king, for the Waganda villagers have struck
two of your men with weapons" (this had happened just before my
arrival here), "and this is a most heinous offence in Uganda,
which cannot be overlooked.  Had it been done with a common
stick, it could have been overlooked; but the use of weapons is
an offence, and both parties must go before the king." This, of
course, was objected to on the plea that it was my own affair.  I
was king of the Wanguana, and might choose to dispense with the
attendance.  The matter was compromised, however, on the
condition that Budja should march across the border to-morrow,
and wait for the return of these men and for further orders on
the Unyoro side.

The bait took.  Budja lost sight of the necessity there was for
his going to Gani to bring back a gun, ammunition, and some
medicine-- that is to say, brandy--for his king; and sent his men
off with mine to tell Mtesa all our adventures--our double
repulse, the intention to wait on the Unyoro side for further
orders, and the account of some Waganda having wounded my men.  I
added my excuses for Kamrasi, and laid a complaint against
Mtesa's officers for having defrauded us out of ten cows, five
goats, six butter, and sixty mbugu.  It was not that we required
these things, but I knew that the king had ordered them to be
given to us, and I thought it right we should show that his
officers, if they professed to obey his orders, had peculated. 
After these men had started, some friends of the villager who had
been apprehended on the charge of assailing my men, came and
offered Budja five cows to overlook the charge; and Budja, though
he could not overlook it when I pleaded for the man, asked me to
recall my men.  Discovering that the culprit was a queen's man,
and that the affair would cause bad blood at court should the
king order the man's life to be taken, I tried to do so, but
things had gone too far.

Again the expedition marched on in the right direction.  We
reached the last village on the Uganda frontier, and there spent
the night. Here Grant shot a nsunnu buck.  The Wanguana mutinied
for ammunition, and would not lift a load until they got it,
saying, "Unyoro is a dangerous country," though they had been
there before without any more than they now had in pouch.  The
fact was, my men, in consequence of the late issues on the river,
happened to have more than Grant's men, and every man must have
alike. The ringleader, unfortunately for himself, had lately
fired at a dead lion, to astonish the Unyoro, and his chum had
fired a salute, which was contrary to orders; for ammunition was
at a low ebb, and I had done everything in my power to nurse it. 
Therefore, as a warning to the others, the guns of these two were
confiscated, and a caution given that any gun in future let off,
either by design or accident, would be taken.

To-day I felt very thankful to get across the much-vexed
boundary-line, and enter Unyoro, guided by Kamrasi's deputation
of officers, and so shake off the apprehensions which had teased
us for so many days.  This first march was a picture of all the
country to its capital: an interminable forest of small trees,
bush, and tall grass, with scanty villages, low huts, and dirty-
looking people clad in skins; the plantain, sweet potato,
sesamum, and ulezi (millet) forming the chief edibles, besides
goats and fowls; whilst the cows, which are reported to be
numerous, being kept, as everywhere else where pasture-lands are
good, by the wandering, unsociable Wahuma are seldom seen.  No
hills, except a few scattered cones, disturb the level surface of
the land, and no pretty views ever cheer the eye.  Uganda is now
entirely left behind; we shall not see its like again; for the
further one leaves the equator, and the rain-attracting
influences of the Mountains of the Moon, vegetation decreases
proportionately with the distance.

Fortunately the frontier-village could not feed so large a party
as ours, and therefore we were compelled to move farther on, to
our great delight, through the same style of forest acacia,
cactus, and tall grass, to Kidgwiga's gardens, where we no sooner
arrived than Mtesa's messenger-page, with a party of fifty
Waganda, dropped in, in the most unexpected manner, to inquire
after "his royal master's friend, Bana."  The king had heard of
the fight upon the river, and thought the Wanguana must be very
good shots. He still trusted we would not forget the gun and
ammunition, but, above all, the load of stimulants, for he
desired that above all things on earth.  This was the fourth
message to remind us of these important matters which we had
received since leaving his gracious presence, and each time
brought by the same page.  While the purpose of the boy's coming
with so many men was not distinctly known, the whole village and
camp were in a state of great agitation, Budja fearing lest the
king had some fault to find with his work, and the Wanyoro
deeming it a menace of war, whilst I was afraid they might take
fright and stop our progress.

But all went well in the end; Massey's log, which I have
mentioned as a present I intended for Mtesa, was packed up, and
the page departed with it.  Some of Rumanika's men, who came into
Unyoro with Baraka, with four of K'yengo's, were sent to call us
by Kamrasi. Through Rumanika's men it transpired that he had
stood security for our actions, else, with the many evil reports
of our being cannibals and such-like, which had preceded our
coming here, we never should have gained admittance to the
country.  The Wanyoro, who are as squalid-looking as the
Wanyamuezi, and almost as badly dressed, now came about us to
hawk ivory ornaments, brass and copper twisted wristlets,
tobacco, and salt, which they exchanged for cowries, with which
they purchase cows from the Waganda.  As in Uganda, all the
villagers forsook their huts as soon as they heard the Wageni
(guests) were coming; and no one paid the least attention to the
traveller, save the few head-men attached to the escort, or some
professional traders.

25th to 28th.--I had no sooner ordered the march than Vittagura
counter-ordered it, and held a levee to ascertain, as he said, if
the Waganda were to go back; for though Kamrasi wished to see us,
he did not want the Waganda.  It was Kamrasi's orders that Budja
should tell this to his "child the Mkavia," meaning Mtesa; for
when the Waganda came the first time to see him, three of his
family died; and when they came the second time, three more died;
and as this rate of mortality was quite unusual in his family
circle, he could only attribute it to foul magic.  The presence
of people who brought such results was of course by no means
desirable. This neat message elicited with a declaration of the
necessity of Budja's going to Gani with us, and a response from
the commander-in-chief, probably to terrify the Waganda, that
although Gani was only nine days' journey distant from Kamrasi's
palace, the Gani people were such barbarians, they would call a
straight-haired man a magician, and any person who tied his mbugu
in a knot upon his shoulder, or had a full set of teeth as the
Waganda have, would be surely killed by them.  Finally, we must
wait two days, to see if Kamrasi would see us or not.  Such was
Unyoro diplomacy.

An announcement of a different kind immediately followed.  The
king had heard that I gave a cow to Vittagura and Kidgwiga when
they first came to me in Uganda, and wished the Wanyamuezi to
ascertain if this was true.  Of course, I said they were my
guests in Uganda, and if they had been wise they would have eaten
their cow on the spot; what was that to Kamrasi?  It was a pity
he did not treat us as well who have come into his country at his
own invitation, instead of keeping us starving in this gloomy
wilderness, without a drop of pombe to cheer the day;--why could
not he let us go on? He wanted first to hear if the big Mzungu,
meaning myself, had really come yet.  All fudge!

Three days were spent in simply waiting for return messages on
both sides, and more might have been lost in the same way, only
we amused Vittagura and gave him confidence by showing our
pictures, looking-glass, scissors, knives, etc., when he promised
a march in the morning, leaving a man behind to bring on the
Wanguana sent to Mtesa's, it being the only alternative which
would please Budja; for he said there was no security for life in
Unyoro, where every Mkungu calls himself the biggest man, and no
true hospitality is to be found.

The next two days took us through Chagamoyo to Kiratosi, by the
aid of the compass; for the route Kamrasi's men took differed
from the one which Budja knew, and he declared the Wanyoro were
leading us into a trap, and would not be convinced we were going
on all right till I pulled out the compass and confirmed the
Wanyoro.  We were anything but welcomed at Kiratosi, the people
asking by what bad luck we had come there to eat up their crops;
but in a little while they flocked to our doors and admired our
traps, remarking that they believed each iron box contained a
couple of white dwarfs, which we carry on our shoulders, sitting
straddle-legs, back to back, and they fly off to eat people
whenever they get the order.  One of these visitors happened to
be the sister of one of my men, named Baruti, who no sooner
recognised her brother, than, without saying a word, she clasped
her head with her hands, and ran off, crying, to tell her husband
what she had seen.  A spy of Kamrasi dropped the report that the
Wanguana were returning from Mtesa's, and hurried on to tell the

31st.--Some Waganda hurrying in, confirmed the report of last
night, and said the Wanguana, footsore, had been left at the
Uganda frontier, expecting us to return, as Mtesa, at the same
time that he approved highly of my having sent men back to inform
him of Kamrasi's conduct, begged we would instantly return, even
if found within one march of Kamrasi's, for he had much of
importance to tell his friend Bana.  The message continued to
this effect: I need be under no apprehensions about the road to
the coast, for he would give me as many men as I liked; and,
fearing I might be short of powder, he had sent some with the
Wanguana.  Both Wanguana were by the king given women for their
services, and an old tin cartridge-box represented Mtesa's card,
it being an article of European manufacture, which, if found in
the possession of any Mganda, would be certain death to him. 
Finally, all the houses and plantains where my men were wounded
had been confiscated.

When this message was fully delivered, Budja said we must return
without a day's delay.  I, on the contrary, called up Kidgwiga. I
did not like my men having been kept prisoners in Uganda, and
pronounced in public that I would not return.  It would be an
insult to Kamrasi my doing so, for I was now in his "house" at
his own invitation.  I wished Bombay would go with him (Kidgwiga)
at once to his king, to say I had hoped, when I sent Budja with
Mabruki, in the first instance, conveying a friendly present from
Mtesa, which was done at my instigation, and I found Kamrasi
acknowledged it by a return-present, that there would be no more
fighting between them.  I said I had left England to visit these
countries for the purpose of opening up a trade, and I had no
orders to fight my way except with the force of friendship.  That
Rumanika had accepted my views Kamrasi must be fully aware by
Baraka's having visited him; and that Mtesa did the same must
also be evident, else he would never have ordered his men to
accompany me to Gani; and I now fondly trusted that these Waganda
would be allowed to go with me, when, by the influence of trade,
all animosity would cease, and friendly relations be restored
between the two countries.

This speech was hardly pronounced when Kajunju, a fine athletic
man, dropped suddenly in, nodded a friendly recognition to Budja,
and wished to know what the Waganda meant by taking us back, for
the king had heard of their intention last night; and when told
by Budja his story, and by Kidgwiga mine, he vanished like a
shadow.  Budja, now turning to me, said, "If you won't go back, I
shall; for the orders of Mtesa must always be obeyed, else lives
will be lost; and I shall tell him that you, since leaving his
country, and getting your road, have quite forgotten him."  "If
you give such a message as that," I said, "you will tell a
falsehood.  Mtesa has no right to order me out of another man's
house, to be an enemy with one whose friendship I desire.  I am
not only in honour bound to speak with Kamrasi, but I am also
bound to carry out the orders of my country just as much as you
are yours; moreover, I have invited Petherick to come to
Kamrasi's by a letter from Karague, and it would be ill-becoming
in me to desert him in the hands of an enemy, as he would then
certainly find Kamrasi to be if I went back now." Budja then
tried the coaxing dodge, saying, "There is much reason in your
words, but I am sorry you do not listen to the king, for he loves
you as a brother.  Did you not go about like two brothers--
walking, talking, shooting, and even eating together?  It was the
remark of all the Waganda, and the king will be so vexed when he
finds you have thrown him over.  I did not tell you before, but
the king says, 'How can I answer Rumanika if Kamrasi injures
Bana? Had I known Kamrasi was such a savage, I would not have let
Bana go there; and I should now have sent a forge to take him
away, only that some accident might arise from it by Kamrasi's
taking fright; the road even to Gani shall be got by force if
necessary.'" Then, finding me still persistent, Budja turned
again and threatened us with the king's power, saying, "If you
choose to disobey, we will see whether you ever get the road to
Gani or not; for Kamrasi is at war on all sides with his
brothers, and Mtesa will ally himself with them at any moment
that he wishes, and where will you be then?"

Saying this, Budja walked off, muttering that our being here
would much embarrass Mtesa's actions; whilst my Wanguana, who had
been attentively listening, like timid hares, made up their minds
to leave me, and tried, through Bombay, to obtain a final
interview with me, saying they knew Mtesa's power, and
disobedience to him would only end in taking away all chance of
escape.  In reply, I said I would not listen to them, as I had
seen enough of them to know it was no use speaking to a pack of
unreasonable cowards, having tried it so often before; but I sent
a message requesting them, if they did desert me at last, to
leave my guns; and, further, added an intimation that, as soon as
they reached the coast, they would be put into prison for three
years.  The scoundrels insolently said "tuende setu" (let's be
off), rushed to the Waganda drums, and beat the march.

1st.--Early in the morning, as Budja drummed the home march, I
called him up, gave him a glass rain-gauge as a letter for Mtesa,
and instructed him to say I would send a man to Mtesa as soon as
I had seen Kamrasi about opening the road; that I trusted he
would take all the guns from the deserters and keep them for me,
but the men themselves I wished transported to an island on the
N'yanza, for I could never allow such scoundrels again to enter
my camp. It was the effect of desertions like these that
prevented any white men visiting these countries.  This said, the
Waganda all left us, taking with them twenty-eight Wanguana,
armed with twenty-two carbines.  Amongst them was the wretched
governess, Manamaka, who had always thought me a wonderful
magician, because I possessed, in her belief, an extraordinary
power in inclining all the black kings' hearts to me, and induced
them to give the roads no one before of my colour had ever
attempted to use.

With a following reduced to twenty men, armed with fourteen
carbines, I now wished to start for Kamrasi's, but had not even
sufficient force to lift the loads.  A little while elapsed, and
a party of fifty Wanyoro rushed wildly into camp, with their
spears uplifted, and looked for the Waganda, but found them gone.
The athletic Kajunju, it transpired, had returned to Kamrasi's,
told him our story, and received orders to snatch us away from
the Waganda by force, for the great Mkamma, or king, was most
anxious to see his white visitors; such men had never entered
Unyoro before, and neither his father nor his father's fathers
had ever been treated with such a visitation; therefore he had
sent on these fifty men to fall by surprise on the Waganda, and
secure us.  But again, in a little while, about 10 a.m., Kajunju,
in the same wild manner, at the head of 150 warriors, with the
soldier's badge--a piece of mbugu or plantain-leaf tied round
their heads, and a leather sheath on their spear-heads, tufted
with cow's-tail--rushed in exultingly, having found, to their
delight, that there was no one left to fight with, and that they
had gained an easy victory.  They were certainly a wild set of
ragamuffins--as different as possible from the smart, well-
dressed, quick-of-speech Waganda as could be, and anything but
prepossessing to our eyes.  However, they had done their work,
and I offered them a cow, wishing to have it shot before them;
but the chief men, probably wishing the whole animal to
themselves, took it alive, saying the men were all the king's
servants, and therefore could not touch a morsel.

Kamrasi expected us to advance next day, when some men would go
on ahead to announce our arrival, and bring a letter which was
brought with beads by Gani before Baraka's arrival here.  It was
shown to Baraka in the hope that we would come by the Karague
route, but not to Mabruki, because he came from Uganda.  Kidgwiga
informed us that Kamrasi never retaliated on Mtesa when he lifted
Unyoro cows, though the Waganda keep their cattle on the border--
which simply meant that he had not the power of doing so.  The
twenty remaining Wanguana, conversing over the sudden scheme of
the deserters, proposed, on one side, sending for them, as, had
they seen the Wanyoro arrive, they would have changed their
minds; but the other side said, "What! those brutes who said we
should all die here if we stayed, and yet dared not face the
danger with us, should we now give them a helping hand?  Never! 
We told them we would share our fate with Bana, and share it we
will, for God rules everything: every man must die when his time

We marched for the first time without music, as the drum is never
allowed to be beaten in Unyoro except when the necessities of war
demand it, or for a dance.  Wanyamuezi and Wanyoro, in addition
to our own twenty men, carried the luggage, though no one carried
more than the smallest article he could find.  It was a pattern
Unyoro march, of only two hours' duration.  On arrival at the end
we heard that elephants had been seen close by.  Grant and I then
prepared our guns, and found a herd of about a hundred feeding on
a plain of long grass, dotted here and there by small mounds
crowned with shrub.  The animals appeared to be all females, much
smaller than the Indian breed; yet though ten were fired at, none
were killed, and only one made an attempt to charge.  I was with
the little twin Manua at the time, when, stealing along under
cover of the high grass, I got close to the batch and fired at
the larges, which sent her round roaring.  The whole of them
then, greatly alarmed, packed together and began sniffing the air
with their uplifted trunks, till, ascertaining by the smell of
the powder that their enemy was in front of them, they rolled up
their trunks and came close to the spot where I was lying under a
mound.  My scent then striking across them, they pulled up short,
lifted their heads high, and looked down sideways on us.  This
was a bad job.  I could not get a proper front shot at the boss
of any of them, and if I had waited an instant we should both
have been picked up or trodden to death; so I let fly at their
temples, and instead of killing, sent the whole of them rushing
away at a much faster pace than they came.  After this I gave up,
because I never could separate the ones I had wounded from the
rest, and thought it cruel to go on damaging more.  Thinking over
it afterwards, I came to the conclusion I ought to have put in
more powder; for I had, owing to their inferior size to the
Indian ones, rather despised them, and fired at them with the
same charge and in the same manner as I always did at rhinoceros.
Though puzzled at the strange sound of the rifle, the elephants
seldom ran far, packed in herd, and began to graze again.  Frij,
who was always ready at spinning a yarn, told us with much
gravity that two of my men, Uledi and Wadi Hamadi, deserters,
were possessed of devils (Phepo) at Zanzibar.  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 second time Wadi Hamadi saw the devil in
Karague, and was told one man's life would be required in Uganda,
and such also was the case by Kari's murder; and a third time, in
Unyoro, he was possessed, when it was said that the journey would
be prosperous but protracted.

3d.--Though we stormed every day at being so shamefully neglected
and kept in the jungles, we could not get on, nor find out the
truth of our position.  I asked if Kamrasi was afraid of us, and
looking into his magic horn; and was answered, "No; he is very
anxious to see you, or he would not have sent six of his highest
officers to look after you, and prevent the unruly peasantry from
molesting you."  "Then by whose orders are we kept here?"  "By
Kamrasi's." "Why does Kamrasi keep us here?"  "He thinks you are
not so near, and men have gone to tell him."  "How did we come
here from the last ground?"  "By Kamrasi's orders; for nothing
can be done excepting by his orders."  "Then he must know we are
here?"  "He may not have seen the men we sent to him; for unless
he shows in public no one can see him."  The whole affair gave us
such an opinion of Kamrasi as induced us to think it would have
served him right had we joined Mtesa and given him a thrashing. 
This, I said, was put in our power by an alliance with his
refractory brothers; but Kidgwiga only laughed and said,
"Nonsense! Kamrasi is the chief of all the countries round here--
Usoga, Kidi, Chopi, Gani, Ulega, everywhere; he has only to hold
up his hand and thousands would come to his assistance." 
Kwibeya, the officer of the place, presented us with five fowls
on the part of the king, and some baskets of potatoes.

4th.--We halted again, it was said, in order that Kwibeya might
give us all the king had desired him to present.  I sent Bombay
off with a message to Kamrasi explaining everything, and begging
for an early interview, as I had much of importance to
communicate, and wished, of all things, to see the letter he had
from Gani, as it must have come from our dear friends at home. 
Seven goats, flour, and plantains, were now brought to us; and as
Kidgwiga begged for the flour without success, he flew into a fit
of high indignation because these things were given and received
without his having first been consulted.  He was the big man and
appointed go-between, and no one could dispute it.  This was
rather startling news to us, for Vittagura said he was commander-
in-chief; Kajunju thought himself biggest, so did Kwibeya, and
even Dr K'yengo's men justified Budja's speech.

5th and 6th.--Still another halt, with all sorts of excuses. 
Frij, it appeared, dreamt last night that the king of Uganda came
to fight us for not complying with his orders, and that all my
men ran away except Uledi and himself.  This, according to the
interpretation of the coast, would turn out the reverse,
otherwise his head must be wrong, and, according to local
science, should be set right again by actual cautery of the
temples; and as Grant dreamt a letter came from Gani which I
opened and ran away with, he thought it would turn out no letter
at all, and therefore Kamrasi had been humbugging us. We heard
that Bombay had shot a cow before Kamrasi and would not be
allowed to return until he had eaten it.

At last we made a move, but only of two hours' duration, through
the usual forest, in which elephants walked about as if it were
their park.  We hoped at starting to reach the palace, but found
we must stop here until the king should send for us.  We were
informed that doubtless he was looking into his Uganga, or magic
horn, to discover what he had to expect from us; and he seemed as
yet to have found no ground for being afraid of us.  Moreover, it
is his custom to keep visitors waiting on him in this way, for is
he not the king of kings, the king of Kittara, which includes all
the countries surrounding Unyoro?

                          Chapter XVII


Invitation to the Palace at last--Journey to it--Bombay's Visit
to King Kamrasi--Our Reputation as Cannibals--Reception at Court-
- Acting the Physician again--Royal Mendicancy.

We halted again, but in the evening one of Dr K'yengo's men came
to invite us to the palace.  He explained that Kamrasi was in a
great rage because we only received seven goats instead of
thirty, the number he had ordered Kwibeya to give us, besides
pombe and plantains without limitation.  I complained that Bombay
had been shown more respect than myself, obtaining an immediate
admittance to the king's presence.  To this he gave two ready
answers--that every distinction shown my subordinate was a
distinction to myself, and that we must not expect court
etiquette from savages.

9th.--We set off for the palace.  This last march differed but
little from the others.  Putting Dr K'yengo's men in front, and
going on despite all entreaties to stop, we passed the last bit
of jungle, sighted the Kidi hills, and, in a sea of swampy grass,
at last we stood in front of and overlooked the great king's
palace, situated N. lat. 1 37' 43", and E. long. 32 19' 49", on
a low tongue of land between the Kafu and Nile rivers.  It was a
dumpy, large hut, surrounded by a host of smaller ones, and the
worst royal residence we had seen since leaving Uzinza.  Here
Kajunju, coming from behind, overtook us, and breathless with
running, in the most excited manner, abused Dr K'yengo's men for
leading us on, and ordered us to stop until he saw the king, and
ascertained the place his majesty wished us to reside in. 
Recollecting Mtesa's words that Kamrasi placed his guest on the
N'yanza, I declined going to any place but the palace, which I
maintained was my right, and waited for the issue, when Kajunju
returned with pombe, and showed us to a small, dirty set of huts
beyond the Kafu river--the trunk of the Mwerango and N'yanza
branches which we crossed in Uganda-- and trusted this would do
for the present, as better quarters in the palace would be looked
for on the morrow.  This was a bad beginning, and caused a few of
the usual anathemas in which our countrymen give vent to their

Two loads of flowers, neatly packed in long strips of rushpith,
were sent for us "to consume at once," as more would be given on
the morrow.  To keep us amused, Kidgwiga informed us that Kamrasi
and Mtesa--in fact, all the Wahuma--came originally from a stock
of the same tribe dwelling beyond Kidi.  All bury their dead in
the same way, under ground; but the kings are toasted first for
months till they are like sun-dried meat, when the lower jaw is
cut out and preserved, covered with beads.  The royal tombs are
put under the charge of special officers, who occupy huts erected
over them. The umbilical cords are preserved from birth, and, at
death, those of men are placed within the door-frame, whilst
those of women are buried without--this last act corresponding,
according to Bombay, with the custom of the Wahiyow.  On the
death of any of the great officers of state, the finger-bones and
hair are also preserved; or if they have died shaven, as
sometimes occurs, a bit of their mbugu dress will be preserved in
place of the hair. Their families guard their tombs.

The story we heard at Karague, about dogs with horns in Unyoro,
was confirmed by Kidgwiga, who positively assured us that he once
saw one in the possession of an official person, but it died. The
horn then was stuffed with magic powder, and, whenever an army
was ordered for war, it was placed on the war-track for the
soldiers to step over, in the same way as a child is sacrificed
to insure victory in Unyomuezi.  Of the Karague story, according
to which all the Kidi people sleep in trees, Kidgwiga gave me a
modified version. He said the bachelors alone do son, whilst the
married folk dwell in houses.  As most of these stories have some
foundation in fact, we presumed that the people of Kidi sometimes
mount a tree to sleep at night when travelling through their
forests, where lions are plentiful--but not otherwise.

10th.--I sent Kidgwiga with my compliments to the king, and a
request that his majesty would change my residence, which was so
filthy that I found it necessary to pitch a tent, and also that
he would favour me with an interview after breakfast.  The return
was a present of twenty cows, ten cocks, two bales of flour, and
two pots of pombe, to be equally divided between Grant and
myself, as Kamrasi recognised in us two distinct camps, because
we approached his country by two different routes--a smart method
for expecting two presents from us, which did not succeed, as I
thanked for all, Grant being "my son" on this occasion.  The king
also sent his excuses, and begged pardon for what happened to us
on entering his country, saying it could not have taken place had
we come from Rumanika direct.  His fear of the Waganda gave rise
to it, and he trusted we would forget and forgive.  To-morrow our
residence should be changed, and an interview follow, for he
desired being friends with us just as much as we did with him.

At last Bombay came back.  He reported that he had not been
allowed to leave the palace earlier, though he pleaded hard that
I expected his return; and the only excuse he could extract from
the king was, that we were coming in charge of many Wakungu, and
he had found it necessary to retard our approach in consequence
of the famine at Chaguzi.  His palace proper was not here, but
three marches westward: he had come here and pitched a camp to
watch his brothers, who were at war with him.  Bombay, doing his
best to escape, or to hurry my march, replied that he was very
anxious on our account, because the Waganda wished to snatch us

It was no doubt this hint that brought the messenger to our
relief yesterday; and otherwise we might have been kept in the
jungle longer.  When told by Bombay of our treatment on the Nile,
the king first said he did not think we wished to see him, else
we would have come direct from Rumanika; but when asked if
Baraka's coming with Rumanika's officers was not sufficient to
satisfy him on this point, he hung down his head, and evaded the
question, saying he had been the making of Mtesa of Uganda; but
he had turned out a bad fellow, and now robbed him right and
left.[FN#23]  The Gani letter, supposed to be from Petherick, was
now asked for, and a suggestion made about opening a trade with
Gani, but all with the provoking result we had been so well
accustomed to.  No letter like that referred to had ever been
received, so that Frij's interpretation about Grant's letter-
dream was right; and if we wished to go to Gani, the king would
send men travelling by night, for his brothers at war with him
lay upon the road.  As to the Uganda question, and my desiring
him to make friends with Mtesa, in hopes that the influence of
trade would prevent any plundering in future, he merely tossed
his head.  He often said he did not know what to think about his
guests, now he had got them; to which Bombay, in rather
successful imitation of what he had heard me say on like
occasions, replied, "If you do not like them after you have seen
them, cut their heads off, for they are all in your hands."

11th.--With great apparent politeness Kamrasi sent in the morning
to inquire how we had slept.  He had "heard our cry"--an
expression of regal condescension--and begged we would not be
alarmed, for next morning he would see us, and after the meeting
change our residence, when, should we not approve of wading to
his palace, he would bridge all the swamps leading up to it; but
for the present he wanted two rounds of ball-cartridge--one to
fire before his women, and the other before his officers and a
large number of Kidi men who were there on a visit.  To please
this childish king, Bombay was sent with two other of my men, and
no sooner arrived than a cow was placed before them to be shot. 
Bombay, however, thinking easy compliance would only lead to
continued demands on our short store of powder, said he had no
order to shoot cows, and declined. A strong debated ensued, which
Bombay, by his own account, turned to advantage, by saying, "What
use is there in shooting cows? we have lots of meat; what we want
is flour to eat with it."  To which the great king retorted, "If
you have not got flour, that is not my fault, for I ordered your
master to come slowly, and to bring provisions along with him."

Then getting impatient, as all his visitors wanted sport, he
ordered the cow out again, and insisted on my men shooting at it,
saying at the same time to his Kidi visitors, boastfully, "Now I
will show you what devils these Wanguana are: with firearms they
can kill a cow with one bullet; and as they are going to Gani, I
advise you not to meddle with them."  The Kidi visitors said,
"Nonsense; we don't believe in their power, but we will see." 
Irate at his defeat, Bombay gave orders to the men to fire over
the cow, and told Kamrasi why he had done so--Bana would be angry
with him.  "Well," said the king of kings, "if that is true, go
back to your master, tell him you have disappointed me before
these men, and obtain permission to shoot the cow in the morning;
after which, should you succeed, your master can come after
breakfast to see me--but for the present, take him this pot of

12th.--To back Bombay in what he had said, I gave him two more
cartridges to shoot the cow with, and orders as well to keep
Kamrasi to his word about the oft-promised interview and change
of residence.  He gave me the following account on his return: --
Upwards of a thousand spectators were present when he killed the
cow, putting both bullets into her, and all in a voice, as soon
as they saw the effect of the shot, shouted in amazement; the
Kidi visitors, all terror-stricken, crying out, as they clasped
their breasts, "Oh, great king, do allow us to return to our
country, for you have indeed got a new specimen of man with you,
and we are greatly afraid!"--a lot of humbug and affectation to
flatter the king, which pleased him greatly.  It was not
sufficient, however, to make him forget his regal pride; for
though Bombay pleaded hard for our going to see him, and for a
change of residence, the immovable king, to maintain the imperial
state he had assumed as "king of kings," only said, "What
difference does it make whether your master sees me to-day or to-
morrow?  If he wants to communicate about the road to Gani, his
property at Karague, or the guns at Uganda, he can do so as well
through the medium of my officers as with me direct, and I will
send men whenever he wishes to do so. Perhaps you don't know, but
I expect men from Gani every day, who took a present of slaves,
ivory and monkey-skins to the foreigners residing there, who, in
the first instance sent me a necklace of beads [showing them] by
some men who wore clothes. They said white men were coming from
Karague, and requested the beads might be shown them should they
do so.  They left this two moons before Baraka arrived here, and
I told them the white men would not come here, as I heard they
had gone to Uganda."

Bombay then, finding the king very communicative, went at him for
his inhospitality towards us, his turning us back from his
country twice, and now, after inviting us, treating us as
Suwarora did. On this he gave, by Bombay's account, the following
curious reason for his conduct:--"You don't understand the
matter.  At the time the white men were living in Uganda, many of
the people who had seen them there came and described them as
such monsters, they ate up mountains and drank the N'yanza dry;
and although they fed on both beef and mutton, they were not
satisfied until they got a dish of the 'tender parts' of human
beings three times a-day.  Now, I was extremely anxious to see
men of such wonderful natures.  I could have stood their
mountain-eating and N'yanzi-drinking capacities, but on no
consideration would I submit to sacrifice my subjects to their
appetites, and for this reason I first sent to turn them back;
but afterwards, on hearing from Dr K'yengo's men that, although
the white men had travelled all through their country, and
brought all the pretty and wonderful things of the world there,
they had never heard such monstrous imputations cast upon them, I
sent a second time to call them on: these are the facts of the
case.  Now, with regard to your accusation of my treating them
badly, it is all their own fault.  I ordered them to advance
slowly and pick up food by the way, as there is a famine here;
but they, instead, hurried on against my wishes.  That they want
to see and give me presents you have told me repeatedly--so do I
them; for I want them to teach me the way to shoot, and when that
is accomplished, I will take them to an island near Kidi, where
there are some men [his refractory brothers] whom I wish to
frighten away with guns; but still there is no hurry,--they can
come when I choose to call them, and not before."  Bombay to this
said, "I cannot deliver such a message to Bana; I have told so
many falsehoods about your saying you will have an interview to-
morrow, I shall only catch a flogging"; and forthwith departed.

13th.--More disgusted with Kamrasi than ever, I called Kidgwiga
up, and told him I was led to expect from Rumanika that I should
find his king a good and reasonable man, which I believed,
considering it was said by an unprejudiced person.  Mtesa, on the
contrary, told me Kamrasi treated all his guests with disrespect,
sending them to the farther side of the N'yanzi.  I now found his
enemy more truthful than his friend, and wished him to be told
so.  "For the future, I should never," I said, "mention his name
again, but wait until his fear of me had vanished; for he quite
forgot his true dignity as a host and king in his surprise and
fear, merely because we were in a hurry and desired to see him." 
He was reported to-day, by the way, to be drunk.

As nothing could be done yesterday, in consequence of the king
being in his cups, the Wakungu conveyed my message to-day, but
with the usual effect, till a diplomatic idea struck me, and I
sent another messenger to say, if our residence was not changed
at once, both Grant and myself had made up our minds to cut off
our hair and blacken our faces, so that the king of all kings
should have no more cause to fear us.  Ignoring his claims to
imperial rank, I maintained that his reason for ill-treating us
must be fear, --it could be nothing else.  This message acted
like magic; for he fully believed we would do as we said, and
disappoint him altogether of the strange sight of us as pure
white men.  The reply was, Kamrasi would not have us disfigured
in this way for all the world; men were appointed to convey our
traps to the west end at once; and Kidgwiga, Vittagura, and
Kajunju rushed over to give us the news in all hast lest we
should execute our threat, and they were glad to find us with our
faces unchanged.  I now gave one cow to the head of Dr K'yengo's
party, and one to the head of Rumanika's men, because I saw it
was through their instrumentality we gained admittance in the
country; and we changed residence to the west end of Chaguzi, and
found there comfortable huts close to the Kafu, which ran
immediately between us and the palace.

Still our position in Unyoro was not a pleasant one.  In a long
field of grass, as high as the neck, and half under water, so
that no walks could be taken, we had nothing to see but Kamrasi's
miserable huts and a few distant conical hills, of which one
Udongo, we conceive, represents the Padongo of Brun-Bollet,
placed by him in 1 south latitude, and 35 east longitude.  We
were scarcely inside our new dwelling when Kamrasi sent a cheer
of two pots pombe, five fowls, and two bunches of plantains,
hoping we were now satisfied with his favour; but he damped the
whole in a moment again, by asking for a many-bladed knife which
his officers had seen in Grant's possession.  I took what he
sent, from fear of giving offence, but replied that I was
surprised the great king should wish to see my property before
seeing myself, and although I attached no more value to my
property than he did to his, I could not demean myself by sending
him trifles in that way.  However, should he, after hearing my
sentiments, still persist in asking for the knife to be sent by
the hands of a black man, I would pack it up with all the things
I had brought for him, and send them by a black man, judging that
he liked black men more than white.

Dr K'yengo's men then informed us they had been twice sent with
an army of Wanyoro to attack the king's brothers, on a river-
island north of this about three days' journey, but each time it
ended in nothing.  You fancy yourself, they said, in a
magnificent army, but the enemy no sooner turn out than the
cowardly Wanyoro fly, and sacrifice their ally as soon as not
into the hands of the opponents.  They said Kamrasi would not
expect us to attack them with our guns.  Rionga was the head of
the rebels; there were formerly five, but now only two of the
brothers remained.

15th.--Kamrasi, after inquiring after our health, and how we had
slept, through a large deputation of head men, alluded to the
knife question of yesterday, thinking it very strange that after
giving me such nice food I should deny him the gratification of
simply looking at a knife; he did not intend to keep it if it was
not brought for him, but merely to look at and return it.  To my
reply of yesterday I added, I had been led, before entering
Unyoro, to regard Kamrasi as the king of all kings--the greatest
king that ever was, and one worthy to be my father; but now, as
he expected me to amuse him with toys, he had lowered himself in
my estimation to the position of being my child.  To this the
sages said, "Bana speaks beautifully, feelingly, and moderately. 
Of course he is displeased at seeing his property preferred
before himself; all the right is on his side: we will now return
and see what can be done--though none but white men in their
greatest dare send such messages to our king."

Dr K'yengo's men were now attacked by Kidgwiga for having taken a
cow from me yesterday, and told they should not eat it, because
both they and myself were the king's guests, and it ill became
one to eat that which was given as a dinner for the other. 
Fortunately, foreseeing this kind of policy, as Kamrasi had been
watching our actions, I invariably gave in presents those cows
which came with us from Uganda, and therefore defied any one to
meddle with them. This elicited the true facts of the case.  Dr
K'yengo's men had been sent out to our camp to observe if anybody
received presents from us, as Kamrasi feared his subjects would
have the fleecing of us before his turn came; and these men had
reported the two cows given by me as mentioned above.  Kamrasi no
sooner heard of this than he took the cows and kept them himself. 
In their justification, Dr K'yengo's men said that had they not
been in the country before us, Kamrasi would not have had such
guests at all; for when he asked them if the Waganda reports
about our cannibalism and other monstrosities were true, their
head man denied it all, offered to stand security for our
actions, and told the king if he found us cannibals he might make
a Mohammedan of him, and sealed the statement with his oath by
throwing down his shield and bow and walking over them.   To this
Kamrasi was said to have replied, "I will accept your statements,
but you must remain with me until they come."

Kajunju came with orders to say Kamrasi would seize anybody found
staring at us.  I requested a definite answer would be given as
regards Kamrasi's seeing us.  Dr K'yengo's men then said they
were kept a week waiting before they could obtain an interview,
whilst Kajunju excused his king by saying, "At present the court
is full of Kidi, Chopi, Gani, and other visitors, who he does not
wish should see you, as some may be enemies in disguise.  They
are all now taking presents of cows from Kamrasi, and going to
their homes, and, as soon as they are disposed of, your turn will

16th.--We kept quiet all day, to see what effect that would have
upon the king.  Kidgwiga told us that, when he was a lad, Kamrasi
sent him with a large party of Wanyoro to visit a king who lived
close to a high mountain, two months' journey distant, to the
east or south-east of this, and beg for a magic horn, as that
king's doctor was peculiarly famed for his skill as a magician. 
The party carried with them 600 majembe (iron spades), two of
which expended daily paid for their board and lodgings on the
way.  The horn applied for was sent by a special messenger to
Kamrasi, who, in return, sent one of his horns; from which date,
the two kings, whenever one of them wishes to communicate with
the other, sends, on the messenger's neck, the horn that had been
given him, which both serves for credentials and security, as no
one dare touch a Mbakka with one of these horns upon his neck.

A common source of conversation among our men now was the
desertion of their comrades, all fancying how bitterly they would
repent it when they heard how we had succeeded, eating beef every
day; and Uledi now, in a joking manner, abused Mektub for having
urged him to desert.  He would not leave Bana, and if he had not
stopped, Mektub would have gone, for they both served one master
at Zanzibar, and therefore were like brothers; whilst Mektub,
laughing over the matter as if it were a good joke, said, "I
packed up my things to go, it is true; but I reflected if I got
back to the coast Said Majid would only make a slave of me
again."  M'yinzuggi, the head of Rumanika's party, gave me to-day
a tippet monkey-skin in return for the cow I had given him on the
14th.  These men, taking their natures from their king Rumanika,
are by far the most gentle, polite, and attentive of any black
men we have travelled amongst.

17th.--Tired and out of patience with our prison--a river of
crocodiles on one side, and swamps in every other direction,
while we could not go out shooting without a specific order from
the king--I sent Kidgwiga and Kajunju to inform Kamrasi that we
could bear this life no longer.  As he did not wish to see white
men, our residing here could be of no earthly use.  I hoped he
would accept our present from Bombay, and give us leave to depart
for Gani.  The Wakungu, who thought, as well as ourselves, that
we were in nothing better than a prison, hurried off with the
message, and soon returned with a message from their king that he
was busily engaged decorating his palace to give us a triumphant
reception; for he was anxious to pay us more respect than anybody
who had ever visited him before.  We should have seen him
yesterday, only that it rained; and, as a precaution against our
meeting being broken up, a shed was being built.  He could not
hear of our leaving the country without seeing him.

18th.--At last we were summoned to attend the king's levee; but
the suspicious creature wished his officers to inspect the things
we had brought for him before we went there.  Here was another
hitch. I could not submit to such disrespectful suspicions, but
if he wished Bombay to convey my present to him, I saw no harm in
the proposition.  The king waived the point, and we all started,
carrying as a present the things enumerated in the note.[FN#24]
The Union Jack led the way.  At the ferry three shots were fired,
when, stepping into two large canoes, we all went across the Kafu
together, and found, to our surprise, a small hut built for the
reception, low down on the opposite bank, where no strange eyes
could see us.

Within this, sitting on a low wooden stool placed upon a double
matting of skins--cows' below and leopards' above--on an elevated
platform of grass, was the great king Kamrasi, looking,
enshrouded in his mbugu dress, for all the world like a pope in
state--calm and actionless.  One bracelet of fine-twisted brass
wire adorned his left wrist, and his hair, half an inch long, was
worked up into small peppercorn-like knobs by rubbing the hand
circularly over the crown of the head.  His eyes were long, face
narrow, and nose prominent, after the true fashion of his breed;
and though a finely-made man, considerably above six feet high,
he was not so large as Rumanika.  A cow-skin, stretched out and
fastened to the roof, acted as a canopy to prevent dust falling,
and a curtain of mbugu concealed the lower parts of the hut, in
front of which, on both sides of the king, sat about a dozen head

This was all.  We entered and took seats on our own iron stools,
whilst Bombay placed all the presents upon the ground before the
throne.  As no greetings were exchanged, and all at first
remained as silent as death, I commenced, after asking about his
health, by saying I had journeyed six long years (by the African
computation of five months in the year) for the pleasure of this
meeting, coming by Karague instead of by the Nile, because the
"Wanya Beri" (Bari people at Gondokoro) had defeated the projects
of all former attempts made by white men to reach Unyoro.  The
purpose of my coming was to ascertain whether his majesty would
like to trade with our country, exchanging ivory for articles of
European manufacture; as, should he do so, merchants would come
here in the same way as they went from Zanzibar to Karague. 
Rumanika and Mtesa were both anxious for trade, and I felt sorry
he would not listen to my advice and make friend with Mtesa; for
unless the influence of trade was brought in to check the Waganda
from pillaging the country, nothing would do so.

Kamrasi, in a very quiet, mild manner, instead of answering the
questions, told us of the absurd stories which he had heard from
the Waganda, said he did not believe them, else his rivers,
deprived of their fountains, would have run dry; and he thought,
if we did eat hills and the tender parts of mankind, we should
have had enough to satisfy our appetites before we reached
Unyoro.  Now, however, he was glad to see that, although our hair
was straight and our faces white, we still possessed hands and
feel like other men.

The present was then opened, and everything in turn placed upon
the red blanket.  The goggles created some mirth; so did the
scissors, as Bombay, to show their use, clipped his beard, and
the lucifers were considered a wonder; but the king scarcely
moved or uttered any remarks till all was over, when, at the
instigation of the courtiers, my chronometer was asked for and
shown.  This wonderful instrument, said the officers (mistaking
it for my compass), was the magic horn by which the white men
found their way everywhere. Kamrasi said he must have it, for,
besides it, the gun was the only thing new to him.  The
chronometer, however, I said, was the only one left, and could
not possibly be parted with; though, if Kamrasi liked to send men
to Gani, a new one could be obtained for him.

Then, changing the subject, much to my relief, Kamrasi asked
Bombay, "Who governs England?"  "A woman."  "Has she any
children?"  "Yes," said Bombay, with ready impudence; "these are
two of them" (pointing to Grant and myself).  That settled,
Kamrasi wished to know if we had any specked cows, or cows of any
peculiar colour, and would we like to change four large cows for
four small ones, as he coveted some of ours.  This was a
staggerer.  We had totally failed, then, in conveying to this
stupid king the impression that we were not mere traders, ready
to bargain with him.  We would present him with cows if we had
such as he wanted, but we could not bargain. The meeting then
broke up in the same chilling manner as it began, and we returned
as we came, but no sooner reached home than four pots of pombe
were sent us, with a hope that we had arrived all safely.  The
present gave great satisfaction.  The Wanguana accused Frij of
having "unclean hands," because the beef had not lasted so long
as it should do--it being a notable fact in Mussulman creed, that
unless the man's hands are pure who cuts the throat of an animal,
its flesh will not last fresh half the ordinary time.

19th.--As the presents given yesterday occupied the king's mind
too much for other business, I now sent to offer him one-third of
the guns left in Uganda, provided he would send some messengers
with one of my men to ask Mtesa for them, and also the same
proportion of the sixty loads of property left in charge of
Rumanika at Karague, if he would send the requisite number of
porters for its removal.  But of all things, I said, I most
wished to send a letter to Petherick at Gani, to apprise him of
our whereabouts, for he must have been four years waiting our
arrival there, and by the same opportunity I would get a watch
for the king.  He sent us to-day two pots of pombe, one sack of
salt, and what might be called a screw of butter, with an
assurance that the half of everything that came to his house--
and everything was brought from great distances in boats--he
would give me; but for the present the only thing he was in need
of was some medicine or stimulants.  Further, I need be under no
apprehension if I did not find men at once to go on the three
respective journeys; it should be all done in good time, for he
loved me much, and desired to show us so much respect that his
name should be celebrated for it in songs of praise until he was
bowed down by years, and even after death it should be

I ascertained then that the salt, which was very white and pure,
came from an island on the Little Luta Nzige, about sixty miles
west from the Chaguzi palace, where the lake is said to be forty
or fifty miles wide.  It is the same piece of water we heard of
in Karague as the Little Luta Nzige, beyond Utumbi; and the same
story of Unyoro being an island circumscribed by it and the
Victoria N'yanza connected by the Nile, is related here, showing
that both the Karague and Unyoro people, as indeed all negroes
and Arabs, have the common defect in their language, of using the
same word for a peninsula and an island.  The Waijasi--of whom we
saw a specimen in the shape of an old woman, with her upper lip
edged with a row of small holes, at Karague--occupy a large
island on this lake named Gasi, and sometimes come to visit
Kamrasi.  Ugungu, a dependency of Kamrasi's, occupies this side,
the lake, and on the opposite side is Ulegga; beyond which, in
about 2 N. lat. And 28 E. long., is the country of Namachi; and
further west still about 2, the Wilyanwantu, or cannibals, who,
according to the report both here and at Karague, "bury cows but
eat men."  These distant people pay their homage to Kamrasi,
though they have six degrees of longitude to travel over.  They
are, I believe, a portion of the N'yam N'yams--another name for
cannibal--whose country Petherick said he entered in 1857-58. 
Among the other wild legends about this people, it was said that
the Wilyanwantu, in making brotherhood, exchanged their blood by
drinking at one another's veins; and, in lieu of butter with
their porridge, they smear it with the fat of fried human flesh.

20th.--I had intended for to-day an expedition to the lake; but
Kamrasi, harbouring a wicked design that we should help in an
attack on his brothers, said there was plenty of time to think of
that; we would only find that all the waters united go to Gani,
and he wished us to be his guests for three or four months at
least. Fifty Gani men had just arrived to inform him that Rionga
had lately sent ten slaves and ten ivory tusks to Petherick's
post, to purchase a gun; but the answer was, that a thousand
times as much would not purchase a weapon that might be used
against us; for our arrival with Kamrasi had been heard of, and
nothing would be done to jeopardise our road.

To talk over this matter, the king invited us to meet him.  We
went as before, minus the flag and firing, and met a similar
reception. The Gani news was talked over, and we proposed sending
Bombay with a letter at once.  I could get no answer; so, to pass
the time, we wished to know from the king's own lips if he had
prevented Baraka from going to Gani, as he had carried orders
from Rumanika as well as from myself to visit Kamrasi, to give
him fifty egg-beads, seventy necklaces of mtende, and seventy
necklaces of kutuamnazi beads, and then to pass on to Gani and
give its chief fifty egg-beads and forty necklaces of kutuamnazi. 
Kamrasi replied, "I did not allow him to go, because I heard you
had gone to Uganda"; and Dr K'yengo's men happening to be
present, added, "Baraka used up all the beads save forty which he
gave to Kamrasi, living upon goats all the way; and when he left,
took back a tusk of ivory."

This little controversy was amusing, but did not suit Kamrasi,
who had his eye on a certain valuable possession of mine.  He
made his approach towards it by degrees, beginning with a truly
royal speech thus: "I am the king of all these countries, even
including Uganda and Kidi--though the Kidi people are such
savages they obey no man's orders--and you are great men also,
sitting on chairs before kings; it therefore ill becomes us to
talk of such trifles as beads, especially as I know if you ever
return this way I shall get more from you."  "Begging your
majesty's pardon," I said, "the mention of beads only fell in the
way of our talk like stones in a walk; our motive being to get at
the truth of what Baraka did and said here, as his conduct in
returning after receiving strict orders from Rumanika and
ourselves to open the road, is a perfect enigma to us.  We could
not have entered Unyoro at all excepting through Uganda, and we
could not have put foot in Uganda without visiting its king." 
Without deigning to answer, Kamrasi, in the metaphorical language
of a black man, said, "It would be unbecoming of me to keep
secrets from you, and therefore I will tell you at once; I am
sadly afflicted with a disorder which you alone can cure."  "What
is it, your majesty?  I can see nothing in your face; it may
perhaps require a private inspection."  "My heart," he said, "is
troubled, because you will not give me your magic horn-- the
thing, I mean, in your pocket, which you pulled out one day when
Budja and Vittagura were discussing the way; and you no sooner
looked at it than you said, 'That is the way to the palace.'"

So! the sly fellow has been angling for the chronometer all this
time, and I can get nothing out of him until he has got it--the
road to the lake, the road to Gani, everything seemed risked on
his getting my watch--a chronometer worth 50, which would be
spoilt in his hands in one day.  To undeceive him, and tell him
it was the compass which I looked at and not the watch, I knew
would only end with my losing that instrument as well; so I told
him it was not my guide, but a time-keeper, made for the purpose
of knowing what time to eat my dinner by.  It was the only
chronometer I had with me; and I begged he would have patience
until Bombay returned from Gani with another, when he should have
the option to taking this or the new one.  "No; I must have the
one in your pocket; pull it out and show it."  This was done, and
I placed it on the ground, saying, "The instrument is yours, but
I must keep it until another one comes."  "No; I must have it
now, and will send it you three times every day to look at."

The watch went, gold chain and all, without any blessings
following it; and the horrid king asked if I could make up
another magic horn, for he hoped he had deprived us of the power
of travelling, and plumed himself on the notion that the glory of
opening the road would devolve upon himself.  When I told him
that to purchase another would cost five hundred cows, the whole
party were more confirmed than ever as to its magical powers; for
who in his sense would give five hundred cows for the mere
gratification of seeing at what time his dinner should be eaten? 
Thus ended the second meeting.  Kamrasi now said the Gani men
would feast on beef to-morrow, and the next day be ready to start
with my men for Petherick's camp.  He then accompanies us to the
boats, spear in hand, and saw us cross the water.  Long tail-
hairs of the giraffe surrounded his neck, on which little balls
and other ornaments of minute beads, after the Uganda fashion,
were worked.  In the evening four pots of pombe and a pack of
flour were brought, together with the chronometer, which was sent
to be wound up--damaged of course-- the seconds-hand had been

21st.--I heard from Kidgwiga that some of those Gani men now
ordered to go with Bombay had actually been visiting here when
the latter shot his first cow at the palace, but had gone to
their homes to give information of us, and had returned again. 
Eager to get on with my journey, and see European faces again, I
besought the king to let us depart, as our work was all finished
here, since he had assured us he would like to trade with
England.  The N'yanswenge-- meaning Petherick's party--who have
hitherto been afraid to come here, would do so now, when they had
seen us pass safely down, and could receive my guns and property
left to come from Uganda and Karague, which we ourselves could
not wait for.  Kamrasi, thinking me angry for his having taken
the watch so rudely out of my pocket, took fright at the message,
sent some of his attendants quickly back to me, requesting me to
keep the instrument until another arrived, and begged I would
never say I wished to leave his house again.

22d.--Kamrasi sent to say Bombay was not to start to-day, but to-
morrow, so we put the screw on again, and said we must go at
once; if he would give us guides to Gani, we would return him his
twenty cows and seven goats with pleasure.  I let him understand
we suspected he was keeping us here to fight his brothers, and
told him he must at once know we would never lift hand against
them.  It was contrary to the laws of our land.  "I have got no
orders to enter into black men's quarrels, and my mother" (the
Queen), "whom I see every night in my sleep calling me home,
would be very angry if she heard of it.  Rumanika once asked me
to fight his brothers Rogero and M'yongo, but my only reply to
all had been the same--I have no orders to fight with, only to
make friends of, the great kings of Africa."

The game seemed now to be won.  At once Kamrasi ordered Bombay to
prepare for the journey.  Five Wanyoro, five Chopi men, and five
Gani men, were to escort him.  There was no objection to his
carrying arms.  The moment he returned, which ought to be in
little more than a fortnight, we would all go together.  An
earnest request was at the same time made that I would not bully
him in the mean time with any more applications to depart.  So
Bombay and Mabruki, carrying there muskets, and a map and letter
for Petherick, departed.

23d and 24th.--Kamrasi, presuming he had gained favour in our
eyes, sent, begging to know how we had slept, and said he would
like us to inform him what part of his journey Bombay had this
morning reached --a fact which he had no doubt must be divinable
through the medium of our books.  The reply was, that Bombay's
luck was so good we had no doubt regarding his success; but now
he had gone, and our days here were numbered, we should like to
see the palace, his fat wives and children, as well as the
Wanyoro's dances, and all the gaiety of the place.  We did not
think our reception-hut by the river sufficiently dignified, and
our residence here was altogether like that of prisoners--seeing
no one, knowing no one.  In answer to this, Kamrasi sent one pot
of pombe and five fowls, begging we would not be alarmed; we
should see everything in good time, if we would but have
patience, for he considered us very great men, as he was a great
man himself, and we had come at his invitation.  He must request,
in the mean time, that we would send no more messages by his
officers, as such messages are never conveyed properly. At
present there was a great deal of business in the palace.

We asked for some butter, but could get none, as all the milk in
the palace was consumed by the wives and children, drinking all
day long, to make themselves immovably fat.

25th.--In the morning, the commander-in-chief wished us to cast a
horoscope, and see where Bombay was, and if he were getting on
well. That being negatived, he told us to put our hut in order,
as Kamrasi was coming to see us.  Accordingly we made everything
as smart as possible, hanging the room round with maps, horns,
and skins of animals, and places a large box covered with a red
blanket, as a throne for the king to set upon.  As he advanced,
my men, forming a guard of honour fired three shots immediately
on his setting foot upon our side the river; whilst Frij, with
his boatswain's whistle, piped the 'Rogue's March,' to prepare us
for his majesty's approach.  We saluted him, hat in hand, and,
leading the way, showed him in.  He was pleased to be
complimentary, remarking, what Waseja (fine men) we were, and
took his seat. We sat on smaller boxes, to appear humble, whilst
his escort of black "swells" filled the doorway, squatting on the
ground, so as to stop the light and interfere with our

After the first salutations, the king remarked the head of a
nsamma buck, and handled it; then noticed my mosquito-curtains
hanging over the bed, and begged for them.  He was told they
could not be given until Bombay returned, as the mosquitoes would
eat us up. "But there were two," said the escort, "for we have
seen one in the other hut."  That was true; but were there not
two white men? However, if the king wanted gauze, here was a
smart gauze veil-- and the veil vanished at once.  The iron camp-
bed was next inspected, and admired; then the sextant, which was
coveted and begged for, but without success, much to the
astonishment of the king, as his attendants had led him to expect
he would get anything he asked for.  Then the thermometers were
wanted and refused; also table-knives, spoons, forks, and even
cooking-pots, for we had no others, and could not part with them. 
The books of birds and animals had next to be seen, and being
admired were coveted, the king offering one of the books I first
gave him in exchange for one of these.  In fact, he wanted to
fleece us of everything; so, to shut him up, I said I would not
part with one bird for one hundred tusks of ivory; they were all
the collections I had made in Africa, and if I parted with them
my journey would go for nothing; but if he wanted a few drawings
of birds I would do some for him-- at present I wished to speak
to him.  "Well, what is it? we are all attention."  "I wish to
know positively if you would like English traders to come here
regularly, as the Arabs do to trade at Karague? and if so, would
you give me a pembe (magic horn) as a warrant, that everybody may
know Kamrasi, king of Unyoro, desires it?"

Kamrasi replied, "I like your proposition very much; you shall
have the horn you ask for, either large or small, just as you
please; and after you have gone, should we hear any English are
at Gani wishing to come here, as my brothers are in the way we
will advance with spears whilst they approach with guns, and
between us both, my brothers must fly--for I myself will head the
expedition. But now you have had your say I will have mine if you
will listen." "All right, your majesty; what is it?"  "I am
constantly stricken with fever and pains, for which I know no
remedy but cautery; my children die young; my family is not large
enough to uphold my dignity and station in life; in fact, I am
infirm and want stimulants, and I wish you to prescribe for me,
which considering you have found your way to this, where nobody
came before, must be easy to you."  Two pills and a draught for
the morning were given as a preliminary measure, argument being
of no avail; and to our delight the king said it was time to go.

We jumped off our seats to show him the way, hoping our
persecutions were over; but still he sat, and sat, until at
length, finding we did not take the hint to give him a parting
present, he said, "I never visited any big man's house without
taking home some trifle to show my wife and children."  "Indeed,
great king! then you did not come to visit us, but to beg, eh? 
You shall have nothing, positively nothing; for we will not have
it said the king did not come to see us, but to beg."  Kamrasi's
face changed colour; he angrily said, "Irokh togend" (let us rise
and go), and forthwith walked straight out of the hut.  Frij
piped, but no guns fired; and as he asked the reason why he was
told it would be offensive to say we were glad he was going.  The
king was evidently not pleased for no pombe came to-day.

                         Chapter XVIII


The Ceremonies of the New Moon--Kamrasi's Rule and Discipline--
An Embassy from Uganda, and its Results--The Rebellious Brothers-
- An African Sorcerer and his Incantations--The Kamraviona of
Unyoro-- Burial Customs--Ethiopian Legends--Complicated Diplomacy
for our Detention--Proposal to send Princes to England--We get

26th.--We found that the palace was shut up in consequence of the
new moon, seen for the first time last evening; and incessant
drumming was the order of the day.  Still, private interviews
might be granted, and I sent to inquire after the state of the
king's health. The reply was, that the medicine had not taken,
and the king was very angry because nothing was given him when he
took the trouble to call on us.  He never called at a big man's
house and left it mwiko (empty-handed) before; if there was
nothing else to dispose of, could Bana not have given him a bag
of beads?

To save us from this kind of incessant annoyance, I now thought
it would be our best policy to mount the high horse and bully
him. Accordingly, we tied up a bag of the commonest mixed beads,
added the king's chronometer, and sent them to Kamrasi with a
violent message that we were thoroughly disgusted with all that
had happened; the beads were for the poor beggar who came to our
house yesterday, not to see us, but to beg; and as we did not
desire the acquaintance of beggars, we had made up our minds
never to call again, nor receive any more bread or wine from the

This appeared to be a hit.  Kamrasi, evidently taken aback, said,
if he thought he should have offended us by begging, he would not
have begged.  He was not a poor man, for he had many cows, but he
was a beggar, of course, when beads were in the question; and,
having unwittingly offended, as he desired our friendship, he
trusted his offence would be forgiven.  On opening the
chronometer, he again wrenched back the seconds-hand, and sent it
for repair, together with two pots of pombe as a peace-offering. 
Frij, who accompanied the deputation, overheard the counsellors
tell their king that the Waganda were on their way back to Unyoro
to snatch us away; on hearing which the king asked his men if
they would ever permit it; and, handling his spear as if for
battle, said at the same time he would lose his own head before
they should touch his guests.  Then, turning to Frij, he said,
"What would you do if they came?--go back with them?"  To which
Frij said, "No, never, when Gani is so near; they might cut our
heads off, but that is all they could do." The watch being by
this time repaired, it gave me the opportunity of sending
Kidgwiga back to the palace to say we trusted Kamrasi would allow
Budja to come here, if only with one woman to carry his pombe,
else Mtesa would take offence, form an alliance with Rionga, and
surround the place with warriors, for it was not becoming in
great kings to treat civil messengers like dogs.

The reply to this was, that Kamrasi was very much pleased with my
fatherly wisdom and advice, and would act up to it, allowing
Budja only to approach with one woman; we need, however, be under
no apprehensions, for Kamrasi's power was infinite; the Gani road
should be opened even at the spear's point; he had been beating
the big drum in honour of us the whole day; he would not allow
any beggars to come and see us, for he wanted us all to himself,
and for this reason had ordered a fence to be built all round our
house; but he had got no present from Grant yet, though all he
wanted was his mosquito-curtains, whilst he wished my picture-
books to show his women, and be returned.  We sent a picture of
Mtesa as a gift, the two books to look at and an acknowledgement
that the mosquito-curtains were his, only he must have patience
until Bombay arrived; but his proposition about the fence we
rejected with scorn. The king had been raising an army to fight
Rionga--the true reason, we suspect, for the beating of the

27th and 28th.--There was drumming and music all day and night,
and the army was being increased to a thousand men, but we poor
prisoners could see nothing of it.  Frij was therefore sent to
inspect the armament and brings us all the news.  Some of
N'yamyonjo's men, seeing mine armed with carbines, became very
inquisitive about them, and asked if they were the instruments
which shot at their men on the Nile--one in the arm, who died;
the other on the top of the shoulder, who was recovering.  The
drums were kept in private rooms, to which a select few only were
admitted.  Kamrasi conducts all business himself, awarding
punishments and seeing them carried out.  The most severe
instrument of chastisement is a knob-stick, sharpened at the
back, like that used in Uganda, for breaking a man's neck before
he is thrown into the N'yanza; but this severity is seldom
resorted to, Kamrasi being of a mild disposition compared with
Mtesa, whom he invariably alludes to when ordering men to be
flogged, telling them that were they in Uganda, their heads would
suffer instead of their backs.  In the day's work at the palace,
army collecting, ten officers were bound because they failed to
bring a sufficient number of fighting men, but were afterwards
released on their promising to bring more.

Nothing could be more filthy than the state of the palace and all
the lanes leading up to it: it was well, perhaps, that we were
never expected to go there, for without stilts and respirators it
would have been impracticable, such is the dirty nature of the
people. The king's cows, even, are kept in the palace enclosure,
the calves actually entering the hut, where, like a farmer,
Kamrasi walks amongst them up to his ankles in filth, and,
inspecting them, issues his orders concerning them.  What has to
be selected for his guests he singles out himself.

Dr K'yengo's men, who had been sent three times into action
against the refractory brothers, asked leave to return to
Karague; but the king, who did not fear for their lives when his
work was to be done, would not give them leave, lest accident
should befall them on the way.  We found no prejudice against
eating butter amongst these Wahuma, for they not only sold us
some, but mixed it with porridge and ate it themselves.

29th.--The king has appointed a special officer to keep our table
supplied with sweet potatoes, and sent us a pot of pombe, with
his excuses for not seeing us, as business was so pressing, and
would continue to be so until the army marched.  Budja and Kasoro
were again reported to be near with a force of fifty Waganda,
prepared to snatch us away; and the king, fearing the
consequences, had sent to inform Budja, that if he dared attempt
to approach, he would slip us off in boats to Gani, and then
fight it out with the Waganda; for his guests, since they had
been handed over to him, had been treated with every possible

To keep Kamrasi to his promise, as we particularly wished to hear
the Uganda news, Frij was sent to inform him on my behalf that
Mtesa only wished to make friends with all the great kings
surrounding his country before his coronation took place, when
his brothers would be burnt, and he would cease to take advice
from his mother.  To treat his messengers disrespectfully could
do no good, and might provoke a war, when we should see my
deserters joined with the Waganda really coming in force against
us; whereas, if we saw Budja, we could satisfy him, and Mtesa
too, and obviate any such calamity.  The reply was, that Kamrasi
would arrange for our having a meeting with Budja alone if we
wished it; he did not fear my deserters siding with king Mtesa,
but he detested the Waganda, and could not bear to see them in
his country.

30th.--At breakfast-time we heard that my old friend Kasoro had
come to our camp without permission, to the surprise of
everybody, attended by all his boys, leaving Budja and his
children, on account of sickness, at the camp assigned to the
Waganda, five miles off. Kasoro wished to speak to us, and we
invited him into the hut; but the interview could not be
permitted until Kamrasi's wishes on the subject had been
ascertained.  In a little while the Kamraviona, having seen
Kamrasi, said we might converse with one another whilst his
officers were present listening, and sent a cow as a present for
the Waganda.  Kasoro with his children now came before us in
their usual merry manner and, after saluting, told us how the
deserters, on reaching Uganda, begged for leave to proceed to
Karague; but Mtesa, who would only allow two of them to approach
him, abused them, saying, "Did I not command you to take Bana to
Gani at all risks?  If there was no road by land, you were to go
by water; or, if that failed, to go under-ground, or in the air
above, and if he died, you were to die with him: what, then, do
you mean by deserting him and flying here?  You shall not move a
yard from this until I receive a messenger from him to hear what
he has got to say on the matter."  Mtesa would not take their
arms, even at the desire of Budja, on my behalf; for as no
messenger on my behalf came to him, he would not believe what
Budja said, and feared to touch any of our property.  The chief
item of court news was, that Mtesa had shot a buffalo which was
attacking him behind the palace, and made his Wakungu carry the
animal bodily, whilst life was in it, into his court.  The
ammunition I wrote for to Rumanika had been brought by Maula.

As Kasoro still remained silent with regard to Mtesa's message, I
told him we shot two of N'yamyonjo's men on our retreat up the
Nile, and that Kamrasi turned us back because some miscreant
Waganda had forged lies and told him we were terrible monsters,
who ate hills and human flesh, and drank up all the water of the
lake.  He laughed, but still was silent; so I said, "What message
have you brought from Mtesa?"  To which, in a timid, modest kind
of manner, he said, "Bana knows--what more need I say?  Has he
forgotten Mtesa, who loves him so?"  I said, "No, indeed, I have
not forgotten Mtesa; and, moreover, as I expected you back again,
I have sent Bombay to bring the stimulants and all the things I
promised Mtesa from Gani; in two or three days he will return." 
"No," said Kasoro, "that is not it; we must go to Gani with you;
for Mtesa says he loves you so much he will never allow you to
part from his hand until his servants have seen you safely at
your homes."

I replied, "If Mtesa wishes you to see my vessels and all the
wonders they contain, as far as I am concerned you may do so, and
I shall be only too happy to show you a little English
hospitality; but the road is in Kamrasi's hands, and his wishes
must now be heard." The commander-in-chief, now content with all
he had heard, went to Kamrasi to receive his orders, whilst I
gave Kasoro a feast of porridge and salt, with pombe to wash it
down, and a cow to take home with him; for the poor creatures
said they were all starving as the Wanyoro would not allow them
to take a single plantain from the field until Kamrasi's
permission had been given.

Kamrasi's reply now arrived; it was to the following effect:--
"Tell my children, the Waganda, they were never turned out of
Unyoro by my orders: if they wish to go to Gani, they can do so;
but, first of all, they must return to Mtesa, and ask him to
deliver up all of Bana's men."  I answered, "No; if any one of
those scoundrels who has deserted me ever dares show his face to
me again, I will shoot him like a dog.  Moreover, I want Mtesa to
take their guns from them, and, without taking life, to transport
them all to an island on the N'yanza, where they can spend their
days in growing plantains; for it is such men who prevent our
travelling in the country and visiting kings."  Kasoro on this
said, "Mtesa will do so in a minute if you send a servant to him,
but he won't if we only say you wish it."

The commander-in-chief then added, as to Kasoro's wish to
accompany me, "If Mtesa will send another time one of his people
whose life he wishes sacrificed on the journey, or tells, Here is
a man whom I wish you to send to Gani at all hazards, and without
responsibility for his life on our part, we will be very glad to
send him; but as we are at war with the Gani people continually,
there will be no security for a Mganda's life there."  To this I
added, "Now, Kasoro, you see how it is; Kamrasi does not wish you
to do to Gani, so if you take my advice you will return to Mtesa. 
Give this tin cartridge-box, which first came from him, back to
him again, to show him you have seen me, and say, This is Bana's
letter; he wishes you to transport the deserters and seize their
guns.  The guns,  of course, I shall want again at some other
time, when I will send one of my English children to visit him;
for now Kamrasi has opened his country to us, and given us leave
to come and purchase ivory, I never shall be very far away." I
gave them three pills for Budja, blistered two of the pages, and
started the whole merrily off, Kasoro asking me to send Mtesa
some pretty things from England such as he never saw.

1st.--Kamrasi sent his commander-in-chief to inquire after my
health, and to say Budja had left in fear and trembling lest
Mtesa should cut all their heads off for failing in the mission;
but he had sent Kidgwiga's brother with a pot of pombe to escort
the Waganda beyond his frontier, and cheer them on the way; for
the tin cartridge-box, he thought, would save their lives by
satisfying Mtesa they had seen me.  The commander-in-chief then
told me Kamrasi did not wish them to accompany me through Kidi
for the Kidi people don't like the Waganda, and, discovering
their nationality by the fullness of their teeth, would bring
trouble on us whilst trying to kill them.  I said I thanked
Kamrasi for his having treated the Waganda with such marked
respect, in allowing them to see me, and sending them back with
an escort; but I thought it would have been better if he had
spoken the truth plainly out, for then I could have told them I
feared to have them in company with me.  In return for my
civilities, the king then send one of his chopi officers to see
me, who went four stages with Bombay, and he also sent some rich
beads which he wished me to look at.  They were nicely kept in a
neat though very large casing of rush pith, and were those sent
as a letter from Gani, to inform him that we were expected to
come via Karague.  After this, to keep us in good-humour, Kamrasi
sent to inform us that some Gani men, twenty-five in number, had
just arrived, and had given him a lion-skin, several tippet
monkey-skins, and some giraffe hair, as well as a stick of copper
or brass wire.  Bombay was met by them on the confines of Gani.

2d.--The king sent me a pot of pombe to-day, inquiring after my
health, and saying he would like to take the medicine I gave him
if I would send Frij over to administer it, but he would be
ashamed to swallow pills before me.  Hitherto he had not been
able to take the medicine from press of business in collecting an
army to fight his brothers; but as his troops would all leave for
war to-day, he expected to have leisure.

In plying the Kamraviona to try if we could get rid of the
annoying restraints which made our residence here a sort of
imprisonment, I discovered that the whole affair was not one of
blunder or accident, but that we actually were prisoners thus be
design. It appeared that Kamrasi's brothers, when they heard we
were coming into Unyoro, murmured, and said to the king, "Why are
you bringing such guests amongst us, who will practise all kinds
of diabolical sorcery, and bring evil on us?"  To which Kamrasi
replied, "I have invited them to come, and they shall come; and
if they bring evil with them, let that all fall on my shoulders,
for you shall not see them."  He then built a palaver-house on
the banks of the Kafu to receive us in privately; and when we
were to go to Gani, it was his intention to slip us off privately
down the Kafu.  The brothers were so thoroughly frightened, that
when Kamrasi opened his chronometer before them to show them the
works in motion, they turned their heads away.  The large block-
tin box I gave Kamrasi, as part of his hongo, was, I heard,
called Mzungu, or the white man, by him.

In the evening the beads recently brought from Gani were sent for
my inspection, with an intimation that Kamrasi highly approved of
them, and would like me to give him a few like them.  Some of
Kamrasi's spies, whom he had sent to the refractory allies of
Rionga his brother, returned bringing a spear and some grass from
the thatch of the hut of a Chopi chief.  The removal of the grass
was a piece of state policy.  It was stolen by Kamrasi's orders,
in order that he might spread a charm on the Chopi people, and
gain such an influence over them that their spears could not
prevail against the Wanyoro; but it was thought we might possess
some still superior magic powder, as we had come from such a long
distance, and Kamrasi would prefer to have ours.   These Chopi
people were leagued with the brothers, and thus kept the highroad
to Gani, though the other half of Chopi remained loyal; and
though Kamrasi continually sent armies against the refractory
half which aided his brothers, they never retaliated by attacking
this place.

We found, by the way, that certain drumming and harmonious
accompaniments which we had been accustomed to hear all day and
night were to continue for four moons, in celebration of twins
born to Kamrasi since we came here.

3d.--Kamrasi's political department was active again to-day. Some
Gani officials arrived to inform him that there were two white
men in the vessel spoken of as at Gani; a second vessel was
coming in there, and several others were on their way.  A
carnelian was shown me which the Gani people gave to Kamrasi many
years ago. Kamrasi expressed a wish that I would exchange magic
powders with him.  He had a very large variety, and would load a
horn for me with all those I desired most.  He wanted also
medicines for longevity and perpetual strength.  Those I had
given him had, he said, deprived him of strength, and he felt
much reduced by their effects.  He would like me to go with him
and attack the island his three brothers, Rionga, Wahitu, and
Pohuka, are in possession of.  When I said I never fought with
black men, he wished to know if I would not shoot them if they
attacked me.  My replay was, alluding to our fight in the river,
"How did N'yamyonjo's men fare?"  I found that Kamrasi had thirty
brothers and as many sisters.

4th.--I gave Kamrasi a bottle of quinine, which we call "strong
back," and asked him in return for a horn containing all the
powders necessary to give me the gift of tongues, so that I
should be able to converse with any black men whom I might meet
with.  We heard that Kamrasi has called all his Gani guests to
play before him, and a double shot from his Blissett rifle
announced to our ears that he in turn was amusing them.  This was
the first time the gun had been discharged since he received it,
and, fearing to fire it himself, he called one of my men to do it
for him.

5th.--At 9 a.m., the time for measuring the fall of rain for the
last twenty-four hours, we found the rain-gauge and the bottle
had been removed, so we sent Kidgwiga to inform the king we
wished his magicians to come at once and institute a search for
it. Kidgwiga immediately returned with the necessary adept, an
old man, nearly blind, dressed in strips of old leather fastened
to the waist, and carrying in one hand a cow's horn primed with
magic powder, carefully covered on the mouth with leather, from
which dangled an iron bell.  The old creature jingled the bell,
entered our hut, squatted on his hams, looked first at one, then
at the other-- inquired what the missing things were like,
grunted, moved his skinny arm round his head, as if desirous of
catching air from all four sides of the hut, then dashed the
accumulated air on the head of his horn, smelt it to see if all
was going right, jingled the bell again close to his ear, and
grunted his satisfaction; the missing articles must be found.

To carry out the incantation more effectually, however, all my
men were sent for to sit in the open before the hut, when the old
doctor rose, shaking the horn and tinkling the bell close to his
ear. He then, confronting one of the men, dashed the horn forward
as if intending to strike him on the face, then smelt the head,
then dashed at another, and so on, till he became satisfied that
my men were not the thieves.  He then walked into Grant's hut,
inspected that, and finally went to the place where the bottle
had been kept. There he walked about the grass with his arm up,
and jingling the bell to his ear, first on one side, then on the
other, till the track of a hyena gave him the clue, and in two or
three more steps he found it.  A hyena had carried it into the
grass and dropped it.  Bravo, for the infallible horn! and well
done the king for his honesty in sending it!  So I gave the king
the bottle and gauge, which delighted him amazingly; and the old
doctor who begged for pombe, got a goat for his trouble.  My men
now, recollecting the powder robbery at Uganda, said king Mtesa
would not send his horn when I asked for it, because he was the
culprit himself.

6th.--Kidgwiga told us to-day that king Kamrasi's sisters are not
allowed to wed; they live and die virgins in his palace.  Their
only occupation in life consisted of drinking milk, of which each
one consumes the produce daily of from ten to twenty cows, and
hence they become so inordinately fat that they cannot walk. 
Should they wish to see a relative, or go outside the hut for any
purpose, it requires eight men to lift any of them on a litter. 
The brothers, too, are not allowed to go out of his reach.  This
confinement of the palace family is considered a state necessity,
as a preventive to civil  wars, in the same way as the
destruction of the Uganda princes, after a certain season, is
thought necessary for the preservation of peace there.

7th.--In the morning the Kamraviona called, on the king's behalf,
to inquire after my health, and also to make some important
communications.  First he was to request a supply of bullets,
that the king might fire a salute when Bombay returned from Gani;
next, to ask for stimulative medicine, now that he had consumed
all I gave him, and gone through the preliminary course; further,
to request I would spread a charm over all his subjects, so that
their hearts might be inclined towards him, and they would come
without calling and bow down at his feet; finally, he wished me
to exchange my blood with him, that we might be brothers till
death. I sent the bullets, advised him to wait a day or two for
the medicine, and said there was only one charm by which he could
gain the influence he required over his subjects--this was,
knowledge and the power of the pen.  Should he desire some of my
children (meaning missionaries) to come here and instruct his,
the thing would be done; but not in one year, nor even ten, for
it takes many years to educate children.

As to exchanging by blood with a black man's, it was a thing
quite beyond my comprehension; though Rumanika, I must confess,
had asked me to do the same thing.  The way the English make
lasting friendships is done either by the expressions of their
hearts, or by the exchange of some trifles, as keepsakes; and
now, as I had given Kamrasi some specimens of English
manufacture, he might give me a horn, or anything else he chose,
which I could show to my friends, so as to keep him in
recollection all my life.

The Kamraviona, before leaving, said, for our information, that a
robbery had occurred in the palace last night; for this morning,
when Kamrasi went to inspect his Mzungu (the block-tin box),
which he had forgotten to lock, he found all his beads had been
stolen. After sniffing round among the various wives, he smelt
the biggest one to be the culprit, and turned the beads out of
her possession. Deputies came in the evening with a pot of pombe
and small screw of butter, to tell me some Gani people had just
arrived, bringing information that the vessel at Gani had left to
go down the river; but when intelligence reached the vessel of
the approach of my men they turned and came back again.  Bombay
was well feasted on the road by Kamrasi's people, receiving eight
cows from one and two cows from another.

8th and 9th.--We had a summons to attend at the Kafu palace with
the medicine-chest, a few select persons only to be present.  It
rained so much on the 8th as to stop the visit, but we went next
day.  After arriving there, and going through the usual
salutations, Kamrasi asked us from what stock of people we came,
explaining his meaning by saying, "As we, Rumanika, Mtesa, and
the rest of us (enumerating the kings), are Wawitu (or princes),
Uwitu (or the country of princes) being to the east."  This
interesting announcement made me quite forget to answer his
question, and induced me to say, "Omwita, indeed, as the ancient
names for Mombas, if you came from that place: I know all about
your race for two thousand years or more.  Omwita, you mean, was
the last country you resided in before you came here, but
originally you came from Abyssinia, the sultan of which, our
great friend, is Sahela Selassie."

He pronounced this name laughing, and said, "Formerly our stock
was half-white and half-black, with one side of our heads covered
with straight hair, and the other side frizzly: you certainly do
know everything."  The subject then turned upon medicine, and
after inspecting the chest, and inquiring into all its contents,
it ended by his begging for the half of everything.  The
mosquito-curtains were again asked for, and refused until I
should leave this. As Kamrasi was anxious I should take two of
his children to England to be instructed, I agreed to do so, but
said I thought it would be better if he invited missionaries to
come here and educate all his family.  His cattle were much
troubled with sickness, dying in great numbers--could I cure
them?  As he again began to persecute us with begging, wanting
knives and forks, etc., I advised his using ivory as money, and
purchasing what he wanted from Gani.  This brought out the
interesting fact, the truth of which we had never reached before,
that when Petherick's servant brought him one necklace of beads,
and asked after us, he gave in return fourteen ivories, thirteen
women, and seven mbugu cloths.  One of his men accompanied the
visitors back to the boats, and saw Petherick, who took the ivory
and rejected the women.

10th.--At 2 p.m. we were called by Kamrasi to visit him at the
Kafu palace again, and requested to bring a lot of medicines tied
up in various coloured cloths, so that he might know what to
select for different ailments.  We repaired there as before,
putting the medicines into the sextand-stand box, and found him
lying at full length on the platform of his throne, with a glass-
bead necklace of various colours, and a charm tied on his left
arm.  Nobody was allowed to be present at our interview.  The
medicines, four varieties, were weighed out into ten doses each,
and their uses and effects explained.  He begged for four bottles
to put them in, till he was laughed out of it by our saying he
required forty bottles; for if the powders were mixed, how could
he separate them again?  And to keep his mind from the begging
tack, which he was getting alarmingly near, I said, "Now I have
given you these things because you would insist on having them. 
I must also tell you they are dangerous in your hands, in
consequence of your being ignorant of their properties.  If you
take my advice you won't meddle with them until the two children
you wish educated have learnt the use of them in England; and if
I have to take boys from this, I hope they will be of your
family."  He said, "You speak like a father to us, and we very
much approve.  Here is a pot of pombe; I did not give you one

11th.--To-day, the king having graciously granted permission, we
went out shooting, but saw only a few buffalo tracks.

12th.--The  Kamraviona was sent to inquire after our health, and
to ascertain from me all I knew respecting the origin of
Kamrasi's tribe, the distribution of countries, and the seat of
the government. I sent the king a diagram, painted in various
colours, with full explanations of everything, and asked
permission to send two more of my men in search of Bombay, who
had now been absent twenty days. The reply was, that if Bombay
did not return within four days, Kamrasi would send other men
after him on the fifth day; and, in the meantime, he sent one pot
of pombe as a token of his kind regard.

13th.--The Kamraviona was sent to inquire after our health, to
ask for medicine for himself, and to inquire more into the origin
of his race.  I, on the other hand, wishing to make myself as
disagreeable as possible, in order that Kamrasi might get tired
of us, sent Frij to ask for fresh butter, eggs, tobacco, coffee,
and fowls, every day, saying, I will pay their price when I reach
Gani, for we were suffering from want of proper food.  Kamrasi
was surprised at this clamour for food, and inquired what we ate
at home that we were so different from everybody else.

We heard to-day a strange story, involving the tragic fate of
Budja. On coming here, he had been bewitched by Kamrasi's
frontier officer, who put the charm into a pot of pombe.  From
the moment Budja drank it he was seized with sickness, and
remained so until he reached the first station in Uganda, when he
died.  The facts of the bewitchment had been found out by means
of the perpetrator's wives, who, from the moment the pombe was
drunk, took to precipitate flight, well knowing what effects
would follow, and dreading the chastisement Mtesa would bring
upon their household.  We heard, too, that the deserters had
returned to the place they deserted from, with thirty Waganda,
and a present of some cows for me.

14th.---Kamrasi sent me four parcels of coffee, very neatly
enclosed in rush pith.

15th.--Getting more impatient, and desirous to move on at any
sacrifice, I proposed giving up all claims to my muskets, as well
as the present of cows from Mtesa, if Kamrasi would give us boats
to Gani at once; but the reply was simply, Why be in such a

16th.--The Kamraviona was sent to us with a load of coffee, which
Kamrasi had purchased with cowries, and to inquire how we had
slept.  Very badly, was the reply, because we knew Bombay would
have been back long ago if Kamrasi was not concealing him
somewhere, and we did not know what he was doing with deserters
and Waganda. Kamrasi then wanted us to paint his mbugu cloths in
different patterns and colours; but we sent him instead six
packages of red-ink powder, and got abused for sauciness.  He
then wanted black ink, else how could he put on the red with
taste; but we had none to give him.  Next, he asked leave for my
men to shoot cows, before his Kidi visitors, which they did to
his satisfaction, instructing him at the same time to fire powder
with his own rifle; when, triumphant with his success, he
protested he would never use anything but guns again, and threw
away his spear as useless.  Bombay, we learned, had reached Gani,
and ought to return in eight days.

17th and 18th.--A large party of Chopi people arrived, by
Kamrasi's orders, to tell the reason which induced them to apply
for guns to the white men at Gani, as it appeared evident they
must have wished to fight their king.  The Kidi visitors got
broken heads for helping themselves from the Wanyoro's fields,
and when they cried out against such treatment, were told they
should rob the king, if they wished to rob at all.

19th.--Nothing was done because Kamrasi was dismissing his Kidi
guests, 200, with presents of cows and women.

20th.--Having asked Kamrasi to return my pictures, he sent the
book of birds, but not of animals; and said he could not see us
until a new hut was built, because the old one was flooded by the
Kafu, which had been rising several days.  We must not, he said,
talk about Bombay any more, because everybody said he was
detained by the N'yanswenge (Petherick's party), and would return
here with the new moon.  I would not accept the lie, saying, How
can my "children" at Gani detain my messengers, when they have
received strict orders from me by letter to send an answer
quickly?  It was all Kamrasi's doing, for he had either hidden
Bombay, or ordered his officers to take him slowly, as he did us,
stopping four days at each stage.

Frij again told me he was present when Said Said, the Sultan of
Zanzibar, sent an army to assist the Wagunya at Amu, on the
coast, against the incursions of the Masai.  These Amu people
have the same Wahuma features as Kamrasi, whom they also resemble
both in general physical appearance, and in many of them having
circular marks, as if made by cautery, on the forehead and
temples.  These marks I took not to be tatooing or decorative,
but as a cure for disease--cautery being a favourite remedy with
both races.

The battle lasted only two days, though the Masai brought a
thousand spears against the Arabs' cannon.  But this was not the
only battle Said Said had to fight on those grounds; for some
years previously he had to subdue the Waziwa, who live on very
marshy land, into respect for his sovereignty, when the battle
lasted years, in consequence of the bad nature of the ground, and
the trick the Waziwa had of staking the ground with spikes.  The
Wasuahili, or coast-people, by his description, are the bastards
or mixed breeds who live on the east coast of Africa, extending
from the Somali country to Zanzibar. Their language is Kisuahili;
but there is no land Usuahili, though people talk of going to the
Suahili in the same vague sense as they do of going to the
Mashenzi, or amongst the savages.  The common story amongst the
Wasuahili at Zanzibar, in regard to the government of that
island, was, that the Wakhadim, or aborigines of Zanzibar, did
not like the oppressions of the Portuguese, and therefore allied
themselves to the Arabs of Muscat--even compromising their
natural birthright of freedom in government, provided the Arabs,
by their superior power, would secure to them perpetual equity,
peace and justice.  The senior chief, Sheikh Muhadim, was the
mediator on their side, and without his sanction no radial
changes compromising the welfare of the land could take place;
the system of arbitration being, that the governing Arab on the
one side, and the deputy of the Wakhadim on the other, should
hold conference with a screen placed between them, to obviate all
attempts at favour, corruption, or bribery.

The former report of the approach of my men, with as many Waganda
and cows for me, turned out partly false, inasmuch as only one of
my men was with 102 Waganda, whilst the whole of the deserters
were left behind in Uganda with cows; and Kamrasi hearing this,
ordered all to go back again until the whole of my men should

21st.--I was told how a Myoro woman, who bore twins that died,
now keeps two small pots in her house, as effigies of the
children, into which she milks herself every evening, and will
continue to do so five months, fulfilling the time appointed by
nature for suckling children, lest the spirits of the dead should
persecute her. The twins were not buried, as ordinary people are
buried, under ground, but placed in an earthenware pot, such as
the Wanyoro use for holding pombe.  They were taken to the jungle
and placed by a tree, with the pot turned mouth downwards. 
Manua, one of my men, who is a twin, said, in Nguru, one of the
sister provinces to Unyanyembe, twins are ordered to be killed
and thrown into water the moment they are born, lest droughts and
famines or floods should oppress the land.  Should any one
attempt to conceal twins, the whole family would be murdered by
the chief; but, though a great traveller, this is the only
instance of such brutality Manua had ever witnessed in any

In the province of Unyanyembe, if a twin or twins die, they are
thrown into water for the same reason as in Nguru; but as their
numbers increase the size of the family, their birth is hailed
with delight.  Still there is a source of fear there in
connection with twins, as I have seen myself; for when one dies,
the mother ties a little gourd to her neck as a proxy, and puts
into it a trifle of everything which she gives the living child,
lest the jealousy of the dead spirit should torment her. 
Further, on the death of the child, she smears herself with
butter and ashes, and runs frantically about, tearing her hair
and bewailing piteously; whilst the men of the place use towards
her the foulest language, apparently as if in abuse of her
person, but in reality to frighten away the demons who have
robbed her nest.

22d.--I sent Frij to Kamrasi to find out what he was doing with
the Waganda and my deserters, as I wished to speak with their two
head representatives.  I also wanted some men to seek for and to
fetch Bombay, as I said I believed him to be tied by the leg
behind one of the visible hills in Kidi.  The reply was, 102
Waganda, with one of my men only, had been stationed at the
village my men deserted from since the date (13th) we heard of
them last.  They had no cows for me, but each of the Waganda bore
a log of firewood, which Mtesa had ordered them to carry until
they either returned with me or brought back a box of gunpowder,
in default of which they were to be all burnt in a heap with the
logs they carried.  Kamrasi, still acting on his passive policy,
would not admit them here, but wished them to return with a
message, to the effect that Mtesa had no right to hold me as his
guest now I had once gone into another's hands.  We were all
three kings to do with our subjects as we liked, and for this
reason the deserters ought to be sent on here; but if I wished to
speak to the Waganda, he would call their officer.  There was no
fear, he said, about Bombay; he was on his way; but the men who
were escorting him were spinning out the time, stopping at every
place, and feasting every day.  To-morrow, he added, some more
Gani people would arrive here, when we should know more about it. 
I still advised Kamrasi to give the road to Mtesa provided he
gave up plundering the Wanyoro of women and cattle; but if my
counsel was listened to, I could get no acknowledgment that it
was so.

23d and 24th.--I sent to inquire what news there was of Bombay's
coming, and what measures Kamrasi had taken to call the Waganda's
chief officer and my deserters here; as also to beg he would send
us specimens of all the various tribes that visit him, in order
that me might draw them.  He sent four loads of dried fish, with
a request for my book of birds again, as it contains a portrait
of king Mtesa, and proposed seeing us at the newly-constructed
Kafu palace to-morrow, when all requests would be attended to. 
In the meanwhile, we were told that Bombay had been seen on his
way returning from Gani; and the Waganda had all run away
frightened, because they were told the Kidi and Chopi visitors,
who had been calling on Kamrasi lately, were merely the nucleus
of an army forming to drive them away, and to subdue Uganda. 
Mtesa was undergoing the coronation formalities, and for this