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Ismailïa: A Narrative of the Expedition to Central Africa for the Suppression of the Slave Trade, Organized by Ismail, Khedive of Egypt

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Ismailïa: A Narrative of the Expedition to Central Africa for the Suppression of the Slave Trade, Organized by Ismail, Khedive of Egypt

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    Available in PDF Format | Ismailïa: A Narrative of the Expedition to Central Africa for the Suppression of the Slave Trade, Organized by Ismail, Khedive of Egypt.pdf | English
    Sir Samuel White Baker (Author)
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1874 Original Publisher: Macmillan Subjects: Slave trade Africa, Central Voyages and travels Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: Here I resolved to wait for the heavier vessels, which were far behind. The natives were now friendly, and on the 25th January, Lieutenant Baker accompanied me to the summit of Regiaf to take observations of compass bearings of all the. various mountains and prominent points of the country. At the western base of Regiaf there is a very curious rock supported upon a pedestal, that forms a gigantic table. This great slab of syenite is one of many that have detached and fallen as the original mountain decomposed. I obtained my- measuring tape from the diahbeeah, which gave the following results : -- Feet. Indies. Length of slab 45 4 Breadth of do 45 8 Thickness of do 4 9 Height from ground .10 5 Circumference of clay pedestal .... 69 0 This rock must have chanced to fall upon a mass of extremely hard clay. The denudation of the sloping surface, caused by the heavy rains of many centuries, must be equal to the present height of the clay pedestal, as all the exterior has been washed away and the level reduced. The clay Chap, i.] CURIOUS TABLE BOCK. 17 pedestal is the original earth, which, having been protected from the weather by the stone roof, remains intact. The Baris seemed to have some reverence for this stone, and we were told that it was dangerous to sleep beneath it, as many people who had tried the experiment had died. I believe this superstition is simply the result of some old legends concerning the death of a person who may have been killed in his sleep, by a stone that probably detached an...
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