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Identifier: narrativeofdisco00jame
Title: Narrative of discovery and adventure in Africa, from the earliest ages to the present time:
Year: 1840 (1840s)
Authors: Jameson, Robert, 1774-1854 Wilson, James, 1795-1856 Murray, Hugh, 1779-1846
Subjects: Natural history
Publisher: New York : Harper & Brothers
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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even rush in large bodies into the towns. The restof the country, placed beyond the reach of this annual in-undation, is in many places very fertile; and cultivation isso limited that land may always be had in any quantity byhim who has slaves to employ upon it. This service isperformed by female captives from Musgow, who, aidingtheir native ugliness by the insertion of a large piece ofsilver into the upper-lip, which throws it entirely out ofshape, are coveted in no other view than for the quantityof hard work which they can execute. The processes ofagriculture are extremely simple. Their only fine manufac-ture is that of tohcs, or vestments of cotton skilftilly wovenand beautifiiUy died, but still not equal to those of Soudan.In every other handicraft they are very inexpert,—even invrorks of iron, which are of the greatest use to a martial people. DENHAM AND CLAPPERTON. 145 The Bomouese have, however, an ingenious mode, re-prssentedin the accompanying plate, of fishing with a very

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simple apparatus. They take two large gourds, and fastenthem at each end to a stem of bamboo. The fishermanseats himself upon this machine, floats with the current,and throws his net. On drawing it up, he lays it beforehim, stuns the fish with a species of mace, and piles theminto the geurds. They are afterward dried, and conveyedover the country to a considerable distance. The Bomouese are complete negroes both in form andfeature ; they are ugly, simple, and good-natured, but des-titute of all intellectual culture. Only a few of the greatfights, or doctors, of whom the sheik was one, can read theKoran. A great writer, indeed, is held in still higherestimation than with us; but his compositions consist onlyof words written on scraps of paper, to be enclosed in cases,and worn as amulets. They are then supposed to defendtheir possessor against every danger, to act as charms todestroy his enemies, and to be the main instrument in thecure of all diseases. For this last purpose they are ai


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