By Frances Swayne
This ancient e-book can have quite a few typos and lacking textual content. dealers can often obtain a unfastened scanned reproduction of the unique booklet (without typos) from the writer. now not listed. no longer illustrated. 1907 variation. Excerpt: ...These shrubs sometimes develop jointly, and it's very curious to notice how, with unerring intuition, the animals will greedily feed upon the only and steer clear of the opposite. Ergin usually gives covert for lions, yet to my nice unhappiness I by no means observed any of those noble beasts. there's not anything Somalis like lots as to be relocating on, or hate greater than staying quietly in a single position, as a result they weren't the least bit positioned out through having to take down all of the tents and pitch them afresh 5 miles additional on; the one distinction they made, was once to ship at the mules with the entire eatables, etc., first, in order that after we arrived our dinner was once prepared, and whereas we have been eating our tents have been pitched and organized. This spot used to be the one campingground i used to be at, the place there has been no water; after all the nien knew this truth previously, and organized for it by means of taking a few camels in particular to hold the water tins containing water for our use, and for cooking reasons; yet we have been the one dwelling creatures supplied for, no different guy or beast had a drop, and so far as shall we see, it made no distinction to their convenience. One guy to whom I spoke acknowledged, “ We drank the day past, and shall drink the following day; lots of water to-morrow, it’s all right.” As Abdulla was once a lot hired on the Sheikh camp, and had such a lot of issues to seem after, we took for our head guy this time Adan Yusuf, who had, twenty-one years prior to, been head guy to Colonel S--, R.E., brother to the Commissioner, and had in view that then followed him with the Rodd project to Abyssinia and different exploring events. He got here up after dinner to obtain his orders for the following day, after which inquired such a lot really of me approximately Colonel S, and enlarged upon his prowess as a sportsman....
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This plateau is over 4000 feet above sea level, and gradually slopes away southwards towards Burao, and thence to the frontier ; towards the east there is a plateau called Suksodi, where there is generally good grazing, while on the other sides it is bounded by the higher ridges and peaks of Golis. It is a convenient centre, as it commands most of the caravan routes into the in Somaliland. 35 interior, and for t h a t reason the Commissioner not only fixed upon it for the station of the local battalion of troops enlisted in the Punjab (the only regiment of regular troops in the country), but also made it the headquarters of the native standing militia.
This place is called Bihendoola, and the Commissioner has built here a small traveller's rest-house for the convenience of Europeans moving up and down between Berbera and Sheikh, which 26 A Woman's Pleasure Trip Fig-tree at Bihendoola. in Somaliland. Commissioner's Mail Camel. 27 28 A Woman's Pleasure Trip will, when two others already begun are finished, obviate the necessity and expense of taking tents for this journey. We made our midday halt in the rest-house, and occupied the time in writing home.
B , and myself, took it in turn to give tea on the polo ground ; this ensured our having a little society, which was increased by occasional luncheon parties at the different camps. Evening entertainments were unusual except at full moon, on account of the difficulty of avoiding the rough pieces of ground in the dark, when it would be extremely easy to injure a horse badly. Somalis are very fond of sport of every kind, and they took the deepest interest in the polo ; not only did the grooms get very excited at the success or failure of their respective masters, and keep a keen look out that they might supply them with fresh polo sticks when wanted, b u t all the men in the neighbourhood used to come and squat round the ground, though often suffering much from the cold wind which rose towards evening, and discuss very freely the merits of the respective players and their ponies.
A Woman's Pleasure Trip in Somaliland by Frances Swayne