By Frances Swayne
This historical publication could have a number of typos and lacking textual content. dealers can frequently obtain a unfastened scanned replica of the unique publication (without typos) from the writer. now not listed. now not illustrated. 1907 version. Excerpt: ...These shrubs sometimes develop jointly, and it's very curious to notice how, with unerring intuition, the animals will greedily feed upon the single and stay away from the opposite. Ergin frequently provides covert for lions, yet to my nice unhappiness I by no means observed any of those noble beasts. there's not anything Somalis like loads as to be relocating on, or hate greater than staying quietly in a single position, accordingly they weren't in the slightest degree placed out by means of having to take down the entire tents and pitch them afresh 5 miles extra 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 was once 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 way of taking a number of camels specifically 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 prior to this, and shall drink the next day; lots of water to-morrow, it’s all right.” As Abdulla used to be 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 ahead of, been head guy to Colonel S--, R.E., brother to the Commissioner, and had in view that then followed him with the Rodd challenge to Abyssinia and different exploring events. He got here up after dinner to obtain his orders for tomorrow, after which inquired so much rather of me approximately Colonel S, and enlarged upon his prowess as a sportsman....
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He was a very intelligent beast, with a strong will of his own, but he went very well, being able to keep up with the ponies in speed. His trot being short was not so pleasant as theirs, but his canter was quite comfortable, and he was very sure-footed and seemed to delight in difficult roads. As I was riding up the pass, with its steep gradient and very rough surface, I was wondering how the Commissioner could possibly have got his guns up there. He told me it was done under the direction of Captain Cordeaux, the present Commissioner, by numbers of Somalis dragging them ; but it must have been a most arduous undertaking.
On our up journey the bungalow had not been begun, there was nothing in the shape of a building but a tumble down hut, the remains of one of the Indian Camps, but we lunched under the shade of a lovely tamarind tree, and thoroughly enjoyed our siesta in the picturesque surroundings. The steep path up to Upper Sheikh could be traced through the wood on our right, and as it was very steep and also stony, my steed was here changed for a mule, which I always afterwards rode on unusually rough tracks; for the pony, being unshod, was apt to splinter his hoofs.
In order to save distance we, like the majority of travellers both white and black, rejected the longer and easier way, turned down to the left, crossed in Somaliland. 31 a wide and rather green valley, and after another short rise came to a charming little open space covered with grass, nestling between hills which were well wooded to the tops. This delightful spot still retains the name " Lower Sheikh," given it by Colonel H. G. C. Swayne in his exploration surveys, and here is now being built one of the traveller's rest-houses to which I have referred.