Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa: Including a Sketch of Sixteen Years' Residence in the Interior of Africa, and a Journey from the Cape of Good Hope to Loanda, on the West Coast; Thence Across the Continent, Down the River Zambesi, to the Eastern Ocean

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J. Murray, 1857 - Africa, South - 687 pages
 

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Page 12 - ... describe, who see all the operation, but feel not the knife. This singular condition was not the result of any mental process. The shake annihilated fear, and allowed no sense of horror in looking round at the beast. This peculiar state is probably produced in all animals killed by the carnivora; and if so, is a merciful provision by our benevolent Creator for lessening the pain of death.
Page 17 - when a chief was fond of hunting, all his people got dogs, and became fond of hunting too. If he was fond of dancing or music, all showed a liking to these amusements too. If the chief loved beer, they all rejoiced in strong drink. But in this case it is different. I love the Word of God, and not one of my brethren will join me.
Page 382 - It is seen from the size of a pin's head to that of a pea, and is common in all the native huts in this country.
Page 585 - All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations...
Page 17 - Do you imagine these people will ever believe by your merely talking to them ? I can make them do nothing except by thrashing them ; and if you like, I shall call my head men, and with our litupa (whips of rhinoceros hide) we will soon make them all believe together.
Page 137 - ... they will see merely an animal somewhat larger than the biggest dog they ever saw, and partaking very strongly of the canine features ; the face is not much like the usual drawings of a lion, the nose being prolonged like a dog's ; not exactly such as our painters make it — though they might learn better at the Zoological Gardens — their ideas of majesty being usually shown by making their lions' faces like old women in nightcaps.
Page 1 - Merrily, merrily goes the bark On a breeze from the northward free, So shoots through the morning sky the lark, Or the swan through the summer sea. The shores of Mull on the eastward lay, And Ulva dark and Colonsay, And all the group of islets gay That guard famed Staffa round.
Page 520 - I did not comprehend it until, creeping with awe to the verge, I peered down into a large rent which had been made from bank to bank of the broad Zambesi, and saw that a stream of a thousand yards broad, leaped down a hundred feet, and then became suddenly compressed into a space of fifteen or twenty yards. The entire falls are simply a crack made in a hard basaltic rock from the right to the left bank of the Zambesi, and then prolonged from the left bank away through thirty or forty miles of hills.
Page 6 - I never received a farthiug of aid from any one, and should have accomplished my project of going to China as a medical missionary in the course of time by my own efforts, had not some friends advised my joining the London Missionary Society on account of its perfectly unsectarian character. It " sends neither episcopacy, nor presbyterianism, nor independency, but the gospel of Christ to the heathen.
Page 89 - and see if I am any longer a man ; I am done." He was thus sensible of the dangerous nature of his disease, so I ventured to assent, and added a single sentence regarding hope after death. " Why do you speak of death ? " said one of a relay of fresh doctors ;

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