Through the Kalahari Desert: A Narrative of a Journey with Gun, Camera, and Note-book to Lake N'Gami and Back

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Scribner and Welford, 1886 - 475 Seiten
 

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Seite 355 - ... on one short leg. The general outline of this wall was in the form of an arc, inside which lay at intervals of about forty feet apart a series of heaps of masonry in the shape of an oval or an obtuse ellipse, about a foot and a half deep, and with a flat bottom, but hollowed out at the sides for about a foot from the edge. Some of these heaps were cut out of solid rock, others were formed of more than one piece of stone, fitted together very accurately. As they were all more or less buried beneath...
Seite 156 - So geographers, in Afric maps, With savage pictures fill their gaps, And o'er unhabitable downs Place elephants for want of towns.
Seite 355 - We camped near the foot of it, beside a long line of stone which looked like the Chinese Wall after an earthquake, and which, on examination, proved to be the ruins of quite an extensive structure, in some places buried beneath the sand, but in others fully exposed to view. We traced the remains for nearly a mile, mostly a heap of huge stones, but all flat-sided, and here and there with the cement perfect and plainly visible between the layers. The top...
Seite 415 - Here there is a succession of cascades and falls — probably a hundred in number — extending along the whole length of a gorge no less than 16 miles long, into which they plunge one after the other, sometimes at a single bound, sometimes in a series of leaps. During the dry weather many of these cataracts are of great volume, but at wet seasons, when they are magnified a hundredfold, their mass must be immense. At Niagara the gorge is nowhere deeper than 200 feet, here the chasm is half as deep...
Seite 356 - On digging down nearly in the middle of the arc, we came upon a pavement about twenty feet wide, made of large stones. The outer stones were long ones, and lay at right angles to the inner ones. This pavement was intersected by another similar one at right angles, forming a Maltese cross, in the centre of which at some time must have stood an altar, column, or some sort of monument, for the base was quite distinct, composed of loose pieces of fluted masonry.
Seite 357 - On digging down, nearly in the middle of the arc, we came upon a pavement about 20ft. wide, made of large stones. The outer stones were long ones, and lay at right angles to the inner ones. This pavement was intersected by another similar one at right angles, forming a Maltese cross, in the centre of which, at one time, must have stood an altar, column, or some sort of monument, for the base was quite distinct, composed of loose pieces of fluted masonry. Having searched for hieroglyphics or inscriptions,...
Seite 238 - But the beating of my own heart Was all the sound I heard. He came not, — no, he came not, — The night came on alone, — The little...
Seite 415 - fresh cascades sprang out as if by magic from the rocks. In fact, whether at high water or at low water, one of the peculiar charms of the place is the extraordinary number of distinct waterfalls which exist here. At Niagara there are two gigantic cataracts falling side by side at one bound into the head of a gorge seven miles in length. Here there is a succession of cascades and falls — probably a hundred in...
Seite 267 - ... who gives illustrations of those in the Marico district of the Western Transvaal, and also by Farini.4 I must say that the pictures given by Anderson indicate finer work than any I have seen in the same district. From Farini's book I take the following paragraphs : " Dismounting on a long flat stone with a rounded top, I threw the bridle over the horse's head and let him graze, while I examined the puzzle more closely. All but a few had sides as square as the cut stones of St. Denis quarries....
Seite 355 - ... kind of work they did not much like — and found that where the sand had protected the joints they were quite perfect. This took nearly all one day, greatly to Jan's disgust; he could not understand wasting time uncovering old stones; to him it was labour thrown away. I told him that here must have been either a city or a place of worship, or the burial-ground of a great nation, perhaps thousands of years ago.

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