Neither was it a poor caravan
drawn by a single donkey or emaciated horse, for a pair of horses in pretty good condition were released from the shafts and grazing on the frouzy grass.
I stood still an hour or thereabouts without trespassing on our orders (for so long the caravan
was in passing the gate), to look at it on every side, near and far off; I mean what was within my view: and the guide, who had been extolling it for the wonder of the world, was mighty eager to hear my opinion of it.
"And don't you know," said the Sheik of the Outfit, "that caravans
will then stop here for rest and refreshments, giving you a chance to steal the camels, the horses, and the goods?"
By nightfall the caravan
was on the other side and the ladders were taken up.
In 1859, in the month of August, the young traveller, Roscher, from Hamburg, set out with a caravan
of Arab merchants, reached Lake Nyassa, and was there assassinated while he slept.
But there was one little trifle of an incident that touched me as I passed this particular caravan
. Evidently one of the vans had come to grief, and several men of the party were making a great show of repairing it.
As the whirl of dust drew nearer to the solitary bluff upon which the two castaways were reposing, the canvas-covered tilts of waggons and the figures of armed horsemen began to show up through the haze, and the apparition revealed itself as being a great caravan
upon its journey for the West.
To this place caravans
of Abyssinia are continually resorting, to carry salt into all parts of the empire, which they set a great value upon, and which in their country is of the same use as money.
The first intimation they had was when three of their great slave caravans
were annihilated in rapid succession.
My mother shrank further back into the friendly shadows, and from her hiding place saw that the expedition was not that of my father, but the returning caravan
bearing the young Tharks.
For many days they marched, the apes following the trail easily and going a little distance ahead of the body of the caravan
that they might warn the others of impending danger.
The spoor was but a couple of days old when the two discovered it, which meant that the slow-moving caravan
was but a few hours distant from them whose trained and agile muscles could carry their bodies swiftly through the branches above the tangled undergrowth which had impeded the progress of the laden carriers of the white men.