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Stalks Abroad - Being Some Account of the Sport Obtained During a Two Years' Tour of the World. With a Frontispiece, Nine Full-Page and Eighteen Half-Page Illustrations from Drawings by the Author and Fifty-Six Photographs
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV BRITISH EAST AFRICA continued) As the season advances, from the thick forest which covers the slopes of Kenia bands of elephants move out and play havoc with the shambas which lie near. At times they wander far afield, and a short time before we reached Rumuruti four good elephants had been killed in the swamp close by. It was in the shambas that we hoped to get them, so sending the safari on ahead, we left Embu after lunch and camped that night, a long four hours' ride distant, on the fringe of the forest. A few natives came in to visit us, but no one seemed to know anything about elephants! One had been seen three weeks previously, but that was all! It was not a very promising outlook, and I started at dawn the next morning with no great expectations of sport. A mile or so of shambas and banana patches brought us to the edge of the forest. It was a wonderful place. We plodded up through groves of magnolias and other flowering shrubs, with no sound to bear us company save the ceaseless, melancholy patter of the rain, and the drip, drip on the dark foliage which hemmed us in on all sides. Now and again the note of a bird came from the topmost boughs of some huge tree, whose moss-covered limbs were hung with trailing lianas and clusters of fern. An occasional gleam of sunshine speckled the mouldering leaves which strewed the ground with strange yellow patterns. Little red, blue, and white flowers peered timidly out from the surrounding green. Wonderful hot-house scents, overpowering in their strength, puffed fitfully in one's face. "Do you know the steaming stillness of the orchid-scented glade When the blazoned bird-winged butterflies flap through?" The lines recurred continually to my mind. Occasionally we came on the remains of some old Wa 'Ndorobo...
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