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A Voyage Along the Western Coast, Or, Newest Africa

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Pages: 136

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Joseph Hankinson Reading

Excerpt from book: Chapter II SIERRA LEONE. N the afternoon of the fourteenth day after leaving Liverpool the color of the sea began to change. It was no longer a deep, clear blue, but a dirty yellow color and appeared to carry in suspension much sediment: leaves of the pandanus and sprouts of the mangrove occasionally floated by, and after a while a low dark streak of vegetation appeared on the eastern horizon —the advanced picket-line of the great continent of Africa. During the voyage hither the traveler feels that he is still in Europe, the land of civilization and refinement: but when once the shores of the great Unknown Land come into view, he feels that his connection with the land of his fathers is completely severed, and that now he is in a new world: and to most souls there comes a sinking of the spirit akin to that experienced at the death of a loved one, as the mind realizes that old associations have passed away and it is to enter upon a new existence amid novel scenes and an entirely different environment. But as the steamer creeps forward on its course and the shore-line comes more distinctly into view, these feelings vanish as the attention is drawn to the rich and exuberant vegetation, the tall and graceful palms, the water-loving mangroves, the luxuriant bamboos, and the fishermen paddling by in their light canoes. Captain Thompson was on the bridge directing the course of the vessel, and the four friends were sitting in a group under the awning on the port side of the ship, watching with eager interest the opening up of the shoreline and the unfolding of the landscape. They puffed away at their pipes in silence, apparently absorbed in their own reflections as they beheld once again that tropic land where they had spent so many of the best years of their life, extending, a...  

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