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which took 35 days to perform on diro-, shef to accompany me, but knew nothing of medaries, to Mahass and back again, my business ; which was really true; for I
had never allowed him to see me taking notes Trarels in Nutia ; by the late John the author says
during our journey. Leris Burckhardt. Published by the In two hours and a half we came to a The two brothers, the Kashefs Ilosseyn anıl Association for promoting the Discovery plain on the top of the mountain, called Mohammed, had come to Mahass, in order of the Interior of Africa. London. Akabet el benat, the rocks of the girls. to besiege the castle of Tinareh, which had 1819. 4to. pp. 543.
Here the Arabs who serve as guides through been seized by a rebel cousin of the king of
these mountains have devised a singular Mahass. The latter being Hosseyn Kashief's Burckhardt has excited an interest mode of extorting small presents from the father-in-law, the Kashet was bound to come in the British public only inferior to traveller: they alight at certain spots in the to his aid, and had accordingly brought with poor Mungo Park; and has been so very Akabet el benat, and beg a present ; if it is him about sixty men, with whom I found often the subject of articles in the Lite- refused, they collect a heap of sand, and him encamped, or rather hutteil, on the rary Gazette, that our readers must be mould it into the form of a diminutive tomb, western side of the river, close under the familiar with the leading features of his and then placing a stone at each of its ex- walls of the castle, while his brother Nolife and pursuits. This would induce tremities, they apprize the traveller that his hammed had possession of the eastern hank, us to dwell very briefly on these points there will be no security for him, in this been here for several wecks, and had often
tomb is made ; meaning, that henceforward, with an equal number of men. They had at present, even were we not influenced rocky wilderness. Most persons pay a summoned the castle, to no purpose, alby another consideration of more irre-trifing contribution, rather than have their though the garrison consisted only of fifteen sistible temporary importance. It is, graves made before their eyes : there were, men. They at length conceived the idea of and we have reason to anticipate will however, several tombs of this description cutting off the water from the besieged, by continue to be, a marked characteristic dispersed over the plain. Being satisfied placing close in shore, just below the castle, of our Review (from the superior access which he was content.
with my guide, I gave him one piastre, with a vessel, which they had sent for froin Argo, to the novelties in literature with which
and on board of which they put some men
March 13th. The eastern mountains armed with musquets, who were protected we are favoured,) to be at least the again approach the river, and consist here, froin the fire of the gațrison by a thick awnearliest reporter of the cases of new as at the second Cataract, of grunstein. We ing formed of the trunks of date trees thrown publications. In executing this task, followed the narrow shore in an easterly di- across the deek; these men, by their fire, we trust it will be readily allowed to rection, and passed several of the villages of having effectually prevented the besiegel us, that any defects in our Arst notice of Mahass. The houses are constructed only from obtaining water froin the river, the gar
of mats, made of palm-leaves, fastened to rison was under the necessity of making proa work, should be pardoned in considera- high poles, the extremities of which rise posals for peace; pardon, and safe conduct tion of the speed with which we bring considerably above the roof. The counte- were promised them, and the castle was surit before the general tribunal, and nances of the people are much less expressive rendered on the evening preceding my arrival, show, if not immediately preceding, of good nature than those of the Nubians ; When I reached the camp of Mohainment cmtemporaneously with its appearance, in colour they are perfectly black; their lips Kashef, he was not preseut, but occupied of what kind and nature it is. As this are like those of the Negro, but not the with his brother, in taking potsession of the highly valuable volume, therefore, is nose or cheek bones ; numbers of the men castle. His people crowded round me and only published to-day, we hope that go quite naked, and I even saw sctersil grown my guide, desirous to know what businees extracts rather than an epitome will be the middle. The Nubian language here has that I belonged to the suite of the two
up girls without any thing whaterer round had brought me among them, and supposing accepted from us as efficient service.
certainly superseded the Arabic, whith none Mamelouk Begs, of whose arrival at Derr The life and travels of Burckhardt occupy of the peasants understand.
they had already been apprized. Shortly 32 pages ; next follows a journey along the In approaching the place where the Nu- afterwards Mohammed came over from the banks of the Nile, from Assouan to Mahass, bian governors were encamped, I found se- opposite bank with his suite, and I immeon the frontiers of Dongola; then a des- veral of the villages deserted; their former diately went to salute him. Born of a Darcription of a journey from upper Egypt inhabitants had preferred abandoning their four slave, his features resembled those of through the deserts of Nubia to Berber and cotton-fields, and their prospects of a har- the inhabitants of Soudan, but without any Soukio, and from thence to Djidda in vest, to subunitting to the oppressive conduct thing of that mildness whichi generally chiiArabia; and the whole concludes with an of the followers of the governofs, whose racterises the Negro' countenance. On the appendix, containing an Itinerary from the horses and camels were now feeding amidst contrary, his physiognomy indicated the frontiers of Bornou, by Bahr el Ghazal, and the barley, while the mats of the deserted worst disposition ; he rolled his eyes at me Darfour, to Shendy-some notices of Soudlan houses had been carried off to the camp, to like a madınan; and, having drank copiously -vocabularies of the Borgho and Botnod scrve as fuel. After a ride of four hours, of palm-wine at the castle, he was so intoxlanguages and a translation of the polices ve reached the camp of Mohamned Kashef, icated that he could hardly keep on his legs. on Nubia in Makrizi's History of Egypt: the opposite the Wady Tinareh, a cluster of ham- All his people now assembled m and around pole illustrated with maps and other elici- lets, situated round the brick castle of that his open hut; the vanquisired rebels likewise dations.
name, and the chief place in Malab3 ; here came, and two large goat skills of palm wine We shall make our selections from
was the termination of my journey south were brought in, which was served out to the travelling narratives, without much in his answers to Mohammed Kashef, and if calahashes; a few only spoke Arabic; the
warıls. I had told my guide to be cautious the company in small cups neatly made of attention to crder. Leaving Seras, in he should be questioned respecting me, to Kashef himself conle scarcely make himself is Nubian journey from Assouan, say that he had been ordered by Hassen Ka- understood; but I clearly found that I was VOL IV.