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John H. Speke

My first occupation was to map the country.

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Each tribe has its characteristics, it is true.

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The lion is, however, rarely heard - much more seldom seen.

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The equatorial line is, in fact, the centre of atmospheric motion.

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Twins are usually hailed with delight, because they swell the power of the family, though in some instances they are put to death.

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I was afterwards sorry for this, though, if I ever travel again, I shall trust to none but natives, as the climate of Africa is too trying to foreigners.

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Cows, after leaving the low lands near the coast, are found to be plentiful everywhere, and to produce milk in small quantities, from which butter is made.

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The rest of my work, besides sketching and keeping a diary, which was the most troublesome of all, consisted in making geological and zoological collections.

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So is the savage buffalo, especially delighting in dark places, where he can wallow in the mud and slake his thirst without much trouble; and here also we find the wild pig.

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I profess accurately to describe native Africa - Africa in those places where it has not received the slightest impulse, whether for good or evil, from European civilisation.

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