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African Camp Fires   By: (1873-1946)

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AFRICAN CAMP FIRES

BY

STEWART EDWARD WHITE

THOMAS NELSON AND SONS LONDON, EDINBURGH, DUBLIN AND NEW YORK

CONTENTS.

PART I. TO THE ISLAND OF WAR.

I. THE OPEN DOOR

II. THE FAREWELL

III. PORT SAID

IV. SUEZ

V. THE RED SEA

VI. ADEN

VII. THE INDIAN OCEAN

VIII. MOMBASA

PART II. THE SHIMBA HILLS.

IX. A TROPICAL JUNGLE

X. THE SABLE

XI. A MARCH ALONG THE COAST

XII. THE FIRE

PART III. NAIROBI.

XIII. UP FROM THE COAST

XIV. A TOWN OF CONTRASTS

XV. PEOPLE

XVI. RECRUITING

PART IV. A LION HUNT ON KAPITI.

XVII. AN OSTRICH FARM AT MACHAKOS

XVIII. THE FIRST LIONESS

XIX. THE DOGS

XX. BONDONI

XXI. RIDING THE PLAINS

XXII. THE SECOND LIONESS

XXIII. THE BIG LION

XXIV. THE FIFTEEN LIONS

PART V. THE TSAVO RIVER.

XXV. VOI

XXVI. THE FRINGE EARED ORYX

XXVII. ACROSS THE SERENGETTI

XXVIII. DOWN THE RIVER

XXIX. THE LESSER KUDU

XXX. ADVENTURES BY THE WAY

XXXI. THE LOST SAFARI

XXXII. THE BABU

PART VI. IN MASAILAND.

XXXIII. OVER THE LIKIPIA ESCARPMENT

XXXIV. TO THE KEDONG

XXXV. THE TEANSPORT RIDER

XXXVI. ACROSS THE THIRST

XXXVII. THE SOUTHERN GUASO NYERO

XXXVIII. THE LOWER BENCHES

XXXIX. NOTES ON THE MASAI

XL. THROUGH THE ENCHANTED FOREST

XLI. NAIOKOTUKU

XLII. SCOUTING IN THE ELEPHANT FOREST

XLIII. THE TOPI CAMP

XLIV. THE UNKNOWN LAND

XLV. THE ROAN

XLVI. THE GREATER KUDU

XLVII. THE MAGIC PORTALS CLOSE

XLVIII. THE LAST TREK

PART I.

TO THE ISLAND OF WAR.

I.

THE OPEN DOOR.

There are many interesting hotels scattered about the world, with a few of which I am acquainted and with a great many of which I am not. Of course all hotels are interesting, from one point of view or another. In fact, the surest way to fix an audience's attention is to introduce your hero, or to display your opening chorus in the lobby or along the façade of a hotel. The life, the movement and colour, the drifting individualities, the pretence, the bluff, the self consciousness, the independence, the ennui , the darting or lounging servants, the very fact that of those before your eyes seven out of ten are drawn from distant and scattered places, are sufficient in themselves to invest the smallest hostelry with glamour. It is not of this general interest that I would now speak. Nor is it my intention at present to glance at the hotels wherein "quaintness" is specialized, whether intentionally or no. There are thousands of them; and all of them well worth the discriminating traveller's attention. Concerning some of them as the old inns at Dives sur Mer and at Mont St. Michel whole books have been written. These depend for their charm on a mingled gift of the unusual and the picturesque. There are, as I have said, thousands of them; and of their cataloguing, should one embark on so wide a sea, there could be no end. And, again, I must for convenience exclude the altogether charming places, like the Tour d'Argent of Paris, Simpson's of the Strand,[1] and a dozen others that will spring to every traveller's memory, where the personality of the host, or of a chef, or even a waiter, is at once a magnet for the attraction of visitors and a reward for their coming. These, too, are many. In the interest to which I would draw attention, the hotel as a building or as an institution has little part. It is indeed a façade, a mise en scène before which play the actors that attract our attention and applause. The set may be as modernly elaborate as Peacock Alley of the Waldorf or the templed lobby of the St. Francis; or it may present the severe and Elizabethan simplicity of the stone paved veranda of the Norfolk at Nairobi the matter is quite inessential to the spectator... Continue reading book >>




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