Excerpt from Richard F. Burton, K. C. M. G., His Early, Private and Public Life, Vol. 2 of 2: With an Account of His Travels and Explorations
The journey continued, its tedium, toil and anxiety increased by the desertions of many of the porters, and by the unreasonableness an... d bad faith of many others. At last, on the 13th of February, the caravan breasted a steep and stony hill, sparsely clad with thorny trees; it was the death of my companion's (speke's) riding-ass. Arrived with toil - for our fagged beasts now refused to proceed - we halted for a few minutes upon the summit. What is that streak of light which lies below? I inquired of Sidi Bombay. 1 am of opinion, quoth Bombay, that that is't/ze water. I gazed in dismay: the remains of my blindness, the veil of trees, and a broad ray of sun shine illuminating but one reach of the lake, had shrunk its fair proportions. Somewhat prematurely, I began to lament my folly in having risked life and lost health for so poor a prize, to execrate Arab exaggeration, and to pro pose an immediate return, with the view of exploring the Nyanza, or northern lake. Advancing, however, a few yards, the whole scene suddenly burst upon my view.
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