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illustrated.1879 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. SIXTY MILES ON MULE-BACK.
It took us a long time to get under weigh on that memorable morning
of the 2nd of June. We had proposed to start about five o'clock, to
travel some distance before the air got thoroughly heated, but I
think it was nearly eight when the cavalcade eventually filed in
picturesque confusion through the streets of Oasa-Blanca. F., the
leader of the partj, on a handsome, spirited, dapple-grey horse,
with his gun en bandouliere, his broad-brimmed straw hat, and his
light suit of brown holland, looked the picture of a tall Southern
planter as he curvetted and caracoled along, his dog Castor
bounding by his side. Your humble servant, clad in an ordinary
English shooting suit, topped by an ancient "deerstalker" hat with
"puggaree," was mounted on a Moorish mule--an ambling, surefooted,
easy-going beast, yet stubborn and mischievous withal--and carried
a central-fire 12-bore and a good stock of cartridges. Near me rode
a tall good-looking Moor, in white caftan and flowing hail, sitting
somehow on the back of an unfortunate mule, which also carried, in
the couple of big "shouarries" slung across it, my heavy
portmanteau on one side, and sundry provisions, cooking utensils,
fishing-rods; and other articles, to balance it on the other. These
" shouarries " are made of woven palmetto leaves or tough fibrous
grass or rushes. They are simply a couple of large pliant baskets,
connected together by a broad band of the same material, and, when
the loads are properly balanced, a mule can easily carry four
hundredweight in this manner. The natives seem to think it the acme
of comfort in equitation to sit, either sideways or crosslegged, on
the top of a loaded mule; but I can't say that I find it a
dignified, comfortable, or safe position mys...
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