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1877 Excerpt: ... come off second best. Van Jansen and his people
would not hear of our proceeding to the Zambesi until we had first
seen their home, enjoyed their hospitality, and been presented in
due form to the Landroost, or head magistrate of the district, who
appeared to exercise the functions of civil governor; so we
continued our way together. Vol. ir. L CHAPTER X. BEMINISCENCES OF
SOUTHERN AFRICA. NoTOANis, the head-quarters of my friends the Van
Jansens, is a small hamlet, consisting of seven or eight
comfortable onestoried farmhouses, two or three smaller domiciles,
and numerous cattle-kraals and outbuildings, built on an elevated
ridge overlooking the Nylstroom river, and surrounded with fields
of maize and corn; whilst in the background rise the Kangslip
mountains, with their blue valleys and lofty granite peaks, which,
in the early morning, when wreathed with grey mists, put one in
mind of the wilder parts of Scotland. Here, surrounded by their
numerous flocks and herds, close upon a dozen Dutch families lived
a thoroughly patriarchal kind of life; varying the monotony of
farming by frequent hunting expeditions, for the surrounding
countiy was alive with game. Two kinds of bustards--corans and
paaw--guinea-fowls, four varieties of partridges, quail, and
ortolans were plentiful all about the cultivated lands; whilst in
the veldt, or open plain on the other side of the river, herds of
different kinds of antelope were constantly to be found. Besides
being a hunter's naiadise, nowhere in South Africa have I seen such
evidence of luxuriant fertility; fine trees of graceful foliage
overshadowed the houses, and bananas, figs, apricots, peaches,
pomegranates, and several native fruits flourished in the gardens,
whilst the vineyards looked in admirable condition. The w...
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