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1838 edition. Excerpt: ...it from the banks of the Fish river, I
was obliged to travel, first south, towards the Orange. I next went
up it, and then by Griquatown, I reached the Bechuanas. In going
east from this, after the mountains are passed, nothing but sand
and bushes are seen; water, as 1 said before, there is none. One
can get some distance to the south-east from this (though not as
far as Latakoo), and find food and water. I went thus to the Nosop
river (or river of the Bechuanas), a short time ago, twenty days
south east of this, to shoot elephants, and I got thirty 160
TUSKLESS ELEPHANTS. pair of tusks. I passed the Kusip and the
Kubakop rivers on my way to the Nosop." "What sort of a river is
the Nosop?" "It is a river with plenty of bushes and a stony bed.
In this the elephants had made holes with their tusks, and into
these they had inserted their trunks to drink. There are plenty of
elephants about the Nosop, and it took two or three men to lift
some of the tusks." Many of my readers are aware that in Ceylon,
where there is plenty of water and grass, most of the elephants are
tuskless; whereas in South Africa, where many of the rivers are
periodical, and water and grass are often scarce, almost all the
elephants are provided with tusks for defence against the
rhinoceros, to obtain water in the manner just described by Aramap,
and to dig up the mimosas, to eat the sweet and nutricious roots.
Travelling to the north-east from Niais, the first day's journey
brings one to the source of the Kusip river, and the second to
Awaz, or the Bean Mountain, near which is the source of the Kuisip
(from which river Niais is only one day's HOT AND COLD SPRINGS. 161
journey distant), and at Awaz is one of the sources of the Swakop.
The Nosop also...
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