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trance, por dream, nor devil either; in reality, it will be just like another I wilh it was no worse; but you know river, you will then be dissatisfied, as well as I, that my master Falil de- and not give him the fath." feared the Agows at the battle of I thought there was something very Banja. I was there with my master, natural in these suspicions of Woldo; and killed several 'men, among whom besides, he said he was certain that, some were of the Agows of this vil. if ever the falh came into the light of lage Geesh, and you know the usage Welled Amlac, by some means or o. of this country, when a man, in these ther he would get it into his hands. circumstances, falls into their hands, This rational discourse had pacified his blood must pay for their blood. me a little; the fash was a handsome
I burst out into a fit of laughter one ; but it must have been fine indeed which very much disconcerted him to have stood for a minute between %. Ther”, said I, did not I say to you mé and the accomplishment of my it was a lie that you was going to tell wishes. I laid my hand then upon me? do not think I disbelieve or dif- the pistols that stuck in my girdle, pute with you the vanity of having and drew them out to give them to killed men ; many men were Nain at one of my suite, when Woldo, who that battle; somebody muft, and you apprehended it was for another pur. may have been the person who pose, ran fome paces back, and hid flew them; but do you think I can himself behind Aylo's servant. We believe that Fasil, so deep in that ac- were all diverted at this fright, but count of blood, could rule the Agows none so much as Strates, who thought in the manner he does, if he could himself revenged for the alarm he had pot put a servant of his in safety a- given him by falling through the roof mong them 20 miles from his resi- of the house at Goutto. After ha. dence ? do you think I can believe ving taken off my falb, “ Here is this ? ! Come, come, ad Aylo's your fash, Woldo, said I ; but mark servant to Woldo, did you not hear what I have said, and now moft ferithat truth and good behaviour will ously repeat to you, Truth and good get you every thing you ask? Sir, behaviour will get any thing from continues he, I see this affair vexes me; but if, in the course of this jour. you, and what this foolish man wants Dey, you play one trick more, though · will neither make you richer nor ever so trifling, I will bring such a poorer ; he has taken a great defire rengeance upon your head that you for that crimson-filk sath which you fall not be able to find a place to wear about your middle, I told him hide it in ; when not the salh only to stay till you went back to Gondar;will be taken from you, but your ikin but he says he is to go no farther than also will foilow it : remember whar to the house of Shalaka Welled Am. happened to the leis at Batuba." lac in Maitsha, and does not return He took the fash, but seemed terri to Gondar ; I told him to stay till fied at the threat, and began to make you had put your mind at ease, by apologies. “ Come, comt, said I, we seeing the fountains of the Nile, understand each oiher; no more which you are so anxious about. He words ; it is now late, lore no more said, after that had happened, he was time, but carry me to Geeth, and the sure you would not give it him, for head of the Nile dire&tly, without you seemed to think little of the caia- preamble, and thew 'me the hill that ract at Goutto, and of all the fine ris feparațes me from it. He then carvers and churches which he had ried me round to the south lide of fhewn you; except the head of the the church, out of the grore of trees Nile fall be finer than all these, when, that surrounded it, « This is the hill,
fays he, looking archly, that, when man capable of gratifying the curiofiyou was on the other side of it, was ty of his sovereign, or wiping off inis between you and the fountains of the ftain upon the enterprise and abili. Nile ; there is no other ; look at that ties of mankind, or adding this deli. hillock of green fod in the middle of deratum for the encouragement of that watery spot, it is in that the two geography. Though a mere private fountains of the Nile are to be found: Briton, I triumphed here, in my owa Geesh is on the face of the rock where mind, over kings and their armies; yon green trees are: if you go the and every comparison was leading length of the fountains pull off your nearer and nearer to presumption, ihoes as you did the other day, for when the place itself where I ftud, these people are all Pagans, worse than the object of my vain-glory, suggested those that were at the ford, and they what depressed my short-lived tribelieve in nothing that you believe, umphs. I was but a few minutes arbut only in this river, to which they rived at the sources of the Nil, tbro' pray every day as if it were God; but pumberless dangers and sufferings, the this perhaps you may do likewise." least of which would have overwhelmHalf undressed as I was by lula of my ed me but for the continual goodness lain, and throwing my shoes off, I ran and protection of Providence; was down the bill towards the little island however, but then hali through my of green fods, which was about two journey, and all those dangers which hundred yards distant; the whole side I had already passed, awaited me aof the hill was thick grown over with gain on my return. I found a desflowers, the large bulbous roots of pondency gaining ground fost upon which appearing above the surface of me, aod blasting the crown of laurels the ground, and their kins coming off I had too rafhly woven for myself. I on reading upon them, occafioned resolved therefore to divert, til I two very fevere fails before I reached could on more folid 'reflection overthe brink of the marth; I after this come its progress. . came to the island of green turf, I saw Strates expecting me on the which was in form of an altar, appa- side of the hill. 66 Strates, said I, rently the work of art, and I stood in faithful squire, come and triumph rapture over the principal fountain with your Don Quixote at that island which rises in the middle of it. of Barataria where we have wisely and
It is ealier to guess than to describe fortunately brought ourselves ; co ne the situation of my miod at that mo. and triumph with me ayer all the kings ment-standing in that spot which of the earth, all their armies, all their had bafiled the genius, industry, and philosophers, and all their heroes.”— inquiry of both ancients and moderns, "Sir, says Strates, I donot understand for the course of near three thousand a word of what you say, and as litile years. Kings had attempted this what you mean : you very well know discovery at the head of armies, and I am po scholar; but you had much each expedition was distinguished from better leave that bog, corne into the the last, only by the difference of the houle, and look after Woldo ; I forr numbers which had perihed, and a. he has something further to leek than greed alone in the disappointment your fash, for he has been talking which had uniformly, and without ex. with the old devil-worshipper ever ception, followed them all. Fame, fince we arrived.”—“ Did they speak riches, and honour, had been held out secretly together, said I?"_" Yes, for a series of ages to every individu- Sir, they did, I assure you."-"And al of those myriads these princes com- in whispers, Strates ?"_" As for manded, without having produced one that, replied he, they need not have
been at the pains ; they understand I am afraid I feel his horns in my one another, I suppose, and the devil beily araly, from the great draught their master understands them both; of th ,t hellish water I diapk first.”... but as for me, I comprehend their dif- It was, indeed, as cold water as ever course no more than it it was Greek, I tastud. « Come, come, said I, as they say. Gieek! says he, I am an don't be peevith, I have but one toalt ass ; I should know well enough what more to drink."-.“ Peevith, or not they faid if they spoke Greek.”- peevish, replied Suates, a drop of it “ Come, said I, take a draught ufthis never again shall cross my throat : cxcellent water, and drink with me a there is no humour in this; no joke; health to his majesty king George III, shew us something pleasant as you and a long liue of princes.” I had in used to do ; but there is no jest in my hand a large cup made of a cocoa- meddling with devil worshippers, nut hell, which I procured in Arabia, witchcraft, and inchantments, to bring and which was brim-full. He drank fome disease upon one's self here, lo
to the king speedily and chearfully, far from home in the fields. No, no, ' with the addition «f, “ Confusion to as many toasts in wine as you please,
his enemies," and toffed up his cap or better in brandy, but no more wa. with a loud huzza. « Now friend, ter for Strates. I am sure I have said 1, here is to a more humble, but done myself harm already with still a sacred name, here is to-Ma- these follies-- God forgive me!"-. ria!” He asked if that was the Virgin « Then, said I, I will drink it alone, Mary? I answered, “ In faith I be- and you are henceforth unworthy of lieve so, Strates." He did not speak, the name of Greek ; you do not e. only gave a humph of disapprobation. ven deserve the name of a Chriftian."
The day had been very hot, and Holding the full cup then to my the altercation I had with Woldo head, « Here is to Catharine, Emhad occasioned me to speak so much, press of all the Russias, and success that my third, without any help from to her heroes at Paros ; and hear my curiosity, led me to these frequent prediction from this altar to-day, libations at this long fought-for spring, Ages shall not pass, before this ground the most ancient of all altars. “ Sirac · whereon I now stand will become a tes, said I, Here is to our happy re- flourishing part of her doninions." turn. Come, friend, you are yet two He leaped on this a yard from the zoafts behind me ; can you ever be ground. “ If the old gentleman has satiated with this excellent water?" whispered you this, says he, out of “ Look you, Sir, says he very grave. the well, he has not kept you long ly, as for king George, I drank to time waiting ; tell truth and thane him with all my heart, to his wife, the devil, is indeed the proverb, but to his children, to his brothers and truth is truth, wherever it comes fitters, God bless them all! Amen ; from ; give me the cup, I will drink but as for the Virgin Mary, as I am that health though I should die." He no Papist, I beg to be excused from then held out both his hands. “ Stra. drinking healths which my church does tes, said I, be in no such hafte; renot drink. As for our happy return, member the water is enchanted by God knows, there is no one wishes 'devil-worshippers ; there is no jesting it more sincerely than I do, for I have with these, and you are far from been long weary of this beggarly home, and in the fields, you may country. But you must forgive me catch some disease, especially if you if I refufe to drink any more water drink the Virgin Mary; God forToey say thesc savages pray over that give you. Remember the horns the hole every morning to the devil, and first draught produced; they may
with this come entirely through and was you ever there ?"_" Whether I through."--" The cup, the cup, says was ever there or not is no matter, said he, and—ill it full ; '1 defy the de- I, the empress's fleet, and an army of vil, and trust in St George and the Russians, are now poffibly there; and drigon, -Here is to Catharine, Em here you, without provocation, have press of the Rusias, confusion to her drank damnation to the Russian fleet enemies, an i damnation to all at Pa- and army, who have come so far from ros."-" Well friend, said I, you home, and are at this moment sword was long in resolving, but you have in hand to restore you to your liberdone it at last to some purpose; I am ty, and the free exercise of your re. fure I did not drink damnation to all ligion ; did not I tell you, you was at Paros."--" Ah, says he, but I did, no Greek, and scarcely deserved the and will do it again-Damnation to name of a Chriftian !" No, no, all at Paros, and Cyprus, and Rhodes, Sir, cries Strates, for God's fake do Crete, and Mytilene into the bargain: not say so, I would rather die. I Here it goes with all my heart. A. did not understand you about Paros ; , men, so be it.”_" And who do you there was no malice in my heart athink, said I, are at Paros?”—“ Pray, gainst the Russians. God will bless who should be there, says he, but them, and my folly can do them no Turks and devils, the worst race of harm -Hizza, Catharine, and victomonsters and oppreffors in the Le- ry!" whilft he tossed his ci into vant; I have been at Paros myself; the air.
Mr Bruce's Reception at the House of Welled Amlac, on his Return from the
Source of the Nile *.
JT was on the roth of November an eight part of a mile distant to E. 1 1770 we left Geeth in our return N. E. ; we here have a diftinct view to Gundar, and pafled the Abay, as of the valley through which runs the be ore, under the church of Saint Jemma, deep, wide, and full of trees, Michael Sacala. We descended the which continue up the fidus of the hill through the wood, crossed the ri. moun,ains Amid Amid. At a quar. ver Davola, and that night halted at ter past eleven we passed a small a few huts, cailed Dembea, on the stream coming from the west, and at north-east side of the entrance of a twelve another very dangerous river valley. .
called Utchmi, the ford of which is On the uth we continued our in the midst of two cataracts, and the journey in our former road, till we ftream very rapid; after passing this arrived at the church of Abbo; we river, we entered a narrow road in then turned to the right, our course the midst of brushwood, pleasant and N. by E. and at three quarters past agreeable, and full of a kind of foxes ninę rested under the mountain on of a bright gold colour. At three the right of the valley ; our road lay quarters past one we halted at the ftill through Goutto, but the country house of Shalaka Welled Amlac, here is neither so well inhabited nor with whom I was well acquainted ac fo pleasant as the west fide of the Gondar ; his house is called Welled Nile. Ar eleven, going N. N. E. Abea Abbo, from a church of Abbo, we passed the church of Tzion, about about an eight part of a mile distant.
I have * From the same.
I have deferred, till the present oc- romel, and spirits, as, more than once, calon, the iotroducing of this remark: threw him into a fever and violent able character to my reader, that I delirium. Luckily I was early inmight not trouble him to go back to formed of this by the fervant that was pait transactions that are not of con- recovered, and who did not doubr but fequence enough to interrupt the this was to end in his master's death. thread of my narrative. Soon after I as it very probably might have: done;
had seen part of the royal family, but, by the interposition of Ayto Ay. · that had been in ected with the small. lo and the Itegbe, we got the unwor
pox, happily recovered, and was set. thy subjc& banished to Maitsha, fo iled at Kofcam in a house of my own, that Welled Amlac remained atrend. formerly belonging to Balha Eufebied by the servant who had been fick us, my friend Ayto Aylo recommend with him, and was to be trafted. ed to my care a man from Maitlha, Not to trouble the reader with unwith two servants, one of whom, interesting particulars, Shalaka Wel with his master, had been taken ill of led Amlac at last recovered after fethe intermitting fever. As I was veral weeks illness. When he first fupplicd plen:i!ully with every necef. came to my house he was but very idfarý by the Itrghe, the only inconve- differently cloathed, which, id a fick nience that I fuffered by this was, man, was a thing not to be remarked. that or bringing a stranger, and a dif- As he had no change of raiment, his ease into ng tama:ly. But as I was cloaths naturally grew worse during jn a strange country, and every day the time he staid with me; and, inftood in need of the assistance of the deed, he was a very beggarly light people in it, it was necessary that I when his disease had entirely left him. should do my part, and make myself One evening, when I was remarking as useful as possible when the oppor- that he could not go home without tunity came in my way. I therefore kisling the ground before the Iteghe, submitted, and according to Ayto Ay he said, Surely not, and he was ready Jo's delire, received my two patients to go whenever I should think proper with the best grace pollible ; and the to bring him his cloaths. I under. rather, as I was told that he was one ftood at first from this, that he might of the most powerful, refolute, and have brought some change of cloaths, test-attended robbers in all Maisha; and delivered them into my servant's that he lay direc?ly in my way to the custody; but, upon farther explanasource of the Nile ; and that, under tion, I found he had not a rag but his protection, I might bid defiance to those upon his back; and he told me
Woodage Afahel, considered as the plainly, that he had much rather stay ' great obstacle to my making that jour- in my house all his life, than be so
disgraced before the world, as to leave The servant was a poor, timid it after so long a ttay, without my first wreich, exceedingly afraid of dying. having cloarhed him from head to He adhered strictly to his regimen, foot; asking me, with much confi. and was very soon recovered. It was dence, What fignifies your curing not so with Welled Amlac ; he had, me, if you turn me out of your house as I said, another servant, who never, like a beggar? that I saw came within the door ; but I fill thought there was something as often as I was out attending my o- of jeft in this ; and meeting Ayto Ayo ther patients, or with the Iteghe, lo that day at Kofcam, I told him, which was great part of the morning, laughing, of the conversation that had he stole a visit to his malter, and passed, and was answered gravely, brought him as much raw meat, hyd. « There is no doubt, you must cloach