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DARKEST AFRICA.

In his new book on Africa Mr B. Bff. Stanley says that without any uraieceesary study he could write a special volume on insects, and we give a quotation which will show what ample Q.|>jK>rtuiiities the enthusiastic naturalist, may have: "Among theminavwipileasantnesses which we have had. to endure* we may mentioa the ' jigger, x which, deposited its eggs. un,d»s>. isi& tpenaife of the most active men* 1 an^i which attacked,the body of a ' goee- | goee,' aw* njade him a mass of living corruption j the little beetle thai dired underneath the skin and pricked one as with a needle ; the mellipona bee, that troubled the eyes, and. avade one almost frantic some days; the small and large ticks that insiduausly sucked one's small store of blood ; the waspß,. which stung into a raging fever if some careless idjo£ touched the tree, or shouted i near their haunts; the wild honeybees, which one day scattered two canoe, crews, and punished them so that we had; to send a detachment of men to ' rescue them ; the tiger-slug, that dropped, i from the branches and left his poisonous fur m the pores of the body until one raved from the pain ; the red a;ats» fchafc invaded the camp by night and disturbed our sleep, and attacked the cswravan half a score of times on the n\a?«h, and made the men run faster thsw, if pursued by sc* many pigmies ; tk<s black ants, which infested the trumpet tree, and dropped on. us when parsing underneath, and gave us all a fqpstaste of the Inferno ; the small an.U. that invaded every particle of food, which requive^ great care lesfc we might swallow hflltf a dozen inadvertently, and have y^o. stomach membranes perforated oy blistered— small as they were, they were the most troublesome, frr m every tunnel made through the bush thousands of fchejii housed themselves upon us, and. so bit and stung us that I have, s«en the? pioneers covered with blisters, as from, nettles ; and, of course, Ifrere were ourold friends the mosquitoes, ii> numbers in< the greater clearings, "\

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DARKEST AFRICA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2502, 27 August 1890

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DARKEST AFRICA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2502, 27 August 1890

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