I present this book to the Public simply as an account of what I did and saw; and the impressions the different events and scenes made upon my mind.
I have written it from notes and my daily Journal.... More > The stories that are in it were told me, some by Natives, others by Europeans; either over the camp fire, or to while away the tedium of a long march, or the ennui of life on board ship.
These tales must be taken as they are written; they amused me much at the time, and if they only interest my readers I shall be content.
I hope to revisit Abyssinia, but under more favourable auspices; and trust that better luck may attend me.
I have spelt the names of places as they are pronounced, having had them repeated over several times to me by our excellent interpreter, Peter Brou.
(From the Book's Preface)< Less