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Title: The Sherbro and its hinterland
Year: 1901 (1900s)
Authors: Alldridge, T. J. (Thomas Joshua), 1847-1916
Publisher: London, New York : Macmillan and Co., limited New York, The Macmillan Company
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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pression that it is so thicklywooded as to be almost impenetrable; but this ismisleading, as upon landing and proceeding for lessthan fifty yards, it is seen that this tall vegetation ismerely a border, and that beyond it there are great tractsof the long grass the natives use for thatching, extendingfor many miles, and a great many scattered towns andvillages. These grass lands are submerged every rainy season,when, instead of being available for walking, large boatscan easily be sailed along them. At the extreme end of the Kittam, about eighty milesfrom Bonthe, is the Kase lake; a fine open piece of waterabout seven miles long by five miles broad. The southernshore forms the beginning of Turners Peninsula ; while onthe opposite shore, which is in the Protectorate, a goodstart may be made for any part of the Hinterland. Two miles from Kase town is Lavana, also on the lake,and here the Peninsula is only one mile across to the NorthAtlantic. Lavana was a port of entry until about three
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Ill THE LOWER WATERWAYS 23 years ago when it ceased to be so. The shores of the lakeare heavily timbered on all sides ; the water of course isperfectly fresh and is used for drinking purposes by thepeople. The lake abounds with excellent fish, whichfrequently leap into ones boat as one sails along. In the dry season the water falls so low that there isbarely a channel for even boats to pass ; but in the rainsthere is a rise of about twenty-five feet, when the wateroverflows the country all round and rushes down the riverwith great swiftness. Navigation then only takes half thetime occupied in the dries ; but although there is thisadvantage in the downward journey, the upward journeyis proportionately lengthened. With all the rivers swollenby the rush of water from the great watersheds of theinterior, all of these waterways are available for navigationand for the carrying on of trade for much greater distancesthan during the dries. As well as these principal trading rivers, there are a
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