and would have been in a tight fix if I had not come up with him; but he took everything very philosophically, and I imagine that his lively spirits would have kept hi
m going to the last gasp.
We shared the provisions as long as they lasted, but as I had only provided for myself, the supply gradually diminished until, stopping one d
ay for a rest near a water-hole we had found in the bush, we found that we had not a scrap of food left.
Grant had thrown himself on the ground utterly exhausted, and
I went off to the pool to have a bathe. Stepping into the water, I felt something slimy under my foot, and stooping down and groping beneath my foot, I found that it wa
s a fish of the kind known in Africa as mudfish. They are good enough eating, and in our present famished condition promised a very appetising dish, and to my delight,
on feeling round, I found that the pool was simply full of the fish, and we need have no further anxiety about food for the next few days.
I learned from the experienc
e gained later during my journeyings through Africa that
the smaller rivers all dry up after the rainy season, l
eaving only a few pools, such as the one we had struck,