This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... XVI DOLEIB HILL AND THE SOBAT RIVER I Wish it were possible to describe Doleib Hill, the river and the surrounding country, so that every reader might realize what it really is. I cannot hope to do this with entire satisfaction, but with the help of Mrs. Giffen's diary, and the reader's imagination, a fairly clear and accurate picture may be drawn. The estimate of beauty of our site and of the river, as of all places and rivers, depends very largely upon the individual. When we first landed and began to make of Doleib Hill a home, to some of our party at least it was very much like " a root out of dry ground," and there was " no beauty in it." Little by little, however, as we began to bring to it the comforts of home life, and associate with it the ideas of home, the whole situation became changed and transformed. No doubt the very trials and hardships helped to produce a radical change in our attitude toward the place. The hill or knoll, or rather that side of it which faces the river, is covered with a grove of beauti 192 ful palms. These palms, very tall and topped with a foliage of huge, round leaves, beautify our grounds, afford shelter from the sun, and mark the situation from afar. To the back of the hill is a grass covered plain stretching many miles toward the east. In front is the beautiful river, and beyond that another plain. Villages of the native people are about twenty minutes' walk to the north and south of us, for in the Sudan we measure distance by the clock. There are no great forests or magnificent mountains to lend variety to the scenery. I presume most people would think life at Doleib Hill monotonous--the cloud and sky; rain and sunshine; stormy winds and balmy breezes; great grass-covered plains and herds of cattle, and black, na...
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