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Yet many a canoe was once discovered with a useless Kruboy or so in it; and lots of a one that, floating backside upwards, graphically observed insanity as a result of starvation, thirst, and depression having pushed its occupants overboard to the sharks. My Portuguese associates guarantee me that there has been by no means considered completely detaining the lads, and they have been purely simply retaining them till different labourers arrived to take their position at the plantations. I relatively think them, for i've got noticeable an excessive amount of of the Portuguese in Africa to think that they might, in a wholesale manner, be merciless to natives. yet it's not that i am the least bit stunned that the negative Krumen took the Portuguese emblem and amanha for Eternity itself, for i've got often performed so. the best size of the island lies N. E. and S. W. , and quantities to thirty-three miles; the suggest breadth is seventeen miles. The port, Clarence Cove, now known as Santa Isabel via the Spaniards—who were giving Spanish names to all of the English-named areas with none one taking a lot become aware of of them—is a truly awesome position, and other than might be Gaboon the best harbour at the West Coast. the purpose that brings Gaboon anchorage up in response to Clarence Cove is its more suitable well-being; for Clarence is a piece of a circle, and its seashores are steep rocky cliffs from a hundred to 2 hundred ft excessive, and where, to place it very mildly, really scorching and stuffy. The cove is obviously a partially submerged crater, the submerged rim of the crater is nearly an ideal semi-circle seawards—having on it four, five, 7, eight, and 10 fathoms of water shop nearly within the centre of the arc the place there's a passage with 12 to fourteen fathoms. inside of, within the crater, there's deeper water, operating in areas from 30 to forty five fathoms, and out of doors the submerged rim there's deeper water back, yet rocky shoals abound. at the most sensible of the shore cliffs stands the dilapidated little city of Clarence, on a plateau that falls away somewhat in the direction of the mountain for approximately a mile, whilst the floor commences to upward thrust into the slopes of the Cordillera. at the slim seashore, tucked shut opposed to the cliffs, are a couple of shops belonging to the retailers, the place items are put on touchdown, and there's a little pier too, yet because it is generally having whatever performed to its head, in any other case is closed via the professionals simply because they intend doing anything via and via, the possibilities are opposed to its being to be had to be used. consequently it always comes approximately it is advisable land at the seashore, and in case you have performed this you're making your manner up a really steep course, lower within the cliffside, to the city. if you happen to get there you end up within the very dullest city i do know at the Coast. I take note whilst I first landed in Clarence i discovered its society in a flutter of expectation and alarm no longer untinged with horror. Clarence, nay, the full of Fernando Po, used to be approximately to turn into so rackety and dissipated as to place Paris and Monte Carlo to the blush. Clarence was once going to have a restaurant; and what was once going to move on in that cafe I minimize from reciting. i've got little hesitation now in asserting this alarm was once a fake one.