Major Peterson belonged to the East India service when accepted the offer of his brother to send Julius home for an English education; the lad set sail from Delhi on the "Madagascar," which was wrecked after leaving Calcutta; the few survivors washed ashore were taken captive by the Caffres; excepting Julius they all sink into oblivion, the latter winning favor with the savages, who name him Umkunkinglavu -- "The white chief of the Caffres."
it all meant. But they were not left long in doubt as to what to do, for a very tall black man rose and made a speech in a language none of us could understand; and then, signing to the females to follow him, he strode off towards the north, and away from the sea. By this time we were all much frightened: we did not know what had happened, but we supposed the men had been taken inland, as we could see no signs of them. We did not hesitate about following the man who had spoken, for the other men closed round us and shook their sticks at us if we hesitated about moving.
It was not till I had been many months in this country and had learned the language that I heard all that had taken place on that eventful night; and it may aid the reader to better understand our position if I now describe those details which were afterwards so graphically described to me.
Our ship had been wrecked on the coast of South Africa, about midway between Natal and Algoa Bay, and not far from a river termed the Umzimvu
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