Mr. GALTON said he wished to ask for a few additional particulars. First, in regard to the relative sizes of the river that runs into the Albert Nyanza and the river that runs out of it : by knowing this, a good idea might lie obtained of the proportion of water afforded to the Nile by either lake. He should also be glad if Mr. Baker would give a somewhat fuller description of the general appearance of the extraordinary lake-basin of the Albert Nyanza, -whether there are boats on the water or ferries across it, and whether the shores are frowning shores like those of the Lake of Lucerne. The last question he would ask was with reference to such tribes as Speke and Grant bad not made us acquainted with ; further information on this subject was very desirable. No doubt, Mr. Baker had seen specimens of the tribes who lived on the opposite side of the Albert Nyanza ; and it would be a matter of great ethnological interest to learn if they were materially different from the other tribes of which we have heard. ... With regard to the tribes inhabiting the opposite shores of the lake-the Mallega, the M'Caroli, and the Koshi-the Koshi are a savage tribe, resembling the Madi. But the differences between the various tribes is not so much in physical conformation as in the mode of dressing the hair and ornamenting themselves. Many disfigure themselves by cutting holes in their lips and sticking straws in them. Others, again, will stick long pieces of crystal in they lower lip. Mr. BAKER said Mr. Galton, as an old African traveller, must know how very difficult it is to form any opinion, without actually. measuring a river and the force of its stream, as to the quantity of water which it may carry down in a given time.
Discussion on the subject of the discovery of the Albert Nyanza
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