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From this island the latest expedition, sent by way of the great lakes to explore the sources of the Nile, had just set out.
Barth is a Hamburger, who obtained permission for himself and for his countryman Overweg to join the expedition of the Englishman Richardson.
The expedition consisted of 198 persons, including the mules; or 205, including the cows.
In point of numbers and spectacular effect, it was the most imposing expedition that had ever marched from Zermatt.
But one day the chance was lost forever, in so far as it could come in time to save his loved ones, for he was ordered away upon a long expedition to the ice-clad south, to make war upon the natives there and despoil them of their furs, for such is the manner of the green Barsoomian; he does not labor for what he can wrest in battle from others.
"He was gone for four years, and when he returned all had been over for three; for about a year after his departure, and shortly before the time for the return of an expedition which had gone forth to fetch the fruits of a community incubator, the egg had hatched.
"I'll be Tom scatted if I know," the great man replied, frankly; "you will have to ask the Scientist of the Expedition."
He is better equipped for a rough expedition of this sort than one would imagine at first sight.
The story was thence carried down to the end of the expedition under Polyneices, Adrastus and Amphiarus against Thebes.
This was the man whom his brother officers had nicknamed the Bear of the Expedition. In other words--Richard Wardour.
From those early impressions, the grand enterprise of the great fur companies, and the hazardous errantry of their associates in the wild parts of our vast continent, have always been themes of charmed interest to me; and I have felt anxious to get at the details of their adventurous expeditions among the savage tribes that peopled the depths of the wilderness.
Hunt, Ramsay Crooks, Robert Stuart, and other intrepid Astorians, in their ill-fated expeditions across the mountains, appeared for a time to check all further enterprise in that direction.

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