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In April 1863 Sir Samuel and Lady Florence travelled
the route from Ellyria to Tarrangolle. Although Sir Samuel does
not mention Torit specifically, it is clear he camped near here
as he led his mutinous party on towards Tarrangolle. Sir Samuel
understood that he might be attacked by his own men and the ringleader
Bellal led the mutiny. "Not a man shall go with you! We won't
follow you, nor move a step farther. The men shall not load the
camels" I looked at this mutinous rascal for a moment; this
was the burst of the conspiracy, and the threats that I had been
forced to pass over for the sake of the expedition all rushed
before me. "Lay down your gun!" I thundered, "and
load the camels!" . . . . . . "I won't"—was
his reply. "Then stop here!" I answered; at the same
time lashing out as quick as lightning with my right hand upon
his jaw. He rolled over in a heap, his gun flying some yards from
his hand; and the late ringleader lay apparently insensible among
the luggage. The mutiny was over!
“The country was now lovely; we were at the base of the
mountain "Lafeet," which rose abruptly on our left to
the height of about 3,000 feet, the highest peak of the eastern
chain that formed the broad valley of Latooka. Our path being
at the foot of the Lafeet chain, the ground was sandy but firm,
being composed of disintegrated portions of the granite rocks
that had washed down from the mountains, and we rode quickly along
a natural road, equal to the best highway in England. We soon
overtook Ibrahim and his party, and recounted the affair of mutiny.
Suddenly one of the porters threw down his load and bolted over
the open ground towards the village at full speed. "Shoot
him! shoot him! knock him over!" was shouted from the main
body; and twenty guns were immediately pointed at the fugitive.
To save the man I gave chase on my horse Filfil, putting myself
in the line between him and the guns, to prevent them from firing.
He at once clutched with both hands the horse's mane, and pushed
himself almost under my knee in his efforts to keep close to me
for protection.“ The porter was saved and joined the other
porters as though nothing had occurred !