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[African Exploration]

At the meeting of the Royal Geographical Society—the closing meeting of the present session—held on Monday evening, Lord Aberdare presiding, papers were read on the Gold Coast by Commander Cameron, and on the Kong Mountains, by Captain Burton. The former described his excursions along the Gold Coast in the neighbourhood of Axim, from Ataboo, the capital of King Bee, to the mouth of the Princes river. Turning inland along the Ancobra river, he visited the gold reefs, which are found so plentifully along its banks, and on which operations are being carried on amidst great difficulties, and found in one place where a gold rush had taken place no less than between 7000 and 8000 persons washing for gold, a marvellous sight in a place where the natives are so indolent. The country had, he believed, been gradually silted up by the action of the mangrove-trees, whose roots arrested the flow of the rivers, bringing down the decaying rock from the auriferous reefs inland. Captain Burton's paper dealt with the connection between the Kong Mountains and the gold deposits on the coast, the river Ancobra, in his opinion, being fed from the tableland beyond those mountains. A discussion followed, in which Sir Samuel Rowe, Governor of the Gold Coast, and others took part, and the Chairman announced that the Society had determined to send an expedition to explore the snow-capped Kilimanfaro and Kenia Mountains, and the country between them and the eastern shores of the Victoria Nyanza. The expedition will be under the command of Mr. Joseph Thomson, and will start early next year. On the motion of Lord Aberdare, a vote of thanks to the lecturer was accorded, and the meeting adjourned to Nov. 13.

Source: The Illustrated London News, July 1, 1882, p.14