ARRIVAL Al' LAGOS.
Bad bar—Landing mail under difficulties—Magnificent Spectacle-
Dexterous Canoe-men—Offering to the Water-demon—Sharks—■
Mr. Turner—The Consulate, Lieut. Lodder—Disgusting Spectacle
—Lagos—Alcoholic Stimulants and Fever—Emigrants—Cowries
—King Docemo—Kosoko, ex-King—A Visit to the Palace—Un¬
fortunate Adventure—The Lesson.
On the 21st July, early in the afternoon, our ship
anchored off Lagos.
Our arrival was at the most unpropitious season of
the year, the bar being then and during all June,
July, and August more dangerous than at any other
time; we found it impossible to effect any communi¬
cation except by signals. The next day some na¬
tives were persuaded to come off from the beach;
the bar being still very unsafe, they carried off the
mails secured in a cask, and I, leaving my packages in
charge of a man who accompanied me from Manchester,
ventured to go on shore in their boat, which, however,
I would not have done had I been aware of the great
risk I incurred.
Could one but have divested himself of the sense of