watching intently their leader, then at a signal from
him, they dash on vigorously on the top of a wave.
As soon as the canoe touches, simultaneously they are
in the water, and seizing their frail craft, in an instant
bear her high and dry on the beach.
The bar of Lagos is dangerous chiefly on account
of the large number of sharks which are always ready
to make a repast on the bodies of the unfortunate oc¬
cupants of any boat capsizing there.
The difficulties of the bar are not, however, insuper¬
able : small vessels can always easily sail over it into
the fine bay within, where they can load or unload
with little trouble and without risk. It is not so easy
to go out again, however, for then it would be neces¬
sary to " beat" against the wind; but a small steam¬
boat could at once take them out in tow with perfect
safety. I was informed that slavers used always to
enter the bay: they could of course afford to wait for
a favorable wrind with which to get out. On landing I
was kindly received by a Mr. Turner, a re-captured
slave, educated at Sierra Leone by the British, and
now a respectable merchant at Lagos.
After partaking of some refreshments provided by
my hospitable friend, I was conducted to the house of
Lieut. Lodder, the acting Consul, to whom I brought
a letter from Lord Malmesbury, British Minister for For-