King of Yariba to meet the explorers, and shortly afterwards Katunga
was entered. This town is built round the base of a rugged granite
mountain. It is about three miles in extent, and is both framed in and
planted with bushy trees presenting a most picturesque appearance.
[Illustration: "The caravan met a messenger."] Clapperton remained at
Katunga from the 24th January to the 7th March, 1826. He was entertained
there with great hospitality by the sultan, who, however, refused to
give him permission to go to Houssa and Bornou by way of Nyffe or Toppa,
urging as reasons that Nyffe was distracted by civil war, and one of the
pretenders to the throne had called in the aid of the Fellatahs. It
would be more prudent to go through Yaourie. Whether these excuses were
true or not, Clapperton had to submit. The explorer availed hi
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