SOURCE OF THE ZAMBESI RIVER.

SOURCE OF THE ZAMBESI RIVER.

Major A. St. H. Gibbons followed the Zambesi river from its mouth to its very source, and found the spring from which welled the first few drops of water. He writes: “The river has its origin in a deep depression at the base of steep, wooded undulations, rising very abruptly for the first thirty feet, and then, with decreasing steepness, for another twenty. The water oozes from black, spongy bog, and quickly collects into a definite stream of clear, cool water. Tall trees, thickly interwoven with an entanglement of vinelike creepers and undergrowth, spring from this basin and inclose the bed for the first few hundred yards of its course.” The character is the same of the sources of nearly, if not all the streams having their origin in the district, though the basin from which the main stream of the Zam-^ besi springs is steeper, narrower and deeper than any other of the many Major Gibbons visited. At its mouth the river is fotir miles wide.

From all appearances Council Bluffs. Ia., will soon vote on the installation of a waterworks system.

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