Excerpt from Tales Out of School This river, like all rivers emerging on the south-west coast of Africa, empties itself rthward. In whatever direction they come from the interior, on approaching the coast, they turn rthward, t entering the sea at a right angle to the land, but at quite an obtuse angle on their right bank. The cause of this is the constant rth- owing ocean-current, which, as it meets the water of the rivers, (all of which bear quantities of sand and mud), makes a quiet eddy on the west or left bank, in which the sand is deposited. This deposit grows, year by year, causing shallow shoals, and finally a long Point of land. The force of the rivers' current is thus thrown toward the right bank. So, on these streams, the land on the east or right bank, has its earth torn away and bare rocks stand out; while, on the west or left bank, the long low sandy Point grows yearly longer. Vessels, in coming from the south, therefore, can t see the river's mouth, until they have really passed it; then they turn, and, looking down into the mouth, sail southward into it. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.