We were frequently delayed by demands from local chiefs for toll dues, and did not arrive at Adowa till December 6.
Mansfield Parkyns, in his very entertaining book on Abyssinia, gives an account of the silversmiths at Adowa.
The houses of Adowa are of rough stone, cemented with mud instead of mortar.
Mangash made no reply, and Baratieri crossing the Mareb advanced to Adowa, but four days later was obliged to return northwards.
In the afternoon Bruce had a visit from the Governor of Adowa, a tall, fine-looking man of about sixty years of age.
Thus a month was lost, during which the Abyssinian army advanced to Hausen, a position slightly south of Adowa.
He had come from Adowa, and, having very little money, was nearly starved on the road.
In Italy the news of the defeat of Adowa caused deep discouragement and dismay.
Game is abundant, and elephants were in the neighbourhood, as the hunters from Adowa had been here.
The contagion from Masuah and Adowa had spread itself all over Gondar.