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multiplied, otherwife than by the acceffionof vagrants and fugitives, whom they get from both kingdoms. They are generally under the command of the governor of Kuara, and - were fo when I was in Abyffinia, though they refufedt to follow their governor Coque Abou Barea to fight a* gainft Michael, but whether from fear or affection J know- . not ; I believe the former^
The governor -of Kuara -is one of the great officers of ftate, and, being the king's lieutenant-general, has abfoluce power in his province, and carries fendlck and nagarert. His kettle-drums are filver, and his privilege is to beat thefe drums even in marching through the capital, which no governor of a province is permitted to do, none but the king's nagareets or kettle-drums being fuffered to be beat there, or any where in a town where the king is ; but the governor of Kuara is intitled to continue beating his drum$ till he comes to the foot of the outer flair of the king's palace. This privilege, from fome good behaviour of the firft officer to whom the command was given, was confer- red upon the poft by David II. called Degami Daid, who conquered ■ the province from the Shepherds^ its old inhabit tants.
Naua, and Ras el Feel, Tchelga, and on to Tcherkin, is a frontier wholly inhabited by Mahometans. Its government is generally given to a ftranger, often to a Mahometan, but one of • that faith is always deputy-governor. The ufe of keeping troops here is to defend the friendly Arabs and Shepherds, who remain in their allegiance to AbyfTmia, from the refentment of the Arabs of Sennaar, their neighbours ; and, by means of thefe friendly Arabs and Shepherds, fecure