-The Great battle with the “Galla” King.
-A party of hunters from one of the remote towns of the “Ebo” (Igbo) country, had pursued their game beyond what the Galla (Igala) King considered his boundary, and were met by a party of the latter people likewise hunting.
-They now commenced a pursuit of the game, that had been nearly run down by the Ebo people, but were not successful, for one of the Ebo hunters, brought it down with his spear.
The Galla hunters sought to appropriate it to themselves; a fray ensued, one of the Galla people was killed, the rest put to flight, and the game bro’t off in triumph though several of the Ebo people were wounded severely.
Both parties were highly enraged; the Galla King raised an army, invaded the country, burned two villages, carried off some cattle, and a few prisoners, which he sold for slaves.
The Ebo people were terrified with the first successes of the enemy: they alloted a considerable force to oppose them; several actions were fought, but the Ebo King, was so much the sufferer in each, that his army was nearly destroyed.
The Galla King encouraged by these successes, and relying, too much on the weakness of the Ebo people, formed the resolution of subjugating the whole country to his rule.
The Galla Chief preferred the former: a party of the Ebo people who had escaped from bondage, communicated the design; and the old Ebo Chief took his measures accordingly.
He collected a body of 200 picked men, supported by a body of 300 more, to guard the pass on the side next to the enemy.
Over these as the reserve, he appointed his eldest son, and his own brother; the rest of his army he led himself, in two divisions: his second son heading the left, in which his principal wives* and their brothers, were distributed.
The King showed me the spot where he took his station; it was an elevated spot of ground, covered with large shady trees, inaccessible in the front; but overlooking the whole plain below, with which it communicated by two paths at some distance to the right and left.
A path was opened, and a line of men stretched along the top of the hill, to the edge of this pass, to which he paid constant attention.