This is from a book (authored by Dr. Adolf Walter Schleicher) containing collections of Somali narratives nearing the end of the 19th century (1894). The actual passages have been narrated by actual Somalis. Some words are difficult to read.
It contains humourous encounters and plenty of anecdotes. Here is a sample:
Waxaad ku tidhaahda, “war maxaa i ….?” niman baa odhan doona: “ninkii ferenjii (European) halka yimaada waxaanu lacag iyo dar ka qaadana. Haduu lacagta iyo darka na siyo, anaguna waxaanu siina hadiyo oo caano …. intu meesha ka tago.
Adigana odhan doonta: “Odayaashiina u yeedha inaan la hadlo baan doonaya”
Hadey yimaadaan raggaan, waxaad ku tidhaahda: “nimanyahow, hadii idinku i dishaan, Ingriis baa askar keeni doona; idinkana wa idin dili doona; hadii aad donaysaan boqol qarshi waa idhin siinaya.
Odayaashay way tagi doonan, way so tashanayaan, hadii boqolkii qarshi ka qaadan, wey ku so noqon donaan, haddii ay so noqon waayan , is ilaali, way na la dirirayaan.
You tell them “why do you threaten me?” Some will say, “Every (non-Muslim) European who enters our lands, we sack him of his money and goods. If he voluntarily gives us his goods, we provide him with fresh milk untill he leaves.
You will ask: “call your elders, I request a meeting with them”
Once they arrive, you will tell them: “Oh you, if you kill me, the English will invade your country, and they will wipe you out; if you guys accept 100 coins, I am happy to give.”
The elders will leave and consult with their clan, if they take the coins, they will return. if they do not return, prepare yourself for surely, they will attack you.