The Last Journals of David Livingstone in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death: Continued by a Narrative of His Last Moments and Sufferings, Obtained from His Faithful Servants, Chuma and Susi, Volume 1

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1874 - Juvenile Nonfiction
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Page 13 - Now that I am on the point of starting on another trip into Africa, I feel quite exhilarated : when one travels with the specific object in view of ameliorating the condition of the natives, every act becomes ennobled.
Page 114 - The black loam forms soft slush, and floats on the sand. The narrow opening prevents it from moving off in a landslip, but an oozing spring rises at that spot. All the pools in the lower portion of this spring-course are filled by the first rains, which happen south of the equator when the sun goes vertically over any spot. The second, or greater rains, happen in his course north again, when all the bogs and rivercourses being wet, the supply runs off, and forms the inundation: this was certainly...
Page 307 - I should prefer: to be in the still, still forest, and no hand ever disturb my bones. The graves at home always seemed to me to be miserable, especially those in the cold damp clay, and without elbow-room; but I have nothing to do but wait till He who is over all decides where I have to lay me down and die.
Page 263 - Casembe sat before his hut on a square seat placed on lion and leopard skins. He was clothed in a coarse blue and white Manchester print edged with red baize, and arranged in large folds so as to look like a crinoline put on wrong side foremost.
Page 307 - It was a little rounded mound, as if the occupant sat in it in the usual native way; it was strewed over with flour, and a number of the large blue beads put on it ; a little path showed that it had visitors. This...
Page 14 - The effect of travel on a man whose heart is in the right place is that the mind is made more self-reliant : it becomes more confident of its own resources, — there is greater presence of mind.
Page 306 - Then all joined in the chorus, which was the name of each vendor. It told not of fun, but of the bitterness and tears of such as were oppressed ; and on the side of the oppressors there was power. There be higher than they...
Page 56 - WE passed a woman tied by the neck to a tree, and dead. The people of the country explained that she had been unable to keep up with the other slaves in a gang, and her master had determined that she should not become the property of any one else if she recovered after resting for a time. I may mention here that we saw others tied up in a similar manner, and one lying in the path shot or stabbed,* for she was in a pool of blood.
Page 325 - When one treads on the black earth of the sponge, though little or no water appears on the surface, it is frequently squirted up the limbs, and gives the idea of a sponge. In the paths that cross them the earth readily becomes soft mud, but sinks rapidly to the bottom again, as if of great specific gravity : the water in them is always circulating and oozing. The places where the sponges are met with are slightly depressed valleys, without trees or bushes, in a forest country where the 'grass being...
Page 91 - It was as if I had come back to an old home I never expected again to see; and pleasant to bathe in the delicious waters again, hear the roar of the sea, and dash in the rollers.

About the author (1874)

One of the most remarkable explorers of the nineteenth century, Livingstone sought first as a missionary and devout Christian to end the slave trade in Africa and then to locate the source of the Nile. In these attempts, he lost his wife, who caught a fever on an expedition in which she joined him. He discovered Victoria Falls and the lands between Nyasa and Tanganyika, encountering other hardships and tragedies in his double quest. He was apparently much beloved by Africans who knew him. He never abated in his efforts on their behalf. His association with Sir Henry Morton Stanley is well known. The latter had been sent to find him by an American newspaper when Livingstone was feared lost. The formal approach of Stanley's first remark on finding him in a remote African village, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume," amused the world, and the greeting became a byword. Stanley was with Livingstone in northern Tanganyika when the latter died. "Missionary Travels" (1857) is essentially the contemporary record of Livingstone's two journeys to northwestern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1851-1853.

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