Excerpt from Four Thousand Miles of African Travel: A Personal Record of a Journey Up the Nile and Through the Soudan to the Confines of Central Africa
To ms record of the author's travels in Africa is added an examination at the problem of the sources of the Nile. While he has believed that the study of the people of the globe, and not the globe itself, is the more interesting, an effort has been made to set forth the physical characteristics of the White and Blue Nile regions, which, as extended alluvial empires, are unsurpassed in the world. Awaiting, with confidence, the day when capital and anglo-saxon dnergy will release the degraded negro peoples from their ages of bondage. And convert them into intelligent artisans and industrious tillers of the soil, the immediate lesson he has deduced from till) miles of travel between the Mediterranean sea and the torrid regions of the Soudan, is this: that a few bold, rapid strokes of humanity and enterprise on the part at the Christian powers, would add producers, now self-consumers, to the modern arts and industries. In a word, Africa should be Americanized; the cruel wrongs snﬂered by her people should be stoned for by practical measures of relief, and a guardianship not unlike that extended over India by Great Britain should in all haste begin.
South America has been largely reclaimed from her long stagnation. Africa is another South America promising greater substance, demanding prompter energy.
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