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the forests through which he passed, he encountered a huge boar; and after provoking him with bullets, and shooting him, found that his formidable antagonist still had strength to charge furiously upon him. But Stanley, by placing his snow-white Indian helmet at the foot of a tree, and enticing the boar to rush at it, managed to escape.
7. On the 1st of November they arrived at the long-looked-for river, and after crossing the ferry they met a caravan coming from the interior, and were told that a white man had just arrived at Ujiji.
“A white man!” cried Stanley.
“Yes, an old white man with white hair on his face, and he was sick.”
" Where did he come from ?”
“Hurrah !” said Stanley ; “this must be Livingstone."
8. He determined to hasten forward at all hazards. The caravan arrived on the 8th of November at the Rugufu river, at which point they could distinctly hear the thunders from the mysterious torrents which rolled into the cavernous recesses of Kabogo Mountain, on the further side of Lake Tanganyika. This noise gave Stanley the heartiest joy, because he knew
that he was only forty-six miles from Ujiji and possibly Livingstone.
9. About mid-day on the 9th of November they reached a picturesque and sequestered series of valleys, where wild fruit-trees grew and rare flowers blossomed. On this day they caught sight of the hills from which Lake Tanganyika could be seen. Stanley ordered his boy, Selim, to furbish up his tattered travelling suits, that he might make as good an appearance as possible.
10. On the 236th day from Bagamoyo, and the 51st day from Unyanyembe, they saw the lake of Tanganyika spread out before them, and around it the great blue-black mountains of Ugoma and Ukaramba. It was an immense broad sheet-a burnished bed of silver-a lucid canopy of blue above, lofty mountains for its valances, and palm-forests for its fringes. Descending the western slope of the mountain, the port of Ujiji lay below, embowered in palms.
11. “Unfurl your flags and load your guns!" cried Stanley
Ay wallah, ay wallah, bana !” eagerly responded the men.
“One, two, three !” and a volley from fifty muskets woke up the peaceful village below. The American flag was raised aloft once more; the men stepped out bravely as the crowds of villagers came flocking around them, shouting Bindera Merikani !-an American flag !
12. Suddenly Stanley heard a voice on his
in English, “Good morning, sir.” A black man, dressed in a long white shirt, announced himself as “Susi," the servant of Dr. Livingstone.
“What! Is Dr. Livingstone here?"
Sure, sure, sir. Why, I leave him just now.” 13. Then another servant introduced himself; the crowds flocked around anew; and finally, at the head of his caravan, Stanley found himself before a semicircle of Arab
magnates, in front of whom stood an old white man with a grey beard.
14. As Stanley advanced toward him, he noticed that he was pale, looked wearied, had on his head a bluish cap with a faded gold band around it, a red-sleeved waistcoat, and a pair of grey tweed trousers. He walked to him, took off his hat, and said, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume.
“Yes,” said he, with a smile, lifting his cap slightly.
Then they clasped hands, and, after the necessary formalities with the Arab magnates, Stanley explained himself and his mission.
15. It was a great day for the old explorer. There were letters from his children.
« Ah!” he said patiently, "I have waited years for
letters.” And you may picture for yourselves that strangely-met pair seated in the explorer's house, Livingstone hearing for the first time of the great changes in Europe.
16. They sat long together, with their faces turned eastward, noting the dark shadows creeping up above the grove of palms beyond the village, and the rampart of mountains ; listening to the sonorous thunder of the surf of the Tanganyika, and to the dreamy chorus which the night-insects sang,
17. Mr. Stanley remained four months in the company of Dr. Livingstone, during which time an intimate and rich friendship grew up between the two men. From November 10, 1871, until March 14, 1872, the men were daily together. Dr. Livingstone had been in Africa since March 1866. He left Zanzibar in April of that year for the interior, with thirty men, and worked studiously at his high mission of correcting the errors of former travellers until early in 1869, when he arrived at Ujiji and took a brief rest.
18. He had been deserted in the most cowardly manner by the majority of his followers, and was much of the time in want. At the end of June 1869, he went on to the lake into which the Lualaba ran, and then was compelled to return the weary distance of 700 miles to Ujiji. The magnificent result of his labours, both in the interest of science and humanity, are now known to all the world.
19. Livingstone returned with Stanley to Unyanyembe, and on the 14th of March the two men parted, not without tears. It was not until sunset on the 6th of May that the worn and fatigued Stanley re-entered Bagamoyo. The next morning he crossed to Zanzibar, and thence as soon as possible departed for Europe with his precious freight, the Livingstone journals and letters, and his own rich experience.
1 Stanley (H. M.) had been sent out
by the proprietor (Mr. Bennett) of the New York Herald newspaper to find Livingstone. 2 Unyanyembe, a district between
the coast and Lake Tangan_yika. 3 Magnates, the chief people. 4 Oman, a district near the Persian
Gulf, in Arabia.
5 Ujiji, on the coast of Lake Tan
ganyika. 6 Illimitable, boundless. in Ken of vision, reach of sight. 8 Lake Tanganyika, 300 miles long
and between 30 and 40 broad. 9 Ignominious, inglorious. 10 Bagamoyo, 25 miles from Zanzibar,
an island off the east coast of Africa.
TO A SKYLARK.
Bird thou never wert,
Pourest thy full heart
Higher still and higher,
From the earth thou springest
The blue deep thou wingest,