Travels in the districts of Bonny and Benin, French Congo, and Corisco in 1893, and of the regions Miss Kingsley passed through along the Upper Ogowe River and through the country of the Cannibal fens. Gives a sketch of the native life, customs, manners, religions, and forms of religious exercise. An appendix deals with the trade and labour question.
must go, and you're as obstinate as a mule, just bring me--" and then followed a list of commissions from here to New York, any one of which--but I only found that out afterwards.
All my informants referred me to the missionaries. "There were," they said, in an airy way, "lots of them down there, and had been for many years." So to missionary literature I addressed myself with great ardour; alas! only to find that these good people wrote their reports not to tell you how the country they resided in was, but how it was getting on towards being what it ought to be, and how necessary it was that their readers should subscribe more freely, and not get any foolishness into their heads about obtaining an inadequate supply of souls for their money. I also found fearful confirmation of my medical friends' statements about its unhealthiness, and various details of the distribution of cotton shirts over which I did not linger.
From the missionaries it was, however, that I got my first idea about the social con
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