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SOUTHERN STANDARD MCMINNVILLE, TENNESSEE. SAT u R I ) A Y . SEPT. g, 1890
"They say" is a common liar,
And she gocth up and down,
And her tongue is a tongue of fire
Jti the homes of all the tuvn.
Alike iu hovel and palace,
And on the broad highway,
To our lips a poisoned chalice
She lifts by night and day.
What falsehood coins she utters!
Her breast, 'tis slander's seat;
And gossip's filthy gutters
Are tracked by her vagraut feet. t
Over lives ai pure uad blameless
And white us the winter snows,
Suspicions unnamed and nameless
Iler passing shadow throws.
Lo! where is a feeble brother,
Borne down iu the deadly strife ,
That we wage with one another? -t '
With a stub she seeks his life.
And where one sits luue and lonely,
As the widowed years go by, ..
She cometh, but cometh only '
To beguile, and then holi.
The fame that virtue prizes,
'The" wreath that honor wears,'
She soils with her dark surmises,
With here laiii'i-d lingers tears.
Then enr.-e me the cru. I ihir
Who goeth her evil way,
And curses me the tongue of fire
That blasts with u breath 'They say!''
Richard S. Spofl'nrd.
STANLEY'S GREAT BOOK.
In Dakkkst Akkica ; or, The
Quest, Ri'scu and Retreat of Einin,
Governor ofliuatoi ia. Hy Henry
M. Stanley. With Two Steel Por
traits, One Hundred and Fifty En
gravings, and Three Folding Maps,
in Two Volumes, Oetavo, Cloth.
Price, S7 ..")(. Sold, Only by Subscription.
This is unquestionably the greatest
of Stanley's books, as the Expedition
which it describes was by far the
most important of all his explora
tions. Rarely has any book heen
awaited with so wide-spread and an
eager interest, ana it is sate to say
mat no moueru nooK will nave so
many readers throughout the world.
Not merely in the United States and
England and all her English-speak
ing dependencies, but throughout
Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Port
ugal and other nationalities of Eu
rope, and in Egypt and other civiliz
ed portions of Africa, it will be read
with intense and general interest.
It is impossible within the limits of
a review to do justice to the subject
matter (ii tne tiooK, in any mere
mention of its varied features of ex
traordinary interest. It is a story re
pieie wmi infilling adventures in
pathless tropical forests, among the
strange tribes of dwarfs and cannt
bais 01 tne upper Longo, the more
sturdy and prosperous natives of the
mountain and lake regions, and the
fierce bands of free-booting Arab
slave-raiders, whose very name is a
terror throughout all Central Africa.
It is a journal of scientific explora
tions, continued for three years in a
march of six thousand miles across
the African continent from west to
east, and resulting in discoveries of
inestimable value to commerce, and
which will go far to insure the speedy
civilization of this darkest part of the
earth. It is, again, a history of a
semi-military campaign, conducted
by a civilian leader with a handfull
of volunteer oll'ieers and barbarian
followers, against opposing tribes in
overwhelming numbers. They were
defending their own lands, while
Stanley's small force had few re
sources except those of the countries
traversed. It does notdctract from the
skill of the leader that the expedition
was brought to a successful issue with
comparatively little loss of life in bat
tles, and more by patient tact and di
plomacy than by sheer force of arms.
The book is still more than this, in
that it furnishes a .careful summary
of the- progress , toward civilization
made by Africa in the last fifty years,
and a trustworthy. 'forecast' by the
best informed, observer of the far
greater possibilities of progress in the
No descriptive passages in thebook
better display Stanleys powers is a
writer, or are more interesting than
those describing the Great Forest of
the Upper Congo region, and the
teeming vegetable and animal life
"Now let us look at this great for
est, not for a scientific analysis of its
wo)ds and productions, but to get a
real idea of what it is like. It covers
such a vast area, it is so varied and
yet so uniform in its features, that it
would require many books to treat it
'Iniflgine the whole of France and
tin- Ju lian peni-ul.i closely packed
with trees varying from 20 to 180 feet
high,;whose crowns of foliage inter
lace and prevent any view of sky and
sun, and each tree from a few inches
to four feet in diameter. Then from
tree to tree run cables from two Inches
In diameter. Then from tree to tree
run cables from two inches
to fifteen inches iu diameter, up
and down in loops and fes
toons and Ws and badly formed M's;
fold them round the trees iu great
tight coils, until they have run up
the entire height, like endless ana
condas; let them flower and leaf lux
uriantly, and mix up above with the
foliage of the trees to hide the sun,
then from the -highest branches let
fall the ends of the cables reaching
near to the ground by hundreds With
frayed extremities, for these repre
sent the air roots of the Epiphytes;
let sleuder cords hang down also in
tassels with opeu thread-work at the
ends. iWork others through and
through these as confusedly as possi
ble, and p?ndent from branch to
branch with absolute disregard of
material, and at every fork and on
every horizontal branch plant cab
bage-like lichens of the' largest
kind, and broad spearsleaved plants
these would represent the elephant
eared plant and orchids and clusters
of vegetable marvels, and a drapery
of delicate ferns which abound. Now
cover tree, branch, twig, and creeper
with a thick moss like a green fur.
Where the forest is compact as de
scribed above, we may not do more
than cover the ground closely with a
thick crop of phrynia, and anioma,
and dwarf bush; but if the lightning,
as frequently happens, has severed
the crown of a proud tree, and let in
sunlight, or split a giant down to its
roots, or scorched it dead, or a torna
do has been uprooting a few trees,
then the race for air and light has
caused a multitude of baby trees to
rush upward crowded, crushing,
and treading upon and strangling
one another, until the whole is one
To complete the mental picture of
this ruthless forest, the ground should
be strewed thickly with half formed
humus of rotting twigs, leaves,
branches; every few yards there
should be a prostrate giant, a reeking
compost of rotten fibres, and depart
ed generations of insects, and colonies
of ants, half veiled with masses of
vines and shrouded by the leafage of
a multitude of baby saplings, lengthy
briars and calamus In many fathom
lengths, and every mile or so there
should be muddy streams, stagnant
creeks, and shallow pools, green with
duckweed, leaves of lotus and lilies,
and a greasy green scum composed
of millions of finite growths. Then I
people this vast region of woods with
numberless fragments of tribes, who
are at war with each other and who
live apart from ten to fifty miles in
the midst of a prostrate forest,
amongst whose ruins they have
anted the plantain, banana,manioc,
beans, tobacco, colocassia, gourds,
melons, &c, and who, in order to
make their villages inaccessible, have
resorted to every means of defence
suggested to wild men by the nature
of their lives. They have planted
skewers along their paths, and cun
ningly hidden them under an appar
ently stray leaf, or on the lee side of
a log, by striding over which the
naked foot is pierced, and the intrud
er is either killed from the poison
smeared on the tops of the skewers,
or lamed for months. They have
piled up branches, and have formed
abattis of great trees, which they lie
in wait behind with sheaves of pois
oned arrows, wooden spears harden
ed in fire, and smeared with poison."
The reader must be referred to the
book itself for the full account of the
many forest tribes of dwarfs and can
nibals, their dress, dwellings, and
customs of peace and war; of the
treasures of this forest in the way of
rare tropical woods, gums and dyes,
including its inexhaustible supply of
rubber trees, destined apparently to
revolutionize the rubber trade of the
world; of the fertile upland regions,
peopled by heretofore unknown Indo
Ethiopic races of men, with a well
developed agricultural and pastoral
civilization; of Stanley's discovery of
the "Mountains of the Moon," an
ciently known to the Greek poets
and historians and to the mediieval
Arab geographers; but in all modern
times hitherto deemed mythical, and
of the manifold reasons for believing
that equatorial Africa, as a whole, is
ripe and waiting for enlightened
Christian civilization. As the chief
European nations are now engaged
in the partition of the dark continent
among themselves, every reader who
would keep up with the current dis
cussions in the newspapers and mag
azines, can only inform himsejf thor-.
oughly by reading from begiuning
to end "In Darkest Africa," the lat
est and by far the most valuable of
all books of African exploration.
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