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a daughter for- Dr.' Winters found a"
mother for this little nomad. New
clothes, cleanliness, a little love and
a flood of ihterest wiU change the di
rection of her life fromthe' vagrant
paths' of isolated hills to schools and
home and education and a chance.
Dr. Winters will seek his daughter.
Two little girls will seek no more for
the mother love which they lacked.
WORLD'S WONDER RAILROAD LACKS BUT ONE
LINK FROM CAPE TO CAIRO IN AFRICA
Cape Town, Africa, Feb. 27. An
other link to the project of the "Cape
to Cairo" all-steam route was com
pleted when trains were run to Bu
kama, 2,632 miles north.
But one strip, the 6S3 miles be
tween Stanleyville and Mahagi, in the
Map showing how steam nas con
quered desert-and jungle. ,
heart of the Soudan,, remains to be
completed and majte possible the
traversing of the continent from
north to south by trains and ships.
The distance from Cape Town to
Cairo is 6,944 miles. South from
Cairo the line is completed to Kosti,
where trains connect with steamers
for a strip of 1,163 miles by water.
Then comes the break in the line
the 683 miles of jungle still to be
pierced by the iron rails.
When this is completed, and it is
expected that it will be in two years,
the traveler who embarks at Cape
Town will travel 4,979 miles by train
and 1,965 miles by steamer to reach
.Every mile of the road has been a
battle. Hostility of natives at the be
ginning necessitated' the bringing of
an army to guard the engineers and
workmen. When the benefits of the
road turned the hostility to enthusi
asm, there were still the dangers from
disease, the terrible heat of the equa
tor, the wild animals of the jungle.
One 77-mile strip, from Stanley
ville, to Onthierville, where the eqila-"
tor is crossed, is estimated to have
cost a man for every yard of con
struction. Fighting tigers, and lions has been
as important as the building of
bridges. At Gwelo a full-grown lion
blocked work trains for a day. Great
palisades were built at'each camp to
guard the workmen at night.
The worst enemy has been the
white ants of the Congo, whose hills
range from 20 to 60 feet high. These
ants destroy anything but iron and
steel, and it has been necessary to
cover all telegraph poles with sheet
ing and to use steel cross-ties., i ,