At the house of my dear wife-to-be, I met the ex-Premier, the Right Honourable Mr. W. E. Gladstone, who had come for a chat and a cup of tea, and to be instructed — as I had been duly warnthe table before the great man, at whose speaking face I gazed with the eyes of an African.
Mr. Gladstone, said I, intending to be brief and to the point, as he was an old man, this is Mombasa, the s twin harbours, in which the whole British Navy might lie safely, and--
Pardon me, said Mr. Gladstone, did you say it was a harbour?
Yes, sir, said I, so large that a thousand vessels could ic names like those should be displaced by modern names, and--
I humbly beg your pardon, Mr. Gladstone, but Crophi and Mophi, if they ever existed at all, were situated over a thousand miles to tnorthward.
Herodotus simply wrote from hearsay, and--
Oh, I can't stand that.
Well, Mr. Gladstone, said I, will you assist me in this project of a railway to Uganda, for the suppression of t
uld have been no danger of starvation, as I should have turned all undesirables out. Then, as a last resource, there was the Nile.
My one idea would have been to carry out what I had undertaken to do, without any outside help.
If I had gone to Khartoum to rescue the garrison, the garrison would have been rescued!
When Gordon started, this is what he undertook to do; there was no thought, or question, of sending a rescue expedition.
It was failure all round — Gordon failed first, then Gladstone and the Government.
But I have refrained from all public expression of opinion, because it is not permitted in England to criticise Gordon; and, besides, he was a true hero, and he died nobly.
That silences one: nevertheless, I hold that Gordon need not have died!
Henry Morton Stanley large shall his name be writ, with that strong line, Of heroes, martyrs, soldiers, saints, who gave Their lives to chart the waste, and free the slave, In the dim Continent where his beacons shine.
Galton, Sir, Francis, 286, 287.
Garstin, Sir, William, on the importance of Stanley's discoveries, 404, 405.
Generalship, American, fault of, 178.
Germany, in East Africa, 422.
Ghost stories, 8, 9.
Gladstone, W. E., Stanley's interview with, 419-421; as a speaker, 479, 480.
Goff, Mr., 65.
Gordon, General, Stanley's view of character of, 338, 526; massacre of, 353; Stanley on death of, 396, 397, 537, 538.
Goree, Dr. and Dan, 160, 162, 165, 169, 1411, 412; goes to Brussels and is received by the King of Belgium, 412; Grand Crosses conferred on him, 412; discusses African affairs with the King of Belgium, 413-417; arrives in England, 418; his reception in England, 419; his interview with Gladstone, 419-421; his refutation of the charge that he used slaves, 421, 422; In Darkest Africa published, 422; stirs up societies to see that Germany does not absorb too much of East Africa, 422; married, 423; meets Sir Richard F. Burton in the Engadi