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Henry Morton Stanley, Dorothy Stanley, The Autobiography of Sir Henry Morton Stanley, part 2.13, chapter 2.23 (search)
ifth day to write Finis to the record of the journey. I think the title of it was a happy one--In Darkest Africa, or the Quest, Rescue, and Return of Emin Pasha. It was the choice out of more than fifty taking titles on the same subject, but none of them was so aptly descriptive of the theme. Since then, some dozen or so book-titles have been founded on it, such as Darkest England, Darkest London, Darkest New York, Darkest Russia, etc., etc. It was the custom for Germans, Anglo-Germans, Philo-Germans, etc., etc., for some three or four years later, to print the word Rescue with quotation marks, which signified, of course, so-called ; but if the word is not absolutely truthful, I know not what is true. Emin was rescued from being either sold to the Mahdists, or killed by Fadle Mullah, or perishing through some stupid act of his own; and, so long as he was in the British camp, he was safe. The very day he was kissed by his countrymen, he was doomed to fall, and he nearly crack