, Rohlfs, Du Chaillu, Teleki, and Thomson; adventurous explorers, like Speke, Grant, Burton, Cameron, and Selous; and soldiers, statesmen, and organisers, such as Gordon, Rhodes, Samuel Baker, Emin Pasha, Johnston, Lugard, and Taubman Goldie — but there is no need to go through the list.
Their discoveries were made often with a mto think, they would have been aboard us, and it is we who should not have got ashore.
But I had done my thinking before they came near.
Similarly he spoke of Gordon's end. If, he said, I had been sent to get the Khartoum garrison away, I should have thought of that and nothing else; I should have calculated the chances, made uld have been pressed upon him. But the country which left Burton to eat out his fiery heart in a second-rate consulship, and never seemed to know what to do with Gordon, could not find a suitable post for Stanley!
I do not imagine he sought anything of the kind; but it seems strange that it was not offered, and on such terms tha
is mapped and charted; and none of the explorers, who laboured at the work during the past fifty years, did so much towards the consummation as Stanley.
Many others helped to fill in the blank in the atlas of 1849, which has become the network of names in the atlas of 1904.
A famous company of strong men gave the best of their energies to the opening of Africa during the nineteenth century.
They were missionaries, like Moffat and Livingstone; scientific inquirers, like Barth, Rohlfs, Du Chaillu, Teleki, and Thomson; adventurous explorers, like Speke, Grant, Burton, Cameron, and Selous; and soldiers, statesmen, and organisers, such as Gordon, Rhodes, Samuel Baker, Emin Pasha, Johnston, Lugard, and Taubman Goldie — but there is no need to go through the list.
Their discoveries were made often with a more slender equipment and scantier resources; as administrators, one or two at least could be counted his equals.
But those of the distinguished band, who still survive, would freely
of a person who, it appeared, would, on the whole, have preferred not to be rescued!
The journey from the Ocean to the Nile, and from the Nile to the East Coast, added much to geographical knowledge, and was the complement of Stanley's previous discoveries.
But the cost was heavy, and the leader himself emerged with his health seriously impaired by the tremendous strain of those dark months.
Most of his younger companions preceded him to the grave.
Stanley survived Nelson, Stairs, and Parke, as well as Barttelot and Jameson; but the traces of the journey were upon him to the end, and no doubt they shortened his days.
Those days — that is to say, the fourteen years that were left to him after he returned to England in the spring of 1890--were, however, full of activity, and, one may hope, of content.
No other great task of exploration and administration was tendered; and perhaps, if offered, it could not have been accepted.
But Stanley found plenty of occupation.
ourney that led to a goal, to be reached if human endeavour could gain it. No honour, he wrote, no reward, however great, can be equal to the subtle satisfaction that a man feels when he can point to his work and say: See, now, the task I promised you to perform with all loyalty and honesty, with might and main, to the utmost of my ability is, to-day, finished.
This was the prime article in Stanley's confession of faith — to do the work to which he had set his hand, and in doing it, like Tennyson's Ulysses,
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Both aspects of his character, the practical and the intellectual, were revealed in the two great expeditions of 1874 and 1879.
The crossing of Africa, which began in the first year, was a marvellous performance in every way. Its results were immense, for it was the true opening of the Equatorial region, and added more to geographical knowledge than any enterprise of the kind in the nineteenth century, or perhaps in any cent