A Tale of Samuel Crowther

CrowtherSamuel Crowther
Bishop of the Niger
By Jesse Page (1892)


Chapter I. Africa

FOR centuries the history of Africa has been the mystery and sorrow of the world. Up to a time still fresh in the memory of our grandfathers the map of the Dark Continent of Wealth, gave trouble to the white schoolboy.

Its history is, strange to say, of the oldest and the youngest. Amid the sands of its northern deserts we turn up the relics of civilizations unseen by Joseph and his brethren, while our knowledge of the interior is but the discovery of yesterday. A weird mystery hangs over this marvellous land; we know not whether our next step will reveal the life of a day when the world was in its early spring, and awaken the echoes of a past unknown. Continue reading