EMIN BEY AT HOME
It is all right, of course, to give Stanley the explorer, an ovation, vvben, if ever, bt gets baok to England, but his mission hai been a most gigantic sail. Be went to rescue. JEmio B;y, wh> was . popularly supposed tq be having a very bad lime ol it. Personally Khad an idea that Emiu was, ia the oause of civilisation, defending some Central African stronghold against hordes of slave dealing and evil smelling niggets, and gaunt as a ghost and flashiest as a lizard V<ts prepared to give up tbe little life blood left m him ratber that see the nefarious trade . m hdro«n beingi fiouriah. It seems that I was hogging t delusion, btanley did a'prodigloas dn through ft few thousand miles, more oi lees, of forest, lost the greater number ol nis followers, shot promiscuously anj natives who got m his way, and finallt found Emm doing remarkably well From private advice I learn ihat Stan'ej knocked at the front door of ifimln'i private residence and sent m his oard He was m due course ushered m to the presence of the great man, who wai reoliniDg on a luxurious oouob, smoking 8 hookah, and being faaued by a very nio: looajncr y olU )g i a dy f dressed simply ir ■ i" ..**■" Stan,e y opened tbeooaverea t'OQ In.tne asuui Afrioan explorer's style- * Emm Bey, 1 belief "That is so. Presum* DU are Mi Stanley. Anything I oan do toryou?' . ..t' Quite the oootraty,' replied Mr Stanley ' I have oome to rescue you.' * Oh, indeed. That is very good of you but the faot is I am not having at all < bad time of it. What is the road baok tc oivlliiation like now ? It was very rougl whea i oame.'""' * The road is not good, and those twc or three thousand miles through the fores! want lighting and drainiog,' answered th< > explorer, wtth tbat modesty so charaoter istio of the species. 'IS till I'll guarantee to get you hrough.' 1 Thanks, you're very good, but I thins I'll wait a tew years till the route's improved a bit. The truth ie I am doing remarkably well here. An alteration la my religious tenets has enabled me to run the whole show. Practically I am King of this oountry, and 1 am getting together a very fair stock of ivory and ( ther valuables which will oome m haudy when I go back to Euiope. At present I find this life preferable to leoturing classes m a Merman University at a small screw, and, to be plain with you, old man, I would rather not be rescued.' 'Of oourse, of oourse,' murmured Stanley, * but it is rather awkward tor me. I shall look a fool going back without you. They have been talking about yon a great deal at Home of late and you would be a tremendous 'draw' anywhere m Europe.' ' Well, cheer np, Stanley,' said Emm. You can tell some tremendous yarns about the country when you go home, and if I won't go with you I don't see. how they oao blame too. Don't give too glowing a picture of the country and the life over here, or that ootfaunded fellow Cook will be bringing his tourists round. Have a olgar : these niggers grow very good weeds. By tbe way you had better stay with me for a year or two. I will see I b.at your men are put up comfortably and It will be a treat to hear, the late news.' , After this conversation drifted on to gener.il topic?, but Ie spile of all temptation lo belong to Emtn'j nation, Stanley deplded to ke^pp up hia reputation as ao explorer and oome baok. The only pincession Emm oould get was to make Stanjjey promise not to start away back until it was likely that another expedition In search of him had got fairly under way, — "Oyolpps.".
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