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DR. LIVINGSTONE.

A cable telegram announced the murder by C-*ffre savages in South Africa of Dr. David Livingstone, one of the most famous of African explorers.

Dr. Livingstone was a native of the little village of Blantyre. in Scotland, where he was born in 1^515 ; and in early life was employed in a cotton-mill, as a pieces boy. But in the midst of his daily labor he was smitten with a desire to learn from hooks; and earning money as a spinner in the summer months, he went to Glasgow to school in the w'n.ter, and there laid the foundation for those studies tbat have had such splendid Iruits in his maiurer life. He w».s engaged, however, in the spinning business up to the year 1840, when, at the age of twenty-five, with a mind improved by edu-\ caton, and a heart filled with a burning desire to be useful to his fellow-men in darfc parts of the earth, he entered into the service of the London Missionary Society. His studies had been medical as well as religious, and, like Patkerin China, House in Siam, and Grant in Persia, he aimed at doing good to the bofhes as well as the souls of his fellowmen. The Society sent him out to Africa, and he stopped at the Cape of Good Hope,-*where he was at first employed in astroriomi^al^puiiaits. This was nut the objrct : .-.t^^ii^^Sins of his mission, for he was expep|i^|ff^osh on into the interior to take?c^r*^offthe Kuruman mission station. IriJutie^ 1849, be set out on his first exploring* expedition, and the ensuing August reached Lake Ngami, as unknown then qs it has since been made familiar. In 1851, after several more expeditions of less importance, he made one in which be reached the Zambesi. In 1552 he had a casual glimpse of civilisation auain for the first time in twelve years, on a trip to Capetown undettaken for lhe purpose of sending his wife to England.' Mrs. Livit.g. stone was the daughter of the A^can missionary Moffat; her husband had met and married her in Africa, and it was there that she met her death some two years since, af.er a participation in nearly all the hardships ol his life. In January, 1852, he left Capetown, on the journey cut of which he made his first book—" Missionary Travels and Researchps in South Africa,'-' published in 1857 hy Harper and Brothers. In.this j-urney he went Though with very notable as many difficulties and discomforts as would have sufficed to discourage a dozen ordinary men, and he ended it in May, 1856, four yeats ufter he started, at Qujlimane, on the Indian Ocean, having traversed the continent from ocean to ocean, for a distance of very near nine thousand milrs, with (and wi hout) all conceivable kinds of conveyance. He found a British ounbnat at QuiLmane, and made the passagt in her to tbe Mauritius, and so home by the overland route. He arrived home in England in December, 1856, and was, of course, made a lion of. Numerous public meetings were held in his honor, at which he found that his long absence and hi* disuse of his mother tongue had made him so unskilful in it that he was unable to express himself to the satisfaction of himself or his audiences. His book came out in 1857, carrying his popularity throughout Great Britain and America.

But he turned his back on his successes, and nailed for the second time in March, 1857. The Government had given him the consulate at Quilimane, and he made this place the point d'oppui for his next important expeoiiion, in which he was accompanied by a party of savans. The course taken was up the River Zambezi, and the resul.s of his voyage are recorded in his second book— *" Narrative of an Expedition to the Zambezi and its Tributaries," published hy Harper and Hrothers in 1866, and which is in everybody's library. Last year he returned the third time to Africa, and we have since heard of him only in a vague way, and at long intervals, until the announcement of his death reached us.

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DR. LIVINGSTONE., Wanganui Herald, Volume I, Issue 84, 7 September 1867

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DR. LIVINGSTONE. Wanganui Herald, Volume I, Issue 84, 7 September 1867

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