THIS book is written especially for
boys, in the hope that Mackays example may lead many of them to think of
Africa, and devote their lives to its moral and spiritual regeneration.
They will please to remember that,
like Livingstone and Krapf, Mackay was a pioneer, and that every year in
Africa the difficulties become less and the dangers fewer. In a little
Snort in steam across her acres."
Then missionaries and traders will
be borne speedily away from the fever-stricken coast; over flooded rivers,
the weary jungles and the waterless plains, right up to the noble lake,
where a commodious and comfortable steamer will be available to transport
them and their goods to any port they choose.
I desire to tender my thanks to Mr.
Eugene Stock for his permission to incorporate in this book Bishop
Tuckers account of his visit to Uganda; also to record my
obligation to the Rev. John Stewart, Edderton, N.B., for his trouble in
collecting from old friends several incidents of my brothers early life.
The whole of the matter in this
volume is fresh, and is not found in the larger book, "Mackay of Uganda."
If it confirm and increase the good already done by that volume, I shall
be richly recompensed.
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