Who was David LivingStone?


David Lavingstone was born in 1813 at Blantyre, in Scotland. At the age of ten he started work in a cotton mill, and with his first earnings bought a Latin primer. Alhought his work was arduous he attended night schools and studied at home.

When he was 20 years old, he was thrilled by reading an account of a missionary’s labours in Asia, and resolved to devote his life to the alleviation aof human misery.

Then followed college classes in Glasgow, examination and acceptance by the London Missionary Society, and the completion of his medical studies in London. He also studied theology, botany, zoology, and astronomy all with his future life-work in mind.

In 1841, he arrived at Cape Town, and for Thirty years Dr. Living stone travelled all over Africa. He discovered the mighty Victoria Falls and the upper course of the Zaire (the Congo), among other things.

His meagre salary and money from his books all went to equip and finance new expedition. During the last fifteen years of his life he held a roving commision from the Brittish Government as Consul.

His last expeditions ran into trouble. He was weakened by fever, and some of his native carriers deserted with supplies and his precious medicine chest. A relieft expedition sent by the New York Herald, under the command of H. M. Stanley, fount him at Ujiji.

Stanley tried to persuade Dr. Livingstone to return to civilization. but he refused and set out westward to seek the sources of the Nile.

Dysentery, with complications, attacked him and he grew steadilly, worse, until, on the morning of may 1st, 1873, he died. His faithful native attendants preserved his body as well as they could and carried it halfway across Africa. His body was taken to England where it was buried at Westminster Abbey.     

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