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TORIAL AFRICA : with Accounts of the Manners
and Customs of the People, and of the Chase of the
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significance to the age of their discovery. Du Chaillu struck into the very spine
of Africa, and lifted the veil of the torrid zone from its western rivers, swamps, and
forests. Me found therein a variety of new types of living creatures, and others
which were only partially and imprfectly known. He sojourned among tribes or
races who feed on their kind, and he encountered the animal more formidable
than any yet heard of." London Times.

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graphical discovery. He traveled on foot, unattended by any other white man,
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Br.rial Probably to Take IMncc at St.
l'Mcr*luir;j, AVln-rr lie llU-il A
Sketch ot II is Career.

PT : ;. April SO. Paul B. Du

Chaillu, the American author and explorer,
who was stricken with partial paralysis
lay, died at midnight. A brother of
'hagln, th ;!1 ar-

range for the burial of the body in the Lit-
terateurs' Cemetery, if it. is desired that
the interment take place here.

The name of Paul Bellcni Du Chaillu was
the centre of a fierce controversy pretty
yearly all over the civilized world between
forty and fifty years ago, whan his stories
of life in Central Africa, and his discovery
of the gorilla, since 'abundantly confirmed
and established, were denounced as gross
exaggerations, if not absolute lies. He never
fully overcame the effects of this defama-
tion and vilification, and although he lived
to enjoy many honors, he did not reap the
full reward due to his achievements. Born
In New Orleans in 1838, he was early taken
to Africa by his father, who held a consular
appointment in the Gaboon. He was edu-
cated In a Jesuit institution and acquired
a smattering of many native dialects. In
1852 he visited the United Stater; with a
cargo of ebony and published a series of
r.ev "ides about the Gaboon coun-

try whu-h attracted much attention. In 1855
he returned to the West Const of Africa to
explore the territory lying on both sides of
the equator, and travelled, unaccompanied
by any white man, a distance of 8000 milrs
in a practically unknown country. He killed
and stufi irds, including many new

species, and many gorillas, of which he
brought' accounts to Europe. It

was his vivid and eloquent description of
thr i f< roclous apes that excited

the incredulity of stay-at-home critics and
travellers* who had not had the good or ill
fortune tcrencountor them. He valorously
pt (1 , but was almost over-

y the violence and
discharges, and for
a long ti: wup-

gain penetrated into the unknown interior,
jjjnit unfortunately had an encounter with

' ives and was compelled to retreat
with the loss of everything but his journals,
which furnished valuable additions to geo-
graphical and scientific knowledge. He pub-
lished an account of his adventures in 'A
Journey to Ashango Land,' the district
where he was the first discoverer of the
pygm ;

r spending some time in the United
when- he was in Kreat request as a
lecturer, he paid an extended visit to Swe-
den. Norway, Lapland, and Finland, the
fruits of which wore manifested in his books,
:nd of the Midnight Sun,' 'Ivor the
Viking,' and 'The Viking Age.' He declared
that the latter of these cost $56,000 before
it was published, the information in it be-
ing the result of the excavation of many
hundreds of mounds on (he coast of Xorway.
i Chaillu, who had lost none of

tless activity or indefatigable energy,
started for Russia, explaining his object
us follows:

With the development by Russia of the
Far East with the rail:
to the Pacific there is bound to conn- a
mention.- : of our commercial rela-

tions with Russia. We are going t o sell
^Russians millions of dollars' worth of goods
and we are going to buy from them millions
of dollars' worth. We must know each
other better, for we can be friends and
treat with each other without hurting each
other. Russia Is going to have Manchuria.
It is foolish to cry out against it. It is des-
tiny. She ought to have Constantinople,
and some day she will have. It is but fail-
that such a race should have that outlet
to the s< were Russians we would

want it. That's human nature. We are go-
ing to move to the south in our expansion,
and we should view with a kindly eye the
other fellow, who is but doing what we our-
selves have done and are doing. We
jumped across the Mississippi; we grabbed
Texas; we crowded to the Pacific and leap-
ed over the seas. That's nature. Life is
to fight. Fight is all the pleasure there is.
I love the strong, vigorous races, and so I
love the Russians.

I'm going to go among them and live
with them the peasants and the nobles.
I'm going to navigate the Don and the
Volga and the Dneiper and the Amur. I'm
going north, east, south, and west. I'm
going to every city of importance to look
into their institutions of learning and
science. I hope to master their character
and their system of living, socially, eco-
nomically, and politically. I want to see
the new towns which they have caused to
burst into being within the past few years
with an energy that has only been equalled
in the West of our own country. The
analogy between the movement in Siberia
with its rolling eastward of 10,000.000 Rus-
sians to conquer an undeveloped country
and the development of our Western States


is the account which he gave of his
encounter with his first gorilla:

Suddenly an immense gorilla advanced

out of the wood straight toward us, and

ga he came up. to a terrible howl

of rage, as much as to say, 'I am tired of

.! pursued and will face you.'

lone male, the kind which are
always the most ferocious. This fellow
made the woods resound with his roar,
which is really an awful sound, resem-
bling the rolling and muttering of distant
thi; enty yards off

when we first saw him. We at once gather-
ed I was about to take aim
and brii .n where he stood when
my mo: man, Malaonen, stopped

"Not time yet."
jtood,- 'therefore, in silence, gun in

ila looked at us

r howl

;m<! :i,tv!ui I upon vis. How

horrible he look* a.' I shall nevi

>re than
Still N "Not

ioUS.' Wild!

>ur muis miss flre, or if we only
wound th, ist?

us. Xo\v he \v;is not twelve yards off. I

.;iinly his It was

ted with rage; his !, h were

ground against each other, so that we could

ho sound; tho skin of tli
was drawn forward and back rapidly,
which made his hair move up and down
and gave a truly devilish expression to his
hideous face. Once more the most horri-
ble monster ever created by Almighty God
roar which seemed to shake the
woods like thunder. I could really feel the
earth trembling under my feet. The gorilla,
looking us in the eye and beating his breast,
advanced again.

"Don't flre too soon," said Malaonen; "if
you don't kill him, he will kill you."

This time he came within eight yards of
us 1'efore he stopped. I was breathing fast
with excitement as I watched the huge
beast. Malaon^n only said "Steady," as
the gorilla came up. . . . When he
stopped Malaonen said. "Now!" And be-
fore he could utter the roar for which he
was opening his mouth, three musket balls
wt re in his body. He fell dead almost with-
out a struggle.

One of the great grievances of Du Chail-
lu's life, although he did not care to dwell
upon it, was the unaccountable failure of
Henry M. Stanley to give the weight of his
authority to the support of the stories,
which when first told were denounced as
fabrications. When Mr. Stanley rediscovered
the pigmies and wrote about them, he did
not refer to the earlier discovery by Em
haillu, or betray any knowledge that he
had been anticipated. Du Chaillu was an
maginative man, more of an explorer than
-ist, and doubtless ornamented his
narratives with plentiful color decoratiiJn,
but his facts whenever investigated were
always found to be correct. It was his mis-
fortune to be doubted because, in the first
instance, his achievements were so extra-

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