158 CHURCH REVIEW.
AFRICA, AND THE EDUCATED AND WEALTHY
NEGROES OF AMERICA.
AFRICA, doubtless, is the greatest land upon the face
of the globe. You cannot pick up a newspaper of any
note, political or religious, without seeing plans put
forth by some one concerning the development of
Africa. Just now, more eyes are being turned to the
continent of Africa than any other part of the known
world. Millions of acres of uncultivated soil, the rich-
est upon the face of the globe, are claiming the attention
of the agricultural classes of England, France, America
and many other civilized portions of the world.
The great Nile, Niger, and other navigable streams
flowing through the continent of Africa, mightier than
the Hudson or the Mississippi, are looked at with great
care by the masters of commerce, with the anticipation
of making them add to the glory of the commercial
world, and at the same time hoping to make them sub-
ject to the commercial centres of their governments.
The gold, silver, iron, copper, and other treasures that
are deposited among the mountains of Africa, awaiting
the "pick and shovel" of the miners, are being talked
about by the money kings of Europe and America-
not only talked about, but they are laying claims to
vast regions of Africa, with no other purpose than to
get the rare wealth which it affords, then leave the
natives in heathenism and darkness.
Through the Providence of an All-wise Creator, this
continent has for centuries been protected from the
wholesale slaughter of other races.