By Albert Schweitzer
"There, during this sorry international of ours, is going a good man."―Albert Einstein, on Albert Schweitzer
In July of 1913, thirty-eight-year-old doctor Albert Schweitzer gave up his place as a revered professor on the collage of Strasbourg and celebrated authority on track and philosophy with a purpose to pass as a doctor to French Equatorial Africa (present-day Gabon). The Primeval Forest is Schweitzer's personal interesting tale of those eventful years―a exciting story of his amazingly winning try and perform smooth drugs and surgical procedure within the face of untamed elephant raids, marauding leopards, famine, an flood―a tale wealthy in human curiosity and excessive drama.
Schweitzer describes how he and his spouse, a certified nurse, labored to set up a clinic within the steaming jungle at Lambaréné. at the start they taken care of sufferers within the outdoor, amid unbelievably primitive conditions―with few medications, medications, or sufficient tools. yet they labored tirelessly, taking good care of as many as 40 circumstances an afternoon, combating the distress because of dozing illness, leprosy, pestilence, and plague. And, because the years went on, they progressively outfitted a extra everlasting health center to relieve the bad ache of the Congo people.
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But he has worked up and down this stretch of water for sixteen years, and can find his way along even by moonlight 1 The current in the lower part of the river is sluggish, but it is very different higher up, though it nowhere becomes as strong as that of the Rhine. Invisible sandbanks and tree trunks floating just below the surface demand very cautious navigation, and the boat's a\ erage speed is not more than eight miles an hour. After a long run we stop at a small negro village, where, stacked on the river bank, are several hundred logs of wood, such as bakers often use, and we lie to in order to ship them, as wood is the fuel used for the engines.
Rina, who have never yet come into contact with civilisation, and but for the opportune arrival of the Europeans this warripr folk would by this time have eaten up the old tribes of the Ogowe lowlands. Lambarene forms in the river valley the boundaiy between the Pahouins and the old tribes. Gaboon was discovered by the Portuguese at the end of the fifteenth century, and by 1521 there was a Catholic mission settlement on the coast between the THE COLONISATION OF OGOWE AND ITS MISSIONS 7 mouths of the Congo and the Ogowe.
But the Ogowe has the great advantage of discharging into an excellent roadstead without any bar; the huge rafts can lie alongside the steamers which are to take them away without danger of being broken up and scattered on a bar or by a heavy swell. The timber trade, therefore, is likely to be for an indefinite period the chief industry of the Ogowe district. Cereals and potatoes it is, unfortunately, impossible to cultivate, since the warm, damp atmosphere makes them grow too fast. Cereals never produce the usual ear, and potato haulms shoot up without any tubers below.