National Geographic : 1910 Nov
MR ROOSEVELT'S "AFRICAN GAME TRAILS"* IN these greatest of the world's great hunting grounds there are mountain peaks whose snows are dazzling under the equatorial sun; swamps where the slime oozes and bubbles and festers in the steaming heat; lakes like seas; skies that burn above deserts where the iron desolation is shrouded from view by the wavering mockery of the mirage; vast grassy plains where palms and thorn trees fringe the dwindling streams; mighty rivers rushing out of the heart of the continent through the sadness of endless marshes; forests of gorgeous that feed on the flesh of man, and among the lower things that crawl, and fly, and sting, and bite, he finds swarming foes far more evil and deadly than any beast or reptile-foes that kill his crops and his cattle; foes before which he him self perishes in his hundreds of thou sands. "The land teems with beasts of the chase, infinite in number and incredible in variety. It holds the fiercest beasts of ravin, and the fleetest and most timid of those beings that live in undying fear of talon and fang. It holds the largest From "African Game Trails," by Theodore Roosevelt. Copyright by Charles Scribner's Sons THE MONITOR LIZARD ROBBING A CROCODILE'S NEST From a photograph by J. Alden Loring beauty, where death broods in the dark and silent depths. "There are regions as healthy as the northland, and other regions, radiant with bright-hued flowers, birds, and but terflies, odorous with sweet and heavy scents, but treacherous in their beauty and sinister to human life. On the land and in the water there are dread brutes and the smallest of hoofed animals. It holds the mightiest creatures that tread the earth or swim in its rivers; it also holds distant kinfolk of these same crea tures, no bigger than woodchucks, which dwell in crannies of the rocks and in the treetops. There are antelope smaller than hares, and antelope larger than oxen. There are creatures which are the *African Game Trails. An account of the African wanderings of an American Hunter Naturalist. By Theodore Roosevelt. With illustrations from photographs by Kermit Roose velt and other members of the Expedition, and from drawings by Philip R. Goodwin. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1910. $4.00 net.