Africa - Setting the Scene
This chapter is by way of a thumbnail sketch of all the other chapters to give you, the reader, an insight into the overall plan before detail partly obscures it.
by month from about the age of eleven, until I went to War in 1915, I had leaflets about
Livingstonia and its fine tribes and people from the Rev Chrichton. Steadily, my scrapbook
of African stories grew. I had a Nyasaland map: dotted on it were all the Outstations, the
names of active missionaries, the founder, Dr Robert Laws, some of his medical workers:
Rev Dr Walter Elmslie, Rev Charles Stuart, Dr Chisholm, Dr Donald and his wife Dr Agnes
Fraser, Dr Turner and Ministers: D.R. Mackenzie, A.G. MacAlpine, R.D. MacMinn, the Young
brothers, T.C.Y. and W.P. There were also many other gifted people who freely gave of
their skills and knowledge such as builders, joiners, stone-masons, engineers, printers,
teachers, nurses and many loyal wives. Also an ever growing host of forward-looking and
thinking Africans such as:
It was an interesting meeting. One old minister asked about my army career. I said calmly, 'Sir, you were too elderly to fully understand what battles, wounds, comrades killed at one s side, hunger and thirst, could do to a man's spirit and soul. If you mean drink, smoking and other evils, I say here and now, I am clean and I am proud to say so.
The old minister came over to me and patted me on the back. 'You really read my thoughts.'
I was appointed Assistant Horticulturist, Agriculturalist and Head of Forestry Department at Livingstonia.
Many years later, after Dr Laws had died, the Rev Chrichton's family gave me the following letter that their Father had received and treasured from the Doctor.
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