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THE AMERICAN SEARCH FOR LIVINGSTONE.

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THE AMERICAN SEARCH FOR LIVINGSTONE. The New Yurie Herald of the 19th inst., gives the following telegraphic information respecting the movements of the expedition which it despatched some months ago in search of Dr. Livingstone:â"Having again left Cairo with full supplies, the expedition reached Karasko on the IGth of January. Here a halt was necessarily made, in order to prepare for the passage of the desert- a tedious and perilous journey that will take eight days, even if everything should go well. This is the very lowest estimate of the time that will be occu- pied in crossing an unbroken waste of arid sand, destitute of water awl unrelieved hy a single oasis. So long, how- ever, as the Herald commissioner has only to straggle against these inanimate difficulties little need be feared. It will be the after journey among barbarous, treacherous, awl inhospitable peoples during which the graver perils of the undertaking will have to be encountered. It had been arranged to strike the desert at Moorabus Hammed, and then take a straight course for the fifth cataract. Already the commander of the expedition had busied him- self actively in providing for the transportation of himself and his necessarily extensive baggage. Four fast riding dromedaries and fifty draught camels were to be bought, and in the course of a week or so this would doubtless be accomplished, though the task of assembling them together and completing the bargains with the natives is slow busi- ness. At Karasko the expedition has been met with news of good omen. Though no authentic basis could be'found for the tidings, rumours bad arrived at that point to the effect that Sir Samuel Baker was well in health, though his expedition had suffered greatly, both in numbers and discipline. This report is, perhaps, as unreliable as otheré,"loolllier jews recently received, that he had either been killed or dangerously wounded in a mutiny among his forces. Shadowy as may be its foundation, however, it served to kindle into a brighter flame the enthusiastic hopes, and strengthen into added resolution, the deter- mined energy of the expedition. This report, how- ever, has somewhat of an authentic appearance, from its having assumed an air of geographical consistency. It places Sir Samuel Baker again, or perhaps one might say still, at Khartoum. This, after all, would square very well with the othcr r111110Ur, That would certainly he the point for which Sir Samuel would make if his undertaking had become involved in serious difficulties. The Herald expedition has been afforded every assistance by the Vice- roy and his Ministers, and the thanks of the civilised world are due to them for the cheerful and enlighted man- ner in which they have thus seconded the undertaking. Livingstone and Baker will doubtless both be found; at least, the prospects of such a happy consummation of the expeditions may now be confidently expected. Some danger is already threatened between the fifth cataract and Khartoum by the jealous hostility of the slave traders and ivory dealers. The traffickers in human flesh and blood have a wholesome dislike to these compara- tively unknown nations being brought prominently before the notice of the world they judge correctly that the less known about them by the freedom-loving peoples of Christendom the better. The English railway surveyors in the Soudan, it is also reported, have also nearly brought to a successful termination their special exploring expedition." j

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