TO MY YOUNG FRIENDS.
 DEAR YOUNG FOLKS, —Here I am again with another book. I like to write for you, because you seem to enjoy
my books, and so eagerly read all that I have to say to you.
In LOST IN THE JUNGLE I left you in Apingi Land, a country situated near the equator, and south of it. There
the people were strange and superstitious. They were surrounded by immense forests, high mountains, and a
large river flowed through their country. You will remember that at last they made me their king, and, as you
know, it was in my kingdom that I left you, promising to come back to you in another year.
I keep my promise, and I am now going to tell you more about that Apingi Land, and what I did there, and
afterwards I will take you, to the great Desert, and we will have a cruise together along the western coast of