PAUL DU CHAILLU.
 I HAD passed several years on the African Coast before I began the explorations recorded in my first book. In those
years I hunted, traded with the natives, and made collections in natural history.
In such a wild country as Africa one does not go far without adventures. The traveler necessarily sees what is strange
and wonderful, for every thing is strange.
In this book I have attempted to relate some of the incidents of life in Africa for the reading of young folks. In doing
this I have kept no chronological order, but have selected incidents and adventures here and there as they seem to be
fitted for my purpose.
I have noticed that most intelligent boys like to read about the habits of wild animals, and the manners and way of life
of savage men; and of such matters this book is composed. In it I have entered into more minute details concerning the
life of the native inhabitants than I could in my other books, and have shown how the people
 build their houses, what are their amusements how they hunt, fish, eat, travel, and live.
Whenever I am at a friend's house the children ask me to tell them something about Africa. I like children, and in this
book have written especially for them. I hope to interest many who are yet too young to read my larger works.