Letter on the Importance of Knowledge of
CYRUS C. ADAMS
Editor New York Sun
The colossal work of twenty-five years has proved that the African native,
in his own home, must be the foremost agent in reclaiming his continent.
This century, having established the broad lines upon which the work must
proceed, bequeaths to coming generations the privilege of helping the African
i;o attain his full stature and development.
The most powerful motives, philanthropic and selfish, incite and will sustain
this work; for the world needs Africa, and knows, to-day, that mankind will
never profit by a tithe of her resources until the strength of Africa's millions,
intellectual, moral and physical, are added to productive energy ; and further,
i;hat the African's capacity for the development so essential for his own good
;and the world's, is being, year by year, most conclusively demonstrated.
All friends of Africa should scrutinize every phase of the work, as it goes
on, so that the sentiment of civilized nations may be voiced in powerful and
■effective protest if intelligence, patience, humanity and justice do not shape
:all policies relating to Africa and her peoples.
Cyrus C. Adams