Religion: Missionary from Lambar

Missionary from Lambaréné

In his jungle station in French Equatorial Africa last week, Albert Schweitzer reached his 79th birthday. Early in the morning, outside his single iron-roofed room, the doctors, nurses and native helpers of his hospital at Lambaréné gathered to sing hymns, then came in to offer their good wishes and presents. At the birthday breakfast, the dining-room table was gay with sprays of leek and fennel, a clump of eggplants, a few cabbage leaves—for Doctor Schweitzer does not approve of cutting flowers, or killing anything that is not needed for food. Later in the day, the patients brought their presents:...

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