The Tanganyika Territory (Formerly German East Africa); Characteristics and Potentialities

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9781230298009: The Tanganyika Territory (Formerly German East Africa); Characteristics and Potentialities
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIX "GERMAN" EAST AFRICA As its name implies, it was German. That is to say, it contained a score or two of large and small bomas --all flying the German flag; some hundreds of plantations--all flying the German flag; some hundreds of schools, the scholars of which paraded with a German flag and sang the German National Anthem on highdays and holidays. Every caravan had its German flag, which flew over the tent of almost every European on safari. The Swahili text-books for natives contained pictures of the German flag. Kaiser Bill, Little Willie, and dates of the birthdays of all the Prussian princes-- data which may to the uninitiated Britisher appear of no earthly use to the untutored native, but Hundom thought differently. So Selemani, Saidi, Ali & Co. were blessed with true and abundant official information regarding the family of the All-Highest. The news was amplified and kept up to date in the local vernacular newspapers. But the protectorate was German in other respects. It boasted hundreds of coffee, rubber and sisal plantations, the owners of most of which were making little 1 Forts (Swahili). I THREATENED WITH A VISITING CARD 219 or no money just prior to the outbreak of war. During the rubber boom, many made money. During the same period, Customs returns showed an unprecedented increase in the imports of champagne and caviare. Practically each plantation had at least one good stone bungalow, not built primarily for the comfort of, or out of the fulness of the pocket of, the owner, but in order to impress the neighbours with his importance and his evident desire to do things in correct style. For the same reason every second plantation assistant in receipt of a monthly stipend of Rs. 150-- or thereabouts--had...

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