Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, November 24, 2008

NAIROBI NEWS NOVEMBER 8, 1919: A SUICIDE CASE – PART 2

NOTE: The Serpent’s Daughter is NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK!

The deceased man’s luggage and papers gave his name as C. Wharton, and it was soon determined that one man, at least, knew the deceased from serving together in the German East African campaign. This witness said that Mr. Wharton had come to British East Africa to work for him as a surveyor, but when they met on the day of his arrival, Mr. Wharton seemed “unbalanced,” with wild mood swings. On the following Sunday, the deceased said that he was sick and seemed afraid of himself.

The doctor who arrived on the scene, found the victim had a four and a half inch long, one and a half inch deep wound in his neck. A blood-stained razor was found and the wound looked as if it could have been self-inflicted. It was also found that the deceased had previously suffered from tuberculosis but was healthy on his arrival. The verdict of the inquest was ruled “suicide during temporary insanity.”

NEXT WEEK: MORE NAIROBI NEWS
NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, will be available in hardcover January 2009. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com

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Monday, November 17, 2008

NAIROBI NEWS NOVEMBER 8, 1919: A SUICIDE CASE – PART 1

NOTE: The Serpent’s Daughter is NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK!

Nairobi was shocked to learn that a European man had committed suicide in his room at the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi. The man was discovered when a native servant asked for help because “his bwana” was staggering around the apartment, bleeding from gaping wounds. The man had only arrived in Nairobi recently from South Africa. One man that had spoken with him said the deceased claimed to be tired of life. He was known to be an ex-soldier with twenty years of faithful service.


When the deceased first arrived, he was seen to enter the hotel bar and claim to have been poisoned, spitting on the floor as evidence. The patrons advised him to go to bed. The next day, he had no recollection of the incident and a doctor informed him that he was “sound” and that exercise is all he needed. In fact, the deceased was to go on safari soon.


NEXT WEEK: MORE ON THE SUICIDE CASE


NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter.


NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, will be available in hardcover January 2009. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com

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Monday, November 10, 2008

NAIROBI NEWS NOVEMBER 1919: A PUBLIC PARK

NOTE: The Serpent’s Daughter is NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK!


The Nairobi Municipal Council had a busy agenda according to the November 8, 1919 issue of the Nairobi newspaper, The Leader of British East Africa. In addition to dealing with bad drains and swampy portions of town, the East African and Horticultural Society was petitioning the Land Office and the city to have a “piece of land situated between Sixth and Tenth Avenues and bounded by Kirk Road and the Railway on the other side (see city map October 27 on the west side of the city), for the purpose of making a permanent Show Ground for Nairobi.” In essence, they needed a new area for stock breeders to bring and show their livestock. The Society noted that permanent buildings would have to be erected, the area fenced, and the grounds beautified.


The Commissioners debated the appropriateness of this land use. Mr. Stevens argued that the land was originally intended to become a public park and not a glorified stockyard. “It was not fair to rob the public of a park.” Another commissioner, Mr. Tannahill, argued that the land had only been appropriated by the city for an open space but that “open spaces could be used for certain purposes.” He stated that, if the Society was prepared to construct buildings and beautify the grounds, they should be “entitled to a certain tenure.” In other words, here was a chance to get some work done on the land without costing the city a cent. In the end, Commissioners voted to put all the open spaces in the area under the trusteeship of the Municipal Council.


So who won? Well, a 1920 Handbook of the Kenya Colony (British East Africa) and the Kenya Protectorate (Protectorate of Zanzibar), prepared by the Geographical Section of the Great Britain Naval Intelligence Division, states that there is a municipal stock sale yard on the south side outside of town and that there is a public park on the east side between the railway and Nairobi Hill.


NEXT WEEK: MORE NAIROBI ISSUES


NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter.


NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, will be available in hardcover January 2009. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

NAIROBI NEWS NOVEMBER1919: THE ROYAL DRAIN

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When the November 8, 1919 issue of the Nairobi newspaper, The Leader of British East Africa, called the holes in the street “That royal drain,” they undoubtedly made a play on words. Assuredly, the holes were a “royal pain” and they were in front of The Theatre Royal. The Nairobi Municipal Committee had good cause for concern. These open drains had been the cause of several accidents already. This was a site for many rickshaws which transported elegantly dressed men and women to and from the theatre for plays. It was only a matter of time before one of them was seriously inconvenienced or injured.

The colony’s Public Works Department had been given a “fortnight” to cover the drains after repairing the road itself, but hadn’t yet accomplished their task. They hadn't repaired the bridges either. However, true to city officials everywhere, they agreed to give the P.W.D. another go at it and proceeded to discuss what types of covering the P.W.D. should use, assuming they actually got around to the job. Wooden slabs won the approval of one committee member (Mr. Tannahill) over concrete due to cost. Another, more forward thinking man (Mr. Henderson) argued that concrete wouldn’t cost that much and would be more permanent. He argued the need for manhole covers “to be provided at intervals for the purpose of cleaning.” The question was “left in abeyance” until the P.W.D. stated their intentions.

And so another problem was left on the table and unsolved due to passing the buck, or passing the rupee as the case may be.

NEXT WEEK: MORE NAIROBI ISSUES – A Public Park

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, will be available in hardcover January 2009. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com

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