NAIROBI NEWS JANUARY 10, 1920: “LAWS, DOGS, AND BALLS”
It’s easy to think of Nairobi as a dangerous town where one might get eaten by a lion just walking out the door, but by 1920, that was anything but likely. The wildlife had been pushed back, just as it has been done by any modern city. True, a stray leopard might frighten a dog in the suburbs, but stray coyotes do the same today in the United States. No, Nairobi was wild, but not with animal life. It’s wildness was due to odd people who came to the colony. And the city government did it’s best to tame them. Hence all the registration laws.
Vehicles needed to be registered. Firearms had to be registered. And dogs had to be registered as well. The city didn’t want stray dogs roaming the streets any more than it wanted those leopards or hyenas. Dogs five months and older had to be registered and collared. Any dog found in violation could be seized and kept for seven days.
Dogs were not the only animals that the colonists fancied. Horses were very popular and the Turf Club relished in the track, in race week, and in fancy dress (costume) balls.
At the January 9, 1920 Turf Club ball, Bandmaster Harvey and his men were in “top form- especially in jazz.” Cowboys and “ladies of the harem” danced the night away. One lady appeared in a silk dress “representative of the Leader.” Another lady came as a captain of His Majesty’s Forces. Twenty-five prizes were awarded for costumes.
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