NAIROBI NEWS: “PETROL SHORTAGE!”
In Jade’s latest mystery adventure, The Leopard’s Prey, Nairobi is having a petrol shortage. The East African Standard, another Nairobi newspaper, reported on this on March 27, 1920. The “Honorable Secretary of the East African Automobile Association” spoke on the problem. He said that the Provincial Commissioner of Nairobi predicted the shortage would become worse with “still more drastic” regulations next month.
In fact, “no one living within three miles of the centre of Nairobi will have any petrol issued to him at all.” Apparently such people were expected to take the rickshaws, walk, or bicycle to their businesses and clubs.
People living outside of the three mile zone would receive: “motor cars – one case. Motor cycles – one tin.”
Garages and industrial users of petrol would receive an allotment according to their “absolute urgency.”
NEXT WEEK: A Kikuyu Murder
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, all available in trade paperback.. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, IS available in hardcover. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com and follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda