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, January 25, 2010

1921 – I SHOT AN ANTELOPE IN MY PYJAMAS

In the 1930 movie, Animal Crackers, Groucho Marx said, “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know.” He probably didn’t know it at the time, but hunting in “pyjamas” happened nine years earlier.

The un-named author lived in “an old German thatched roof’ house under “the slopes of a towering mountain.” Greeks, Indians, Africans, English lived in the village nearby. Fruit and vegetable gardens lay to the north and south. To the east was the chief political officer on the other side of a clear stream.

Two “bold and cunning bushbuck” were satisfying their hunger on the author’s “bedding shamba” (a shamba is a vegetable garden). The author first hired to “askari” (soldiers) to keep night watch and he armed them with his own “.250/.297 Westley Richards.” He admitted to this being a “light weapon” but hoped it “would not awake our lightly sleeping political officer who (he feared) when roused, would give vent to an early morning hate!” Clearly not a morning man.

The vigil was to no avail. He still lost cabbages and strawberries at an alarming rate. Just as he considered making a trap, he was alerted one morning by his house servant with “Jambo, Bwana. Pongo yiko hapa, karibu mto!” Loosely: Good day, sir. The bushbuck (are nearby) here, coming to the rivers!”

“It was about 6:30 a.m. and a fine exhilarating morning.” He took his “250/.297,” handed his “Lancaster 12 bore” to his servant, and set out. He was in his pyjamas. “There was no time to dress and pyjamas and a British warm (robe) are regal robes in a land of naked peoples.” The bushbuck ran towards the servant who shot with the 12 bore. They gave chase to the wounded animals and ran into the political officer, also in his “pyjamas.” With the aid of the political officer's dogs, they tracked the bushbuck and finished them.A gift of bushbuck meat to the political officer made up for rousing him out of bed.

So this man shot a bushbusk in his pyjamas. (How it got in his pyjamas, we don’t know.”)


Next week: More Africa news.
Clips and quotes are taken from The East African Standard. Febr. 11, 1921.

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, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. An excerpt and information on pre-ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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