Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (, 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 *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, March 19, 2007


There are a lot of dangerous animals in Africa, and most of them probably made the Nairobi newspapers at one time or another. The Leader of British East Africa, March 12, 1921, reported that a hunter in Tanzania was tracking down a wounded antelope when he discovered that his legs were pinned. To his horror, he was in the grips of a “huge python,” sixteen feet in length, which not only was constricting him, it had bit him in the arm and leg.

Luckily, this hunter regained his presence of mind and took to beating the head of “the brute” with his shotgun’s butt end. One the animal released its bite and pulled its head back, the hunter shot it eight times, killing it. The man retained both severe bruises and the python’s skin as souvenirs of this encounter.

Now one major adventure in the bush is one thing, but this man seemed to make a habit of it. According to the paper, this same man came face to face with a lion a few yards away the previous year. The hunter’s shotgun was only loaded with buck-shot, but he let fire at close range and nearly took the head off the lion.

Lion attacks feature most often in the papers, attacking and injuring both native Africans and colonists. Those tales involving the Maasai are some of the more exciting since they do not involve firearms. A few of them will be covered another time when we take a look at various tribes. But for drama and daring, nothing beats the tale of the South African, Mr. Klopper, and the lion. Forget “Tiger by the tail,” this next one is more memorable.


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