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

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

NAIROBI NEWS JANUARY 10, 1920: “LOVE CHARIOTS”

NOTE: The Leopard’s Prey is NOW available in hardcover.



Nairobi’s transportation has a new name. The “town of drains” lowly rickshaws were graced with the romantic title “Love Chariots” in the January 10, 1920 issue of The Leader of British East Africa. It seems that one of the London papers featured a romantic tale of man meets woman in Nairobi and The Leader pounced on the story like a lion on prey. Lines such as “he met her in Whiteaway Laidlaw’s, the first white woman he had spoken to for thirteen months… the boys that propelled her rickshaw wore bright blue cotton to match her eyes.”

The tale went on with their dining together at her home in the Muthaiga district under the bougainvilles. “Every night of his sick leave, he dined with her at the New Stanley Hotel. Then he would take her home in a rickshaw….which is love’s own chariot.”

The unnamed reporter in The Leader finished with the remark that “the Town of Drains” is no longer just a “mecca for the soldier settler” but has merit “in the amorous sentiment.”

NEXT WEEK: BALLS AND BOW WOWS IN NAIROBI

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 6, 2009. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com

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