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, May 18, 2009


Headmaster Wells took over as headmaster of Nairobi’s European School on June 22, 1920. On Monday, July 5th the school let out for a month’s holiday at the end of the three month term. On Thursday, July 8, student boarder Willie Hall was shot and died of a bullet wound. The shooter was another student boarder, Jack Kirwin. The two boys lived in different dormitories.

Headmaster Wells testified that the school had no written rule regarding students possessing firearms. One week prior to the shooting, he found out that Kirwin had a revolver. The boy was told that ammunition was not allowed.

Mr. G. G. Stansfield (whose position at the school was not given) had seen one of the students named Tarlton, with an air gun before, belonging to Tarlton. He felt there were no objections to a boy that age having an air gun as most of them were competent with firearms. But he felt it had no purpose on the school grounds. It seems that two boys were allowed firearms as there had been burglars entering the dorms at night.

Mr. Kirwin, Jack Kirwin’s father, said his son had asked for a revolver but was refused. He was told he could practice fire arms at home. But Jack Kirwin got one anyway. He purchased it from Tarlton who lived in the same dormitory as he, paying 10 rupees. A student claimed to have seen it under his pillow. Tarlton himself had a Remington repeater rifle that he got in trade for some other item. He kept this rifle behind his bed and had 50 rounds of ammunition which he’d purchased from Newland, Tarlton & Co. Kirwin, speaking of his revolver, said he remembered loading the revolver the morning of the incident but “did not know there was a cartridge in the chamber.”

It’s a classic line in shooting accidents.

The judge at the inquest decreed that the deceased met his death by “accidental discharge of a revolver fired by Kirwin.” Once again, the reader is left wondering. How did the gun go off? Did Kirwin think Hall was an intruder and shoot? Was the boy just showing off the weapon? These questions were never answered.

NEXT WEEK: Out and about around 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, all available in trade paperback.. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, IS available in hardcover. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH will be released September 1, 2009. For more information, visit the website: and follow short updates on

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