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, July 05, 2010

1921-22 – “AFRICAN GUIDEBOOKS -PART 11 – MINERALS CONT.”

This blog made the short list for Best Author's Blog as awarded by www.completelynovel.com Thank you everyone who voted for me.


We’ve seen that “the Crown” reserved all “metals, ore, and mineral oils,” and took a royalty of ten percent of the net profits in most mines in Kenya. But that’s ten percent of NET profit, not gross productivity, certainly not unreasonable. So why was mining in Kenya not a going concern?

The East African Manual (for) Agriculture, Industry, and Mining (1927 edition) published by the Mining & Industrial Publications of Africa, Ltd., had this to say. “That Kenya Colony possesses mineral resources well worth investigation and exploitation cannot be doubted, but in past years there has been not the slightest encouragement held out to prospectors.” A variety of reasons had been given for this problem “but in the opinion of many persons with mining experience, most of the arguments used are considered fallacious. It is freely alleged, for one thing, that there are no minerals worth exploiting, and that the great expense of transport to parts of the country which have offered any prospect prohibits any attempt from proving profitable.” (page 49).

The editorial continues with the rebuttal that “mineral wealth has been discovered in South Africa… while the whole area of the Belgian Congo tells the same story.” So again the question is raised, why not in Kenya? “…It is generally admitted that the Mining Laws of the Colony have always proved prohibitive. The prospector has never been given a fair chance.”

And just what mineral would have proven the most profitable?

Coal! The colony was desperate for coal. Any that it used was imported from Great Britain or South Africa and wood was the fuel “being used on the railways,” a fuel that was rapidly being depleted as the great forests were being cut down.

Of course, if you’re a potential “dupe” in a mining scheme, the lure of gold would dazzle more than coal, especially if you're only asked to invest money and not your sweat equity.
Hence the plot of Jade del Cameron’s next mystery/adventure: The Crocodile’s Last Embrace (Sept. 7, 2010).

Next week: Wildlife conflicts

MORE MYSTERY TOPICS:
1) Does mystery have to equal murder? I weigh in with the Suspense Sirens on their blog posting at : http://bit.ly/cpprpx

2) Interested in some insight into what makes me and Jade tick? Go to SCENE OF THE CRIME http://bit.ly/ao2gjg for an interesting interview at a great website by author J. Sydney Jones.

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. THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE will be released Sept. 7, 2010. An excerpt and information on ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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