Foreign News: 200,000 Slaves

Extracting palm kernels, picking kola nuts, pressing out palm oil and tending ginger plants are still the toilsome daily occupations of some 200,000 slaves who were legally made free, last week, in the British protectorate of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Apathetic to mere law, the onetime slaves were glad to continue toiling for their former masters, last week, because Sierra Leone is so impoverished and undeveloped that many a free man cannot earn a slave's adequate "board and keep." Commenting, the British Governor of Sierra Leone, Brig. Gen. Sir Joseph Byrne, said: "Although the...

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