KENYA: Imperial Emissaries

The crowd, chatting and milling in the red dust of Nairobi airport in Kenya, alternately looked at the skies and smoothed lapels. Titled whites exchanged greetings with African chiefs stiff in lounge suits, starched collars and shiny black shoes. Young Masai warriors, their headdresses bristling with the manes of lions speared in single combat, impatiently jangled the tiny metal rattles girding their ankles. An R.A.F. corporal dropped to his knees and gave the red-carpeted steps of a nearby dais the final whisk-brooming.

Exactly 19 hours and one minute after Britain's King, Queen and Winston Churchill waved farewells at London airport,...

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