KENYA: Offer of Surrender

From the dark forests of Kenya, where leopards prowl, the commander of the Mau Mau terrorists sent a letter to Nairobi. "It is only peace we want. We cannot live without food," wrote Dedan Kimathi, the scarfaced Kikuyu schoolteacher who is the brain behind the Mau Mau. "If the police and soldiers are withdrawn, the fighting will stop at once."

Kimathi's letter seemed evidence that the tough, Malaya-style policy of General Sir George Erskine is beginning to pay off. Since June, when the British government sent Erskine to take charge of what was...

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