BUGANDA: The Troubles of the King

In the East African kingdom of Buganda, a province of the British protectorate of Uganda, the night gleamed with bonfires. In the flickering light, huge gourds stood in rows, ready to be filled with the banana beer that was brewing in hollowed-out logs. Musicians gave an additional twist to the cow sinews binding their drums, bringing them up to concert pitch. Shapely dancing girls added extra layers of cloth to the bustles that accentuate their sinuous movements. Throughout the green and rolling land last week, 1,500,000 Buganda tribesmen were getting ready to...

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