NYAS ALAND: Violence in the Valley

A thousand miles south of Nairobi, the fear of spreading Mau Mauism haunts the fertile British Protectorate of Nyasaland. The colony's 4,400 Britons raise bumper crops of tea, tobacco and citrus fruits along the Shire River valley, which drains the 360-mile-long Lake Nyasa (see map). They are outnumbered more than 500-to-one by 2,500,000 Africans, whom they call "niggers" and "coons." Last week the

British in Nyasaland were faced with the most ominous outbreak of mass disobedience and rowdyism since David Livingstone, Bible in hand, discovered the lush valley 94 years ago.

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