BECHUANALAND: Revolt in Serowe

Strapping Gordon Batho, Her Majesty's district commissioner for the Bamangwato tribe of Bechuanaland Protectorate, had some bad news for his black-skinned charges. To a crowded Kgotla (native parliament) squatting in the tribe's mud-hut capital of Serowe, he announced that the Great White Queen would never allow Seretse Khama, their Oxford-educated chief, to return to his people (TIME, April 7). According to the Queen's ministers, Seretse, by marrying blonde London Typist Ruth Williams, had been derelict in his public duty as chief: his marriage, like Edward VIII's, had compromised his crown. Dutiful...

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