Northern Rhodesia: You Sons of God, Listen

Even Alice Lenshina had grown alarmed at the wave of slaughter provoked by her fanatic followers. So Alice, the plump black matron who can issue her spearsmen "passports to heaven" and turn enemy bullets to water, did what any fugitive, illiterate, resurrected high priestess might be expected to do. She got in touch with her lawyer.

Through one of her senior deacons, the prophetess notified Charles Stacey, a white attorney practicing in Ndola, that she was ready to give herself up —if the government guaranteed her fair treatment. Delighted, Stacey immediately won Prime Minister Kenneth Kaunda's consent. One afternoon last...

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