COLONIES: Gallows on the Golf Course

From the shaded terraces of the White Rhino Hotel, Kenya's white citizens look over their teacups at Nyeri golf course, one of the world's finest. Last week, as they watched, a squad of black policemen trundled on to the fairway an odd-looking contraption of ropes and parallel bars. It was the Crown Colony's portable gallows, an 18th century-style instrument used to dispatch Mau Mau terrorists near the scene of their crimes.

With nice regard for the golf club's sensibilities, the cops housed the gallows in a corrugated iron stockade with only the gallows bar peeping over the top. Nearby, in a...

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