East Africa being wholly absorbed by Germany; and, on coming southward from Scotland, where I had been speaking, the news reached me that Lord Salisbury had secured for Great Britain, Zanzibar and the northern half of East Africa, but singularly curtailed of the extensive piece of pasture-land west of Kilimanjaro.
This odd cutting off is due to a Permanent Official in the Foreign Office, whose hand can be traced in that oblique line running from the northern base of the Devil's Mountain to S. Lat. 10, on Lake Victoria.
Had that gentleman been a member of an African expedition, he would never have had recourse to an oblique line when a straight line would have done better.
However, while it remains a signal instance of his weakness, it is no less a remarkable proof of German magnanimity!
For, though the Germans were fully aware that the official was one of the most squeezable creatures in office, they declined to extend the line to the Equator!
Kilimanjaro, therefore, was handed o