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it, as required by the same section, and to proceed thereon to iction as if no other complaint had been made. 1. If any person shall feel himself aggrieved by any judgment of ipendiary Magistrate under this Act, he shall have liberty to al therefrom to the then next sitting of Her Majesty's Supreme rt at St. John's: Provided that notice of the same shall be n to the Magistrate within twenty-four hours after such judgt shall have been delivered, and within five days thereafter gnizances or other security, with or without sureties, at the ion of such Magistrate, shall be entered into to prosecute the le without delay, and pay such amount as may be awarded with
10. The Acts mentioned in the Schedule to this Act are hereby ealed to the extent mentioned in the third column of that ledule.
Extent of Repeal.
ACT of the Government of Newfoundland, to amend Title XV,
Chapter 54, of the Consolidated Statutes, entitled “Of
Patents." [Chap 17.]
[Passed June 1, 1892.7 Be it enacted by the Governor, the Legislative Council, and House of Assembly, in Legislative Session convened, as follows:
1. After the expiration of one week from the date of the delivery [1892-93. Lxxxv.)
into the office of the Colonial Secretary of the petition, osth description of invention, as prescribed in sections 1, 4, and Chapter 54, Title XV, of the Consolidated Statutes, entitled Patents," and until the expiration of six months from said dat delivery, the applicant for Letters Patent for any invention have the like privileges and rights as if Letters Patent under provisions of the said Chapter had been sealed and delivered on date of said delivery.
CORRESPONDENCE relative to the Suppression of S raiding in Nyasaland (British Central Africa)
No. 1.- Commissioner Johnston to the Marquess of Salisbury.
(Received April 6, 1892.) (Extract.)
The Residency, Zomba, November 24, 189 I HAVE the honour to lay before your Lordship a Report of measures which I have taken to suppress the Slave Trade in Briti Central Africa since my arrival at Tshiromo in the middle of la July.
In undertaking the proceedings against certain notable slane raiders and traders which are to be detailed in this despateh, wish to point out that I have been prompted by two motives. the first place, I bore in mind your Lordship's earnest injuncta conveyed in my formal instructions "to suppress the Slave Trade every legitimate means in my power.” In the secondary aspect of the situation, felt bound to make our Protectorate in Nyasaland, a reality to the unfortunate mass of the people who are robbed. raided, and carried into captivity to satisfy the greed and last bloodshed prevailing among a few Chieftains of the Yaot race these again being incessantly incited to engage in internecine war or slave-raiding forays by the Arab and Swahili slave-traders who travel between Nyasaland and the German and Portuguese littoral.
Wherever it was possible by means of peaceable and friendy negotiations to induce a Chieftain to renounce the Slave Trade I have used such means in preference to a recourse to force; and it this way a considerable number of the lesser Potentates of Nyastland have been brought to agree to give up adjusting their inter necine quarrels by resort to arms, to cease selling their subjecta * Extracted from Parliamentary Paper, "Africa No. 5, 1892,"
+ The invading " Ajawa" of Livingstone.
slavery, and to close their territories to the passage of slaves slave-traders. Their agreement, however, was in most cases len one, and their eyes were turned instinctively to the nearest s” Chief to see in what way he was dealt with. If he, too, pted this distasteful gospel of peace and good-will towards they were then ready enough to adhere to their own compacts, even to be zealous (boping reward) in carrying out the more ve provisions thereof; but if the powerful Potentate-the mpion man of war of the district-beld aloof from the new otectorate, massed bis forces in the hill strongholds, and preserved watchful or menacing attitude towards the Administration by oring or rejecting its proposals for a friendly understanding, n the little Chieftains began to relax in their good behaviour a month's or a week's duration, once more to capture and sell ir neighbour's subjects, or to smuggle through their by-paths coast caravan, with its troop of slaves, bound for Kilwa, Ibo, Quilimane. . Consequently, I soon realized-indeed, I knew before I returned
this country for the second time-that there were certain otabilities in Nyasaland who would require to be induced or ompelled to give up the Slave Trade before our Protectorate could
ecome a reality. Who these were, and how they have been lealt with, will be set forth in the accompanying Report.
I also forward a copy of an official Report addressed to me y Captain Cecil M. Maguire, dealing with our little campaign on Lake Nyasa and the Upper Shiré. My personal testimony to he gallantry and excellent behaviour of these Indian soldiers
given in the pages of my own Report, which I herewith submit to your Lordship’s consideration, trusting that the proceedings it details may meet with your Lordship's approval. The Marquess of Salisbury.
H. H. JOHNSTON.
P.S.- List of inclosures in this despatch :
i. Report on measures taken to suppress the Slave Trade in Nyasaland.
2. Messrs. Bowhill and Bradshaw's letter about Tshikumbu.
5. Letter from late Sultan of Zanzibar to Makanjira, with translation.
H. H. J.
back the Report, or to modify it in consequence of this deplora accident. December 29, 1891.
(Inclosure 1.)- Report on Measures taken to suppress the Slave T'
in British Central Africa.-July to December, 1891. On the 16th July, 1891, I arrived at Tshiromo, a place at junction of the River Ruo with the Shiré, which may be called chief port of the Shiré highlands, since it is usually the farth inland limit of all-year-round navigation on the part of the Brit gun-boats and commercial steamers plying between the Chu mouth of the Zambezi and the British possessions in the interi In commencing my administrative work as Her Majesty's Cd missioner in the British Protectorate of Nyasaland, and in extensive territories beyond,* which are placed under the Char of the British South Africa Company, it was incumbent on to take some decisive measures to check the Slave Trade and misery and depopulation it caused in the regions of Central Afr now brought under British control. With this object in view resolved first to get rid of the Slave Trade in the southero t of Nyasaland, and bring that stretch of territory into an orde and peaceful condition before extending my operations furt afield.
The “big men” in this part of the Protectorate with what it behoved me to deal, and whom I must either persuade or coel into acceptance of an anti-Slave Trade policy and sufficie subservience to the new Administration as would put an end further civil wars and inbuman practices, were the following :
Makaujira and Kazembe, ruling on opposite coasts of the sou end of Lake Nyasa ;
The "Makandanji” clan of Chiefs (Tshindamba,f Zarafi, al Mkata) which dominates the country between the east bank the Upper Shiré, Lake Pamalombwe, and the Portuguese bou dary;
Mponda, the powerful Chief holding the Shiré where it lesti Lake Nyasa, and possessing a large tract of country along 1 western bank;
The Angoni Chief, Tshifisi, who dwells behind Mponda ;
* These two divisions of the territories under British influence to the Lory of the Zambezi are included in the comprehensive designation of Brits Central Africa."
+ Formerly known by the name of Makandanji, which name he changed til Tshindamba on becoming a Mahommedan. The name, however, sticks to By country.
Ishingwalu-ngwalu and Msamara, Yao Chiefs along the western k of the Upper Shiré, half-brothers and bitter haters of
Liwonde, a Chief ruling an exceedingly rich tract of land along east bank of the Upper Shiré; Tshikusi, the great Angoni Chieftain dominating all the hill ntry between the west bank of the Shiré and the Portuguese itier; Kawinga, one of the most powerful of the Yao Chiefs, who ells near the north-west corner of Lake Shirwa, and who mmands a great slave-route to the coast; and, lastlyTabikumbu, who, after being for some years a roving bandit ng on the plunder of the Mission caravans between Blantyre 1 the Upper Shiré, at last settled down on Mount Milanji to teady career of slave-trading.
To subdue these Potentates, if recalcitrant, I had at my comand the following police force
Seventy-one Indian soldiers (from 32nd and 23rd Sikh Regiments, ad the Haiderabad Lancers), commanded by Captain Cecil Maguire, f the 2nd Haiderabad Lancers contingent; ten Swahili police from out of the 120 recruited by permission of His Highness he Sultan of Zanzibar).*
The cost of maintaining this police force is borne by the British Bouth Africa Company. The armament was mainly furnished by ke War Office, and consists of Suider rifles and a 7-pounder
The first of the Chiefs to claim our attention was Tshikumbu, the last mentioned on my list.
This man had for some eight years past harassed and raided the A-mañanja (Wa-Nyasa) tribes living on and round Mount Milanji. lle and his brother Tshingomanji were intrusive Yaos from the north, and were aliens in the land who had simply imposed themselves as Chiefs in the territories once belonging to a Mañanja Ruler named Tshipoka. This man died a year or so back, and to prevent his country (formerly an extensive one, about the size of Surrey) from being wholly devoured by Tshikumbu and Tsbingomanji
, the chief men of Tshipoka's country and Tshipoka’s heir asked Mr. Acting Consul Buchanan to summon a meeting on Mount Milanji in August 1890, and then and there on the 13th of that month made over, in a document signed by them, the whole sovereign rights of Tshipoka's country to the Queen.
* The remainder of this force has been mainly employed in road-making, &c., under Captain Sclater, R.E.
Since added to by a Maxim-gun from the British South Africa Company, and two 9-pounder cannons
from the Arsenal at Woolwich.-H. 1. J.