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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

Northern Zambesia

Northern Zambesia.

This is not the place to refer to Northern Zambesia, except in the very briefest terms. Apart from the treaty made with the chief of the Barotse, and with the majority of the lesser chiefs between the Barotse and Nyassaland, the African Lakes Company and the missionaries, who had been besieged by Arabs and subjected to annoyance at the hands of the Portuguese, have had their property confirmed, and are continuing the development of Nyassaland. Mr. H. H. Johnston, who early in 1891 was appointed Imperial Commissioner for Nyassaland, also acts as Administrator of the Company's sphere of operations north of the Zambesi, the expense of administration, involving an expenditure of 10,000l. per annum, being defrayed by the Company. Mr. Johnston has raised and equipped an Indian police force, established regular postal service, and has page 90 taken steps aiming at the development of the resources of the territories under his administration, of which an endeavour to breakup the power of the slave-traders in that region is the most important, as it is the most difficult.