National Geographic : 1929 Oct
THE NAZIR OE THE MESSERIA RIDES UP IN NOMAD SPLENDOR At the battle of Omdurman, in which Lord Kitchener, in 1898, broke the dervish power, this patriarch commanded Ioo men. Once one of the most notorious of slave raiders, he listens to-day to the yea and nay of one lone British official and obeys absolutely (see, also, text, page 476). A NOMAD "CRUSADER,"DRESSED AND ARMED INCHARACTER The Messeria's custom of wearing chain mail and ofcarrying the straight-bladed, cross-hiltedsword, dates from the Crusades. Agood Damascus blade and an oldsuit ofchain mail may occasionally beseen to day, but they are more likelytohave been made inBirmingham, England.