National Geographic : 1960 Sep
car and rushed through the streets. In a small steep street jammed with other shining cars, we stopped. Imperial Guards men flung open the car doors. Servants in snowy white jodh pur breeches helped us descend. A cabinet minister in dinner jacket met us. "The Princess Tenagne Worq Haile Selassie, daughter of the Emperor, is your hostess," he said. Still tying my necktie, I walked through a heavy gate into the world of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, from whom the King of Kings traces his descent. A vast tent of striped canvas covered an entire garden. Be neath it a thousand guests or more sat at tables set out among the flower beds, or strolled gar den paths hidden beneath price less carpets from the East. "I cannot see the stage through this bush," remarked an Ethiopian nobleman, and in stantly servants came rushing with hatchets to trim it. Ethiop music, strange to Western ears, wailed above the hubbub of voices. Dancers in relays did the traditional steps of the proud tribes, the men cos tumed as warriors, with round shields and long spears, the women in long white robes. Don C. Bliss, then United States Ambassador to Haile Selassie's court, beckoned me. "I feel like Cinderella," I said. "What is this party?" "A wedding reception for His Imperial Majesty's two grand daughters. Last week the Prin New homes replace slums at Vlakfontein, 80 miles northwest of Pretoria. Bantu housing developments stretch for miles around South African cities. In five years the government has built 100,000 four-room, low-rent dwellings. EKTACHROMESBY LOWRY AERIAL 34 PHOTO SERVICE@ N.G.S.