King Leopold's Soliloquy: A Defense of His Congo Rule

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P.R. Warren Company, 1905 - Atrocities - 49 pages
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Twain has a devilishly backhanded way of summoning the horrors of King Leopold's brutal Congo reign by imagining what probably really did go through the mind of the man-- limp, twisted justifications for exploiting those powerless to resist. A chilling foreshadowing of other horrors to darken the 20th century! And maybe our own!
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Page 50 - equally animated by the firm intention of putting an end to the crimes and devastations engendered by the traffic in African slaves, of protecting effectually the aboriginal populations
Page 49 - This Government at the outset testified its lively interest in the well-being and future progress of the vast region now committed to your Majesty's wise care, by being the first among the Powers to recognize the flag of the International Association of the Congo as that of a friendly State.
Page 17 - women alike of the awful time they had passed through. The Bulgarian atrocities might be considered as mildness itself when compared with what was done here. How the people submitted I don't know, and even now I wonder as I think of their patience. That some of them managed to run away is some cause
Page 12 - ... the government of the United States announces its sympathy with and approval of the humane and benevolent purposes of (my Congo scheme), and will order the officers of the United States, both on land and sea, to recognize its flag as the flag of a friendly government." Possibly the Yankees would like to take that back, now, but they will find that my agents are
Page 23 - Why are they carved so, only leaving the bones ? ' I asked. ' My people ate them,' he answered promptly. He then explained, The men who have young children do not eat people, but all the rest ate them.' On the left was a big man, shot in the back and without a head.
Page 20 - lod!" Very well, it was liberal. It was not much short of a penny a week for each nigger. It suits this consul to belittle it, yet he knows very well that I could have had both the food and the labor for nothing. I can prove it by a thousand instances.
Page 47 - Apart from the rough plantations which barely suffice to feed the natives themselves and to supply the stations, all the fruits of the soil are considered as the property of the State or of the concessionaire societies.
Page 50 - has wished to show the great interest and deep sympathy it feels in the great work of philanthropy which the Conference seeks to realize. Our country must feel beyond all others an immense interest in the work of this Assembly.
Page 47 - the native must go one or two days' march every fortnight, until he arrives at that part of the forest where the rubber vines can be met with in a certain degree of abundance. There the collector passes a
Page 21 - It is true, you have killed men.' " Q. "You say this is true ? Were many of you so treated after being shot ? '

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