THE MAN CALLED BROWN CONDOR  “Audience with the Emperor” by Author Mr. Thomas E. Simmons

Chapter 16

(P151 – 152)    

February 1, 2023           


brighten the morning. John took it as a good omen on the day he

was to meet Haile Selassie. The rain had turned the streets to mud but

nobody seemed to notice. Robinson picked his way carefully trying to

keep his shoer and pants clean until he reached the paved street that ran

past the Arat kilo Ghibi Palace, built by King Menelik in the late nine-

teenth century. The emperor lived in the Guenete Leul Palace but worked

in the Imperial Ghibi Palace.

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The gate leading onto the palace but worked

was guarded by two armed soldiers wearing greenish-khaki uniforms like

those of the Belgian army. The smartly uniformed palace guards were

special members of the seven thousand strong Imperial Body Guard, the

most well equipped military unit in Ethiopia. The members of the palace

guard itself were handpicked from a northern tribe noted for their height.

Most of them were nearly seven feet tall. John presented the formal invitation

he had received the royal seal, it requested his presence at the palace.

The ranking guard examined the card. looked Robinson over carefully,

motioned for him to wait just inside the gate on the palace grounds, and

proceeded to the palace.

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