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'Time is a sort of the Alligator River of passing events' | Fantasy History 20

Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away . – Marcus Aurelius F our miles up the estuary, there is a succession of charming bays and creeks, their shores covered with dense foliage from the water's edge up to the hills,  which rise at the back to a height of 1800 feet, and beyond them towers the Sugarloaf, attaining to upwards of 2500 feet above sea level. (Royal Geographical Society, March 14, 1892) A Revised Edition of the Ordinances of the Colony of Sierra Leone: Volume 1 Sierra Leone  ( 1st November 1908 ) The  old government wharf was constructed in 1867, and in  1896, the Protectorate of Sierra Leone was established by ordinance.  The Colony of Sierra Leone's  West Ward–first section–comprises the area within a line, which starts from the junction of Upper Brook Street and Westmoreland Street, and passes along Sanders Street to

Constance's World feat. the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

This excerpt from a  book on Sierra Leonean women councilors, mayors, cabinet ministers, and political candidates was  first published on April 23, 2016. O ne of the pioneering political figures, Constance Horton Cummings-John, was born during the  1918 influenza pandemic, widely regarded as the most severe in recent history. It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin.   I magine nursing a six-month-old baby while a deadly virus rips through town. You have neighbors hovering between life and death and your husband’s assistant has lost 21 family members to the virus. The Spanish influenza of 1918 is regarded as the most severe pandemic in recent history. It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin.  First, victims experienced headaches, pain, and fever. Next, their faces turned blue-black. Then they coughed up blood and bled from the nose after. Finally, as bacteria invaded the lungs, vital organs transformed into fluid, drowning the patient. For