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Ethiopia - Ras Alula Dead - An Abyssinian General of Great Ability - The Son of Peasants
The New York Times Archives
Rome - Reports received here announce the death of the great Abyssinian chief, Ras Alula.
Ras Alula was fifty-five years old. His parents were peasants in the village of Punake, near Mekahe. He served for several years as groom to the uncle of of the Negus, Ras Area. He entered the service of Ras Area, whose daughter he married, and later he became Master of the Ward robe at court. After the death of his father-in-law, he was promoted to the rank of Chamberlain, and then he was made Governor of Tigre, with the title Ras.
Ras Alula developed great military skill, and for many years was regarded as one of the greatest of Abyssinian Generals. He was deliberate in his speech, cunning, and very determined in character. He always accompanied the Negus in his journeys, and also acted as Councilor of State.
In personal appearance Ras Alula was of chocolate color, was about 5 feet 9 inches in height, and was stout, although his face was thin. He was very pious, but his piety took on the form of great superstition, and his avarice and rapacity were almost beyond the comprehension of Westerners. It is said that, whenever he visited any village with his servants, he took all that he could lay his hand upon, and left hardly anything behind for his hosts.
The above article was published in the New York Times on Feb 27, 1897
RAS ALULA THE ABYSSINIAN
The New York Times
April 12 1887
From The Paul Mall Gazette
The great Abyssinian chief Ras Alula is at present a person of much interest to the Italians, and the Riforma is publishing a sketch of his life, in the course of which it is stated that he is the son of Abyssinian peasants. He was born about 45 years ago in the village of Pamaka, near Mekalle, and served for many years as groom under the Negus Ras Area. Later on he became Master of the Wardrobe at Court, and married the daughter of Ras Area, who died not long after the marriage. He then rose to the rank of Chamberlain, and was finally made Governor of Tigre, with the title of Ras.
Ras Alula is of middle height, has a chocolate-colored skin and a thin face, but it is otherwise rather stout. He never laughs, talks slowly, polite to strangers, but haughty to inferiors. His orders are given only once. If they are not executed, he horsewhips his servants. As a rule he wears a white cotton shirt and trousers. A red fez covers his close-cut hair. On special occasions, he wears a red silk shirt, the robe of the Governor. He is an excellent horseman, and it will be difficult to find an Abyssinian who bears the hardships of traveling better than he. He accompanies the Negus barefooted on all his tours, and never show a sign of fatigue. Having had no education, he can neither read nor write, but is very intelligent and cunning, but pious and superstitious withal. His avarice is extreme; he takes everywhere and gives nowhere. Wherever he goes he takes everything he can lay hold of. On his marches he is accompanied by his servants, who carry his wine, made of honey. Ras Alula is fond of women, but tries to conceal that fact. One of the many Abyssinian poems in his honor runs thus:
"He is as fair as angel
And strong as a lion,
Swift-footed as a leopard,
Sly as a fox,
Wise as Solomon,
Generous as a King,
Is most valiant of all."
The King has promised him the crown of Kassala, if he can earn it. Eight generals fight under him. His daughter is a good and beautiful woman, who has protected Count Salimbeni and his companion, and it is due to her influence that they have not been killed.
He was very pious, but his piety took on the form of great superstition, and his avarice and rapacity were almost beyond the comprehension of Westerners. It is said that, whenever he visited any village with his servants, he took all that he could lay his hand upon, and left hardly anything behind for his hosts.Hahaha, racist pigs! The only thing they could do about him was throwing cheap words at him, at his dead body of course, b!tches, because on the battle field he proved unmatchable, untouchable and defied what was the order of the time, at least as far as their little hearts concerned, by defeating one of their kind decisively and humiliatingly. When Ethiopia, Minilek, and Alula came out victorious, the whole of Africa and the black race have won, they lost and they couldn't swallow the bitter reality. And therefore, a journalist from the land of looters, slave owners, colonizers, barbarian supremacists who were determined to buy and sell black colored human beings for eternity has accused one of the greatest Ethiopian and African military strategist, Ras Alula, of avarice and rapacity, based on hearsay. Who would be the source, the Italians who were eating dust in Adwa, who were buried in the dirt or the pow who were begging for mercy??? Besides, did the writer know why the Italians were trying to invade Ethiopia, why Europeans or Westerners in general, the journalist's ancestors, were scrambling Africa? Wasn't it to loot, to take what was not theirs, to enslave the people? Then how in the world an act of avarice and rapacity could be incomprehensible for westerners, the mother of all greed and pillaging!? Now i know NYtimes was just like Ethiopian Reporter back in the days, rubbish that is!
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