In GUNBEARER Part Two, the tribesman Sidi Mubarak Mumbai depicts the safari undertaken to prove Speke’s claim regarding the source of the Nile. It was a happier journey shared with Captain James Augustus Grant, despite interminable delays, illness, warfare, and greedy chieftains. Mumbai’s status was sorely tested to prove his worth. In Buganda, its vain and ruthless ruler, Mtesa, kept all hostage to his whims. They managed to make voyage down the Nile to Cairo, where Speke and Grant parted from their faithful Africans. Aboard ship, a meddler introduced himself to Speke and the ensuing friendship led directly to the explorer’s death. And even that was not reported truthfully by others – but his former gunbearer understood how it came to pass… and has so recorded it.
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About the Author
JAN MERLIN was born and raised in New York City. At the outset of WW II, he enlisted in the US Navy to serve on three successive ships in the North Atlantic and Pacific Fleets, accumulating ten battle stars before entering Japan’s Inland Sea with the first group of Occupation Forces. Upon returning to civilian life, the former torpedoman enrolled in the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater and made his Broadway debut in MISTER ROBERTS. A twice nominated Emmy award winning writer, his professional career as an actor spanned five decades, during which he was starred or featured in numerous plays, several hundreds of live and filmed television appearances, and more than thirty motion picture films made in the United States and abroad. Though known primarily as a “heavy” in films and TV, he may be best recalled for creating his role of Roger Manning in the TOM CORBETT SPACE CADET series and starring in the ROUGH RIDERS series as Lt. Cullen Kirby. In 2009, he received the Golden Halo Award for Actor/Writer from the Southern California Motion Picture Council.