MISERY IN THE CONGO.
SLEEPING SICKNESS DEVASTATING THE COUNTRY. .' A Bri;ssi:ls correspondent writes : —1 have had a long interview with a Belgian who returned from the Congo, who said that the situation in the Congo is getting worse daily. Sleeping sickness, which was almost unknown twenty, years ago, is causing terrible havoc. In numerous villages the passing traveller finds children, women, and old men lying in''their huts suffering from this disease, the male population from 15 upwards having been ordered away for porterage or for gathering rub' her. The men have no time to occupy themselves with their own plantations, hence there is atrocious misery. Thousands of negroes have run away to escape, forced labour, to perish miserably in the forest from sleeping sickness. The Reform Commission in 1906 decided upon the creation of lazarets to fight the disease, but not one was built, and not one post has received a penny. The unhappy condition of the natives is the cause of the revolts which arc going on, and which the Administration is unable, to quell. Just now half the area of the Congo is in a state of revolt, and nil the Administration can do is to prevent news from leaking out. Mv informant added :—"Frankly, the situation is bad; you can repeat this in England."