LATELY — 5 September 2007

Fierce Little Midgets

Time was so short, the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee [of Chicago’s World’s Fair of 1893] began plan­ning ex­hibits and ap­point­ing world’s fair com­mis­sion­ers to secure them. In Feb­ru­ary the com­mit­tee voted to dis­patch a young army officer, Lieu­tenant Mason A. Schufeldt, to Zanz­ibar to begin a journey to locate a tribe of Pygmies only re­cently re­vealed to exist by ex­plorer Henry Stanley, and to bring to the fair “a family of twelve of four­teen of the fierce little midgets.”

The com­mit­tee gave Lieu­tenant Schufeldt two and a half years to com­plete his mission.

Erik Larson, “The Devil in the White City”, p. 121.

I am making progress, slowly.