Not addressing the whole mason issue, etc., but just regarding H.I.M. going to England and not "an African country"... ummmm, there *WERE* no "African countries" at that time, other than Abyssinia herself. Unless you count Liberia and Sierra Leone which were creations/puppets of the U.S. and Britain respectively. Everywhere else was under direct european colonial control.
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