What I do realize is that His Majesty was a great African State man and African Liberator for Ethiopia and the entire Continent of Mama Africa and her people at home and abroad and that he loved His people. His Majesty very often in His writings and His speeches, he mentioned about he praying to almighty God and thanking God for all which he was able to do for the Ethiopian people.
He also thank God for spearing His life during the boat accident which he was involved in at Lake Haramaya on the 7th of June 1915. It was ten of them who boarded the boat and crossed to the other side of the Lake then relaxed for some time. Then they boarded the boat again to return to where they started, it was a very old boat and when they reached the middle of the Lake, the boat began to take in water since there were holes in the boat. They all scooped out the water as much as they could, but the water was coming in so fast that they were all sinking with the boat. They all jump out of the boat and began to swim, but the Lake was so wide that it was difficult to swim across, so seven of them became tired and drowned. Here the names ofthose who drowned, Abba Tasfa, Qagnazmatch Gabra Wald, Ato Ayala Seyum, Kidana Maryam Manyazawal, Asamre Abba
Samuel, Paulos. But His Majesty and Dejazmatch Hayla Sellasse were going under water and coming up again, then Dejatch Abreha's servant saved me. As the officers and men who were watching this standing on the other side by the shore of the Lake became convinced that there was a shipwreck, and all those who were able to swim got into the water at the Lake, and as they reached us we emerged, having just escaped from death. As we got out, our soul had barely been prevented from getting separated from our bodies, but we were unsble to recognize anyone or to speak.
It so happened that by chance Dr.Zervos, a Greek who had earlier been a physician, was there at the time and he treated me with medicines as far as possible, and little by little I was able to recognize people's outline.
The next day they carried me on a strecher to Amaressa and from Amaressa they took me to Harar. And on the twelfth day, being qiute well again, I went up to the church of St. Michael and gave thanks thanks to God.
Wayzaro Manan, being shocked on account of my accident, Abandoned her journey to Addis Ababa and returned to Harar.
Take the best care of yourself and your people.
Again I send many oceans of blessings self determination to African people everywhere.
ONE BLACK HEART ONE BLACK LOVE.
Baba Ras Marcus.
I did not make up this information.
The above information can be found on page 42-43 of Volume One of The Autobiography of Emperor Haile Sellasse I.
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